LBVE awards bikes to bike rodeo winners

July 11, 2013

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Lane Schindler, left, and Madisyn Nielsen are pictured with the new bikes they won at the Saddle Horse Holiday Bike Rodeo.

As part of the Saddle Horse Holiday weekend, the Lake Benton Volunteers for Education (LBVE) held a bike rodeo for the children.
The winners of the bikes were Lane Schindler and Madisyn Nielsen.
Since they wanted to get the right size bike for each winner, the bikes had to be ordered by the Lake Benton Hardware store and they finally arrived this past week. The hardware store personnel assembled the bikes for the children.
Lane and Madisyn would like to thank the Lake Benton Volunteers for Education and the hardware store for their new bikes.

First Baptist Church celebrates 125 years

July 11, 2013

In May 1888 a small group of people came together at the home of G. H. Bradley to discuss and form a Baptist church in the Village of Lake Benton. The church has now existed for 125 years and will celebrate the occasion this coming weekend, July 13-14.
The anniversary begins with an informal reunion time and supper on Saturday evening. Former members, pastors and friends, along with current members, will get caught up with each other in the church’s fellowship area. On Sunday the celebration will continue with a 10 a.m. service. Several congregational hymns and selected vocal numbers will be included in the service along with remarks from three former pastors— Leon Leeds, Don Paulsen and Robert Allen.
Following a catered meal at the Lake Benton Community Center, there will be another service occurring at 2 p.m. followed by refreshments.
In its history, First Baptist Church has had 27 pastors with several members attending Bible college or seminary. The church resided on the corner of Fremont and Benton Streets for 100 years before moving to its current location in 1994. The public is cordially invited to attend any of the gatherings.

County gets RSVP report

July 11, 2013

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Robin Weis, Executive Director of RSVP of Southwest Minnesota, spoke to the Lincoln County Commissioners at their July 2 meeting, providing the Commissioners with the 2012 Annual Report. Weis reported a total of 2,089 volunteers with 251,318 hours of service to 330 enrolled stations within the six member counties of Lincoln, Cottonwood, Murray, Nobles, Redwood and Rock.
Roseanne Lasnetski, RSVP representative in Lincoln County, provided a report on Lincoln County volunteer activity in 2012. There were 337 total volunteers, with 281 of them being active volunteers, with a total of 41,625 hours.
Lasnetski spoke of services provided in Lincoln County, including caregiver consultation and respite services, Bone Builders, which is an exercise program, and Good Morning, which is a telephone reassurance program for older adults—they receive a phone call on a regular basis which helps them to maintain independence, but still have peace of mind with someone checking in. These are just a few of the volunteer areas in Lincoln County.

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

LB Heritage Center hosts Homefront exhibit

July 5, 2013

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A patron of the Lake Benton Heritage Center peruses some of the Minnesota Homefront materials during Saddle Horse Holiday weekend.

 

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Minnesota Homefront exhibit, part of the Minnesota Historical Society Traveling Exhibits Program, is now on display at the Lake Benton Heritage Center.
The exhibit came to Lake Benton on May 25 and will be available for viewing until July 14.
The exhibit shows how ordinary Minnesotans worked and sacrificed during World War II.
“It really kind of gives you a whole history of what it was like to be on the home front here during the war when the guys and the girls went over to fight,” said Lincoln County Veterans Service Officer Dan Kuss. “It’s kind of cool to hear the stories of these people.”
The exhibit is part of a traveling exhibits program that brings Minnesota history to communities all around the state.

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

Relay For Life held in Tyler

July 5, 2013

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The Relay For Life team Haugen’s Heroes and We Love Lucy from the Lake Benton area are pictured during the opening ceremony.

By Robert Wolfington
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Lincoln County Relay For Life held its annual event Friday, June 28.
Despite some windy conditions, the trail that circles the Lincoln County Fairgrounds in Tyler was filled with luminaries for those affected by cancer.
The kick-off to the event included speeches from newly-diagnosed cancer survivor Kelly Stewart and caregiver Ila Possail.
More than 40 cancer survivors were registered in attendance during the opening ceremonies and they came together for a survivor picture.

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

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Following an opening ceremony the Relay For Life walk started with survivors taking to the trail.

Council approves new juvenile curfew

July 5, 2013

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The first regular July meeting of the Lake Benton City Council was held this past Monday, July 1 at 5:30 p.m. at the Lake Benton Heritage Center.
One of the first items on the agenda was to approve and make payment on the claims against the city.
Police Chief Guy Harding gave the police report. Harding reiterated the issue of juvenile complaints within the city.
This led to the board approving the Juvenile Curfew Ordinance No. 21, originally written in 1912, which was modified to include those up to age 17 instead of the previous age of 16. The curfew time will be extended until 10 p.m. instead of the previous time of 9 p.m., and the fine will increase from $10 to $100 for violation of the curfew.
“It’s a case of where are your kids, what are they doing, who are they with and what are they doing out late at night?” said Harding. “It’s not intended to crush anyone’s spirit, it’s just intended to get people to take notice of what’s going on around them.”
The ordinance will be published next week, then it will be enforced.

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

Ruthton to celebrate 125th July 4 weekend

July 5, 2013

Ruthton will celebrate it’s 125th year this July 4-7 with four days of activities starting Thursday.
A parade will help kick off the event at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 4 with lineup for the parade starting at 10 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church.
Following the parade a potluck will be held at 12:30 p.m. in the park with free prize drawings for both kids and adults.
At 12-3:30 p.m. a car and tractor show with the DeKam handmade tractor display will be running.
Activities will continue Friday, July 5 with a 5K walk/run family event with bikes and strollers welcome.
Registration for the 5K will be at 8 a.m. with the start time of 8:30 a.m.
At 1-5 p.m. an open house at the Ruthton School will be held for Ruthton alumni.
At 8 p.m. Hicktown Mafia will perform during a street dance Friday night.
Saturday, July 6 will feature a craft fair and flea market from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
A Kiddie Tractor Pull is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday.
An old-fashioned fashion show is planned for 2 p.m. at the fire hall.
A number of activities are planned throughout Saturday including Tyler Lions Bingo, live music in the park, bean bag tournament and a movie night.
A community church service is planned for Sunday morning at 10 a.m. in the park.

Buffalo Ridge Two-Cylinder Club tours Lake Benton

June 27, 2013

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A participant in the antique tractor caravan loads up his International Harvester Farmall 560 after the ride and picnic held this past Sunday on Horse Hill in Lake Benton.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Buffalo Ridge Two-Cylinder Club antique tractor caravan took place this past Sunday, June 23.
A total of 28 tractors and one hay rack with 19 riders were driven the 32 miles that the caravan traveled around scenic Lake Benton on Sunday afternoon.
This is the fifth year for the event, which began at noon on Horse Hill in Lake Benton. This is the first year that the caravan has been in Lake Benton.
“We’ve now been through every town in Lincoln County,” said club member Donald Olsen. “It was a perfect day and it’s an enjoyable event.”

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

Stewart and Possail honored at Lincoln Co. Relay For Life

June 27, 2013

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Lincoln County Relay For Life to take place Friday in Tyler

Kelly Stewart is a newly-diagnosed cancer survivor as her journey began just one year ago and she will share her story this Friday night at the Lincoln County Relay for Life.
Stewart was diagnosed with stage three esophageal cancer in August 2012. It was the second day of school for the Lincoln HI Social Studies teacher. She had to put her 16-year teaching career on hold. Instead, she had to start aggressive chemotherapy and radiation every day for six weeks. Following this, she had to let her body heal. Six weeks later she had surgery to remove the tumor located at the junction of the esophagus and stomach. Four weeks after surgery, her doctors recommended a second round of chemo for precautionary reasons. The Lincoln HI teacher has missed a year of work and the medical bills continue to mount. “My faith, family, friends and support of the community has helped me to be strong,” she relates. “This is a life-changing experience and when someone is diagnosed with cancer, it not only affects that person, but family as well.” Please join us in supporting Kelly and all the survivors and “Finish the Fight” at this year’s Relay at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds in Tyler, Friday, June 28 at 6 p.m. A full schedule of the Relay events is located elsewhere in this issue.
Ila Possail’s caregiver duties began several years ago when her son Kendall was diagnosed with stage four Hodgkin’s cancer during his junior year of college. Kendall chose to live his life to the fullest and address his medical needs as they arose. Medical appointments and treatments were a part of his schedule but he remained involved in college and graduated from SMSU in 1981. He then returned to the family farm.

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

County approves logging system

June 27, 2013

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The second June meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners took place at the Lincoln County Courthouse this last Wednesday, June 18 at 2 p.m.
After the approval of the minutes from the first June meeting, Yellow Medicine River Watershed District Administrator Cindy Potz presented a copy of their 2012 Annual Report. She reported that there were not a lot of washouts because of the gentle thaw that occurred this spring, and little to no flood damage occurred as well. The big issue that Potz talked about was funding for flood relief as well as riverbank washouts. Grants and funding are becoming more complicated, so they are looking for a part-time grant writer to help with extra work.

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