Elks Homecoming candidates

September 18, 2014

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The 2014 Elkton-Lake Benton Homecoming candidates have been chosen. Pictured in front, left to right, are Sydney Jandahl, Elizabeth “Liz” Hegerfeld and McKenzie DeRuyter; in back are Heath Schindler, William “Billy” Koch and Alex Trautman.

Verdi UMC celebrates 125 years

September 18, 2014

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Nearly 70 churchgoers were present for the service held this past Sunday to commemorate
the 125th anniversary of the Verdi United Methodist Church.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Verdi United Methodist Church celebrated 125 years of worship, fellowship and faith with an anniversary service followed by a lunch and visiting this past Sunday.
Current and former members of the Verdi UMC congregation were in attendance throughout the day to help celebrate the anniversary. A congregation of what has recently averaged less than ten members grew to nearly 70 for the morning service as the church was packed for worship and remembrance.
The service was led by Southern Prairie District Superintendent Phil Strom and included a time for remembrances in which members of the congregation shared their fondest memories of the church and the events that took place in and around the church.
One of those in attendance who spoke of her memories was Lois Gust, who explained that she and her husband John Ankeny were the first couple married at the church on July 19, 1952.

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

Homecoming coronation Sept. 22

September 18, 2014

Homecoming coronation on Monday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Elkton High School gymnasium

City to increase property taxes

September 18, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council approved a motion to certify the proposed property tax levy for 2015.
This year, an increase was necessary to budget the balance.
The increase is in the amount of $8,400. The total levy is in the amount of $148,400.
A motion was approved to schedule a public taxation meeting to be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 1.
Prior to that meeting, the council does have the option to lower the levy, but no further increases can be made. For the past three years, the city has not increased the tax levy.
Before approving the city’s expenses, a change was made to a previous motion regarding how payment will be made for the city’s new water meters.
After reconciliation, it was determined that there is less money in the garbage account than previously thought.

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

United Methodist Rally held

September 11, 2014

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The Lake Benton United Methodist Church celebrated Rally Sunday a little differently this year with an outdoor service. This is the beginning of the Sunday School year so they always do something special, like having Bozo the Clown visit. Pictured in front are Sharon Hudson, Madisyn Nielsen, Sydney DeVries and Blake DeVries; in back are Lay Leader Jim Sorenson, Bozo the Clown and Carol Sorenson.

Fall Festival Sept. 14

September 11, 2014

St. Dionysius Catholic Church annual Roast Beef Dinner will be held Sunday, Sept. 14, serving from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The church is located at 213 Linwood Ave. in Tyler. Meals on Wheels will be available by calling 247-3464. There will be live entertainment, bingo, kids’ games, kiddie train rides, silent basket auction, country store, sewing booth and cake walk. See their ad for more details.

Water meters to be installed this week in city

September 11, 2014

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The city’s new water meters have arrived and are expected to be installed in town throughout this week.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
At the first regular meeting of the Lake Benton City Council, City Maintenance Supervisor Todd Draper explained that the city’s new water meters have arrived and are scheduled to be installed in residences beginning on Tuesday of this week.
The council approved a motion to extend the no parking limit by an additional 45 feet for a 60-day period at the intersection of Grant Street and Benton Street.
This extension of the no parking zone is being done to address safety concerns regarding the blind corner at that intersection. The issue will be readdressed at the end of the 60-day period.

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

County hires temp Emergency Manager

September 11, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners has hired Amber Scholten as a temporary part-time Emergency Management Director.
Scholten is currently a dispatcher for the county and she will be serving as the county’s temporary part-time Emergency Management Director until the end of the year. At that time, the position will be assessed before the county moves forward with filling the position on a full-time basis.
The board has hired Robert Verschelde to fill the custodian position at the Lincoln County Courthouse.
Verschelde previously worked in the Transportation Department for the county, so that vacancy is to be filled.
Vince Robinson of the Lincoln County Enterprise Development Corporation provided the board with an update and stated that a seat is available on the LCEDC Board for anyone interested.

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

Old student, new teacher

September 5, 2014

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Jennifer Castle, a former student of Lake Benton High School, has now returned to teach the fifth grade at Lake Benton Elementary School.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Jennifer Castle, formerly Sixta, is a 2003 graduate of Lake Benton High School and she has now returned to the Lake Benton School District as the new fifth grade teacher.
After leaving Lake Benton in 2003, Castle attended Dakota State University in Madison, S.D. and graduated with her degree from DSU in 2008. Since graduating from college, Castle has taught in Milroy, Wabasso and Russell-Tyler-Ruthton.
Castle explained that teaching has always been her passion.
“Honestly, it was something that I wanted to do my entire life,” said Castle. “Ever since third grade, I’ve wanted to teach school and I’ve never thought about doing anything else.”
Castle oversees 11 students in her fifth grade class and she also teaches fourth grade and sixth grade social studies. She looks forward to inspiring her students just as she was inspired in her time as a student in Lake Benton.

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

The challenge has been made

September 5, 2014

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Danebod Lutheran will be hosting an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in memory of Roger Gylling

By Robert Wolfington
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
If you’re on Facebook these days, the videos are hard to escape.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has swept across the country with friends and neighbors challenging each other to dump icy water on their heads and make a donation to the ALS Association.
This Sunday the challenge has been made for the area to come out and participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge in memory of Roger Gylling, who died over the weekend.
The event is scheduled for 11:24 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 7 as part of the God’s Work, Our Hands Day at Danebod.
In mid-August, Pastor Jennifer Thul shared a story about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Facebook. Danebod congregation member Karlee Wyttenback suggested they take on the challenge in a big way as part of the Sept. 7 event.

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