Road and bridge projects discussed by the county board

July 11, 2019

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Lincoln County Environmental Officer Robert Olsen spoke to the board about recycling sites in Hendricks and Verdi. Pictured from left are Commissioner Corey Sik, Commissioner Rick Hamer, Auditor-Treasurer Deb Vierhuf and Olsen.

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met for their regular meet­ing on Tuesday, July 2 at the Lincoln County Courthouse. All commissioners were present.
Nancy Walker of South­west Health and Human Services (SWHHS) spoke to the council about approv­ing a resolution supporting Prime West as the health plan provider for Lincoln County. According to Walk­er, every four to five years, procurement takes place…

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Tyler city council hires DSI for admin services

July 3, 2019

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City Administrator Robert Wolfington at his last regular meeting before moving on to his new position with the City of Montevideo.

By Mark Wilmes
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Vince Robinson of Develop­ment Services. Inc. (DSI) was on hand to discuss helping with city administrator duties while the search for a new administrator is being conducted. Current ad­ministrator Robert Wolfington will be taking a new position with the City of Montevideo in July. Wolfington said DSI had submitted a preliminary propos­al to serve in the interim.
“We have a proposal from DSI to contract for administrative services as you are looking for your city administrator,” Wolf­ington said. “They would work with the city on various things including the sewer project. They also offer services for minutes of meetings if you’d like that.”

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Lincoln County represented at GMRPT Commission’s quarterly meeting

July 3, 2019

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Lincoln County Board Chair Mic VanDeVere, far right, sat in on the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission meeting last Wednesday, June 26.

By Shelly Finzen
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The Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission (GMRPT) met for their quarterly meeting on Wednesday, June 26. The meeting was held at the Chalet located at Hole-in-the-Mountain County Park of Lake Benton, which was recently designated as a regional park. In addition to the members of the commission, Lincoln County Board Chair Mic VanDeVere and Lincoln County Parks Supervisor Daryl Schlapkohl attended the meeting, as well as Vince Robinson, Teresa Schreurs and Lisa Graphenteen with Development Services, Inc. (DSI).
Schlapkohl, who has worked with the Lincoln County Parks system since 1979, spoke to the commission about the county park…

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Variance request, city administrator position discussed

June 28, 2019

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City Administrator Robert Wolfington and Mayor Joan Jagt at last week’s special meeting of the Tyler City Council.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Tyler City Council met for a special meeting on Thursday, June 20. Council members present included Tim Sanderson, Ken Jensen, Cricket Raschke and Mayor Joan Jagt. City Administrator Robert Wolfington was also present.
Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the meeting began with discussion on a variance requested by Kevin Kuestermeyer to build a garage on his property…

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FEMA to visit Lyon County June 26 for disaster relief meeting

June 28, 2019

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Dustin Hauschild and Joe WIlson spoke to the commissioners concerning bidding for upcoming road projects in Lincoln County.

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Commis­sioners met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, June 18. All commissioners were present for the meeting.
Lincoln County Emergency Manager Amber Scholten spoke to the board requesting permis­sion to travel to Chicago, Illinois for a wireless/broadband confer­ence. She was asked by the radio board to represent our region at the ARMER Radio training con­ference. When she returns, she will report to the rest of the re­gion the topics discussed at the conference. The board granted Scholten the permission she re­quested.

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Lincoln County property taxes reported on at Board of Appeals and Equalization meeting

June 28, 2019

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Bruce Nielsen presented the changes in the 2019 property tax rates (payable in 2020) during the Board of Equalization meeting on Tuesday, June 18.

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Appeal and Equal­ization meeting was held Tuesday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. No members of the public attended the meet­ing, but County Assessor Bruce Nielsen reported on changes in Lincoln County property taxes for 2019, payable in 2020.
According to Nielsen’s report, the 2019 total levy in Lincoln County is $5,672,867. The 2019 County Tax Capacity is 14,898,506 and the taxable market value in Lincoln County is $1,738,307,852. The total market value is $1,785,571,500.

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City administrator to step down in July

June 20, 2019

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City Administrator Robert Wolfington

By Mark Wilmes
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City Administrator Robert Wolfington announced to city staff last week that he has accepted a position with the City of Montevideo and will be stepping down in July from his Tyler position. Wolfington’s last day of employment in Tyler will be July 10. He will begin duties in Montevideo on July 15. Wolfington conveyed his thanks to the city for his time here.

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Overby presented LPRW’s audit report to the county board

June 13, 2019

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Vince Robinson spoke to the Lincoln County Commissioners about applying for a grant to help pay for a broadband project in Hendricks and the Border-to-Border Broadband project for Lincoln County. He also spoke about the Small Cities Rental Rehabilitation grant for Tyler and Lake Benton.

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Com­missioners held their reg­ular meeting on Tuesday, June 4. All commissioners were in attendance.
Jason Overby of Lin­coln-Pipestone Rural Wa­ter (LPRW) spoke to the commissioners, giving a report on their 2018 au­dit. According to Overby, LPRW received a clean audit. Their net position is $96,997,367, which is a decrease of 6.2% from 2017. Overby explained that the decrease in net po­sition was because LPRW received a federal grant in 2017 and did not receive a grant in 2018. They have $5,130,277 in unrestrict­ed reserves. LPRW’s total net position as of Dec. 31, 2018 was $54,961,711, which is an increase of 1% from 2017.

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Council hears variance requests

June 6, 2019

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Tyler resident Troy Lange spoke to the council about the alley behind his Oak Street home.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Two Tyler residents were on hand to speak about variance requests at Monday’s regular meeting of the Tyler City Council on Monday. Oak Street residents Troy and Patty Lange asked for permission to gravel the strip of alleyway from the street to his garage behind his home.
“We have an access easement that runs on the north side of our property to our back garage,” Troy Lange explained. “We are asking for permission for Patty and I to gravel that portion. It has gotten so wet that we can’t use that easement any more. It’s ba­sically worthless. We can’t get in and out at this point. We are not asking the city for gravel. We are not asking the city to maintain it, to plow it or to do anything. We are looking for permission to im­prove that easement land so we can use it again by putting down tile, a rock bed and gravel top.

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Cong. Peterson discusses the future of agriculture

June 6, 2019

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Congressman Collin Peterson addressing area farmers at last week’s event in Marshall.

By Lacey Barke 
Contributing Writer

Tensions are build­ing, farms are closing and prices are rising. Time is running out for farmers nationwide, as they are faced with tough deci­sions brought on by even tougher weather and for­eign trade. At Congress­man Collin Peterson’s May 31 town hall meeting in Marshall, he attempted to explain how United States agriculture got to where it is now and what Midwest farmers should expect moving forward.
“I know you are all want­ing the specifics of what’s going on here so you can make your decisions and unfortunately I’m prob­ably going to disappoint you,” the current head of the Agriculture Committee said. “I’m not going to be able to tell you exactly but I can give you some indica­tion of where I think this is heading.”

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