Hesse family announced as Conservation Farmers of the Year for 2019

December 12, 2019

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At the Dec. 3 County Board meeting, Lauren Mellenthin and Chad Meester presented information on the Towards Zero Deaths initiative in Lincoln and Pipestone Counties.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met for their regular meet­ing on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. Commissioner Corey Sik was absent from the meeting, due to a schedul­ing conflict.
Lincoln County Sheriff Chad Meester and Lincoln Pipestone County Safe Roads Coalition Coordi­nator Lauren Mellenthin spoke to the board con­cerning the Towards Zero Deaths initiative. The co­alition received a grant from the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety, which works to prevent fatal and serious injury traffic crashes…

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Final county tax levy set at 1% increase

December 12, 2019

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A crowd of Lincoln County taxpayers were on hand to speak to the county board at the Dec. 3 Truth in Taxation hearing concerning the 2020 tax levy. The county approved increasing the levy by 1% for the 2020 tax year.

By Shelly Finzen
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The Lincoln County Truth in Taxation (TnT) meeting was held on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 6 p.m. at the Lincoln County Courthouse. According to the Minnesota House Research Department, “TnT was enacted with a goal of improving ac­countability by focus­ing taxpayers on the relationship between budget decisions and property taxes, and pro­viding taxpayers with a greater opportunity to become involved in the local government bud­geting process.” County landowners partici­pated in the meeting to discuss the proposed 3% levy increase and to learn what the final levy would be.

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City council approves levy, discusses burn site

December 5, 2019

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Lyle Lamote of Lamote Tree Service spoke to the council about reconsidering the closure of the burn site for the winter.

By Mark Wilmes
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Lyle Lamote of Lamote Tree Service was on hand at Monday evening’s regular meeting of the Tyler City Council to ask that the decision to close the burn site for the winter be revisited. In the past, a $50 fee allowed tree removal businesses the privilege of getting a key to use outside of city office hours to access the burn site.
“I just wanted to voice my concerns,” Lamote told the council. “It is a benefit to the people of Tyler. For instance, last weekend we dodged an ice storm. Where would those branches have gone?”
Mayor Joan Jagt explained that the city crew had requested the change in policy…

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Worth receives appointment to Governor’s Council on Biofuels

November 27, 2019

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Bob Worth of Lake Benton.

Governor Tim Walz, Chair of the National Gov­ernors’ Biofuels Coalition, and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan today an­nounced the following ap­pointments to the Gover­nor’s Council on Biofuels. Walz recently established the Governor’s Council on Biofuels by Executive Or­der 19-35 to recommend proposals to foster growth in the biofuels industry and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“It is my honor to ap­point leaders in agricul­ture from across the state to the Governor’s Council on Biofuels,” said Gover­nor Walz…

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Lincoln County Fair report presented to the county board

November 27, 2019

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Curt Madsen from the Lincoln County Fair Board presented a recap of the 2019 Lincoln County Fair at the Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

By Shelly Finzen
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The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 19. All commissioners were present.
County Engineer Joe Wilson reported that the contractor who had left the gravel project unfinished has returned to complete the project. They will continue working through this season as long as they can and complete it in the spring.
Wilson gave a reminder that area landowners cannot leave mud and other materials on county roads. “Our policy is that if we have to clean it off or if we get called after hours, we will bill the owner of the mud (for removal),” Wilson said.

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Guy Harding retirement resignation submitted to Lincoln County board

November 14, 2019

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Lincoln County Parks Manager Daryl Schlapkohl spoke to the county board concerning a septic system project at Picnic Point and the electrical upgrades project at Norwegian Creek.

By Shelly Finzen
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The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met for their regular meet­ing on Tuesday, Nov. 5. All board members were pres­ent for the meeting.
Environmental Officer Robert Olsen reported that the county’s recycling pro­gram may be in trouble. Ac­cording to Olsen, the recy­cling from the rural drop-off sites has a high garbage contamination. County residents are not using the recycling and garbage bins appropriately and are put­ting trash into the recycling dumpsters. Furthermore, many residents are using garbage bags, which are not recyclable, to contain their recyclable waste and are dumping the garbage bags in the dumpsters with the recycling…

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Does Tyler want an ice rink?

November 7, 2019

By Mark Wilmes
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Discussion was held at Monday’s Tyler City council meeting about the future of the ice rink in town. City Administrator Stephanie LaBrune said the brush used to clean snow off the rink is in need of replacement, so she asked for discussion on whether or not to continue providing an ice rink in town.
“If we are going to keep the ice rink open this year the sweeper has to be replaced,” LaBrune said…

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City council accepts garbage truck bid

November 7, 2019

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City Administrator Stephanie LaBrune.

By Mark Wilmes
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Bid opening was held at Monday evening’s regular monthly meeting of the Tyler City Council for a new garbage truck as well as new garbage receptacles. City Administrator Stephanie LaBrune told the council that only one bid was received for the truck, from Sanitation Products, Inc. of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The bid came in at $264,388 for the automated truck. The bid included a one-year warranty, with options for a five-year extended warranty on the engine for $2,300 and a five-year extended warranty on the transmission for $1,229.

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Upcoming highway projects presented to commissioners

October 24, 2019

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Megan DeSchepper of the Minnesota Department of Transportation spoke to the board about upcoming highway projects.

By Shelly Finzen
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The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Commissioner Corey Sik was absent.
Environmental Officer Robert Olsen was at the top of the agenda. Olsen requested that the board approve an amendment to the Southwest Regional Development Contract. The amendment is the result of updates to the county ordinances. The board approved the amended contract.

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Tyler City Council moves forward with automated garbage truck

October 10, 2019

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Tyler City Administrator Stephanie LaBrune.

By Mark Wilmes
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City Administrator Stephanie LaBrune provided the coun­cil with information to choose between proceeding with the purchase of a new automated garbage truck and continuing city-owned service or contract­ing out the service to an outside provider. The council voted to proceed with ordering an Auto­car ACX chassis garbage truck from Sanitation Products, Inc. of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Coun­cilperson Tim Sanderson was not present. Cost of the truck will be $264,388. Carts will also be pur­chased in various sizes that will be offered to residents and busi­nesses. Total cost on the carts would be $58,050. Any repairs to the truck in the future can be done in Marshall. LaBrune said that residential rates could re­main close to where they are right now with a possible raise in commercial fees.

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