The Christmas season begins with open houses

November 30, 2016

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Shoppers started the Christmas season at Countryside Nursery on Saturday and Sunday.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The holiday season is upon us. In LakeBenton, Christmas begins with the annual Holiday Open Houses, sponsored by the Lake Benton Chamber of Com­merce. Two local businesses celebrated this past weekend, Junk Peddler’s Paradise, owned by Michelle Sanow, and Coun­tryside Nursery, owned by Steve and Penny Krause.

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

Light up the town; be part of the annual Holiday Lighting Contest

November 30, 2016

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Chuck and Monica DeBates, also on Harrison Street, took third place in 2015

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Lake Benton’s annual Holiday Lighting Contest judging night will be Fri­day, Dec. 9. The contest is sponsored by the Lake Benton Chamber of Com­merce and Ottertail Pow­er. Prizes will be given for first, second, and third places. Winners will be announced at the Santa Day event on Saturday, Dec. 10.

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

Opera House to present 20th Annual Christmas Show

November 30, 2016

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Graham Dinnel of Lake Benton will be one of more than 30 performers at this weekend’s Opera House Christmas Show.

The Lake Benton Op­era House will be hosting its final event of the 2016 season, the annual Opera House Christmas Show. This year’s show will be the 20th since the first Christ­mas Show back in 1997. Director Mark Wilmes said the show started as a fund­raiser for the Opera House to help pay bills through the winter.

“It was a good low-bud­get production,” said Wilm­es. “We set it up to have a minimal time require­ment for the participants to increase the number of performers. The show was a hit with everyone who performed and it became an annual tradition.”

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

Avera Medical Group Dental to gain new dentist

November 30, 2016

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Dr. Eugene Ingles, DDS

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor @gmail.com

The Avera Medical Group announced this week that they are ex­pecting Dr. Eugene Ingles to be joining the staff at Avera Tyler Dental after the first of the year.
Amber Crowley, Avera Marshall Vice-President of the Medical Group for the Marshall Region, said last week in a phone in­terview that Dr. Ingles has signed on to provide dental service to the clin­ic and is working through the Minnesota licensing process at this time.

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

New 2 You Consignment celebrating its first year

November 23, 2016

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Darla McCurdy’s New 2 You Consignments celebrated its first year recently.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

In the spirit of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Saturday, Nov. 26 has been named Small Business Saturday. New 2 You Consignments, a local small business owned by Darla Mc­Curdy, recently celebrated its first anniversary in Lake Benton. We recently chatted with them about the ups and downs of their first year.
According to McCurdy, the big­gest challenge she faced was let­ting people know she is in town. “People don’t know I’m here. I’ve been trying to get the word out, passing the word, using anything I can…newspaper, websites, fly­ers.”

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

Lake Benton Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service held

November 23, 2016

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The Lake Benton United Methodist men sang during the annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service on Sunday evening. Pictured, left to right, are accompanist Diane Evers, Joe Mulder, Bob Worth, Mike DeVries, Cole DeRuyter and Gary DeRuyter.

By Nancy Mulder
valleyjournaloffice @gmail.com

Lake Benton United Meth­odist Church was the host church this year for the an­nual Ecumenical Thanksgiv­ing Service. The service was held Sunday evening, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.
Pastor Daren Junker, Fa­ther Ron Huberty and Karen Lichtsinn were the lead­ers of the service. Each of them participated in differ­ent ways during the service. Songs of thanks were sung as well as scripture readings. There was a time of shar­ing when anyone could tell what they are thankful for in our community. There were many things shared during that time.

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

Chamber discusses upcoming events and TeTonka Ha 2017

November 23, 2016

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The Chamber and CVB held their regular meetings last week. During the meeting, local Holiday Open Houses were discussed.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton Chamber of Commerce met for their regu­lar meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the City Office. Chair Dan Kuss led the meeting.
The minutes of the Septem­ber meeting were not submit­ted to the Chamber by Patriot Relations, so Treasurer Jenny Nordmeyer began with the Treasurer’s Report and pre­senting the claims against the Chamber. The Chamber ap­proved the report and paying the bills.
A long list of old business was discussed. The Chamber Kick­off has tentatively been set for Jan. 14 and will be planned by Tony Schwing and Nordmeyer. In the absence of an Adminis­trative Assistant, Nordmeyer has been finishing the Snippets, which will be mailed the week of Nov. 21…

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

Officer purchases discussed at Lake Benton City Council meeting

November 23, 2016

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton City Council met Monday for their regular meeting. All newly elected trustees were present to observe the meeting. Mayor Barb Powell and Acting-Mayor Al Lindemann were both running late, so Trustee Diann Powell opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. A quorum was present at the start of the meeting.
The minutes of the last meeting were reviewed and approved. When the claims against the city were presented, City Ad­ministrator/Clerk Eileen Christensen presented new requests to the coun­cil. The new requests came in after the trustee packets were sent out…

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

Hurd appointed to third open school board position

November 23, 2016

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton School Board met for their regu­lar meeting on Wednes­day, Nov. 16. All board members, Superintendent Luther Onken and Princi­pal Dale Weegman were present. Guests included Special Education Teacher Janine Moberg and Daryl Kanthak, a representative of Meulebroeck, Taubert & Co. of Pipestone.
The board approved the minutes of the September meeting and the claims against the school. The meeting opened with the presentation of the Annu­al Audit Report. Kanthak was invited to the table to present the Annual Audit Report. The auditors gave the LakeBentonSchool a clean audit, meaning the school is in a good place financially…

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

County Board of Commissioners continue to review the budget

November 23, 2016

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Curt Madsen of the Lincoln County Fair Board, left, spoke with the Lincoln County Commissioners at their last meeting.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer @gmail.com

Budget review was the item of the day at the Nov. 15 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commis­sioners.
Lincoln County Engineer Dave Halbersma said there was nothing to change on the Highway Department’s budget, adding that the biggest thing is fuel prices, noting they have been go­ing down each year and he anticipates them to be what they were last year. Com­missioner Mic VanDeVere asked about the building in Tyler. Halbersma said he is looking into sizes and pric­es and plans to come back to the board with that infor­mation. Halbersma said the building will not impact the 2017 budget.

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