National Honor Society members inducted in LB

October 30, 2014

This year’s inductees into the National Honor Society from Elkton-Lake Benton High School are pictured along with the evening’s MCs. From left to right in front are McKenzie DeRuyter, Hannah Colgrove, Elizabeth Hegerfeld and Lexy Lynn. In back row are MC Jordan Bucholz, John Boltjes, William Koch, Alex Trautman and MC McKenzie Nelson.

This year’s inductees into the National Honor Society from Elkton-Lake Benton High School are pictured along with the evening’s MCs. From left to right in front are McKenzie DeRuyter, Hannah Colgrove, Elizabeth Hegerfeld and Lexy Lynn. In back row are MC Jordan Bucholz, John Boltjes, William Koch, Alex Trautman and MC McKenzie Nelson.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Elkton-Lake Benton chapter of the National Honor Society held their induction ceremony for the Class of 2015 this past Monday evening at the Country House in Lake Benton.
Seven of E-LB’s best and brightest students were honored at the banquet, and those honored were chosen by a faculty council based on the four pillars of the NHS, which are outstanding scholarship, character, leadership and service.
McKenzie Nelson and Jordan Bucholz opened up the evening as masters of the ceremony.
Mrs. Mathis, Mrs. Timm, Mr Robbins and Principal Kelly Neill each gave a short introduction and speech for the four pillars of the NHS.
The inductees then made the NHS pledge.
“I pledge to uphold the high purposes of the National Honor Society to which I have been selected. I will be true to the principles for which it stands and will maintain and encourage the high standards of scholarship, leadership, service and character.”
To be eligible for the NHS, students must maintain a B average or higher. The following E-LB students are this year’s active members: McKenzie DeRuyter, Hannah Colgrove, Elizabeth Hegerfeld, Lexy Lynn, John Boltjes, William Koch and Alex Trautman.

Powell and Robins vie for Lake Benton Mayor

October 30, 2014

Barb Powell Candidate for Lake Benton Mayor

Barb Powell
Candidate for Lake Benton Mayor

Larry Robins Candidate for Lake Benton Mayor

Larry Robins
Candidate for Lake Benton Mayor

 

 

See the candidates’ responses to our questions in this week’s Valley Journal.

Harding and Meester for Lincoln County Sheriff

October 30, 2014

Guy Harding Candidate for Lincoln County Sheriff

Guy Harding
Candidate for Lincoln County Sheriff

Chad Meester Candidate for Lincoln County Sheriff

Chad Meester
Candidate for Lincoln County Sheriff

See what Harding and Meester had to say in this week’s Valley Journal.

Johnson, Redlinger campaigning for open seats on Lake Benton City Council

October 30, 2014

Susan Johnson Candidate for Lake Benton City Council

Susan Johnson
Candidate for Lake Benton City Council

Jack Redlinger Candidate for Lake Benton City Council

Jack Redlinger
Candidate for Lake Benton City Council

 

 

 

Read the candidates question responses in this week’s Valley Journal.

County considers ordinance to allow golf cart travel

October 30, 2014

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Lincoln County Engineer Dave Halbersma spoke to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners during their Tuesday, Oct. 21 meeting regarding the adoption of a county ordinance to allow golf cart traffic on County Highway 17 west of Hendricks in accordance with the City of Hendricks permit requirements and golf cart ordinance.
The speed limit has been changed to 45 mph on County Highway 17 for the section of road from the Hendricks campground to the grain bins just north of the Hendricks Golf Club. The change comes on the heels of the result of a speed study done by MnDOT in that area this past summer.
New signs noting the speed limit were placed early last week.
The county ordinance would allow for golf carts to be driven on the section of road that has the wide shoulders; this would be to the curve by the golf course. Carts would use the shoulders whenever possible to stay off the main road.

Read more from the meeting in this week’s Valley Journal.

THC Health Fair has great crowd

October 30, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Community Health Fair sponsored by the Tyler Healthcare Center took place last Wednesday from 3-8 p.m. at the Tyler Golf Club.
Many local health-related businesses had booths set up at the event including Whitney Sleep Diagnostics, Community Blood Bank, Southwest Family Chiropractic, Natural Health Center, Avera Marshall, Thrifty White Pharmacy, Tyler Dental Clinic and many others.
This is the first event of its kind held by the Tyler Healthcare Center, and they are pleased with the turnout.
“We were unsure of what to expect since we have never done a health fair like this one before, but we thought we had a great turnout,” said THC Marketing Representative Melissa Maranell. “We feel that [we met our goal] because of the number of people who came to the event and all of the wonderful feedback we have received from the community about the event.”

Read more in this week’s Valley Journal.

Chamber Fall Kickoff held last Wednesday

October 22, 2014

Comic Magician Jerry Frasier performed an interactive, crowd-pleasing routine for attendees of the Chamber of Commerce’s Fall Kickoff last Wednesday evening.

Comic Magician Jerry Frasier performed an interactive, crowd-pleasing routine for attendees of the Chamber of Commerce’s Fall Kickoff last Wednesday evening.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Fall Kickoff last Wednesday evening at the Center Post in downtown Lake Benton.
Social hour began at 5:30 p.m. as the event’s guests trickled into the banquet hall. After an hour of socializing, Chamber of Commerce members and guests sat in anticipation as Marketing and Event Coordinator Sirrina Martinez announced the 2014 Lake Benton Citizen of the Year.
Jim Nichols of rural Lake Benton was honored as Citizen of the Year for his many contributions to the City of Lake Benton and to southwest Minnesota through his time as a state representative and wind power technologies advocate.
Nichols was not present at the Fall Kickoff, but a phone call was made to him to congratulate him for receiving the honor.

For more on the Fall Kickoff, read this week’s Valley Journal.

Meet the candidates

October 22, 2014

Pictured above are the sheriff candidates Guy Harding and Chad Meester along with candidates running for office in Lake Benton including Barb Powell and Larry Robins for mayor along with Susan Johnson and Jack Redlinger for city council. The candidates attended Senior Dining last Tuesday for a meet and greet.

Pictured above are the sheriff candidates Guy Harding and Chad Meester along with candidates running for office in Lake Benton including Barb Powell and Larry Robins for mayor along with Susan Johnson and Jack Redlinger for city council. The candidates attended Senior Dining last Tuesday for a meet and greet.

Water meters taken back

October 22, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

At the second regular meeting of October, the Lake Benton City Council was informed by City Clerk Eileen Christensen that Ferguson Waterworks will be taking back the 36 extra water meters that the city has. The meters will be taken back this week and the city’s account will be credited for the total cost of the meters.
The council approved making a payment in the amount of $12,772 for the replacement water meters. The city still owes $68,000 to Ferguson Waterworks, and that amount will be paid once the extra meters are taken back and the account is credited.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation denied the city a permit for the installation of solar activated lighted speed limit signs on the south and east sides of town. MnDOT reasoned that if they start allowing speed signs to be lit up that it will take away from the existing stop signs and speed signs.

For more on the meeting, pick up a copy of this week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal.

Teacher of the Year

October 22, 2014

At the Fall Conference of the South Dakota Art Educators Association, Pam Blake, K-12 art teacher in the Elkton, S.D. School District, was named the 2014 SD Art Teacher of the Year. Pictured with Pam are, on the left, SDAEA Awards Committee Chair Cathy Frederickson, and on the right SDAEA President April Geist. Pam lives in Tyler.

At the Fall Conference of the South Dakota Art Educators Association, Pam
Blake, K-12 art teacher in the Elkton, S.D. School District, was named the 2014
SD Art Teacher of the Year. Pictured with Pam are, on the left, SDAEA Awards
Committee Chair Cathy Frederickson, and on the right SDAEA President April
Geist. Pam lives in Tyler.