Lincoln County Financial Accountant Robin Sterzinger resigns

October 17, 2019

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Robin Sterzinger recently resigned from her position as Lincoln County Financial Accountant/Deputy Treasurer-Auditor.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Lincoln County’s Finan­cial Accountant/Deputy Auditor-Treasurer Robin Sterzinger is changing lanes on her career path. After working for Lincoln County for 21 years, four of them as the Financial Ac­countant/Deputy Auditor-Treasurer, she has submit­ted her resignation and will begin working for the State of Minnesota
Sterzinger said she began her position as the Finan­cial Accountant/Deputy Auditor-Treasurer in 2015…

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Meet the new Lake Benton Police Chief, Jeff Bumgarner

October 10, 2019

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Officer Jeff Bumgarner has been hired as the new Lake Benton Police Chief. He has already begun his duties.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Are you married? Do you have kids? Where did you grow up? Where did you get your training? Anything else you are willing to share?
My name is Jeff Bumgarner. I’m 52 years old. I was born in California, but my family moved around quite a bit when I was growing up. We finally settled in Chicago early in my high school years.
I’m married. My wife and I dated in high school and through most of college. We have three boys, ages 24, 21, and 19. The oldest has graduated from NDSU and works in Fargo. The other two currently attend NDSU…

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Board approves purchasing two squad cars for Sheriff’s Department

October 10, 2019

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Chris Cauwels, the Network Systems Administrator for Southwest Health and Human Services, recently reviewed the county’s computer systems and presented a schedule for equipment replacement and upgrades at the Oct. 1 meeting.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday, Oct. 1. In Board Chair Mic VanDeVere’s absence, the meeting was led by Commissioner Joe Drietz.
Lincoln County Sheriff Chad Meester spoke to the board concerning the purchase of a new squad car for the department. During the July 16 meeting, the commissioners approved purchasing a Dodge Ram Special Service Vehicle through Mike Motors for approximately $39,000 including the upfit costs. Meester said that because of some production strikes in the automobile industry, the Ram has not been built yet and the Dodge representative did not know when it would be built…

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Newly formed Safe Roads Coalition met Monday in Ivanhoe

October 10, 2019

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Pictured from left are Tyler Ambulance Coordinator Teri Hively, Avera Tyler Trauma Coordinator Sheena Strom, Safe Roads Coalition Coordinator Lauren Mellenthin, Lincoln County Sheriff Chad Meester and RTR Principal Dan Bettin at Monday’s coalition meeting in Ivanhoe.

By Mark Wilmes
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County officials and law enforcement officers from Lincoln and Pip­estone counties gathered in Ivanhoe on Monday as part of the Lincoln/Pip­estone Safe Roads Coali­tion coordinated through Southwest Health and Human Services. A grant was recently approved for the Lincoln and PipestoneCounty project. The Safe Roads Grant is funded by the Office of Traffic Safety through the Minnesota De­partment of Public Safety. Total Zero Death (TZD) Safe Roads grant funds are used to implement specific traffic safety activities that enhance other local traffic safety initiatives…

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New Lake Benton police chief introduces himself to the council

October 10, 2019

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Chamber Coordinator Karen Lichtsinn spoke to the council about ways to survey the community concerning a city-wide cleanup.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton City Council met for their regu­lar meeting on Monday, Oct. 7. The meeting immediate­ly went into a public hear­ing to introduce an amend­ment to Ordinance no. 150, Article III, “Areas, Yard and Height Requirements— Fences.” Before leaving the public hearing, the council called for a second pub­lic hearing, scheduled for Monday Nov. 4 at 5:30 p.m., to adopt the amended ordi­nance.
Chamber Coordinator Karen Lichtsinn spoke to the board concerning a city-wide cleanup day…

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City of Lake Benton votes to move ahead with hiring local police chief

October 3, 2019

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Lake Benton City Council met for a special meeting regarding the Lake Benton Police Department. Discussion was whether or not to hire a new police chief. Pictured are Steve Schouviller, Dave Enke and Daryl Schlapkohl.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council met on Thursday, Sept. 26 for a special meeting to discuss the future of the Lake Benton Police Department.
Police Chief Tony Sievert resigned from his position in June 2019. Officer Dallas Cordell was appointed acting Police Chief. In July 2019, a conflict between Cordell and the City of Lake Benton Administrator and board led to Cordell’s resignation. The city has been without local police coverage since then.
At the regular council meeting on Sept. 3, Mayor Bob Worth requested that all the council members participate in interviewing candidates for the vacant police chief position; however, Trustee Daryl Schlapkohl was uncomfortable participating in the interviewing process, and it was decided that only the personnel committee, the City Administrator/Clerk and the consultant be involved in the interviews. Worth had announced earlier in the meeting that former Lake Benton Police Chief Steve Schouviller had been recruited as a consultant to aid in the interview process.

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Minnesota Attorney General hears from SW Minnesota farmers

October 3, 2019

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Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison met with Marshall-area farmers on Tuesday, Sept. 24 to hear about the problems farmers are facing.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is traveling across Greater Minnesota and he wants to speak with area farmers. “I want to hear from you on the things that are going right, the things that aren’t going so right, and what we can do together to do something about it,” he said. Ellison visited the Allan and Kathleen Deutz farm on Tuesday, Sept. 24 to hear what Marshall-area farmers have to say. The primary focus of the discussion at this meeting was on dairy farming, but Ellison wants to hear what other farmers from other areas have to say as well.
Several topics came up during the discussion. Ellison explained some of the issues his office is currently working on, including wage equality, prescription costs, the vaping epidemic, the opioid issues and healthcare costs. But these issues aren’t all the office could be focusing on.

For the full story, read this week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal.

Correction to commissioner’s story

October 3, 2019

Last week’s Lincoln County Commissioner’s story incorrectly stated that the daycare being run on the neighboring prop­erty to the Newell prop­erty is run by the Persoon family. The daycare is ac­tually owned by Jason and Barb Brust. Also, Chair Mic VanDeVere was quoted as asking if the Persoon fam­ily had been contacted by the DNR, which should have referred to the Brust family. The ensuing sen­tence should have read “Jason Brust said that, while his opinion of a safe distance differs from the DNR, the DNR did commu­nicate with them.”
The building site owned by the Brusts was former­ly owned by the Persoon family.

DNR land acquisition causes controversy; local daycare closes as a result

September 25, 2019

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The Newell family and the Minnesota DNR spoke to the board of commissioners on Tuesday, regarding a land acquisition by the DNR.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commission­ers met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 17. All board members were present.
A member of the Newell family and Amber Knutson of the Minnesota Depart­ment of Natural Resourc­es spoke to the board re­garding a resolution that would show county sup­port of the DNR purchas­ing the Newell family land for public hunting land. According to discussion, a daycare was being run on the neighboring property, owned by the Persoon family, but the plans to turn the Newell land into public hunting ground caused the daycare to close…

For the full story, read this week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal.

City ahead in FEMA application process thanks to Christensen’s efforts

September 19, 2019

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Lake Benton Fire Chief Scott Christensen, left, and Mike Czech spoke to the council about applying for a grant from the Minnesota Fire Marshall for funds to purchase a special washing machine and dryer for cleaning the department’s new turnout gear. The council approved applying for the grant.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council met for their regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 16. Before the meeting, a public hearing intended to allow citizens to give input on the progress of the Small Cities Development Grant currently in process was held. There were no citizens in attendance.
City Maintenance Supervisor Todd Draper spoke to the council regarding the progress of the application to FEMA for emergency funding from weather-related damage caused in the city…

For the full story, read this week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal.