Lake Benton Sportsmen’s Club holds annual meeting

January 30, 2014

Sportsmen's Meeting
The Lake Benton Sportsmen’s Club’s annual meeting was well-attended last Wednesday evening at the Lake Benton Community Center as attendees enjoyed ham sandwiches and oyster stew prior to the meeting.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The annual meeting of the Lake Benton Sportsmen’s Club was held last Wednesday evening at the Lake Benton Community Center.
Prior to the meeting being called to order, the nearly 50 members in attendance were treated to ham sandwiches, beans and oyster stew.
The meeting began with President Lonnie Willert welcoming those in attendance and thanking members for their service in 2013.
The club’s new business was then brought up. Willert expressed his concern with the low oxygen levels in the lake. Despite the installation of aeration systems in Lake Benton in mid-December, readings taken from the lake are still showing a decrease in overall oxygen levels.
If this downward trend in oxygen levels continues, action will be required by the club. Some options include the installation of additional aeration systems or plowing the snow from the ice to increase the amount of sunshine that gets through the ice.

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

Council talks new water meters

January 30, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
During the second regularly scheduled meeting in January of the Lake Benton City Council, City Maintenance Supervisor Todd Draper provided the board with information regarding the proposed new water meters for the city.
A meeting with Jeff Dale from the Minnesota Rural Water Association has been scheduled for Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. for informational purposes in regard to the new water meters.
At the meeting, the council approved the payment of the claims made against the city in the amount of $18,992.

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

Lack of First Responders in the county crucial

January 30, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The primary issue discussed by the commissioners of Lincoln County at their regular board meeting last Tuesday was the dwindling number of volunteer First Responders in Lake Benton and within the county.
Lake Benton does not have an ambulance service, so the First Responders offer a crucial volunteer service to the community and the county. Lake Benton once had 26 volunteers, but now only has three-and-a-half volunteers. This means that there are three full-time volunteers and one half-time volunteer.
First Responders are required to take 130 hours of initial training. Every two years, a 24-hour recertification process must be completed. Unlike emergency medical technicians, first responders do not get paid and are unable to bill, so the First Responders rely strictly on donations.
An advertisement for volunteers was run in the newspaper for the last four months and only one volunteer stepped forward. The commissioners agreed to bring up the issue of the lack of volunteers at their respective, upcoming township meetings.

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

Clinic to reopen Feb. 3

January 24, 2014

Clinic - Exterior

 

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton Medical Clinic renovations are nearly completed and the tentative date for reopening is scheduled for Monday, Feb.3.
The clinic has been undergoing renovations since this past July and the project was expected to be completed by now.
“We wanted to be open in mid-December initially, but now we’re hoping for a Feb. 3 reopening date,” said Tyler Healthcare Center CEO/Administrator Dale Kruger. “The thing that may still delay us is the things that the contractors still have to do before we can occupy the building. With all the regulations, there are certain things that still have to be done.”
After the contractors are finished, the process of restocking will begin.

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

Clinic - Interior
Renovations are nearly complete at the Lake Benton Medical Clinic. Above is a sneak peek at the interior of the newly renovated building.

Bean Bag tourney in Lake Benton

January 24, 2014

Legion Bean Bags 2
Above: Participants in the bean bag tournament hoped to put their teams ahead during the bean bag portion of a day filled with cards, bean bags and food held by the Lake Benton American Legion Auxiliary at the Center Post this past Sunday.

Legion Bean Bags 1
Participants in the bean bag tournament put their heads together before matching up this past Sunday at the Center Post for a day of bean bags, cards and food.

School board elects officers

January 24, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The first order of business at the regularly scheduled January meeting of the Lake Benton School Board was the election of officers for 2014.
Tony Schwing was nominated as Chairman. LaDon Prosch was nominated as Vice-chairman. Roger Rudebusch was nominated as Clerk, and Janell DeVries was nominated as Treasurer. All of these nominations were approved.
The board then approved the payment of bills in the amount of $362,571.
Next, the revised budget for the fiscal year 2014 was approved. Revenues are expected to be around $2,339,000 while expenditures are estimated to be approximately $2,247,000.

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

Red Cross Blood Drive held

January 16, 2014

Blood Drive

There was a good turnout for the American Red Cross Blood Drive that took place at the Center Post last Thursday in Lake Benton.

Lincoln County to receive emergency food and shelter funds

January 16, 2014

Lincoln County has been chosen to receive funds to supplement the emergency food and shelter program.
The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and consists of representatives from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United Jewish Communities, Catholic Charities, USA, National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, and United Way of America which will provide the administrative staff and function as the fiscal agent. The Board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high need areas around the country.

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

Lake Benton Students attend Conference for Young Writers

January 16, 2014

conference for young writers
Lake Benton’s third through sixth graders attended the Conference for Young Writers at SMSU in Marshall. Students pictured above from left to right in front are Julian Talley, Jaxon Harstad, Brooklyn Nielsen, Julia Drietz, Madeline Bressler, Noah Greer and Alexis Christensen; in the middle row are Alex Sanderson, Matthew Nibbe, Connor Kremin, Jesse Busselman and Emily Miller; in the back row are Evelyn Clocker, AJ Busselman, Grant DeRuyter, Bryson Sik, Karley Cunningham, Alyna Trigg and Rachael Krog. Not pictured are Arthur Finzen and Taylor Bales.



Select third-sixth graders from Lake Benton Elementary participated in the 22nd Annual Conference for Young Writers held Jan. 8 at Southwest State University in Marshall.
Sixth grade teacher Kelli Larson accompanied the kids on their trip.
Approximately 850 students (grades three-eight) and adults enjoyed the keynote presentation by award-winning author and illustrator Debra Frasier.
After the keynote presentation, students attended three hands-on classes selected from a wide variety of topics related to writing and illustrating. They learned techniques to write humorous columns, how to create their own super hero, what it takes to become a TV news reporter/photographer, hints and tricks to make their writing come alive, how to write a scary story, fantasy or science fiction, how to develop characters, how to draw animal and human characters, how to journal a funny book, the secret formula of storytelling, create their own graphic novel, how to make their writing more interesting with new skills and much more.

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

Evers named Co. board chairman

January 16, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met for their first meeting of 2014 this past Tuesday, Jan. 7.
District 1 Representative Don Evers was elected as the 2014 Board Chair, while District 5 Representative Joan Jagt was elected as Board Vice-Chair.
The 2014 mileage rate was approved at the federal rate of 56 cents per mile, and the meal reimbursement per diem was approved at $30.
The board set the 2014 meeting dates for the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 9 a.m.
The board passed a motion to appropriate $100 each to the five Legions/VFWs within the county. The board also approved $300 in funding assistance to be given to the five organizations within the county that are responsible for the operation of the aeration systems within the county’s lakes.

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