Lincoln County will receive increased wind energy revenue

March 12, 2015

County Assessor Bruce Niels­en reported to the Lincoln Coun­ty Board of Commissioners that the Department of Revenue sent out wind tower energy produc­tion reports and, because of a statute change, the production revenue calculation has changed and will result in an increase of revenue from wind energy pro­duction. The increased revenue will be allocated to the county it­self as well as to Lincoln County townships and schools.
A Board of Appeal and Equal­ization meeting was set for June 16 at 6:30 p.m.
Amber Scholten provided a re­port on behalf of Lincoln County Emergency Management. She explained that a Minnesota Haz­ard Mitigation Grant is available. A motion was approved to sub­mit a notice of interest by the deadline of March 6.
Lincoln County Environmental Supervisor Robert Olsen brought forward the 2014 Annual Coun­ty Feedlot Officer Annual Report and Performance Credit Report. Both reports were approved.

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Let’s round ‘em up

March 6, 2015

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A large crowd enjoyed an evening of cowboy vittles, silent and live auctions, random incarcerations and stories from the trail at the Lake Benton Area Foundation Gala this past Saturday at the Center Post.

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City supports summer recreation program

March 6, 2015

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Jenny Nordmeyer and Janell DeVries came before the Lake Benton City Council at the first regular meeting of March to discuss the possibility of restarting a summer recreation program for local children in June and July.
The city took no action, but the council is supportive of helping in the development of a program. Grants will be applied for and local donations will be sought to take some financial strain off the city.
Nordmeyer and DeVries were asked to come back to the next meeting on March 16 with a general plan and more information regarding what will be offered during the summer recreation program so that the city can estimate how much funding the program will require.
Police Chief Guy Harding provided his police report for February to the council. Chief Harding mentioned the loss of Brianna Thooft and Brad Lund that occurred in early February.
“I think we are all aware of the tragic loss of life in Lake Benton,” said Chief Harding. “We were a small part of what went on. We owe a great debt of thanks to the people that came down from throughout the state and outside of the state. It’s amazing what you can do if you have the right people.”
Trustee Susan Johnson requested a list of all parties who assisted in the search so formal thanks can be given to them.

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4-H Afterschool learning photography

March 6, 2015

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There were 23 Lake Benton Elementary students practicing photography at the 4-H Afterschool program. The group learned photography basics and critiqued sample photos for imperfections. They had several different cameras—ranging from a 35mm manual, a Polaroid, a 1955 Duraflex 620, to even a 1950 Kodak Brownie camera. It was a challenge for them to look through a viewfinder instead of the digital-type screen on the back. They paired up to take photos using what they learned about taking good pictures and at the end of the session each student was able to take home their very own digital photo.

Fire department updates local townships on service in 2014

February 26, 2015

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The group was all smiles as door prizes were given away during the Lake Benton Fire Department’s annual meeting held at the Lake Benton Community Center last Thursday evening.

By Steven Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The annual meeting of the Lake Benton Fire Department, City of Lake Benton and the area townships took place last Thursday evening at the Lake Benton Community Center.
City Council Trustee Al Lindemann presided over the meeting and representatives were present from Drammen Township, Ash Lake Township, Diamond Lake Township, Fountain Prairie Township, Lake Benton Township, Shaokatan Township and Verdi Township. The purpose of the meeting was for the Lake Benton Fire Department to update these townships regarding the past year of service.
The financial report was provided by Fire Chief Pat McCarthy. In 2014, the department’s total revenues were $66,561 compared to $55,949 in 2013. Expenditures for the department in 2014 totaled $49,625 compared to $33,877 in 2013. The department has $148,086 in its capital improvement reserve fund.
The department received $10,241 this past year in run fees from service calls. This money was placed into a CD at First Security Bank, and it will be used in the future to take some financial burden off the city and townships.

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City addresses sidewalk ordinance

February 26, 2015

By Steven Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council revisited the topic of the city’s current sidewalk ordinance at their meeting last Tuesday evening at the Lake Benton Heritage Center. After discussion with legal counsel, it was determined that removal of sidewalks without replacement within the city can be approved by the council on a case-by-case basis with specific reasons being stated for said removal.
This determination followed an inquiry by Travis Lustfield of Grant Street as to whether he could remove the deteriorated sidewalk that is to the east of his property. The council approved allowing Lustfield to remove the sidewalk without replacing it because it is unsafe and unused by the general public.
Teri and Dave Bukowski were placed on the agenda in order to speak to the council regarding the continuing issue of speeding vehicles entering city limits from the south on Highway 75.
A speed study conducted by the Minnesota Department of Transportation last year determined that 60 percent of drivers entering town from the south were speeding.

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School Board approves budget

February 26, 2015

By Steven Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The board approved its revised 2014-2015 budget with expenditures in the amount of $2,278,694 and revenues in the amount of $2,409,131. This equates to roughly $130,000 in surplus funds.
The board took no action on the administrative report on recommendations for staffing and programs. Superintendent Ryan Nielsen recommended that no changes be made at this time. Nielsen did mention that if enrollment continues to increase, staff may need to be added next year.
The board discussed its 2015-2016 service agreements with the SW/SC Service Cooperative. These agreements will be revisited and approved at the March meeting.

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Transit and golf cart usage ordinance discussed at commissioners meeting

February 26, 2015

By Tammy Mathison 
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners heard from Cara Nielsen, head of the Lincoln County Transit, who requested approval of a resolution to con­tinue talks with the Lyon County Transit.
Nielsen said there has been one meeting, and, this being a step process, the next step was for the Lincoln and Lyon County Boards of Commissioners to ap­prove a resolution to continue talks.
Nielsen said one of the ques­tions is whether Lyon County will absorb or administrate Lin­coln County Transit. If it is ab­sorbed, then the drivers union will be dissolved and there will be a name change. If it is to ad­ministrate, then the union would still be in play, and it would still be Lincoln County.
“We will see what the num­bers are and go from there,” said Nielsen. “It’s going to be a long process.”

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Cheerleaders in the making

February 20, 2015

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The Elkton-Lake Benton cheerleading squad is seen here as they lead the elementary students from Elkton Elementary and Lake Benton Elementary in a routine that was prepared during the Cheer Clinic earlier in the day last Friday.

By Steven Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
For around ten years now, the Elkton High School cheerleading squad has been offering a yearly cheer clinic open to elementary students.
Since the merger of the Elkton and Lake Benton schools, the cheer clinic has been open to students from Lake Benton Elementary as well as those from Elkton Elementary.
“It’s a fundraiser for the girls to raise money for their cheerleading squad, and these little kids just love this,” explained Cheerleading Coach Kim Huber. “It’s a way to get these kids to learn these cheers as well, and they’ll get them going during football and basketball games.”
The cheer clinic takes place in Elkton, is open to students from preschool to sixth grade, and is instructed by the current cheerleading squad – most of which attended the cheer clinic themselves when they were in elementary school.

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Students from Elkton Elementary and Lake Benton Elementary that took part in last Friday’s Cheer Clinic as seen here prior to their performance along with their instructors – the Elkton-Lake Benton cheerleading squad.

Elkton-Lake Benton Elks upset Arlington Cardinals in conference battle Monday

February 20, 2015

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Heath Schindler is seen here as he floats to the basket while having multiple photos taken of him during Monday evening’s 73-49 victory over the Arlington Cardinals at home in Elkton.

By Steven Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 

The Elkton-Lake Benton Elks took down the conference-lead­ing Arlington Cardinals 73-49 at home this past Monday evening in Elkton.
In their most recent faceoff, the Cardinals took a win from the Elks in the Dakota Valley Conference championship held in Elkton on Jan. 24.
“It was a fun game,” said Head Coach Steve Erickson. “We played them earlier in the year, and it was the same kind of basketball game except nobody pulled away like we did tonight.”
The Elks and Cards each came out of the gate firing on all cyl­inders on Monday with multiple lead changes occurring in the first half of play.
The Elks trailed by a single point at the end of the first quar­ter 16-17, but they retaliated in the second quarter and went into the half with a two point lead over the Cards 35-33.

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