2019 Ag Issue

March 21, 2019

Check out the 2019 Ag Issue for some great stories and information.

Locals walked on the wild side Saturday

March 21, 2019

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More than a dozen wild game dishes were served at the annual Wild Game Feed sponsored by the Lake Benton Sportsman’s Club.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

This past Saturday, the Lake Benton Sportsman’s Club gave area residents a chance to walk on the wild side. They hosted their annual Wild Game Feed, which included more than a dozen different “wild” dishes, on Saturday, March 16.
Garret Petersen, president of the Lake Benton Sportsman’s Club, spoke to us about the event. “It is an annual fundraiser,” he said, “the money goes back into the kids and the community.” The Sportsman’s Club places a high priority on funding youth projects and programs and sup­porting the Lake Benton com­munity financially. They donate to the Lincoln County 4-H clubs, E-LB FFA chapter, and other lo­cal youth projects, programs, or needs.

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

Area townships approve contracts for fire coverage

March 21, 2019

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A large crowd of township representatives, members of the Lake Benton Fire Department and City Council members were on hand tor the LBFD and First Responders’ annual meeting and township contract meeting.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton Fire Depart­ment (LBFD) held their annual meeting on Monday, March 18 at the former Community Center building. Trustee Mark Dunn led the meeting, which was attend­ed by members of the Lake Ben­ton City Council, members of the Lake Benton Fire Department and representatives from eight area town­ships, which are covered by the LBFD.
Fire Chief Scott Chris­tensen reported that, during 2018, the LBFD had 18 calls, which in­cluded five carbon mon­oxide calls, two grass fires, six accidents. They have one new member and two members who will be finished with their training soon…

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

City-wide cleanup discussed at City Council meeting Monday night

March 21, 2019

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Lincoln County Environmental Officer Robert Olsen was on hand for the City Council meeting to answer questions about a Lake Benton city-wide cleanup.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton City Council met for their regular meeting on Monday, March 18. All trustees were present.
Lincoln County Environmental Officer Robert Olsen and Lake Benton Chamber of Commerce Representatives Karen Lichtsinn and Jenny Nordmeyer spoke to the council regarding a 2020 city-wide cleanup. “I think this is im­portant for the beautification and safety of our community,” Lich­tsinn said. Lichtsinn reported that the city could hire Southwest Sanitation for the cleanup for ap­proximately $12,000 for the first year and significantly less for years following…

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

Weird weather terms that are really real

March 21, 2019

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Thundersnow, snow squalls and other weird weather hit Lincoln County this past winter.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Weird weather requires some weird weather terms, but by the end of the last storm, many were wondering, “Are these terms really real or is someone making up stuff?” Rest assured, most of the weather headlines of the 2018-19 winter were actual terms, some coming from more than 50 years ago. The Weather Channel’s web­site listed and explained some old weather terms that have not been heard in awhile.
The term “polar vor­tex” was used in weather headlines this year, as well as in 2014, but it was first introduced in the weather world in the late 1930s…

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

“Broadway Meets Lake Benton”

March 21, 2019

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Several area performers participated in “Broadway Meets Lake Benton” at the Lake Benton Opera House on Saturday. Pictured above, left to right, are Gabby Thooft of Tyler, Sarah Engels of Ivanhoe and Alexis Christensen of Lake Benton performing “Cup of Roasted Coffee” from “The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals.”

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

Slippery conditions make driving a challenge

March 21, 2019

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Slippery conditions caused by a flash blizzard and freezing rain on Thursday caused many vehicles to go into the ditch. Road conditions on Friday morning were not much better, which caused area schools to start late and prevented buses from traveling unpaved roads.

Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting set for June 18

March 21, 2019

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Joe Wilson requested approval on the purchase of a 24-inch Frost Ripper from Titan Machinery. The equipment will cost $1,468.80, which is more than $500 below the budgeted amount.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The regular meeting of the Lincoln County Com­missioners was held Tues­day, March 5. Commis­sioners present were Joe Drietz, Corey Sik and Mic VanDeVere. Commission­ers Rick Hamer and Jack Vizecky were absent.
Environmental Officer Robert Olsen requested that the board approve Resolution 18-2019, which was to assess the benefits of County Ditch No. 39. The assessments are for a 10-year period at a rate of 4 percent. The assessments may be prepaid but will accrue interest on the entire unpaid principal from the date the drainage lien was recorded to Jan. 1 of the next calendar year, and afterward from Jan. 1 to Jan. 1 of each year.

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

Happy Birthday to the American Legion

March 14, 2019

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The American Legion met for the first time in Paris, France in March 1919. Henry Sollie Post No. 10 celebrated the special milestone during their recent meeting. Pictured are local members Don Evers, Roger Rudebusch, Jim Roggenbuck and Jerry Rochel.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

In February 1919, a group of 20 war-weary World War I of­ficers met in Paris, France. They were members of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) and they had been asked to find ways to improve troop morale after one of the most emotionally dev­astating wars in history. Lieuten­ant Colonel Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., the eldest son of President Teddy Roosevelt, proposed an organization of veterans, accord­ing to Legion.org, and the incep­tion of the American Legion had begun.
In March 1919, about 1,000 officers and enlisted men at­tended the Paris Caucus, where a temporary Constitution was adopted and the name American Legion was adopted…

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

Deep snow and heavy rains bring flooding risk to county

March 14, 2019

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The state dozers were busy last week moving snow away from US Hwy 75 north of Lake Benton so they would have a place for the next round of snow.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

With the recent heavy snow­fall across Lincoln County and more in the forecast, the next threat to the area may be heavy flooding.
The most recent snowfall reports for the area include seven inches in Lake Benton, five inches in Hendricks and Marshall, and as much as 10 inches in Canby. The recent snowfall brings the winter’s total for Sioux Falls, South Da­kota to more than 44 inches for the 2018-19 season…

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