Joe Wilson appointed Lincoln County Highway Engineer

October 12, 2017

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Joe Wilson (right) was appointed Lincoln County Highway Engineer by the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. He is pictured with Dustin Hauschild, who, along with Wilson, represented the Highway Department at the Oct. 3 meeting.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners appointed Joe Wilson as the County Highway Engineer at their Tuesday, Oct. 3 meeting.
The possibility of appointing Wilson, who is replacing Dave Halbersma in the position, was brought forth last month by Halbersma, whose services Lincoln County has been sharing with Pipestone County. Halbersma had suggested appointing Wilson to the position now versus in May, as Halbersma felt Wilson is ready to take over the position. Halbersma had reminded the Lincoln County Board that the original plan was to have their own highway engineer, and that for the past few years Wilson had been working to complete his degree.

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

Off-sale liquor license request denied by the City of Lake Benton

October 4, 2017

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Guy and Renee Pribyl appeared before the City Council to request an off-sale liquor license.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Guy and Renee Pribyl, owners of Becker’s Resort, appeared before the city council on Monday to request an off-sale liquor license. According to Renee Pribyl, she was told by the liquor commissioner that the city can change previous agreements “anytime they want to.” However, that is not the case, according to legal counsel Mike Cable. In accordance with the terms of a contract between the City of Lake Benton and the owners of the Lake Benton Bar, the city cannot grant a new off-sale liquor license to anyone until after the terms of the current contract with the Lake Benton Bar have ended…

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

Commissioners hear from mayor, city administrator of Hendricks

September 27, 2017

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Hendricks Mayor Julie Hogie and City Administrator David Blees, left, talked to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners last week about the rural dumpsters and recycling site in Hendricks.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Hendricks City Administrator David Blees and Mayor Julie Hogie attended the Tuesday, Sept. 19 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners to speak to the commissioners regarding the rural garbage and recycling site located in Hendricks.
Recently, there has been talk at the county level of moving the site back to its original location, to property owned by the county along Hwy. 17 across from NB Golf…

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

Update on Small Cities grant given at city council meeting

September 20, 2017

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Mayor Bob Worth reviews his meeting packet using one of the wireless tablets purchased by the City of Lake Benton. Among the many benefits the tablets provide is the reduced paperwork printed out for each meeting.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton City Council heard an update on the Small Cities Grant being facilitated by DSI at their regular meeting Monday evening. According to Teresa Schreurs, the interest in the Small Cities Grant was over­whelmingly positive. Schreurs stated, “In the four years that I have been doing this, this is the most response I have seen from a community, especially of this size.” At this point, there are 60 residential properties and nine commercial properties interest­ed in participating in this grant. Schreurs had originally wanted to include Ruthton, Tyler and Lake Benton in the same grant application; however, Schreurs recently met with the state rep­resentatives of DEED, where the grant money comes from, and they encouraged her to separate Lake Benton as a stand-alone application and Tyler and Ruth­ton will be combined…

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

DNR and city residents discuss deer problems and solutions at council meeting

September 13, 2017

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More than 20 community members attended the Sept. 5 City Council meeting for an opportunity to voice their concerns over the growing deer population.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
More than 20 Lake Benton city residents were on hand at the Tuesday, Sept. 5 City Council meeting. The residents came for an opportunity to speak out on the rising deer population within city limits and the problems deer are causing, and to hear what the city plans to do about the situation. Wendy Krueger and Amber Knutson of the Marshall branch of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) were also at the meeting to hear the comments.
Jim Viere commented that part of the problem is the city is landlocked by privately-owned land which serves as prime congregating areas for the deer, especially in the winter…

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

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Wendy Krueger, center front, and Amber Knutson, right, of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources were on hand to address concerns of the community about the high deer population that comes into city limits.

Commissioners approve preliminary plat for Shaokatan development

September 13, 2017

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
During the Sept. 5 meeting, Robert Olsen of the Lincoln County Environmental Office spoke to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners regarding a subdivision on Lake Shaokatan. Olsen was requesting the approval of a preliminary plat, as the same had already been approved by the Planning and Zoning Board.
Olsen said the public had a chance for input and questions, with a favorable result. However, there was a question regarding excavating for a boat ramp. Olsen is working with the landowner and coming up with alternatives.

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

DNR will be at Sept. 5 Council meeting, public welcome

August 30, 2017

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By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
According to Mayor Bob Worth and several Lake Benton community members, the local deer population is out of control. There have been reports of gardens being eaten and landscapes being destroyed. Local dogs are often driven to distraction. So what can be done about the problem?
Some may wonder why having a large deer population in a town can be a dangerous situation…

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

LCEDC asks county for increase in their 2018 budget

August 23, 2017

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Vince Robinson and John Engels, representing the Lincoln County Enterprise Development Corporation (LCEDC), spoke to the Lincoln County Commissioners last Tuesday providing an update on LCEDC activities and presenting their 2018 budget request.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail. com

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners heard from Vince Rob­inson and John Engels, representing the Lincoln County Enterprise De­velopment Corporation (LCEDC). They reviewed the projects and services provided by the LCEDC and their importance, and where staff time is spent. Robinson presented the 2018 budget request of $58,000. Last year’s bud­get request was $52,000, but the board kept the amount appropriation at $45,000. Robinson and Engels explained that the LCEDC’s reserves are de­pleted, and they would like the Board of Commission­ers to consider appropriat­ing the requested amount. The Board of Commission­ers is currently reviewing the budget for 2018, and took the request under consideration.
Robinson requested the approval of the submission of the Hole-in-the-Moun­tain Master Plan, which was approved by unani­mous consent.

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

County Commissioners hold special meeting to discuss potential litigation

August 23, 2017

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The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners held a special meeting on Monday, Aug. 21 at 9 a.m. All board members were present with the exception of Chairman Rick Hamer. Pictured are Joe Wilson and Dustin Hauschild of the Lincoln County Highway Department, along with Lincoln County Attorney Glen Petersen.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer @gmail.com

A special meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners was held Monday, Aug. 21 at 9 a.m. for the purpose of discuss­ing potential litigation stemming from a protest that occurred related to the bid opening for the box culvert project on Tuesday, Aug. 15.
On Monday morning, Lincoln County Attorney Glen Petersen told the Board of Commissioners that he had received com­munication from the at­torney of Qualm Construc­tion, Inc., the party that is protesting the results of the bid opening.

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

Community members will have an opportunity to speak out about local deer problem

August 23, 2017

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The regular meeting of the Lake Benton City Council had a full agenda on Monday evening. The meeting opened with a two-minute forum where Karen Lichtsinn, repre­senting the Chamber of Commerce, asked the council to consider estab­lishing a city-wide cleanup where the city would pick up all junk and garbage at the cost of the city. “Other communities do this,” Lichtsinn stated. Mainte­nance Supervisor Todd Draper addressed the re­quest…

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