Lake Benton School Board recognized for service

February 27, 2014

School Board
The Lake Benton School Board was honored during Minnesota’s School Board Recognition Week at last Wednesday’s school board meeting. The current board members, pictured from left to right, are Steven Hurd, Tony Schwing, LaDon Prosch, Heath Houselog, Roger Rudebusch and Janell DeVries.

 

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Last week was School Board Recognition Week in Minnesota, and the Lake Benton School Board was honored for their service by the students, faculty and staff at their February meeting last Wednesday evening.
“I just want to thank the board for all of the work that you do,” said Superintendent Ryan Nielsen. “You are volunteers, and you are put in a position to pass policy, make curriculum decisions, understand Minnesota school finance, and you put a lot of time in figuring out school budgets. It takes a lot of time, and it’s a service to the community and to the students, so I want to thank all of you for your work and dedication to making our school the best that it can be and doing what’s best for our kids.”
The only item on the agenda that required board action was a snow day to be made up. The board approved the make-up date of Monday, April 21 for the snow day.

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

Freezing pipes still an issue for the city

February 27, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
At last Tuesday’s City Council Meeting, City Maintenance Manager Todd Draper stressed the importance of residents of Lake Benton running hard, cold water in their homes to prevent the city’s underground pipes from freezing.
Draper also discussed the option of changing city employees’ cellular phone plans. After some discussion, the issue was tabled for discussion and action at a future meeting.
The council agreed to pay the claims presented against the city in the amount of $38,072.

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

Pipestone/ Lincoln Co. to share engineer

February 27, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners approved an agreement with Pipestone County to share County Engineer David Halbersma on a 50/50 split basis. Halbersma will be alternating days between Pipestone County and Lincoln County, barring extenuating circumstances. The board then moved to name Halbersma as Lincoln County Engineer effective March 1, pending approval by the Pipestone County Board.
Dustin Hauschild of the Lincoln County Highway Department explained to the board that their bid amount of $31,500 for a new sign truck from the McLeod County Highway Department was the apparent high bid, but the bid had yet to be accepted.
The board approved the purchase of a new robotic total station for surveying purposes at a cost of $36,036. The board authorized the sale of the county’s obsolete total station to be put toward the purchase of the new robotic total station.

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

The Beatles invasion had a big effect on Wilmes

February 21, 2014

Wilmes pic
The Beatles made their first American television appearance 50 years ago. Mark Wilmes, only six years old at the time, became a big fan of the band. Mark, pictured above clad in a Beatles t-shirt, is holding a copy of the 1964 Saturday Evening Post featuring the Beatles.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 
On Feb. 9, 1964 the famous rock band The Beatles made their first American television appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
The four mop-tops from Liverpool made a lasting impression on Mark Wilmes of Tyler. He was only six years old at the time, but there was something about that long hair with those shaking heads that this young man could not get over.
“I have two very vivid memories from early in my life that I can pinpoint to the exact day,” Wilmes recalled. “I remember my mom getting a call from my grandma on Nov. 22, 1963 telling her that President Kennedy had been shot. And I remember Sunday evening, Feb. 9, 1964 when The Beatles first appeared on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’.”

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

St. Genevieve luncheon held

February 21, 2014

St. Genevieve Luncheon
A soup luncheon was held last Thursday, Feb. 13 at the St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton.

Turn on your water to avoid frozen pipes

February 21, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The City of Lake Benton has issued a notice to all residents who are city water customers to aid them in preventing the underground water pipes from freezing and possibly bursting by running cold water in their homes.
“This winter, the frost levels have gone down more than they have in the past years due to continuous cold weather below zero,” explained City Maintenance Supervisor Todd Draper.
“Some of the service lines are freezing in town, and the city is asking that residents run some water in their house to try to prevent their service lines from freezing up.”
Residents are being asked to run cold water that has not been softened so that the stream is about the size of the lead in a No. 2 pencil in order to keep their pipes from freezing.
“We’ve had issues in the past, but nothing to this extreme,” said Draper. “Every community in the State of Minnesota is having freeze-ups. We’re doing the best we can to thaw them out, but there may be some instances where we can’t thaw them out until the frost goes away, and that could be April.”
A letter is being sent out to utility customers in town with additional information. Residents should also know that they will not be charged for this water use.
“No one has a clear-cut way to thaw these out, so it’s a hit and miss deal,” explained Draper. “This is our best bet, and the city will find a way to make it right with the customers.”
Residents will also receive another letter when the city is sure that the threat of freezing pipes has passed and it is once again safe to shut off the water and resume normal usage.

Chamber discusses snowshoe tour

February 21, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The first item of business for the Lake Benton Chamber of Commerce at their February meeting was the finalization of details regarding this year’s pottery item.
The item will be a mortar and pestle with a photo of the former Edgewood Bluff Motel on it.
The next topic discussed was the 2014 Visitor’s Guides. The 5,000 guides have been completed and delivered.
The next item on the agenda was the snowshoe tour that the Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring. The tour through Hole-in-the-Mountain County Park is scheduled for Saturday, March 8. There will be one tour scheduled for families and kids at 2 p.m. and another scheduled for adults and couples at 6 p.m. The tours include a snowshoe tutorial, the tour itself and a meal at the Center Post following the tour. Further information and pricing details will be made available in the near future.

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

United Way presents Read-A-Rama in Lake Benton

February 21, 2014

United Way
The Colors, Letters and Numbers Read-A-Rama was presented by United Way last Monday evening, Feb. 10 in the preschool room at Lake Benton Elementary School.

Christensen settling in as administrator/clerk

February 13, 2014

Eileen 1
New City Administrator/Clerk Eileen Christensen is pictured above, left, as former City Clerk Rosie DeZeeuw helps bring her up to speed at her new position.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 

Eileen Christensen has recently joined the workforce in Lake Benton and she is getting accustomed to her duties as the new City Administrator/Clerk.
Originally from Verdi, Eileen was one of 13 siblings growing up in rural Minnesota.
After graduating from vocational school, Eileen lived in the Cities for about 12 years before she returned to the Lake Benton area in 1995 to work at Minnesota West in Pipestone, where she trained people how to use computer software.
One year later, in 1996, she met Scott Christensen and the two were married one year later in 1997.
After getting tired of all the traveling, Eileen settled down at a job working for the City of Marshall from 2001 to 2007.
In late 2007, Eileen went back to work for Minnesota West in Pipestone as a Resource Specialist. This job entailed working with financial aid, admissions and registration for the community and technical college. This is the job that Eileen held until two weeks ago when she began her duties with the City of Lake Benton.

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

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New City Administrator/Clerk Eileen Christensen is already hard at work at the city office during her second week on the job.

Fire on Whitman Street

February 13, 2014

House Fire 1
The home of Raymond and Elsie Fletcher at 116 Whitman Street in Lake Benton is pictured after it caught fire last Tuesday evening. The fire originated in the southwest corner of the garage, and is believed to have been the result of a faulty connection between a vehicle and an electrical outlet. It took the Lake Benton Fire Department about four hours to subdue the flames.