County to sell Tyler shop building

April 12, 2018

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met last Tues­day, April 3 with Commission­ers Rick Hamer and Corey Sik absent. Due to the weather, the meeting was short.
During the Engineer’s report, Lincoln County Engineer Joe Wilson talked with the Board of Commissioners regarding the possibility of putting the old Highway Department shop in Tyler up for bid. Commission­ers present were in favor of this, and the building will be put up for bid.

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Street seal coating project set for June

April 5, 2018

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The regular monthly meeting of the Tyler City Council was held Monday evening at the Fire Hall. Pictured from left to right are City Attorney Glen Petersen, City Administrator Robert Wolfington, Mayor Greg Peter, and Councilpersons Erick Harper, Scott Dressen, Kenny Jensen and Tim Sanderson.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The city will begin to advertise for bids for the street project scheduled for 2018. The project will include seal coating for several streets in the southwest quadrant of the city at an estimated cost of just under $60,000. Bid opening will be on April 26 at 11:30 a.m. The council will award the bid at the May 7 monthly meeting. The project is expected to start after June 18 and be completed by Sept. 1, 2018.
The council discussed policies and procedures for towing vehicles, winter parking and snow removal and how they all fit together…

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County Parks policy reviewed at County Commissioner meeting

March 29, 2018

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Lincoln County Parks Man­ager Daryl Schlapkohl pre­sented an updated Park Policy for the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners to review. The policy included the seasonal camping site fees for Norwe­gian Creek and Picnic Point. The season is from Memorial weekend to Labor Day. If camp­ers come before or stay longer, there is an additional charge of $25 per day. Schlapkohl said there should be around 90 sea­sonal campers at Norwegian Creek, 12 at Picnic Point and two at Hole-in-the- Mountain Park. Schlap­kohl went on to say that $50 per year per camp­site of Norwegian Creek and Picnic Point is given to the Lake Associations. With 108 sites at Nor­wegian Creek, a total of $5,400 is collected, and with 30 sites at Picnic Point, $1,500 is collected.

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Commissioners proclaim April 3 National Service Recognition Day

March 29, 2018

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Michelle Baumhoefner and Roseanne Lasnetski spoke to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners about volunteerism in Lincoln County.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners heard from Lincoln County Aging and Volunteer Service Coordinator Roseanne Lasnetski and Michelle Baumhoefner, Executive Director of ACE of SW Minnesota (Advocate, Connect, Educate) who provided a copy of the Lincoln County ACE newsletter, and reported on the 2017 volunteerism statistics.
ACE of SW Minnesota includes seven counties—Lincoln, Lyon, Cottonwood, Murray, Nobles, Redwood and Rock. In 2017, there were a total of 2,361 active volunteers, with 276,180 volunteer hours reported. Lincoln County alone had 17 percent of those hours, with 47,242 hours reported from a total of 372 registered volunteers from 55 reporting stations. There were 42 of those volunteers under the age of 55. There were 47 new volunteers in 2017.

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Commissioners hear from various departments at last week’s meeting

March 16, 2018

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

During their Tuesday, March 6 meeting, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners heard from Sheriff Chad Meester re­garding the placement of a drug collection box, which is now lo­cated in the Sheriff’s office and obtained through the support of the Hendricks Hospital and paid for with a CVS grant.
Meester also spoke to the Board of Commissioners regard­ing the purchase of a Dodge Ram from Lockwood Motors in Mar­shall at the price of $28,125, and the upfitting and of the vehicle at the quoted price of $10,050.52. Both the purchase and upfitting were approved.

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Council continues efforts to clean up private properties

March 8, 2018

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Four blighted properties have been identified in the city to serve with nuisance abatement notices due to excessive junk on the property. City Attorney Glen Petersen said owners and renters will be notified with an opportunity to clean up the properties before further action is taken.
“[The city] can go through the process of issuing an abatement order, serving them notice that they are not in compliance with the city code,” Petersen said. “Then they have the opportunity to come to the council and [explain why the property looks as it does].”

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Broadband study discussed with the county commissioners

March 1, 2018

By Tammy Mathison 
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Vince Robinson of the LCEDC, Mark Mrla of Finley Engineering, and via phone, Doug Dawson, President of CCG Consulting, spoke with the Lincoln County Commissioners during their Tuesday, Feb. 20 meeting about the Broadband Feasibility Study that has been done in Lincoln County.

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Lake Benton in need of whole treatment for curly leaf pondweed

February 16, 2018

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Robert Olsen spoke to the Board of Commissioners about several topics, including the need for Lake Benton Lake to be treated.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

During the Feb. 6 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, Robert Olsen of the Lincoln County Environmen­tal Office presented the year-end DNR Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) report, then informed the Board of Commissioners of the need to treat Lake Benton for curly leaf pondweed. Olsen said since treating up to 400 acres of the lake would cost between $100,000 and $120,000 and that treating the whole lake would be about $150,000 per year over three years, treatment for the whole lake was the preferred op­tion. The treatment, when done at the proper time, will prevent the plant from reproducing. Ol­sen told the board that the Lake District would need to borrow funds from the county if treat­ment began in 2018, but would not have to borrow any funds if the treatments begin in 2019.

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Council hears update from Avera

February 8, 2018

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Avera Tyler Administrator Allen Anderson and Regional President/CEO of Avera Health Mary Maertens gave their annual report to the council Monday evening.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Avera Tyler Administrator Allen Anderson and Avera Regional President Mary Maertens were on hand to give a report on the local healthcare organization. Anderson reported on changes at the local nursing home, reducing the number of beds at the facility.
“One of the changes we did make at the facility was the decision to delicense a number of beds,” Anderson told the council. “We went through a lengthy process and I did just get confirmation that our delicensing was accepted by the Minnesota Department of Health. We went from a 38-bed nursing home to a 30-bed nursing home.”

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DU land purchases near Tyler and Lake Benton

January 25, 2018

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Lincoln County Parks Manager Daryl Schlapkohl points out the area of Norwegian Creek for which an ag easement has been requested.

By Tammy Mathison 
hendrickspioneer @gmail.com

Jon Schneider, manager of the Minnesota Conserva­tion Program, was on hand at the Jan. 16 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners to dis­cuss the planned purchase of three parcels of land in Lincoln County by Ducks Unlimited. The first parcel is 141.28 acres of cropland in Sections 4 and 5 in Hope Township just west of Ty­ler. According to informa­tion provided, “the plan is to purchase the land in February and donate it to the Minnesota Depart­ment of Natural Resources (DNR) for inclusion in the Tyler and Discors State Wildlife Management Ar­eas (WMA).” Schneider said the land would be restored to wetlands and native prairie grasslands to provide wildlife habitat and public recreation op­portunities such as hunt­ing.

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