Special City Council meeting saw a disappointing turnout

January 16, 2019

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The Jan. 8 special city council meeting, set with the intention of discussing the situation regarding the Lake Benton First Responders, saw a disappointing turnout. One other member of the First Responders arrived shortly after the meeting began. Other than responders and firemen, no community members attended the meeting to comment.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
At the Dec. 17, 2018 city council meeting, Chuck DeBates, speaking on behalf of the Lake Benton First Responders, announced that the organization was in danger of disbanding, not due to funding, but due to a lack of volunteers. The city council set a special meeting, which took place on Tuesday, Jan. 8, to discuss the situation, with the hope that community members would attend to contribute to the discussion.

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County Commissioners kept busy at first meeting of the year

January 16, 2019

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Lincoln County Engineer Joe Wilson reported that a server used by the Roads and Bridges Department has reached its life expectancy. He will present a quote for a replacement server in a future meeting.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Commissioners met for their first meeting of the year on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Court Administrator Wen­dy Rost administered the Oath of Office to new/ re-elected officials: Com­missioner District 2 Mic VanDeVere, Commissioner District 4 Joe Drietz, Audi­tor-Treasurer Deb Vierhuf, Recorder Michelle Facile, Sheriff Chad Meester, and Attorney Glen Petersen. VanDeVere was selected as board chair, with Drietz selected as vice-chair.
The board approved sev­eral resolutions. The coun­ty board also approved the 2019 Commissioner Com­mittee Appointments. The resolutions and appoint­ments are similar to previ­ous years’ appointments and resolutions.

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Johansen Repair will purchase parking lot behind former Community Center

January 10, 2019

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Lincoln County Engineer Joe Wilson spoke to the trustees about a proposed sidewalk repair/replacement project in 2023, which will include replacing the pavers on the intersection of Benton and Fremont streets.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton City Council met for their first meeting of 2019 on Monday, Jan. 7. City Adminis­trator/Clerk Eileen Christensen began the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, followed by swearing in Bob Worth for his second term as Lake Benton Mayor and Mark Dunn and Daryl Schlapkohl for their second terms as City Trustees.
Lincoln County Engineer Joe Wilson was at the meeting to talk to the council about a resolution to support the County Pedestrian Ramp Reconstruction projects throughout Lincoln County…

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Understanding Truth in Taxation statements

January 3, 2019

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

In November, Lincoln County residents received Truth in Taxation (TNT) statements, which caused sticker shock for some county residents. For ex­ample, Lake Benton resi­dents were told to expect a 23 percent increase in their school levy and a six percent increase in the city taxes, in addition to a three percent increase at the county level. Fortunately, the actual tax statements that will come out in April will be considerably below the early estimates, but the questions that were asked at the TNT meetings made it apparent that clarifica­tion in the different tax statements is necessary.

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Olsen reports on meeting concerning curly-leaf pondweed

December 26, 2018

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John Hoveland is Lincoln County’s new Veterans Services Officer. He was sworn in by County Attorney Glen Petersen at Tuesday’s commissioners’ meeting.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Commissioners met for their final meeting of 2018 on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Com­missioner Rick Hamer was absent from the meeting.
Lincoln County Envi­ronmental Officer Robert Olsen spoke to the group about the meeting be­tween the DNR, the county, and the Lake Benton Lake Improvement District. Ol­sen feels that, while they were unable to get a full-lake treatment for Curly-leaf pondweed (CLP), they were able to come to agreement on an appropri­ate treatment that will ad­dress the problem…

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First Responders in danger of disbanding

December 19, 2018

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Chuck DeBates spoke to the city council on behalf of the Lake Benton First Responders.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Chuck DeBates spoke to the Lake Benton City Council on Monday evening on behalf of the Lake Benton First Responders. “The First Responders were formed in 1988 and have served the community for more than 30 years,” he said, “Members have come and gone over that time period but our numbers have decreased to the point that we may no longer be able to provide the dependable service that the community has come to expect.”
According to DeBates, the First Responders are the first emergency responders on site, providing emergency care until an ambulance can respond, which can be from five minutes to 15 minutes after the Responders arrive. “The impact of that extra wait of 5-15 minutes (depending on location) could vary from inconvenient to life threatening,” DeBates explained.

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Sievert reports 27 deer harvested by City Deer Hunt

December 19, 2018

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Lake Benton Police Chief Tony Sievert prepared a police report that was pre­sented at the Dec. 17 City Council meeting.
As an update on the City of Lake Benton Deer Hunt, since Sept. 15, hunters have logged a total of 612 hours of hunting time…

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Lundberg and Paluch retire from county after decades of service

December 13, 2018

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Loretta Lundberg and Sue Paluch were honored for their service to Lincoln County on Friday, Dec. 7.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Lincoln County will lose two dedicated employees in January. Loretta Lundberg and Sue Paluch are both retiring from their positions in the county, effective Jan. 7, 2019. A retirement party was held at the courthouse in Ivanhoe last Friday, Dec. 7.
Lundberg has served Lincoln County for more than 50 years. She began working at the courthouse at the age of 18 years. “They had to have a babysitter for me,” she said with a smile, “No one under the age of 21 could sign any official documents and I was only 18.”…

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Residents ask questions at county Truth in Taxation meeting

December 13, 2018

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Mic VanDeVere

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Lincoln County held its Truth in Taxation meet­ing on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Lincoln County Court­house. Several people were on hand to comment and ask questions about the recently received Pro­posed Property Tax state­ments for 2019.
John Appelen of Canby asked what impact the new wind farms would have in tax relief…

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Lighting upgrade project comes in below 10K reports

December 13, 2018

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Commissioners met for their regular meeting on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Lin­coln County Courthouse in Ivanhoe. The meeting was set for Thursday due to a schedule conflict with the normal Tuesday time.
As one of her last offi­cial acts as CountyTrea­surer, Loretta Lundberg presented the annual no­tification of compliance.

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