Heritage Four to reunite for one-time only event this Saturday at United Methodist Church

February 11, 2016

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Pictured above, the founding members of The Heritage Four during their first performance back on Heritage Sunday in 1982. From left, Bob Worth, Harold Brown, Dan Castor and Adrian Little.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Lake Benton’s own gospel quartet, The Heritage Four, will be holding a one-time only reunion this coming Saturday evening at the Lake Benton United Methodist Church. It was Heritage Sunday in 1982 when the group made their debut at the United Methodist Church in Lake Benton. The founding members were Adrian Little, Dan Castor, Harold Brown and Bob Worth.
“Harold Brown was the instigator,” explained Bob Worth. “He liked gospel quartets, so we just decided to try it. We thought that it might just be a one-time only thing, but people heard us and we started going to other churches, and that’s when Adrian said he couldn’t do it anymore.”

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

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The Heritage Four had many members fill the fourth spot on the quartet throughout the years. Pictured above is the group as they performed at the United Methodist Church of Lake Benton. From left, Harold Brown, Dan Castor, Alan Castor and Bob Worth.

New hospital administrator hits the ground running

February 11, 2016

By Mark Wilmes
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For a person to pick up and move the family to a new home during a spate of sub-zero temperatures, start a new job in charge of a large operation and learning lots of new names and faces, new Tyler Healthcare Center/Avera Administrator Jonathan Moe seems to be holding up fairly well. Throw in a one-yearold with an ear infection who also just happens to be teething and you gain a solid appreciation for the fact that his laugh comes so easily and he sports such a cheerful demeanor.
He even apologetically sings with the group at the Kiwanis meetings.
Moe is just starting his second month as the new administrator at the local hospital and is charged with the task of getting the facility ready for the full transfer of ownership to Avera on March 1.

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

Lake Benton Sportsmen’s Club’s second annual ice fishing tournament had 270 registered fishers; results announced

February 11, 2016

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Lake Benton Sportsmen’s Club President Mark Goertz was spotted at the conclusion of the ice fishing tournament when all the prizes shown on the table behind him were raffled off to the tournament’s attendees.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton Sportsmen’s Club hosted the second annual ice fishing tournament on Lake Benton last Saturday, Jan. 30.
The event had an even bigger turnout this year than last year with 270 registered fishers coming out to Lake Benton to try and reel in the biggest fish.
There were a total of 86 fish pulled from the depths during the tournament with 82 of them being perch and four being walleye.

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

Schwing awarded Citizen of the Year

February 4, 2016

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Lake Benton’s 2015 Citizen of the Year award went to Tony Schwing. As this year’s recipient of the award, Schwing will also be the Grand Marshal of the 2016 Saddle Horse Holiday parade. A full biography of Tony’s contributions to Lake Benton will be presented in an upcoming issue of the Lake Benton Valley Journal.

Chamber kickoff held

February 4, 2016

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Members of the Lake Benton Volunteers for Education received the Organization of the Year award at Saturday evening’s Lake Benton Chamber Kickoff at the Country House. Below, Phil Schmidt (right) provided entertainment at Saturday’s Lake Benton Chamber Kickoff. Chamber President Dan Kuss, left, joined him for a couple of songs.

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Lake Benton Sportsmen’s Club’s second annual ice fishing tournament Saturday

February 4, 2016

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Hundreds of fishermen, fisherwomen and fisheryouth swarmed to Lake Benton this past Saturday to participate in the Lake Benton Sportsmen’s Club’s second annual ice fishing tournament. A large group of eager folks are pictured at the conclusion of the event when raffle prizes and event awards were handed out by members of the organization. For a full rundown of event award winners, check back in next week’s edition of the Lake Benton Valley Journal.

City approves cooperative agreement with Department of Natural Resources

February 4, 2016

By Steven Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 

At the first February meeting, the Lake Benton City Council approved a cooperative agreement with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources as it pertains to the upcoming improvement and expansion of of the city’s water access area known as Al’s Landing.
In summary, the agreement provides terms for the state’s plans to take responsibility for financial and construction aspects of the project, while the City of Lake Benton accepts maintenance duties. The agreement will be in place for a 35-year period with an automatic renewal of a five-year agreement taking place following that 35-year period.

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

Buffalo Ridge Newspapers awarded at MNA Better Newspaper Contest

February 4, 2016

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Buffalo Ridge Newspapers picked up three awards at the 2014-15 Minnesota Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest at the Hilton Double Tree in Bloomington Thursday evening. Pictured from left are Managing Editor Mark Wilmes, Publisher Chuck Hunt, MNA President and publisher of the Worthington Daily Globe Joni Harms and Lake Benton Valley Journal Editor Steven Hurd.

Dakota Valley Conference Champions

January 28, 2016

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The DVC Champion Elks—from left to right in front are Aiden Erickson, Miles Harming, Eliot Erickson and Ryan Krog; in the middle row are Clemens Pellengahr, Brandon Stuefen, Devin Sopko, Trevor Sik, Cameron Harming and Blaine Hefti; in the back row are Assistant Coach Mark Harming, Javier de Gonzalo, Balgoj Veleski, Cole DeRuyter, Taryn Krog, Matt Leiferman, Nick Krog, Grant DeRuyter and Head Coach Steve Erickson.

Elks earn DVC championship title with 49-44 victory over Hawks

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Elkton-Lake Benton Elks established themselves as Dakota Valley Conference Champions this past Saturday evening as they were able to defeat the Colman-Egan Hawks 49-44 in the championship game in White, South Dakota.
“We knew coming in it was going to be a close, hard-fought game,” said Head Coach Steve Erickson. “A big key to the ball game was handling their full court pressure, and I thought we did a nice job of that for the most part. They like to get easy offense from their press, and we were able to limit our turnovers and make them earn their scores in the half-court.”
The Elks took an early lead in the game when they went up 16-6 in the first quarter, and they maintained their lead throughout the game. In the second quarter, the Hawks narrowed the deficit slightly, but the Elks still held onto a 25-17 lead at halftime.

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

City approves consent for easement

January 28, 2016

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

At the request of council members, Legal Counsel Mike Cable was present at last Tuesday’s meeting of the Lake Benton City Council for clarification of an issue that came before the council regarding an easement from Sharon Huhta to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
The issue was tabled at the first January meeting pending further explanation. Huhta applied for a rehabilitation grant from the state, and she currently completed 60 percent of the grant agreement.

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