Potential water contamination at Dead Coon Lake

September 25, 2014

Waterfowl hunters should be aware of potential water contamination at Dead Coon Lake and Coon Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA), west of Russell.  The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency are investigating the issue and have taken water samples after reports of milky blue water and dead or dying fish.  With the waterfowl opener this Saturday, Sept. 27, the agencies wanted to make hunters aware of the issue and potential harm to them and their dogs.  More information will be shared as it becomes available.  The 1,049-acre WMA is in Lincoln and Lyon counties in western Minnesota, and is a popular destination for area hunters.  For more information, contact Wendy Krueger, DNR area wildlife supervisor, at 507-537-6250.

Harvest in High Heels and Tyler Home Tours held Saturday

October 16, 2014

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Dona Hanson hosted a home tour at her and Lyle’s home at 302 County Road 8 this past Saturday afternoon during the fifth annual Tyler Home Tours.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Saturday was a community-wide ladies day out in Tyler as the fifth annual Harvest in High Heels was held at the Tyler Golf Club followed by the annual Tyler Home Tours.
The Harvest in High Heels Women’s Expo was held at the Tyler Golf Club from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a variety of vendors in attendance.
Tastefully Simple, Home Décor, Scentsy, Pampered Chef, jewelry vendors, arts and crafts booths, purse vendors and many others were available to attendees. The Harvest in High Heels, sponsored by the Tyler Golf Club, was held in conjunction with the Tyler Home Tours that took place later in the afternoon on Saturday.
The Tyler Home Tours is an annual fund-raiser organized by the Tidy Up Tyler Committee; this year four homes were featured on the tour.
The homes of Aaron and Alissa Christianson, Lyle and Dona Hanson, Darrell and Kelly Erb, and Dane and Kayla Sanderson were the homes that were made available to tour this year.

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

Lincoln County Environmental still working towards proper usage of rural dumpsters

October 16, 2014

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One of the recycling sheds in Tyler is clearly marked for flattened cardboard only, however, many of the boxes were not flattened and the large styrofoam cooler in the center of the photo above should be in the garbage dumpster.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The continued misuse of the rural dumpsters located throughout Lincoln County prompted a request from Robert Olsen of the Lincoln County Environmental Office to implement a pilot project, sooner than later, that would place custodians at three of the sites—Hendricks, Lake Benton and Tyler—for the remainder of this year.
Olsen explained that one of the biggest problems has been cardboard boxes that haven’t been flattened but placed in the dumpsters. The boxes take up more space, which leads to the dumpsters filling up faster and being over-full. This results in overages. Additional items such as mattresses and construction debris have also been an issue, along with people who are not supposed to be using the dumpsters at all. A suggestion from Waste Management has been to place additional dumpsters at each site, the cost of which would be $200-$250, depending on the site. Olsen said he would like to avoid that additional cost if possible, and monitoring the sites could alleviate the problem as the custodians will be removing the boxes and other items that do not belong in the dumpsters that add to the capacity. These items are listed on signs located at each site.

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

Community Health Fair to be held Oct. 22

October 16, 2014

Tyler Healthcare Center will be hosting a Community Health Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 3-8 p.m. at the Tyler Golf Course.
Many area businesses will be attending such as Norwex, Tyler Dental Clinic, Avera Marshall, Natural Health Center, Pluto Legal, Western Mental Health, Southwest Family Chiropractic, Community Blood Bank, Whitney Sleep Diagnostics, Thrifty White Pharmacy, and many more.
There will be various booths with displays, health screenings, educational materials and demonstrations. Health-related activities will be offered for adults and children of all ages including balance screenings, diabetes, CPR, and kids’ crafts.
The MEGA Heart, which is the world’s first inflatable heart designed as an educational walk-through exhibit, demonstrates the effects of heart disease and ways to prevent and treat it.
Local massage therapists will be in attendance and giving free mini-massages.

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

Harvest in High Heels and Home Tours in Tyler

October 10, 2014

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By Robert Wolfington
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Two big events in Tyler are being held Saturday, Oct. 11. Harvest in High Heels at the Tyler Golf Club, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and Tyler Home Tours, 1-4 p.m.
The day will kick off with the Harvest in High Heels event at the Tyler Golf Club.
Vendors from around the area will be on hand for the expo.
“We have a lot of new vendors this year,” said Golf Club Manager Tasia Dass. “We are directly tied in with the Tour of Homes this year.
“After the Harvest in High Heels expo we will have drinks and appetizers out here,” she said.
At 1 p.m. the Home Tours will kick off with four homes around the Tyler area.

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

 

Blithe Spirit opens at Opera House

October 10, 2014

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Jim Radloff and Betty Andries of Marshall are pictured during this past Sunday’s performance of “Blithe Spirit” at the Lake Benton Opera House. The show continues to run this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Tyler Council approves admin. contract

October 10, 2014

The Tyler City Council approved the contract for new Tyler City Administrator Robert Wolfington III at its regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 6.
The council interviewed Wolfington last month and opted to offer him the position.
Wolfington will take over the role on Monday, Oct. 13.
Monday’s meeting marked the final council meeting with current City Administrator Bruce Williams, who announced he would be leaving the position earlier this year.

Council talks non-renewal for Police Chief contract

October 10, 2014

The Tyler City Council voted 4-1 to inform Police Chief John Spindler they did not intend to renew his contact in January during its regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 6.
Spindler asked why notice was being given at this time.
City Attorney Glen Petersen said the council should not discuss employee performance or issues in an open meeting and said that could be handled at a different time.
Councilman Erick Harper made a motion for notification of the intent not to renew and Mayor Kurt Thomsen seconded the motion.
The council voted 4-1 to give Spindler notice with Councilman Darrel Denney voting in opposition.
According to Thomsen, the notification would be a three-month notice based on Spindler’s current union-negotiated contract with six months severance if the council decides not to renew the contract in January.

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

Car seat safety and health screenings at Health Fair

October 10, 2014

Is your child in the car seat correctly?
We all want our children to travel safely in cars. Installing a car seat for younger children and babies can be a challenge. Tyler Healthcare Center’s Peggy Dunblazier, EMT, recently became a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. Child Passenger Safety Technicians can check to make sure your car seats are installed correctly and teach you how to use and install a car seat on your own.
Peggy can provide one-on-one consultations and during the checkup will ensure that your car seat is appropriate for your child’s age and size and review factors affecting proper use. She will review the car seat instructions and the vehicle owner’s manual to ensure that both are being followed correctly and check the car seat for recalls, visible damage and an expiration date. Peggy will also watch you install the car seat(s) correctly using either the seat belt or LATCH system. Other discussion topics will include the benefits of everyone riding properly buckled in, safety in and around  the vehicle, and the next steps for each child, such as when to graduate to the next type of car seat. Peggy will be available at the Community Health Fair on Oct. 22 at the Tyler Golf Club to discuss car seat safety, answer any questions and schedule checkup appointments.

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

Bringing a smile to town

October 2, 2014

By Robert Wolfington
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
After retiring as a teacher in the RTR School District, Duane Blake of Tyler was looking for a way to stay connected to teaching and working with students, but wanted to do it in a different way.
Blake created the character of Buster the Reading Clown three years ago and has worked with schools, libraries and other organizations around the region ever since.
“When I retired from teaching school, after a couple years I really missed telling stories to children,” said Blake. “It was always a nice experience and I was looking for a way to be invited into schools and libraries to read stories, not just as a volunteer but I wanted to do something different.”
Blake’s interest in clowns goes back a number of years but getting into the Buster character has given him a chance to work with people in a whole new way.

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

Cross Country comes to RTR

October 2, 2014

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The RTR Cross Country team was one of 11 teams competing at Yellow Medicine East on Thursday, Sept. 25. Kyle Krueger finished eighth (9:21) overall in the boys junior high race. Saudia Gruhot finished fourth (10:58) and Maribeth Jacobson, pictured above, right, running in a previous meet, placed 13th (12:05) in the girls junior high race.

By Robert Wolfington
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Members of the RTR Cross Country team were warming up for a practice recently ahead of a cross country meet at Yellow Medicine East.
Coach Lance Wittnebel has been working with the team that started up this season.
“(Our team this year is) impressive, I would consider them to be the pioneers (for this program),” said Wittnebel.
Because the program is new, Wittnebel said it’s small but he sees opportunity for growth.

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