Lake Benton School hosted the annual Veterans Day program on Friday

November 16, 2017

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America Legion Henry Sollie Legion Post 10 presented the Colors at Friday’s Veterans Day program. Pictured left to right are Jim Roggenbuck, Chuck DeBates, Don Evers and Jerry Rochel.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Lake Benton Elementary School hosted the annual Veter­ans Day concert the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 10. Students from kindergarten through sixth grade sang patriotic songs in honor of the local veterans, with “The Star Spangled Banner” performed by a small group of students from all the classes and a piano solo performed by Braxton Hess..

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

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The Ladies Auxiliary of Henry Sollie American Legion Post 10 attended the Veterans Day program. Pictured are Jeanne Lichtsinn, Barb Hurd, Donna Lynn, Diane Evers and Faye Rochel.

Children’s Theater will present “The Jungle Book” at the LBOH

November 16, 2017

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Joe Dagel, Zoey Greer, Keira Larsen and Rachel Hexem receive tips from director Crystal Enga as the rest of the crew prepare for practice.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 

On Saturday, Nov. 18, the Lake Benton Opera House (LBOH) will welcome friends and family of a cast of young people who will present Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book.” This children’s classic will come to life under the direction of LBOH alumnus Crystal Enga of Marshall, and assisted by Graham Dinnel of Lake Benton. Rachel Hexem of Hendricks stars in the play as Mowgli, a human child raised by jungle wolves. Shere Khan, played by Aubree Bales of Lake Benton, hates Mowgli because humans are evil and will destroy the jungle using the “red flower” (fire), according to Enga…

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

Commissioners approve Sheriff’s Department staffing requests

November 16, 2017

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Lincoln County Deputy Isaiah Wahl and Sheriff Chad Meester spoke to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners regarding the need for an additional full-time deputy.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Lincoln County Sheriff Chad Meester, accompanied by Deputy Isaiah Wahl, Dis­patcher Sarah Koch and Jail Administrator Robin Sik, were in attendance at the Nov. 7 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners to speak about staffing needs.
Sheriff Meester and Dep­uty Wahl spoke to the board about difficulties the depart­ment has had with trying to hire a part-time deputy; get­ting people to apply for the position has been an issue. Meester proposed hiring a full-time deputy to garner more interest in the position and to alleviate the difficulty in filling shifts left open be­cause of sick, vacation or fam­ily leave.

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

A pretty picture at Hole-in-the-Mountain

November 16, 2017

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The Cabin at Hole-in-the-Mountain County Park makes a pretty picture in the snow. The park is open for community members and visitors all year long and offers campsites and the Chalet, which can be reserved for events. For more information, contact Daryl Schlapkohl at 507-368-9350.

Teamwork and snow efficiency

November 16, 2017

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The students at Lake Benton Elementary School know how to use every last snowflake on the playground. They also know what teamwork means. Here, the older students use giant snowballs made by the younger students to build a snow fort, under the watchful eyes of Principal Dale Weegman.

All bands performed at the annual Band Banquet Nov. 6

November 16, 2017

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The Elkton-Lake Benton fifth and sixth grade band debuts their first marching performance.

Monday, Nov. 6 Elkton- Lake Benton School had their band banquet. The fifth grade, sixth grade, junior high and high school bands all performed. It was the fifth grade’s first official performance.

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

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The Elkton-Lake Benton Marching Band is pictured following their performance.

Fire prevention needs to be a high priority

November 16, 2017

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The Lake Benton Fire Department

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton Fire Department (LBFD) was kept relatively busy last week when they answered two fire calls, one in the morning on Tuesday, Nov. 7 and one in the afternoon on Friday, Nov. 10. Details on either of these fires has not been released, but the LBFD did post the fol­lowing to their Facebook page on Friday, Nov. 10 (parentheses mine): “We have had two house fires in the (past) four days. So just friendly reminder to all: check smoke detectors, clean dryer vents, watch what you have plugged into an outlet, do not over­load an outlet, and (when using) space heaters (give a) three-foot clearance all the way around. If you want to see the trucks we would rather show you them at the hall than on a call. Be safe everyone.”

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

Why do we love our school? Let us tell you

November 16, 2017

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By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Educators across the na­tion should be in the spot­light this week and the National Education Asso­ciation (NEA) honors edu­cators during American Education Week. Accord­ing to the NEA website, this week is an opportu­nity for the public to show their “public school pride.” It is a time for educators, parents, and communities to gather together to build up the public school.
Lake Benton School has long been recognized as a highly effective school in southwest Minnesota. What do the students have to say about why the school? When asked what they like most about Lake Benton Elementary School, this is how some of the students respond­ed.

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

 

Local SMSU students sing in Chorale Concert last week

November 16, 2017

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The SMSU Chorale held their first concert Tuesday evening, Nov. 7. Among the choir members pictured are Rachael Blake in the front row, second from right, and Courtney Mulder, second row, far right.

By Nancy Mulder
valleyjournaloffice @gmail.com

On Tuesday, Nov. 7, the Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) Chorale held their first concert of the season at FirstLutheranChurch in Marshall. The title of the concert was “Build­ing Dreams: A Concert in Honor of the 50th Anni­versary of SMSU.” Dr. Ste­phen Kingsbury, the Cho­rale Conductor, explained to the audience that this is the 50th anniversary of SMSU and this concert is a celebration of the mile­stone. Dr. Kingsbury stat­ed, “What you might not be aware of is that this year also marks the 50th anni­versary of the SMSU choir, which gave its first perfor­mance in the fall of 1967.” Local residents have been a part of the SMSU Choir’s legacy from the beginning.

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

Fire arms deer season opened this past weekend

November 9, 2017

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Jim Sorensen of Lake Benton, 88 years young, shot an eight-point buck during opening weekend of the 2017 deer hunting season.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Fire arms deer hunting season opened in Minnesota this past weekend with an estimated 200,000 deer expected to be harvested during the season, according to an October news release by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The DNR reported that 173,213 deer were harvested during the 2016 hunting season. They state that 2017 “should be a good deer season barring any unforeseen unusual weather. Deer numbers are up following three years of conservative harvest regulations designed to rebuild the population, coupled with three relatively mild winters.” The result is an increase in the number of antlerless permits available this year.

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