City announces non tax increase for 2018 at Truth in Taxation meeting

December 14, 2017

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The City of Lake Benton held their annual Truth in Taxation hearing on Monday, Dec. 4, where they voted to not raise the tax levy for 2018.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council met Monday, Dec. 4 for their regular meeting. The Truth in Taxation hearing was held at the end of the regular meeting. At 6 p.m., Mayor Bob Worth asked for a motion to go into the Truth in Taxation Hearing. At the Sept. 18 meeting, an increase in the tax levy was approved. During this meeting, Mayor Worth reminded the council that the city can either approve the proposed tax levy of $237,509.44, an increase of approximately four percent, or they can decrease it; the levy cannot be increased at this time. Trustee Mark Dunn moved and Trustee Dave Enke seconded that the proposed levy be reduced to match the 2017 amount of $231,336. The motion passed…

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SWCD presents project overview to Lincoln County Commissioners

December 14, 2017

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
During the Dec. 7 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, Dale Sterzinger of the Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation District office showed an hour-long power point presentation containing photos and information on various methods of soil erosion prevention currently in use in Lincoln County.

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Commissioners hear report from Fair Board members

November 30, 2017

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer @gmail.com

Members of the Lin­coln County Fair Board— Curt Madsen, Don Evers and Frank Jorgensen— presented a report on the 2017 Lincoln County Fair. “We had a really good fair,” said Madsen, who added that the weather was good and attendance was up. No records are kept on attendance, however, at­tendance was up at the demolition derby and the 4-H canteen had record sales in the first three days. Madsen said since the prices have not been raised at the canteen, this was also an indication that attendance was up at the fair this year.

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City council votes to stick with the four-dog maximum ordinance

November 24, 2017

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The Lake Benton City Council voted to purchase a new rifle for the Lake Benton Police Department at Monday evening’s meeting. The rifle will be purchased from a local gun shop.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton City Coun­cil met for their regular meet­ing on Monday, Nov. 20 at the Heritage Center/City Offices. The majority of the meeting focused on Animal Ordinance No. 91.06—Kennels, which had been tabled at both the Oct. 16 council meeting and the Nov. 6 council meeting. Discussion be­gan with Trustee Daryl Schlap­kohl reporting that Legal Coun­sel advised the council to stick with the four-dog maximum or­dinance currently on the books. Legal Counsel did not comment on the fact that, according to their owners, the dogs in ques­tion are registered as service animals with the ADA. City Ad­ministrator Eileen Christensen noted that proof of vaccination had not been submitted for the animals in question, which is a requirement of the State of Min­nesota to be categorized as ser­vice animals. Mayor Worth also pointed out that service animals are not to be bred; however, two of the animals in question are currently pregnant, according to the owners.

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Commissioners approve Sheriff’s Department staffing requests

November 16, 2017

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Lincoln County Deputy Isaiah Wahl and Sheriff Chad Meester spoke to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners regarding the need for an additional full-time deputy.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Lincoln County Sheriff Chad Meester, accompanied by Deputy Isaiah Wahl, Dis­patcher Sarah Koch and Jail Administrator Robin Sik, were in attendance at the Nov. 7 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners to speak about staffing needs.
Sheriff Meester and Dep­uty Wahl spoke to the board about difficulties the depart­ment has had with trying to hire a part-time deputy; get­ting people to apply for the position has been an issue. Meester proposed hiring a full-time deputy to garner more interest in the position and to alleviate the difficulty in filling shifts left open be­cause of sick, vacation or fam­ily leave.

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Animal ordinances discussed and tabled at the City Council meeting

November 9, 2017

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Chad and Tami Benck requested an amendment to Animal Ordinance No. 91.06 – Kennels at Monday evening’s City Council meeting.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council met for their regular meeting on Monday evening and Chad and Tami Benck were on hand to request an amendment to Animal Ordinance No. 91.06—Kennels. The Bencks own six dogs, two more than the ordinance allows, all of which are registered as therapy dogs for their special needs son. At the previous meeting, some council members wanted to hold the Bencks to the city ordinance, which would require them to get rid of two of their dogs. The matter was tabled at the Oct. 16 meeting to give City Trustees an opportunity to research and consider the matter fully. Trustee Mark Dunn opened the discussion by sharing information he found in the League of Minnesota Cities information pamphlet…

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County Commissioners have several approval items on agenda

October 27, 2017

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Dale Sterzinger provided the quarterly SWDC update for the Lincoln County Commissioners.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Dale Sterzinger provided the SWCD quarterly report for the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners at their Tuesday, Oct. 17 meeting. Sterzinger said they have reached the implementation stage of the Watershed One Plan, and that a signed agreement was needed to move forward. This was approved by unanimous consent.

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Small Cities Grant update given at City Council meeting by Schreurs

October 19, 2017

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Teresa Schreurs was on hand to talk about the next steps in the Small Cities Grant process.

By Shelly Finzen
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The Lake Benton City Council met for their regular meeting Monday night. Immediately after the meeting began, the council closed for executive session. When the meeting reopened, Trustee David Enke made the following motion: “I would like to move to authorize Mary Tietjen of the law firm of Kennedy and Graven Chartered to bring a motion before administrative law judge James LaFave to have the City of Lake Benton dismissed from the action entitled in the matter of the City of Lake Benton versus Thor Tollefson, the City of Ashby, and the Public Employees Retirement Association having number OAH60-3600-34056.” The motion was approved.
Teresa Schreurs of Developmental Services, Inc. was on hand to present an update to the Small Cities Grant…

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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.

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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…

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