Niemann celebrates 100th

October 17, 2013

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Eleanor Niemann, formerly of Lake Benton, celebrated her 100th birthday at the Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler on Saturday. Congratulations Eleanor!

 

Eleanor Niemann celebrated her 100th birthday at the Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler on Saturday. One hundred red roses were presented to her by her sons Ron and Mary Niemann of Cottage Grove, Richard and Sherri Niemann of Wesley Chapel, Fla. and her daughter Jan and Darrell Thomsen of Tyler. Also helping her celebrate were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren Rich and Faith Niemann of Zephryhills, Fla.; Jennifer and Mike Ditlevson, Dylan and Bennett of Cottage Grove; Jodi and Mark Donahue, Parker and Regan of Maplewood; Jason and Christy Niemann and Ethan of Eagan; Kim and Rich Scholtens, Jens and Willow of Mankato; and Mike and Lindsay Thomsen of Lake Benton. There were three grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren who were unable to attend.
Darrell and Jan hosted an evening meal for everyone at their home. Everyone had a great time reminiscing.
On Sunday, birthday cake and ice cream were served for afternoon coffee to all the residents.

In step at Nunset Blvd.

October 10, 2013

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The Little Sisters of Hoboken are pictured above dancing during one of the many musical numbers performed throughout the show “Nunset Boulevard.” From left to right are Bailey Hintz, Julie Anderson, Kathy Holck, Stacey Voit and Kathy Wilmes. The production showed four times this past weekend and will be showing five more times this coming weekend with a double feature on Saturday.

Warning: Flamingos spotted in Lake Benton

October 10, 2013

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The Elkton-Lake Benton post-prom committee plans to “flock” area residents with pink flamingos this month in an effort to raise funds for the Elkton-Lake Benton post-prom party.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Elkton-Lake Benton post-prom committee plans to “flock” area residents with pink flamingos this month in an effort to raise funds for the Elkton-Lake Benton post-prom party.
The rules are as follows:
1.The post-prom committee will be the only ones allowed to handle the flamingos, so you are not allowed to move them once you have been “flocked.” The flamingos are also not allowed to be held for ransom.
2. A fee of $10 will be assessed for anyone who gets “flocked” in order to have the flamingos removed from your lawn. Also, once you pay your removal fee, you are allowed to pay an additional $5 fee to have the flamingoes flock to a neighbor’s yard of your choosing.
3. If you want to find out who “flocked” you, another $5 fee will be necessary in order to have the culprit revealed to you.
4. If you are not interested in participating at all in this activity of flocking flamingos, you are allowed to opt out by purchasing Anti-Flocking Insurance for a fee of $10.
5. The flamingos are only allowed to stay in a victim’s yard for one day before they must be moved.
6. The flamingos are only allowed to be placed in a participant’s yard two times throughout the course of the fundraiser.
Dyann McCarthy of Lake Benton will be in charge of taking the payments, handling the insurance and letting the post-prom committee know who will be getting “flocked” each day.

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

Lincoln County gets good marks

October 10, 2013

Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners was presented with a summary review of the 2012 Audit at their Tuesday, Oct. 1, meeting.
Dough Host, CPA with Clifton Larson Allen, reviewed the audit with the Board, first complimenting the County on their employees having had records prepared for the audit, and thanked the County for their cooperation.
Host told the Board that the County was receiving an unqualified clean opinion, which is good, and that the information was fairly stated and materially correct.
Host told the Board that 83 percent of the county revenues come from taxes, the rest from intergovernmental revenues such as federal and state grants for roads and bridges.

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

Weber hosts Wander by the Willow

October 3, 2013

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The first Wander by the Willow event was held at the Weber Custom Painting Home Studio this last Saturday just north of Lake Benton. Over 20 vendors were in attendance and the Lake Stay 4-H Club provided coffee, rolls and lunch at the event.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The first Wander by the Willow event was held this past Saturday just north of Lake Benton at the Weber Custom Painting Home Studio.
The event consisted of over 20 vendors with products that ranged from jewelry to furniture to wine and much more.
Host and coordinator Michelle Weber has been painting full-time for two years now, and the idea for the event came to her while she was working in her studio.
“I was sitting in my studio, and I’m always trying to think of how to market myself, and it just got rolling,” said Weber. “People are always interested when they come to my studio, so I thought, well, there are a lot of people in the area who are kind of the same as I am, who do these things, but they don’t have a place to show it off. So, I started making some calls and it snowballed.”

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

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Lake Benton Craft Fair held

October 3, 2013

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The 36th annual Lake Benton Craft Fair was held this last Saturday at the Lake Benton School gymnasium. Many vendors came to offer their products at the event, and lunch was provided by the Lake Benton Volunteers for Education.

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A hunt to remember

October 3, 2013

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Lee Lustfield is pictured with his elk just after scaring away a grizzly bear.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Recently, Lee Lustfield and Kenny Nielsen of Lake Benton took a 10-day elk hunting trip to Idaho Springs, Idaho.
Last Tuesday, Lustfield spotted a bull and spent an hour and a half to call him within range. Once the time was right, Lustfield shot the bull from around 17 yards with his bow. Another hunter came along and bumped the elk while it was lying there, so a half-mile tracking job was necessary in the morning before they reached the elk.
“Kenny did a great job of tracking the animal,” said Lustfield. “Because it rained that night too, it made the tracking terrible.”
That was when Lustfield noticed the elk on a ridge about 40 yards away, so they approached the downed elk. They drew closer, then near the backside of the animal, up popped the head of a grizzly bear.

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

Lake Benton Chamber sponsors Fall Kick-off

October 3, 2013

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
This year’s annual Fall Chamber Kick-off is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 9 at the Center Post and will feature the group Popular Demand.
Popular Demand is an award winning acapella quartet. They have been singing as a quartet for about three and a half years, and singing together is a passion, a hobby, and is just plain fun for the group. They love entertaining large and small audiences with dynamic harmony and a little wit. They sing a wide variety of music— ‘50s, patriotic, sacred, show tunes, oldies and barbershop music.
The group consists of Wendy Chisham, Deb Carlson, Deb Hoganson and Rhonda Maker.
The kick-off event will consist of a social hour at 5:30 p.m. followed by the presentation of Citizen of the Year at 6:25 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m.
First Dollars will be awarded to the new businesses in town, which are Happy Hound Grooming, Center Post, Lake Benton Grocery, Lakeside Sassy Vintage and Courteous Professional Repair.
The event will be catered by the Center Post and the meal will be a roast beef dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy, a vegetable, dinner roll and pumpkin pudding dessert.
There will also be a giveaway of the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Lake Benton pottery pieces.
Tickets are available at the First Security Bank of Lake Benton or at the City Office.

Opera House goes to “Nunset Boulevard”

October 3, 2013

The Little Sisters of Hoboken will return to the Lake Benton Opera House stage in October, in the latest of the “Nunsense” series, “Nunset Boulevard.”
The show will feature Kathy Holck of Ruthton as Regina, the Reverend Mother; Kathy Wilmes of Tyler returns to reprise her role as “Number 2,” Sister Hubert; Julie Anderson of Lake Benton will make her Opera House debut as the street-tough Sister Robert Anne; Stacey Voit of Ghent will don the habit of Sister Mary Paul (a.k.a. Sister Amnesia); and Bailey Hintz of Canby appears as the young Sister Leo.
Also appearing will be R.J.Fleet of Lake Benton as the stage hand/pin setter/game show helper Earl Dean Snedeker. John Ward of Marshall will handle piano duties in the orchestra, along with Jeanine Fricke of Lake Benton on synthesizer. Mark Wilmes of Tyler directs the show and will also appear in the orchestra on percussion.
Show dates are Oct. 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 at 7:30 and Oct. 6, 12, 13 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $11.50 for seniors and students. The Oct. 12, 2 p.m. show is Senior Day, with all senior citizens admitted for only $10. For reservations, call 507-368-4620 or email lakebentonoperahouse@gmail.com.

Making pets look their best

September 30, 2013

Happy Hound Grooming opens for business in Lake Benton

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Happy Hound Grooming is now open in Lake Benton.
Mona Christensen has set up her new dog grooming business at 109 South Center St. in the building that was previously Mary’s Shoppe.
Christensen had previously worked at the Western Veterinary Clinic for the past twelve years, and when a new job opportunity presented itself, she could not completely leave the animals she loved.
“A month and a half ago, the opportunity presented itself, and I thought that if I’m going to do it, now is the time,” said Christensen. “It was the right time so we got everybody else on board. I just couldn’t leave puppies completely.”

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