World War II memories of the homefront

June 1, 2017

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Memorial Day brings memo­ries of loved ones and allows us to honor our veterans. For some, however, Memorial Day is also a time to reflect on the past. Fran Hanson and Jean Carr remem­bered the days of World War II, when those at home sacrificed for the war effort and worried about those they loved serving across the world, as well as those who were still at home.
Carr took care of her family’s hardware store, Marti Hardware, shortly after she graduated from high school in 1943 during World War II…

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Music Fest is a friendly event

June 1, 2017

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Two dance floors were set up at the Music Fest. Couples of all ages and from all over the nation enjoyed the music and fellowship throughout the weekend.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The annual Music Fest held at the Larry Olsen Farm took place over the past weekend. People from as close as Lake Benton and as far away as California gathered together to enjoy the music, food, and fellowship. What is it about Olsen’s Music Fest that makes it one of the largest in the nation?
Evan and Barb from Fergus Falls are back for their third year. They shared that they found the event on “Funtime Polka,” a Pioneer Public Televi­sion production. “We thought well, why not?” Evan stated. They both shared that they enjoy the music, but it is the people that brings them back. “We’ve gotten to know some people…Sometimes we will see some of them at other dances we are at.”

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The raising of the flags

June 1, 2017

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Members of Henry Sollie Post 10 of the American Legion and volunteers from the community placed 130 dedicated flags and between 250 and 300 individual flags at Memorial Hill Cemetery on Saturday, May 27.

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Lake Benton Cemetery Association serves generation after generation

June 1, 2017

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The Lake Benton Cemetery Association has been serving Lake Benton since the late 1800s. If you would like to join the Cemetery Association, or make a donation, contact the Lake Benton City Office.

Winning Poppy Posters at LBE selected

May 26, 2017

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The Ladies Auxiliary presented awards for the top Poppy Posters. Pictured are, from front left, Miles Christiansen – fifth grade, Elijah Determan – fourth grade, Brooklyn Schmidt – fourth grade, and Ronnie VanDeWalle – fifth grade. In back are Kayla Goertz – sixth grade, Kailyn Drietz – sixth grade, Aubree Bales – fifth grade, and Jenae Christensen – fifth grade.

Lake Benton First Responders needs members

May 25, 2017

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Former First Responders Bev Martinson and Caren Petersen catch up as Ron Petersen listens in.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The City of Lake Benton recently proclaimed May 21-27 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week. In celebration of EMS Week, the Lake Benton First Responders held an open house at the First Responders building on Thursday, May 18. The First Responders served hot dogs and sides and gave tours of the vehicles and building. Recently, the Valley Journal had the chance to interview Chuck DeBates, a member of the team.
According to DeBates, the Lake Benton First Responders need help from the community. But they are not asking for money. While donations are always welcomed, the Responders are looking for new volunteers to join the team. “Currently, there are nine people on the team,” DeBates shared, “15-20 [members] would be a wonderful number to get.”

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

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The Lake Benton First Responders held an open house on Thursday, May 18 at the EMS building.

Memorial Day program to be held Monday, May 29

May 25, 2017

By Nancy Mulder
valleyjournaloffice@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton American Legion Henry Sollie Post 10 will be holding the Memorial Day service at the Lake Benton Opera House on Monday, May 29 at 9:30 a.m. Pastor Richard Riley, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Lake Benton, will be the chaplain for the service. There will be special music by the Grace Lutheran Men as well as audience participation led by Bob Worth and Chuck DeBates. The speaker this year is CSM Dwayne Koehntopp, a World War II veteran.

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Clean Air Ordinance presented at Lincoln County Board meeting

May 25, 2017

Ann Orren of Southwest Health and Human Services (SWHHS) spoke to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners last week, presenting informa­tion on a Clean Air Ordinance.
Orren told the board that in 2007, the State of Minnesota had passed an ordinance re­garding smoking inside, and in 2014 added e-cigarettes, ban­ning the use in government-owned buildings, hospitals, schools and state colleges.
Orren talked to the Lincoln County Board of Commission­ers about creating an indoor air policy for the county, including e-cigarettes in the policy and creating setbacks from entranc­es and exits of at least 10 feet for smokers.

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Scoreboards and technology discussed by school board

May 25, 2017

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton School Board met for their regular meeting on May 17 in the school library. All trustees were present, as well as Superintendent Luther Onken and Principal Dale Weegman. Guests included music teacher Marijane Borresen.
The minutes of the special April 26 meeting and the regular April 19 meeting were reviewed and approved. Claims against the school totaling $88,340.29 were approved to be paid.
There was no old business on the agenda. Discussion turned immediately to new business…

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Secretary of State Steve Simon visits Lincoln county

May 25, 2017

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Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon made a stop at the Lincoln County Courthouse last Friday to talk with Barb Dybdahl and County Auditor Deb Vierhuf about last year’s election process.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Secretary of State Steve Simon dropped in at the Lincoln County Court­house in Ivanhoe on Friday as part of his yearly state­wide tour. Simon visited with County Auditor Deb Vierhuf and Deputy Audi­tor Barb Dybdahl to learn of any issues that may have shown up during the recent election.
Overall, Vierhuf said the local election process went smoothly.
“It went really well,” Vi­erhuf told Simon.

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