Elkton-Lake Benton students present Spring Awards Concert

May 18, 2016

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The High School Choir performed five songs for a large crowd at the Elkton-Lake Benton Spring Concert last Tuesday evening in Elkton, South Dakota.

By Nancy Mulder
valleyjournaloffice@gmail.com

The Elkton-Lake Benton Junior High and High School students presented their Spring Awards Concert on Tuesday, May 10 at 7 p.m. Each grade of students received their music awards at different times during the concert.
Principal Kelly Neill welcomed everyone and introduced Choir Director Susan Sudtelgte and Band Director Amy Weight.

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

Standing room only for Open Forum City Council meeting

May 18, 2016

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The regular meeting of the Lake Benton City Council opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. There was a standing-room only open forum session. Many of the community comments concerned the Lake Benton City Police force and traffic concerns on Benton and Main Streets. Mayor Barb Powell pointed out that the community representatives could voice their opinions, but the council could not open discussion about the police chief without a union representative present.
Community member Laura McCarthy stated that she had received a notice that she needed to register her ducks, which she did, then a week later received a notice stating that the ducks violated the city’s livestock ordinance and needed to be removed from town.

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

May 18, 2016

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Gary Ortmann, co-owner, left, and Steven Hurd, manager, of the new ExpressWay retail store, are thrilled to partner with the community of Lake Benton to provide stability and opportunities in the town.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Change is good, especially when it brings with it new faces and opportunities. For Lake Benton, the change from Veire’s BP to ExpressWay means both. We are pleased to welcome Staples Enterprises, Inc. to town.
A familiar face can be found behind the new ExpressWay counter. Steven Hurd, formerly of the Lake Benton Valley Journal, is the new manager of the retail store. Steven said that he enjoyed his time at the paper, but it put him outside his comfort zone. He felt that three years was enough for him for right now, and made the decision to apply at the store.

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

Twenty graduate from Elkton-Lake Benton High School

May 18, 2016

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Valedictorian Morgan Carmody and Salutatorian Marissa Bressler share wise words with the graduates and crowd.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Sunday, May 16 saw an important milestone event in the lives of 20 students and their families. The Commencement ceremony for the 2016 ElktonLake Benton High School Senior Class took place in the North Gym of the Elkton High School. The high school band processed them down the aisle with the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance” directed by band instructor Amy Weight. Seniors Heidi Stoltenburg and Nick Krog welcomed the friends and family members of the graduates and thanked everyone for celebrating with them. Superintendent Brian Jandahl shared a senior quote, “I’m so ready to be done,” and reminded both the students and their parents to slow down and enjoy the time they have together. Susan Sudtelgte led the Select Choir in “With a Song” to honor the senior class.

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

Eleven students graduate from Lake Benton Elementary

May 18, 2016

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Lake Benton Elementary School held its Sixth Grade Graduation on Thursday, May 12 in the school gymnasium. This year’s graduates, from left, are Jasmine Rouge, Emmett Petersen, Madisyn Nielsen, Logan Kuehl, Brayden Kopinski, Christian Jannelle, Brock Hefti, Makayla Gregoire, Ryker Gladis, Brody Bales and Jethro Albright-Anderson.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance” again filled the Lake Benton Elementary gymnasium on Thursday, May 12 as 11 sixth grade students graduated and prepared to move on the high school in the fall.
The processional was performed by teacher Amanda Drake and was followed by teacher Kelli Larson, who welcomed parents, family and friends to the ceremony. The Graduation Address was presented by Principal Ryan Nielsen, followed by a short awards ceremony.

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

Kindergarten steps ahead

May 18, 2016

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The Class of 2028 is ready to face the world.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton Class of 2028 is on their way to first grade. Twenty-two students graduated from the Lake Benton School kindergarten class on Thursday, May 12.
The program opened with “Pomp and Circumstance” played on the piano by Mrs. Amanda Drake, the preschool teacher.

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

Commissioners approve One Watershed, One Plan resolution

May 12, 2016

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a resolution to support a Missouri River Basin Watershed, One Watershed, One Plan project.
Pauline VanOverbeke presented information on the One Watershed, One Plan for the Board of Commissioners to review. In that information, the vision of the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil (BWSR) for One Watershed, One Plan was stated as to align local water planning on major watershed boundaries with state strategies toward prioritized, targeted and measurable implantation plans, which, according to the information provided, “are the next logical step in the evolution of water planning in Minnesota.”

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

Flocking flamingos have landed

May 12, 2016

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The Lake Benton Area Foundation flocking flamingo fundraiser has begun. A premium will be paid for having flamingos removed from your lawn if they happen to flock onto your property. Payment can also be made to choose a yard for the flamingos to flock onto. Anybody with an aversion to flamingo flocks can also buy some flocking insurance from the foundation. The flamingo flock is pictured above as they take a load off at the Janell and Mike DeVries property last Friday morning.

LBLA doin’ the job

May 12, 2016

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

In 1989, Lake Benton was on the verge of becoming unusable. The 2,857-acre lake had gradually become infested with the exotic plant, curly leaf pondweed. The situation looked hopeless, but a small group of residents, landowners, businesses and other interested individuals didn’t see it that way. The Lake Benton Lake Association (LBLA) was formed with a clear goal from the outset—to preserve the lake’s heritage, protect the lake’s natural beauty and promote its use and enjoyment for all.
The Lake Benton Lake Improvement Association (LBLIA) was eventually established by the Lincoln County Commissioners as the fiduciary body to handle the cleanup of the lake when it was infested with curly leaf pondweed. The group had one purpose, to rid the lake of curly leaf pondweed. Oversight of Lake Benton was undertaken by the LBLA.

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

Familiar face joins LBVJ staff

May 12, 2016

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Welcome to our newest employee at the Lake Benton Valley Journal, Shelly Finzen.

The Lake Benton Valley Journal welcomes this week the addition of the newest member of the newspaper staff, Shelly Finzen of Lake Benton. Finzen will start her duties this week as reporter and photographer, after the recent resignation of Editor Steven Hurd.
Mark Wilmes will continue as Managing Editor of the Valley Journal, and is excited to have Finzen on board.

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