Girls fastpitch claims the season series

July 21, 2016

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Adrianna Johnson throws a strike at the game on July 13.

Submitted by
Jerid Johnson

The Lake Benton Girls Fastpitch team played a doubleheader on Wednes­day, June 13 against the Marshall Tigers. During the first game, the lead went back and forth until the Tigers made a pitching change in the fourth inning that Lake Benton capital­ized on with 11 runs to propel the team to a 14-5 victory…

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Maddie Nelson makes the catch for the Lake Benton Fastpitch softball team.

Benton Fremont Days set for Aug. 12-14

July 21, 2016

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton Chamber of Commerce met on Tuesday, July 12 for their regular meeting. The biggest topic of the meeting was the Benton Fremont Days, Te Tonka Ha Rendezvous sched­uled for Aug. 12-14 at Hole-in-the-MountainPark. At this point, the plans include an historic wedding event, performers all three days, food vendors, a flea market, and period demonstra­tions. Discussion included con­cerns over scheduling conflicts with other celebrations taking place in the area. This program is the only historic event in LincolnCounty, but Pipestone will be hosting their Civil War Days the same weekend. This has drawn some of the vendors and performers away from our event and could potentially draw attendees from the event as well. The Chamber will con­sider moving the event up by one week in 2017.

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“Urinetown” opens LB Opera House

July 21, 2016

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Professional choreographer David DeBlieck (far right) presented a free Dance for Theater workshop on Sunday afternoon at the Lake Benton Opera House. The event was part of the Lake Benton Opera House/ Sod House Theater collaboration for this summer’s “Urinetown: The Musical” opening July 28.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton Opera House will debut “Urine­town: The Musical” on Thursday, July 28. A win­ner of three Tony Awards on Broadway, “Urinetown,” a.k.a. “the show with the horrible title,” is a musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irre­sponsibility, populism, bu­reaucracy, corporate mis­management and musical theater itself.
In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water short­age caused by a 20-year drought has led to a gov­ernment-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public ameni­ties, regulated by Caldwell B. Cladwell (played by Luverne Seifert of Minne­apolis) and his malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs….

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New and previous handgun highly discussed at council meeting

July 21, 2016

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Councilman Al Lindemann

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail. com

The Lake Benton City Council held discussion on the recent purchase of a new handgun by the police department.
Trustee Bob Worth re­scinded the motion made at a previous meeting to not allow former LakeBenton policeman Cole Nordmeyer to purchase a gun he had used when he was on the force. Nor­dmeyer requested that he would be permitted to purchase the gun and took the gun with him to his next city of employ­ment. Police Chief Thor Tollefson told the coun­cil that the money from that sale went to replace the gun that Nordmeyer purchased from the city.

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Rolling Family Singers on the rise

July 13, 2016

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Kids had fun dancing with the Rolling Family Singers on Friday at the library.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Lake Benton is known for artistic talent. We have the Jack Burk Impressionist artwork legacy, the Lake Benton Opera House and the talented performing artists on its stage, and now we have an up and coming performing family group, the Rolling Family Singers. This new group includes Ken and Alecia Rolling and their five children. On Friday, July 8, the Rolling Family Singers performed at the Lake Benton Public Library. This was the first of a string of performances they have scheduled for this summer. After their performance, I had the opportunity to talk to the Rollings about how they got started.

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Historical Star Quilt pattern on display at the Heritage Center

July 13, 2016

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Star Quilts are one of the most valued gifts in the Sioux culture. This handcrafted Star Quilt is on display at the Heritage Center.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Heritage Center is known for displaying local history. In addition to the 1960s display and the display of Lake Benton School Spirit clothing, visitors can also find a beautiful, handmade Star Quilt on display until the beginning of the Benton Fremont Days. While this particular quilt may not have much historical significance, the Star Quilt pattern has plenty.
According to the information provided with the quilt, “the star is an important figure in Sioux ceremonies. It represents the directions from which spirits travel to earth and is a link between the living and the dead.”

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Deer overrunning city? Farmland up for lease

July 13, 2016

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton City Council met for their regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Heritage Center on Tuesday, July 5. The meeting was opened by Mayor Barb Powell. During the two-minute open forum, community member Don Evers requested that the city open Lake Benton to hunting within city limits. “The deer…are doing so much damage to this town…They are ruining everybody’s trees, bushes, gardens,” Evers stated. After discussion and deliberation about what can be done and what types of hunting would be acceptable, Mayor Powell stated the city will do research into the steps that need to be taken.

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MnDOT reps in Lake Benton to explain Highway 14 project

July 8, 2016

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Senior Engineer Nick Klisch and Lincoln County Parks Superintendent Daryl Schlapkohl discuss the Highway 14 project.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Four representatives of the Minnesota Department of Transportation were on hand Tuesday night to talk about the upcoming US Highway 14 project. Project Engineer Nick Klisch, Resident Engineer Kelly Brunkhorst, Chief Inspector Zac Borresen and Prime Contractor Scott Connor, representing Duininck Inc., explained the project, the detour and some of the technology being incorporated into the project.
US Highway 14 will be improved during the construction period, expected to run from Aug. 1 through mid-September. The Minnesota Department of Transportation will be replacing the guard rails and curb and repairing washout areas along the hill that goes through Hole-in-the-Mountain State Park. The project will include the removal and replacement of the top three inches of road surface between Lake Benton and the South Dakota state line.

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

Booming in Benton

July 8, 2016

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Lake Benton Chamber of Commerce Chair Dan Kuss presented a First Dollar Award to Pat Haynes Computers last week.

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Expressway Manager Steven Hurd accepted the First Dollar Award last week.

Thune, Klobuchar say all calls to connect

July 8, 2016

Bipartisan effort aims to improve persistent phone call completion problem plaguing South Dakota, Minnesota

Persistent phone call completion problems in rural states are creating major inconveniences for families, hurting businesses, and threatening public safety, but a bill introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) and supported by Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota) could fix the problem.
The Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act would direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to establish basic quality standards for providers that transmit voice calls to help ensure businesses, families, and emergency responders can count on phone calls being completed. The bill passed the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee chaired by Thune. The legislation next goes before the full Senate. Companion legislation has also been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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