County Commissioners approve purchase of Norwegian Creek Park playground equipment

April 29, 2016

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The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of this Rainbow Play System, which will be installed at Norwegian Creek Park this year.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of playground equipment to be installed at Norwegian Creek Park.
The cost of the equipment, which is a Rainbow Play Systems unit, is $19,929. The price includes installation and the equipment is covered by a 10- year warranty.
Norwegian Creek Park has seen other recent improvements, with additional camping sites having just been completed. The creation of seven more sites is also planned.

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Lake Benton School Board approves 2016-2017 calendar

April 29, 2016

By Steven Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The board approved the 2016-2017 school year calendar. The first day of school will be Aug. 23, 2016.
The board opened sealed bids for sealing and striping the school’s parking lot. The board approved a $6,355 bid from Dakota Seal, LLC. The project will take place over the summer.
Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ryan Nielsen, the board approved the hiring of Blaine Hefti and Dawn Dykstra as the district’s part-time summer maintenance employees.

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Elkton-Lake Benton FFA chapter attends 2016 state convention

April 29, 2016

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Elkton-Lake Benton students who attended and participated in the 2016 South Dakota State FFA Convention are pictured above. From left to right in front are Rachel Colgrove, Marie Robbins, Tiffany Rouge, Kayla Engwicht and Caleb Goertz; in the middle row are Caleb Wiskur, Luigi Thompson, Hunter Lundberg, Blaine Hefti, Garret Hudson and Roberto Penaloza; and in the back row are Taryn Krog, Derek Sckerl, Matthew Leiferman, Carter Peake and Skylar Thomas.

By Nancy Mulder
valleyjournaloffice @gmail.com

The Elkton-Lake Benton FFA Chapter attended the 2016 South Dakota State FFA Convention held April 10-12 at South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota. There were 16 students who attended the convention with their advisor, Daniel Robbins.
On Monday, April 11, FFA Advisor Daniel Robbins received his Honorary State Degree. Seniors Matthew Leiferman and Skylar Thomas received their State FFA Degrees as well. Skylar was one of 10 State Officer candidates.

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Supt. Nielsen resignation accepted by Lake Benton School District

April 21, 2016

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Superintendent/Principal Ryan Nielsen, center, tendered his resignation to the Lake Benton School Board last Wednesday. The board members regretfully approved his resignation. Pictured from the left are board member Roger Rudebusch, Board Chair Tony Schwing, Superintendent Ryan Nielsen, board member Heath Houselog and board member Janell DeVries as discussion took place regarding the hiring of new administrators for the Lake Benton School District.

By Steven Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton Board of Education accepted the resignation of Superintendent/Principal Ryan Nielsen effective June 30, 2016 at a special meeting held last Wednesday evening. Superintendent Nielsen read from a note that was sent to the board members.
“In June of 2009, I interviewed for and accepted the principal position here at Lake Benton Elementary,” read Nielsen. “At that time, I was not married, did not have children and was still living in Salem, South Dakota. It is amazing how much change can happen in seven years.

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One woman’s junk is another’s treasure

April 21, 2016

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Junk Peddlers Paradise is now open for business in downtown Lake Benton. Pictured above are proprietor Michelle Sanow and the business jack-of-all-trades Dave Nielsen in front of the shop.

By Steven Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Lake Benton now has a new “junk” store that set up shop and opened its doors last Friday. Junk Peddlers Paradise is now open for business in downtown Lake Benton.
“Sure, it’s a junk store,” said shop owner Michelle Sanow. “But, nowadays, that’s not a bad thing.”
The shop is located in the old Sportsman’s Barber Shop location next to the Lake Benton Medical Clinic, and Junk Peddlers Paradise offers a variety of “junk” to satisfy both modern and vintage tastes.

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

City provides funding to Summer Rec program

April 21, 2016

By Steven Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Janell DeVries came before the Lake Benton City Council on Monday to request funding for the Lake Benton Summer Recreation Program and the Lake Benton youth baseball and softball programs.
DeVries explained the number of children who participated last year in the program, along with how many children are signed up for this year’s t-ball, machine pitch and softball. The council discussed with DeVries options for additional funding such as Lake Benton Area Foundation Grants, Lake Benton Lions Club donations, Lake Benton American Legion donations and Community Chest funding.

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

Lake Benton Elementary Spring Concert 2016

April 21, 2016

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The preschool class sang “Itsy Bitsy Spider” along with actions to begin the singing portion of the concert.

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The fifth and sixth grade band, under the direction of Marijane Borresen, got this year’s Lake Benton Elementary Spring Concert started. Above, the band is seen performing “Let’s Go Band 2” arranged by Andrew Balent.

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Elkton-Lake Benton prom held this past Saturday

April 21, 2016

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The senior class, above, and the junior class, below, at Elkton-Lake Benton High School enjoyed dressing up and having a night out during their prom “Enchanted Garden of Love” this past Saturday evening at Elkton High School.

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“Dial M for Murder” opens at Opera House

April 14, 2016

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Crystal Enga of Marshall, Chris Dinnel of Lake Benton and Jason Soren of Brookings, South Dakota in a scene from “Dial M for Murder” at the Lake Benton Opera House. The show continues this weekend with shows on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

American Cancer Society seeks teams for annual Relay For Life

April 14, 2016

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Relay For Life committee members shared the annual group hug at last year’s event at Hole-in-the-Mountain Park in Lake Benton. This year’s event will once again take place at Hole-in-the-Mountain County Park. Visit relayforlife.org for more information or to sign your team up for this life saving event.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The American Cancer Society is recruiting teams from local families, businesses, schools, places of worship, and the community as a whole to participate in the annual Relay For Life of Lincoln County on June 24 at Hole-in-the-Mountain Park, Lake Benton. Relay For Life teams are committed to help save more lives from cancer by raising funds for the Society. Teams and individuals can learn more and sign up for the Relay For Life event by visiting relayforlife.org and searching for the Lincoln County Event.

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