Tyler City Council calls special meeting

April 2, 2020

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The Tyler City Council held a special meeting on Tuesday last week. Pictured clockwise from left—Councilpersons Scott Dressen and Cricket Raschke, City Administrator Stephanie LaBrune, and councilpersons Tim Sanderson and Kenny Jensen.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The Tyler City Council met in special session on Tuesday, March 24 to ap­prove a resolution extend­ing the city’s Declaration of a State of Emergency. Mayor Joan Jagt, attending the meeting via conference call, told the council that the meeting was called at the direction of Lincoln County Emergency Man­ager Amber Scholten, who said the city needs to have a council meeting if the threat is to last for more than three days.
“That is why we called this meeting, to make sure that we can move forward with it,” Jagt said. “We’re asking that we continue the State of Emergency until May 4, 2020.”

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Commissioners approve law enforcement pact with Lake Benton

March 27, 2020

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County Commissioner Mic VanDeVere

By Mark Wilmes
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The Lincoln County Commissioners met with representatives from Lake Benton on March 17 to discuss a new law enforcement partnership between their city and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department. Commis­sioner Jack Vizecky was present by speakerphone. Lake Benton City Council Member David Enke and City Administrator Eileen Christensen were on hand at the meeting. Enke told the commissioners that the contract was approved on the previous evening at the Lake Benton City Council meeting.
“We’re thankful for the time spent by Sheriff (Chad) Meester to pre­pare that contract as well as everyone else who was involved with that,” Enke said. “We’re here this morning to present that contract for approval from the commissioners.”

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How COVID-19 affects our city

March 18, 2020

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Stephanie LaBrune

 
From Tuesday, March 17 at 5 p.m. through Friday, March 27 at 5 p.m., all Minnesota bars, restaurants, and other places of public accommodation will be temporarily CLOSED to the public in an effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Executive Order does not prohibit deliveries, curbside pickup services, or drive thru/drive up services.
In an effort to avoid Minnesota residents from congregating in larger groups, many other establishments are also included in the Executive Order and will be temporarily CLOSED, such as museums, bowling alleys, theaters, fitness centers, recreation centers, coffeehouses, country clubs, etc.

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Equipment and grant funds discussed at county meeting

March 12, 2020

By Shelly Finzen
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The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met for their reg­ular meeting on Tuesday, March 3. All commissioners were pres­ent for the meeting.
Lincoln County Environmental Officer Robert Olsen reported to the board that the Lake Benton Lake Improvement District re­ceived an invasive species man­agement grant from the DNR for $7,000. The grant funds are lower than what was received in previous years, but the $7,000 in grant funds will help with the treatments for curly leaf pond­weed (CLP). Olsen said the En­vironmental Department will be on Lake Benton Lake checking the CLP infestation as soon as the ice is off the lake. “We know from ice-fishing reports that the curly leaf is prevalent in the east­ern end of the lake again,” Olsen said. That area was treated last year, but, according to Olsen, it can take several years to bring the infestation of CLP under con­trol due to the number of seeds in the sediment.

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Helping NextEra Energy Resources help Lincoln County

March 12, 2020

Lake Benton II ribbon cutting & construction event in Ruthton, Minnesota on August 14, 2019.

Photo courtesy of NextEra Energy Resources
Lincoln County residents can help NextEra Energy Resources help Lincoln County by showing support of the proposed wind farm between Lake Benton and Tyler through a variety of methods.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

At the Feb. 26 Lincoln County Commissioners meeting, Danell Hertzig of NextEra Energy Re­sources commented on frus­trations the company is expe­riencing in the planning and development of a new wind energy farm west of Lake Ben­ton. The frustrations involve the regulations and costs associ­ated with adding new power to an existing grid. The potentially excessive costs could delay the project, which would delay the revenue generated for the local economy. Lincoln County resi­dents can help to resolve these problems.
NextEra Energy Resources is a wholesale power generation company that delivers clean, re­newable energy to much of the North American continent. “We develop, construct and operate power projects to produce elec­tricity,” their website explains, “We market electricity to whole­sale customers and invest in critical infrastructure for power delivery. We also offer a variety of energy-related products and services to customers across the country. Equally important, we are dedicated to quality, com­mitted to environmental stew­ardship and care about our com­munities.”

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Public hearings held for variance request, sewer plan

March 5, 2020

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Vanessa and Joel Bedow spoke to the council Monday evening, seeking a variance on their property.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The Tyler City Council met on Monday evening at the Tyler Fire Hall. Acting Mayor Tim Sanderson ran the meeting for Mayor Joan Jagt, who was absent.
The evening opened with a public hearing to hear a zoning variance request from Vanessa and Joel Bedow of Tyler to convert a portion of their business property located at 2577 W. Hwy 14 to a residential living space. Joel Bedow explained that they would like to add on to a building currently used as office space to convert into a living space for their family.
“We’d like to add on to accommodate our family and put our house up for sale,” he explained.

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Counting on you being counted

February 27, 2020

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Census Day is scheduled for April 1, 2020.

By Mark Wilmes
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Census Day is fast approaching in the United States. Cities, counties and states will be getting out the information on how vital an accurate count is to everything in your everyday lives. Ron Skjong of Tyler has been hired through a grant obtained by the YMCA in Marshall to help get the word out, dispel misinformation and help area residents understand the process.
“We are targeting not only the general population but also the minority population, as they are typically undercounted,” Skjong said. “The last census, an estimate of around 17% of the people in Lincoln County did not get counted. That means a huge loss of federal funding dollars. Marshall was undercounted by an estimated 2,900 people in the last census.”

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NextEra Energy speaks to the board about challenges for Lincoln County wind project

February 27, 2020

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Lincoln County Environmental Officer Robert Olsen presented the annual ditch report to the county board.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18. All commissioners were present for the meeting.
Lincoln County Engineer Joe Wilson reported that the department continues to work on planning and permitting for the bridge projects and other road projects scheduled for 2020.
The department was able to complete some bridge repairs and maintenance on equipment. They plan to use the county’s snowblower to clear snow from shoulders along county highways and roads to help prevent drifting.

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Lincoln County Road and Bridge hearing set for March 3

February 13, 2020

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Mark Dunn and Dave Enke of Lake Benton spoke to the county board about contracting for police coverage for the City of Lake Benton.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Directors met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 4. All commissioners were present for the meeting.
Lincoln County Engineer Joe Wilson spoke to the board concerning the highway department. According to Wilson, the county has already used more sand than usual on the roadways. Typically, the county uses 1,600 tons in a year, but this year they have already used 2,100 tons. Wilson estimates that they still have 1,700 tons left. “That is why we are telling the cities and towns that we are using it sparingly,” Wilson said.

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Council hears updates from hospital, new school

February 5, 2020

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Avera Tyler Administrator Allen Anderson and Avera Regional President Mary Maertens gave the council an update on the local healthcare facility.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Avera Tyler Administrator Allen Anderson and Avera Regional President Mary Maertens gave their annual report to the city at Monday’s Tyler City Council meeting. Anderson reported that Avera Tyler added a new provider to the local facility this week.
“Travis Erickson joined our team as an advanced practice provider,” Anderson said. “He is going to be working out of the Tyler, Lake Benton and Ivanhoe clinics. He’s got a background in pain management and we’re going to leverage some of those resources.”
Anderson also reported that the finances have continued to improve since Avera took over the Tyler facility.

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