Lake Benton First Responders needs members

May 25, 2017

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Former First Responders Bev Martinson and Caren Petersen catch up as Ron Petersen listens in.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The City of Lake Benton recently proclaimed May 21-27 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week. In celebration of EMS Week, the Lake Benton First Responders held an open house at the First Responders building on Thursday, May 18. The First Responders served hot dogs and sides and gave tours of the vehicles and building. Recently, the Valley Journal had the chance to interview Chuck DeBates, a member of the team.
According to DeBates, the Lake Benton First Responders need help from the community. But they are not asking for money. While donations are always welcomed, the Responders are looking for new volunteers to join the team. “Currently, there are nine people on the team,” DeBates shared, “15-20 [members] would be a wonderful number to get.”

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

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The Lake Benton First Responders held an open house on Thursday, May 18 at the EMS building.

Memorial Day program to be held Monday, May 29

May 25, 2017

By Nancy Mulder
valleyjournaloffice@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton American Legion Henry Sollie Post 10 will be holding the Memorial Day service at the Lake Benton Opera House on Monday, May 29 at 9:30 a.m. Pastor Richard Riley, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Lake Benton, will be the chaplain for the service. There will be special music by the Grace Lutheran Men as well as audience participation led by Bob Worth and Chuck DeBates. The speaker this year is CSM Dwayne Koehntopp, a World War II veteran.

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

Clean Air Ordinance presented at Lincoln County Board meeting

May 25, 2017

Ann Orren of Southwest Health and Human Services (SWHHS) spoke to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners last week, presenting informa­tion on a Clean Air Ordinance.
Orren told the board that in 2007, the State of Minnesota had passed an ordinance re­garding smoking inside, and in 2014 added e-cigarettes, ban­ning the use in government-owned buildings, hospitals, schools and state colleges.
Orren talked to the Lincoln County Board of Commission­ers about creating an indoor air policy for the county, including e-cigarettes in the policy and creating setbacks from entranc­es and exits of at least 10 feet for smokers.

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

Scoreboards and technology discussed by school board

May 25, 2017

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton School Board met for their regular meeting on May 17 in the school library. All trustees were present, as well as Superintendent Luther Onken and Principal Dale Weegman. Guests included music teacher Marijane Borresen.
The minutes of the special April 26 meeting and the regular April 19 meeting were reviewed and approved. Claims against the school totaling $88,340.29 were approved to be paid.
There was no old business on the agenda. Discussion turned immediately to new business…

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

Secretary of State Steve Simon visits Lincoln county

May 25, 2017

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Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon made a stop at the Lincoln County Courthouse last Friday to talk with Barb Dybdahl and County Auditor Deb Vierhuf about last year’s election process.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Secretary of State Steve Simon dropped in at the Lincoln County Court­house in Ivanhoe on Friday as part of his yearly state­wide tour. Simon visited with County Auditor Deb Vierhuf and Deputy Audi­tor Barb Dybdahl to learn of any issues that may have shown up during the recent election.
Overall, Vierhuf said the local election process went smoothly.
“It went really well,” Vi­erhuf told Simon.

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

Summer is a time to be watchful for ticks

May 25, 2017

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Summer is a time to be outside, working in the yard and playing at the park. Unfortunately, sum­mer is also the time to be watchful for ticks.
According to the Univer­sity of Minnesota Exten­sion, there are 13 known species of ticks in Min­nesota. Most of them are “hard ticks,” which have a shield-like plate behind their heads. The most common of these species found on humans are the dog tick (or wood tick), the blacklegged tick (formerly known as the deer tick), and the brown dog tick.

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

Welcome a new face at BRN

May 25, 2017

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Michelle Breems is the new office manager for Buffalo Ridge Newspapers, working in the Tyler office.

Lake Benton sixth grade is ready for middle school

May 25, 2017

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The Lake Benton sixth grade graduating class.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton sixth grade class spent their last day at Lake Benton Elementary School last Wednesday. Eighteen sixth grade students crossed the stage to receive certifi­cates of graduation, which indicate they are ready to move on to middle school.
The students processed to “Pomp and Circum­stance,” played by Mrs. Marijane Borresen. Sixth grade teacher Kelli Larson welcomed the audience, followed by the graduation address given by Principal Dale Weegman…

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

Class of 2029 graduates from kindergarten

May 25, 2017

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The Class of 2029 graduated from kindergarten on Wednesday, May 17. Pictured from left to right in front are Keegan Glynn, Beckham Gaalswyk, Elizabeth Determan, Skye Coleman, Merrick Bloom, Elsie Bedow and Benjamin Arteaga; in the second row are Will Worth, Aidan Miller, Lillian McKee, Logan McConnell, Hollis Heath, Jacob Houselog, Layla Martinez and Whyatt Halling; and in back are Mrs. Rochell Drietz, Ryelle Tuszynski, Maya Swenson, Quinn Slegers, Stella Sik, Addison Osland, Jackson Olson and Colton Norris-Benck. The kindergarten class was taught by Rochelle Drietz.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton Class of 2029 celebrated a mile­stone on Wednesday last week. On May 17, 22 kin­dergarteners crossed the stage to receive their cer­tificate of graduation.
The program began with a processional where Mrs. Marijane Borresen played “Pomp and Circumstance.”

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

Elkton-Lake Benton High School Graduation held Sunday

May 17, 2017

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The Elkton-Lake Benton Graduating Class of 2017

By Nancy Mulder
valleyjournaloffice@gmail.com

The 2017 Elkton-Lake Benton High School graduation was held on Sunday, May 14 at 2 p.m. in the school gym in Elkton, South Dakota. This graduating class was the second smallest class in the history of Elkton High School as stated by Superintendent Bri­an Jandahl. There were twelve students graduating.
The program began with the processional played by the school band under the direc­tion of Mrs. Amy Weight. Juniors Samantha Schindler and Blaine Hefti led the processional fol­lowed by each graduate indi­vidually. Juniors Callie Otkin and Hunter Nielsen concluded the processional.

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