Lincoln County Road and Bridge hearing set for March 3

February 12, 2020

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Mark Dunn and Dave Enke of Lake Benton spoke to the county board about contracting for police coverage for the City of Lake Benton.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Directors met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 4. All commissioners were present for the meeting.
Lincoln County Engineer Joe Wilson spoke to the board concerning the highway department. According to Wilson, the county has already used more sand than usual on the roadways. Typically, the county uses 1,600 tons in a year, but this year they have already used 2,100 tons. Wilson estimates that they still have 1,700 tons left. “That is why we are telling the cities and towns that we are using it sparingly,” Wilson said.

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City approves leasing new snow removal equipment

February 5, 2020

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The Lake Benton City Council met for their regular meeting on Monday night. The board approved moving forward with contracting with Lincoln County for police protection. Pictured are trustees Dave Enke and Daryl Schlapkohl, City Administrator/Clerk Eileen Christensen, Mayor Bob Worth and trustees Mark Dunn and Rosie DeZeeuw.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council met for their regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 3. All trustees were present for the meeting. During the evening, two topics dominated the discussion.
City Maintenance Supervisor Todd Draper presented a proposal to lease a compact payloader from New Holland and to purchase a snowblower that would be used with the leased equipment. According to Draper, by participating in the lease program, the City of Lake Benton would have the use of a new machine for nine months, which would reduce the number of hours being put on the city’s tractor…

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Commissioners approve sheriff’s union request to bank hours

January 30, 2020

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The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met on Jan. 21 to discuss a number of topics. Pictured from left are County Attorney Glen Petersen, Mic VanDeVere, Jack Vizecky, Board Chair Joe Drietz, Corey Sik, Rick Hamer and County Auditor/Treasurer Deb Vierhuf.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 21. All board members were present with Board Chair Joe Drietz presiding over the meeting.
At the Jan. 7 regular meeting, the committee appointments discussion and action were tabled. The discussion reopened at this meeting. The board members are comfortable with the previous appointments and opted to keep them the same as before for 2020.
Michele VanDyke of the Lincoln County Extension Office requested that Jodi Otto be appointed as the new Extension Committee member to begin a new term. Her request was granted…

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LBA Foundation presents priorities for Lakeside Park to City Council

January 30, 2020

By Shelly Finzen
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The Lake Benton City Council met for their regular meeting on Tues­day, Jan. 21. Trustee Daryl Schlapkohl was absent from the meeting.
Jess Gums of the Lake Benton Area Foundation (LBAF) spoke to the coun­cil about their goals for Lakeside Park. According to Gums, the LBAF has the following priorities for its fundraising efforts: sig­nage, lighting, landscap­ing, benches and picnic tables. Gums said there are beautiful, unique lights al­ready at the park, but they do not appear to be work­ing (Gums said she has never seen them lit). She would like the city to look into whether they work or not, and if they do not, the LBAF would like to know what it would take to re­pair them. Gums has been in contact with an area contractor for the land­scaping and is waiting on a quote. She has also spoken to an area business about the signage, with a quote coming in the future. The LBAF would like to work with Trustee Schlapkohl, who is the Lincoln Coun­ty Parks Manager, on the benches and picnic tables. Mayor Bob Worth said the city’s main priority is to finish the paving at the park, but they would like to be included in the plan­ning and they will work with the LBAF as much as they can.

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Lake Benton and Lincoln County meet to discuss police protection

January 23, 2020

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The Lake Benton Board of Trustees met with representatives of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department to discuss the future of law enforcement within the community. Pictured clockwise from left are Lincoln County Sheriff Chad Meester, Lincoln County Commissioner Corey Sik, Lake Benton Police Chief Jeff Bungarner and City Trustee Dave Enke.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The City of Lake Benton Board of Trustees met with representatives of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office and the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, Jan. 14 to discuss the future of law enforcement coverage for the community. The meeting included the full council of the Lake Benton trustees, City Administrator/Clerk Eileen Christensen, Legal Counsel Mike Cable, Lake Benton Police Chief Jeff Bumgarner, Lincoln County Sheriff Chad Meester and District 1 Commissioner Corey Sik. Three community members and a city employee were also present for the meeting. While nothing was finalized, there was good discussion among the group and the Board of Trustees determined a direction to move toward.
During the discussion, the trustees asked several questions. Mayor Worth asked how the county would track hours spent in the Lake Benton community if a contract were established. Meester replied that the officers use a logging/tracking system…

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Several annual resolutions and appointments approved at county meeting

January 16, 2020

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Lincoln County Sheriff Chad Meester spoke to the county board about joining the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday, Jan. 7 for their first meeting of the new decade. Commissioners Rick Hamer and Corey Sik were absent from the meeting.
The meeting opened with election of the chair and vice-chair. Commissioner Joe Drietz was elected board chair and Commissioner Mic VanDeVere was elected as vice-chair.
Because it was the first meeting of the year, several annual resolutions, decisions and appointments were approved, including the following:
The 2020 mileage rate was set at $0.57 per mile…

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Guy Harding retires after 34 years of service in law enforcement

January 9, 2020

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Guy Harding retired from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department after more than 30 years of service.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
After more than 30 years of service, Guy Harding retired from law enforcement at the end of 2019. During his years, he served communities in both England and the United States, ending up as a Lincoln County Deputy Sheriff until his retirement.
Harding began serving in law enforcement in England, his native land, beginning in 1985. He worked as an officer there for 15 years before he moved to the United States in 1999. Before entering law enforcement, Harding spent 12 years as a paramedic in a large city. Harding and his wife moved to Lincoln County in 2000.

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

City council discusses future of local police department

January 9, 2020

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Mayor Bob Worth announced the Mayoral Appointments at Monday night’s meeting.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council met for their regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 6. All council members were present for the meeting.
Police Chief Jeff Bumgarner was absent from the meeting; however he submitted the December police report via email (see elsewhere in this edition for the report). As part of the report, Bumgarner stated that he was still willing to remain in the position for a time, but his hours during January will be diminished. After approving the police report, the council turned the discussion to the future of the Lake Benton Police Department.

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Lincoln County farmer re-elected chair of Soy Transportation coalition

December 24, 2019

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Lincoln County farmer Joel Schreurs was among the officers reelected to the Soy Transportation Coalition (STC) as the organization plotted its 2020 strategy at its an­nual meeting on Dec. 2-3 in Merida, Mexico.
“Transportation affects agriculture more than any other sector, as everything is related to transporta­tion, especially in rural Minnesota,” Schreurs told Soybean Business Maga­zine in a recent feature on the STC. “From the larger picture with the inland waterway systems to local roads and bridges, we use all aspects of the transpor­tation system to get the supplies we need and de­liver the products others want.”

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

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.

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