“Dial M for Murder” opens at Opera House

April 14, 2016

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Crystal Enga of Marshall, Chris Dinnel of Lake Benton and Jason Soren of Brookings, South Dakota in a scene from “Dial M for Murder” at the Lake Benton Opera House. The show continues this weekend with shows on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

American Cancer Society seeks teams for annual Relay For Life

April 14, 2016

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Relay For Life committee members shared the annual group hug at last year’s event at Hole-in-the-Mountain Park in Lake Benton. This year’s event will once again take place at Hole-in-the-Mountain County Park. Visit relayforlife.org for more information or to sign your team up for this life saving event.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The American Cancer Society is recruiting teams from local families, businesses, schools, places of worship, and the community as a whole to participate in the annual Relay For Life of Lincoln County on June 24 at Hole-in-the-Mountain Park, Lake Benton. Relay For Life teams are committed to help save more lives from cancer by raising funds for the Society. Teams and individuals can learn more and sign up for the Relay For Life event by visiting relayforlife.org and searching for the Lincoln County Event.

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

Buffalo Ridge Wildcats prepare for 2016 season

April 14, 2016

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The Buffalo Ridge Wildcats are currently in training mode as they gear up to open their 2016 Southern Plains Football League season when they take on the Albert Lea Grizzlies on Saturday, April 30 in Albert Lea. The team’s first home game will take place on May 7.

Application being made for designation as regional park and trail

April 14, 2016

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution supporting regional park or trail designation application in Greater Minnesota for the Hole-in-the-Mountain Park, which is a county park located near Lake Benton.
Vince Robinson of Development Services, Inc. (DSI) had proposed the resolution after providing information on what it means to be designated as a regional park or trail and the process involved.

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

Murder mystery opens April 8 at the Opera House

April 8, 2016

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Cole Miska and Crystal Enga, both of Marshall, star in “Dial M for Murder,” opening this weekend at the Lake Benton Opera House.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton Opera House will present its spring play beginning Friday, April 8 when “Dial M for Murder” opens at the historic theater. The play is the stage version of the classic 1954 Alfred Hitchcock movie starring Ray Milland and Grace Kelly.
The story revolves around Tony Wendice (played by Chris Dinnel of Lake Benton), who has married his wife Margot (Crystal Enga of Marshall) for her money, and devises a plan to murder her for the same reason…

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

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Chris Dinnel of Lake Benton, left, and Jason Soren of Brookings, South Dakota plot a murder during a scene from “Dial M for Murder.”

City in negotiations to obtain space for semi parking

April 8, 2016

By Steven Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

City Maintenance Supervisor Todd Draper spoke to the Lake Benton City Council on Monday regarding the possibility of a lease agreement between the city and Cenex Harvest States for use of the land where the Lake Benton Farmers Elevator used to stand.
Draper explained that in his talks with management at CHS, the amount of $100 per year was mentioned with the possibility of lease money being forgiven for cleanup work completed by the city. If the lease were to happen, it would provide parking space for area truckers, which has been as issue since the city’s truck-parking prohibition a few years back. The issue will be further discussed at future meetings.

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

Governor talks water quality during visit

April 8, 2016

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Pictured from left are Governor Mark Dayton, Ag Commissioner Dave Frederickson, Pipestone County farmer Ian Cunningham and son Richard Cunningham.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

On Wednesday, March 30, Governor Mark Dayton and key members of his cabinet visited Edgerton to discuss water quality challenges facing southwestern Minnesota.
Governor Dayton told the group that the challenge of keeping our water supply clean is facing Minnesotans everywhere and will require the cooperation of many different individuals, businesses and organizations. “This is not about blaming farmers,” Governor Dayton started. “This is not about blaming farm communities. It is not about blaming anybody. It is about saying ‘these are the facts and this is the reality of the situation we have.’”

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

The Lake Benton Lions Club; 50 years of service to our community

March 31, 2016

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This year’s Lions Club Scholarship checks were presented to John Boltjes and Alex Trautman by Lake Benton Lions Club representative Mike Otto.

By Steven Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

In 1917 Melvin Jones, a 38- year-old Chicago businessman, asked an important question— what if people put their talents to work to improve their communities?
The answer to that question came in the form of a group now known as Lions Clubs International. Nearly 100 years after Mr. Jones urged his business associates to reach beyond business issues and address the betterment of their communities and the world, Lions Clubs continue to make a difference in communities big and small throughout this nation as well as internationally.
The Lake Benton Lions Club is one such group that consists of local volunteers who strive to serve the needs of our community.

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

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A proceeds check from a benefit breakfast in the amount of $18,500 was presented to Tammy and Dave Bussselman by Mike Otto and Mike Czech on behalf of the Lake Benton Lions Club in early December 2015.

Lake Benton resident traces family history to Sons of the American Revolution

March 31, 2016

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Nathan Taylor (right), president of the Boerne, Texas, Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, presents certificate of appreciation to Lake Benton resident Jerry McCullough for his presentation of the exploits of Texas hero Ben McCullough at the group’s March 26 meeting.

Lake Benton resident Jerry McCullough, a descendant of the famous McCullough family, traced his ancestors’ migration from ancient Scotland to Texas, including the exploits of Texas hero Ben McCullough, for members of the Boerne, Texas, Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) at their March 26 meeting.
With maps, charts and a colorful recounting of adventures, McCullough showed how Ben McCullough’s pivotal role as an artillery commander in the battle of San Jacinto and a fearless Texas Ranger was at the forefront of the establishment of the Republic of Texas and later the preservation of its independence.

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

“Broadway” came to town

March 24, 2016

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Ann Vermeersch of Minnetonka, left, and Emilirose Rasmusson of Ivanhoe teamed up on a song from the show “Anything Goes.”

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Alexis Christensen of Lake Benton was one of many participants in Saturday’s “Broadway Meets Lake Benton” show at the Lake Benton Opera House.