FEMA in Lyon County June 26 for disaster relief meeting

June 26, 2019

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Dustin Hauschild and Joe Wilson spoke to the commissioners concerning bidding for upcoming road projects in Lincoln County.

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Commis­sioners met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, June 18. All commissioners were present for the meeting.
Lincoln County Emergency Manager Amber Scholten spoke to the board requesting permis­sion to travel to Chicago, Illinois for a wireless/broadband confer­ence. She was asked by the radio board to represent our region at the ARMER Radio training con­ference. When she returns, she will report to the rest of the re­gion the topics discussed at the conference. The board granted Scholten the permission she re­quested.

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Lincoln County property taxes reported on at Board of Appeals and Equalization meeting

June 26, 2019

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Appeal and Equal­ization meeting was held Tuesday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. No members of the public attended the meet­ing, but County Assessor Bruce Nielsen reported on changes in Lincoln County property taxes for 2019, payable in 2020.
According to Nielsen’s report, the 2019 total levy in Lincoln County is $5,672,867. The 2019 County Tax Capacity is 14,898,506 and the taxable market value in Lincoln County is $1,738,307,852. The total market value is $1,785,571,500.

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City Council discussed nuisance properties

June 20, 2019

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Al Molascon was present at the council meeting to discuss the water drainage problem he has at his home on the corner of Lake and Cottage Street.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

 
The June 17 city council meeting was called to order by Mayor Julie Hogie. The evening’s agenda and the minutes of the June 3 meeting were approved.
Al Molascon was present for public forum. He has some nice 2.5-foot evergreens on the side of his house he is willing to give to the city. City Administrator David Bless said they would take a couple of them. Al said he finished the tile work in the men’s side of the campground bathroom and will now start on the women’s side.

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Overby presented LPRW’s audit report to the county board

June 13, 2019

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Vince Robinson spoke to the Lincoln County Commissioners about applying for a grant to help pay for a broadband project in Hendricks and the Border-to-Border Broadband project for Lincoln County. He also spoke about the Small Cities Rental Rehabilitation grant for Tyler and Lake Benton.

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Com­missioners held their reg­ular meeting on Tuesday, June 4. All commissioners were in attendance.
Jason Overby of Lin­coln-Pipestone Rural Wa­ter (LPRW) spoke to the commissioners, giving a report on their 2018 au­dit. According to Overby, LPRW received a clean audit. Their net position is $96,997,367, which is a decrease of 6.2% from 2017. Overby explained that the decrease in net po­sition was because LPRW received a federal grant in 2017 and did not receive a grant in 2018. They have $5,130,277 in unrestrict­ed reserves. LPRW’s total net position as of Dec. 31, 2018 was $54,961,711, which is an increase of 1% from 2017.

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Hendricks City Council accepted a bid from Bituminous Paving for street repair

June 6, 2019

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

 
The Hendricks City Council met Monday night, June 3, with Mayor Julie Hogie presiding. The evening’s agenda and the minutes of the May 20 meeting were approved.
Al Molascon, representative of the Hendricks Kiwanis Club, was present during public forum. He said the club would be willing to help both financially and physically with any playground improvements necessary in town.

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Cong. Peterson discusses the future of agriculture

June 6, 2019

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Congressman Collin Peterson addressing area farmers at last week’s event in Marshall.

By Lacey Barke 
Contributing Writer

Tensions are build­ing, farms are closing and prices are rising. Time is running out for farmers nationwide, as they are faced with tough deci­sions brought on by even tougher weather and for­eign trade. At Congress­man Collin Peterson’s May 31 town hall meeting in Marshall, he attempted to explain how United States agriculture got to where it is now and what Midwest farmers should expect moving forward.
“I know you are all want­ing the specifics of what’s going on here so you can make your decisions and unfortunately I’m prob­ably going to disappoint you,” the current head of the Agriculture Committee said. “I’m not going to be able to tell you exactly but I can give you some indica­tion of where I think this is heading.”

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County road and bridges projects planned for 2019 were announced

May 30, 2019

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Robert Olsen spoke to the county board about the Judicial Ditch no. 19 Assessments and Declaration of Benefits.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commission­ers met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, May 21 at the Lincoln County Courthouse in the meeting room. Commissioner Rick Hamer was absent from the meeting.
Lincoln County Engineer Joe Wilson and Dustin Hauschild presented a list of upcoming county road projects during the engi­neer report. There are four road projects and seven bridge projects that are planned in 2019, weather permitting…

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Hendricks City Council discussed truck routes at Monday’s meeting

May 23, 2019

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

The regular Hendricks City Council meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. May 20 by Mayor Julie Hogie. The minutes of the May 6, 2019 meeting and the evening’s amended agenda were approved.
Pastor Al Molascon was pres­ent during the public forum. He said the hospital is working on an open house for late summer or fall. They, along with the Com­munity Club, will be serving food July 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m…

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Parks Department awarded short-term loan for campground improvements

May 16, 2019

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Nancy Walker and Beth Wilms reported that SWHHS is “in the black,” during the May 7 Commissioners’ meeting.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Commis­sioners met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, May 7. Commissioner Jack Vizecky was absent from the meeting.
Beth Wilms and Sarah Kirch­ner of Southwest Health and Hu­man Services (SWHHS) spoke to the county board to give an update on the organization’s fi­nancial status. “We did a deep dive into our finances,” Wilms stated, “and found that we weren’t where we wanted to be.”

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Hendricks City Council hears of street repair needs at May 6 meeting

May 16, 2019

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A tough winter has left city streets in need of repairs. Pictured are some of the potholes on Hubert Street that will need some attention.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Kevin Huber and Aaron Moravetz were on hand at the regular meeting of the Hendricks City Council on May 6 to discuss sanitary sewer issues in town. Moravetz said the system had a very high inflow and infiltration problems. A high volume of precipitation this spring is at the root of the issue, with excess water entering through a variety of ways, including defective and damaged pipes and joints as well as inappropriate discharge of sump pumps.

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