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

January 16, 2019

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

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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County Commissioners kept busy at first meeting of the year

January 16, 2019

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Lincoln County Engineer Joe Wilson reported that a server used by the Roads and Bridges Department has reached its life expectancy. He will present a quote for a replacement server in a future meeting.

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Commissioners met for their first meeting of the year on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Court Administrator Wen­dy Rost administered the Oath of Office to new/ re-elected officials: Com­missioner District 2 Mic VanDeVere, Commissioner District 4 Joe Drietz, Audi­tor-Treasurer Deb Vierhuf, Recorder Michelle Facile, Sheriff Chad Meester, and Attorney Glen Petersen. VanDeVere was selected as board chair, with Drietz selected as vice-chair.
The board approved sev­eral resolutions. The coun­ty board also approved the 2019 Commissioner Com­mittee Appointments. The resolutions and appoint­ments are similar to previ­ous years’ appointments and resolutions.

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Woodstock Communications to bring internet options to Tyler

January 10, 2019

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City Administrator Robert Wolfington (left) swearing in new members of the Tyler City Council on Monday evening, Mayor Joan Jagt and Councilpersons Cricket Raschke and Tim Sanderson.

By Mark Wilmes
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Monday’s Tyler City Council meeting began with the swear­ing in of Mayor Joan Jagt and Councilpersons Cricket Raschke and Tim Sanderson. Jagt opened her first meeting by stating that meetings going forward would start with the Pledge of Alle­giance and a roll call to deter­mine who is present. She also said the budget will be analyzed every other month to determine where finances for the year stand. In addition, she asked that the City of Tyler website include phone numbers for each of the council members to make it easier for constituents to con­tact them…

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Understanding Truth in Taxation statements

January 4, 2019

By Shelly Finzen
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In November, Lincoln County residents received Truth in Taxation (TNT) statements, which caused sticker shock for some county residents. For ex­ample, Lake Benton resi­dents were told to expect a 23 percent increase in their school levy and a six percent increase in the city taxes, in addition to a three percent increase at the county level. Fortunately, the actual tax statements that will come out in April will be considerably below the early estimates, but the questions that were asked at the TNT meetings made it apparent that clarifica­tion in the different tax statements is necessary.

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Olsen reports on meeting concerning curly-leaf pondweed

December 26, 2018

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John Hoveland is Lincoln County’s new Veterans Services Officer. He was sworn in by County Attorney Glen Petersen at Tuesday’s commissioners’ meeting.

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Commissioners met for their final meeting of 2018 on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Com­missioner Rick Hamer was absent from the meeting.
Lincoln County Envi­ronmental Officer Robert Olsen spoke to the group about the meeting be­tween the DNR, the county, and the Lake Benton Lake Improvement District. Ol­sen feels that, while they were unable to get a full-lake treatment for Curly-leaf pondweed (CLP), they were able to come to agreement on an appropri­ate treatment that will ad­dress the problem…

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City council holds special meeting

December 26, 2018

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City Administrator Robert Wolfington (left) and Mayor Greg Peter at last week’s special meeting of the Tyler City Council.

By Mark Wilmes
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The Tyler City Council met in special session to address two agenda items. City Administrator Robert Wolfington explained that the first agenda item was to satisfy a state require­ment.
“Starting last year the state started to require that each year cities adopt their polling location,” Wolfington said. “We did not do that this year yet, so we will need to pass a resolution designating 138 E. Bradley Street [Tyler Legion Hall] as the polling location for the city voting jurisdiction for the year 2019. We are required to do it regardless of wheth­er we have an election or not.”

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County receives lighting rebate

December 13, 2018

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Commissioners met for their regular meeting on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Lin­coln County Courthouse in Ivanhoe. The meeting was set for Thursday due to a schedule conflict with the normal Tuesday time.
As one of her last offi­cial acts as County Trea­surer, Loretta Lundberg presented the annual no­tification of compliance.

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Residents ask questions at county Truth in Taxation meeting

December 13, 2018

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Mic VanDeVere

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Lincoln County held its Truth in Taxation meet­ing on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Lincoln County Court­house. Several people were on hand to comment and ask questions about the recently received Pro­posed Property Tax state­ments for 2019.
John Appelen of Canby asked what impact the new wind farms would have in tax relief…

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Lundberg, Paluch retire from County after decades of service

December 13, 2018

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Loretta Lundberg and Sue Paluch were honored for their service to Lincoln County on Friday, Dec. 7.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Lincoln County will lose two dedicated employees in January. Loretta Lundberg and Sue Paluch are both retiring from their positions in the county, effective Jan. 7, 2019. A retirement party was held at the courthouse in Ivanhoe last Friday, Dec. 7.
Lundberg has served Lincoln County for more than 50 years. She began working at the courthouse at the age of 18 years. “They had to have a babysitter for me,” she said with a smile, “No one under the age of 21 could sign any official documents and I was only 18.”…

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City council approves budget

December 6, 2018

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City Administrator Robert Wolfington went over the 2019 budget at Monday’s Tyler City Council meeting.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The Tyler City Council held its annual Truth in Taxation meeting on Monday evening at the fire hall. City Administrator Robert Wolfington presented the budget and levy information for 2019 to the council. Wolfington gave a breakdown of finances in all departments.

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