One County Read program brought generations together

October 12, 2017

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Fagen Fighters Museum guide Ann Hanson spoke to the library patrons about the museum and some of the exhibits. Tour member Alva “Turk” Therkildsen, a WWII veteran from Tyler, received a special welcome from Hanson.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Libraries—Tyler Public Library, Lake Benton Public Library, Siverson Library in Hendricks, and Ivanhoe Public Library— took 29 library patrons to the Fagen Fighters WWII Museum near Granite Falls on Saturday, Oct. 7. The trip was the culmination of a county-wide library program, One Book-One County Read. A variety of programs were offered by the four libraries during the month of September, all of which focused on WWII history. Not only did the programs and trip teach Lincoln County residents about WWII history, but also brought different generations together for a shared experience.
Four generations attended the museum tour with ages ranging from 15 years old to 90-something.

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

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The One Book-One County Read program sponsored by the Lincoln County libraries allowed many generations to share the experience. Two RTR sophomores, Jayden Vos and Arthur Finzen, watched as an SNJ-4 flew for the crowds. The plane was piloted by Mr. Fagen, owner of the museum.

Fall color abounds

October 12, 2017

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The fall colors are showing in the trees around Lake Benton. This picture was taken on the north side of Highway 14 going west. The evergreens at the top of the hill along with the ones by the ballfields were planted by then-County Parks Director Leonard Koster, County Extension Agent and park Supervisor Arnie Claasen, along with help from Todd Draper and others in the late 1970s. The maple trees were self-planted.

E-LB Marching Band competes at competitions

October 12, 2017

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E-LB’s high school band earned a gold plaque at the NSU Gypsy Days Marching Band Competition. 

 

So far this fall, the Elk­ton-Lake Benton High School Marching Band has competed in Arlington, South Dakota on Thursday, Sept. 28 and in Aberdeen, South Dakota on Saturday, Sept. 30 at Northern State University’s Gypsy Days.

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

Joe Wilson appointed Lincoln County Highway Engineer

October 12, 2017

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Joe Wilson (right) was appointed Lincoln County Highway Engineer by the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. He is pictured with Dustin Hauschild, who, along with Wilson, represented the Highway Department at the Oct. 3 meeting.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners appointed Joe Wilson as the County Highway Engineer at their Tuesday, Oct. 3 meeting.
The possibility of appointing Wilson, who is replacing Dave Halbersma in the position, was brought forth last month by Halbersma, whose services Lincoln County has been sharing with Pipestone County. Halbersma had suggested appointing Wilson to the position now versus in May, as Halbersma felt Wilson is ready to take over the position. Halbersma had reminded the Lincoln County Board that the original plan was to have their own highway engineer, and that for the past few years Wilson had been working to complete his degree.

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

Off-sale liquor license request denied by the City of Lake Benton

October 4, 2017

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Guy and Renee Pribyl appeared before the City Council to request an off-sale liquor license.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Guy and Renee Pribyl, owners of Becker’s Resort, appeared before the city council on Monday to request an off-sale liquor license. According to Renee Pribyl, she was told by the liquor commissioner that the city can change previous agreements “anytime they want to.” However, that is not the case, according to legal counsel Mike Cable. In accordance with the terms of a contract between the City of Lake Benton and the owners of the Lake Benton Bar, the city cannot grant a new off-sale liquor license to anyone until after the terms of the current contract with the Lake Benton Bar have ended…

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

Vendor event held at the Lake Benton Bar on Sunday

October 4, 2017

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The Lake Benton Bar hosted a vendor’s event on Sunday, Oct. 2, which replaced the local craft fair held in previous years. Several vendors and customers attended the event, which was billed as a success.

Trageser benefit draws large crowd

October 4, 2017

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There was a large turnout for the Lake Benton Lions Club benefit for Ralph and Jolene Trageser. There was a silent auction with many nice items as well as a freewill donation for baked goods and a table for supporting cancer research. The tables were full almost the whole time, with lulls in meal deliveries due to restocking of the food items needed.

“The Cemetery Club” opens Friday, Oct. 6

October 4, 2017

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From left: Lori Sanderson of Tyler, Becky Lothert of Marshall, Kathy Holck of Ruthton, Betty Andries of Marshall, and Tom Schmitt of Porter star in “The Cemetery Club,” opening Friday at the Lake Benton Opera House.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton Opera House will present its fall play, “The Cemetery Club,” beginning Friday, Oct. 6. The story involves three widows who meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husbands’ graves.
Lori Sanderson of Tyler plays Ida, a sweet-tempered lady ready to start a new life. She is making her first leap into live theater and, so far, she says she has no regrets.

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

Lake Benton Library offered several programs last week

October 4, 2017

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Above: During her Thursday program, Faye Berger spoke to library patrons about the trip she took with her father to retrace his experiences in Europe during WWII.
Below: Jamie Soderholm learned about puppeteering at the Sandy Hanson library program last Friday. Other programs offered at the Lake Benton Library last week included Chess Club, Fiber Guild, and Preschool Story Time.

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Christopher Schmitz speaks about inspiration at Lake Benton School

September 27, 2017

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Lake Benton’s fifth and sixth graders heard author Christopher Schmitz speak at the school last Thursday about inspiration and telling stories.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton fifth and sixth grades recently welcomed a special visitor, courtesy of the Southwest Area Multi-county Multi-type International Exchange (SAMMIE) library system and the Lake Benton Public Library. Christopher Schmitz, a Minnesota teen/young adult author and inspirational speaker out of Redwood Falls, spoke to the classes on Thursday, Sept. 21.
Schmitz talked to the students about storytelling and inspiration…

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