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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County monitoring area lakes

May 24, 2018

By Tammy Mathison 
hendrickspioneer @gmail.com

During the May 15 meet­ing of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, Robert Olsen of the Lincoln County Environmental Of­fice spoke to the commis­sioners about Lake Ben­ton, saying that samples of the lake had been taken. However, the temperature of the lake is rising and it won’t be possible to treat the lake before the water temperatures are too high. As a result, the lake will not get treated this year. Olsen said they will be making application in September or October to be ready for next year, and is hoping to look at a three-year vari­ance. Olsen said that last time, they treated for four years.

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Council approves local company for sealcoating Tyler streets

May 9, 2018

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Bill Helget of Bolton & Menk

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Bill Helget of Bolton & Menk was on hand to discuss bids on the 2018 sealcoating project for the City of Tyler. Helget said that the four proposals were received, with bids ranging between $44,456.40 and $59,411.20.
“The low bidder was RH Sealcoating and Asphalt Maintenance, Inc. of Russell,” Helget told the council. “The bid was five percent below the engineer’s estimate of $46,680. The second lowest bidder was 16 percent above the low bidder.”

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Klobuchar visit

May 9, 2018

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U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar visited with members of the Lincoln County Corn and Soybean Growers in Lake Benton on Tuesday, May 1. After meeting with the group, the Senator visited Bio Ag Energy Services / The ExpressWay in celebration of the launch of B20 in Minnesota. Pictured are Minnesota Soybean Growers Association Secretary Bob Worth, Senator Klobuchar, American Soybean Growers Association Director Joel Schreurs, and Minnesota Soybean Growers Association CEO Tom Slunecka.

Commissioners hear update on prescription drug collection program

May 9, 2018

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Sheriff Chad Meester provided an update to the Lincoln County Commissioners on the prescription drug collection program. To-date, 21 pounds have been collected.

By Tammy Mathison 
hendrickspioneer@gmail. com

During their Tuesday, May 1 meeting, the Lin­coln County Board of Commissioners heard from Sheriff Chad Meester, who provided an update on the new prescription drug collection program.
In January this year, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office announced they had partnered with CVS Health and The Partner­ship for Drug-Free Kids to provide the first drug collection box in Lincoln County. The collection box is located in the lobby of the law enforcement center and the public can drop off unused prescrip­tions anytime, day or night.

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County Commissioners vote to prepay SWHHS

April 26, 2018

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail. com

The Lincoln County Board of Commission­ers voted 3-2 with Com­missioners Jack Vizecky opposed and Commis­sioner Joe Drietz “opposed for now” to approve an early payment of about $200,000, a portion of the yearly amount paid to Southwest Health and Hu­man Services (SWHHS). The amount is what Lin­coln County would be pay­ing SWHHS anyway, just a month early.
“Lyon County paid all theirs up front,” said Com­missioner Mic VanDeVere. “I don’t know if they will need any from us.” …

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