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I ,,,2" Opinion Page Page The Tyler Tribute, Thursday, August 28, Letter to the Editor Efforts To Clear Lake Benton Of Pondweed Progr00 To the Editor: We would like to thank the lead- ers of the Lake Benton Lake Im- provement Association, Lake Im- provement for Everybody (LIFE), l,incoln County Environmental Of- ricer Robert OIsen, County Com- missioner Jim Nichols, and County Commissioner Larry Hansen for traveling to the Capitol for a recent meeting with Department of Natu- ral Resources Commissioner Gene Merriam to discuss real efforts to remove curly leaf pondweed from Lake Benton Lake. Our =neeting with Commis- sioner Merriam focused on getting approval to chemically treat the lake with fluoridone, or a similar chemi- cal like aquathoI-K, to remove curly leaf pondweed from the lake. Cur- rently, the DNR does not use fluoridone to kill weeds in lakes. Aquathol-K can be used, but is five times more expensive. Forty-seven other states use fluoridone to chemically treat exotic weeds in their lakes. Ttle Lake Improvement Asso- ciation leaders stated they are will- ing to pay for weed removal with fluoridone over the entire 2,800 acres of the lake for a cost of $I million. A key part of getting the money together will be the forma- tion of a Lake Improvement dis- trict to raise revenue. The feeling we got was that there is growing support tbr this idea and that fur- ther lake studies would be waste- ful. We also feel that the DNR should approve the use of fluoridone in Lake Benton as a test case, or several treatments of it, to eventually remove curly leaf pond- weed from the lake. We are eager to work aggres- sively with the citizens of Lincoln County and the Lake Improvement Associaiton to remove curly leaf pondweed from Lake Benton. And we look forward to the day when the lake is free of this exotic weed in order that the area can realize the economic and recreational ben- efits that clean lakes provide. Again, we thank the leaders who traveled to St. Paul to clearly explain the extent of the curly leaf pondweed problem and a viable solution to it. We feel your mes- sage was beard,, and that DNR Commissioner Merriam will seri- ously consider the solution of the problem that was presented. Sincerely, State Representative Aaron Peterson, Madison Senator Gary Kubly, Granite Falls Folk Meeting Committee Thanks Tribute Dear Editor: On behalf of the local commit- tee in charge of planning the an- nual Danebod Folk Meeting I am writing to say thank you for the publicity you gave us. If attendance is a good indicator, the local re- sponse this year was better than usual. Craig Jacobsen's presentation of Frank Lloyd Wright's philoso- phy of architecture, accompanied by excellent slide pictures from Taliesen, was especially well re- ceived. Tyler folks who came to the meeting just for this, felt proud of their home town boy. And why shouldn't they? He's a whiz at what he does and makes no secret of his warm feelings for the good com- munity Tyler is. - Ein 1972- official Newspaper Of Lincoln County, the City of Tyler, RTR Middle School, Russell, end RTR High School, Tyler Craig's mother from Sioux Falls accompanied him, as did his 16-year-old son with green hair. "Five days from now it may be another color," Craig said, "but make no mistake about it, he's a good kid." Here's hoping for more TRIB- UTE support when we get ready to publicize our meeting in 2004. The dates then will be August 18- 22. Peter Thomsen, Program Coordinator Tillie Thinks Political Leaders Should Lead Soldiers In War Dear Editor: You know, 'Doonesbury" by Garry Trudeau is apparently clas- sified as a comic strip since some of the papers carrying it print it on a page with other comic strips. However, it is actually a political commentary. Sometimes I wonder how Garry Trudeau gets away with what he says in the strip - but it keeps running. In a number of strips recently, a man was interviewing by phone soldiers stationed in Iraq. In one strip the interviewer asks a soldier what keeps him going with life so grim in Baghdad. The soldier re- plies that it is the quality of his bud- dies - black, white, Latino, Asian, all kinds. They are only missing one group - the children of the Wash- ington policy makers. Then he adds, "But, of course, they might be in other units." We usually think that the way we do things now is much better than the way it was done hundreds of years ago. But perhaps it could be better to follow the old way of carrying on war as practiced in Europe long ago. There the king and other governmental leaders were out there leading the troops. Of course, that put the king and other leaders in danger of losing their lives, but that didn't seem to stop their warring. When I think back on European history, it seemed there was always war go- ing on. Well, it was an interesting thought, but it might make some pushers of war think twice, know- ing that going to war meant put- ting their own lives on the line. Thoughtfully yours, Yillie Tyler Commissioners Notes by DAVID NORGAARD 5th Dist. Comm. Linc. Co. RCRCA Board Discusses Grant Dollars Received and Disbursed The regular meeting of the RCRCA (Redwood-Cottonwood Rivers Control Area) was held on Monday, August 18 in the lower level of the Redwood County Courthouse in Redwood Falls, MN. After dispensing with the usual items, agenda approval, minutes and so on, Jim Doering turned his at- tention to a power point presenta- tion on the progress on grant dol- lars received in 2003 as well as dollars to be dispursed in 2004 and beyond. The total grant dollars re- ceived by RCRCA in 2003 equal $2,790,000 and this is over and beyond what standard appropria- tions were received from BWSR and FSA. Low interest loans totaling $600,000 will be used for noncompliant septic systems in 2003 and 2004 with the breakdown by county as follows: Lincoln - $130,000, Lyon - $180,000, Murray - $30,000, Pipestone - $70,000, Redwood -$130,000, and Yellow Medicine - 470,000. Since 1994 Lincoln County's contributions to belong to RCRCA have totaled $164,676 total tax dol- lars from the general revenue fund to RCRCA. In that same amount of time implementation dollars spent in Lincoln County as a result of new money from the RCRCA Lincoln County joint powers agree- ment is $445,682.86 and also re- ceived technical assistance dollars in the amount of$411,967.59 tot a total of $857,650.45 or a return over and above our tax revenue dollars spent to extend the joint powers agreement equaling 421%. Additional services extended by the JPO in Lincoln County are low interest loan dollars for the Don Ja Let project of $440,000, Redwood River Phosphorous reduction dol- lars of $130,000 for a total of $570,000, and best management practices dollars for implementa- tion in 2004 of $200,000 plus tech dollars of $90,000 for an additional $290,000. This helps Lincoln County greatly in the areas of sedi- ment control and upgrading of our out of date septic systems, which contributes to bettering our quality of life going forward into the fu- ture. As always I can be reached at 507-247-5672 or by e-mail at commish5@prairie.lakes.com. RIIhiBI-R LAST WIHTIRP--WHIH WF THOUGHT TH' HAZY, LAZY DAYS OF SUbtleR WOULD HI00V00FR ARRIV[ ... Roaming Through Wyoming Is An Education In Many Ways www.barr' We got to roam through most of the state of Wyoming last week. And it gave us an opportunity to get real educated about that state. in a nutshell, Wyoming has some of the most beautiful scenic country around - and some of the most dreary. We were headed for a wedding in AIta, WY,.located near the Grand Tetons. But to get to Alta, you have to cross all of Wyoming and go into Idaho, then head back into Wyo- ming from the west side. Whew! In other words it's hard to get there from here (but not quite im- possible.) We took one track out there, and came home another route. That meant we saw an aw- ful lot of Wyoming. Here's some of our observa- tions, if you are interested. (If you are not interested, you can flip over to the Danebod Village news, if you want.) Coal trains. There is a lot of activity with coal mines and coal trains near Gillette, WY. In fact, there are at least four tracks headed south for 50 miles or so and they are loaded with coal trains. Gillette seems like a natural ex- tension for the DM&E Railroad, which goes to Rapid City anyway. But the DM&E is going to plan to get coal out of the Powder River area, a long ways southwest from Gillette. We didn't see much for coal mines there, however. , _= i u i Tributaries Powder River is right next to a place called 'Hell's Half Acre." That should give you a good idea of the terrain in the area. Mountains. There are lots of mountains in Wyoming. The Black Hills extend into Wyoming. Devils Tower is there. The Big Horn Mountains are up north. The Grand Tetons are in the west. There's lots of National For- ests there, too. And of course, Yellowstone National Park is in the northwest corner of the state. An awful lot of beautiful coun- try. And mountain driving. Fires. There are a lot of wild fires in the west. In Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, the daily papers include maps of where they all are, what day they started, how many acres they have consumed, what caused them. There are three by the east en- trance to Yellowstone Park alone, causing that entrance to be closed. We were miles from the fires but the smoke hung in the valleys, . and you could smell the smoke in many places. by The answer to what the fires is usually lightning. bined with very dry Snow. Yep, there is the top of the Tetons. In Some of it is glaciers. Some snow that just never melts. We rode to the top of a rain on a ski resort chair Fred's Mountain. It was 40 at the top. We were wearing and t-shirts, 'cause it was grees at the base of the hill, 81 grees in the valley. There wasn't any snow top of Fred's Mountain (at plus feet) but we had a of the snow on Middle (12,000 feet) and Grand (12,000 plus feet). Hot Water. Out in the of nowhere is the interestin of Thermopolis, WY. The some hot springs there, the largest around. There is a state-run hot s bath house in a state It's free, for 20 minutes. soak your toes or your whole in pools that are naturall, 104 degrees - and full of (including sulphur). There are also two pu Eight Contestants Compete For 1983 Lincoln County Junior Miss FIVE YEARS AGO Thursday, Sept. 3, 1998 Volume 27, Number 12 The City of Tyler will be get- ting a $330,000 loan to help pay for the new Tyler Medical Clinic being constructed in Tyler. The check was presented to Lyon-Lin- coln Electric Co-op as a grant for a revolving economic development fund. They will be loaning the full amount as a no interest loan to the City of Tyler for the clinic project. The Brick Manor will be cel- ebrating its 40th anniversay on the Labor Day weekend. Babe Dressen opened the steak house in 1958 with business partner Gene Bonczek. Lynn Pohlman, postmaster at the Tyler Post Office, was a spe- cial guest at the Tyler Public Li- brary. A large crowd of kids came to hear Pohlman talk about stamps and stamp collecting. Joe Senser, former Minnesota Vikings player, was a welcome guest at Freddie's Sports Bar and Looking Back Published Weekly on Thursdays by Hunt & Hunt Newspapers 151 North Tyler Street Tyler, MN 56178 PmlWwrAFnIov Charles R. Hunt Periodicals Postage Paid at Tyler, MN 56178 Grill Grand Opening, located on West Highway 14. The Fall Festival and Dinner will be held September 13 at St. Dionysius Church in Tyler. The Maras Sisters and Jacob will be performing as part of the entertain- ment. TEN YEARS AGO Thursday, Sept. 9, 1993 Volume 22, Number 12 Ann Peterson of Slayton was hired by TRED. She is on the staff of the Southwest Regional Devel- opment Commission in Slayton, and will be working in Tyler one day a week. She was hired to work on business and economic devel- opment in Tyler, and plans to work on Star City recertification. Duus Sawmill started running their new pallet lumber operation recently. The business occupies the formerLand Transportation Build- ing at the Highland Vocational Cen- ter. Duus expects to have five or six working in the pallet operation. Corey Johnson will be operating the pallet sawmill. LJ and Joyce Serie celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 4 with an open house at St. Dionysius Church, followed by a dance at the Legion Hall. One hundred fifteen relatives and friends helped Ida Funk cel- ebrate her 90th birthday Sept. 5 at the Russell Town Hall. The famous Hollyhock Ball- room in Hatfield, which opened in 1933 in being demolished. The ball- room was a popular dance hall in the 1960s, bringing in name bands such as Lawrence Welk, Buddy Holly, the Beach Boys and many others. TWENTY YEARS AGO Thursday, Sept. 22, 1983 Volume 12, Number 12 Eight contestants are busy practicing for the 1983 Lincoln County Junior Miss. They are: Diane Ness, Hendricks; Tammy Kohler, Tyler; Nikki Nelson, Lake Benton; Gwen Whipple, Ivanhoe; Colleen Vermiere, Tyler; Stacy Suhr, Ivanhoe; Lisa Mueller, Hendricks and Jodi Hella, Lake Benton. The pageant will be held in the Hendricks High School Audi- torium. Over $2,700 in donations was raised by the citizens of Russell and surrounding communities for the Russell Ambulance Fund. Prizes were donated by area merchants and residents to be given away. Wayne Sheffield is the ambulance crew chief and has been instrumen- tal in making the project a success in Russell. Jane Thooft, an Accounting I student from Tyler, was selected - Continued On Page 5 - i O "l' E O 1807 Member- Minnesota Newspaper Association Subscription Rates Lificoln, Pipestone and Lyon Co.. $25.00 , Residents with 561 or 562 Zip Codes (Excluding Lincoln, Pipestone and Lyon County) ................. $30.00 All Others ................................ $35.00 Foreign Countries ..................... $40.00 "Sno-bird" Rate ....... $1 per month extra 50 Off to Senior Citizens 62 or Older POSTMASTER: Address changes to: The Tyler Tribute Box Q, Tyler, MN 56178 lISPS 963-720 Our Goals This newspaper tries conscien- tiously to report news fairly and accurately. When we fall short of this ob- jective, we welcome complaints from our readers. Please direct your complaints to our editor whose name is listed on this page. Letters The Tyler Tribute strongly en- courages its readers to use the owned places on either side state park) that have hot mi bath pools - and water And if that is not enough, is a Holiday Inn and Quality Suites (in the state park) hot mineral spring pools - tubs. The water comes out spring at 130 degrees and like sulphur. It goes through ries of cooling ponds on huge mounds of mineral That gets it down to 104 The town (of3,000 popull has 13 motels because they many visitors who want to the mineral springs. moving there upon There's your update. a lot of our readers have (at least to go to It's been a lot of we've been there (30 it has changed a lot. Jackson for instance, is a lot more of; ist trap than we But, then, so are a TT - TT - TT - TT forum provided on this page. to the editor shouM be in advance of publication signed by the author. We would prefer letters typed, double-spaced and 500 words. Copies of letterS have been submitted to pets will receive a low publication. 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