Why is Lake Benton Elementary a fine, fine school?

September 19, 2019

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Lake Benton’s third grade class was pretty in pink last week for Homecoming. Recently, the class explained why they think Lake Benton Elementary is a fine, fine school.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com
in collaboration with Mrs. Coe and the third grade class

Each school year, Mrs. Angie Coe’s third grade class begins the school year by reading “A Fine, Fine School,” by Sharon Creech. In the story, the princi­pal, Mr. Keene, thinks his school is so fine that the students should attend more often. He adds weekends and holidays before one student, Tillie, final­ly explains that, while school is important, what kids learn out­side of school is just as impor­tant. “Tillie tells Principal Keene that she needs to learn how to climb a tree, teach her dog to sit, and learn to swing.
As part of the lesson, the third grade thinks about what makes Lake Benton Elementary a fine, fine school…

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LBFD in remembrance

September 19, 2019

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In memory of those who died during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York City’s Twin Towers and the U.S. Pentagon, the Lake Benton Fire Department displayed flags last Wednesday. Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the attacks, according to History.com.

UCAP serves Lincoln County

September 19, 2019

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By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
When tough times hit unexpectedly, Lincoln County residents can find help through United Community Action Partnership (UCAP). UCAP is a non-profit organization that “brings together a multitude of resources to help communities prosper,” according to their website.
UCAP’s corporate office is located in Marshall. It is represented and led the by the counties it serves, with tri-partite board of 27 members. The website explains, “Community Action Agencies (CAAS) have a tri-partite board system that is composed of one-third representation from the consumer sector (low-income individuals and families in their community), one-third representation from the public sector (elected officials), and one-third representation from the private sector (representatives of business, industry, labor, faith-groups, law enforcement, education and other groups and interests in the community). UCAP serves nine Minnesota counties: Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Redwood and Renville.

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

City ahead in FEMA application process thanks to Christensen’s efforts

September 19, 2019

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Lake Benton Fire Chief Scott Christensen, left, and Mike Czech spoke to the council about applying for a grant from the Minnesota Fire Marshall for funds to purchase a special washing machine and dryer for cleaning the department’s new turnout gear. The council approved applying for the grant.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council met for their regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 16. Before the meeting, a public hearing intended to allow citizens to give input on the progress of the Small Cities Development Grant currently in process was held. There were no citizens in attendance.
City Maintenance Supervisor Todd Draper spoke to the council regarding the progress of the application to FEMA for emergency funding from weather-related damage caused in the city…

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E-LB marching band will strut their stuff Friday

September 19, 2019

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

This Friday, the Elkton-Lake Benton marching band will open their performance season by strutting their stuff at the Parker Pheasant Marching Festival in Parker, South Dakota.
This is the first year the E-LB marching band will participate in this festival. They had planned to also march in Dakota State Uni­versity’s Homecoming Parade on Saturday, but the event was can­celled due to flooding. The band will compete in the East Central Marching Festival in Arlington, South Dakota on Thursday, Sept. 26; the Lake Area Marching Fes­tival in Chester, South Dakota on Friday, Oct. 4; and the Sioux Val­ley Marching Festival in Volga, South Dakota on Friday, Oct. 11. Both high school and junior high bands will be performing at these competitions, according to director Ashlynne Terkildsen.

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

Dining and entertainment with the Diner’s Club

September 19, 2019

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The Everett Smithson Band played for the Diner’s Club diners during Thursday’s $3 Meal at the Lunch Box Cafe.

Walkable Communities Workshop in Tyler October 9

September 19, 2019

Join us for a Walkable Communities Workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 9 in Tyler at the Legion Hall.
This workshop is part of a larger effort to improve walkability in Lincoln County. Walkable commu­nities make it easier for people to be physically ac­tive, foster social connec­tions and improve access to everday destinations. Walkable communities are healthy, thriving commu­nities. We believe you can help us develop realistic strategies to make Lincoln County a more pleasant place to live and improve the health of all our resi­dents.

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

NAPS program offers new Lincoln County locations

September 19, 2019

The NAPS program is a nutrition assistance program just for seniors. Qualifying seniors receive a free supplemental food package every month, which includes a nutri­tious balance of shelf-sta­ble foods, plus reduced fat cheese. The packages may include canned fruits, vegetables and juices, dry and UHT (shelf-stable) milk, American cheese, canned meat, peanut but­ter or dried beans, cereal, rice or pasta…
To register in Lake Ben­ton, contact Karen Lich­tsinn at the Lake Benton Chamber of Commerce, 507-368-4641, ext. 2., or the NAPS program at 1-800-365-0270. Distri­butions will be the fourth Thursday of each month at the Lake Benton Area Community and Event Center, 2-3 p.m.

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Lake Benton Grocery is September’s Chamber Business of the Month

September 12, 2019

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Congratulations to Lake Benton Grocery, this month’s Chamber Business of the Month.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Lake Benton Grocery is September’s Chamber Business of the Month. Each month, the Lake Benton Chamber of Commerce selects a local business to highlight. This month, they selected one of the community’s longest-running businesses.
Lake Benton Grocery recently celebrated its sixth anniversary under the ownership of Al and Tami Trigg…

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New public access completed on Lake Benton Lake

September 12, 2019

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The newly completed $600,000 lake access on Lake Benton Lake.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
A group of area residents and officials and personnel gathered to celebrate the completion of a new $600,000 public water access facility on the southwest area of Lake Benton Lake on Friday morning.
Senator Bill Weber introduced officials from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and recalled part of his own life living on the shores of the lake.

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