Historic log cabin due for restoration

March 26, 2015

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Pictured above is the historic log cabin located at Hole-in-the-Mountain County Park in Lake Benton. It was one of the first homes contructed by early settlers in the area in 1861. It served as the home site of many prominent homesteaders including William Taylor, Charles Taylor, John Snyder and Geaorge Anderson. The cabin will soon be restored, thanks to funding from Lincoln County along with any donations that are received for the project.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The famous log cabin situated in the middle of Hole-in-the-Mountain County Park has seen better days, and Lincoln County Parks Manager Daryl Schlapkohl is ready to take action.
“The log cabin is in desperate need of some refurbishing,” said Schlapkohl. “The north wall is about ready to fall to the north. Logs are separating. It needs all new tuck-pointing throughout the whole thing, and it needs shingling.”
The log cabin was erected in 1861 by William Taylor, who was the first white man to settle in the area. Taylor perished in the blizzard of 1870-1871.
Charles Taylor also resided in the cabin after returning from fighting in the American Civil War. Charles also perished in a blizzard—this one being the blizzard of 1872-1873.
Another famous settler, John Snyder, who was known as a founder of Lake Benton, lived in the log cabin for a period of 12 years before he passed away from cancer in his home—the log cabin.
The cabin was also the boyhood home of George Anderson. Lincoln County purchased the land that comprises Hole-in-the-Mountain Park from Anderson for a total of $5,244.
With so much history behind it, the log cabin restoration is a worthy cause.
“It is a piece of history in Lincoln County, and I don’t want to see that just fall over and go into the burning pile,” said Schlapkohl.

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

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Pictured here is the backside of the log cabin. Degradation to the chimney, shingles and sidewalls can be seen in the photo. Also seen is some of the previous attempts at maintaining the buildings structure with the placement of boards along the outside.

School approves 2015-2016 calendar

March 26, 2015

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton Board of Education approved the 2015-2016 school calendar at their regularly scheduled meeting held last Wednesday evening in the school’s Media Room.
Through strategic planning with the Elkton School District, the two schools were able to configure their 2015-2016 cal­endars so that all days in which school will not be in session align for the two districts.
“This is the first time in six years that our calendars have matched, and that is impor­tant to parents with children in both schools,” said Superin­tendent Ryan Nielsen. “They modified their calendar quite a bit to make this work, so I want to thank Elkton.”
The board approved a new two-year contract for Super­intendent/Principal Ryan Nielsen for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years. His salary was set at $82,000 for the 2015-2016 school year with an increase to $84,200 for the 2016-2017 school year.
A snow day will be made up this year on Wednesday, May 20. Effectively, this will extend the 2014-2015 school year by one day.

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

County approves golf cart ordinance

March 26, 2015

By Tammy Mathison 
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

An issue regarding golf cart travel on CSAH 17 west of Hen­dricks that has been talked about for nine years was settled last week by the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners.
During their Tuesday, March 17 meeting, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners unani­mously approved a Special Ve­hicle Use on Designated County Roadways ordinance.
The ordinance was adopted for the purpose of authorizing the operation of motorized golf carts on designated county road­ways within Lincoln County.
Roadways that are designated are to be adjacent to city limits, and that city must have a permit process in place. In order to drive on the designated roadways, the golf carts must have a current permit from that city, and obey the rules as outlined in the city and county ordinances.
At this time, the only roadway designated in the ordinance is CSAH 17 From 575 feet west of the west intersection of North­shore Drive to the west City lim­its of the City of Hendricks.
Other communities that would like county roadways to be des­ignated will need to go before the Board of County Commis­sioners.

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

LBAF saw record earnings at this year’s Wild West Gala

March 26, 2015

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The Lake Benton Area Foundation donated a portion of the 2015 Gala proceeds in the amount of $3,500 to the Lake Benton Opera House to be used toward improvements to the facility’s sound system and other general improvements. Pictured from left to right are Opera House board members Kimberly Fleet and Mark Wilmes and Pam Veire, Ann Lichtsinn and Janet Kuhn of the LBAF.

 

The Lake Benton Area Foundation would like to thank all the Cowboys and Cowgirls who at­tended our Wild West Roundup eighth annual Fundraising Gala on Feb. 28 at the Center Post “Sa­loon.” The Foundation Board members thank all those in the LakeBenton and surrounding commu­nities who donated items, services, money and their time to put together an­other great event in 2015. We like to have fun and all for a good cause.
The record earnings for this year’s gala will be divided among the Opera House, Trails Project and the Lake Benton Area Foundation’s Endowment Fund.
The earnings from this investment fund are set up through the South­west Initiative Founda­tion for long-term annual granting back into our community. We will soon be accepting granting ap­plications for 2015.
The LBAF grants to other community organi­zations for improvement projects, educational and developmental programs, and recreational activities that benefit the families who live in or visit LakeBenton. Thank you, Lake Benton, for supporting your community’s future.

CAP’s Team Big Sioux wins second place in National Cyberpatriot VII Competition

March 19, 2015

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Team Big Sioux is seen here at the awards ceremony of the national CyberPatriot-VII competition. Pictured from left to right are Col. Larry Ragland, National Headquarters Chief of Staff, C/Maj Joshua Klosterman, C/CMSgt Jaden Petersen, C/2nd Lt Laura Rudnik, C/2nd Lt Chris Dinnel, C/TSgt Sergeant Nathaniel Fleet.

Dinnel, Petersen, and Fleet of Lake Benton and Hofer from Hendricks all compete on Team Big Sioux in Washington, D.C.

The cadet cyber-security team of the Big Sioux Composite Squadron in Brookings, part of the Civil Air Patrol’s South Dakota Wing, won second place in the national finals of the Air Force Association’s seventh annual CyberPatriot Competition held March 11-15 in Washington, D.C. In addition, they were the top Civil Air Patrol team in the competition.
The team from Brookings, S.D. competed in the All Service Division national finals for the fourth year in a row against teams from the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Junior ROTC programs, the Naval Sea Cadet Corps and the Civil Air Patrol. In CyberPatriot-VII 1,007 teams competed in the All Services Division, 400 teams from CAP units. Only the top two teams from each organization in the All Services Division got to go to the national finals. “We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of the Big Sioux squadron in their pursuit of being the top team in the competition. A lot of hard work and dedication goes into preparation for this competition and to be the top Civil Air Patrol team in the nation is no easy feat,” said Colonel John Seten, the Wing Commander of the South Dakota Civil Air Patrol.

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

Broadway came to town

March 19, 2015

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Courtney Mensen sang the highly inappropriate “I Hate Musicals,” from “Ruthless” during the annual “Broadway Meets Lake Benton” performance at the Lake Benton Opera House this past Saturday.

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Graham Dinnel performing the song “Gary, Indiana” from “The Music Man.”

For more photos, read this week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal.

City approves paperless billing

March 19, 2015

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
City Clerk Eileen Christensen explained to the Lake Benton City Council that she would like to take steps toward paperless billing by offering residents the option to pay their utility bills via the internet.
This is optional for residents and allows for payment of utility bills via the internet using either credit cards or debit cards.
“It’s always an option,” explained Christensen. “I just think that it is the way that technology is moving, and I would like to accommodate those that are interested in paying their bills electronically.”
The service is offered through the city’s current computer program, and it requires a one-time payment of $195 for the licensing fee along with an annual support fee of $120. The city approved the fees and authorized Christensen to set up and begin using the E-Bill and E-Pay system for the city’s utilities.

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

The tournament of books

March 19, 2015

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Mrs. Christianson’s second grade class at Lake Benton Elementary School has been holding a tournament of books since the first week of February. Each member of the faculty at the school entered their favorite book into the tournament, and now it is coming down to the championship. The book “Moo” is a clear favorite among students with “The Monster at the End of This Book” trailing closely behind, but it is anyone’s game at this point. Brooks Hess, Abbie Timm, Brooklyn Schmidt, Keira Larson, Connie Olson, and Blake DeVries are pictured holding the final four and pointing to their favorites.

Family math night held at Lake Benton Elementary

March 19, 2015

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All students and parents at Lake Benton Elementary School were invited up to the school on Monday evening to participate in a family math game night that was put on by the Lake Benton Volunteers for Education with help from some faculty members. Kids from kindergarten through sixth grade enjoyed time with their parents while learning some math skills at the same time.

Opera House season opener this Saturday

March 12, 2015

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Heidi Goergen of Tracy joins the “Littles in Rags” for a performance of “Little Girls” from the musical “Annie” during a rehearsal for this weekend’s “Broadway Meets Lake Benton” at the Lake Benton Opera House.

By Mark Wilmes 
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton Op­era House will present its annual “Broadway Meets Lake Benton” show on Saturday, March 14. The show features sev­eral area performers who have appeared in musi­cals on the Opera House stage over the years. The show will kick off the 2015 season for the lo­cal theater, a season that will include the romantic comedy “Almost, Maine” in April, “Fiddler on the Roof” in July and August, and the female version of “The Odd Couple” in Oc­tober.
The production is set up on a musical variety show format, and has been a favorite of the per­formers for several years, as it gives them an oppor­tunity to do songs from some of their favorite shows.
This year’s cast in­cludes Court­ney Mensen of Belview, Samantha Fleet, Kimberly Fleet, R.J. Fleet, Maxwell Fleet and Graham Dinnel of Lake Benton, Mark Wilmes of Tyler (also directing), Linda Hintz of Canby, John Ward and Paula Nemes of Ma r sha l l , Emilirose Rasmusson of Ivanhoe, Ann Vermeersch of Minnetonka, Heidi Go­ergen of Tracy and The Littles in Rags, which includes Gwen Serreyn, Ryelle Tuszynski, Faith Determan, Elizabeth Determan, Sydney DeVr­ies, Elsie Bedow, Jenaya Drietz, Aliyah Drietz and Joslynn Drietz.
Songs performed will be from the shows “The Sound of Music,” “The Music Man,” “Annie,” “Fid­dler on the Roof,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Annie, Get Your Gun” and many oth­ers.
Tickets are general ad­mission and available at the door for $10 each.