Questions asked about police department at first all-city meeting

February 15, 2017

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Community members asked questions and shared concerns at the first All-City Meeting last Wednesday evening. The next meeting will be tonight, 7 p.m. at the Community Center.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The City of Lake Benton’s citizens and council members met last Wednesday evening to discuss whether or not the community wants to keep a local police force or lease police coverage from Lincoln County.
Mayor Worth asked if the proposal presented was negotiable. Meester replied that “those would be a ballpark number. They are dependent upon the county board’s decision to follow through.” The numbers presented were based on the current contract between Lincoln County and the City of Hendricks for police coverage.

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

100 Days of Excellence

February 15, 2017

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The Lake Benton kindergarten class recently celebrated the 100th day of school with special glasses and hats. Can you guess who the students are? See page 3 in the Lake Benton Valley Journal for the answer.

Lincoln County Corn and Soybean Growers hold annual meeting

February 15, 2017

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Bob Worth, Chairman and MSGA Director, called the meeting to order at the annual Lincoln County Corn and Soybean Growers meeting on Saturday, Feb. 4.

By Nancy Mulder
valleyjournaloffice@gmail.com

On Saturday evening, Feb. 4, the Lincoln County Corn and Soybean Growers held their annual meeting at the Center Post in Lake Benton.
The Lincoln County Corn and Soybean Growers Association organize a Plot Day every year featuring side-by-side compar­isons of area corn and soybean varieties. According to their website, the association also hosts foreign trade teams.
Mark Dunn, a new member elected to the board, welcomed everyone to the evening’s ac­tivities. He said he was taking the place of Lake Benton May­or Bob Worth for the evening. Everyone had a good laugh.

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

Housing study shows need for more units in the county by 2030

February 15, 2017

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Earlier this year, officials from all corners of the county gath­ered in Ivanhoe to talk about the future of housing in the area. Vince Robinson of the Lincoln County Enterprise Development Corporation (LDEDC) and Jay Thompson of Viewpoint Consult­ing Group, Inc. were on hand to discuss the results of an analysis that was prepared in 2016. Cal­culations of estimates of housing demands for 2016 through 2030 were presented.
Robinson told the group the information should give officials a better feel for what lies ahead.
“We will talk about how we can utilize the information to enhance and develop housing needs within the county,” he said.

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

Community Ed offers trip to SDSU Jackrabbits game

February 15, 2017

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton School is not only responsible for educating the children of Lake Benton. Because learning is a lifelong process, Lake Benton El­ementary offers educa­tional opportunities and programs for everyone as part of the Community Education program…
The Lake Benton Com­munity Education pro­gram, in a partnership with the Lake Benton Volunteers for Education, have organized a bus trip to the South Dakota State University Jack­rabbits versus Denver men’s basketball game.

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

The Curt Show: A new take on classic comedy presented

February 15, 2017

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Lake Benton Elementary School students enjoyed the production of “The Curt Show” last Wednesday.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The staff and students of Lake Benton Elemen­tary School recently had a treat. “The Curt Show,” produced by Dakota As­semblies out of Perham, was at the school to give a presentation on Wednes­day, Feb. 8. The gym filled with laughter as Curt, a one-man-show, per­formed feats of balance, timing, and tricks while he told jokes and made hilarious (but appropri­ate) comments.

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

Commissioners hear from Lake Benton representative regarding law enforcement

February 15, 2017

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners heard from Eileen Chris­tensen and Dave Enke of Lake Benton, who came before the board to ask questions regarding con­tracting with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Depart­ment for law enforcement coverage in Lake Benton.
Christensen and Enke said Lake Benton has been assessing the ef­ficiency and practicality of their law enforcement options—one being to continue as they have with their own police de­partment and the other to contract with the county, similar to what Hendricks is doing.

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

Sportsman’s ice fishing tourney bigger every year

February 8, 2017

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Lake Benton looked more like a parking lot or a campground than a lake during the 2017 Ice Fishing Tournament.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

In its third year, the annual Lake Benton Sportsman’s Ice Fishing Tournament has grown again. Not only did more people register for the event in 2017, the prize payouts were larger as well.
According to event coordi­nator Matt Eickhoff, “Our first year we had about 100 people out.” The 2016 numbers were 270 participants. This year, there were 347 people regis­tered, as well as 95 kids who participated.

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

City to purchase new copier; new chamber coordinator

February 8, 2017

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The Lake Benton City Council carefully reviews their packets in preparation for the regular meeting.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton City Council met for their regular meeting on Monday evening. The meeting was opened by Mayor Bob Worth with the Pledge of Allegiance. There were no comments during Open Forum.
The minutes of the Jan. 17 regular meeting and the Jan. 23 and Jan. 30 special meet­ings were reviewed. The minutes of the Jan. 17 and the Jan. 23 meetings were approved with no changes. During the review of the Jan. 30 meeting minutes, Trust­ee David Enke suggested a clarification be added to the minutes.

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

Pastor Dave Furno installed at St. John’s Lutheran Church Sunday

February 8, 2017

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Pastor David Furno was recently installed as pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Pipestone. Pictured are Pastor Furno and his wife Linda at the reception for his installation at St. John’s.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

St. John’sLutheranChurch installed Pastor David Furno as their permanent pastor on Sunday, Jan. 29. Recently, the Valley Journal had the chance to chat with Pastor Furno about his roots and plans for the future.
Born and raised in Wis­consin, Furno was baptized at Christ Lutheran Church (WELS) in Big Band, Wiscon­sin. He was confirmed into the faith at Faith Lutheran Church of St. Petersburg, Florida, his home church from the age of four.

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