County campgrounds will open to seasonal campers, pending approval by the insurer

May 27, 2020

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The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday, May 19. Commissioner Jack Vizecky, far right, attended via conference call.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met for their regular meet­ing on Tuesday, May 19. All commissioners attended the meeting; Jack Vizecky attended via teleconfer­ence.
The discussion concern­ing the seasonal campsites in the county campgrounds that took place at the May 5 meeting was continued at this meeting. County Parks Supervisor Daryl Schlap­kohl was informed by Min­nesota County Insurance Trust (MCIT) that the coun­ty must abide by the execu­tive order, which closes all parks until June 1, or it will lose insurance coverage. Schlapkohl had also been told by the DNR that the campgrounds could not be opened…

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Seasonal camping discussed by county board of commissioners

May 13, 2020

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The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners discussed seasonal camping during last week’s meeting.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, May 5. Commissioner Jack Vizecky participated via conference call and Commissioner Corey Sik was absent.
Lisa Graphenteen of DSI spoke to the board about the service agreement between DSI and Lincoln County for the Hole-in-the-Mountain Regional Park Research and Planning Initiative. Graphenteen requested approval of the agreement that would initiate DSI’s work on the planning and implementation of the projects planned for the Legacy Grant funding…

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City council hears land proposal, designates new school crossing

May 6, 2020

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Craig Hess was on hand to speak to the Tyler City Council on Monday evening.

By Mark Wilmes
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Craig Hess of Tyler was on hand at Monday evening’s regular monthly Tyler City Council meeting to discuss the sale of 8.5 acres of land owned by Bev Hess just south of the Brouwerville Addition. Hess said he has had inquiries from people who would be interested in purchasing a lot on the land.
“I realize the city is stretched with the school project and the sewer projects,” Hess said. “[Bev Hess] doesn’t need the money right now. With a $5,000 down, three-year note, the city gets three years to apply for every grant you can apply for…

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Not all businesses can reopen on Monday, May 4

April 29, 2020

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Governor Tim Walz

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

As of Monday, May 4, Governor Walz’s stay-at-home order ends and hun­dreds of small businesses will want to reopen for business. However, al­though the restrictions have ended, business owners are reminded to remain diligent in taking precautions to protect employees and custom­ers alike. On April 24, Governor Walz issued a framework for returning to work in Executive Or­der 20-40 (EO 20-40).
According to a press release issued by the Min­nesota Department of Em­ployment and Economic Development (DEED), EO 20-40 “provides a limited first step in the process of safely returning to work, beginning only with work­ers at non-critical sector industrial, manufactur­ing and office based busi­nesses that are non-cus­tomer facing.” The order explains that these busi­nesses will be the first to reopen because “busi­nesses in these categories generally do not involve direct interactions with customers or the general public.”

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County saves big on bond purchase

April 29, 2020

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Lincoln County Emergency Manager Amber Scholten spoke to the board concerning COVID-19 within the county.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commission­ers met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 21. Board Chair Joe Drietz was absent. Commissioner Jack Vizecky attended the meeting via teleconfer­ence. All votes during the meeting were by roll-call vote.
Shelly Eldridge of Ehlers Public Financial Advisers spoke to the board con­cerning the purchase of the County’s Taxable General Obligation Tax Abatement Bonds, Series 2020A, to be issued in the original ag­gregate principal amount of $4,925,000. The bond is to finance a portion of the local share of the 2020 Border-to-Border broad­band project. According to Eldridge, interest rates on bonds were very unstable during the month of March…

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Community Flag Day

April 16, 2020

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Mayor Joan Jagt is pictured signing a document proclaiming Friday, April 17 as a Day of Community Pride in Tyler.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
On Monday, Mayor Joan Jagt signed a proclamation designating Friday, April 17, 2020 as Community Flag Day in Tyler. The proclamation states that in light of the COVID-19 pandemic directly impacting the quality of life of area residents, it is time to promote unity during the crisis. The City of Tyler, along with the members of A.C. Hansen Post 185 of the American Legion will be jointly carrying out the project.

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Dallas Cornell rehired as county deputy

April 16, 2020

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Lincoln County Parks Manager Daryl Schlapkolh reported that improvements at Norwegian Creek Campground are in progress. Schlapkohl also requested that the county follow the governor’s guidelines regarding opening the county owned campgrounds.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met for their regular meet­ing through a combination of in-person and telecon­ference attendance. Board Chair Joe Drietz was ab­sent. Because the meeting included teleconference members, all votes were conducted by roll call vote.
According to Lincoln County Auditor-Treasurer Deb Vierhuf, the county is required to identify the parcels where those taxes cover the bond payment, which is referred to as a property tax abatement. A public hearing regarding the property tax abate­ment was held at 9:05 a.m., during the regular meet­ing. According to Vierhuf, “We plan to use the addi­tional wind tower produc­tion tax money to pay for the bond but we still have to identify those parcels just in case the wind tax money is not sufficient to cover. Our expectation is that the additional wind money will cover the pay­ments.” There were no members of the public at­tending the public hearing for approving the property tax abatement.

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Rep. Peterson, Sen. Weber hold online conferences

April 16, 2020

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Senator Bill Weber (top) and Representative Rod Hamilton on Thursday’s virtual press conference.

By Mark Wilmes
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U.S. Representative Col­lin Peterson and State Senator Bill Weber held a remote conference last week to discuss issues in­volving the pandemic. Pe­terson was available for questions on Wednesday afternoon.
In opening remarks, Pe­terson expressed that he, like everyone else, was struggling to adjust to the current pandemic realities, but encouraged everyone to be assured that “this, too, shall pass.”
“We’re using this time to answer questions and take advice,” Peterson said. “This is my first telephone town hall. We have passed the CARES Act, which has an unprecedented amount of money in it being dis­tributed in many different ways. Some of it through direct checks to people, some of it through loans that can be forgiven. There are unemployment bene­fits and money out to hos­pitals. A number of things that we’re in the process of implementing.”

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Council accepts sewer project bid

April 9, 2020

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Mayor Joan Jagt at Monday’s city council meeting.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Mayor Joan Jagt opened Monday evening’s regular monthly meeting of the Tyler City Council with a message to the community.
“I just want to say thank you to everyone who is considered an essential worker in this town,” she said. “It is amazing how things are still working in town. We can get the groceries that we need and the gas that we need. I want to say thank you to our staff for working through all this. I want to say especially, thank you to the citizens of Tyler who are practicing social distancing and I think we’re all doing really well.”
The council awarded the sanitary sewer project bids at Monday’s meeting. The city received a total of five bids, with a nearly $174,000 gap between the highest and lowest, with the lowest coming in below even the engineer’s estimate.

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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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