City issues liquor licenses to two new businesses at regular meeting

May 24, 2018

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The City awarded various licenses to the new owners of the Lake Benton Bar and Grill, Fred and Lisa Schmidt and Stephanie Schmidt. Ownership will transfer later this week.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The City of Lake Benton met for their regular meeting on Monday, May 21. During the meeting, it was announced that the Lake Benton Bar and Grill has been sold. Effective later this week, the establishment will be owned and operated by Fred and Lisa and Stephanie Schmidt. Fred and Lisa are from Hendricks and Stephanie is in the process of relocating to Lake Benton from the Cities. The city granted their liquor on-sale and off-sale licenses at the meeting, as well as licenses for closing at 2 a.m., selling on Sundays, dances and coin operated machines. Accord­ing to City Administrator/Clerk Eileen Christensen, legal counsel has informed the city that the exclusivity for the off-sale licen­sure transfers with the business and will stay in effect until 2025. Licenses for on-sale liquor sales, Sunday sales, malt liquor, hold­ing dances and one coin-oper­ated machine were also granted to the Showboat Pavilion at the meeting.

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Memorial Day program Monday

May 24, 2018

The Lake Benton Memorial Day program will be held Monday, May 28, 9:30 a.m. at the Lake Benton Opera House.

For all the details, read this week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal.

Lake Benton EMS serves Lake Benton in many different ways

May 24, 2018

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The Lake Benton EMS team works with other agencies, such as the Tyler Ambulance, to provide emergency services as quickly as possible.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

This week is National EMS Week. In 1974, President Ger­ald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our local communities. The Lake Benton EMS team works hard to serve LakeBenton and the surrounding community. They are often called to assist other agencies.
The Lake Benton EMS team only has 11 members at the mo­ment, and they encourage you to consider joining them to pro­tect our area…

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

Music Fest begins on Thursday

May 24, 2018

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Locals and non-locals alike enjoy the music and dancing at Music Fest. Join them for this year’s festivities.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The 24th annual Music Fest will begin this Thursday eve­ning with music, dancing, food and fun on the schedule. The kickoff will take place at 11 a.m. with the Larry Olsen Band topping the program. Other mu­sicians and groups scheduled for the weekend include Top Notch­men, Brian and the Mississippi Valley Dutchmen, and Ryan Her­man and Karl Hartwich, all from Wisconsin;…

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

Lake Benton kindergarteners and sixth graders in graduation ceremonies

May 24, 2018

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The kindergarten class is moving up to the first grade. They celebrated completing the year on Thursday, May 17 with a graduation ceremony followed by treats.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Two Lake Benton School classes walked the stage, last Wednesday, May 16, as the kindergarten and sixth grade classes cel­ebrated milestones in two different graduation cere­monies. The kindergarten ceremony was held in the morning and was followed by cupcakes and juice in the school lunch room. The sixth grade class held their ceremony in the af­ternoon, and was also fol­lowed by treats.

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

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KaDan Smith receives his certificate from Principal Dale Weegman and Board Secretary Roger Rudebusch.

LBLA: Overseers of Lake Benton Lake

May 24, 2018

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The Lake Benton Lake Association sponsors stocking the lake with game and pan fish. This is just one of the many projects they have funded.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Lake Benton Lake is im­portant to several individ­uals, groups, and organi­zations. The Lake Benton Lake Association (LBLA) is one of these groups. It is made of volunteers with an interest in preserv­ing the lake habitat while keeping it beautiful and useful for everyone. Re­cently, the Valley Journal had a chance to visit with some of the members about their goals and what keeps them going.

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E-LB choir performed and toured in Kansas City metro

May 24, 2018

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The Elkton-Lake Benton Choir took a trip to the Kansas City Metro area this past April. While on the trip, they performed five times and visited several attractions, museums, and performances.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Elkton-Lake Benton Choir took the classroom out of the state this past April. Forty-eight of the 60-member choir went to the Kansas City Metro area to perform and tour the area.
According to Susan Sud­telgte, Choir Director of Elton-Lake Benton High, the choir makes the trip every two to five years, depending on student in­terest, to take part in the Worlds of Fun Festival of Music…

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

County Environmental Office monitoring area lakes

May 24, 2018

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer @gmail.com

During the May 15 meet­ing of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, Robert Olsen of the Lincoln County Environmental Of­fice spoke to the commis­sioners about Lake Ben­ton, saying that samples of the lake had been taken. However, the temperature of the lake is rising and it won’t be possible to treat the lake before the water temperatures are too high. As a result, the lake will not get treated this year. Olsen said they will be making application in September or October to be ready for next year, and is hoping to look at a three-year vari­ance. Olsen said that last time, they treated for four years.

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

Technology replacement schedule presented Wednesday

May 24, 2018

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Lincoln County Parks Manager Daryl Schlapkohl was on hand for the May School Board meeting to discuss severe weather safety for his campers with the board.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton School Board met for their regu­lar meeting on Wednesday, May 16. Board Chair Tony Schwing was absent, so the meeting was led by Vice-chair Steven Hurd. Board member Heath Houselog was also absent from the meeting.
There was no old busi­ness to discuss at the meeting, so discussion turned to new business. Lincoln County Parks Manager Daryl Schlapkohl approached the board to request that the school be designated as a storm shelter for campers at Lincoln County parks…

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

Thirty-one students graduate from Elkton-Lake Benton High School

May 17, 2018

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The E-LB Select Choir sang “New Day” for the graduates and their friends and families.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Elkton-Lake Benton (E-LB) Class of 2018 met a milestone on Sunday, May 13. A total of 31 students graduated from E-LB High School, honoring and celebrating with those who helped them reach this goal.
The senior class entereed to “Pomp and Circumstance,” directed by Amy Weight, played by the E-LB band members. The Welcome was given by Senior Class President Samantha Schindler and Senior Class Vice-President Callie Otkin…

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