Lake Benton Elementary holds Spring Concert

April 17, 2015

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The cowgirls were having no part in what the cowboys were singing during the second, third and fourth grade performance of the short musical play “Hats” during Lake Benton Elementary’s Spring Concert held last Thursday evening in the gymnasium.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The students at Lake Benton Elementary School treated the community to a wonderful night of performances at the school’s spring concert held last Thursday evening.
Under the direction of Marijane Borresen, the performances kicked off with the third and fourth grade classes using recorders to play “In the Nick of BAG,” “Neat Trick” and “Mary’s Mixmaster.”
Borresen then conducted the fifth and sixth grade band as they performed James D. Ployhar’s “Clarinet Boogie,” Joseph Compello’s “Trumpets Royale,” James Swearingen’s “Excalibur” and Andrew Balent’s arrangement of “Let’s Go Band 2.”
The preschool class took the stage to sing some classics including “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” “Grizzly Bear,” “ABC’s” and “She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain.”
The kindergarten class and the first grade took over next with their performances of “Do-Re-Mi,” “Boom, Boom!” and “I Wanna Be a Cowboy.”

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

“Almost, Maine” begins run at Opera House

April 17, 2015

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The cast of “Almost, Maine” will perform three more shows at the Lake Benton Opera House this weekend. Pictured from left to right in front are George Jorgensen of Tyler, Beth Reams of Brookings, S.D., Kayla Lindberg of Marshall, Channa McCurdy of Verdi and Dorie Wrightson of Brookings; in the middle row are Samantha Fleet of Lake Benton, Emily Clarke of Ivanhoe, Sandy Hanson of Tyler, Jim Radloff of Marshall, Paula Dovre of Minneota, Adam Keifer of Tyler and Betty Andries of Marshall; and in the back row are Cole Miska of Marshall, Blake Erickson, Alan Riedel, Stu Melby and Graham Wrightson, all of Brookings, S.D., and Steven Hurd of Lake Benton. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

County Board approves hiring new personnel

April 17, 2015

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners heard from Cathleen Amick and Bev Herfindahl of Western Community Action in regard to public transit.
The pair explained the usage and benefits of public transit and that consolidating would create stronger systems, and that there would be more to gain than to lose.
Chairman Don Evers said he thinks this is something that should be looked into.
Dustin Hauschild provided the Engineer Report, with a bid opening for gravel crushing. The lowest bid was from Sibson Gravel out of Beardsley with a bid of $111,600. The Board awarded Sibson the contract.

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

Time for some spring cleanup

April 9, 2015

Demolition

City demolishes derelict property, sets spring cleanup dates and makes investment in summer rec program

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
At the first regular meeting of April, the Lake Benton City Council approved a motion to provide $400 in funding to the Lake Benton Community School’s community education program for use throughout Lake Benton’s 2015 summer recreation program.
The school offered to be the hiring agent and host for the program to reduce any sort of burden on the city. The school does not currently have funding in place for its community education program, but additional funding for the program is expected from the Lake Benton Community Chest and possibly a Lake Benton Area Foundation grant.
The council discussed the possibility of purchasing a mobile LED-lighted sign for use in higher traffic areas where speeding has been an issue. The total cost for a MnDOT approved sign is estimated at $12,000 plus additional fees for software and maintenance. After extensive discussion, the council took no action and resolved to revisit the issue in August and September when it is time to set the city’s 2016 budget.

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

Opera House production of “Almost, Maine” opens this Friday evening in Lake Benton

April 9, 2015

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Adam Keifer of Tyler and Paula Dovre of Minneota rehearse the scene “Where It Went” from the spring play, “Almost, Maine,” which opens Friday, April 10 at the Opera House.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton Opera House will present its first stage production of 2015 this weekend as John Cariani’s “Almost, Maine” hits the stage on Friday evening.
“This is my favorite type of production,” said Director Mark Wilmes. “It isn’t slapstick, but it has just the right amount of humor mixed with drama.”
The play will star local actors Samantha Fleet and Steven Hurd of Lake Benton; Channa McCurdy of Verdi; Cole Miska, Jim Radloff, Kayla Lindberg and Betty Andries of Marshall; Graham and Dorie Wrightson, Stu Melby, Alan Riedel, Beth Reams and Blake Erickson of Brookings, S.D.; Emily Clarke of Ivanhoe; Sandy Hanson, George Jorgensen and Adam Keifer of Tyler; and Paula Dovre of Minneota. The show is under the direction of Mark Wilmes of Tyler.
For a little insight into the performance, we will refer to some of the veteran cast members.
“This play consists of several short scenes featuring different teams of actors in each vignette,” explained Opera House regular Stuart Melby of Brookings, S.D. “The storylines include romantic, dramatic, humorous and quirky themes. Scenes only run about 10 minutes each so the audience is treated to quite a variety of subject matter in the duration of the play.”

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

A mile of remembrance

April 9, 2015

Stations of the Cross
Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton hosted a Holy Saturday outdoor prayer walk of the Stations of the Cross this past Saturday morning. The one-mile loop around town included 14 stops for meditation and prayer and symbolized Jesus’ journey to the cross.

20th Annual All-Star Games

April 2, 2015

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Pictured above are all of the male all-stars along with the coaching staff that participated in the 20th annual FCA All-Star Game last Thursday evening in Elkton, S.D. Pictured below are all of the female all-stars who participated in the 20th annual FCA All-Star Game last Thursday evening (along with a little photo-bomber).

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By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Elkton-Lake Benton Elks joined forces to present the 20th annual Area All-Star Games at Elkton-Lake Benton High School last Thursday evening.
Players and coaches from all across the region came to participate in the event. Teams from Arlington, Brookings, Castlewood, Chester, Colman-Egan, Dell Rapids-St. Mary’s, DeSmet, Deubrook, Elkton-Lake Benton, Estelline, Flandreau, Lake Preston, Oldham-Ramona-Rutland and Sioux Valley were all represented at the All-Star Games.
The evening began with the coaches game at 5:45 p.m. Coaches from around the region battled it out and proved themselves worthy of their coaching positions. Elkton-Lake Benton’s coaching staff was well-represented as Leonard Gebhart, Mark Harming, Dan Robbins, Trish Ollerrich, Ethan Pearson and Dakota Valley Conference Coach of the Year Steve Erickson participated in the game. Despite the massive amount of talent on the team, the E-LB coaches were unable to secure a victory in the exhibition game.

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

Prayer Walk of the Stations of the Cross scheduled for Holy Saturday

April 2, 2015

Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton is hosting a Holy Saturday outdoor Prayer Walk of the Stations of the Cross walk on Saturday, April 4 at 10 a.m. The walk will begin and end at Grace Lutheran, 101 S Sherman and include a one-mile loop through Lake Benton with stops at 14 places along the way for meditations and prayer on Jesus’ journey to the cross. The group walk at 10 a.m. will begin and end in the sanctuary at Grace Lutheran. Transportation for physically challenged people will be available at this time.
Holy Saturday is the day Christians contemplate the crucifixion of Jesus. The outdoor Stations of the Cross walk is being organized with the hopes of providing a prayerful and healthy Holy Week experience. People are also welcome to follow along by vehicle if they are not able to walk or drive the route during the day.
For those who cannot participate in the group walk through the stations, those who want to spend additional time at the stations or those who would prefer to experience the stations on their own, the stations accompanying meditations and prayers will remain posted all day. Pick up a Map and the devotional materials in the south foyer of Grace Lutheran Church. Once you have completed the route return the devotional materials to Grace. The stations will remain up until 7 p.m.

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

Just like old times

April 2, 2015

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It was a blast from the past last Friday evening in the gymnasium at Lake Benton Elementary School as students were treated to a night of roller skating thanks to Skatetime School Programs and a number of groovy volunteers from the community.

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Historic log cabin due for restoration

March 26, 2015

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Pictured above is the historic log cabin located at Hole-in-the-Mountain County Park in Lake Benton. It was one of the first homes contructed by early settlers in the area in 1861. It served as the home site of many prominent homesteaders including William Taylor, Charles Taylor, John Snyder and Geaorge Anderson. The cabin will soon be restored, thanks to funding from Lincoln County along with any donations that are received for the project.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The famous log cabin situated in the middle of Hole-in-the-Mountain County Park has seen better days, and Lincoln County Parks Manager Daryl Schlapkohl is ready to take action.
“The log cabin is in desperate need of some refurbishing,” said Schlapkohl. “The north wall is about ready to fall to the north. Logs are separating. It needs all new tuck-pointing throughout the whole thing, and it needs shingling.”
The log cabin was erected in 1861 by William Taylor, who was the first white man to settle in the area. Taylor perished in the blizzard of 1870-1871.
Charles Taylor also resided in the cabin after returning from fighting in the American Civil War. Charles also perished in a blizzard—this one being the blizzard of 1872-1873.
Another famous settler, John Snyder, who was known as a founder of Lake Benton, lived in the log cabin for a period of 12 years before he passed away from cancer in his home—the log cabin.
The cabin was also the boyhood home of George Anderson. Lincoln County purchased the land that comprises Hole-in-the-Mountain Park from Anderson for a total of $5,244.
With so much history behind it, the log cabin restoration is a worthy cause.
“It is a piece of history in Lincoln County, and I don’t want to see that just fall over and go into the burning pile,” said Schlapkohl.

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

Cabin
Pictured here is the backside of the log cabin. Degradation to the chimney, shingles and sidewalls can be seen in the photo. Also seen is some of the previous attempts at maintaining the buildings structure with the placement of boards along the outside.