Tragesers to be honored at Lions Club benefit

September 20, 2017

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Jolene and Ralph Trageser will be honored by the Lake Benton Lions Club at the first Lions Breakfast of the season on Sunday, Oct. 1. Jolene recently completed treatment for cancer and Ralph’s treatment is ongoing.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton Lions Club will honor Ralph and Jolene Trageser with their first benefit breakfast of the season. Since the middle of 2016, the Tragesers have experienced a long cancer story, one with unusual twists and turns. The benefit will be held at the Center Post in Lake Benton beginning at 8:30 a.m. and continuing through 12:30 p.m. The menu will include pancakes, eggs, toast, sausage, French toast, coffee and milk. A silent auction, a bake sale, and a 50-50 cash drawing will also be held that morning. Auction and bake sale items can be do­nated by calling Janelle Nelson 605-690-2604 or Marlys Barthel 605-997-3639. An account has also been established at First Se­curity Bank in Lake Benton.
The Tragesers’ cancer story began in June 2016 when Ralph was diagnosed with a bleed­ing ulcer. It was repaired with a “patch,” according to Jolene.

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

Christensen Farms to build hog confinement unit near Lake Benton

September 20, 2017

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Christensen Farms, one of the largest family-owned pork producers in Minnesota, will be expanding in the Lake Benton area. As of August 2017, a conditional use per­mit was awarded to the pork producers to build a new hog confinement unit on Section 13 in Drammen Township. According to Lincoln County Environmental Office Admin­istrator Robert Olsen, the land was purchased by Christensen Farms from Andy Weber and is located approximately five miles northwest of the lake “as the crow flies.”

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

Update on Small Cities grant given at city council meeting

September 20, 2017

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Mayor Bob Worth reviews his meeting packet using one of the wireless tablets purchased by the City of Lake Benton. Among the many benefits the tablets provide is the reduced paperwork printed out for each meeting.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton City Council heard an update on the Small Cities Grant being facilitated by DSI at their regular meeting Monday evening. According to Teresa Schreurs, the interest in the Small Cities Grant was over­whelmingly positive. Schreurs stated, “In the four years that I have been doing this, this is the most response I have seen from a community, especially of this size.” At this point, there are 60 residential properties and nine commercial properties interest­ed in participating in this grant. Schreurs had originally wanted to include Ruthton, Tyler and Lake Benton in the same grant application; however, Schreurs recently met with the state rep­resentatives of DEED, where the grant money comes from, and they encouraged her to separate Lake Benton as a stand-alone application and Tyler and Ruth­ton will be combined…

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

Library program cancelled

September 20, 2017

The WWII library program scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23 has been cancelled due unforeseen circumstances.

Lake Benton’s Class of ‘57 reunites

September 20, 2017

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The Lake Benton High School Class of 1957 held their 60-year reunion in Redwood Falls, Sept, 12-13. Those attending were, from left to right in front, Susan (Meyer) Helvig, Eyvonne (Johannsen) Johnson, Don Sik, Mildred (Giese) Dauman, and Marilyn (Johnson) Schlapkohl; in back are Joan (Busselman) Stuefen, Karen (Petersen) Nielsen, Rollie Evans, Don Vick, Beverly (Blegen) Parrish, Don Evers, Janice (Bebensee) Hetland, Virginia (Larsen) Harmen and Sharon (Larsen) Crabb. Not pictured is Myron Trulock.

LBFD honors the fallen of Sept. 11

September 13, 2017

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The Lake Benton Fire Department honored those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

DNR and city residents discuss deer problems and solutions at council meeting

September 13, 2017

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More than 20 community members attended the Sept. 5 City Council meeting for an opportunity to voice their concerns over the growing deer population.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
More than 20 Lake Benton city residents were on hand at the Tuesday, Sept. 5 City Council meeting. The residents came for an opportunity to speak out on the rising deer population within city limits and the problems deer are causing, and to hear what the city plans to do about the situation. Wendy Krueger and Amber Knutson of the Marshall branch of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) were also at the meeting to hear the comments.
Jim Viere commented that part of the problem is the city is landlocked by privately-owned land which serves as prime congregating areas for the deer, especially in the winter…

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

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Wendy Krueger, center front, and Amber Knutson, right, of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources were on hand to address concerns of the community about the high deer population that comes into city limits.

Commissioners approve preliminary plat for Shaokatan development

September 13, 2017

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
During the Sept. 5 meeting, Robert Olsen of the Lincoln County Environmental Office spoke to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners regarding a subdivision on Lake Shaokatan. Olsen was requesting the approval of a preliminary plat, as the same had already been approved by the Planning and Zoning Board.
Olsen said the public had a chance for input and questions, with a favorable result. However, there was a question regarding excavating for a boat ramp. Olsen is working with the landowner and coming up with alternatives.

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

Refreshed Lake Benton motel welcomes visitors once again

September 13, 2017

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Owners Tami and Chad Benck

The lake views are beautiful and the fish are biting at the newly remodeled Benck’s Lakeview Lodge in Lake Benton. New owners Tami and Chad Benck reopened the roadside motel with help from Southwest Initiative Foundation’s (SWIF) Microenterprise Loan Program.
Formerly the Highway 75 Motel, the lodge is located just across the road from Lake Benton. It had been closed for about a decade when Tami and Chad discovered it in their search for a resort or hotel to purchase.

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

We’ve got Spirit, yes we do! We’ve got Spirit, how ‘bout you?

September 13, 2017

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The students and teachers alike enjoyed the staff versus students volleyball games on Friday.

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The kindergarten showed spirit on PJ Day. Nearly everyone in the class was dressed in their favorite jammies.

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