Lincoln County 4-H goes virtual

August 12, 2020

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Pictured clockwise from top left—Blake DeVries in the Beef Showcase; Aiden Jerzak in the Virtual Gardening Challenge with the longest cucumber; Matthew Grooters competing in the Virtual Dairy competition; Anna Wiese in the Virtual Cloverbud category.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Far too many stories this year have started with “nobody could have expected the 2020—fill-in-the-blank—to look like this.” You can add Extension Educator Michele VanDyke to the list of people with one of those stories. VanDyke is in charge of Lincoln County 4-H youth development. As with many other events this year, it was necessary for 4-H members to adapt and rework everything they had become ac­customed to in their respective years participating in the orga­nization.
“Lincoln County 4-H is part of the University of Minnesota Extension,” VanDyke said last week. “Therefore, we follow the guidelines laid out by the Uni­versity of Minnesota and our Extension leadership. Initially, all face-to-face programming was canceled through March 31, which was eventually extended through July 1.”

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Masking matters

August 12, 2020

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Minnesota’s mask mandate finds a willingly compliant “Ove” at Thrifty White Pharmacy these days.

Tyler’s Yard of the Week

August 12, 2020

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This week’s honors go to Ron and Carole Carr at 626 S. Tyler Street.

Local fire squad comes out on top

August 12, 2020

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The Ruthton/Holland Fire Department Team won the Woodstock Fire/EMS Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 8, defeating Woodstock Fire/EMS, Woodstock Non-Fire, and Pipestone. Pictured from left to right in front are Andy Schelhaas, Merle Zeinstra, Matt Schelhaas, Devin Schulze, Nathan McConnell and Chris Schulze; in back are Nathan Boeve, Jared Dagel, Casey Fritz, Collin Moeller, Cody Fritz, Brent Dagel and Nick Schulze.

County will look at Monarch Butterfly preservation options within the county

August 12, 2020

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Jason Overby of Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water presented the annual report to the Lincoln County Board on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday, Aug. 4. The meeting opened with Jason Overby of Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water (LPRW) presenting their annual report. According to Overby, LPRW received a clean audit report for their FY2019. Their total indebtedness decreased in 2019 and they added the community of Edger­ton to their system. Dur­ing 2019, LPRW added 40 new rural customers, three of them from Lin­coln County. The new cus­tomers were categorized in the following way: 27 residential customers, 10 livestock customers and three office buildings….

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Better to give

August 12, 2020

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Allen Lund recently donated $10,000 to the Tyler American Legion Post 185. Allen is a Korean War veteran and member of Post 185 for 65 years, having been recruited by his brother-in-law Leon Schnell. With this donation Allen hopes Post 185 can be on solid financial ground to continue to help veterans and community organizations in Tyler. Above: Pastor Wayde Kenneke accepted a $10,000 donation from Allen Lund last week for The Rock in downtown Tyler. Lund, who has made several do­nations to organizations in the past weeks says it is something that makes him happy. “It’s better to give than to receive.” Thanks to Allen from Tyler!

Sidewalk Entertainment

August 12, 2020

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Current and former RTR High School teachers Robyn Lampert and Chris Miller put on a concert for Sunrise Manor Nursing Home residents on Saturday morning, performing on the sidewalk outside the dining room.

Relay 2020 event held on Saturday

August 7, 2020

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Allen Lund of Tyler (left) donated $10,000 to Relay For Life/American Cancer Society in honor of his friend and former neighbor Doris Kragh (right) last week.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The 2020 Relay For Life of Lincoln County Virtual Event was held on Saturday on the county Relay Facebook page. The event kicked off at 5 p.m. with Lincoln County Co-Chair Kathy Wilmes and Leadership Team Entertainment Chair Mark Wilmes. Emma Lipinski of Ivanhoe provided the National Anthem, followed by the Invocation by Pastor Dave Christenson of Christ Lutheran Church of Hendricks.

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Plans moving forward for in-person schooling . . . for now

August 7, 2020

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Plans are going forward for in-person school this fall at RTR Schools.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Flexibility—that is Superintendent Dave Marlette’s word for describing what will be required for the 2020-2021 Russell-Tyler-Ruthton school year.
“The district and the parents are going to have to be very flexible,” Marlette said. “Things are going to change.”
Marlette said the district has the distinct advantage of having lots of team members in what promises to be a long path of negotiating the twists and turns that lie ahead.

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City council awards Oak Street project bid

August 7, 2020

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Councilperson Scott Dressen

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Bids were awarded for the Oak Street Extension Project at Monday’s regular meeting of the Tyler City Council. Owen Todd of Bolton and Menk was on hand to discuss the bids that were opened on July 30.
“We received six bids between $481,000 and $381,000,” Todd told the council. “Just for reference, our final estimate based on the final quantities was $429,000, so about in the middle of the six bids we received. The low bid was from Town & Country Excavating out of Garvin with a bid of $381,645.70.

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