Council hears rezoning requests, audit report

September 12, 2019

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Legion members Larry Wyttenback (left) and Duane Blake were at Monday’s meeting to thank the City of Tyler for its support.

By Mark Wilmes
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The Tyler City Council worked through a long list of agenda items during a three-and-a-half- hour meeting on Monday evening at the Tyler Fire Hall.
A Public Hearing was held at 7 p.m. for the Small Cities Development FY18 Grant. Vince Robinson of DSI spoke to those present.
“For Tyler, you are approved for construction from the state of $208,000,” Robinson explained. “Then you had committed $15,000 towards it for a total construction fund of $223,000. Of those funds, currently available we have $182,550 left. Our rehab goal for Tyler was 13 (homeowners) and we have two under contract right now. We’ve had five applicants who are not yet under contract. This is an owner-occupied rehab program.”

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Lincoln County receives clean opinion on 2018 audit; approves 3% increase

September 12, 2019

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Cody Pederson, pictured with Lincoln County Sheriff Chad Meester, began his duties as a Lincoln County Deputy Sheriff on Tuesday, Sept. 3. He was introduced to the commissioners before the meeting began.

By Shelly Finzen
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The Lincoln County Board of Commission­ers met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 3 in the meeting room of the Lincoln County Court­house in Ivanhoe. All com­missioners were present for the meeting. Before the meeting began, Sheriff Chad Meester introduced new county deputy Cody Pederson to the board.
Following the approval of the consent agenda, Doug Host of Clifton Lar­son Allen LLP presented the 2018 Audit Report…

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Stephanie LaBrune accepts Tyler City administrator position

September 5, 2019

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Stephanie LaBrune

By Mark Wilmes
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Stephanie LaBrune has accepted the position of city administrator for the City of Tyler and will begin duties on Sept. 9, pending final approval of the employment agreement by the city council at the September meeting, according to Vince Robinson of Development Services, Inc. (DSI).
LaBrune lives on a farm near Holland with her husband Ryan and children Danica and Lincoln. The LaBrunes own Ultimate Woodworking, Inc., which Ryan operates out of their home.

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FY2020 budget discussed by the county board at regular meeting

August 29, 2019

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Vince Robinson and Lisa Graphenteen of DSI spoke to the county board regarding the ITC broadband grant application at the Aug. 20 meeting.

By Shelly Finzen
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The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 20. All commissioners were present for the meeting.
Vince Robinson and Lisa Graphenteen, both of DSI, requested board approval for a resolution supporting the ITC Broadband Grant Application. ITC is applying for a $5 million grant. If the grant is approved by the state, Lincoln County’s contribution to the border-to-border project would be decreased to $2 million, and $1 million would be applied to the cost of bringing broadband to Hendricks.

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Position offered

August 22, 2019

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The Tyler City Council met in special session last week to approve offering Stephanie LaBrune the city administrator position. LaBrune was one of three finalists interviewed for the position. As of press time, LaBrune had not yet officially accepted the position. Watch the Tribute as well as our Facebook page for future updates.

Council interviews administrator candidates at public meeting

August 15, 2019

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City administrator candidate Erik Gile fielding questions from the Tyler City Council (from left) Mayor Joan Jagt, councilpersons Cricket Raschke, Scott Dressen, Kenny Jensen and Tim Sanderson.

By Mark Wilmes
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A special meeting of the Tyler City Council was held on Monday evening for the purpose of public interviews of three candidates for the city administrator position. Prior to the meeting there was a one-hour “meet and greet” with the candidates.

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Lincoln County’s request to join PrimeWest denied by DHS

August 15, 2019

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Stacey Longtin of Southwest Health and Human Services spoke to the county board at the Aug. 6 meeting.

By Shelly Finzen 
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The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday, Aug. 6 for their regular meeting. All members were present at the beginning of the meeting, but Commis­sioner Rick Hamer had to leave early for an ap­pointment.
Risk Management Con­sultant Don Daraskev­ich of MCIT spoke to the board about managing county risk, especially in the area of Work­man’s Comp. According to Daraskevich, MCIT is a risk management service and was established for the purpose of providing property, liability, auto and worker’s comp ser­vices to government and public entities. They were established in 1979 and Lincoln County is a mem­ber of MCIT. Because the county is a member, they will receive a dividend from MCIT.

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City narrows administrator search

August 7, 2019

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Vince Robinson of Development Services Incorporated (DSI) was on hand at Monday’s Tyler City Council meeting. DSI is handling city administrator duties for the city until a new administrator is hired.

By Mark Wilmes
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The Tyler City Council presented three finalists for the city administrator position at Monday evening’s regular monthly meeting. Councilperson Scott Dressen was not present at the meeting. The council received seven applications for the position. The personnel committee recommended four candidates, with one of those not responding to a request to interview. Finalists include the following:
Stephanie LaBrune is currently an administrative assistant with the Pipestone County Zoning and Environmental Services/Pipestone County Soil and Water Conservation District where she has been employed for the past 11 years. She holds an Associate’s Degree from Southeast Technical Institute in Business Administration.

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New squad car purchase approved by the county board

July 25, 2019

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Teresa Schreurs spoke to the county board concerning the final steps for the Small Cities Grant for rental rehabilitation.

By Shelly Finzen 
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The Lincoln County Board of Commission­ers met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, July 16. Teresa Schreurs of DSI, Inc. spoke to the board regarding the final steps needed for the Small Cit­ies Grant that will fund rental rehabilitations in Tyler and Lake Benton. According to Schreurs, the grants are first-come-first-served and are open to anyone who agrees to the grant requirements and is a landlord.

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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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