Highway 14 reopened

June 4, 2015

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 

The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced this week that construction crews are finishing work on the MnDOT road project on Highway 14 between Highway 23 and Tyler. The road was scheduled to be open to traffic with the detour removed by 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3.
The project, originally scheduled to be completed last fall, was a two-year $5.2 million project. A total of 22 miles of roadway were resurfaced, with bridges repaired at Florence and Balaton.
Flood mitigation wick drains were installed and the highway was raised in a low spot just west of Florence, and work extending through Tracy provided Americans with Disability Act improvements.
The original schedule of for the detour caused some hardship to businesses on Highway 14 in the City of Tyler, as the route skirted the city to the west and north. When the project was extended it exacerbated the problem for a handful of businesses.

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

Memorial Day service held

May 29, 2015

Members of the Lake Benton American Legion Honor Guard are pictured standing at attention as Richie Mulder plays “Taps” during the Veterans Memorial Service on Monday.

Members of the Lake Benton American Legion Honor Guard are pictured standing at attention as Richie Mulder plays “Taps” during the Veterans Memorial Service on Monday.

Members of the Lake Benton American Legion and bugler Richie Mulder march down Benton Street on their way to the Veterans Memorial in front of the Lake Benton Community Center to finish the service.

Members of the Lake Benton American Legion and bugler Richie Mulder march down Benton Street on their way to the Veterans Memorial in front of the Lake Benton Community Center to finish the service.

Graduation ceremonies held at Lake Benton Elementary School

May 29, 2015

Above, the kindergarten class at Lake Benton Elementary School announced that they on their way up to the first grade during their graduation ceremony last Tuesday morning. Below, the sixth grade class sits through one final lecture from Principal/Superintendent Ryan Nielsen during the sixth grade graduation ceremony last Tuesday afternoon.

Above, the kindergarten class at Lake Benton Elementary School announced that they on their way up to the first grade during their graduation ceremony last Tuesday morning. Below, the sixth grade class sits through one final lecture from Principal/Superintendent Ryan Nielsen during the sixth grade graduation ceremony last Tuesday afternoon.

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Some sights from the 21st annual Music Fest

May 29, 2015

The Larry Olsen Polka Band is pictured playing their set to wrap up this year’s Music Fest held out at the farm of Larry and Brenda Olsen.

The Larry Olsen Polka Band is pictured playing their set to wrap up this year’s Music Fest held out at the farm of Larry and Brenda Olsen.

On the fourth and final day of this year’s Music Fest, attendees were still gathering on the dance floor to show off their moves throughout the afternoon on Sunday.

On the fourth and final day of this year’s Music Fest, attendees were still gathering on the dance floor to show off their moves throughout the afternoon on Sunday.

Introducing the Class of 2015

May 21, 2015

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The graduating class of 2015 is seen here as they move their tassels from the right side to the left side during the commencement ceremony that took place at the Elkton High School this past Sunday afternoon.

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Salutatorian Billy Koch and Valedictorian McKenzie DeRuyter are pictured as they deliver a shared commencement address during the ceremony this past Sunday afternoon in Elkton.

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Elkton School Board member Tim Bauer is seen here as he hands Shelby McCarthy her diploma after Superintendent Brian Jandahl announced her name during the ceremony Sunday.

Music Fest begins Thursday

May 21, 2015

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Seen above are some of the Music Fest attendees from last year’s festival as they danced throughout the afternoon to music played by The Larry Olsen Band.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
This year will mark the twenty-first year that Larry and Brenda Olsen will host the annual Music Fest on their farm in Lake Benton.
Every year, attendees come to the festival from an average of 19 different states in the nation.
“There are also 25 volunteers that come up the Monday before the festival and help with setup,” said Brenda. “They are all appreciated, and we thank them for their help. It takes a lot of hard work to get ready for the weekend.”
Over the years, there have been many Polka Festivals throughout the Midwest. Many of them, however, are no longer running.
“We’re proud to say that ours is still going strong,” said Brenda. We hope you can all attend and enjoy a great weekend. Our Music Fest is ‘The Biggest and Best in the Midwest.’”
This year’s festival will run from Thursday, May 21 to Sunday May 24. Music begins at 3 p.m. on Thursday with nine different bands playing throughout the four-day festival.
Every year, an offering is taken during the Sunday morning Polka Worship Service, and those funds are then donated to charity. Last year’s offerings of just over $400 were recently donated to the Lake Benton First Responders in memory of Brad Lund and Brianna Thooft.

City to request coverage from Tyler

May 21, 2015

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
At their second regular May meeting, the Lake Benton City Council discussed plans to move forward with obtaining an interim police chief following the departure of outgoing Police Chief Guy Harding this Friday.
The council offered the position of interim chief to part-time patrolwoman Nicole Fitzsimmons, but she declined the position and tendered her letter of resignation to the council.
The council agreed to have legal counsel request temporary police coverage from the Tyler Police Department. If this request is accepted, a contract will be written up so that Lake Benton will continue to receive patrol coverage until a new police chief is hired.
Milo Downs came before the council on behalf of the Lake Benton Opera House Board to request that they approve allotting approximately $1,200 toward repairs to the southwest corner of the outside of the Kimball Building.

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

Elkton High School holds spring concert

May 14, 2015

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Pictured is the quartet of Cole DeRuyter, Carter Bressler, Lexy Lynn and Marissa Bressler as they perform “America – The New Colossus” during last Friday’s spring concert.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Students at Elkton High School performed their spring concert and received their music awards last Friday evening in the north gymnasium in Elkton, S.D.
Susan Sudtelgte conducted the high school girls choir to open the program as they sang “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” with Joanna Boll performing a solo on her flute to accompany the song.
After freshman awards were presented, the junior high choir performed two musical selections—“Elijah and Joshua” and “Follow the Sun.”
Junior high awards were then presented prior to band director Nicole Perry leading the junior high band in four selections. The junior high band performed “Ashton Overture,” “Revenge of the Dust Bunnies,” “Forward March” and a jazz band version of “Final Countdown.”

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

May declared Poppy Month

May 14, 2015

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Seen above are winners of the poppy poster contest sponsored by the Lake Benton American Legion Auxiliary. Pictured ,from left, are auxiliary member Coralee Rochel, Jasmine Rouge, Madeline Bressler, Madisyn Nielsen, Trinity Hagen, Jacob Timm, Kayla Goertz, Autumn Tooley and auxiliary member Faye Rochel.

Governor Mark Dayton has declared May 2015 as Poppy Month.
The American Legion Auxiliary strongly supports this program, which was established in 1920 when veterans assembled these poppies as a fundraising effort.
The American Legion Auxiliary followed in 1921, and the National Poppy Program was launched in 1924.
The poppy is to remind us all of our fallen heroes plus generate millions of dollars each year to support veterans in need. Wherever you see a bunch of poppies, feel free to leave a donation to support our veterans.
In conjunction with May being declared Poppy Month, the Lake Benton American Legion Auxiliary invited students in fourth, fifth and sixth grades at Lake Benton Elementary School to participate in its annual poppy poster contest.

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

LPRW projects estimated $3.6 million

May 14, 2015

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners was provided with the Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water System (LPRW) 2014 auditors report and a 2015 project overview by CEO Mark Johnson.
Johnson said the auditors had given them a clean opinion with no qualifications. A hard copy of the auditor’s report was provided to the Commissioners.
In the information provided on the projects, Johnson said, “Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water System has submitted its first priority project list to Rural Development for financing. The estimated project costs are $3.6 million and are internal projects funded from water revenues as no expansion will result from these improvements. The projects consist of updating our SCADA system (Phase 1) in the south half of our system; upgrading the well drives at both our Holland and Verdi well fields; developing and completing our SD Verdi wells for use and to understand their long-term characteristic information as to any further treatment needs as well as stabilizing the Verdi well field; add a second connection point to the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System at Magnolia jointly with the Rock County Rural Water System for earlier and better use of this source; and miscellaneous transmission main improvements to address pressure and quantity problems. There are six other priorities that eventually need to be addressed, but the timing and funding of those are not set for any time soon,” said Johnson.
Johnson went on to talk about drought conditions. “Drought and drought conditions are big issues,” said Johnson. “Although the DNR are satisfied to the stability of all the LPRW aquifers, we at LPRW are the first line of protection to making wise use of these aquifers for the benefit of all and for the long term future for all in southwest Minnesota. Therefore, LPRW is working to emphasize the duty of all its customers to conserve water in what already looks like a very dry year. We are asking the cities to implement and work with LPRW through conservation measures and to ban lawn-watering should a drought get severe,” said Johnson.

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