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

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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.

Speaking in Morse Code

January 16, 2014

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 
A stroke of luck gave Nels Jorgensen the opportunity to attend Radio School while stationed in Germany during the Korean Conflict in 1955 and 1956.
“I really didn’t know a lot about radio communications, a version of Morse Code,” he said. “I took a test in basic training to see if I was eligible to attend school and guessed at the answers, randomly checking the boxes. It was 95 percent luck that I passed,” Nels chuckled. “I scored an 18, or 87 percent. Twenty percent was the top.”
He spent every day from 8 a.m to 4 p.m. for eight weeks attending morse code school.
“You really had to concentrate to remember all of the codes,” he said. “I could do 18 words per minute.”

 

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

Ice fishing on Lake Benton

January 13, 2014

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Pictured are some of the permanent ice houses that can be seen on Lake Benton as the owners hope that their spot is the lucky one.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 

The recent spell of cold weather in Lake Benton has made life difficult, but for those of you interested in ice fishing, the weather has provided some of the better fishing conditions that Lake Benton has had in years.
A nice, thick layer of ice has formed on the lake, and that means safe fishing conditions. With the temperature forecasted to be on the rise, fishing conditions should improve even more in the coming days and weeks.
Owner of Veire’s Mini Mart and local outdoor authority Dave Lueck provided some information regarding the current fishing conditions in Lake Benton.
“When you have cold-front fishing, which is what we have right now with the massive cold fronts that we’ve had come through, the fish usually are neutral or in a negative state,” explained Lueck. “When this happens, the fish just kind of lie on the bottom and don’t really do anything; but once the weather stabilizes and starts to warm up, the fish get active.”

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

Lake Benton Lions and FD serve up a warm meal

January 13, 2014

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Above: The Lake Benton Lions Club held their benefit breakfast for the Lake Benton Fire Department and First Responders on Sunday, Jan. 5 at the Center Post party room. Despite the cold weather, they said they had a steady flow of people coming to support them throughout the morning.

 

Below: The Lake Benton Fire Department members and the First Responders helped with serving the meals, cooking and cleaning up at the Lions Breakfast on Sunday, Jan. 5. Pictured above are Corey Berger, Pat McCarthy and Jeff Christensen.

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City set to hire new admin.

January 13, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
During the first meeting of 2014, a personnel committee recommended that the Lake Benton City Council hire Eileen Christensen as the city’s new administrator/clerk effective Jan. 27. The starting salary was recommended to be set at $42,500 with benefits.
The personnel committee also recommended that current clerk Rosie DeZeeuw stay on for two hours per day for a one-year period. At the end of that one year’s time, it would be up to the new administrator/clerk to recommend to the council whether or not DeZeeuw’s position with the city would continue.
A 30-day notice will also be issued to Kinner and Company for the cancellation of their work contract with the city. Kinner and Company will stay on until March 1 to assist with anything the new administrator might need.

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

Valley Journal looks back at 2013-Part Two

January 2, 2014

Check out some of the the events that happened throughout the last half of 2013 in this week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal.

Lake Benton lighting contest winners

January 2, 2014

 

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Berniece Johannsen was selected to receive first place in this year’s holiday lighting contest in Lake Benton that was sponsored by the OtterTail Power Company in conjunction with the Lake Benton Chamber of Commerce. Berniece received $100 in Chamber Bucks for her creative decorating.

For other contest winners photos, read this week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal.