“Treasure Island” this Saturday at Opera House

November 14, 2013

Children's Theater
These young actors and actresses are pictured during their rehearsal for the Children’s Theater production of “Treasure Island.” The play will show two times this Saturday at the Lake Benton Opera House.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton Opera House proudly presents this year’s Children’s Theater production of “Treasure Island” this coming Saturday.
The 50-minute show is directed by Mike Hulsizer of Marshall and features a cast of nearly 30 fourth, fifth and sixth graders from the local area.
The show is loosely based on the book by Robert Louis Stevens. It’s a tale about Jamie, who is daydreaming about being a pirate.
“She puts on this story with her friends and it is set up as a backyard drama club that basically tells the story of a really bad day that Jamie has,” said Hulsizer. “It starts with missing the school bus and kind of goes from there.”
Hulsizer, who directed the main stage production of “Beauty and the Beast” last summer for the Marshall Community Theater, was eager to direct the production.
“They are a very rambunctious group,” said Hulsizer. “It has been a challenge at times, but the kids are working very hard and they have their stuff down.”
The play will show two times on Saturday—once in the afternoon and again in the evening. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Volunteers clean up prairie

November 14, 2013

Americorp
The gang from the Americorps National Civilian Community Corps is pictured at the public library in Lake Benton after concluding their conservation efforts. From left to right in front are Reilly Allen, Garett Golder and Garrett Stern; in back are Julia Freedman, Akari Iburi, Jamie Bourgeois and Madeline Tome.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Recently, a group of individuals from the Americorps National Civilian Community Corps, in partnership with the Nature Conservancy of Minnesota, came to Lake Benton to participate in conservation of the Hole-in-the-Mountain prairie. They performed invasive species removal, specifically the removal of buckthorn.
The process involved chopping down the invasive buckthorn, piling them up and burning them. Then an herbicide was spread on the prairie. They then went out and picked native wildflowers and grasses and reseeded the parts of the prairie that had the invasive species and replaced it with the native species, since the point of the nature conservancy is to restore and protect the land.

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

LB Clinic project continues

November 14, 2013

Work continues on the Lake Benton Clinic with its completion date now expected to be at the end of December.
Tyler Healthcare Administrator Dale Kruger said a lot of the interior work is done, but the process has been a little slower than originally expected.
“We’re looking at probably the end of December before completion. All the walls are done, the mudding, taping and everything inside has been primed,” said Kruger.
The updates to the facility won’t end in the interior. Kruger said they are also working on doing some upgrades to the outside of the building.

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

County looks to extend trail system

November 14, 2013

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
At last Tuesday’s meeting, Vince Robinson, executive director of the Lincoln County Enterprise Development Corporation, requested that the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners provide approval for the submission of a letter of intent to apply for a Legacy Grant to extend the Lincoln County Trail System. Robinson stated that the maximum grant amount to be applied for is $300,000 with a 20 percent match.
Mike Bubany from the consulting group David Drown Associates provided the board with information regarding the benefits of granting tax abatements to four local businesses during a joint public hearing between the Board of Commissioners and the City of Ivanhoe.
The businesses that requested financial assistance are Eichens Agency, Inc., Guza Machine Inc., Kevin Swanson Auctioneering and Lipinski Small Engine. The board and city unanimously approved the abatements for these four businesses. The abatements will be for a 10-year period beginning in 2016.

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

Veterans Day program in LB

November 14, 2013

Singing
Students waved their American flags proudly as they belted out patriotic songs during the Veterans Day program on Monday afternoon.

 

Speech
Sergeant Sirrina Martinez of the 34th Military Police Company out of Stillwater provided the Veterans Day address to those in attendance at the Veterans Day program on Monday.

The right person for the jobs

November 7, 2013

Library Director
Sirrina Martinez of Tyler has recently taken over the positions of library director and administrator and marketing coordinator of the Lake Benton Convention and Visitors Bureau. She is pictured above, right, being brought up to speed on the library operating protocols by former library director Lisa Schardin.

 

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Lake Benton has hired a new library director and a new administrative marketing and event coordinator for the Convention and Visitors Bureau, and both positions have been filled by Sirrina Martinez of Tyler.
A 2004 graduate of Lincoln HI, Martinez has lived in Tyler most of her life, aside from some time in the Cities for post-secondary school and the military.
She obtained a liberal arts degree in Willmar and also completed certification in alcohol and drug counseling during that time.
From there, she lived in areas such as Richfield and St. Paul while taking online courses and performing duties for the Minnesota National Guard.
“I worked for the Minnesota Army National Guard as the assistant to the state youth programs coordinator,” explained Martinez. “What I did was to coordinate events with various care providers that dealt with soldier reintegration for children ages 0-18. I’ve had a lot of past experience with event planning and coordination, project management and public speaking, so I’m excited to use those skills to benefit Lake Benton.
Martinez moved back to Tyler in 2010 with plans to better her community.

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

FCCLA “Tour of Tables” event held in Elkton

November 7, 2013

Tour of Tables
Elkton-Lake Benton FCCLA alumni and friends showed up in full force for the annual Tour of Tables fundraising event. The table in the foreground was titled “Tea in Wonderland.”

 

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Elkton-Lake Benton Family, Career and Community Leaders of America alumni and friends presented their annual Tour of Tables entitled “Pages for All Ages,” along with a basket raffle this past Saturday at the Elkton Community Center.
Twenty-three tables were decorated for the event in various book-related themes that ranged from “Eight Plates of Grey” to “Tea in Wonderland,” and over 200 people attended the event.
The FCCLA alumni and friends began holding events and fundraisers over 20 years ago, when it was still known as the Future Homemakers of America.

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

LBHS graduate comes back for classes

November 7, 2013

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Tonia Nordsiden, a 1991 graduate of Lake Benton High School, has recently returned to Lake Benton to teach a Latin-inspired dance class called Zumba to locals on Monday evenings at the Lake Benton Elementary Gymnasium.
Nordisden, formerly Tonia Johnson, currently resides in Tracy where she operates a daycare service and raises her three children with her husband Kevin Nordsiden. On Monday evenings, however, Tonia makes the 35-mile trek back to her hometown of Lake Benton to instruct her Zumba workout experience.
After graduating from LBHS, Tonia attended technical college in Jackson, where she obtained an associates degree in 1994. In 1995 Tonia married Kevin Nordsiden. During that period, she worked as a legal secretary in the law office in Worthington.

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

Veterans Day program Nov. 11

November 7, 2013

A Veterans Day program will be held Monday, Nov. 11 at 1:30 p.m. in the Lake Benton Elementary gym.
Students in preschool (four-year-olds) through sixth grade will be performing a variety of patriotic music. Please join us in honoring our veterans.
We will be adding more pictures to our Lake Benton School Veterans Day Video for our program. If you would like your picture included, please bring it up to the school by Nov. 4. We will scan it and you can have it right back to you. We need name, branch of service/rank, and war.

City to receive railroad crossing

November 7, 2013

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council met at its regular meeting this past Monday.
The first item on the agenda was the approval of paying the city’s bills in the amount of approximately $80,000.
City Maintenance Supervisor Todd Draper then gave his public works update.
Construction on the new railroad crossing sign and signals on West Benton Street is scheduled to begin by Dec. 1.
Draper also received a complaint about the property at 223 South Fremont Street. The board authorized Clerk Rosie DeZeeuw to write a letter of explanation to the property owner.
The council then approved the advertisement of the new city clerk-administrator position.