Meshke installed as new pastor at First English Lutheran Church

June 14, 2017

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Pastor Lisa Meshke

By Richard Siemers
Tribute contributor

 
Rev. Lisa Meshke, 35, was installed as pastor of First English Lutheran Church on Sunday, June 4. She is a native of Minnesota, but comes from the other side of the state. Her parents, both retired school teachers, still live in Blooming Prairie.
This is Meshke’s first parish, but it is not her first job. After getting degrees in finance and accounting—she earned her MBA at Iowa State University—she worked a number of years in finance. Over six of those years she worked in the home mortgage department of Wells Fargo Bank in West Des Moines, Iowa.

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Relay For Life 2017 in Hendricks June 23

June 14, 2017

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2017 Survivor speaker Brenda Citterman

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The 2017 Relay For Life of Lincoln County event moves to Hendricks this year, held at Vet­erans Memorial Park on June 23. The evening will kick off with the opening of camps at 4 p.m., followed by a pork chop supper at 5 p.m. The event will also feature a silent auction, entertainment and Opening Ceremony.
Featured entertainment will include the Little Rascals team from Canby; Adam Layman and Lindsay Jensen of Milford, Iowa; Shelby Kern and Em­ily Kern of Tyler; Jeff Moen of Hendricks; and Ivanhoe native Kristi Citterman.

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Team captains for the 2017 Relay For Life event on June 23, from left to right, are Kathy Wilmes of CUREious George/Cancermals; Lola Hinbjorgen of Hendricks Shining Stars; Lynette Madsen of Forever Jen; Priscilla Osland of #CURE; Mia Wente and co-captain Tracy Wente of Little Rascals. Not pictured are Carrie Birath of CUREious George/Cancermals; Jenna DeVries of Magic of Healing; and Mandy Koster of Faith, Hope, Love.

Council to gauge interest in grant program

June 14, 2017

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Teresa Schreurs of DSI spoke to the Tyler City Council about the Small Cities Development Grant Program.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Teresa Schreurs, Director of Community Development for Development Services, Inc. (DSI) was on hand to speak to the council about the federally-funded Small Cities Develop­ment Grant Program at Mon­day’s regular meeting of the Tyler City Council. The program distributes funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Ur­ban Development (HUD) to local units of government for a vari­ety of community development projects for low-to-moderate income residents. In Minne­sota, the funds are distributed through the Department of Em­ployment and Economic Devel­opment (DEED).
Schreurs told the council that the City of Tyler has participated in the program in the past.

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Four bids received for new Highway Department building

June 14, 2017

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Bids were opened for the Tyler Shop at the June 6 Commissioners meeting.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Bids were opened for the new Lincoln County Highway Depart­ment maintenance building, which will be located in Tyler, during the Tuesday, June 6 meet­ing of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners.
Bidders were requested to submit bids on four alternatives. The first, listed as Alt 1A, was on a 50×60-foot engineered build­ing with fiberglass insulation; the second, listed as Alt 1B, was on a 50×60-foot engineered building with closed cell spray foam insu­lation; the third, listed as Alt 2A, was for a 50×70-foot engineered building with fiberglass insula­tion; and the fourth, listed as Alt 2B, was for a 50×70-foot engi­neered building with closed cell spray foam insulation.

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So what are you doing for your dad on Sunday, Father’s Day?

June 14, 2017

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Jason Hartung will celebrate Father’s Day with his wife Ashley and his six children, five of whom were once their foster children.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

After observing how the world celebrates mothers a month ago, this Sunday we set our focus on cel­ebrating fathers. Celebra­tions might include spend­ing time with a biological father, a father figure, a grandfather, a stepfather, an adoptive father or the memory of a father.
Jason and Ashley (Nor­gaard) Hartung, of Aurora, South Dakota will celebrate the day with their six chil­dren, five of whom were once in their foster care. In their 15 years of marriage, the Hartungs have fostered over 50 children, a process they started in 2005.

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LLEC holds annual meeting

June 14, 2017

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Election judge Margaret Swanson announced the following Board of Directors voting results: Scott Johnson of Tyler was elected to a three-year term in District 1; Galen Grant of Russell was elected to a three-year term in District 2; Dale Fier of Taunton was elected to a three-year term in District 3.

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Fun in the sun

June 9, 2017

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Adilynn Stelter was one of many who rode on the First Independent Bank float during a sunny Bandwagon Days parade on Saturday.

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Emmet Davis of Estelline, South Dakota is pictured competing in calf roping at the Russell Stampede Rodeo Saturday night.

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Avera Tyler Dental office to close in June

June 9, 2017

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The Avera Dental Office in Tyler.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

A series of events from bad timing to bad luck over the past few months ap­pears to have set a course for closing of the Avera Tyler dental office in town. The business, operated for decades by Dr. John Utoft and before him his father Dr. Ivan Utoft, will close by June 30 if no buyers step forward.
The Avera Medical Group purchased the busi­ness just over a year ago in hopes of preserving access to dental services in the Tyler area…

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RTR board approves settlement with SWEC

June 9, 2017

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The RTR Board met in special session on Thursday morning. From left: Board members Craig Hess, Troy Chandler, Tony Dybdahl, Chair Jeff Hansen, Superintendent Dick Orcutt and board members Peggy Dunblazier, Pat O’Toole and Terry Gordon.

In a news release from the RTR School District last week, officials announced that on June 1, 2017 the Board of Education of Russell-Tyler-Ruthton (RTR) Public Schools unanimously ap­proved a settlement agreement with the Southwest Education Cooperative (SWEC) allowing RTR to immediately withdraw from SWEC. The agreement in­cludes a full and final release of RTR from any financial ob­ligations to SWEC as of May 25, 2017…

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Members of the SWEC board met in special session Monday evening in Lynd. Pictured clockwise from left are RTR board members Peggy Dunblazier and Craig Hess, Hendricks board member Tom Olson, Superintendent Bruce Houck, Lynd board member Mike Pochardt, Business Manager Mary Swensen and Lynd board member Michelle Williams.

Prosch to announce candidacy for US Congress

June 9, 2017

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Matt Prosch

This Saturday, June 10, from 1-4 p.m., Matt Pro­sch will be announcing his candidacy for United States Congress, at the Lake Benton Community Center. Everybody is wel­come to attend, to have the opportunity to meet Matt firsthand, to hear his plans for western Minnesota moving forward.
Matt Prosch was born and raised in western Min­nesota to a respectable farming family. At a young age, he had a knack for success. He attended the Lake Benton High School from 1999-2003, where he excelled at football and basketball; in football, he was offered numerous scholarships. Matt turned all of them down, when he enlisted in the US Army. His love of country enticed him to join and serve in the US Army National Guard for eight years…

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