Lake Benton in need of whole treatment for curly leaf pondweed

February 16, 2018

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Robert Olsen spoke to the Board of Commissioners about several topics, including the need for Lake Benton Lake to be treated.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

During the Feb. 6 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, Robert Olsen of the Lincoln County Environmen­tal Office presented the year-end DNR Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) report, then informed the Board of Commissioners of the need to treat Lake Benton for curly leaf pondweed. Olsen said since treating up to 400 acres of the lake would cost between $100,000 and $120,000 and that treating the whole lake would be about $150,000 per year over three years, treatment for the whole lake was the preferred op­tion. The treatment, when done at the proper time, will prevent the plant from reproducing. Ol­sen told the board that the Lake District would need to borrow funds from the county if treat­ment began in 2018, but would not have to borrow any funds if the treatments begin in 2019.

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Council hears update from Avera

February 8, 2018

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Avera Tyler Administrator Allen Anderson and Regional President/CEO of Avera Health Mary Maertens gave their annual report to the council Monday evening.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Avera Tyler Administrator Allen Anderson and Avera Regional President Mary Maertens were on hand to give a report on the local healthcare organization. Anderson reported on changes at the local nursing home, reducing the number of beds at the facility.
“One of the changes we did make at the facility was the decision to delicense a number of beds,” Anderson told the council. “We went through a lengthy process and I did just get confirmation that our delicensing was accepted by the Minnesota Department of Health. We went from a 38-bed nursing home to a 30-bed nursing home.”

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DU land purchases near Tyler and Lake Benton

January 25, 2018

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Lincoln County Parks Manager Daryl Schlapkohl points out the area of Norwegian Creek for which an ag easement has been requested.

By Tammy Mathison 
hendrickspioneer @gmail.com

Jon Schneider, manager of the Minnesota Conserva­tion Program, was on hand at the Jan. 16 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners to dis­cuss the planned purchase of three parcels of land in Lincoln County by Ducks Unlimited. The first parcel is 141.28 acres of cropland in Sections 4 and 5 in Hope Township just west of Ty­ler. According to informa­tion provided, “the plan is to purchase the land in February and donate it to the Minnesota Depart­ment of Natural Resources (DNR) for inclusion in the Tyler and Discors State Wildlife Management Ar­eas (WMA).” Schneider said the land would be restored to wetlands and native prairie grasslands to provide wildlife habitat and public recreation op­portunities such as hunt­ing.

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Council hires new police officer

January 10, 2018

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Former Tyler police officer Eric Bloch.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

City Administrator Robert Wolfington told the council that the personnel committee has ac­cepted the recommendation of Police Chief John Spindler to of­fer the vacant police officer po­sition to A.J. Anderson at Mon­day evening’s regular Tyler City Council meeting. A starting sal­ary of $19.00 per hour plus ben­efits will be implemented. The council voted unanimously to hire Anderson with a six-month probationary period. Spindler said Anderson was enthusiastic about the new position…

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VanDeVere elected county chairperson

January 10, 2018

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Mic VanDeVere (left) was elected Chairman of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners by his fellow commissioners. Joe Drietz (right) was elected Vice-Chairman.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners held their first meeting of 2018 on Tuesday, Jan. 2, with several beginning-of-the-year annual items on the agenda for approval.
The first order of business was to elect the 2018 Board Chair. Commissioner Joe Drietz nominated Commissioner Mic VanDeVere, with this motion seconded by Commissioner Corey Sik and approved unanimously. Commissioner and out-going Board Chairman Rick Hamer was not present.

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Hole-in-the-Mountain Park designated as Regional Park

December 28, 2017

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Daryl Schlapkohl of the Lincoln County Parks Dept.and Teresa Schreurs of DSI spoke to the Lincoln County Commissioners about the recent designation of Hole-in-the-Mountain Park as a Regional Park.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Teresa Schreurs of DSI and Daryl Schlapkohl of the Lincoln County Parks Department spoke to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners during the Dec. 19 meeting regarding the desig­nation of Hole-in-the-Mountain Park as a Regional Park.
The designation has been in process for some time. Part of the process was designing a mas­ter plan of park improvement projects…

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SWCD presents project overview to Lincoln County Commissioners

December 14, 2017

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Dale Sterzinger gave a PowerPoint presentation on various erosion prevention methods in use throughout Lincoln County.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
During the Dec. 7 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, Dale Sterzinger of the Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation District office showed an hour-long power point presentation containing photos and information on various methods of soil erosion prevention currently in use in Lincoln County.

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Council holds Truth in Taxation meeting, no levy increase for 2018

December 7, 2017

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City Administrator Robert Wolfington and Mayor Greg Peter at Monday’s Truth in Taxation meeting.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The Tyler City Council held its annual Truth in Taxation meeting Monday evening at the Tyler Fire Hall. City Administrator Robert Wolfington reminded the council that they had previously approved a preliminary levy with a five percent increase for 2018 over 2017, but with a review of the budget it has been decided by the budget committee that the increase would not be needed.

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County Commissioners hear report from Fair Board members

November 30, 2017

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The Lincoln County Commissioners heard from Curt Madsen, left, and Frank Jorgensen of the Lincoln County Fair Board last week. Don Evers is pictured in the background.

By Tammy Mathison 
hendrickspioneer @gmail.com

Members of the Lin­coln County Fair Board— Curt Madsen, Don Evers and Frank Jorgensen— presented a report on the 2017 Lincoln County Fair. “We had a really good fair,” said Madsen, who added that the weather was good and attendance was up. No records are kept on attendance, however, at­tendance was up at the demolition derby and the 4-H canteen had record sales in the first three days. Madsen said since the prices have not been raised at the canteen, this was also an indication that attendance was up at the fair this year.

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Commissioners approve Sheriff’s Department staffing requests

November 16, 2017

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Lincoln County Deputy Isaiah Wahl and Sheriff Chad Meester spoke to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners regarding the need for an additional full-time deputy.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Lincoln County Sheriff Chad Meester, accompanied by Deputy Isaiah Wahl, Dis­patcher Sarah Koch and Jail Administrator Robin Sik, were in attendance at the Nov. 7 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners to speak about staffing needs.
Sheriff Meester and Dep­uty Wahl spoke to the board about difficulties the depart­ment has had with trying to hire a part-time deputy; get­ting people to apply for the position has been an issue. Meester proposed hiring a full-time deputy to garner more interest in the position and to alleviate the difficulty in filling shifts left open be­cause of sick, vacation or fam­ily leave.

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