New and previous handgun highly discussed at council meeting

July 21, 2016

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Councilman Al Lindemann

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail. com

The Lake Benton City Council held discussion on the recent purchase of a new handgun by the police department.
Trustee Bob Worth re­scinded the motion made at a previous meeting to not allow former LakeBenton policeman Cole Nordmeyer to purchase a gun he had used when he was on the force. Nor­dmeyer requested that he would be permitted to purchase the gun and took the gun with him to his next city of employ­ment. Police Chief Thor Tollefson told the coun­cil that the money from that sale went to replace the gun that Nordmeyer purchased from the city.

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Rolling Family Singers on the rise

July 13, 2016

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Kids had fun dancing with the Rolling Family Singers on Friday at the library.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Lake Benton is known for artistic talent. We have the Jack Burk Impressionist artwork legacy, the Lake Benton Opera House and the talented performing artists on its stage, and now we have an up and coming performing family group, the Rolling Family Singers. This new group includes Ken and Alecia Rolling and their five children. On Friday, July 8, the Rolling Family Singers performed at the Lake Benton Public Library. This was the first of a string of performances they have scheduled for this summer. After their performance, I had the opportunity to talk to the Rollings about how they got started.

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Historical Star Quilt pattern on display at the Heritage Center

July 13, 2016

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Star Quilts are one of the most valued gifts in the Sioux culture. This handcrafted Star Quilt is on display at the Heritage Center.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Heritage Center is known for displaying local history. In addition to the 1960s display and the display of Lake Benton School Spirit clothing, visitors can also find a beautiful, handmade Star Quilt on display until the beginning of the Benton Fremont Days. While this particular quilt may not have much historical significance, the Star Quilt pattern has plenty.
According to the information provided with the quilt, “the star is an important figure in Sioux ceremonies. It represents the directions from which spirits travel to earth and is a link between the living and the dead.”

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Deer overrunning city? Farmland up for lease

July 13, 2016

By Shelly Finzen
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The Lake Benton City Council met for their regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Heritage Center on Tuesday, July 5. The meeting was opened by Mayor Barb Powell. During the two-minute open forum, community member Don Evers requested that the city open Lake Benton to hunting within city limits. “The deer…are doing so much damage to this town…They are ruining everybody’s trees, bushes, gardens,” Evers stated. After discussion and deliberation about what can be done and what types of hunting would be acceptable, Mayor Powell stated the city will do research into the steps that need to be taken.

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MnDOT reps in Lake Benton to explain Highway 14 project

July 8, 2016

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Senior Engineer Nick Klisch and Lincoln County Parks Superintendent Daryl Schlapkohl discuss the Highway 14 project.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Four representatives of the Minnesota Department of Transportation were on hand Tuesday night to talk about the upcoming US Highway 14 project. Project Engineer Nick Klisch, Resident Engineer Kelly Brunkhorst, Chief Inspector Zac Borresen and Prime Contractor Scott Connor, representing Duininck Inc., explained the project, the detour and some of the technology being incorporated into the project.
US Highway 14 will be improved during the construction period, expected to run from Aug. 1 through mid-September. The Minnesota Department of Transportation will be replacing the guard rails and curb and repairing washout areas along the hill that goes through Hole-in-the-Mountain State Park. The project will include the removal and replacement of the top three inches of road surface between Lake Benton and the South Dakota state line.

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Booming in Benton

July 8, 2016

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Lake Benton Chamber of Commerce Chair Dan Kuss presented a First Dollar Award to Pat Haynes Computers last week.

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Expressway Manager Steven Hurd accepted the First Dollar Award last week.

Thune, Klobuchar say all calls to connect

July 8, 2016

Bipartisan effort aims to improve persistent phone call completion problem plaguing South Dakota, Minnesota

Persistent phone call completion problems in rural states are creating major inconveniences for families, hurting businesses, and threatening public safety, but a bill introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) and supported by Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota) could fix the problem.
The Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act would direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to establish basic quality standards for providers that transmit voice calls to help ensure businesses, families, and emergency responders can count on phone calls being completed. The bill passed the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee chaired by Thune. The legislation next goes before the full Senate. Companion legislation has also been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Another championship for the girls fastpitch team

June 30, 2016

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Softball champions, from left to right in front, are Courtney Kanthak, Hannah Berg, Adrianna Johnson, Carmen Skyberg and Kaitlyn Draper; in back are Coach Jerid Johnson, Mallary Remund, Lauren Powers, Morgan Moeller, Abby Hollingsworth, Makayla Shriver, Katie Scotting, Jasmine Jensen and Coach Seth Shriver.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton 16U Fastpitch team competed in the Interlakes Youth Fastpitch Tournament on June 18–19 held at Madison, South Dakota. The team brought home the trophy by being undefeated, with a final tournament record of 6–0.
On Saturday, June 18 the girls played three games. The first against the Brandon Power team resulted in a 6–4 win.

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Wildcats continue in playoffs

June 30, 2016

The Buffalo Ridge Wildcats advance in the playoffs, despite only having 15 players, with a 61-14 win over the Watertown Rebels. Once again the Wildcat defense played a good game with one fumble recovery, five interceptions and three quarterback sacks, even though five defensive starters were missing.
Jon Gorter led the team with nine tackles and one interception. Austin Appel had eight tackles and Enrique Gomez added six. Travis King had six tackles as well as a fumble recovery, a batted pass and an interception he returned for a touchdown. JJ McGeath had two interceptions and one-and-a-half quarterback sacks. Jonah Walker added two-and-a-half sacks and Zach Schrank had one interception.

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County Relay For Life event raised over $25,000 so far; fundraising continues

June 30, 2016

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Dozens of cancer survivors participated in the ceremonial first lap around the track at Friday’s Relay For Life event in Lake Benton.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The 2016 Relay For Life of Lincoln County event was held Friday evening at Hole-in-the-Mountain Park in Lake Benton. Hundreds gathered at the event on the warm and windy summer night to raise money and awareness in the battle against cancer.
The Opening Ceremonies included a speech from Avera Tyler Administrator Jonathan Moe, explaining why the company is a corporate donor to Relay For Life.

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