County mulls clean air

May 25, 2017

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Ann Orren of Southwest Health and Human Services (SWHHS) spoke to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners last week, presenting informa­tion on a Clean Air Ordinance.
Orren told the board that in 2007, the State of Minnesota had passed an ordinance re­garding smoking inside, and in 2014 added e-cigarettes, ban­ning the use in government-owned buildings, hospitals, schools and state colleges.
Orren talked to the Lincoln County Board of Commission­ers about creating an indoor air policy for the county, including e-cigarettes in the policy and creating setbacks from entranc­es and exits of at least 10 feet for smokers.

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Secretary of State Simon visits county

May 25, 2017

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Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon made a stop at the Lincoln County Courthouse last Friday to talk with Barb Dybdahl and County Auditor Deb Vierhuf about last year’s election process.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Secretary of State Steve Simon dropped in at the Lincoln County Court­house in Ivanhoe on Friday as part of his yearly state­wide tour. Simon visited with County Auditor Deb Vierhuf and Deputy Audi­tor Barb Dybdahl to learn of any issues that may have shown up during the recent election.
Overall, Vierhuf said the local election process went smoothly.
“It went really well,” Vi­erhuf told Simon.

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Lake Benton Lake to be treated for aquatic weed problem

May 12, 2017

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Robert Olsen of the Lincoln County Environmental Office reported to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners survey results of east Lake Stay and Lake Benton Lake.
Olsen said it was found that treatment of Lake Benton Lake is necessary, and will be done soon so the chemicals will degrade and be out of the system by July. He will be posting notices and notifying homeowners in the areas affected.

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Council continues to deal with blighted properties around town

May 4, 2017

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Roy Yonker asked the council for help in cleanup of a property on Oak Street.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Two Tyler residents participated in the Public Forum prior to Monday evening’s Tyler City Council meeting. Oak Street residents Roy Yonker and Chris Johnson asked for some help from the city in cleaning up a neighborhood property.
Yonker told the council that a new business has cropped up on his street that has contributed to too much junk in the yard…

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Olsen seeks approval to move forward with solution to rural dumpster abuse

April 27, 2017

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The dumpsters in Hendricks are being misused by several people, so the county is talking of a locked fence with designated times for dumping. The garbage dumpsters are for rural residents and lake residents who have paid the annual fee. The recycling containers are for anyone to use, but are also not being used properly.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
A locked enclosure with manned hours is Lincoln County Environmental Officer Robert Olsen’s suggested solution to the misuse of the rural dumpsters in Hendricks.
Olsen said he had visited with Keith Johnson of the Hendricks lumberyard about the site, which is on property owned by the lumberyard. The solution they came up with is to have someone on-site in a manned position. This half-time position will be supplied by the lumberyard, who, along with Olsen, have been watching the site. Olsen said there has been a big “up-tick” in garbage coming from within the city and South Dakota at large, although there are 40-plus individuals who do pay the assessment.
Olsen went on to say this issue does not happen in other towns, and he had been of the opinion that Hendricks had mandatory garbage services. They don’t…

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Lincoln County applying for Safety Grant to improve courthouse security

April 13, 2017

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Lincoln County Emergency Management Director Amber Scholten came before the Lin­coln County Board of Commis­sioners to seek approval for an application for a Safety Grant which is provided through the State of Minnesota. The funds would be used for the instal­lation of safety features in the courthouse, namely in the Court Administrator area to provide for a more secure work space. The grant is a 50 percent match grant; the amount the county would be responsible for would be $29,413. The Board of Com­missioners approved the appli­cation by unanimous consent.
Scholten also mentioned the upcoming Severe Weather Awareness Week, which is April 17-21…

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Council asks for action on 1903 school building

April 6, 2017

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City employee Dave Haroldson, left, expressed concerns over shoreline erosion at Stoney Point Campground.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

In a continued effort to seek relief from blighted properties in Tyler, the Tyler City Council passed a resolution requesting that issues with the 1903 RTR High School building be ad­dressed. Staff and students have been kept out of the building and a snow fence has been erected in front of the structure. Due to safety concerns, the council is requesting the RTR board take action on the issue. The motion requested that the school dis­trict “provide a report on the structural stability of the 1903 building and take measures to restore structural integrity or other measures to restore safety to the 1903 Russell-Tyler-Ruth­ton High School building located at the end of Tyler Street in Ty­ler, Minnesota.”

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County camping surcharge discussed

March 30, 2017

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The Road and Bridge public hearing at the courthouse last week was well attended.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Robert Olsen of the Lincoln County Environmental Office spoke to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners regard­ing a $50 per campsite surcharge at Norwegian Creek that has been past practice. The Parks Department takes funds out of the revenues. Olsen said the question of doing the same with other campers around the lake has come up as those people are also making use of the lake. The discussion that ensued included bringing forth the points that unlike Norwegian Creek Camp­ground, other campers are camp­ing on private property, and that the money collected goes to the Lake Benton Lake Improvement District. The fee, Olsen said, is a direct way of placing mainte­nance of the lake on the users rather than the taxpayers. The Lake Benton Lake Improvement District would be making the de­cision whether to implement the fee for other campers; the deci­sion for the county to continue collecting the surcharge fee is up to the county. A motion was made and passed by unanimous consent to continue collecting the $50 surcharge at Norwegian Creek.

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Commissioners hear about Buffer Law

March 16, 2017

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Robert Olsen of the Lincoln County Environmental Office spoke to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners regarding the Buffer Law. Olsen told the board that under the current governor, the law isn’t going to go away, and at this point the deadline for implementation is November of this year. Olsen said they are hoping to get federal dollars to compensate farmers for acres that are put into buffers. Commissioner Jack Vizecky asked how many acres would be lost. Olsen said, “Not a lot to meet compliance.Olsen went on to further clarify that amount to be about two to four acres.

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City accepts ownership of Senior Center building

March 9, 2017

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Dub Lutterman spoke to the council on behalf of the Tyler Food Shelf on Monday evening.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
City Administrator Robert Wolfington told the council that members of the Tyler Food Shelf met following the February Tyler City Council meeting and voted to request that the City of Tyler consider taking ownership of the Tyler Senior Center building and “renting” it back to the food shelf.
“For clarification sake, at that time there wasn’t talk about a financial rent, but more the city owning the building and allowing the food shelf to utilize the structure,” Wolfington reported. “The financial rent would be maintenance and upkeep of the building.”

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