Opera House spring show opens this weekend

April 20, 2017

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From left: Kayla Lindberg of Marshall, Sue Nelson of Tracy and Betty Andries of Marshall will star in “Secrets of a Soccer Mom” opening April 21 at the Lake Benton Opera House.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton Opera House will open its spring play, “Secrets of a Soccer Mom” on Friday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. The show is a comedy in two acts, writ­ten by Kathleen Clark and is set on the sidelines of a soccer match between a group of pre-teen boys and their moms.
The play centers on the three of those moms’ lives outside of the soc­cer game—Nancy, played by Sue Nelson of Tracy; Lynn, played by Betty Andries of Marshall; and Alison, played by Kayla Lindberg of Marshall.

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At the foot of the cross they gathered

April 20, 2017

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A new Easter tradition was begun in Lake Benton last week, as more than 40 people gathered for a trek to the cross, located on a hill just south of town.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Holy Week, the week between Palm Sunday and Easter, usually involves traditions for families and church groups. For Lake Benton residents, a new Easter tradition was begun.
Stefanie Slegers and her daughter Malyha, a second grader, had been discussing making a trip to the cross that is located on a hill south of Lake Benton. Stefanie posted her idea in Facebook…

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Funding requested, fence ordinance adopted

April 20, 2017

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Karen Lichtsinn, Chair Economic Development Authority

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council met for their regular meeting Monday evening. All members of the council, Mayor Bob Worth, City Clerk/Administrator Eileen Christensen, Maintenance Supervisor Todd Draper, and Acting Police Chief Tony Sievert were present for the meeting.
The minutes of the April 3 regular meeting and the April 11 Special Board of Review meeting were read and approved. The claims against the city were reviewed and approved. There were no community members present to speak during the Open Forum.
Chuck DeBates and Gary Serie spoke on behalf of the Lake Benton First Responders regarding the status of the Civil Defense Plan…

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Lake Benton Lake Improvement Association stocks Lake Benton Lake

April 20, 2017

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Jim Bosek, owner of Bosek Fisheries out of Garfield, released approximately 800 pounds of spawning adults into Lake Benton Lake on April 11.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
On Tuesday, April 11, Lake Benton Lake was restocked with game fish. Approximately 800 pounds, which is around 8,000 to 10,000 spawning adults, were dumped in the lake. The fish species included bluegills, black crappies, and yellow perch. The fish were raised and released by Bosek Fisheries out of Garfield. Since about 2007, the Lake Benton Lake Improvement Association, currently chaired by Sam Hedge, has hired the fishery to restock the lake. Bosek Fisheries has been here seven out of the last eight years.
According to Bosek, keeping the game fish count high will reduce the counts of rough fish in the lake…

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Krog Retires from Diamond Lake Township Board

April 20, 2017

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The Diamond Lake Township Board had a retirement party for Glenn Krog Saturday night at the Country House. Ben Deutz presented Glenn with a plaque for his 48 years of service on the Township Board.

SMSU Chorale performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall

April 20, 2017

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Dr. Stephen Kingsbury and the Southwest Minnesota State University Chorale in front of Carnegie Hall in New York City prior to their performance.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City, New York is a dream for many vocalists. For those in the SMSU Chorale, perform­ing at Carnegie Hall be­came a dream come true on March 20. Four young people from our area were part of that trip—Courtney Mulder of Lake Benton, Courtney Mensen-Vroman originally of Lake Benton, Illana Peter of Tyler, and Peter Engels of Ivanhoe. Recently, the Valley Journal had a chance to chat with Mulder about the experi­ence.
In 2015, the Southwest Minnesota State Univer­sity (SMSU) Chorale re­ceived an invitation from Manhattan Concert Pro­ductions, a company that organizes Carnegie Hall concerts, to join with other college choirs for a concert. It was too late in the season for the group to be able to fundraise for the early 2016 event, so they spent one year rais­ing money and practic­ing for the event. SMSU Choir Director Dr. Stephen Kingsbury led them in the practices at home. They performed “Requiem” at Carnegie Hall, directed by Anton Armstrong.

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Wind energy, an old investment with new potential

April 20, 2017

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Renewable energy sources are in high de­mand. According to Ref­erence.com, all fossil fuels and their reserves could be depleted by as early as 2088 or they may last as long as 2274. While that last date still seems a long way off, the nearer one will likely be seen by our children and grandchildren. If depen­dence on fossil fuels in­creases, as some experts fear, the nearer predic­tion may be generous. If any of the predictions are true, then dependence on fossil fuels for energy will become a major concern for the world.
At the recent Lake Ben­ton community forum, investing in renewable energy was brought up by more than one group. So that the public may be well informed, the Lake Benton Valley Journal will occasionally be present­ing information about various renewable ener­gy sources and how they are already being used in the United States.

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Upcoming celebrations and events discussed by Chamber

April 20, 2017

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton Cham­ber of Commerce met for their April meeting on Tuesday, April 11. The minutes of the March meeting and the financial report were reviewed and approved.
During the treasurer’s report, it was announced that the Chamber, CVB, and Historical Society shared the costs of purchasing four roll-away signs. The Historical Society paid for half and Chamber and CVB were billed for half, but after discussion, it was determined that the cost should be split equally between all three organi­zations…

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City leaders see large turnout for the Community Forum last week

April 12, 2017

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Dave Enke welcomed community members to the Lake Benton Community Forum last Thursday evening.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The leaders of the City of Lake Benton want to be proactive in preparing for the future of the community. In order to find out how area residents would like to see LakeBenton grow, the city’s leaders hosted a Community Fo­rum on Thursday, April 6 at the Center Post. The forum began with a light meal of ham sand­wiches and potato salad and was followed by small group discus­sions.
More than 110 area residents attended the meeting to discuss the assets, challenges, and po­tential for the community. ..

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Scott Marquardt of Southwest Initiative Foundation led the discussion portion of the Community Forum.

Police looking for information on tractor part thefts in Lake Benton

April 12, 2017

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Jim Gawerecki, owner of Jim’s Repair, has had several parts stolen from the tractors he has restored. Local law enforcement is investigating the thefts.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

LakeBenton does not typical­ly have a high crime rate. How­ever, one local business owner has seen a string of thefts and vandalism against his business in recent weeks.
Jim’s Repair, owned by Jim Gawerecki of Lake Benton, re­ports that he has had several parts stolen from the tractors that he has restored…

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