City council seeks fix for water problems

July 11, 2018

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From left—Councilperson Kenny Jensen, Mayor Greg Peter, City Administrator Robert Wolfington and Councilpersons Tim Sanderson and Scott Dressen look at a proposed upgrade to the city sewer system.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Excessive rains in recent weeks have continued to put a strain on the city’s sanitary and storm sewers, creating issues for residents. At last week’s regular Tyler City Council meeting, City Administrator Robert Wolfington discussed the matter after meeting with the city engineer.
“We had a significant rain event that created sewage backup in a couple of residences on Oak Street,” Wolfington said. “I reached out to our city engineer, Bill Helget with Bolten & Menk. He came down and talked sewer mains with (Maintenance Supervisor) Dean (Beck).”

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Commissioners hear SWHHS financial update

July 11, 2018

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners heard from Nancy Walker, Deputy Director of Southwest Health and Human Services (SWHHS), who provided a financial update. Walker said that last fall, Director Beth Wilmes had spoken with the Commissioners about the “significant” financial issues SWHHS was having, forecasting a potential budget overage that could reach into the million dollar range. Walker was pleased to report that through several measures taken by SWHHS, including putting a pause on hiring, they have 15 positions open that have not been replaced, providing only required trainings, better utilization of cars, changes in IT and office supplies, and the list went on. Walker said the result is that “we have a much better financial standing than this time last year.”

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Lincoln County Commissioners elaborate on border-to-border internet

July 6, 2018

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
As reported by Hendricks Pioneer editor Tammy Mathison, Lincoln County is considering investing in high speed internet that will cover the entire county. Recently, Lake Benton Valley Journal editor Shelly Finzen spoke to Lincoln County Commissioner Board Chair Mic VanDeVere about the county’s intentions.
Lincoln County would like to invest in broadband internet, as opposed to dial-up. According to VanDeVere, “Broadband is high speed internet with phone capabilities but no TV service.” …

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County wants border-to- border internet

June 27, 2018

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
During the Tuesday, June 19 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, Vince Robinson of the Lincoln County Enterprise Development spoke to the commissioners, providing an update on the broadband (high speed internet) project.

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County looking at joining other counties in health plan

June 27, 2018

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Dr. Norris Anderson talks to the Lincoln County Commissioners about a county health plan.

By Tammy Mathison 
hendrickspioneer@gmail. com

The Lincoln County Board of Commission­ers is considering joining several other counties, in­cluding Pipestone County, to provide a county-based health plan that would benefit healthcare facili­ties, doctors and dentists. Pipestone County, along with some other coun­ties, is already part of this Prime West, and has seen great benefits from it on a local level, not the least of which was the plan being able to fund a new dental clinic in Pipestone.

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City responds to public outcry on blighted properties

June 22, 2018

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A large number of Tyler residents were on hand for Mondays special Tyler City Council meeting.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

In response to concerns voiced during the public forum of last week’s Tyler City Council meet­ing, a special meeting was held to discuss the problem of blight mitigation in the city. To open the meeting, Mayor Greg Peter read a statement to the council and over two dozen citizens on hand for the meeting.
“This is considered an inter-office discussion between the council and the city staff. There will be an opportunity for pub­lic comments after our discus­sion. Being that the majority of the council is here in attendance, the law requires the ability for the public to comment for those who attend this meeting. At this time, I would like to request that everyone remain silent during our council discussion.

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Commissioners hear Extension program update

June 15, 2018

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Lincoln County 4-H Program Coordinator Taylor Mueller and her intern provided a program update to the Lincoln County Commissioners.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Lincoln County 4-H Pro­gram Coordinator Taylor Mueller spoke to the Lin­coln County Board of Com­missioners during their Tuesday, June 5 meeting to introduce a summer in­tern and provide a Grow­ing 4-H Together: Volun­teers in Vision and Action program update. The pur­pose of the program is to “define the direction a county 4-H program can take to contribute to the positive development of young people, strengthen the volunteer system and structure to advance 4-H priorities, and identify potential organizational partners who have a mu­tual interest in working tougher to improve the scope and quality of youth development in the com­munity.”

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Council faces concerned citizens over city’s appearance

June 7, 2018

Special public meeting scheduled for Monday

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Tyler residents Jim Boyle and Joan Jagt were among the people speaking during the Public Express portion of Monday’s Tyler City Council meeting.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Over a dozen Tyler residents were on hand to speak during the public express before Monday’s Tyler City Council meeting, speaking on a variety of issues. The discussion went on for nearly two hours, over an hour of which was devoted entirely to the lack of improvement to blighted properties in the city…

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Simon visits Tyler to present the Economic and Business Conditions report

June 7, 2018

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Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon, second from left, visited Tyler last Tuesday, May 29 on a tour through the counties of southwest Minnesota. Simon spoke about the Southwest Minnesota Economic Business Conditions Report and a new survey they are offering, called the Minnesota Business Snapshot.

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon visited Lincoln County last week, Tuesday, May 29, to talk about the economic and business conditions of south­west Minnesota. He met with Tyler City Administrator Robert Wolfington, Tyler Mayor Greg Peter, and Lonnie Lambertus of Tyler Regional Economic Devel­opment (TRED) at the Tyler Fire Hall. Simon said he makes an an­nual visit to all the counties in southwest Minnesota.
During the meeting, Simon presented the Southwest Min­nesotaEconomic and Business Conditions Report, Fourth Quar­ter 2017

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Judge Lee Bush to retire

May 31, 2018

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Fifth District Court Judge Lee Bush

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

After nearly 42 years in law, Judge Lee Bush will soon be hanging up his robe for good. The Russell High School graduate and former Tyler City Attor­ney will be retiring from full-time duties as judge in Minnesota’s 5th Judicial District in the next cou­ple of weeks.
Bush began his law career in 1976. A graduate of what is now called Southwest Minnesota State University and the University of Minnesota Law School, he made his decision to pursue a law ca­reer at the suggestion of his father after graduat­ing from college.

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