Time for pencils, books and fun

August 24, 2016

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Principal Weegman waits for his dunking.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
It’s that time of year again, time for pencils and books and school time fun. The fun at the Lake Benton Schools began Monday night at their annual open house event.
The open house is a chance for students and parents to meet their teachers, ask questions, and even check out their desks. It also allows parents to discuss bussing schedules, pay bills, and talk to the school’s support staff about concerns for their children.

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

The Elkton-Lake Benton school year begins

August 24, 2016

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Noah Greer, a freshman, climbs onto the shuttle bus ready to face the first day of high school.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
School began for the Elkton-Lake Benton Middle and High School last Thursday, Aug. 18 even though Lake Benton Elementary School did not begin until yesterday. What did the middle school and high school students have to say about heading back?
Brayden Kopinski, in seventh grade, didn’t have alot to say about the upcoming year. He is looking forward to school in general, but not homework.

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

Mary Haugen honored for 39 years of service

August 24, 2016

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Mary Haugen was presented with a plaque thanking her for 39 years of service to Lake Benton Public Schools.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton School Board met for their regular meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 17 in the school library. The meeting began with a special thank you and an amusing story.
After 39 years of service, Mary Haugen, fourth grade teacher, opted to retire before the beginning of the school year. At the Wednesday meeting she was awarded a plaque and given a cake. “Funny story,” Principal Dale Weegman began the presentation. “I decided that we needed a cake to celebrate Mary’s dedication, and, since the local grocery store doesn’t make cakes, I called a baker in the area and ordered one. Over the phone I explained that our colors are black and gold and our mascot is a bobcat. I could hear the person on the phone relaying the message to someone else, and I heard ‘you can do a bobcat, right?’…

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

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Funny story—a mistaken mascot brought laughs to the Aug. 17 Lake Benton School Board meeting.

Master Plan tabled once again at county commissioners meeting

August 24, 2016

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Financial Accountant Robin Sterzinger presented the preliminary budget for the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners to review during the Aug. 16 meeting.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer @gmail.com

 

Vince Robinson and Te­resa Schreurs of DSI were on hand at the Tuesday, Aug. 16 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners to pro­vide further information on the Legacy Funds and the cost of the creation of the Master Plan. Robinson said he expects the cost to be more in the $10,000 range, and DSI could re­duce the contract amount to not exceed $15,000 if the board would be “more comfortable” approving the lesser amount com­pared to the amount of $25,000 in the previously proposed contract. Rob­inson said he understood the commissioners wish to keep the cost as low as possible. No decision was made as Commissioner Mic VanDeVere planned to bring the topic to the Park and Rec meeting.

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

“An Evening” to remember

August 24, 2016

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From left—Dustin West, Dorothy Harman and Chris Harman of An Evening: A Tribute to John Denver entertained for nearly two hours at the Lake Benton Opera House on Saturday evening.

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Living History at Benton-Fremont Days

August 17, 2016

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Julup, a U.S. Court Classified Eastern Band Cherokee descendant, taught event-goers about the Cherokee culture and the roles Native Americans played throughout American history.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
History comes alive at the Benton-Fremont Days celebration each year. Among the historical reenactors were the Swanson Family with “Cowboyography;” Jim Patrick with his historically accurate DT Wagon chuckwagon; Julup, a U.S. Government Classified Eastern Band Cherokee Descendant; and Herb Pagel, a high school English teacher turned historical reenactor from Minneota. Each of these reenactors shared a bit of history with event-goers at Benton-Fremont Days.
Cassandra Swanson, the matriarch of the Swanson family, spoke a little bit about why they have come to Benton Fremont Days every year for the last ten years straight. “We love Carl (Burk) and we want to teach people, especially kids, about what real cowboys did.” The Swanson family inclludes Caleb (18), Coleman and Cloe (13) and Steve and Cassandra. They began as “real cowboys” in Montana then moved back to the Swanson Family Farm in South Dakota.

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

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Dave Huebner and Carl Burk, two of the Benton-Fremont Days founders, in historical costume on a modern horse.

Tribute to John Denver returns to the Opera House

August 17, 2016

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An Evening Productions will bring an encore performance of the “Tribute to John Denver” to the Lake Benton Opera House on Saturday. From left: Dustin West, Dorothy Harman and Chris Harman will be back to celebrate the music of one of the 1970s most popular personalities.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
A tribute to one of America’s best-selling performers of the 1970s will be celebrated in song Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Lake Benton Opera House. A group called An Evening Productions will bring their “Tribute to John Denver” to the local theater for an encore production. The group previously appeared in Lake Benton during the 2015 Saddle Horse Holiday weekend.
Dustin West, one of the founders of the group, said the name “An Evening” comes from the live John Denver album entitled “An Evening with John Denver.”

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

Primary election finds light turnout

August 17, 2016

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Slightly over six percent of Lincoln County voters came to the polls last Tuesday evening for the Minnesota State Primary voting. A total of 212 ballots were cast out of 3,335 registered voters.
Unofficial results for U.S. Representative District 7 found Dave Hughes getting 66 votes compared to 33 for Amanda Lynn Hinson in the Republican primary. Collin Peterson received all 110 votes cast on the Democrat side.

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

Flintknapping: The art of lithic reduction

August 17, 2016

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From rock to art, flintknappers turn chunks of rough stone into beautiful pieces of art.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Flintknappers from around the nation gathered in Lake Benton this past weekend to share their supplies, art, and stories. Jim Redfearn from Mt. Vernon, Missouri shared some of the history of flintknapping, as well as his own flintknapping story.
Flintknapping is defined by EncartaDictionaries as “the method, mainly used by prehistoric people, of chipping and splitting flint to make tools.” The method has not changed much over the years, as the flintknappers at the rendezvous said. Today’s “knappers,” as they call themselves, create replicas of the arrowheads and knives made and used by the ancient peoples. The finished products may be replicas, but they are just as sharp and usable as the originals.

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

Have fun at Benton-Fremont Days/Te Tonka Ha Rendezvous this weekend

August 11, 2016

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The Johnston Family will present Native American song and dance at Benton-Fremont Days this Saturday.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
This weekend promises to be a fun-filled experience for the whole family. Celebrate history, spend time with family, learn a new skill, and find treasures at the 2016 Benton-Fremont Days Celebration. This celebration includes the 18th annual Te Tonka Ha Rendezvous, the fourth annual Tatonka Knap-in, and the fourth annual Picker’s Paradise.
The fun begins at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 12. Check out Picker’s Paradise, where talented people have repurposed antiques, vintage items, and even junk and made it into something useful and beautiful. This year will include more vendors than ever. There will be several period-style campsites available to view. See how they lived in the early to mid 1800s and experience a slower, more primitive style of living. Food will be available all day from a vendor, but make sure to save room for the Pulled Pork Sandwich Feed, a family favorite priced to please.

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