2017 Year-in-Review-Part 3

January 10, 2018

Read this week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal to catch up on the stories that were recorded in the last four months of the year.

Mayoral and council appointments announced at first council meeting

January 10, 2018

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Karen Lichtsinn represented the Lake Benton Historical Society at the Jan 2. City Council meeting.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 2, as Monday, Jan. 1 was a federal holiday. All trustees were present for the first meeting of the year. During this meeting, Mayoral and Council appointments were announced. The appointments are as follows.
Mayoral Appointments: Mark Dunn was appointed to the Street Commission, the Weeds Committee, the Fire Department Liaison, and the Fire Relief Association;…

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

Jim’s Repair will be closing its doors for good after nearly 30 years

January 10, 2018

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Jim Gawerecki’s restored tractors have been part of the Saddle Horse Holiday Parade for several years. Jim is retiring from the tractor repair and restoration business in the near future.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
For nearly 30 years, Jim’s Repair in Lake Benton has been a shop where local farmers could take their tractors for repair and/or restoration. That availability is changing soon. Late last year, Jim Gawerecki, owner of Jim’s Repair, announced his intention to sell his building and retire.
Jim Gawerecki opened Jim’s Repair the first time in 1989. In 2001, the business closed for approximately four years so he could take time to heal from a back injury that resulted in surgery. During that time Construction Partners used the building…

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

When the cold gets tough, the tough go fishing

January 10, 2018

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With the week-long negative temperatures, the ice on Lake Benton Lake is estimated to be 10-15 inches thick. Ice houses are popping up all over the lake.

VanDeVere elected Chairman of Lincoln County Commissioners

January 10, 2018

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Mic VanDeVere (left) was elected Chairman of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners by his fellow commissioners. Joe Drietz (right) was elected Vice-Chairman.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners held their first meeting of 2018 on Tuesday, Jan. 2, with several beginning-of-the-year annual items on the agenda for approval.
The first order of business was to elect the 2018 Board Chair. Commissioner Joe Drietz nominated Commissioner Mic VanDeVere, with this motion seconded by Commissioner Corey Sik and approved unanimously. Commissioner and out-going Board Chairman Rick Hamer was not present.

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

Just can’t get enough of reading

January 10, 2018

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These 14 Lake Benton students just can’t get enough reading time in their day. They each earned enough Accelerated Reading points to have their photo in the paper. Pictured left to right in front are Ashya Ellefson, Alivia Fruechte, Charlize Thooft, Rozlynn Thooft, Sydney DeVries, Micah Hach and Brooks Hess; in back are Jack Rybinski, Payton Kuehl, Savannah Snow, Allyssa Rode, Keira Larson, Abby Timm and Nate Timm.

Police Chief Sievert requests a second part-time officer

January 10, 2018

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

During the Jan. 2 City Council meeting, Police Chief Tony Sievert sub­mitted the following po­lice report.
Sievert respectfully asked the council to ap­prove hiring an addi­tional part-time officer to assist in building the LBPD roster of compe­tent personnel for the police department. “Our part-time officers are great assets to the com­munity,” Sievert stated.

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

2017 Year-in-Review-Part 2

January 4, 2018

Check out the stories we highlighted from the year past in Part 2 of the Lake Benton Valley Journal Year in Review.

Lake Benton Realty is ready to serve the area

January 4, 2018

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Lisa Willert began Lake Benton Realty late last year.

 

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton community has seen some changes with the retirement of Mike Carpenter. Carpenter Auction and Realty has since closed its doors, potentially leaving Lake Benton without a local realtor. Fortunately, Lisa Willert has stepped up to the plate, establishing Lake Benton Realty. Recently, the Journal spoke to Willert about her new venture.
While Mike Carpenter left big shoes to fill, Willert will be able to serve Lake Benton similarly. She currently has a Minnesota Real Estate Broker License, a Minnesota property/casualty and life/health insurance license, and she just received her Minnesota mortgage lending number. Willert can assist home buyers and community members with all their real estate needs…

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

Lions Club will sponsor Kelley Selken at next Breakfast Benefit

January 4, 2018

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Kelly Selken was diagnosed with Stage II bladder cancer this past August. He will be given the proceeds from the Jan. 7 Lions Club Breakfast Benefit.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
“Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion.” This is the motto of the Lions of Multiple District 5 (MD5M), which includes the Lake Benton Lions Club. According to the MD5M website, “The Lions of Multiple District MD5M number some 21,881 strong, organized into 673 Clubs in 12 Districts located in Minnesota, Manitoba, and Northwest Ontario. We proudly serve our communities and the world in a multitude of ways.” Locally, the Lions often step up to help community members facing serious illnesses.
Recently the Lake Benton Lions Club announced that Kelly Selken  will be the next beneficiary of the proceeds from the monthly Lions Club Breakfast…

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