A touch of Broadway at Opera House

March 23, 2017

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The 11th annual Broadway Meets Lake Benton show was presented at the Lake Benton Opera House over the weekend. Pictured top: The cast performs “Be Our Guest” from “Beauty and the Beast.” From left—Graham Dinnel of Lake Benton, Gabby Thooft of Tyler, Annalise Estey of Balaton, Pastor Stephen Rasmusson of Marshall, Eric Fish of Lake Benton, Joseph Cheadle of Ivanhoe (front and center), Tom Schmitt of Porter, Alexis Christensen of Lake Benton, Emilirose Rasmusson of Ivanhoe, Paula Nemes of Marshall, Julia Nilles of Ruth­ton, Lacey Barke of Arco, Aubree Cheadle of Ivanhoe and Lauren Johnson of Florence. Pictured above: Gabby Thooft sings “Feed the Birds” from “Mary Pop­pins” and Lauren Johnson accompanies Lacey Barke on the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

Lake Benton: Working and growing together

March 23, 2017

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Mayor Bob Worth invites the community to participate in a community forum night on April 6.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Sustainability of anything requires a plan for the future. Just like a successful business creates a long-term business plan, a successful city should do the same. The City of Lake Benton is taking steps in the right direction. The City of Lake Benton is hosting a meal and brainstorming session for the entire community to participate in. Mayor Bob Worth announced, “We are going to be proactive and want to see this town move forward.”
In a recent chat with the Valley Journal, Mayor Worth stated, “It’s an exciting time in Lake Benton. There is a lot going on here.”..

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

Pie on Pi Day

March 23, 2017

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Wade Nibbe looks like he enjoyed smashing pie in Principal Dale Weegman’s face during Math Night at Lake Benton School in celebration of Pi Day.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Lake Benton Elementary School celebrated March 14, otherwise known as Pi Day, with a fun filled evening of math games and pie. The Lake Benton Volunteers for Education sponsored the night to encourage families to spend time together and to help get the Lake Benton students excited about math.
Pi is a mathematical constant that is equal to the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. It is an unending number, but it is most often shortened to 3.14, which is also the mathematical notation of March 14. According to Wikipedia, “the U.S. House of Representatives supported the designation of Pi Day” in 2009…

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

City of Lake Benton designates April 4 as Recognition Day for National Service

March 23, 2017

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Mayor Bob Worth, with the support of the Trustees of the City of Lake Benton, signed a proclamation that designates April 4 as Recognition Day for National Service.

Gala silent auction items on display

March 23, 2017

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The silent auction items that will be available at the Lake Benton Area Foundation Gala are on display for perusal at First Security Bank in Lake Benton.

Council discusses Sunday liquor laws, law enforcement for celebrations

March 23, 2017

The Lake Benton City Council met for their regular meeting on Monday evening. All Trustees, as well as Mayor Bob Worth and City Clerk/Administrator Eileen Christensen were present.
The meeting began with an Open Forum. Garret Petersen spoke concerning large campers and boats that have gotten stuck on the dead end of Lakeview Street. He asked if a sign indicating that the street is not a through street could be installed. Maintenance Supervisor Todd Draper responded that there is supposed to already be a sign there. Apparently, according to Petersen, the sign is missing. The council responded that they would take care of the situation.

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

Lake Benton School approves contracts

March 23, 2017

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Principal Dale Weegman

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton School Board met for their regu­lar meeting on Wednes­day, March 15. Janell DeVries was absent. Other board members, as well as Superintendent Luther Onken and Principal Dale Weegman, were in atten­dance. Guests included sixth grade teacher Kelli Larson.
The minutes of the Feb. 15 meeting were reviewed and approved. The claims against the school total­ing $188,262.80 were dis­cussed and approved.

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

Benton Fremont Days planning continues, as Burk steps down

March 23, 2017

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Benton Fremont/Te Tonka Ha Planning Committee met again last Tuesday to continue discussions on the 2017 event. A primary topic of discussion continues to be the food options avail­able at the event.
Carl Burk would like to meet with committee leaders one final time before he permanently relocates to the Twin Cit­ies this spring or summer. Burk has been a strong leader in the coordination of the Benton Fremont Days event and will step down from all planning after this meeting.

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

Lake Benton Sportsman’s Club serves up rare meats and treats

March 23, 2017

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The annual Lake Benton Sportsman’s Club Wild Game Feed hosted nearly 300 people, who enjoyed a varied menu of wild game and fish.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The annual Lake Ben­ton Sportsman’s Club Wild Game Feed took place Saturday, March 18 at the Center Post. Nearly 300 guests enjoyed a meal that included perch stew, pheasant and rice soup, venison, bear, wild rice, potato salad, northern pike and dressing, elk, buffalo, wild boar, turkey, duck, goose, chislic, and Rocky Mountain oysters. As this reporter can at­test, the room was filled with heavenly scents that made mouths water.

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

Breakfast, the most important meal of the day at LB Elementary

March 15, 2017

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The Lake Benton Elementary School serves breakfast every morning. Dakota Olson starts each day with breakfast.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
This past week, March 6 – 10 was named National School Breakfast Week. To learn more about how the Lake Benton Elementary School meets the breakfast needs of its students, the Valley Journal took some time to talk with Teresa Bunkers, Head Cook.
The adage is that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Bunkers agrees; she said, “For little kids, they do better, test-wise, if they’ve had something to eat. If you’re tired and hungry, you can’t think, much less do anything else.” Principal Dale Weegman concurs. He explained that a child who is thinking about how hungry he or she is cannot focus on schoolwork.

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