County Relay For Life event Friday

June 23, 2016

By Mark Wilmes 
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Lincoln County Relay For Life returns to Hole-in-the-Moun­tain Park in LakeBenton on Fri­day, June 24. This is the second consecutive year in LakeBenton before the event moves to Hen­dricks for the next two years.
This year’s Honorary Sur­vivor Chair (John Schwing of Sioux Falls, South Dakota) and Honorary Caregiver Chair (Ly­nette Madsen of Arco) will be featured speakers during Friday evening’s ceremonies.

For the full story, read this week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal.

Fun and games on Horse Hill

June 22, 2016

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Approximately 75 horses marched in the Saddle Horse Holiday Parade.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The 70th annual Dakota-Minnesota Saddle Horse Holiday was celebrated with a trail ride, a parade, and a horse show. Approximately 75 horses and riders went on the ride and were part of the parade, but there were many left on Horse Hill who were saved for the games later in the day.
Several games were planned for kids and adults to participate in at the Saddle Horse Holiday contests and games held at Horse Hill, just outside of Lake Benton. The Hieronimus family donated prizes for the winners of the games, which included fun tack and equipment for both horse and riders.

For the full story and more photos, read this week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal.

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Cassidy Winter placed first in the Sr. Pole Bending event during the Saddle Horse Holiday fun and games on Horse Hill. Cassidy is the granddaughter of Caren and Ron Petersen.

Visitors beat the heat at Saddle Horse Holiday celebration

June 22, 2016

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Aurora Netifree beats the heat with a slip down the inflatable water slides sponsored by Rick’s Welding and the Lake Benton Fire Department.

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New hoops at the park

June 22, 2016

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New basketball hoops were installed at School Park this past week. Allete Clean Energy volunteered to install the hoops for the school.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

School Park recently received a facelift to some of its most popular equipment, just in time for Saddle Horse Holiday. On Wednesday, June 15 new basketball hoops were installed in the park.
This nearly $10,000 project was made possible through generous donations made my local businesses and community members. The project was initiated when the Lake Benton Volunteers for Education offered to pay for one of the hoops. The school had originally planned to pay for the other three, but Board Chair Tony Schwing posted a request for support on the Lake Benton Alumni Facebook page. According to Schwing, this “generated a nice response from alumni” and Allete Energy offered to entirely pay for a second hoop. “Most of the alumni were from out of town, but there were a couple of locals,” Schwing noted.

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Farm animal ordinance disagreements

June 22, 2016

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton City Council met for their regular meeting June 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the city offices. During the Open Forum at the May 16 meeting, community member Laura McCarthy stated that she had received a notice that she needed to register her ducks, which she did, and then a week later received a notice stating that the ducks violated the City’s livestock ordinance and needed to be removed from town. McCarthy was told at that meeting to not do anything with her ducks and was asked to come to a later meeting when the matter would be decided. The matter was brought back to discussion at this meeting.

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School board thanks Nielsen

June 22, 2016

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Superintendent Luther Onken (left) and school board member LaDon Prosch prepare for the regular June meeting.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The school board met on Wednesday, June 16 in the elementary school library. Present were Superintendent Ryan Nielsen, Superintendent Luther Onken, Board Chair Tony Schwing, Roger Rudebusch, Steven Hurd, Heath Houselog, and LaDon Prosch. Pamela Veire, representing First Security Bank on behalf of Continental Western Insurance Company, and Jerry Brockberg, representing Kozlowski Insurance/ RAM, were also present.
Veire presented the quote for the property and liability insurance. Although new benefits were added for the 2016-2017 school year, the quote was comparable to last year’s rate. After Veire presented an overview of the new benefits, she announced that the rate for the new year is slightly less than the rate for last year. The board listened to the quote and discussed and voted on the topic later in the meeting. The board approved accepting the quote unanimously.

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LB Volunteers for Education sponsor ATV Safety Program

June 22, 2016

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Malyha Slegers helps Sheriff Chad Meester show how to stay safe on an ATV.

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Talents strong at Miss Lake Benton pageant

June 16, 2016

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Samantha Fleet, crowned Miss Lake Benton on Sunday, with her father, RJ Fleet, and sister Kaitlin Fleet.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The annual Miss Lake Benton pageant took place on Sunday, June 12 at the Country House restaurant. This year, as an added treat, all three contestants, Samantha Fleet, Kaylin Meyer, and Nichole Jones, shared their talents with community members, friends, and family during a talent competition.
Mistress of Ceremonies Kayla Thooft, welcomed the audience and thanked the many people, businesses, and organizations for supporting the pageant. She then introduced Meyer, who began the talent competition.

For the full story, read this week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal.

A.C.E.: Serving in their prime

June 16, 2016

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Getting older does not necessarily mean slowing down. Often those who have retired spend much of their time volunteering. In fact, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service website, in 2014 more than 35 percent of Minnesotans volunteered in some area, making Minnesota fourth in the nation. The website also stated that more than 153 million volunteer hours were given in 2014, which equals approximately 17,513 years. Based on this data, volunteering appears to be an important part of being Minnesotan.

For the full story, read this week’s Lake  Benton Valley Journal.

Board hears from residents

June 16, 2016

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Glen Krog spoke to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners and Dustin Hauschild of the Lincoln County Highway Department regarding planned work on a bridge on 180th Avenue in Diamond Lake Township.
The planned work includes the replacement of the culvert with a box culvert and will cost upward of $110,000. This cost will be offset with township and State money.

For the full story, read this week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal.