Holiday Lighting Contest

January 3, 2016

Lighting Contest 1
The winners of the 2015 Holiday Lighting Contest sponsored by the Lake Benton Area Chamber of Commerce have been announced, and first place went to Lyle and Pam Trautman of Lakeview Street (above).

Lighting Contest 2
Second Place was earned by Lois and Corliss Kock on Harrison Street.

Lighting Contest 3
Chuck and Monica DeBates, also of Harrison Street, took third place in the contest.

New addition to Buffalo Ridge Newspapers

January 3, 2016

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Welcome to Amber Casperson of Marshall, Buffalo Ridge Newspapers’ new graphic designer/ad manager. Contact her at to talk about your advertising needs.

Bob Worth appointed to Lake Benton City Council

December 24, 2015


At the final regular meeting of 2015, the Lake Benton City Council voted to appoint Bob Worth to a one-year term as a trustee of the council in order to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of council trustee Susan Johnson. Worth and Larry Robins were the two volunteer candidates the council chose between, and a ballot vote determined Worth as the interim trustee for the year 2016. Worth will take the oath of office at the first meeting of 2016 on Jan. 4.

Read more in this week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal.

Lake Benton Elementary Christmas Concert

December 24, 2015


Lake Benton Elementary School presented its 2015 Christmas Concert last Tuesday evening in the elementary gymnasium. Above, the kindergarten class sings “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” complete with gestures.

KMHL Broadcasting radio tower falls northwest of town

December 24, 2015

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A portion of KMHL Broadcasting/Marshall Radio’s receiver tower northwest of Lake Benton broke off and fell to the ground last Thursday morning. A representative from Marshall Radio said that the station was off the air in the area for 14 hours with eight hours of programming being influenced before the signal was relayed from another nearby tower. Fortunately, the main antenna was located just below the break, so signal quality is still satisfactory in Marshall, Brookings and Sioux Falls regions. Plans are in place to rebuild an all new tower in the future since the current tower is severely compromised.

School board adopts levy payable 2016

December 24, 2015

The Lake Benton Board of Education adopted its 2015 payable 2016 tax levy in the maximum of amount of $804,353 during the final regular meeting of 2015 last Wednesday, Dec. 16. In other business, the board unanimously approved a resolution directing administration to make recommendations for reductions in programs and positions with reasons therefore. During board discussion, Superintendent Ryan Nielsen spoke about the school not having an official records retention schedule in place. The school is currently running short of storage space for its records, and a records retention schedule will help free up space. A model policy for the board’s adoption will be on the agenda at the Jan. 20 meeting. During his administration report, Nielsen explained that many schools are beginning to use standards-based grading instead of letter grading. Standards-based grading provides students and parents with a more in-depth analysis of where the student is succeeding or falling short. The Lake Benton School District is looking to move toward this grading system in the future.

Commissioners approve year end purchases

December 24, 2015

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to contribute up to $8,500 toward the purchase of a notill drill, which will be used by the Lincoln County Soil and Water department for seeding buffer areas and CRP acres. Bids for the drill have been sought; two had been received by the time of the Tuesday, Dec. 15 meeting, with the lowest at that time being from Canby at $31,629. Randy Kraus, District Technician, and Pauline VanOverbeke, District Manager of Lincoln County Soil and Water, who were both on hand to present information on the need and use for the drill, said there were funds available through the Buffer Program and most of the cost of the drill would be covered. VanOverbeke did request the county’s assistance to cover the remaining cost, which would be about $8,500. County Engineer Dave Halbersma gave the Highway Department report, providing project updates. Halbersma first updated the Commissioners on the County Road 9 project, saying that Excel Energy is struggling to find a good solution to replacing the poles that are in the way. He will continue to update the commissioners on the project.

Read more in this week’s Valley Journal.

Elkton-Lake Benton Winter Concert

December 17, 2015

The High School Chorus is pictured above as they sing one of their numbers during the Elkton-Lake Benton winter concert held in Elkton, South Dakota last Thursday evening.

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

Lady Elks defeated by Cardinals in close game to open season

December 17, 2015

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Morgan Carmody of the Lady Elks lines up a free throw while her teammates get into position in last Tuesday evening’s season-opening game held in Lake Benton against the Deuel Cardinals.

By Steven J. Hurd


The Elkton-Lake Benton Lady Elks suffered a tough loss, 51-52, last Tuesday evening in Lake Benton during their season-opener against the Deuel Cardinals.
The Lady Elks played a back-and-forth game with the Cardinals. The Lady Elks trailed early in the game, but they fought back to gain the lead a few different times in the first half.

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

Lake Benton Lions Club donates $18,500 to Busselman family

December 17, 2015

Lions Club Donation
Lake Benton Lions Club representatives Mike Otto, left, and Mike Czech, right, presented Tammy and Dave Busselman, center, with a check totaling $18,500 from the proceeds of the Lions Benefit Breakfast held last Sunday, Dec. 6 in Lake Benton.