Hendricks City Council goes into closed session at Monday’s meeting

March 21, 2019

By Violet Nelson
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The Hendricks City Council met Monday evening, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. with Mayor Julie Hogie presiding. Following the flag pledge, the minutes of the March 4, 2019 meeting and the evening’s agenda were approved.
There was no public forum.
City Administrator David Blees gave an update on the East Expansion construction project. He said digging has begun on the lift station.
City Attorney John Engels gave a golf cart ordinance update. The ordinance is necessary to address the interests of public safety. Engels said if the golf carts have proper tail lights, headlights and brake lights, they can drive after dark.

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Purchasing flashing speed signs was discussed at council meeting

March 6, 2019

By Violet Nelson
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The Hendricks City Council met Monday evening, March 4. Mayor Julie Hogie called the meeting to order, followed by the flag pledge.
The minutes of the Feb. 19, 2019 meeting and the evening’s amended agenda were approved.
There was no public forum.
The maintenance report was reviewed by the council. City maintenance is looking at getting a skidsteer. Snow removal is holding up. Extensions allowing the plow to get closer to the curb and widen the alleys will be considered, at an approximate cost of $750…

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Wilson reports that some county bridges will have new weight limits

February 27, 2019

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Lincoln County commissioners heard from Environmental Officer Robert Olsen concerning purchasing a camera for investigating tile and drainage lines. Pictured clockwise from left are Robert Olsen, County Attorney Glen Petersen, Joe Drietz, Jack Vizecky, Chair Mic VanDeVere, and Corey Sik.

By Shelly Finzen 
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The Lincoln County Board of Commission­ers met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Commissioner Rick Hamer was absent from the meeting.
Environmental Officer Robert Olsen spoke to the board about several top­ics. He requested that the board set the interest rate and length of time for as­sessment on the County Ditch 39 improvement. Af­ter discussion, the board set the rate at four percent over a 10-year period.

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Hendricks City Council discusses land sales at Monday’s council meeting

February 27, 2019

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The sale of two city-owned lots, one on Main Street and one east of town, was discussed by the Hendricks City Council at Monday evening’s meeting.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

 
The Hendricks City Council met Tuesday evening, Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m. Following the flag pledge, Mayor Julie Hogie brought the meeting to order. The minutes of the Feb. 4, 2019 regular council meeting and the evening’s agenda were approved.
Under old business, the East Expansion Project was brought to the table. The contract agreement with Hulstein Excavating, Inc. of Edgerton was approved. “It’s all good with the contractor,“ City Administrator David Blees said.

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Protecting you and yours doesn’t involve social media

February 21, 2019

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Sheriff Chad Meester

By Shelly Finzen
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If social media is to be believed, then child abductions are happening all the time, right in our back yard. Fortunately, according to Lincoln County Sheriff Chad Meester and Lake Benton Police Chief Tony Sievert, the situation is not as bad as it appears. However, locals should always be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious activity to law enforcement.
There are several “reports” of abductions circulating around social media. “A person needs to be cautious when reading and sharing posts on Facebook as to the authenticity,” Sheriff Meester said. Chief Sievert stated, “I have not heard of any abductions in our area. I see a lot of people sharing ‘abductions’ quite frequently on Facebook. However, some of this information can be very misleading and often times is false information.”…

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Commissionmmers approve SafeAssure

February 14, 2019

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Rick Drietz was introduced as the new Maintenance Supervisor for the Lincoln County offices and grounds at the Feb. 5 meeting of the Lincoln County Commissioners.

By Shelly Finzen 
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At the Lincoln County Commissioners’ Feb. 5 meeting, a public hearing concerning citizen partici­pation in the Small Cities Grant Program for rental properties located in Tyler and Lake Benton was held. DSI representative Teresa Schreurs spoke during the hearing. “Lincoln County is seeking $595,937 through the Small Cities Develop­ment program to assist rental property owners with rehabilitation fund­ing for health and safety issues, energy efficiency, accessibility and lead-based paint hazards in the cities of Tyler and Lake Benton,” Schreurs said. If the funding is awarded, the project will include five single-family units, six duplexes and 36 multi-family units. If the grant is awarded, projects will be able to begin in January and February 2020. There were no members of the public present at the meet­ing to comment. The board approved a resolution to submit the final applica­tion for the grant.

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Hendricks City Council discusses east land parcel, purchases small parcel

February 6, 2019

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Al Molascon was present for public forum.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

The Hendricks City Council met Monday eve­ning, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. Mayor Julie Hogie called the meeting to order fol­lowed by the flag pledge. The evening’s amended agenda and the minutes of the Jan. 22 meeting were approved.
Al Molascon was pres­ent for public forum. He brought three items to the council’s attention…

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Hendricks City Council votes on camper/RV lot on Lincoln and Prairie

January 31, 2019

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Lincoln County Sheriff, Chad Meester presented his 2018 sheriff’s report.

By Violet Nelson
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The Hendricks City Council met Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Mayor Julie Hogie called the meeting to order. The minutes of the Jan. 7 meeting and the evening’s amended agenda were approved.
During public forum, Tom Christianson, part-owner of the Hendricks Laundromat, located a block from Greg Pearson’s potential camper/RV lot, spoke in favor of it. He said it would not only help his business, but a lot of other businesses also.

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County Board hears update from SWCD

January 31, 2019

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Robin Sik, representing the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, asked the commissioners for approval to hire Kara Amundson of Ivanhoe as a county dispatcher/jailer.

By Shelly Finzen 
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The Lincoln County Board met for their second monthly meeting on Jan. 22. Commissioner Corey Sik was absent from the meeting for a preapproved reason.
Vince Robinson spoke on behalf of the Lincoln County HRA, requesting that the board approve a resolution adopting the Citizens Participation Plan for the rental-rehab grant process. The plan says the primary way for the public to give input into the program is through a public hearing, which has been schedule for the Feb. 5 meeting at 9:05 a.m…

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Minnesota Governor Tim Walz holds meet and greet in Ivanhoe

January 23, 2019

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Governor Tim Walz and First Lady Gwen Walz were at the Highway 75&19 Café in Ivanhoe on Sunday for a meet and greet with area residents. Gwen Walz is a native of Ivanhoe and the daughter of Val and Lynn Whipple of Ivanhoe.

By Mark Wilmes
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Governor Tim Walz paid a visit to wife Gwen’s hometown over the weekend for the dual purpose of celebrating his mother-in-law’s 80th birthday and holding a meet and greet at the Highway 19 & 75 Café Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Walz’s parents are Val and Lynn Whipple of Ivanhoe. Walz spoke briefly to those in attendance, starting with a story on how he ended up marrying an Ivanhoe native.
“For those of you who didn’t know the connection, my wife Gwen Whipple was teaching school in Alliance, Nebraska,” Walz explained. “I had been with the first group of American high school teachers who were teaching in Chinese public schools.”

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