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.

“Blithe Spirit” opens at Opera House

October 9, 2014

Blithe Spirit

Jim Radloff and Betty Andries of Marshall are pictured during this past Sunday’s performance of “Blithe Spirit” at the Lake Benton Opera House. The show continues to run this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

City to purchase solar signs

October 9, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
At their first regular meeting of October, the Lake Benton City Council revisited the issue of commuters speeding into town on Highway 75 on the south end of town.
Solar activated speed signs that flash and draw attention were suggested at a previous meeting. The cost per sign is $1,600, and $1,500 has been budgeted for the cost.
Police Chief Guy Harding explained that based on his radar, the speeders are not going as fast as previously believed.
After having a speed study completed, the Minnesota Department of Transportation concluded that moving the sign back further outside of city limits would have no effect.
Harding recommended moving forward with the purchase of one solar activated flashing speed limit sign for the south end of town on Highway 75. He further recommended the purchase of a second sign for the east side of town on Highway 14 where the speed limit reduces.
The council approved the purchase of two solar activated flashing signs at an approximate total cost of $3,200.

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

Car seat safety and health screenings at Health Fair

October 9, 2014

Is your child in the car seat correctly?
We all want our children to travel safely in cars. Installing a car seat for younger children and babies can be a challenge. Tyler Healthcare Center’s Peggy Dunblazier, EMT, recently became a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. Child Passenger Safety Technicians can check to make sure your car seats are installed correctly and teach you how to use and install a car seat on your own.
Peggy can provide one-on-one consultations and during the checkup will ensure that your car seat is appropriate for your child’s age and size and review factors affecting proper use. She will review the car seat instructions and the vehicle owner’s manual to ensure that both are being followed correctly and check the car seat for recalls, visible damage and an expiration date. Peggy will also watch you install the car seat(s) correctly using either the seat belt or LATCH system. Other discussion topics will include the benefits of everyone riding properly buckled in, safety in and around  the vehicle, and the next steps for each child, such as when to graduate to the next type of car seat. Peggy will be available at the Community Health Fair on Oct. 22 at the Tyler Golf Club to discuss car seat safety, answer any questions and schedule checkup appointments.

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

St. Genevieve’s Parish Festival held in Lake Benton

October 9, 2014

Fall Festival

It was a great turnout for St. Genevieve’s Parish Festival held this past Sunday in the Lake Benton Elementary gymnasium. Hundreds came out to enjoy a chicken dinner as well as a variety of entertainment options and live and silent auctions.

 

Two local clubs become one

October 2, 2014

Birthday-Knitting Clubs
The members of the Birthday Club and the Knitting Club have joined together, and they got together last week to celebrate the group’s September birthdays. Pictured from left to right are Lorraine Krog, Deloris Johansen, Romelle Pritchett, Bernice Krog, Clarice Nordmeyer, Arlane Lindemann, Faye Meyer and Fran Hanson.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Two clubs in Lincoln County, the District 16 Birthday Club and the Diamond Lake Knitting Club, have recently combined into one club.
The District 16 Birthday Club began on May 3 of 1943, when Myrtle Pries, Christine Knutson and Lorraine Krog visited with Lizzie Lambert on her birthday.
At that time, Lizzie was new to the Diamond Lake area, and she explained that never before had she had a birthday party. So, the ladies got together and threw Lizzie a party—her first birthday party ever.
The ladies enjoyed themselves, and they decided that they should get together for every birthday of each individual in the group, and thus, the Birthday Club was started.
The District 16 Birthday Club gathered members and initially met on the birthday of each individual member. However, because membership increased and sometimes there were multiple members’ birthdays each month, the club decided to meet once a month and celebrate all the birthdays in that month.

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