Relay For Life raises $30K . . so far

July 2, 2015

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Jayla Prosch (right) of Lake Benton made a special donation to the Locks of Love project, donating hair that will help provide hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss. Cancer caregiver Kristi Citterman helped Jayla by making the cut at Friday evening’s 2015 Relay For Life of Lincoln County event in Lake Benton.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The 2015 Relay For Life of Lincoln County event was held at Hole-in-the-Mountain Park in Lake Benton Friday evening. A total of 881 luminaria bags glowed with candles surrounding the track while team members walked to raise money for cancer research.
As of closing ceremonies after 1 a.m. on Saturday, the group had raised a total of $30,000 towards their goal of $38,000.
Lincoln County co-chair Kathy Wilmes said the success can be attributed to many people throughout the year.
“It is the result of the continued dedication of so many people,” Wilmes said. “Our fantastic committee members, team captains, team members, corporate sponsors and the hundreds of people who donate support to our cause and teams.”
Wilmes said the event may only be one night a year, but the purpose for the event is year-long.
“Thank you for volunteering, donating, celebrating, remembering and walking with us.”
Friday’s event was the 15th annual Relay event held in Lincoln County. Although the event is held in June, the teams continue to raise funds until the year closes in August, so they will still be striving to reach their goal of $38,000.

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

“Tony’s” Tournament Champions

July 2, 2015

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The Lake Benton 14 and under fast pitch softball team took first place at the fifth annual “Tony’s” Girls Fast-Pitch Tournament held at DeZeeuw Field in Lake Benton this past Sunday. Lake Benton defeated Flandreau in game one by a score of 14-1. They then defeated Chester in game two by a score of 4-0. They wrapped up the day by defeating Murrary County Central in game three by a score of 17-4. Pictured, front row from left, are Coach Jerid Johnson, Mallary Remund, Mara Taubert, Mandi Miller, Morgan Moeller and Coach Tony Remund. In the back row, from left, are Courtney Kanthak, Kaitlyn Draper, Adrianna Johnson, Abby Hollingsworth, Makayla Shriver, Lauren Powers, Coach Seth Shriver. Not pictured, Hannah Berg and Carmen Skyberg

E-LB cheerleaders hold Cheer Clinic

July 2, 2015

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On Friday, June 26 the Elkton-Lake Benton cheerleaders held a Cheer Clinic. Twenty little girls had an afternoon of fun learning cheers, kicks and dance. Elkton-Lake Benton cheerleaders this year are Bobbi Huber, Heidi Stoltenburg, Autumn Stoltenburg, Abby Landsman, Sam Schindler, Jayla Prosch and Baylee Jandahl.

Saddle Horse Holiday 2015

June 25, 2015

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The 69th annual Saddle Horse Holiday took place over the weekend in Lake Benton. Pictured above is the beginning of this year’s Saddle Horse Holiday Parade. Mike, Blake and Sydney DeVries spearheaded the parade while American Legion members trailed closely behind.

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The crowning of Miss Lake Benton was held Wednesday evening at the Country House. Several awards were handed out. Marissa Bressler received the Creativity Award for her scrapbook and also the scholarship. Christiana Tiedeman received the Talent Award. They both received Community Service Awards for helping at different places in the community. Christiana Tiedeman was crowned Miss Lake Benton 2015 and Marissa Bressler was first runner-up. Pictured, from left, are Miss Lake Benton 2015 Christiana Tiedeman, Miss Lake Benton 2014 Kay Finzen and 2015 first runner-up Marissa Bressler.

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

Burk patio dedication held at library

June 25, 2015

Burk Dedication
A memorial dedication ceremony for the recently constructed back patio at the Lake Benton Public Library took place this past Saturday afternoon during the Saddle Horse Holiday 2015 festivities. The patio was donated by the Carl and JoAn Burk family, pictured above, in memory of Carl’s brother Jack Burk. Jack was a prominent citizen in Lake Benton for many years. His love of the City of Lake Benton was contagious, and he used the beautiful scenery found around the valley as the inspiration for many of his famous paintings. Jack passed away in February 2010, but his memory lives on in his paintings and now through the wonderful patio addition to the Lake Benton Public Library.

Lake Benton School Board prepares for upcoming operating referendum

June 25, 2015

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton Board of Education met with Greg Crowe of Ehlers last Wednesday evening to discuss the upcoming operating referendum that will be up for vote this November.
The current referendum was approved by voters in 2006 for a ten-year term; it is set to expire in 2017. The Lake Benton School Board is opting to hold a vote this year so that, if necessary, a second vote can be held during next year’s general election if the referendum renewal does not pass in their year’s general election.
In 2006, the amount approved by vote was $1,443.72 per pupil. The estimated fiscal year 2017 allowance to be voted upon in November is $1,850.54 per pupil. This equates to an estimated market value tax rate increase of 0.00343 percent.

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

Relay For Life moves to Lake Benton for 2015 county event

June 18, 2015

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Cancer patient caregiver Kristi Citterman of Canby will be one of the feature speakers at the 2015 Relay event at Hole-in-the-Mountain Park in Lake Benton.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
After several months of fundraising, members of Relay For Life of Lincoln County will take to the track on June 26 to walk the track together at Hole-in-the-Mountain Park in Lake Benton.
Kristi Citterman of Canby will be one of the speakers at the Opening Ceremonies at the event. She will be providing the Caregiver Speech for 2015. Kristi has the experience of serving multiple cancer survivors.
“Cancer has had a big impact on my life,” Citterman said. “I will be providing a closer look on the daily life of a caregiver in a household with two cancer survivors.”
Both of her experiences were at a young age.
“The first time was providing care to my sister,” Citterman revealed. “I was a young girl embarking on new adventures. The second time I was in the middle of my first year of college, starting to make my footprint in the world as an adult.”
Kristi said the experience is filled with different emotions.

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

Saddle Horse Holiday 2015 this weekend

June 18, 2015

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The 69th annual Dakota-Minnesota Saddle Horse Holiday 2015 kicks off this weekend in Lake Benton, and a lineup of events will have something for everyone.
The crowning of Miss Lake Benton will take place Wednesday evening during a private ceremony as Marissa Bressler and Christiana Tiedeman each hope to become the official representative of Lake Benton for the coming year.
The events begin on Thursday with the Hidden Horseshoe contest getting underway at 10 a.m. There will be $50 in Chamber Bucks and a t-shirt up for grabs for whoever follows the clues to find the elusive shoes. Rules and clues will be posted daily at the Lake Benton Heritage Center and on KLOH radio until the horseshoes are found.
Friday’s events begin with the Water and Boat Safety instructional for kids at Garfield Park at 10 a.m.
At 11 a.m. on Friday, First Security Bank of Lake Benton will host their annual hotdog feed at the Center Post.
At 4 p.m., the second annual Iron Man, Jr. Contest will take place at Garfield Park for any teenage boys who are willing to step up to the challenge.
The Lake Benton American Legion will host the pork chop feed from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday at the Center Post.
After devouring some pork chops, all are welcome to attend the Game Show to be held at the historic Lake Benton Opera House at 7 p.m.

For the full schedule of events, read this week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal.

City to purchase emergency generator, Tollefson to be hired as new police chief

June 18, 2015

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Gary Serie is pictured before Mayor Barb Powell, City Administrator Eileen Christensen and the trustees of the Lake Benton City Council as he provides information regarding the purchase and installation of an emergency generator for the city.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
At the second regular June meeting of the Lake Benton City Council, Gary Serie came before the council with information regarding the purchase of an emergency generator to be placed at the Lake Benton Community Center.
“This came about last winter when we had a power outage for a day and a half,” said Serie. “Amber Scholten, the Emergency Manager of Lincoln County, contacted me and wanted to know if we had any place in Lake Benton that had a generator that people go to in case of an emergency. That’s when we started looking around, and we talked about setting up a generator at the community center.”
The estimated cost for the generator and installation is $9,680. There would also be a $200-$300 cost for the pouring of a cement pad outside for the generator to be placed on the east side of the building. The community center was the cheapest, most feasible option for the emergency generator to be placed within the City of Lake Benton.
“It is not a storm shelter, but it is one of the stronger buildings around because it is made of block,” explained Serie. It’s not a thing that we’re going to advertise as a storm shelter. It’s just a place to come in the case of a dire emergency.”
The generator will operate on LP gas that will be connected to the LP tank that serves the Lake Benton City Office and Lake Benton Heritage Center.

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

Some scenes from the Lake Benton Summer Rec Program

June 18, 2015

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Above, children were entertained by Jerry McCullough this past Monday afternoon as he told a story and drew pictures along with the story during the Summer Rec Program with the theme of arts and crafts.

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Above, children made their own fishing poles and some even caught a couple of bullheads during last Monday’s Summer Rec Program.