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.

Board approves new hire

October 22, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

At the regularly scheduled October meeting, Lake Benton School Board accepted the resignation of paraprofessional Nell Pals and approved the hiring of Jessica Wiese as a special education paraprofessional.
The board approved an increase in compensation for board members for regular, special and committee meetings. The compensation will be increased from $30 per meeting to $55 per meeting to take effect retroactively on July 1, 2014. The additional stipend for the secretary and chairperson was also raised from $150 per year to $200 per year.
No action was taken regarding the adjustment to the head maintenance position’s compensation.

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

LBFD visits LBE for Fire Prevention Week

October 16, 2014

Fire Prevention
Lake Benton firemen Jameson Vermaat and Garrett Petersen are pictured demonstrating how they would progress through a smoke-filled bedroom while other firefighters and students at Lake Benton Elementary School watch during the fire prevention assembly held last Tuesday morning.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton Fire Department made a visit to the students at Lake Benton Elementary School last Tuesday morning for a demonstration of firefighter techniques during Fire Prevention Week.
The demonstration began with a mock fire scenario in which students did their normal fire drill, but one student remained inside for firefighters to track down and rescue. This provided students with a firsthand look at the communication process that takes place between firefighters outside of the building and those firefighters within the building during an emergency fire situation.
This demonstration was followed by an assembly in the gymnasium in which Fire Chief Pat McCarthy explained the basics of fire prevention to students.

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

County Environmental working towards proper usage of rural dumpsters

October 16, 2014

Rural Garbage 1
Seen here is the rural garbage dumpsite located behind the Fire Hall in Lake Benton. Paint, tires and mattresses are prohibited from being dumped at this site, yet they are all clearly seen in this photo.

 

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer @gmail.com

 
The continued misuse of the rural dumpsters located throughout Lincoln County prompted a request from Robert Olsen of the Lincoln County Environmental Office to implement a pilot project, sooner than later, that would place custodians at three of the sites—Hendricks, Lake Benton and Tyler—for the remainder of this year.
Olsen explained that one of the biggest problems has been cardboard boxes that haven’t been flattened but placed in the dumpsters. The boxes take up more space, which leads to the dumpsters filling up faster and being over-full. This results in overages. Additional items such as mattresses and construction debris have also been an issue, along with people who are not supposed to be using the dumpsters at all. A suggestion from Waste Management has been to place additional dumpsters at each site, the cost of which would be $200-$250, depending on the site. Olsen said he would like to avoid that additional cost if possible, and monitoring the sites could alleviate the problem as the custodians will be removing the boxes and other items that do not belong in the dumpsters that add to the capacity. These items are listed on signs located at each site.

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

Rural Garbage

Issues arise with water meters

October 16, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Lake Benton Mayor Mike Carpenter and City Administrator Eileen Christensen met with Dick Wetzel of the municipal sales division of Ferguson Waterworks last Wednesday afternoon to discuss issues that have come up with the city’s new water meters.
The primary issue is that too many meters were ordered for the project, and neither the installer nor the manufacturer is willing to take them back. The problem is that the meters were manufactured specifically for Lake Benton. They contain a full port ball valve that makes them unique, and because of this, the manufacturer and the installers refuse to take them back because they will not be able to resell them.
“As it is right now, I can’t take anything back because I’m not authorized to take anything back,” explained Wetzel. “The problem is that it was a specific thing made specifically for what Todd wanted. Ford had never made this part before.”

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

Haunted Forest III coming to Hendricks Oct. 24-25

October 16, 2014

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
For 363 days of the year, the Kiwanis Tree Plot in Hendricks is an innocuous tree grove located on the western edge of town.
The other two days of the year, the grove is transformed into a Haunted Forest, with elaborate themed props and costumed participants who have made it their goal to scare the wits out of everyone taking the tour of the forest.
Jessica Scotting, who along with her husband Steve has headed up the Haunted Forest since it began in 2012, shared some information on this year’s Haunted Forest. “The theme is ‘the stories that you thought you knew,’” said Scotting. “A couple of this year’s scene setters are an evil queen’s castle, the yellow brick road and the rabbit hole,” Scotting said.
“We are working on a couple changes that will make this year’s forest the best yet. It will be a little longer than it has been in the past and there will be more walls and enclosed areas. We are also excited because we will have a new moon this year and it will be dark in the forest,” said Scotting.

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

Chamber of Commerce Fall Kickoff is on Oct. 15

October 9, 2014

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Last year’s Lake Benton Area Chamber of Commerce Fall Kickoff was well attended by business owners and citizens alike.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding its annual Fall Kickoff next Wednesday, Oct. 15 at the Center Post beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The event will open up with a social hour that runs from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Center Post dining hall.
Following the social hour, the recipient of Lake Benton Citizen of the Year will be announced.
“You won’t want to miss this year’s Citizen of the Year award right after the social hour,” said Chamber of Commerce President Dan Kuss. “We moved it up on the evening’s agenda a year ago so families can join the Citizen of the Year for dinner. This year’s recipient is truly deserving of the honor and has been an advocate for all things Lake Benton.”

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