Vet’s life brings him full circle to his hometown

November 7, 2018

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Minnesota Veterans Home residents (seated) Willie Oltmans and Joan Klitzke were visited by (from left) Betty Klitzke, volunteer Donna Landsman, Barb Hurd, Donna Lynn and Garnet Petersen.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Long-time Lake Ben­ton resident Willie Olt­mans has traveled a long and winding road in his life, which took him from his youth in Luverne to businesses in Tyler and Slayton, then on to Lake Benton. He now resides at the Minnesota Veterans Home in his hometown of Luverne. His walls and shelves are peppered with memories. The first thing that catches the eye is the big black and white sign that says Private Park­ing—Walleye Fisherman Only. Beneath that is a Certificate of Continuous Service for 70 years with the American Legion. He received the recognition three years ago. Below that is a Plank Owner’s Certificate dated 16 Oct. 1945 from the U.S.S. Point Cruz. There are pictures of his children and a wedding day picture of him and his wife of 53 years, Elsie.
He was excited to share a Halloween card he re­ceived from the Belview American Legion, and said he would love to hear from his friends in the Lake Benton and Tyler Legions.

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

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Navy veteran Willie Oltmans, formerly of Lake Benton.

The Flag Code, a gentle reminder in flag respect

November 7, 2018

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By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

According to the Flag Code posted on usflag.org, “The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing.” This means that respect is due our flag. With Veterans Day just around the corner, here are some gentle reminders on respecting the US Flag. The following is taken from the Flag Code at usflag.org.
The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag should be made by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. When not in uniform, men should remove any non-religious headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and give the military salute.

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

City partners with other agencies to provide small cities grants for rental properties

November 7, 2018

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Vince Robinson requested that the City of Lake Benton partner with other agencies to provide small cities grants to rental property owners.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Trustees of the City of Lake Benton met for their regu­lar meeting on Monday, Nov. 5. The evening began with a public hearing where sealed bids for the former Community Center building were opened. According to Christensen, the bid request was posted in the legal section of the Lake Benton Valley Jour­nal for two weeks No bids were received by City Administrator/Clerk Eileen Christensen. Mayor Bob Worth asked the council what they wanted to do next. Al­though the city was advised that they did not need to go through the bidding process, they felt that since it was city property, they should follow the correct process. The council decided to table the issue until the Dec. 17 meeting.

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

Halloweening about town

November 7, 2018

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The Lake Benton Chamber of Commerce sponsored a family Halloween fun night at the Lake Benton Area Community and Event Center on Wednesday night. Area businesses and organizations decorated trunks for Trunk-or-Treat Center Street. Pizza and hot dogs were sold and candy, drinks, and popcorn were given away inside the Event Center, where movies were played for families to enjoy. The evening was topped off with a costume parade. Find these and other great Halloween photos on our photo website.

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LBPD will implement body-worn cameras

November 7, 2018

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

During the Nov. 5 meet­ing of the Lake Benton City Council, Lake Benton Police Chief Tony Sievert presented the October police report of the Lake Benton Police Department (LBPD).
In an update on the spe­cial City of Lake Benton Deer Hunt, Sievert report­ed that since Oct. 1, hunt­ers logged a total of 308.2 hours of hunting time. During that time, they ob­served 250 deer and har­vested another six deer, bringing the total harvest to 11 deer.

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

National Honor Society inductees

November 7, 2018

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Elkton-Lake Benton High School students Caden Grimsrude, Jayla Prosch and Dylan Kuehl were inducted into the National Honor Society Monday evening in a ceremony that took place at Lake Benton’s Country House. The three were selected based on their academic standing, their volunteerism, their leadership and their character.

Krog children to be sponsored at November Lions Club Benefit

November 1, 2018

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By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
It is never easy to lose a loved one, but when that loss is unexpected and the result of a tragic accident, the aftermath can be even more stressful, especially when there are children involved. Last month, Ken Krog of Lake Benton was in a work-related accident, receiving injuries which eventually led to his death. He left behind five children— Nathan, Nick, Hannah, Ryan and Rachael.

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

Lake Benton Public Library now offers Windows 10 systems for patron use

November 1, 2018

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The Lake Benton Public Library recently received a donation of high-quality used computers and new software for them.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Directing a public library means keeping the library’s technology and the software running on it up to date. Leading a non-profit organization means being a good steward of financial resources. Thanks to some recent, very generous donations, the Lake Benton Public Library was able to do both.
For the past several years, due to the high cost of Microsoft licensing, the library had been using Linux-based Unbuntu as an operating system. While it is very similar to Microsoft Windows, the difference posed problems for many of the library’s patrons who were used to the Microsoft products. When Pat Haynes, a library board member, learned of the problem, he took action and began researching the possibility of getting equipment and software donated or purchased at a discount.

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

Lincoln County Sheriff election

November 1, 2018

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Chad Meester

The race for Lincoln County Sheriff will be decided on Election Day, with incumbent Chad Meester squaring off against Nate Nafziger. We asked each candidate to talk about their qualifications for the job.

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

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Nate Nafziger

General Election is November 6

November 1, 2018

By Shelly Finzen
and Mark Wilmes

 
The General Election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Polling in Lake Benton will take place at the Lake Benton Community Center from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for residents in the City of Lake Benton, Diamond Lake Township, Verdi Township and Lake Benton Township. Drammen Township residents will vote at the Lake Benton Community Center from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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