A step back in time in Lake Benton

August 14, 2014

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A Native American dancing exhibition was performed on Sunday afternoon as the 16th annual Benton-Fremont Days festivities were winding down.

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A tomahawk throwing demonstration, one of the events held at the 16th annual Te Tonka Ha Rendezvous at Hole-in-the-Mountain County Park this past weekend.

For more photos, read this week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal.

Stitching together a mystery at the library

August 14, 2014

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Pictured is the “mystery quilt” that will be raffled to help raise funds for the Lake Benton Public Library.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton Public Library and the Lake Benton Friends of the Library are attempting to unravel a mystery, and you may be able to help.
These two entities are attempting to piece together the origin of a snowball quilt that has been donated to aid in fundraising efforts for the library.
Shirley Sandberg of Buffalo Ridge Antiques purchased the unfinished quilt for five dollars at an auction at Carpenter Auction Company in Lake Benton back in 2008.
“Because it wasn’t finished, nobody bid on it,” said Sandberg. “I couldn’t even tell you the family that the auction was for. I just know that there were other finished quilts there that day that went for a higher price. It was almost a shame to get it for only five dollars.”
Sandberg contemplated finishing the quilt herself, but after consulting friend Bev DeWeerd of Pipestone, she came to the conclusion that she could not do the quilt justice. DeWeerd, who is a member of the library’s Book Club, then took the project over a few years later.
“Bev does a lot of quilting,” said Sandberg. “I had showed her the quilt and we realized that it was hand-quilted. I thought I could finish it, but I’m not that neat of a sewer. It needed to be somebody like Bev.”

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

County board says farewell to Sommers

August 14, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Outgoing Emergency Manager Jeanna Sommers was given a token of thanks by the Board of County Commissioners for her years of service to Lincoln County at last Tuesday’s regular meeting.
During her final report for the county, Sommers explained that an Emergency Management Performance Grant in the amount of $15,729 was received by the Emergency Management Department. This amount is matched by the county and it comprises a large portion of the county’s emergency management budget.
A letter has been mailed out to the installer regarding the faulty installation of one of the county’s sirens. In the letter, the county has asked for $1,600 in reimbursement from the installer for the cost of a new radio and the replacement of the faulty parts.
Sommers recommended having County Attorney Glen Petersen be the contact since she will no longer be available due to her resignation. All ten sirens within the county are currently operational.

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

Benton-Fremont Days this weekend

August 8, 2014

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This family, pictured at last year’s event, will be providing one of the many entertainment options available for those attending the Te Tonka Ha Rendezvous this weekend at Hole-in-the-Mountain Park in Lake Benton.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The 16th annual Benton-Fremont Days Te Tonka Ha Rendezvous begins this Friday, Aug. 8 at Hole-in-the-Mountain Park in Lake Benton.
The festivities begin Friday and wrap up Sunday. The weekend activities will offer the opportunity for attendees to walk through the camp and ask questions of the many demonstrators and artists about life during the early development of Minnesota and the American West.
This year’s events will include the second annual Tatonka Knap-In, in which many flintknappers who have attended the event in previous years will return to demonstrate the ancient craft of making tools and artifacts from stone. The flintknappers will be demonstrating this art form all weekend as well as answering any questions that attendees may have.
Food and entertainment will be on hand all weekend beginning on Thursday as BG’s Gold Dust Concessions will be serving funnel cakes, corndogs, hotdogs and more on the grounds.
On Friday, the camp will be set up and the second annual Picker’s Paradise will be open to the public before County Seven performs on Friday evening. The Picker’s Paradise is a repurposing event that promises the opportunity to purchase items from the past to use for your convenience or redecoration.

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

City adopts new electronic sign policy

August 8, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
At Monday’s regular meeting, Mayor Mike Carpenter recommended an advertising policy to the Lake Benton City Council regarding the use of the city’s electronic sign. The sign has not had a lot of use and this policy will be enacted in the hope that it will increase the amount of advertising on the sign.
The policy was approved and the policy guidelines are as follows:
Advertising will be allowed.
Cost of advertising for a two-week to a month period will cost $20 per month. A minimum of $15 will be charged for any advertising requested for one to two weeks.
Deadline for advertising will be every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. for placement the following week.
An advertising request form must be filled out by the responsible party.
All advertising is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Payments must be received when requesting advertising and all requests must be made in person.

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

Many travel to Oz at Opera House

July 31, 2014

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The Tin Man, Scarecrow, Dorothy, Toto and the Cowardly Lion are pictured just before setting off down the yellow brick road in Sunday’s performance of “The Wizard of Oz” at the Lake Benton Opera House.

 

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Seen here is the view from the end of the line, which at one time stretched all the way down to the library, as theater-goers waited patiently to be seated for the matinee performance of “The Wizard of Oz” on Sunday afternoon at the Lake Benton Opera House.

Rochel begins duties as administrative assistant at Lake Benton Elementary

July 31, 2014

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Kylie Rochel, pictured above, has begun her duties as administrative assistant at Lake Benton Elementary School just in time to get up to speed before the new school year gets underway.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Kylie Rochel of Lake Benton has been hired as the new administrative assistant at Lake Benton Elementary School.
Rochel is a 1999 graduate of Russell-Tyler-Ruthton High School in Tyler. After graduation she attended Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, S.D where she obtained an associates degree in business administration.
After spending a year working as an assistant in a law office, Rochel returned to Tyler and began work for U.S. Bank of Marshall. She spent over 10 years with the company before deciding to make the change to a job closer to home.
“I’m just excited to be back in Lake Benton working for this school district that I hear nothing but good things about,” said Rochel. “Coming from RTR, I was always that person who said I’d never send my kids to Lake Benton, but now this is probably the best school there is around, so hopefully we can keep getting students and continue to improve.”

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

Pagel’s fur trading outpost to be featured at Benton-Fremont Days

July 31, 2014

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Herb Pagel and his fur trading outpost, pictured above, will be featured at Benton-Fremont Days this year.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The following information was provided by Herb Pagel. Pagel is a former schoolteacher and current re-enactor; he and his camp will be featured at the 16th annual Benton-Fremont Days on Aug. 8, 9 and 10.
The hobby of buckskinning or joining in rendezvous, pronounced “rondayvoo,” has captured the interest of a growing number of people. They set up their lodges (tents) and cook over wood fire in cast iron pans, dress in period clothing and try to adapt all historical forms of life at a rendezvous.

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

Lincoln Co. Fair this week

July 31, 2014

By Robert Wolfington
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Fair is set to kick off this Thursday, July 31 with activities planned through Sunday.
Things will get started on Thursday night with the 4-H Fashion Review located at the outdoor free stage starting at 7 p.m.
Friday will include activities like “Paint it Yourself!” with Michele Steffen from 4-7 p.m. at the interactive area in the exhibit building.
Starfire will be performing ‘50s and ‘60s rock music from 7-9 p.m. at the outdoor free stage Friday night.
Saturday will see the presentation of the Century Farm at 11 a.m. located at the Log Cabin Display.

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

Primary election Aug. 12

July 31, 2014

Two Lincoln County Commissioner seats and the Lincoln County Sheriff have contested races this year.
Four candidates have filed to serve as Sheriff in Lincoln County. Guy Eric Harding of Lake Benton, Chad Meester of Ivanhoe, Al Rensvold of Tyler and John Spindler of Tyler have each filed for the office of Sheriff.
Three candidates have filed for the District 2 Lincoln County Commissioner seat.
Michael Kevin Lovre, Gary Manson and Michael VanDeVere have filed for the District 2 seat currently held by Larry Hansen of Tyler.
A primary election will be held on Aug. 12 for the Sheriff’s position and the District 2 County seat.
The Lake Benton Valley Journal will be publishing our candidate questions in the next edition.