City purchases DeZeeuw property

March 14, 2019

By Mark Wilmes
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The Tyler City Council held a special meeting on Monday evening at the fire hall. City Administrator Robert Wolfington reported that the council agreed to purchase agricultural land on the west edge of Tyler…

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Council discusses future of Tidy Up Tyler at Monday’s meeting

March 6, 2019

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From left— City Attorney Glen Petersen, City Administrator Robert Wolfington, Mayor Joan Jagt, and councilpersons Cricket Raschke, Scott Dressen, Kenny Jensen and Tim Sanderson.

By Mark Wilmes
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The City of Tyler has a round-up fund where city customers can round their bills to the nearest dollar to generate funds for projects throughout the community. City Administrator Robert Wolfington reported that in the past those dollars have, among other things, been focused on parks projects, including scoreboards for the ball diamonds. The current fund balance is slightly over $14,500. The Tyler Area Community Club has asked about the possibility of using some of the funds for city beautification in downtown and on Highway 14.

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New weight limits in county

February 27, 2019

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Lincoln County commissioners heard from Environmental Officer Robert Olsen concerning purchasing a camera for investigating tile and drainage lines. Pictured clockwise from left are Robert Olsen, County Attorney Glen Petersen, Joe Drietz, Jack Vizecky, Chair Mic VanDeVere, and Corey Sik.

By Shelly Finzen 
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The Lincoln County Board of Commission­ers met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Commissioner Rick Hamer was absent from the meeting.
Environmental Officer Robert Olsen spoke to the board about several top­ics. He requested that the board set the interest rate and length of time for as­sessment on the County Ditch 39 improvement. Af­ter discussion, the board set the rate at four percent over a 10-year period.

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Protecting you and yours doesn’t necessarily involve social media

February 21, 2019

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Sheriff Chad Meester

By Shelly Finzen
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If social media is to be believed, then child abductions are happening all the time, right in our back yard. Fortunately, according to Lincoln County Sheriff Chad Meester and Lake Benton Police Chief Tony Sievert, the situation is not as bad as it appears. However, locals should always be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious activity to law enforcement.
There are several “reports” of abductions circulating around social media. “A person needs to be cautious when reading and sharing posts on Facebook as to the authenticity,” Sheriff Meester said. Chief Sievert stated, “I have not heard of any abductions in our area. I see a lot of people sharing ‘abductions’ quite frequently on Facebook. However, some of this information can be very misleading and often times is false information.”…

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Lincoln County will sponsor the City of Tyler in a local street project

February 14, 2019

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Rick Drietz was introduced as the new Maintenance Supervisor for the Lincoln County offices and grounds at the Feb. 5 meeting of the Lincoln County Commissioners.

By Shelly Finzen 
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At the Lincoln County Commissioners’ Feb. 5 meeting, a public hearing concerning citizen partici­pation in the Small Cities Grant Program for rental properties located in Tyler and Lake Benton was held. DSI representative Teresa Schreurs spoke during the hearing. “Lincoln County is seeking $595,937 through the Small Cities Develop­ment program to assist rental property owners with rehabilitation fund­ing for health and safety issues, energy efficiency, accessibility and lead-based paint hazards in the cities of Tyler and Lake Benton,” Schreurs said. If the funding is awarded, the project will include five single-family units, six duplexes and 36 multi-family units. If the grant is awarded, projects will be able to begin in January and February 2020. There were no members of the public present at the meet­ing to comment. The board approved a resolution to submit the final applica­tion for the grant.

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To plow or not to plow; that is the question

February 14, 2019

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Lincoln County Engineer Joe Wilson

By Shelly Finzen 
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With the white stuff falling so frequently, many Lincoln Coun­ty residents are left wondering where the snowplows are. Rest assured, according to Lincoln County Engineer Joe Wilson, they are out there, in well below ideal conditions, doing their best to make road conditions conducive to travel.
In a recent interview Wilson ex­plained that the decision to plow or not to plow is generally made by Lincoln County’s Maintenance Superintendent. “He has been part of the staff since 1996 and has been in that position since 2011,” Wilson said. The decision is made to plow or treat road surfac­es when “the roads are icy, there are two inches or more of snow or there is drifting.”…

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Avera Tyler gives FY2018 status report to council

February 6, 2019

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Avera Regional President Mary Maertens and Avera Tyler Administrator Allen Anderson gave their annual update to the Tyler City Council Monday evening.

By Mark Wilmes
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Members of the Tyler City Council were given a report on Avera Tyler from Avera Regional President Mary Maertens and Avera Tyler Administrator Allen Anderson at Monday’s regular monthly meeting. “Things have been fairly stable over the past year,” Anderson told the council. “We did have one change in providers. Marcia Kells gave her resignation right toward the end of the year. We were able to quickly replace her with Amanda Beer. She started with us on January 1st.”

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County Board hears update from SWCD

January 31, 2019

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Robin Sik, representing the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, asked the commissioners for approval to hire Kara Amundson of Ivanhoe as a county dispatcher/jailer.

By Shelly Finzen 
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The Lincoln County Board met for their second monthly meeting on Jan. 22. Commissioner Corey Sik was absent from the meeting for a pre-approved reason.
Vince Robinson spoke on behalf of the Lincoln County HRA, requesting that the board approve a resolution adopting the Citizens Participation Plan for the rental-rehab grant process. The plan says the primary way for the public to give input into the program is through a public hearing, which has been schedule for the Feb. 5 meeting at 9:05 a.m…

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Minnesota Governor Tim Walz holds meet and greet in Ivanhoe

January 23, 2019

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From left to right— Val Whipple, Lynn Whipple, Governor Tim Walz and Polly and Terry Dressen of Tyler pose for a photo on Sunday. Polly is a cousin of Val Whipple, father-in-law of the governor.

By Mark Wilmes
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Governor Tim Walz paid a visit to wife Gwen’s hometown over the weekend for the dual purpose of celebrating his mother-in-law’s 80th birthday and holding a meet and greet at the Highway 19 & 75 Café Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Walz’s parents are Val and Lynn Whipple of Ivanhoe. Walz spoke briefly to those in attendance, starting with a story on how he ended up marrying an Ivanhoe native.
“For those of you who didn’t know the connection, my wife Gwen Whipple was teaching school in Alliance, Nebraska,” Walz explained. “I had been with the first group of American high school teachers who were teaching in Chinese public schools.”

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Hole-in-the-Mountain Park among recommended recipients for grant dollars

January 16, 2019

By Mark Wilmes
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The Greater Minne­sota Regional Parks and Trails Commission has announced grant recom­mendations for the FY20 funding cycle. Vince Rob­inson of Lincoln County Enterprise Development Corp (LCEDC) said they have been working with the Lincoln County Parks Department and the Coun­ty Commissioners to apply for grant funds to update the Hole-in-the-Mountain (HITM) Park 20-year re­source plan.
“It appears that the fund­ing we have requested will be forthcoming; assuming the legislature again ac­cepts the recommendation of the Greater MN Region­al Parks and Trails Com­mission,” Robinson said. “This funding will help us to survey park users and regional community mem­bers about their usage of current HITM park ameni­ties and their interest in additional amenities.”

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