DeRuyter, Junker and Boll participate in Honor Band

November 16, 2016

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Pictured left to right are Elkton-Lake Benton band students Daniel Junker on trombone, Joanna Boll on flute and Cole DeRuyter on trumpet, participating in the Augustana Honor Band Saturday night.

By Nancy Mulder
valleyjournaloffice@gmail.com

 
Three Elkton-Lake Benton High School band students attended the Augustana Honor Band event. Cole DeRuyter of Lake Benton and Daniel Junker and Joanna Boll of Elkton, South Dakota were the participants.

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

Area residents bring “A Christmas Carol” to life in upcoming production

November 10, 2016

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The Ghost of Jacob Marley (played by Dr. Steven Snow of Tyler) and his gang of ghosts terrorize Ebenezer Scrooge (Stu Melby of Brookings, South Dakota) during a scene from “A Christmas Carol” opening Nov. 10 at the Lake Benton Opera House.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Christmas will arrive a bit early this year for some, as the Lake Benton Opera House will present the retelling of the classic Charles Dickens story, “A Christmas Carol.” The production opens for a 10-show run, beginning Thursday, Nov. 10 and closing on Nov. 20.
Tom Schmitt of Porter will be playing the part of Tiny Tim’s father, Bob Cratchit. Schmitt will be familiar to Opera House regulars after playing the part of the Cowardly Lion in the “Wizard of Oz” in 2014 and as Lazar Wolf last year in “Fiddler on the Roof.” Schmitt admits that the show is a big time commitment and a long round trip from Porter, but he couldn’t resist the draw.

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

Veterans Day program Nov. 11 at LB Elementary

November 10, 2016

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Veterans Day is a time to honor all members of the armed services. Lake Benton Elementary School will honor veterans at a program Friday afternoon.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Friday will be a day when banks and government offices are closed across the nation. It is a day when military veterans are honored and thanked for their service to the country. But what is the story behind the holiday?
In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, a temporary ceasefire, called an armistice, was called between the Allied nations and Germany during WWI. This became known as Armistice Day the following year.

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

Concerns over posted signs brought up at city council meeting

November 10, 2016

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Robin McChesney and Larry Robins brought concerns and questions to the Open Forum during Monday’s City Council meeting.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council met for their regular meeting on Monday evening. All City Trustees were present, as well as City Clerk/Administrator Eileen Christensen and City Maintenance Supervisor Todd Draper.
The meeting opened with the Open Forum. Robin McChesney brought up concerns with the new sign posted in the city’s Limited Parking lot. As read by McChesney, the new sign states, “Limited parking only. Visitors will be towed at owner’s expense.” This sign is located immediately in front of another sign that reads, “CHS Private Property. Authorized parking only.” McChesney pointed out that nowhere on these signs are there any time limitations posted.

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

Donkey Basketball comes to Lake Benton

November 10, 2016

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The students in the Elkton-Lake Benton FFA Chapter know how to have fun and they know how to share the fun with everyone else. They are bringing Donkey Basketball to the Lake Benton Elementary School gym on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. with a meal offered before the games beginning at 5 p.m.
Donkey Basketball is a basketball game played on real, live donkeys. Players must be on the donkey before they can pass or shoot the ball. The games promise to be wilder than a rodeo and more fun than the circus, especially because it will be locals on the court.

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

Election countdown

November 3, 2016

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The 2016 election is less than one week away. As mentioned in a previous edition, the citizens of Lake Benton have alot of choices to make, but the most important choice that can be made is to vote in the first place.
Voters can find information at the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.state.mn.us. Once you reach the site, click on “Elections and Voting” at the top of the page. Voters can find a sample ballot by clicking on the “What’s on My Ballot?” link in the drop-down menu. If they click on the “Get a sample ballot” link on the left of the screen, they will be prompted to enter an address, which will put up the ballot specific to their location. A complete list of candidates will come up. Any candidate or item that is underlined has a link to more information.

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

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Don Evers Candidate for County Commissioner, District 1

 

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Cory Sik Candidate for County Commissioner, District 1

“A Christmas Carol” opens next week at the Opera HouseI

November 3, 2016

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Stu Melby of Brookings, South Dakota will play the part of Ebenezer Scrooge in the Opera House production of “A Christmas Carol,” opening Nov. 10.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
A cast and crew of over 50 area residents will be coming together to present the musical version of Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol” beginning Nov. 10. The show will star Stu Melby of Brookings, South Dakota as Ebenezer Scrooge; Dr. Steven Snow of Tyler as the Ghost of Jacob Marley; Alan Riedel of Brookings as the Ghost of Christmas Present; Crystal Enga of Marshall as the Ghost of Christmas Past; Kathy Wilmes of Tyler as the Ghost of Christmas Future; Ryan Juutilainen of Marshall and Sara Vogt of Florence as Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig; Tom Schmitt of Porter and Heather Estey of Balaton as Mr. and Mrs. Cratchit; Caleb Thul of Balaton as Tiny Tim; and Peter Engels of Ivanhoe and Alexis Christensen of Lake Benton as Teenage Ebenezer and Emily. Graham Dinnel of Lake Benton will play the part of Young Ebenezer. The show is under the direction of Mark Wilmes of Tyler.
Show dates are Nov. 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 13, 19, 20 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling 507-368-4620 or going to www.lakebentonoperahouse.org.

Friends of the Library (FOL)—United for the local public library

November 3, 2016

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Patrons love reading and relaxing in the double rocker donated to the library by the Friends of the Library. Graham Dinnel, right, is pictured reading to his younger sister Joy.

 

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

United we stand; divided we fall. The Friends of the Library (FOL) would like to invite you to unite with them and stand to­gether to support the Lake Ben­ton Public Library. Recently, the Valley Journal had the chance to chat with them about the group, its history, and its goals for the future.
The Lake Benton FOL was founded in 2008 by Shawna So­derholm of Lake Benton. After a discussion with former Library Director Shanna Worth, Soder­holm realized the LakeBenton library needed extra help…

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

Harvest art winner

November 3, 2016

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Congratulations to Lake Benton sixth grade student Aubrey Schindler for winning the most recent art contest. The theme was “Harvest,” and artist Schindler chose to draw a John Deere combine. Thank you, Aubrey, for a job well done!

E-LB marching bands end season on a good note

November 3, 2016

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The Elkton-Lake Benton Junior High Band took first place in marching band competition. Banner carriers are Renya Castro-Felix, left, and Tyler Jurrens.

By Nancy Mulder
valleyjournaloffice@gmail.com

The Elkton-Lake Ben­ton Junior High and High School Marching Bands finished up their march­ing season in Volga, South Dakota at the Sioux Valley Marching Competition.
Band Director Amy Weight stated, “It was overall a very good day, as both bands demonstrat­ed improvement in their marching routines.”

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