VSO reports increase in number of Lincoln County Veterans signed up

December 24, 2019

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The Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force gave a presentation at the county board meeting. The presentation explained who the task force serves and what they do for the counties they serve. Members of the task force who were present were, from left, Chris Dybevick from Nobles County, Edison Dengler from Pipestone County, Mike Hamann from Pipestone County and Commander Chris Lewis from Murray County.

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met for their regular meet­ing on Tuesday, Dec. 17. All commissioners were pres­ent.
County VSO John Hov­land gave the board an up­date. According to Hovland, he continues to work with new veterans and veteran widows to get benefits set up for them. Since he began a year ago, he has helped 10 veterans become ser­vice-connected at various levels. He was recently told by the Lincoln County As­sessor’s office that more veterans have signed up for the tax exclusion in the last year than in the five years previous. The tax exclusion benefit is open to veterans who receive at least a 70% disability benefit.

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Council discusses campground expansion at Monday’s meeting

December 18, 2019

By Violet Nelson
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The Hendricks City Council met Monday evening, Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Following the flag pledge, the minutes of the Dec. 2 city council meeting and the evening’s amended agenda were approved.
There was no public forum.
City Administrator David Blees said we are still waiting to get approval from Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) for a partial financial payment for the East Expansion Project. “We submitted an amount of $56,900,” Blees said.
Regarding street repair issues, Blees said we are still waiting to hear from the inspector from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency).

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Lincoln County tax levy set at 1% increase

December 12, 2019

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A crowd of Lincoln County taxpayers were on hand to speak to the county board at the Dec. 3 Truth in Taxation hearing concerning the 2020 tax levy. The county approved increasing the levy by 1% for the 2020 tax year.

By Shelly Finzen
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The Lincoln County Truth in Taxation (TnT) meeting was held on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 6 p.m. at the Lincoln County Courthouse. According to the Minnesota House Research Department, “TnT was enacted with a goal of improving ac­countability by focus­ing taxpayers on the relationship between budget decisions and property taxes, and pro­viding taxpayers with a greater opportunity to become involved in the local government bud­geting process.” County landowners partici­pated in the meeting to discuss the proposed 3% levy increase and to learn what the final levy would be.

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Worth appointed to the Governor’s Council on Biofuels

December 12, 2019

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Bob Worth of Lake Benton.

By Shelly Finzen
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Bob Worth, local farmer, Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) Director and Lake Benton Mayor, was recently given another title and responsibility. Governor Tim Walz recently appointed Worth to the Governor’s Council on Biofuels, where he will represent the soybean growers of southwest Minnesota.
In September, Governor Walz established the Governor’s Council on Biofuels by Executive Order 19-35. According to the order, the council consists of 15 members, appointed by the governor “representing agriculture, the biofuels industry, transportation, environmental and conservation interests, and other relevant stakeholders.”…

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Hesse family awarded Conservation Farmer of the Year

December 12, 2019

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At the Dec. 3 County Board meeting, Lauren Mellenthin and Chad Meester presented information on the Towards Zero Deaths initiative in Lincoln and Pipestone Counties.

By Shelly Finzen
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The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met for their regular meet­ing on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. Commissioner Corey Sik was absent from the meeting, due to a schedul­ing conflict.
Lincoln County Sheriff Chad Meester and Lincoln Pipestone County Safe Roads Coalition Coordi­nator Lauren Mellenthin spoke to the board con­cerning the Towards Zero Deaths initiative. The co­alition received a grant from the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety, which works to prevent fatal and serious injury traffic crashes…

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Council accepts two donations to Hendricks Fire Department

December 5, 2019

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The Hendricks City Council discussed Jack Streich, Jr. and Brian Johnson property issues at Monday evening’s city council meeting.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

 

The regular meeting of the Hendricks City Council was called to order Monday evening, Dec. 2, at 6:30 p.m. by Mayor Julie Hogie. The minutes of the Nov. 18, 2019 city council meeting and closed meetings and the agenda for the evening were approved.
Al and Joyce Molascon were present for public forum. Al said the water problem in their base­ment at 310 Cottage Ave. has been fixed. According the calen­dar log, the initial water problem occurred on April 13 following back-to-back snowstorms. He presented before-and-after pic­tures of his basement as proof. On Nov. 26 a water line leak was discovered. A drain was installed along Cottage Ave. and Lake Street. Al was wondering what the city policy is on replacing lawn. City Administrator David Blees said the city will take care of this.

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Worth receives appointment to Governor’s Council on Biofuels

November 27, 2019

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Bob Worth of Lake Benton.

Governor Tim Walz, Chair of the National Gov­ernors’ Biofuels Coalition, and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan today an­nounced the following ap­pointments to the Gover­nor’s Council on Biofuels. Walz recently established the Governor’s Council on Biofuels by Executive Or­der 19-35 to recommend proposals to foster growth in the biofuels industry and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“It is my honor to ap­point leaders in agricul­ture from across the state to the Governor’s Council on Biofuels,” said Gover­nor Walz…

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Lincoln County Fair report presented to the county board

November 27, 2019

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Curt Madsen from the Lincoln County Fair Board presented a recap of the 2019 Lincoln County Fair at the Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

By Shelly Finzen
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The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 19. All commissioners were present.
County Engineer Joe Wilson reported that the contractor who had left the gravel project unfinished has returned to complete the project. They will continue working through this season as long as they can and complete it in the spring.
Wilson gave a reminder that area landowners cannot leave mud and other materials on county roads. “Our policy is that if we have to clean it off or if we get called after hours, we will bill the owner of the mud (for removal),” Wilson said.

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Documentation on East Expansion Project finalized at council meeting

November 20, 2019

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The council’s discussion on the Jack Streich, Jr. house on Lake Street moved into closed session.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

 
The Hendricks City Council met Monday evening, Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m. The minutes of the Nov. 4, 2019 meeting and the evening’s agenda were approved.
Al Molason was present for public forum. He said the water has increased in volume by his home. Scott Christianson Plumbing will be coming to fix the problem when he has time. Al said he replaced a few broken shower tiles in the men’s bathroom at the campground.

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Guy Harding retirement resignation submitted to Lincoln County board

November 14, 2019

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Lincoln County Parks Manager Daryl Schlapkohl spoke to the county board concerning a septic system project at Picnic Point and the electrical upgrades project at Norwegian Creek.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met for their regular meet­ing on Tuesday, Nov. 5. All board members were pres­ent for the meeting.
Environmental Officer Robert Olsen reported that the county’s recycling pro­gram may be in trouble. Ac­cording to Olsen, the recy­cling from the rural drop-off sites has a high garbage contamination. County residents are not using the recycling and garbage bins appropriately and are put­ting trash into the recycling dumpsters. Furthermore, many residents are using garbage bags, which are not recyclable, to contain their recyclable waste and are dumping the garbage bags in the dumpsters with the recycling…

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