Guy Harding retirement resignation submitted to Lincoln County board

November 14, 2019

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Lincoln County Parks Manager Daryl Schlapkohl spoke to the county board concerning a septic system project at Picnic Point and the electrical upgrades project at Norwegian Creek.

By Shelly Finzen
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The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met for their regular meet­ing on Tuesday, Nov. 5. All board members were pres­ent for the meeting.
Environmental Officer Robert Olsen reported that the county’s recycling pro­gram may be in trouble. Ac­cording to Olsen, the recy­cling from the rural drop-off sites has a high garbage contamination. County residents are not using the recycling and garbage bins appropriately and are put­ting trash into the recycling dumpsters. Furthermore, many residents are using garbage bags, which are not recyclable, to contain their recyclable waste and are dumping the garbage bags in the dumpsters with the recycling…

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Does Tyler want an ice rink?

November 7, 2019

By Mark Wilmes
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Discussion was held at Monday’s Tyler City council meeting about the future of the ice rink in town. City Administrator Stephanie LaBrune said the brush used to clean snow off the rink is in need of replacement, so she asked for discussion on whether or not to continue providing an ice rink in town.
“If we are going to keep the ice rink open this year the sweeper has to be replaced,” LaBrune said…

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City council accepts garbage truck bid

November 7, 2019

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City Administrator Stephanie LaBrune.

By Mark Wilmes
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Bid opening was held at Monday evening’s regular monthly meeting of the Tyler City Council for a new garbage truck as well as new garbage receptacles. City Administrator Stephanie LaBrune told the council that only one bid was received for the truck, from Sanitation Products, Inc. of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The bid came in at $264,388 for the automated truck. The bid included a one-year warranty, with options for a five-year extended warranty on the engine for $2,300 and a five-year extended warranty on the transmission for $1,229.

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Upcoming highway projects presented to commissioners

October 24, 2019

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Megan DeSchepper of the Minnesota Department of Transportation spoke to the board about upcoming highway projects.

By Shelly Finzen
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The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Commissioner Corey Sik was absent.
Environmental Officer Robert Olsen was at the top of the agenda. Olsen requested that the board approve an amendment to the Southwest Regional Development Contract. The amendment is the result of updates to the county ordinances. The board approved the amended contract.

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Tyler City Council moves forward with automated garbage truck

October 10, 2019

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Tyler City Administrator Stephanie LaBrune.

By Mark Wilmes
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City Administrator Stephanie LaBrune provided the coun­cil with information to choose between proceeding with the purchase of a new automated garbage truck and continuing city-owned service or contract­ing out the service to an outside provider. The council voted to proceed with ordering an Auto­car ACX chassis garbage truck from Sanitation Products, Inc. of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Coun­cilperson Tim Sanderson was not present. Cost of the truck will be $264,388. Carts will also be pur­chased in various sizes that will be offered to residents and busi­nesses. Total cost on the carts would be $58,050. Any repairs to the truck in the future can be done in Marshall. LaBrune said that residential rates could re­main close to where they are right now with a possible raise in commercial fees.

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Newly formed Safe Roads Coalition met Monday in Ivanhoe

October 10, 2019

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Pictured from left are Tyler Ambulance Coordinator Teri Hively, Avera Tyler Trauma Coordinator Sheena Strom, Safe Roads Coalition Coordinator Lauren Mellenthin, Lincoln County Sheriff Chad Meester and RTR Principal Dan Bettin at Monday’s coalition meeting in Ivanhoe.

By Mark Wilmes
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County officials and law enforcement officers from Lincoln and Pip­estone counties gathered in Ivanhoe on Monday as part of the Lincoln/Pip­estone Safe Roads Coali­tion coordinated through Southwest Health and Human Services. A grant was recently approved for the Lincoln and Pipestone County project. The Safe Roads Grant is funded by the Office of Traffic Safety through the Minnesota De­partment of Public Safety. Total Zero Death (TZD) Safe Roads grant funds are used to implement specific traffic safety activities that enhance other local traffic safety initiatives…

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County Financial Accountant Robin Sterzinger resigns

October 10, 2019

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Robin Sterzinger recently resigned from her position as Lincoln County Financial Accountant/Deputy Treasurer-Auditor to take a position with the State of Minnesota. Sterzinger has been working for the county for approximately 21 years.

By Shelly Finzen
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Lincoln County’s Finan­cial Accountant/Deputy Auditor-Treasurer Robin Sterzinger is changing lanes on her career path. After working for LincolnCounty for 21 years, four of them as the Financial Ac­countant/Deputy Auditor-Treasurer, she has submit­ted her resignation and will begin working for the State of Minnesota
Sterzinger said she began her position as the Finan­cial Accountant/Deputy Auditor-Treasurer in 2015…

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Board approves purchasing two squad cars for Sheriff’s Department

October 10, 2019

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Chris Cauwels, the Network Systems Administrator for Southwest Health and Human Services, recently reviewed the county’s computer systems and presented a schedule for equipment replacement and upgrades at the Oct. 1 meeting.

By Shelly Finzen
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The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday, Oct. 1. In Board Chair Mic VanDeVere’s absence, the meeting was led by Commissioner Joe Drietz.
Lincoln County Sheriff Chad Meester spoke to the board concerning the purchase of a new squad car for the department. During the July 16 meeting, the commissioners approved purchasing a Dodge Ram Special Service Vehicle through Mike Motors for approximately $39,000 including the upfit costs. Meester said that because of some production strikes in the automobile industry, the Ram has not been built yet and the Dodge representative did not know when it would be built…

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Minnesota Attorney General hears from Southwest Minnesota farmers

October 3, 2019

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Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison met with Marshall-area farmers on Tuesday, Sept. 24 to hear about the problems farmers are facing.

By Shelly Finzen
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Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is traveling across Greater Minnesota and he wants to speak with area farmers. “I want to hear from you on the things that are going right, the things that aren’t going so right, and what we can do together to do something about it,” he said. Ellison visited the Allan and Kathleen Deutz farm on Tuesday, Sept. 24 to hear what Marshall-area farmers have to say. The primary focus of the discussion at this meeting was on dairy farming, but Ellison wants to hear what other farmers from other areas have to say as well.
Several topics came up during the discussion. Ellison explained some of the issues his office is currently working on, including wage equality, prescription costs, the vaping epidemic, the opioid issues and healthcare costs. But these issues aren’t all the office could be focusing on.

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Correction to commissioner’s story

October 3, 2019

Last week’s Lincoln County Commissioner’s story incorrectly stated that the daycare being run on the neighboring prop­erty to the Newell prop­erty is run by the Persoon family. The daycare is ac­tually owned by Jason and Barb Brust. Also, Chair Mic VanDeVere was quoted as asking if the Persoon fam­ily had been contacted by the DNR, which should have referred to the Brust family. The ensuing sen­tence should have read “Jason Brust said that, while his opinion of a safe distance differs from the DNR, the DNR did commu­nicate with them.”
The building site owned by the Brusts was former­ly owned by the Persoon family.