Ribs and chicken night draws a good crowd, raises money for RFL

July 19, 2018

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The Country House Supper Club in Lake Benton was filled on Sunday evening for the Relay For Life Chicken and Ribs Fundraiser. Around 100 people stopped in to help raise money for the CUREious George/Cancermals Relay team. Donations were received through the sale of food, tips and sale of Brau Brothers beer. Members of the Relay team helped serve the event and a representative from Brau Brothers was on hand with samples of their products.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The CUREious George/Cancermals Relay For Life team earnings grew over the weekend, thanks to the Relay For Life All-you-can-eat Chicken and Ribs fundraiser held at The Country House in Lake Benton on Sunday evening. According to owner Tony Schwing, “The fundraiser was a huge success!”
The event had very little advertising and was planned on short notice, but that did not seem to hamper the overwhelming support from the Lake Benton community…

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

City approves bid for Harrison Street improvement project

July 19, 2018

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Darcy Miller was on hand to go over the insurance policy with the City Council during Monday’s meeting.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The regular meeting of the Lake Benton City Council was held at the Heritage Center/City Office on Monday evening. Dur­ing the meeting, Maintenance Su­pervisor Todd Draper presented the bids for the Harrison Street improvement project. According to Draper, the city received three bids. The engineering estimate for the project was $86,000. The city has contacted legal counsel, prepared the resolution and re­ceived a recommendation from the engineer. Per the recom­mendations from the engineer, the city accepted the bid from D&G Excavating of Marshall. The council accepted the D&G bid. The project is expected to be completed in early November.

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

Tyler Funeral Home sold July 10 to Hartquist Funeral Home

July 19, 2018

Johnsons relocating to Coeur D’Alene, Idaho

On Tuesday, July 10, Nathan and Valerie Stephens, owners of Tyler Area Funeral Home, sold their location and business to Jeff and Sara Hartquist, own­ers of Hartquist Funeral Home and Cremation Service.
Although Nathan and Valerie have enjoyed serving the com­munity of Tyler since purchas­ing the business from Tim Ku­low, there are many trends in funeral service that have made the couple look at their busi­ness and see how they could adapt to best meet their needs. When operating a business, one must be fiscally responsible to all families and locations the business is serving. The death care needs of a community like Tyler are able to be supported by one funeral home. Tyler is a nice community, full of many great people with a current population of approximately 1,400 people that is served by two funeral homes. In compari­son, Marshall is a community with a current population of 15,000 and also is served by two funeral homes.

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

CLP main discussion point at Lake Benton LMD annual meeting

July 19, 2018

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Robert Olsen was on hand Saturday at the Lake Benton Lake Management District annual meeting. He spoke about the growing curly-leaf pondweed infestation in the lake and the DNR’s reluctance to allow more than 15 percent of the lake to be treated.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The annual Lake Benton Lake Management Meeting was held Saturday, July 14. The meet­ing was open to the public and guests included representatives from the Lake Benton Lake Asso­ciation, the City of Lake Benton, and other locals.

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

“Footloose” opens July 26 at the Lake Benton Opera House

July 19, 2018

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The Lake Benton Opera House production of “Footloose: The Musical” opens July 26. Pictured is Graham Petersen (right) explaining to his friends all the things his mama taught him in the song “Mama Says.” Pictured on the left, clockwise from top left, are Jacob Haen of Minneota, Noah Greer of Lake Benton, Emma Lipinski of Ivanhoe, Luke Bielfeldt of Brookings, South Dakota and Jackson Jeremiason of Minneota.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton Opera House will be presenting its 2018 summer musical, “Footloose: The Musical,” beginning Thursday, July 26. The show is an adapta­tion of the hit 1984 movie starring Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow and Lori Singer. The film was loosely based on events that took place in the rural town of Elmore City, Oklahoma.

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

Lake Benton Class of 1993 reunites

July 19, 2018

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On Friday night, June 15, the Class of 1993 got together to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their graduation from Lake Benton High School. Those able to attend included, pictured left to right in front, Dan Johansen, Jerid Johnson, Chris Nibbe and Wade Serreyn. In back are Stacy (Lopau) Doyscher, Aaron Doyscher, Michelle (Carpenter) Pajari, Kris (Lopau) Carson , Zoe Petersen, Carrie (Bressler) Forster , Kari (Winkler) Winquist and Becky (Lichtsinn) Laleman.

Rochel’s yard is a winner!

July 19, 2018

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Gerry and Faye Rochel of 112 S. Harrison St. are the latest Lake Benton Yard of the Week honorees.

Fundraiser held for area youth

July 19, 2018

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The annual Kronborg Inn Poker Run was held June 23 in Tyler. Pictured left to right are Amanda Torkelson (with son, Hudson) and Patty Torkelson, presenting Dyllen Yockey and mom Brittany Christensen with a check for $1,525 as a result of the fundraiser.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

On April 4, Dyllen Yockey was diagnosed with Stage 3 Burkitt Lymphoma and is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment at Sanford Children’s Hos­pital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Dyllen is the son of Brittany Christensen and Mike Yockey. On June 23 the fourth annual Kro­nborg Inn Poker Run was held in Tyler. Over 80 came to participate in the run via motorcycle, automobile or bus. Several Tyler, Lake Benton and Marshall busi­ness owners also donated to the event or to the family directly.

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

Area farmers speak to international news about tariffs

July 11, 2018

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Area farmers were recently involved in a roundtable discussion over tariffs for a German news crew.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
In early June, Bob Worth received a phone call he wasn’t expecting. Relatives living in Norway called and told him they had seen him in a news report coming out of the Netherlands. Shortly after that, he heard from a friend traveling in Paris, France, who also saw Worth on the international news. Everyone wanted to know what local farmers were doing in international news. The answer is simple; Worth was answering questions about the tariffs on agricultural products that went into effect July 6.
Leaders of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) are speaking out about what the tariffs could do to American farmers…

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

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Bob Worth was recently interviewed by film crews from the Netherlands, Germany, and Great Britain concerning the tariffs on agricultural products that went into effect on July 6. Other local farmers were also interviewed by the German crew on July 2 at The Lunch Box cafe in Lake Benton.

The Country House will sponsor a Relay For Life fundraiser

July 11, 2018

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The CUREious George/Cancermals Relay For Life team will be helping out with the fundraiser meal. Pictured from left are Tony Schwing, owner of The Country House Supper Club, Kathy Wilmes, Mark Wilmes, and Jocelyn Klein.

The Lincoln County Relay For Life event was held Friday, June 22, where more than $28,000 was raised for cancer research. The fight is not over, however, and neither are the fundraising efforts. On Sunday, July 15, The Country House Supper Club in Lake Benton will host an all-you-can-eat chicken and ribs buffet. The idea is to help Relay For Life of Lincoln County raise their goal of $33,000 by the Aug. 20 deadline…

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