County says “no” to full-time deputy sheriff, “go” on property tax abatement bonds

August 15, 2018

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Robert Olsen, left, of the Lincoln County Environmental Office spoke about concerns that area farmers are having with the installation of the new wind farms in the Arco area. Eileen and Richard Nielsen are Arco farmers whose property has been undermined by the installation of the wind tower power lines. According to the Nielsens, they have uncovered power cables running across their property.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Commis­sioners met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 7 at the Lincoln County Courthouse in Ivanhoe.
The scheduled public hearing regarding the proposed proper­ty tax abatements in connection with the issuance of Tax Abate­ment Bonds began at approxi­mately 9:05 a.m. Vince Robinson and Shelly Eldridge were both on hand to speak to the commis­sioners and community during the hearing…

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Council sets second August meeting

August 8, 2018

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City Administrator Robert Wolfington reported on a proposed sewer project that will be discussed at a special Aug. 21 council meeting.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
A number of items were tabled at an abbreviated regular meeting of the Tyler City Council on Monday evening. City Administrator Robert Wolfington said that due to the absence of councilpersons Scott Dressen and Erick Harper, he was requesting a special meeting to be held at a later date. Mayor Greg Peter and councilpersons Tim Sanderson and Kenny Jensen agreed to set Monday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. for the special meeting.
One of the items tabled was a meeting with Bolton and Menk engineer Bill Helget. Wolfington gave the council a briefing on proposals to fix the sanitary sewer issues that have been plaguing a number of residents in town during several large rain events…

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Lincoln County man runs for U.S. Congress

August 8, 2018

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U.S. Congressional candidate Matt Prosch and his family.

By Violet Nelson 
vanelson70@gmail.com

The halls of U.S. Congress might soon contain a familiar face from Lincoln County. Lo­cal businessman Matt Prosch of Lake Benton has been busy with his campaign to represent our congressional district in Wash­ington, D.C. He eagerly awaits his first big hurdle, which is the Aug. 14 primary election.

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

Commissioners hear results of Health Equity survey

July 27, 2018

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Commissioners met for the second regular July meeting on Tuesday, July 17 at the Lincoln County Court House. Commis­sioner Corey Sik was ab­sent from the meeting.
Vince Robinson, Shelly Eldridge, a municipal ad­visor, ITC General Man­ager/CEO Bryan Roth, and ITC’s legal counsel Ryan Taylor of Cutler Law Firm in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, were pres­ent to speak to the com­missioners concerning bringing broadband into rural Lincoln County…

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County moves forward in border-to-border broadband project

July 27, 2018

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The Lincoln County Commissioners met with Vince Robinson of DSI and Bryan Roth of ITC to discuss the likelihood of giving Lincoln County border-to-border high speed internet. Involved in the discussion were, clockwise from far left, Jack Vizecky, Mic VanDeVere, Rick Hamer, Deb Vierhuf, Bryan Roth, Vince Robinson and Joe Drietz.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Commis­sioners met for a special meeting on Monday, July 23. Commission­er Corey Sik was absent from the meeting. Although other topics were discussed, the main focus of the meeting was to speak with ITC CEO Bryan Roth concerning the border-to-border broadband project the county wants com­pleted…

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

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The Commissioners heard from a group of people involved in Lincoln County’s Border-to-border broadband project at the July 17 meeting.

City council seeks fix for water problems

July 11, 2018

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From left—Councilperson Kenny Jensen, Mayor Greg Peter, City Administrator Robert Wolfington and Councilpersons Tim Sanderson and Scott Dressen look at a proposed upgrade to the city sewer system.

By Mark Wilmes
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Excessive rains in recent weeks have continued to put a strain on the city’s sanitary and storm sewers, creating issues for residents. At last week’s regular Tyler City Council meeting, City Administrator Robert Wolfington discussed the matter after meeting with the city engineer.
“We had a significant rain event that created sewage backup in a couple of residences on Oak Street,” Wolfington said. “I reached out to our city engineer, Bill Helget with Bolten & Menk. He came down and talked sewer mains with (Maintenance Supervisor) Dean (Beck).”

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Commissioners hear SWHHS financial update

July 11, 2018

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners heard from Nancy Walker, Deputy Director of Southwest Health and Human Services (SWHHS), who provided a financial update. Walker said that last fall, Director Beth Wilmes had spoken with the Commissioners about the “significant” financial issues SWHHS was having, forecasting a potential budget overage that could reach into the million dollar range. Walker was pleased to report that through several measures taken by SWHHS, including putting a pause on hiring, they have 15 positions open that have not been replaced, providing only required trainings, better utilization of cars, changes in IT and office supplies, and the list went on. Walker said the result is that “we have a much better financial standing than this time last year.”

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Lincoln County Commissioners elaborate on border-to-border internet

July 6, 2018

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
As reported by Hendricks Pioneer editor Tammy Mathison, Lincoln County is considering investing in high speed internet that will cover the entire county. Recently, Lake Benton Valley Journal editor Shelly Finzen spoke to Lincoln County Commissioner Board Chair Mic VanDeVere about the county’s intentions.
Lincoln County would like to invest in broadband internet, as opposed to dial-up. According to VanDeVere, “Broadband is high speed internet with phone capabilities but no TV service.” …

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County wants border-to- border internet

June 27, 2018

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
During the Tuesday, June 19 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, Vince Robinson of the Lincoln County Enterprise Development spoke to the commissioners, providing an update on the broadband (high speed internet) project.

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

County looking at joining other counties in health plan

June 27, 2018

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Dr. Norris Anderson talks to the Lincoln County Commissioners about a county health plan.

By Tammy Mathison 
hendrickspioneer@gmail. com

The Lincoln County Board of Commission­ers is considering joining several other counties, in­cluding Pipestone County, to provide a county-based health plan that would benefit healthcare facili­ties, doctors and dentists. Pipestone County, along with some other coun­ties, is already part of this Prime West, and has seen great benefits from it on a local level, not the least of which was the plan being able to fund a new dental clinic in Pipestone.

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