County approves preliminary plat for Shaokatan

September 14, 2017

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
During the Sept. 5 meeting, Robert Olsen of the Lincoln County Environmental Office spoke to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners regarding a subdivision on Lake Shaokatan. Olsen was requesting the approval of a preliminary plat, as the same had already been approved by the Planning and Zoning Board.
Olsen said the public had a chance for input and questions, with a favorable result. However, there was a question regarding excavating for a boat ramp. Olsen is working with the landowner and coming up with alternatives.

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Council hears audit report for 2016

September 14, 2017

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Matt Taubert discussed the 2016 audit report at Monday’s Tyler City Council Meeting.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Matt Taubert of Meule­broeck, Taubert & Co. gave the 2016 audit report at Monday’s regular monthly meeting of the Tyler City Council. Taubert reported that the audit had earned a clean opinion with the exception of an issue with the volunteer fire relief asso­ciation regarding the depart­ment having an actuarial done on their pension fund. Taubert said that it was not a major concern for the auditors due to the relatively small amount of money.
“It is expensive to have an ac­tuarial done,” Taubert said. “If something comes about where I think that the city should rec­ommend that the fire depart­ment [should address] that, we’ll definitely let you know.”

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County holds special meeting

August 23, 2017

By Tammy Mathison 
hendrickspioneer @gmail.com

A special meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners was held Monday, Aug. 21 at 9 a.m. for the purpose of discuss­ing potential litigation stemming from a protest that occurred related to the bid opening for the box culvert project on Tuesday, Aug. 15.
On Monday morning, Lincoln County Attorney Glen Petersen told the Board of Commissioners that he had received com­munication from the at­torney of Qualm Construc­tion, Inc., the party that is protesting the results of the bid opening.

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LCEDC asks county commissioners for increase in their 2018 budget

August 23, 2017

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Vince Robinson and John Engels, representing the Lincoln County Enterprise Development Corporation (LCEDC), spoke to the Lincoln County Commissioners last Tuesday providing an update on LCEDC activities and presenting their 2018 budget request.

By Tammy Mathison 
hendrickspioneer@gmail. com

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners heard from Vince Rob­inson and John Engels, representing the Lincoln County Enterprise De­velopment Corporation (LCEDC). They reviewed the projects and services provided by the LCEDC and their importance, and where staff time is spent. Robinson presented the 2018 budget request of $58,000. Last year’s bud­get request was $52,000, but the board kept the amount appropriation at $45,000. Robinson and Engels explained that the LCEDC’s reserves are de­pleted, and they would like the Board of Commission­ers to consider appropriat­ing the requested amount. The Board of Commission­ers is currently reviewing the budget for 2018, and took the request under consideration.
Robinson requested the approval of the submission of the Hole-in-the-Moun­tain Master Plan, which was approved by unani­mous consent.

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City of Tyler looking at Small City Development Program grant

August 16, 2017

The City of Tyler, work­ing with Development Services, Inc. (DSI), is considering applying for a Small City Development Program (SCDP) grant, through Minnesota De­partment of Employment and Economic Develop­ment. The goal of this pro­gram, and the City of Tyler, is to help small cities keep their current housing, and commercial properties, as safe, healthy, and afford­able options for future generations.

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City of Ruthton looking at Small City Development grant

August 16, 2017

The City of Ruthton, working with Develop­ment Services, Inc. (DSI), is considering applying for a Small City Develop­ment Program (SCDP) grant, through Minnesota Department of Employ­ment and Economic Devel­opment. The goal of this program, and the City of Ruthton, is to help small cities keep their current housing, and commercial properties, as safe, healthy, and affordable options for future generations.

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Council updates ordinances

August 11, 2017

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Two newly-installed basketball hoops now stand at the swimming pool park, compliments of the Tyler Fire Department.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

After months of discussion the Tyler City Council updated the city code to prohibit U-turns in the downtown business district on Tyler Street. Over the next few months, signage will be placed to convey that message to the pub­lic, including signs that will be placed in the center of the street that would be removed during snow season. The ordinance will apply to Tyler Street between the Bradley Street intersection and the McArthur Street inter­section.

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All four Lincoln County libraries request increase in funding

August 11, 2017

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Plum Creek Director Jim Trojanowski and Lake Benton Library Director Shelly Finzen are pictured at the Aug. 1 commissioners meeting. Finzen represented the Lincoln County library directors, requesting a funding increase for all four libraries.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Library directors from all of the libraries located in Lincoln County—Hendricks, Ivanhoe, Lake Benton and Tyler— attended the Tuesday, Aug. 1 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners to advocate for a budget increase, the striking of the current formula system which has been used to determine the amount of funding each library receives, and funding each library equally.

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County will not be turning over roads to the townships at this time

July 27, 2017

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Several Lincoln County Township Supervisors were on hand at the July 18 meeting of the Lincoln County Commissioners to oppose a plan put forth to turn several miles of county roads over to the townships.

By Tammy Mathison 
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Several Lincoln County township supervisors were on hand at the Tues­day, July 18 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners to object to the proposal to turn about 50 miles of county roads back to the town­ships.
Lincoln County Engi­neer Dave Halbersma had sent a letter in early July asking the townships of their opinions of the plan to turn the roads back to the townships. The plan would save the county money by spending fewer man-hours on mainte­nance of those roads, and, once a highway depart­ment employee retired, to not replace that person.

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Lincoln County Veterans Services receives donated handicap van

July 20, 2017

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Lincoln County Veterans Ser­vices was chosen by Newgate School, located in the Twin Cit­ies, as the recipient of a handi­cap-accessible van to be used for transportation of county veter­ans to VA Medical Centers. The van had been donated to New­gate School, who, after making sure the van was mechanically sound and detailed like new, in turn donated the van to Lincoln County veterans at the annual Dennis Kirk Patriot Ride, which they help sponsor.
The van is a 2007 Ford E350 XLT Superduty, with just 32,000 miles on it. It features a wheel­chair lift, and one of the rear pas­senger captain’s chairs works as a lift chair that swings out and down via an electronic control to aid those who cannot step up into the van.

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