Third graders learn farm safety

September 21, 2016

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The Lake Benton third grade students recently learned about farm safety at CHS’s annual Friends of the Farm Day.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
With harvest season just around the corner, farmers and their families should think about accident prevention and farm safety. In an October 2015 Star Tribune report, “More than 210 work-related deaths occurred on Minnesota farms from 2003 to 2013 — an increase of more than 30 percent when compared with a decade earlier.” Fortunately, education equals prevention and CHS has joined in the education effort with their annual Friends of the Farm Day program. At the event, school children from around the region have the chance to talk about and learn about different aspects of farm safety and agriculture.
Recently, the Lake Benton third grade students attended the third annual Friends of the Farm Day, held at the Tracy Airport…

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Jeanine Fricke, new local author

September 21, 2016

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“Into the Dark Forest,” Jeanine Fricke’s new novel.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Jeanine Fricke, local piano and music teacher, has also become local author. Recently, she published “Into the Dark Forest,” a suspense novel which takes place in the forests of Missoula, Montana. To celebrate her monumental achievement, Fricke will hold a book signing at the Lake Benton Public Library on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. until noon. She will read selections from her new novel at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. and will have books available for purchase at a reduced price. Those who bring a guest can be registered to win a free copy of the novel.

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Annual Lake Benton Craft Fair this weekend

September 21, 2016

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Vendors and shoppers are pictured at last year’s Craft Fair.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Calling all crafters and craft enthusiasts. Check out the 39th annual Craft, Vendor and Artistry Show, the Vendors and Valuables Gathering. Visit more than 25 different vendors’ booths for hand-made goods, re-purposed items, and handy, unique products. Also find inspirations and how-to’s at the fair.

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City to cover cost of billet to house response vehicles

September 21, 2016

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The City Council met Monday evening for their regular meeting. During a review of the minutes of the Sept. 6 meeting, Mayor Barb Powell pointed out some confusing wordings that were corrected at the meeting. The minutes were approved with the corrections made.
Claims against the city were discussed. Trustee Diann Powell questioned a purchase of gravel because the street was not noted in the entry. City Maintenance Supervisor Todd Draper stated that the purchase was for a gravel stockpile so that they have it on hand when they need it…

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St. John’s Lutheran looking back, looking forward in celebrating 125

September 21, 2016

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Friends and family members gathered to share memories of 125 years in Lake Benton.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
A lot can happen in 125 years. From droughts to floods, through good times and bad, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church has stood strong through it all and celebrated a milestone this past Sunday. Friends and family came in from all over the state to share in the celebration of 125 years of serving Lake Benton and the surrounding community.
Visitors were welcomed by organ music played by Corrine Schlomer. Pastor Joel McKenney opened the service with Words of Remembrance, the Prayer of the Day, and Bible readings. The congregation was invited to sing hymns throughout the service. President Mark Schroeder, president of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, presented the message.

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Elementary students remember 9/11

September 14, 2016

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The Lake Benton Elementary School students sang a medley of patriotic songs at the 9/11 program on Monday, Sept. 12 in front of the school.

By Nancy Mulder
valleyjournaloffice@gmail.com

 
A 9/11 program was held at Lake Benton Elementary School on Monday, Sept. 12 at 8:30 a.m. The program was held outside in front of the school under the flag. All of the students were there as well as faculty and parents and grandparents.

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Principal Dale Weegman gave his message at the Lake Benton Elementary School 9/11 observance on Monday, Sept. 12. The American Legion members in attendance were Gary Serie, Don Evers and Mike Carpenter.

St. John’s Lutheran Church, 125 years of standing firm

September 14, 2016

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St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church will celebrate their 125th anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 3:30 p.m.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
“But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.” – Psalms 33:11
On Sunday, Sept. 18, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church will celebrate 125 years of standing firm in Lake Benton. According to Pastor Joel McKenney, the church’s current pastor, “St. John’s was founded 125 years ago by German immigrants who came to this land not only for the economic opportunity of this country, but also for the freedom to practice their religion without the constraints of a king or kaiser telling them what they could or could not preach and teach.”…

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Let us not forget . . . .

September 14, 2016

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The Lake Benton Volunteer Fire Department remembered 9/11 on Sunday by displaying the American flag on the fire trucks in front of the fire house, remembering all those who gave their lives to save others and those who are still suffering the aftereffects.

2016 royalty candidates

September 14, 2016

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Congratulations to the 2016 Elkton-Lake Benton Royal Court! In front are Queen Autumn Stoltenburg and King Peyton Spiering; from left to right behind them are Rachel Hegerfeld, Siana Myers, Trevor Sik and Cole DeRuyter.

Do we have rats in town?

September 14, 2016

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The City Council met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 5:30 p.m. All trustees and the mayor were present. After reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, Mayor Barb Powell requested Open Forum statements.
Dan Kuss, chair of the Chamber of Commerce, gave the status of a Mr. Smith who has been living in his vehicle at Lakeside Park. Kuss has been working with the Lake Benton Sheriff’s office and the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans to find housing for the man. According to Kuss, unless Mr. Smith wants help, nothing can be done for him. Kuss has found a rental property, owned by Marlin Petersen, for him. Rent and utilities are fiduciary. The property is near being ready to move into, so Mr. Smith will not be living in his vehicle in the cold weather. There were no other items presented at the Open Forum.

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