2017 marks 25 years of Zoo Man at Santa Day in Lake Benton

December 14, 2017

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The man himself, Santa Claus, visited Lake Benton in honor of Zoo Man’s milestone. While he was here, local children told Santa what they most wanted this Christmas, then he stayed for photos with the kiddies.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Santa Day celebration of 2017 marked a milestone for Zoo Man. He has been sharing his love and knowledge of reptiles with Lake Benton children for 25 years. This year he was excited to share in the largest Lake Benton Santa Days ever.
The Zoo Man, also known as Brent Mielke, comes from Sleepy Eye to teach children about some common and not-so-common reptiles, none of which are poisonous…

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

City announces non tax increase for 2018 at Truth in Taxation meeting

December 14, 2017

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The City of Lake Benton held their annual Truth in Taxation hearing on Monday, Dec. 4, where they voted to not raise the tax levy for 2018.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council met Monday, Dec. 4 for their regular meeting. The Truth in Taxation hearing was held at the end of the regular meeting. At 6 p.m., Mayor Bob Worth asked for a motion to go into the Truth in Taxation Hearing. At the Sept. 18 meeting, an increase in the tax levy was approved. During this meeting, Mayor Worth reminded the council that the city can either approve the proposed tax levy of $237,509.44, an increase of approximately four percent, or they can decrease it; the levy cannot be increased at this time. Trustee Mark Dunn moved and Trustee Dave Enke seconded that the proposed levy be reduced to match the 2017 amount of $231,336. The motion passed…

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

SWCD presents project overview to Lincoln County Commissioners

December 14, 2017

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
During the Dec. 7 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, Dale Sterzinger of the Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation District office showed an hour-long power point presentation containing photos and information on various methods of soil erosion prevention currently in use in Lincoln County.

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

Holiday open houses keep Lake Benton spirits bright

December 14, 2017

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Lake Benton Grocery

This past weekend saw nine Chamber-sponsored holiday open houses in Lake Benton. Among the open houses were Lake Benton Grocery, the Lunchbox, Lake Benton Valley Journal, New 2 You Consignment Shop, Lake Benton Bar, Buffalo Ridge Antiques, Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water, Prairie Rose Gallery, and the Historical Society and Chamber Tree Walk. Expressway held their open house on Wednesday last week.

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The Lunchbox

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

Carpenter Auction part of a legacy left behind

December 7, 2017

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Carpenter Auction has been a part of Lake Benton since 1991. The last auction was held Saturday, Nov. 18. The building has since been sold and the new owners will open their doors soon.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 

After nearly 30 years in the auction business, Mike Carpenter has closed the doors to Carpenter Auction to begin a new chapter in life, the retirement chapter. The absence of the monthly auctions, which brought regular business to town, will be noticed.
Mike Carpenter has built quite a legacy in Lake Benton, having started three businesses from scratch—M&M Insurance Agency, which he and his former partner Mark Gould began in the early 1980s…

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

Santa Claus is coming to Lake Benton this weekend

December 7, 2017

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Santa Days made many boys and girls happy last year. Sabrina Ralls looks at the toys before the drawing to decide which one she will choose.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

They say it takes a village to raise a child. Santa Claus Day has a village, or at least an en­tire town, working together to spread the Christmas spirit.
The annual Santa Claus Day will take place at Lake Benton Elementary School this Saturday morning, Dec. 9 beginning at 10 a.m. Area children from pre­school through sixth grade will flock to the school for a chance to see cool animals, choose a fun gift and chat with Santa himself.

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

Chamber Open Houses are in full swing to celebrate the holidays

December 7, 2017

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Junk Peddler’s Paradise, located in the old barber shop, held their annual holiday open house on Saturday. The shop was decorated with beautiful Christmas displays, goodies were served, and Santa stopped by for a visit.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The 2017 Chamber Holiday Open Houses are in full swing, with four taking place over the weekend and early this week and 12 more scheduled between today and next Wednesday. At each event, a turkey drawing, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, will take place with all other entries going into a drawing for a special prize from the Chamber.
On Friday, Dec. 1, First Secu­rity Bank welcomed locals with a light lunch and free calendars. The open house was also a re­tirement party for Pam Veire and Janet Kuhn…

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

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Well-wishers had a chance to chat with Pam Veire and Janet Kuhn at the First Security Bank holiday open house. Veire and Kuhn will both retire at the end of the year.

Opera House Christmas Show brings talent from all around the state

December 7, 2017

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Among the performers at Saturday’s Opera House Christmas Show were (clockwise from top left) Dajza Gilmore of Tyler and Graham Dinnel of Lake Benton, Eric Fish of Lake Benton, Alexis Christensen of Lake Benton, and Bella and Savannah Jeffrey, daughters of Stephanie and Joe Jeffrey of Champlin.

Beating the blues

December 7, 2017

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

For some people, the holidays are not the joy­ous season they are sup­posed to be. Depression and everyday stress are often made worse by the busyness, the family dra­ma, and a greater sense of inadequacy. Don’t let the holiday blues get you down this year. There are ways to beat the blues.
What causes the holiday blues in the first place? The holiday blues are not the same as chronic depression or other mental health ill­nesses. They are simply the mild depression that can ruin the holiday spirit…

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

Deck the halls, and trees, and windows, and …

December 7, 2017

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Local businesses and organizations are decorating their storefronts for the Chamber’s decorating contest. The Lake Benton Public Library added window paintings to their decorations. Members of the By the Teens, For the Teens library club—Gabby Thooft, Graham Dinnel, and Anika and Arthur Finzen— painted this snowman, as well as a Santa, a gingerbread boy, a winter scene, a fireplace and a Christmas tree. Check out all the decorations around town and don’t forget to decorate your homes for the individuals’ decorating competition. Judging for both will be Friday night.