City administrator to step down in July

June 20, 2019

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City Administrator Robert Wolfington

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

City Administrator Robert Wolfington announced to city staff last week that he has accepted a position with the City of Montevideo and will be stepping down in July from his Tyler position. Wolfington’s last day of employment in Tyler will be July 10. He will begin duties in Montevideo on July 15. Wolfington conveyed his thanks to the city for his time here.

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Overby presented LPRW’s audit report to the county board

June 13, 2019

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Vince Robinson spoke to the Lincoln County Commissioners about applying for a grant to help pay for a broadband project in Hendricks and the Border-to-Border Broadband project for Lincoln County. He also spoke about the Small Cities Rental Rehabilitation grant for Tyler and Lake Benton.

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Com­missioners held their reg­ular meeting on Tuesday, June 4. All commissioners were in attendance.
Jason Overby of Lin­coln-Pipestone Rural Wa­ter (LPRW) spoke to the commissioners, giving a report on their 2018 au­dit. According to Overby, LPRW received a clean audit. Their net position is $96,997,367, which is a decrease of 6.2% from 2017. Overby explained that the decrease in net po­sition was because LPRW received a federal grant in 2017 and did not receive a grant in 2018. They have $5,130,277 in unrestrict­ed reserves. LPRW’s total net position as of Dec. 31, 2018 was $54,961,711, which is an increase of 1% from 2017.

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Council hears variance requests

June 6, 2019

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Tyler resident Troy Lange spoke to the council about the alley behind his Oak Street home.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Two Tyler residents were on hand to speak about variance requests at Monday’s regular meeting of the Tyler City Council on Monday. Oak Street residents Troy and Patty Lange asked for permission to gravel the strip of alleyway from the street to his garage behind his home.
“We have an access easement that runs on the north side of our property to our back garage,” Troy Lange explained. “We are asking for permission for Patty and I to gravel that portion. It has gotten so wet that we can’t use that easement any more. It’s ba­sically worthless. We can’t get in and out at this point. We are not asking the city for gravel. We are not asking the city to maintain it, to plow it or to do anything. We are looking for permission to im­prove that easement land so we can use it again by putting down tile, a rock bed and gravel top.

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Cong. Peterson discusses the future of agriculture

June 6, 2019

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Congressman Collin Peterson addressing area farmers at last week’s event in Marshall.

By Lacey Barke 
Contributing Writer

Tensions are build­ing, farms are closing and prices are rising. Time is running out for farmers nationwide, as they are faced with tough deci­sions brought on by even tougher weather and for­eign trade. At Congress­man Collin Peterson’s May 31 town hall meeting in Marshall, he attempted to explain how United States agriculture got to where it is now and what Midwest farmers should expect moving forward.
“I know you are all want­ing the specifics of what’s going on here so you can make your decisions and unfortunately I’m prob­ably going to disappoint you,” the current head of the Agriculture Committee said. “I’m not going to be able to tell you exactly but I can give you some indica­tion of where I think this is heading.”

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County road and bridges projects planned for 2019 were announced

May 30, 2019

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Robert Olsen spoke to the county board about the Judicial Ditch no. 19 assessments and declaration of benefits.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commission­ers met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, May 21 at the Lincoln County Courthouse in the meeting room. Commissioner Rick Hamer was absent from the meeting.
Lincoln County Engineer Joe Wilson and Dustin Hauschild presented a list of upcoming county road projects during the engi­neer report. There are four road projects and seven bridge projects that are planned in 2019, weather permitting…

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Council hold special meeting to annex property

May 23, 2019

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The City of Tyler and Hope Township held a special meeting on Monday evening for the purpose of signing a joint resolution for annexation of the former Sherm and Jane DeZeeuw property west of Tyler.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Tyler City Council and Hope Township Board met in special session for the purpose of signing a joint resolution for annexation of property on the west edge of Tyler, formerly owned by Sherm and Jane DeZeeuw. The annexa­tion includes land that has been designated for a new Pre-K through 12 building for the RTR School Dis­trict. The designated area consists of approximately 74.36 acres that was for­merly agriculture land.

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Parks Department awarded short-term loan for campground improvements

May 16, 2019

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County Attorney Glen Petersen requested approval for Registered Survey #3 for property to build the new school for ISD #2902.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Commis­sioners met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, May 7. Commissioner Jack Vizecky was absent from the meeting.
Beth Wilms and Sarah Kirch­ner of Southwest Health and Hu­man Services (SWHHS) spoke to the county board to give an update on the organization’s fi­nancial status. “We did a deep dive into our finances,” Wilms stated, “and found that we weren’t where we wanted to be.”

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Tyler City Council approves funds for new pool splash pad

May 9, 2019

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Pictured from left are City Attorney Glen Petersen, City Administrator Robert Wolfington, Mayor Joan Jagt, and council members Cricket Raschke, Scott Dressen, Kenny Jensen and Tim Sanderson.

By Mark Wilmes
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Continued discussion on the proposed street and sewer project was held at Monday evening’s regular meeting of the Tyler City Council. Options for extending Oak Street to the west to provide access to the proposed parking lot on the south side of the school building was the main topic. City Administrator Robert Wolfington received an estimate from Bolton and Menk that indicated a 600-foot extension of the street would cost approximately $256,000…

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Approval to treat Lake Benton Lake was given to Lincoln County

April 26, 2019

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Vince Robinson of DSI presented an update on the border-to-border broadband project that Lincoln County and ITC are working on.
By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Commissioners met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 16. All members of the board were present for the meeting.
Nancy Vierstraete of United Community Action Partnership (UCAP) presented a report on the organization and requested that the board approve a resolution, the Family Homeless Prevention Assistance Program, to allow UCAP to work with families in Lincoln County. According to Vierstraete, Lincoln County is one of 13 counties the organization serves. In order to make the organization more available to Lincoln County residents, UCAP is considering adding a case-management office, which would be open one day a week…

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Council holds special meeting

April 18, 2019

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Lincoln County Assessor Bruce Nielsen was on hand for the Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting Monday evening.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Lincoln County Assessor Bruce Nielsen was present at a special session of the Tyler City Council on Monday for the annual Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting. One local resident made an appearance to appeal his tax assessment at the meeting. Nielsen encouraged the resident to stop in to get forms to apply for an exemption as a disabled veteran and he would help get the taxes reduced…

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