Talent Contest joins Saddle Horse activities

June 16, 2016

The Lake Benton Opera House will be hosting a Talent Contest on Saturday evening of Saddle Horse weekend, June 18 at 7:30 p.m. Priz­es will be awarded for 1st Place ($100), 2nd Place ($50) and 3rd Place ($25).
Eligible contestants can also go on to compete at the Minnesota Sings com­petition on Sept. 25 in St. Paul.

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

Preview the Saddle Horse Holiday fun

June 16, 2016

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Saddle Horse Holiday officially begins Thursday, June 16, but the fun began as early as Monday and lasts all week. Check out what will be going on around Lake Benton the week of June 13.
The Lake Benton Public Library celebrates Saddle Horse Holiday for the entire week. They have hidden barnyard animal pictures in local stores on Benton and Center streets between the ExpressWay convenience store and Carpenter Auction and between the Lake Benton Valley Journal office and the Happy Hound grooming center. Community members and visitors of all ages can pick up a scavenger hunt sheet at the library beginning Monday, June 13 during regular hours. Everyone who turns in a completed sheet will receive a treat.

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

Historical landmark, Osbeck House, continues to stand

June 16, 2016

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This desk, original to the Osbeck House, is on the list of restoration projects Gary plans to complete in the future.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Ernst Osbeck House has stood in Lake Benton as a landmark for nearly as long as the community has existed. It was built in 1896 by Ernst Osbeck, one of the town’s grocers, in the Queen Anne (Victorian) style which was popular at the time. After his death in 1949, the house eventually declined into near ruin. Originally, the house was restored from “a pile of old lumber” by Lake Benton advocate Jack Burk and his mother, Alvina.
According to “125 Years of Life in the Valley” (Chamber of Commerce, Tasker), Ernst Osbeck came to Lake Benton and established a retail store in 1889 that sold “staple and fancy groceries, crockery, glassware, and fruits.” He was described by A.E. Tasker as a man who “worked hard, used good judgement in his transactions, saved his money, and no man…has more to show for his enterprise and ability.”

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

Relay For Life event next week

June 15, 2016

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Relay For Life of Lincoln County will return to Hole-in-the-Mountain Park on Friday, June 24.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Lincoln County Relay For Life returns to Hole-inthe-Mountain Park in Lake Benton on Friday, June 24. This is the second consecutive year in Lake Benton before the event moves to Hendricks for the next two years.
This year’s event will open at 4 p.m. when the campsites open with food or activities. Cancer survivors are all invited to the event. Sign in for survivors begins at 4:30 p.m., with a group photo planned for later in the evening.

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

Summer Reading Program signup going well

June 15, 2016

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Meeting at the Lunch Box, six teens start off their summer with the Summer Reading Program, Read for a Supernatural Summer.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The 2016 Summer Reading Programs at the Lake Benton Public Library are off and running at a great pace. The staff and volunteers at the library are thrilled at the excitement they have seen. The preliminary numbers indicate that this year’s enrollment will be very near last year’s, which was 109 children and teenagers signed up. After the first week of programs, attendance appears to be higher than last year and several completed reading logs have already been turned in.

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

Miss Lake Benton a difficult decision

June 9, 2016

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Nichole Jones

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Samantha Fleet

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Saddle Horse Holiday is close at hand, and with it comes the annual Miss Lake Benton pageant. This year there are three candidates for the judges to choose from—Samantha Fleet, Nichole Jones and Kaylin Meyer. Because all three of these young ladies are talented and intelligent, the judging panel has a difficult decision ahead of them.

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

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Kaylin Meyer

Olympic-style summer fun

June 9, 2016

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Malyha Slegers makes it over the last hurdle.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Summer Rec program began Monday, June 6 at West Side Field Park, next to the football field. Fifty-five kids, out of the 60 registered, came to the first program. This year the program has an Olympic theme, celebrating the 2016 Summer Olympics. Olympicstyle programs are planned throughout the summer, including a swimming day.

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

 

Summer Reading Program has begun

June 9, 2016

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Alyssa Kotsala reads a book to Carma at the 2016 Summmer Reading Program Kickoff. Carma will visit the library every Thursday during the summer.

Learn about it on page 10 of this week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal.

Saddle Horse Holiday officially slated for June 17-19 but the fun begins Monday

June 9, 2016

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Saddle Horse Holiday officially begins Thursday, June 16, but the fun begins as early as Monday and lasts all week. Check out what will be going on around Lake Benton the week of June 13.
The Lake Benton Public Library celebrates Saddle Horse Holiday for the entire week. They have hidden barnyard animal pictures in local stores on Benton and Center streets between the ExpressWay convenience store and Carpenter Auction and between the Lake Benton Valley Journal office and the Happy Hound grooming center. Community members and visitors of all ages can pick up a scavenger hunt sheet at the library beginning Monday, June 13 during regular hours. Everyone who turns in a completed sheet will receive a treat.

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

Talent Contest joins Saddle Horse activities

June 9, 2016

The Lake Benton Opera House will be hosting a Talent Contest on Saturday evening of Saddle Horse weekend, June 18 at 7:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for First Place ($100), Second Place ($50) and Third Place ($25). Eligible contestants can also go on to compete at the Minnesota Sings competition on Sept. 25 in St. Paul.

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