To plow or not to plow; that is the question

February 14, 2019

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Lincoln County Engineer Joe Wilson

By Shelly Finzen 
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With the white stuff falling so frequently, many Lincoln Coun­ty residents are left wondering where the snowplows are. Rest assured, according to Lincoln County Engineer Joe Wilson, they are out there, in well below ideal conditions, doing their best to make road conditions conducive to travel.
In a recent interview Wilson ex­plained that the decision to plow or not to plow is generally made by Lincoln County’s Maintenance Superintendent. “He has been part of the staff since 1996 and has been in that position since 2011,” Wilson said. The decision is made to plow or treat road surfac­es when “the roads are icy, there are two inches or more of snow or there is drifting.”…

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Avera Tyler gives FY2018 status report to council

February 6, 2019

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Avera Regional President Mary Maertens and Avera Tyler Administrator Allen Anderson gave their annual update to the Tyler City Council Monday evening.

By Mark Wilmes
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Members of the Tyler City Council were given a report on Avera Tyler from Avera Regional President Mary Maertens and Avera Tyler Administrator Allen Anderson at Monday’s regular monthly meeting. “Things have been fairly stable over the past year,” Anderson told the council. “We did have one change in providers. Marcia Kells gave her resignation right toward the end of the year. We were able to quickly replace her with Amanda Beer. She started with us on January 1st.”

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County Board hears update from SWCD

January 31, 2019

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Robin Sik, representing the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, asked the commissioners for approval to hire Kara Amundson of Ivanhoe as a county dispatcher/jailer.

By Shelly Finzen 
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The Lincoln County Board met for their second monthly meeting on Jan. 22. Commissioner Corey Sik was absent from the meeting for a pre-approved reason.
Vince Robinson spoke on behalf of the Lincoln County HRA, requesting that the board approve a resolution adopting the Citizens Participation Plan for the rental-rehab grant process. The plan says the primary way for the public to give input into the program is through a public hearing, which has been schedule for the Feb. 5 meeting at 9:05 a.m…

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Minnesota Governor Tim Walz holds meet and greet in Ivanhoe

January 23, 2019

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From left to right— Val Whipple, Lynn Whipple, Governor Tim Walz and Polly and Terry Dressen of Tyler pose for a photo on Sunday. Polly is a cousin of Val Whipple, father-in-law of the governor.

By Mark Wilmes
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Governor Tim Walz paid a visit to wife Gwen’s hometown over the weekend for the dual purpose of celebrating his mother-in-law’s 80th birthday and holding a meet and greet at the Highway 19 & 75 Café Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Walz’s parents are Val and Lynn Whipple of Ivanhoe. Walz spoke briefly to those in attendance, starting with a story on how he ended up marrying an Ivanhoe native.
“For those of you who didn’t know the connection, my wife Gwen Whipple was teaching school in Alliance, Nebraska,” Walz explained. “I had been with the first group of American high school teachers who were teaching in Chinese public schools.”

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Hole-in-the-Mountain Park among recommended recipients for grant dollars

January 16, 2019

By Mark Wilmes
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The Greater Minne­sota Regional Parks and Trails Commission has announced grant recom­mendations for the FY20 funding cycle. Vince Rob­inson of Lincoln County Enterprise Development Corp (LCEDC) said they have been working with the Lincoln County Parks Department and the Coun­ty Commissioners to apply for grant funds to update the Hole-in-the-Mountain (HITM) Park 20-year re­source plan.
“It appears that the fund­ing we have requested will be forthcoming; assuming the legislature again ac­cepts the recommendation of the Greater MN Region­al Parks and Trails Com­mission,” Robinson said. “This funding will help us to survey park users and regional community mem­bers about their usage of current HITM park ameni­ties and their interest in additional amenities.”

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County Commissioners kept busy at first meeting of the year

January 16, 2019

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Lincoln County Engineer Joe Wilson reported that a server used by the Roads and Bridges Department has reached its life expectancy. He will present a quote for a replacement server in a future meeting.

By Shelly Finzen 
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The Lincoln County Commissioners met for their first meeting of the year on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Court Administrator Wen­dy Rost administered the Oath of Office to new/ re-elected officials: Com­missioner District 2 Mic VanDeVere, Commissioner District 4 Joe Drietz, Audi­tor-Treasurer Deb Vierhuf, Recorder Michelle Facile, Sheriff Chad Meester, and Attorney Glen Petersen. VanDeVere was selected as board chair, with Drietz selected as vice-chair.
The board approved sev­eral resolutions. The coun­ty board also approved the 2019 Commissioner Com­mittee Appointments. The resolutions and appoint­ments are similar to previ­ous years’ appointments and resolutions.

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Woodstock Communications to bring internet options to Tyler

January 10, 2019

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City Administrator Robert Wolfington (left) swearing in new members of the Tyler City Council on Monday evening, Mayor Joan Jagt and Councilpersons Cricket Raschke and Tim Sanderson.

By Mark Wilmes
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Monday’s Tyler City Council meeting began with the swear­ing in of Mayor Joan Jagt and Councilpersons Cricket Raschke and Tim Sanderson. Jagt opened her first meeting by stating that meetings going forward would start with the Pledge of Alle­giance and a roll call to deter­mine who is present. She also said the budget will be analyzed every other month to determine where finances for the year stand. In addition, she asked that the City of Tyler website include phone numbers for each of the council members to make it easier for constituents to con­tact them…

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Understanding Truth in Taxation statements

January 4, 2019

By Shelly Finzen
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In November, Lincoln County residents received Truth in Taxation (TNT) statements, which caused sticker shock for some county residents. For ex­ample, Lake Benton resi­dents were told to expect a 23 percent increase in their school levy and a six percent increase in the city taxes, in addition to a three percent increase at the county level. Fortunately, the actual tax statements that will come out in April will be considerably below the early estimates, but the questions that were asked at the TNT meetings made it apparent that clarifica­tion in the different tax statements is necessary.

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Olsen reports on meeting concerning curly-leaf pondweed

December 26, 2018

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John Hoveland is Lincoln County’s new Veterans Services Officer. He was sworn in by County Attorney Glen Petersen at Tuesday’s commissioners’ meeting.

By Shelly Finzen 
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The Lincoln County Commissioners met for their final meeting of 2018 on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Com­missioner Rick Hamer was absent from the meeting.
Lincoln County Envi­ronmental Officer Robert Olsen spoke to the group about the meeting be­tween the DNR, the county, and the Lake Benton Lake Improvement District. Ol­sen feels that, while they were unable to get a full-lake treatment for Curly-leaf pondweed (CLP), they were able to come to agreement on an appropri­ate treatment that will ad­dress the problem…

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City council holds special meeting

December 26, 2018

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City Administrator Robert Wolfington (left) and Mayor Greg Peter at last week’s special meeting of the Tyler City Council.

By Mark Wilmes
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The Tyler City Council met in special session to address two agenda items. City Administrator Robert Wolfington explained that the first agenda item was to satisfy a state require­ment.
“Starting last year the state started to require that each year cities adopt their polling location,” Wolfington said. “We did not do that this year yet, so we will need to pass a resolution designating 138 E. Bradley Street [Tyler Legion Hall] as the polling location for the city voting jurisdiction for the year 2019. We are required to do it regardless of wheth­er we have an election or not.”

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