Christensen accepted into FCCLA Japanese Exchange Program

April 18, 2019

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Alexis Christensen

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Elkton-Lake Benton FFCLA member Alexis Christensen was recently accepted into the Japanese exchange program with the FCCLA. She will spend six weeks this summer in Japan, learning about the language and culture.
Alexis began her preparation for this program in seventh grade, when she heard a speaker talk about it at an FCCLA conference. “I knew from that point on I wanted to apply when I was old enough,” she said, “The presenter said that applicants had to be 17 years old, so I waited until then, and here I am.”
The program gives Alexis a full scholarship. “It is a full scholarship from Kikkoman, in partnership with FCCLA. The program allows students to study abroad during this time, wanting the student to gain a cultural understanding.”

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

LLEC crew worked long hours to restore power in area counties

April 18, 2019

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A line of three-phase power line poles lay on the ground between Tracy and Amiret.

By Mark Wilmes
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The early spring ice and snowstorm that pummeled the area last week not only clogged up area roads, but also left many area residents without power. Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative (LLEC) General Manager Tim O’Leary said the problems began to arise last Thursday.
“The outages started around the Tyler area the early morning hours of April 11th, but quickly moved east,” O’Leary said on Monday. “The crews spent a majority of their time working east of Highway 23.”

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

 

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Journeyman Lineman Dan Houselog collects a piece of line that had to be replaced. Ice can be seen surrounding the section of line.

Recent snowstorm effect discussed by city council

April 18, 2019

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The new squad car was delivered earlier this week and Police Chief Tony Sievert said it is already being used.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council met for their regular meeting on Monday, April 15. All trustees were present at the meeting.
Lake Benton Police Chief Tony Sievert reported that the city’s new squad car arrived and is working well. Sievert asked the trustees if they wanted him to apply for a second city-wide special deer hunt for the 2019 hunting season…

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

Lincoln County bombed by Winter Storm Wesley with snow, ice, winds

April 18, 2019

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A reported 21 inches of snow left Lake Benton residents buried last week. The blizzard began Wednesday, April 10 and continued through Thursday, April 11, leaving power outages and property damage in its wake.

By Shelly Finzen
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Lincoln County was hit by one of the biggest win­ter storms in history. Win­ter Storm Wesley bombed through the county Wednes­day through Friday, April 10-12, leaving behind inches of snow, ice and devastation in its path.
Early last week, the Na­tional Weather Service issued statements that suggested a blizzard would hit Lincoln County, with the expecta­tion of high winds, a wintery mix, and several inches of snow falling before the storm ended…

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

Easter Bunny Visits Lake Benton Elementary

April 18, 2019

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Lake Benton Elementary School’s 4-year-old preschool class had a special visitor—the Easter Bunny stopped by to see them!

Loving thy neighbor

April 18, 2019

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Above: The United Methodist men had a fundraiser on Monday, April 15. Pictured standing are two of their guests, Donna and Royal Lynn; Ray Hurd and Don Evers are seated, collecting the money. The men raised $1,400 for the flood relief effort.

Below: The United Methodist Men had a fundraiser for Nebraska Flood Relief on Monday, April 15 at the church. They served beef commercials and dessert. Pictured are (clockwise) Butch Rochel, (hidden) Dale Rochel, Mike Carmody, Mike DeVries, Kelly Sik and Blake DeVries checking things out.

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PROM 2019

April 18, 2019

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Tiffany Rouge and Jayla Prosch, the lovely 2018 Miss Lake Benton candidates, celebrated their senior prom with their Elton-Lake Benton classmates on Saturday, April 13.

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Megan Grimsrud and Noah Greer posed for a quick photo just before the dance began.

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Carly Thompson, escorted by AJ Busselman.

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Free concert by Christian musician at St. John’s Lutheran

April 18, 2019

Christian musician Chris Driesbach is homeless and couldn’t be happier about it. In June 2006, he paid off his debts, sold his home and belongings and got in his car to travel the coun­try.
Driesbach is a Christian musician, originally from New Orleans… Sunday evening, May 26 at 4 p.m, Chris will be sing­ing his songs in a free con­cert at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 113 Garfield St. in Lake Benton.

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

Lake Benton Elementary hosted 7th annual Ag Awareness Day

April 12, 2019

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Third and fourth grade students learned how to make healthy snacks using bananas, peanut butter and tortillas at the 2019 Ag Awareness Day held at Lake Benton Elementary School.

By Shelly Finzen
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Lincoln County Farm Bureau sponsored 2019 Ag Awareness Day, held at Lake Benton Elementary School on Wednesday, April 3. Ten presenters covered different aspects of agriculture, from crops such as soybeans and sugar beets, to livestock such as goats and pigs. Third and fourth grade students from Hendricks, Ivanhoe and Lake Benton spent the morning visiting with the presenters.
Ava Schoenfeld of Lake Benton spoke to students about raising goats. The seventh grader brought two bottle-fed goats along with her to help in her presentation…

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

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Lincoln County Corn and Soybean Growers Association representatives, Brian Fruechte and Bob Worth, taught third and fourth grade students about the versatility of soybeans.

“Little Minnesota” came to Lincoln County

April 12, 2019

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Deane and Jill Johnson spoke to library patrons about the WWII heroes who came from Minnesota’s tiniest towns. They were at the Lake Benton Public Library on Friday, April 5.

By Shelly Finzen
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Hundreds of men and women from Minnesota fought in World War II. What is surprising is that 140 of them came from some of Minnesota’s tiniest towns.
Jill and Deane Johnson of Park Rapids, authors of “Little Min­nesota in World War II,” traveled the region to speak about some of their favorite stories from the small towns. The Johnsons said they began their first project because Jill’s father comment­ed that small towns, such as Standquist, were going to disap­pear in 10 years…

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