2018 Year in Review – Part 2

January 16, 2019

Check out the news stories from the middle of last year in case you missed something.

Special City Council meeting saw a disappointing turnout

January 16, 2019

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The Jan. 8 special city council meeting, set with the intention of discussing the situation regarding the Lake Benton First Responders, saw a disappointing turnout. One other member of the First Responders arrived shortly after the meeting began. Other than responders and firemen, no community members attended the meeting to comment.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
At the Dec. 17, 2018 city council meeting, Chuck DeBates, speaking on behalf of the Lake Benton First Responders, announced that the organization was in danger of disbanding, not due to funding, but due to a lack of volunteers. The city council set a special meeting, which took place on Tuesday, Jan. 8, to discuss the situation, with the hope that community members would attend to contribute to the discussion.

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

Opera House is getting an interior facelift

January 16, 2019

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Milo Downs and Ervin Gebhart, both of Gebhart Painting of Elkton, South Dakota, have been painting the interior of the Lake Benton Opera House over the last couple of weeks.

Paint, curtains and rigging give the Lake Benton Opera House a new look.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
As the Broadway musical’s title states, “Times, They Are a-Changin’” at the Lake Benton Opera House. The interior of the local landmark is in the process of receiving a facelift, with new wall colors, stage curtains and rigging.
Ervin Gebhart and Milo Downs, both of Gebhart Painting of Elkton, South Dakota, have been covering the familiar bright pink with more subtle grays. According to board member Mark Wilmes, the interior was last painted in the mid-1990s…

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

Carris Health in Marshall joins Avera

January 16, 2019

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Marshall Regional Medi­cal Center has announced that Carris Health Mar­shall has become part of Avera as of Jan. 1. In Sep­tember 2018, Avera an­nounced that Avera Mar­shall and Carris Health Marshall, a division of CentraCare, signed a letter of intent to integrate Car­ris Health Marshall Clinic and Surgery Center into Avera Marshall. On Friday, a group of administrators and physicians were pres­ent at a press conference at the newly-acquired fa­cility.

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

County Commissioners kept busy at first meeting of the year

January 16, 2019

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Lincoln County Engineer Joe Wilson reported that a server used by the Roads and Bridges Department has reached its life expectancy. He will present a quote for a replacement server in a future meeting.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Commissioners met for their first meeting of the year on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Court Administrator Wen­dy Rost administered the Oath of Office to new/ re-elected officials: Com­missioner District 2 Mic VanDeVere, Commissioner District 4 Joe Drietz, Audi­tor-Treasurer Deb Vierhuf, Recorder Michelle Facile, Sheriff Chad Meester, and Attorney Glen Petersen. VanDeVere was selected as board chair, with Drietz selected as vice-chair.
The board approved sev­eral resolutions. The coun­ty board also approved the 2019 Commissioner Com­mittee Appointments. The resolutions and appoint­ments are similar to previ­ous years’ appointments and resolutions.

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

Lake Benton’s sixth grade class make New Year’s resolutions

January 16, 2019

The Lake Benton sixth grade has been studying goal setting and making new year’s resolutions. Here is the second half of the class’s resolutions.
Allyssa R.
Did you know that 46 percent of new year’s reso­lutions are kept for a least six months? Only 45 per­cent of people make them in the first place. This is kind of crazy. This is my first new year’s resolution. The first thing I want to improve on is my spelling grade from a B- to an A. My second goal for next year is to spend more time with my cousins. They are: Jo­selynn, Jenea, Alea, Anna, Ashlyn, Dakota, Connie, Isabelle, Trinity, Tim, Pa­tience, Tieanna, Fraya, Pip­er, Sawyer, and Camden. 2019 is going to be great and filled with family!!!

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

2018 Year-In-Review-Part 1

January 10, 2019

Check out this past year’s stories in the first part of the Year in Review.

Lincoln County was snowbound over the holidays

January 10, 2019

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Severe winter weather conditions impacted travel throughout the county during both of the recent winter storms. This vehicle was seen on Jan. 1 along U.S. Highway 14 between Lake Benton and Tyler.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The winter of 2018-2019 may be remembered for the heavy snows that have fallen across the region. A winter storm blan­keted Lincoln County with sev­eral inches of snow on Dec. 27- 28, 2018, and was followed by a second storm that included high winds which caused severe drift­ing on Dec. 31-Jan. 1.
The Dec. 27-28 snowstorm that hit Lincoln County extended up to the Canadian border, ac­cording to CBS. Their forecast map showed a Winter Storm Warning that covered Lincoln and Lyon Counties, then traveled through the state to the north­ernmost border…

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

Chamber will celebrate local businesses at the annual Kickoff

January 10, 2019

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Ila Christensen was honored as Citizen of the Year at the 2018 Chamber Kickoff. Join the Chamber for the 2019 event to find out who will be honored this year.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Come one, come all! The Lake Benton Chamber of Com­merce would like the commu­nity to join them in thanking past business owners and wel­coming new ones at the 2019 Chamber Kickoff, Saturday, Jan. 19. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Country House Sup­per Club. An appetizer buffet and cocktails will be available. Tickets for the event can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce or City Office.

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

Johansen Repair will purchase parking lot behind former Community Center

January 10, 2019

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Lincoln County Engineer Joe Wilson spoke to the trustees about a proposed sidewalk repair/replacement project in 2023, which will include replacing the pavers on the intersection of Benton and Fremont streets.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton City Council met for their first meeting of 2019 on Monday, Jan. 7. City Adminis­trator/Clerk Eileen Christensen began the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, followed by swearing in Bob Worth for his second term as Lake Benton Mayor and Mark Dunn and Daryl Schlapkohl for their second terms as City Trustees.
Lincoln County Engineer Joe Wilson was at the meeting to talk to the council about a resolution to support the County Pedestrian Ramp Reconstruction projects throughout Lincoln County…

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