Big storm dumps nearly 18 inches of snow across Lincoln County

April 19, 2018

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A hill of snow taller than the city’s maintenance department pickup sat in the middle of Center Street Monday morning as the city finished digging out.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Old Man Winter did not want to let go of southwest Minnesota. The latest blizzard began Friday, April 13 and the snow continued through Sunday, April 15. When it finished, nearly 18 inches of snow had been dumped across Lincoln County.
The National Weather Service (NWS) reported on the blizzard. “A powerful early Spring storm system brought back Winter with a vengeance on April 14, 2018. The storm unleashed an historic blizzard which pro­duced wind gusts of 45 to 65 mph along with record-setting snowfall amounts which topped one foot in many locations,” the website stated…

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Clifford Rupp shows us just how much snow fell in School Park as the kindergartner touches the funnel ball shoot, which is typically several feet off the ground.

And like a good neighbor, the Lake Benton community was there

April 19, 2018

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Southwest Minnesota was hit with a blizzard that closed both Highway 14 and Highway 75 and caused a number of au­tomobile crashes in the area. Minnesota Highway Patrol Of­ficer Corey Sik, a LakeBenton native, was on duty during the storm. When he came across a stranded motorist, he knew just who to call, Lake Benton Maintenance Supervisor Todd Draper.

Draper, who lives in Mar­shall, spent the weekend in Lake Benton to make sure the community members were safe and taken care of…

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New Community Center discussed at council meeting

April 19, 2018

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Maintenance Supervisor Todd Draper explained the costs involved with the Harrison Street water line improvement project at Monday night’s City Council meeting.

By Shelly Finzen
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The City of Lake Benton held a hearing on the proposed assess­ment for the Harrison Street wa­terline improvement project on Monday, April 16 before the reg­ular City Council meeting. During the hearing, Maintenance Super­visor Todd Draper explained the project, pointing out that, “This is not a street replacement.”…

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Opera House show extended

April 19, 2018

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Pictured above are Lacey Barke of Arco (left) and Kathy Holck of Ruthton in a scene from the Lake Benton Opera House production of “Steel Magnolias.” The show has been extended one more weekend due to weather cancellations over the past weekend. Performances will be Friday and Saturday, April 20- 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m.

Anfinson will lead two workshops at the Lake Benton library

April 19, 2018

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Jen Anfinson will be at the Lake Benton Public Library on Wednesday, April 25 to teach two jewelry making techniques.

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By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Jen Anfinson has the cure for your spring fever. Join her at the Lake Benton Public Library for two free workshops this month. Jen will teach two jewelry-making techniques that will give any wardrobe a spring pick-me-up and chase away the winter blues.
On Wednesday, April 25, Jen will begin with Wire and Bead Jewelry Making at the library beginning at 3:30 p.m…

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Prepare for severe weather ahead of time

April 19, 2018

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Severe thunderstorms can damage structures, trees, and vehicles. Plan ahead and be prepared for the severe weather season.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 

Even though the ground outside is still white, tor­nado season is just around the corner. Preparation is the best way to stay safe in the event of severe weath­er hitting southwest Min­nesota. Here are some tips to staying safe this severe weather season.
According to the Nation­al Weather Service (NWS), “Severe thunderstorms are officially defined as storms that are capable of produc­ing hail that is an inch or larger or wind gusts over 58 mph…Thunderstorms (can) also produce torna­does and dangerous light­ning; heavy rain can cause flash flooding.” Large hail and high winds can cause severe damage to proper­ty including plants, struc­tures, and vehicles.

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Avera Hospice Benefit Auction to be held next week

April 19, 2018

By Mark Wilmes
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The 23rd annual Hos­pice Benefit and Auction will be held Friday, April 27 at the Tyler Golf Club, beginning with the meal and silent auction at 5 p.m. Pick of the Auction and the live auction will begin at 7:15. Tickets are available at the door, which will include a meal of roast beef and fixings. Funds raised at the event will go to Avera@Home Southwest Minnesota to support care in Tyler and the surrounding area. Donations of items (new only) for the auction or monetary donations will be accepted through April 20 and can be brought to the front desk at the Tyler hospital.

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Lake Benton School raises more than $3,000 in Jump Rope for Heart

April 12, 2018

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Phy-ed teacher Brian Malady and Principal Dale Weegman are all smiles at the students’ accomplishment of raising more than $3,000 for the American Heart Association.

By Shelly Finzen
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Lake Benton School celebrated a successful Jump Rope for Heart fund drive for the American Heart Association last Friday morning. As a school, the students raised a total of $3,544.50. This is more than triple the amount raised last year during the Jump Rope for Heart program.
Brian Malady, the school’s physical education teacher, or­ganized the fundraiser, which began in mid-March. As a bonus incentive, the classes competed against each other…

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Four Lincoln County schools attended Ag Awareness Day

April 12, 2018

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The four-year-old preschool class took a few minutes to visit with the special guests that made an appearance at the Ag Awareness Day. Laura Krog brought two young lambs to share with the students for Ag Awareness Day.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Farm Bu­reau sponsored Ag Awareness Day, held at Lake Benton Elemen­tary School, on Thursday, April 5. More than 180 third and fourth grade students from four Lincoln County schools— Hendricks, Lake Benton, Ivanhoe, and RTR—attended the program, visiting nine different educational sta­tions around the school gymna­sium.
The different stations included a variety of approaches. One had live animals, while others includ­ed presentations, crafts, snacks, and/or games.

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“Steel Magnolias” continues Friday

April 12, 2018

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Sue Nelson of Tracy (standing) as Truvy and Lacey Barke of Arco as Shelby.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton Opera House spring play, “Steel Magnolias,” will continue this weekend with performances on Friday and Sat­urday, April 13-14 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m.
This weekend’s weather forced the cancellation of Sun­day’s matinee performance after big crowds and good reviews for Friday and Saturday’s perfor­mances.

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