City council approves six month lease of kitchen with Sassy Cakes

March 6, 2019

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council met for their regular meeting on Monday, March 4. Acting Mayor Rosie DeZeeuw called the meeting to order.
City Administrator/Clerk Eileen Christensen reported that there is an individual interested in leasing the kitchen only of the Lake Benton Area Community and Event Center. Ashly Nordmeyer runs a cupcake business, Sassy Cakes, which has grown to the point that she needs a commercial kitchen…

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Former Community Center inventory will be sold by sealed bid

February 27, 2019

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The Lake Benton City Council granted a temporary on-site liquor license to the Lake Benton Fire Department to be used for the Gala.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19. All members were present.
A Public Hearing regarding submitting the application to the Small Cities Development Grant program was held…

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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
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

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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Protecting you and yours doesn’t involve posting to social media

February 21, 2019

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Police Chief Tony Sievert

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
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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Lincoln County will sponsor the City of Tyler in a local street project

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
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

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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Robinson discusses TIF options with council at Monday’s meeting

February 6, 2019

By Sirrina Martinez
News Contributor

The Lake Benton City Council held its first monthly meeting on Feb. 4. There was no one pres­ent for the open forum, so the council moved on to the business agenda.
No one from the police depart­ment was present to deliver a report so Administrator/Clerk Eileen Christensen relayed the department’s request to open a separate bank account for civil forfeiture money obtained by the department to use for train­ing, or other department needs…

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Former Community Center building will be listed with a realtor

January 31, 2019

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton City Council met for their sec­ond monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 22. The meeting was held on Tues­day because of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
An open hearing on adopting the Police Body-worn Camera Policy started the meeting. The city attorney reviewed and approved the policy. There was no public com­ment during the hearing. The council approved the policy…

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County hears update from SWCD

January 31, 2019

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

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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Lincoln County Commissioner Chair speaks with Governor Walz.

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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Hole-in-the-Mountain Park among recommended recipients for grant dollars

January 23, 2019

By Mark Wilmes 
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The Greater Minne­sota Regional Parks and Trails Commission has announced grant recom­mendations for the FY20 funding cycle. Vince Rob­inson of Lincoln County Enterprise Development Corp (LCEDC) said they have been working with the Lincoln County Parks Department and the Coun­ty Commissioners to apply for grant funds to update the Hole-in-the-Mountain (HITM) Park 20-year re­source plan.
“It appears that the fund­ing we have requested will be forthcoming; assuming the legislature again ac­cepts the recommendation of the Greater MN Region­al Parks and Trails Com­mission,” Robinson said. “This funding will help us to survey park users and regional community mem­bers about their usage of current HITM park ameni­ties and their interest in additional amenities.”

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