Veterans honored in Lake Benton last Tuesday; Kuss gives address

November 20, 2014

Vets Day 1
The Retirement of Colors was accomplished by members of the Lake Benton American Legion Henry Sollie Post 10 at the conclusion of last Tuesday’s Veterans Day program at Lake Benton Elementary School. Pictured from left are Jim Roggenbuck, Larry Berger, Chuck DeBates, Don Evers and Gerry Rochel.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The town of Lake Benton honored its heroes on Veterans Day last Tuesday starting with a musical program at Lake Benton Elementary School and concluding with a meal at the Center Post provided by the Lake Benton American Legion Henry Sollie Post 10.
The Veterans Day program took place Tuesday afternoon in the elementary school’s gymnasium. The program started with the Advancement of Colors by the Lake Benton American Legion members while Connor Kremin played a cadence on the snare drum.
Blake DeVries then flawlessly sang “The Star Spangled Banner” prior to all in attendance reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
A welcome was provided by Superintendent Ryan Nielsen, then the musical tributes were performed under the direction of Marijane Borreson. The first musical selection, entitled “One World,” was sang by Madeline Bressler, Julia Drietz, Trinity Hagen, Bobbie Johnson, Hannah Krog, McKenna Krog, Brooklyn Nielsen and Karissa Olsen.

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

Children’s Theater makes a splash at LB Opera House

November 20, 2014

Childrens Theater
Emma Lipinski as Annabelle, center front, was coerced into giving up her voice in order to become a human despite the advice of Aruba and Finny, played by Julia Drietz and Libby Nemitz, in Saturday’s Children’s Theater production of “The Little Mermaid” at the Lake Benton Opera House.

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

City meets with library board members

November 20, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council heard from library board members regarding their revised bylaws and policies at their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday.
Updates on the policy have been made and sent to legal counsel for approval. Action will likely be taken in regard to the revised policies in early 2015, once a new council is in place.
Mayor Mike Carpenter explained that the newly donated fence and patio behind the library fall under the city’s current insurance plan, but whether they will be covered once the  city’s insurance policies come up for renewal remains to be seen.

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

A salute to our veterans

November 20, 2014

Vets Day
Grades four, five and six are pictured singing “A Tribute to the Armed Forces” at last Tuesday afternoon’s Veterans Day program in the Lake Benton Elementary gymnasium.

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World War II veterans Ray Hurd, Willie Oltmans and John Garritsen were in attendance at last Tuesday evening’s Veterans Day dinner at the Center Post in Lake Benton.

Nichols honored as Citizen of the Year

November 14, 2014

Citizen of the Year
Jim Nichols has been selected as Citizen of the Year in Lake Benton. He’s pictured above as he receives his plaque from Marketing and Event Coordinator Sirrina Martinez on behalf of the Lake Benton Area Chamber of Commerce.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Jim Nichols has been recognized as the 2014 Citizen of the Year for Lake Benton.
Jim was born in June 1946. He graduated from Verdi High School in 1964 and went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Minnesota Morris in 1968. That same year, he began service to his country by joining the U.S. Navy as a Seabee Petty Officer from 1968-1970. In 1973 he joined the U.S. Army Reserve and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. During his time in the Army Reserve, he was a teacher in South Shore, S.D. and he owned and operated the 630-acre family farm in Lake Benton.
In 1974, as a self-employed building contractor, Nichols helped build the assisted living facility in Lake Benton.
In 1976, at the age of 30, Jim was elected to the Minnesota State Senate and served a successful four-year term as the representative from District 20.
“I never knew why I got into politics,” said Jim. “I was just bored and my mother said ‘well, you should run for office.’ I just put my name on the ballot and got elected.”

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

Powell will be Lake Benton Mayor

November 14, 2014

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Barb Powell                                                        Chad Meester

Meester, VanDeVere and Drietz get county seats

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Barb Powell has defeated Larry Robins in the race for Mayor of Lake Benton. Incumbent Mike Carpenter did not run for reelection. Powell received 45 percent of the vote with 122 votes, Robins received 97 votes, and there were a total of 47 write-in votes.
For the Lake Benton City Council, Susan Johnson was elected to a four-year term with 228 votes. Jack Redlinger was elected to a two-year term with 185 votes, and Steven Hurd was written in to fill a vacancy on the council. Upon the recommendation of Mayor Mike Carpenter, Hurd will be appointed to a two-year term.
For School District 404, Anthony Schwing and Janell DeVries were elected to four-year terms with 361 and 368 votes, respectively. Steven Hurd was elected to a two-year term on the Lake Benton School Board with 415 votes. A vacancy on the school board will be filled based on write-in votes.
After heading to the polls last Tuesday, Lincoln County residents learned the results of the elections, finding Chad Meester as their new sheriff who beat out Guy Harding with 57.54 percent of the votes. Voters cast 1,331 votes for Meester, 968 votes for Harding and there were 14 write-in votes.
In other county races, Mic VanDeVere won the District 2 county commissioner seat with 350 votes, while Gary Manson received just 19.22 percent of the votes with 84. VanDeVere takes over the position Larry Hansen had held for many years. Hansen chose not to file for reelection.
The other commissioner seat up was in District 4 with Craig Larson and Joseph Drietz vying for the position held by Curt Blumeyer, who is retiring and did not file for reelection. Drietz took the race receiving 73.20 percent of the votes with 355 while Larson garnered 125 votes.
All other county positions were uncontested. Those elected positions are Deborah Vierhuf, county auditor with 2,123 votes. Vierhuf replaces Kathy Schreurs, who did not file for reelection. Others elected were Susan Paluch, county treasurer with 2,175 votes; Loretta J. Lundberg, county recorder with 2,178 votes; Glen A. Petersen, county attorney with 2,096 votes; Daniel Christianson, soil and water supervisor District 1 with 2,095 votes; Glen Sorensen, soil and water supervisor District 3 with 2,103 votes; Conrad Kent Schardin, soil and water supervisor District 4 with 2,104 votes.

council Susan Johnson  council Jack Redlinger

Susan Johnson                                        Jack Redlinger

Hendricks Elevator dust emissions discussed

November 13, 2014

Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners heard routine reports from Robert Olsen of the Environmental Office and Dustin Hauschild from the Highway Department.
Olsen reported that the tile replacement on Highway 19 is complete and that there is a lot more tile that will need to be replaced rather than repaired as it crumbles.
“There is three to four hundred miles of tile from the early part of the century that hasn’t been replaced,” said Olsen.
Olsen went on to say that the biggest problem with trying to repair these tile lines is when excavating to find a place to hook on to them, they crumble. He said this was the same problem with Ditch 33.
In regard to JD13, Olsen said he is trying to get quotes again. He said the quotes he had gotten had come in much higher than they had estimated. The engineer has proposed a change to the slopes which will add a lot of expense. Olsen said he will look to the petitioners for direction.

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

Powell to take over as Mayor of Lake Benton

November 7, 2014

According to unoffical results from the general election in Lincoln County, Barb Powell has won the race for Lake Benton Mayor over Larry Robins.
Powell received 122 votes, robins received 97 votes, and there were a total of 47 write-in votes.

DeVries, Hurd, Schwing to remain on school board

November 7, 2014

According to unofficial results from the general election in Lincoln County, Janell DeVries, Anthony Schwing and Steven J. Hurd have won their respective races for the Lake Benton School Board.
DeVries and Schwing will serve four-year terms, Hurd will serve a two-year term and a vacant seat will be filled once write-in votes are tallied.

Johsnon, Redlinger to take city council positions

November 7, 2014

According to unofficial results from the general election in Lincoln County, Susan Johnson and Jack Redlinger have won their respective races for the Lake Benton City Council.
Redlinger will serve a two-year term, Johnson will serve a four-year term and write-in votes will determine the other individual who will serve a four-year term.