Hitting the streets for better health

April 16, 2015

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Above: The first pair crossing the finish line for the 1K Walk/Run on Saturday morning were Tyler Dagel and his mom Brenda.

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A total of 48 people signed up for Saturday’s RTR Community Health Fair 1K/5K Walk/Run.

County board approves new hires

April 16, 2015

Scholten named Emergency Management Safety Director

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners heard from Cathleen Amick and Bev Herfindahl of Western Community Action in regard to public transit.
The pair explained the usage and benefits of public transit and that consolidating would create stronger systems, and that there would be more to gain than to lose.
Chairman Don Evers said he thinks this is something that should be looked into.
Dustin Hauschild provided the Engineer Report, with a bid opening for gravel crushing. The lowest bid was from Sibson Gravel out of Beardsley with a bid of $111,600. The Board awarded Sibson the contract.

For the full story, read this week’s Tyler Tribute.

Treasure Box Open House April 19

April 16, 2015

The Treasure Box is hosting an open house at The Rock on Sunday, April 19 from 3-5 p.m. There will be games, activities, snacks and an opportunity to speak with Cathy, the teacher for next year. All are welcome. We especially invite anyone who is interested in learning more about our school readiness program for three-year-olds and young four-year-olds. Stop by with your questions or call Cathy Christensen at 507-828-9101 or Pastor Manian at 507-247-3400.

Special meeting held to approve health insurance bid

April 16, 2015

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
A special meeting of the RTR School Board was held on Thursday, April 9 at the middle school in Russell. The meeting opened with a request to add an agenda item that would address the open position on the board by board member Peggy Dunblazier. Board Chairperson Paul Henriksen told the board he didn’t think it needed to be addressed at that particular meeting.
“This can be handled at the next regular session,” Henriksen said. “We’re not going to do this at the special meeting.”
The motion failed with no votes from Henriksen, Pat O’Toole and Tom Gordon and yes votes from Dunblazier and Doug Possail.
Bids have been gathered for health insurance coverage for the coming school year. Superintendent Bruce Houck said four bids were received with only two meeting the request for proposal. The committee is recommending that the district go with the quote from the Southwest West Central Service Co-op bid over the other qualifying bid from Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Houck said the Blue Cross Blue Shield bid came in slightly lower, but was short some coverage options provided by the SW/WC bid, which will also be provided through Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Houck thanked the board for being willing to have a meeting on April 2, even though it was Maundy Thursday, before being postponed due to public pressure.

For the full story, read this week’s Tyler Tribute.

Man’s best friend?

April 9, 2015

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The Easter Bunny took some time to do a little inter-species bonding with Schatz in the sunshine while children were out looking for Easter eggs at Saturday’s Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt.For more photos, look inside this issue of the Tribute, and go to photos.buffaloridgenews.com

Tyler Rod and Gun Club holds fish fry

April 9, 2015

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Lee Seiler of Tyler and Kevin Isenberg of Ivanhoe were two of the many who were on hand for the fish fry Friday evening at the American Legion Hall. Nearly 500 people were served.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The Tyler Rod and Gun Club held their 33rd annual fish fry on Friday, April 3. In addition to the traditional Easter weekend meal, the club sold 2015 mem­berships, as well as raffle tick­ets for cash or prizes.
The club reported that around 500 people came through the door Friday evening, and they served up around 440 pounds of fish.
Raffle winners were Al Bar­ber – 12 gauge shotgun; Dor­othy Broin – .22 rifle; Wade Therkildsen – .243 rifle; and John Thooft – Beef bundle or $200.
Proceeds from the event will go to some of the many projects in which the club is involved, including shooting range up­keep and improvements, Dead Coon Lake aeration, youth fire­arm training and funding and pheasant and habitat re-estab­lishment.

Save the Date for Hospice Benefit

April 9, 2015

The 20th annual Ridgeview Hospice Benefit is on Friday, April 24 at the Tyler Golf Club starting at 5 p.m. We are planning a wonderful evening for you with a delicious roast beef dinner, cash raffle and our ever popular silent and live auctions.We have made exciting changes this year including hosting it at Tyler Golf Club along with a cash raffle instead of a TV, which includes two chances of winning $500 or $250.Another change being made this year instead of our “pick of the auction” we have a very exciting surprise getaway package that you can bid on!
Ridgeview Hospice has served hundreds of families since its certification in 1994. Our service area includes residents within a 30-mile radius of Tyler, reaching out to people in Arco, Balaton, Florence, Garvin, Ghent, Holland, Ivanhoe, Lake Benton, Lynd, Marshall, Minneota, Pipestone, Russell, Ruthton, Taunton, Verdi and Woodstock, as well as Tyler.

For the full story, read this week’s Tyler Tribute.

Council hears complaints on water, sewer issues

April 9, 2015

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Troy Houselog spoke with the city council on Monday evening to explain issues he has had since the last water project.

Decision made to suspend talks with Lincoln County on shared law enforcement services

The Tyler City Council heard about homeowner issues at Monday evening’s regular meet­ing. Troy Houselog was present to discuss sewer issues that he has been having since the last water project. Each of the last three years Houselog has expe­rienced problems in the spring when the frost is coming out of the ground.
“I don’t feel it’s 100 percent my responsibility for repairs,” Houselog told the council.
Houselog said in the 18 years he has lived at that location, he had not had problems until the water main installation. House­log spent over $7,000 in trench­ing and plumbing work to try to solve the problems. Since the resident is responsible for the work done from the curb to the house, Houselog said he felt he should be required to pay for no more than 20 percent of the ex­penses incurred.
City Administrator will inves­tigate the history of the problem and will find out what may have been due to the last water proj­ect and the council will follow up with Houselog to make an offer on damages for which he should not be responsible.

For the full story, read this week’s Tyler Tribute.

Students, staff help raise $3,000

April 2, 2015

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The RTR Elementary students, responsible for helping reach the goal of $3,000, give a wave to readers of the Tyler Tribute. More photos of this event inside this issue. For all our Tribute photos in full color, go to photos.buffaloridgenews.com. Next week: Coverage of the final ceremony and some pictures of “the shaving of the kindergarten teacher.”

Highway 14 construction resumes

April 2, 2015

Construction activities on Highway 14 between Florence and Tyler will resume April 6 when crews begin removing what remains of a large volume of dirt that was placed over the road last fall to help increase the road’s elevation.
Once the surcharge mate­rial is removed, crews will construct about two miles of new road, the last phase of this $5.2 million project that began in 2014. The new road will be built at a higher elevation to mitigate spring flooding.
The current detour will re­main in place until July 2015, when the project is expected to be completed.
A detour map can be found at: www.mndot.gov/d8/proj­ects/hwy14florence/.
When completed, this project will have:
· Resurfaced 22 miles of road
· Reconstructed 1.5 miles of road
· Repaired the Highway 14 bridge between Florence and Balaton
· Helped mitigate flooding
· Improved accessibility in Tracy
For updated statewide road conditions and construction information, call 5-1-1 or visit www.511mn.org.