Get your sparkle on

November 20, 2019

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With a sunny weekend in the forecast, now is the perfect time to get ready for the 2019 Holiday Lighting Contest.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
It may not look much like winter, but it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. With the sunny weather expected for the weekend, many Lake Benton locals will get their holiday decorating started. The Lake Benton Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the annual Holiday Lighting Contest within Lake Benton City Limits. Judging will take place on Friday, Dec. 13, beginning at 6 p.m.

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

Annual Chamber Tree Walk begins Dec. 2

November 20, 2019

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Holiday trees are being decorated now. The annual Tree Walk begins Monday, Dec. 2. See all the trees and vote for your favorite.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The holidays get busy. It is always a good idea to plan ahead to include family-friendly events in your holiday activities. Make sure to include a visit to the Lake Benton Heritage Center for a trip through the annual Holiday Tree Walk. This year, at least 17 area businesses and organizations will have decorated trees on display.
The annual Tree Walk has been part of the Lake Benton community tradition for many years…

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

City office will be closed Nov 28-29

November 20, 2019

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The Lake Benton City Council met for their regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 18. Pictured at the meeting, from left, are Trustee Dave Enke, Trustee Daryl Schlapkohl, City Administrator/Clerk Eileen Christensen, and Trustee Rosie DeZeeuw (presiding over the meeting in Mayor Bob Worth’s absence.)

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council met for their regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 18. Mayor Bob Worth was absent, and Trustee Rosie DeZeeuw presided over the meeting.
Following the approval of the minutes of the previous meeting and the claims against the city, the board discussed Rehab Grant Requests. There were three requests turned in to the city totaling $9,861.40. The city has received the reimbursement of the funds, so they approved paying the requests.
Discussion turned to the benefits packages for city employees…

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

“Stories Under the Big Top”

November 20, 2019

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The Lake Benton Opera House Children’s Theater presented two performances of “Stories Under the Big Top” by area fourth-sixth graders. Pictured seated, from left, are Jack Rybinski, Izzy Bakker, Kendra Gleis, Jenaya Drietz, Everett Erb, Hannah Dagel, Sydney Nibbe and Willow Hoff. In back are Sophie Peterson, Breanna Drietz, Anna Drietz, Wyatt Osland, Director Crystal Enga and Aliyah Drietz.

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall

November 20, 2019

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Lake Benton preschool students got a taste of physics last week when the 4-year-old class dropped Humpty Dumpty, inside a survival case, from the top floor of the school to the bottom floor.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. Oh no! What will the Lake Ben­ton 4-year-old preschool class do now? Build him a survival case to keep him safe!
The 4-year-old preschool class studies a new letter of the alphabet each week. Last week, they studied the letter H, and learned about Humpty Dumpty. The ac­tivity, planned by Amanda Drake, their teacher, also gave them a taste of phys­ics.

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

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Cooper R. and Nash G. used a combination of Easter grass and cotton balls in their case and their Humpty Dumpty survived his flight.

Contraction surgeons in training

November 20, 2019

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The second grade class practiced surgery on contractions last week. Where they made their cuts, a “scar” (apostrophe) was placed.

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Lake Benton fourth graders are stuck on positivity

November 20, 2019

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The Lake Benton fourth grade class learned a lesson in kindness last week. They handed out positive notes around the school. Here are just a few of the positive messages they sent.

By Shelly Finzen
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If you walked into Lake Benton Elementary School last week, you might have seen sticky notes all over the walls, lockers and even windows of the school. Did someone have an unfortu­nate sticky note accident? No, the fourth grade class learned a lesson in kind­ness in celebration of Na­tional Kindness Day, which was Wednesday, Nov. 13.
Fourth grade teacher Katie Dolan, who is in her first year at Lake Benton Elementary School, said it was important to her to teach her students about kindness. “It was impor­tant for me to do some­thing special for National Kindness Day,” Dolan said.

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

Beat Old Man Winter with cheap and easy tips

November 20, 2019

By Shelly Finzen
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Old Man Winter may not have set in for good, yet, but he will come and he will bring the cold with him. Before that happens, winterize your home with these low cost, easy tips from Bob Vila.
Believe it or not, the first tip Vila gives on bobvila.com is to clean the gutters. “Making sure that water can flow freely through your gutters now will help prevent icicles and ice dams from forming later.”

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

Avera looks for input on potential new facility

November 20, 2019

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Avera Tyler Administrator Allen Anderson at last week’s town hall meeting at the Tyler Golf Course.

By Mark Wilmes
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Avera Tyler held a pair of town hall-style meet­ings last week with the hope of gaining some in­sight into excitement from Tyler-area residents on a potential new facility. The meetings were facilitated by Avera Tyler Adminis­trator Allen Anderson and Avera Tyler Executive Di­rector Abby Ahmann on Wednesday and Thursday. Anderson said local Avera officials have been work­ing on moving the project forward for nearly three years.
“I think we’re in a really good spot right now, both in our community and in our health system that would maybe afford us the opportunity to move this forward,” Anderson said. “I’ve communicated all along that we do not have an approved project yet. This is really just a founda­tional piece of trying to get to that point.”

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

Lake Benton Bobcats help set nation-wide reading record

November 14, 2019

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Lake Benton Elementary School joined more than 20.7 million readers across the United States in the Read for the Record program last Thursday.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
On Thursday, Nov. 7, Lake Benton students in several classes helped set a nation-wide record for reading. Each year, Jumpstart, a national early education organization, encourages schools, daycares, public libraries and other early childhood focused groups to join them in the Read for the Record program, where the groups read the same picture book to children on the same day to raise critical awareness of early literacy.
This year, children heard “Thank You, Omu!” by Oge Mora…

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