Friendship on a foundation of fishing

June 26, 2014

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Tim Johns, left, and Todd Lau, right, are pictured doing a dramatic reenactment of the many times they reeled in fish during their week-long stay at Becker’s Resort earlier this fishing season.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Todd Lau is a 1980 graduate of Lake Benton High School. In 1987, while both were working at Bayliner in Pipestone, Todd met Pipestone native Tim Johns. From then on, a friendship developed and the primary component of that friendship was and still is a love of fishing.
For the past three years the pair has taken a week-long vacation from their busy lives to come back to Becker’s Resort in Lake Benton for some rest, relaxation and fishing.
Lau now lives in Albert Lea, while Johns calls Williston, N.D. home. Even though they have traveled in different directions throughout their lives, they still make time to come back each year to the area where they grew up to catch their limit of walleye.
“We’re just good friends and we get together here once a year to fish,” said Johns. “We’ve limited out the last three years every day we’ve fished.”

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

Relay For Life this Friday

June 26, 2014

The Lincoln County Fairgrounds in Tyler will be lit up this Friday night as the Lincoln County Relay for Life 2014 kicks off.
The 4-H Pavilion building will have a Pork Chop dinner starting at 5 p.m. along with Luminaria sales, a smart shop and silent auction.
Cancer survivor sign up will also be held at the 4-H Pavilion building with a group photo being taken during the opening ceremony.
Team photos will begin at 6 p.m. at the team campsites.
Entertainment will be provided by the Hendricks Grlizzlies Gymnastics Team from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
The opening ceremonies will begin at 7 p.m. with emcee Chris Clarke.
The Luminaria Lighting Ceremony will be held at 9 p.m.
The silent auction will close at 10 .m. and the evening team activities will begin shortly after.
Closing ceremonies will be held at 5 a.m. where the winners will be announced and more.

Barber named Honorary Chair of 2014 Relay For Life of Lincoln County

June 26, 2014

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Clint “Buck” Barber of Arco is pictured above, right, with Heidi Hansen. Barber is the 2014 Relay For Life Honorary Survivor and Hansen is one of this year’s Honorary Caregivers.

The 2014 Relay for Life Honorary Survivor is Clint “Buck” Barber of Arco. He’s just 22 years old and has gone through more than most people go through in a lifetime.
Buck was diagnosed with Hodgkins-Lymphoma on Nov. 30, 2012 and after a period of recovery, was rediagnosed in July 2013. His series of treatments include over thirty chemotherapy treatments, 19 radiation treatments, five bone marrow biopsies, two spinal taps, one port surgery, two tri-fusion line surgeries, and a stem cell transplant.
Even after all these lifesaving procedures, Buck remains humble and hopeful stating, “Everything I’ve gone through has made me a better person and more appreciative of what I have.”
His father Bill Barber, step-mother Dee Barber, and girlfriend Heidi Hansen have been there for Buck throughout it all. “I’ve had a lot of crucial support from these people for my mental and physical health.” He also attributes much of his support to the surrounding communities. “We truly live in a great community who would have your back no matter the circumstances. I have had a lot of support from all of Lincoln County and neighboring communities.”

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

Meester Appointed interim Sheriff

June 26, 2014

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Chad Meester

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
At their second regular June meeting, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners appointed current Lincoln County deputy Chad Meester as interim sheriff effective June 27.
Because outgoing sheriff Jack Vizecky decided to retire from his position before his term was up, this interim position must be filled for the next six months. Meester will serve as interim sheriff for Lincoln County until January of 2015. By that time, a new sheriff will have been elected for the county. The primary elections will take place in August, and the general elections will take place in November.
Lincoln County Emergency Manager Jeanna Sommers represented the information technology committee for the county and brought forth a proposal to hire Southwest Health and Human Services [SHHS] on a one-day-a-week basis to assist with projects to be accomplished by the departments at the Lincoln County facilities.
The plan includes the rotation of personnel from SHHS coming to the facilities so that the staff at the county departments can become adjusted to the different personnel. This rotation will also help the county since each staff member at SHHS has their own area of expertise.

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

Four legs and four wheels

June 19, 2014

While the rain forced the cancelation of some activities, it didn’t stop all the fun during Saddle Horse Holiday in Lake Benton

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The Henry Sollie Post 10 American Legion, along with Mike and Blake DeVries, led the 2014 Saddle Horse Holiday Parade on Sunday.

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The Lights Out team ran their way to victory in the bed races despite the torrential downpour that soaked the competitors at the onset of the event.

For more photos, read this week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal.

Veterans take in Lake Benton

June 19, 2014

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Above: There was a large group from the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne at Becker’s Resort in Lake Benton for the annual fishing trip sponsored by the Second District American Legion.

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Veterans from the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne are pictured boarding a pontoon at Becker’s Resort for their annual fishing trip on Lake Benton Lake.

City opens bids for new water meters

June 19, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Four sealed bids for replacement water meters were submitted to the Lake Benton City Council at their regular meeting on Monday.
The first bid opened was from Ferguson Waterworks. Their bid for a positive displacement meter with a brass body was in the amount of $127,467 with installation costs of $10,640.
The next bid opened was from Dakota Supply Group. Their bid for a positive displacement meter with a brass body was in the amount of $130,207 with installation costs of $30,014.
The third bid opened was from HD Supply. Their bid for a positive displacement meter with a brass body was in the amount of $128,231 with installation costs of $31,843. HD Supply also included a bid for an ultrasonic meter in the amount of $133,389 with installation costs of $37,109.

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

Lincoln County seats up for election

June 19, 2014

Two Lincoln County Commissioner seats and the Lincoln County Sheriff have contested races this year.
Four candidates have filed to serve as Sheriff in Lincoln County. Guy Eric Harding of Lake Benton, Chad Meester of Ivanhoe, Al Rensvold of Tyler and John Spindler of Tyler have each filed for the office of Sheriff.
Three candidates have filed for the District 2 Lincoln County Commissioner seat.
Michael Kevin Lovre, Gary Manson and Michael VanDervere have filed for the District 2 seat currently held by Larry Hansen of Tyler.
A primary election will be held on Aug. 12 for the Sheriff’s position and the District 2 County seat.

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

Historic souvenirs on display at Heritage Center

June 12, 2014

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Carl Burk is pictured unwrapping one of many antique Lake Benton souvenirs that will be on display at the Lake Benton Heritage Center for Saddle Horse Holiday and beyond.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Visitors of the Lake Benton Heritage Center can now see a collection of Lake Benton-themed souvenirs that date back to over a century ago, courtesy of the Burk family.
The souvenirs range from toothpick holders and coffee mugs to ornate spoons and mixing bowls, and each has its own unique Lake Benton, Minn. script inscribed on it.
The antique collectibles represent not only the history of Lake Benton, but they also represent the art of collecting antiquities. Most of the souvenirs were collected throughout the lifetime of the late Jack Burk, but his brother Carl also had a role in amassing the collection.
“Jack would buy them wherever he came across them, and it always gave me something to look forward to,” explained Carl. “When JoAn and I would travel when the kids were growing up, we’d stop in small towns and go through their secondhand stores, and every once in a while we’d get lucky and find a piece.”
Being as old as they are, many of the pieces are of unknown origin, but some can be traced back to as early as 1902 and others have an inscription on the bottom that states they were made in Germany for Ernest Osbeck of Osbeck Grocery.

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

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Carl Burk is pictured in the background as many of his brother Jack’s antique Lake Benton souvenirs can be seen in the foreground.

Agape Singers perform at Lake Benton Opera House

June 12, 2014

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The Agape Singers from Dawson presented a Service of Praise at the Lake Benton Opera House on Sunday evening, June 8.

By Nancy Mulder
lbnews@itctel.com

 
The Agape Singers are a group of students from La Qui Parle, Canby and Dawson-Boyd schools who get together each Wednesday night and have a Bible study and practice Christian contemporary songs so they can perform them around the area in the month of June.
They are freshman through senior high school students who want to share their message. The performance includes singing as well as sharing Bible passages and other Christian messages with the audience. The group has 47 members this year and is celebrating its 41st year.

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