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.

Mayor announces that the Tollefson document available to the public

July 11, 2018

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Following the July 2 city council meeting, city trustees toured the Lake Benton Area Community and Events Center.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council met for their regular meeting on July 1 at the Heritage Center/City Office.
Mayor Worth announced that the settlement agreement with former Police Chief Thor Tollefson had been received and the document will be printed as a legal advertisement in the Lake Benton Valley Journal in the July 18 edition of the paper. The document is also available for the public to view at the city office during regular business hours.

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

SW Minnesota has had an above average weather year

July 11, 2018

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Photo courtesy of Karissa Olsen
MNDOT closed portions of US Highway 14 on July 2 due to flooding.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Southwest Minnesota is known for temperamental weather patterns, but the area does not typically see rainfalls or temperatures such as were experienced in LincolnCounty last month. The unusual weath­er appears to be a national phenomenon, according to a report released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) on July 9.
According to the report, the United States has ex­perienced six weather- and climate-related disasters so far in 2018, which have resulted in an excess of $1 billion in damages for each incident…

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

Did you know? Interesting facts about the Revolutionary War

July 11, 2018

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Independence Day is a holiday that everyone loves to celebrate, but the event that started it hap­pened a really long time ago. While we all learn about the Revolutionary War in American History class, we don’t always get the whole story. Here are some things you may not have known.
The Boston Tea Party, which took place in De­cember 1773, is common­ly thought to have been a reaction to a tax increase, but in reality, according to History.com, the Tea Act was actually a tax break…

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

Lake Benton Class of 1968 celebrates 50 years

July 11, 2018

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The Lake Benton High School Class of 1968 held their 50-year class reunion over Saddle Horse Holiday at the Hole in-the-Mountain Park Chalet. A great time was had by all. Those attending, pictured left to right, are Pam Trautman Hansen, Diane Bressler Peach, Rich Maire, Elana VanDrunen Nomeland, Martin Ritter, Kevin Krog, Kathryn Stewart Elliott, Bill Jolitz, Scott Trautman, Dennis Nelsen, Jim Huska, Wanda Bartling Jolitz, Dave Newell, Nancy Meyer Hughes, Wendy Truckenmiller Rychley, Richard Andersen, Janet Rourk Weiner, Mike Carpenter, Ardith Nieman Simon, Mike Weber, Bette Meyer McClaran and Jill Meyer Borresen.

Beautiful yards make a pretty little town

July 11, 2018

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The July 2-8 Yard of the Week recognition went to Don and Diane Evers at 227 Fremont Street, pictured above. The July 9-15 Yard of the Week honorees are Jack and Sharlean Redlinger at 210 Center Street, pictured below. Thank you to everyone who is working to keep their yards in such nice condition, making Lake Benton such a pretty little town.

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Commissioners hear SWHHS financial update

July 11, 2018

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners heard from Nancy Walker, Deputy Director of Southwest Health and Human Services (SWHHS), who provided a financial update. Walker said that last fall, Director Beth Wilmes had spoken with the Commissioners about the “significant” financial issues SWHHS was having, forecasting a potential budget overage that could reach into the million dollar range. Walker was pleased to report that through several measures taken by SWHHS, including putting a pause on hiring, they have 15 positions open that have not been replaced, providing only required trainings, better utilization of cars, changes in IT and office supplies, and the list went on. Walker said the result is that “we have a much better financial standing than this time last year.”

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

Lake Benton native Dave Trautman is honored for dedication to fastpitch softball

July 5, 2018

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Lake Benton native Dave Trautman was inducted into the Minnesota Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame in June for his dedication to high school softball.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The month of June was a month of honor for Lake Benton native Dave Trautman. He was inducted into the Minnesota Fastpitch High School Coaches Association on June 10 and threw out the first pitch for the All-Star games. Then, on June 17, Dave was honored at Target Field by being presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Coaching Girls Fastpitch Softball by the Minnesota Minute Men and Minnesota Twins.
Dave has spent a total of 36 years of his life coaching fastpitch softball at the high school level, with wife Patti by his side the entire time. “She was our scorekeeper the entire 36 years,” Dave said. He coached and taught in the Beardsley and Beardsley-Browns Valley School System for 16 years then coached and taught in the Frazee school system for 20 years. The last 14 of those years were spent as the Activities Director/Dean of Students at Frazee…

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

Curly-leaf pondweed: Lake Benton’s growing weed invasion

July 5, 2018

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There is great concern over the growing infestation of Curly-leaf pondweed in Lake Benton Lake.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
During 2017, thistles and noxious weeds seemed to be a great concern for Lake Benton citizens. This year, a weed problem of a different type is concerning area residents. Curly-leaf pondweed is not-so-slowly infesting Lake Benton Lake. If not treated appropriately, the weed could have lasting effects, potentially damage local commerce and property values for the area.
According to Lincoln County Environmental Officer Robert Olsen, “Lake Benton Lake has a significant problem with curly-leaf pondweed (CLP).” Although it does not cover the entire lakebed, Olsen said that it has reached infestation levels similar to those seen in the early 2000s…

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