Additional funding for library denied

October 24, 2013

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
At their second October meeting, the Lake Benton City Council revisited the request for additional library funding. The current budget increase for the library for 2014 will be a $2,500 increase from 2013’s budget as well as $900 in general funding for increased utility costs due to the expanded library. This means that the city will provide $20,900 in funding to the library in 2014.
After far-reaching discussion and explanation, Carl Burk made a motion to increase the current amount of $2,500 in additional funding to a total of $4,000. This motion died due to not be seconded by another trustee, so the additional $1,500 in funding will not be received by the library.

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

Chamber holds Fall Kickoff

October 17, 2013

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The acappella group Popular Demand provided the entertainment for the Fall Kickoff last Wednesday in Lake Benton.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton Chamber of Commerce held their annual Fall Kickoff this past Wednesday evening at the Center Post.
The event began with a social hour from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Following the social hour, Penny Krause proudly awarded Citizen of the Year to Jim Roggenbuck.
Then Joe Mulder of the United Methodist Church provided the prayer before the meal was served. A delicious meal of roast beef, corn, mashed potatoes and gravy was served by volunteers from the Elkton-Lake Benton FCCLA Chapter.

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

First Dollars
The Chamber of Commerce awarded First Dollars to the new businesses in town at the Fall Kickoff. Pictured from left to right are recipients from Lakeside Sassy Vintage, Courteous Professional Repair, Happy Hound Grooming, Center Post, Lake Benton Grocery and Dog Training by Jess. Not pictured, The Fruit Club.

Roggenbuck named Citizen of the Year

October 17, 2013

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Jim Roggenbuck is pictured thanking the community during his acceptance speech for the prestigious Citizen of the Year award.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Jim Roggenbuck has been honored as Lake Benton’s 2013 Citizen of the Year.
Roggenbuck graduated from college in Aberdeen in 1960 and started teaching and coaching in South Dakota.
In the fall of 1967, Roggenbuck came to Verdi, where he was principal, teacher and coach.
After seven years, in the summer of 1974, he came to Lake Benton where he was principal and coached track, cross country and boys basketball. Roggenbuck retired from Lake Benton High School in 2000.
Jim began the Roggenbuck Tree Service in 1958.
“I would do that in the summertime because I had either a nine- or ten-month contract with the school,” said Roggenbuck. “I had to do something on the side.”
Jim began with painting but eventually moved into doing his tree service instead.

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

Dr. Lis joins staff at HCHA

October 17, 2013

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Having finished his residency at the end of September, Dr. Tomasz Lis, MD, whose arrival in Hendricks has been anticipated for nearly a year, arrived in Hendricks the last weekend of September and began seeing patients in Hendricks and at the Ivanhoe Medical Center on Oct. 1.
Originally from a small town in Poland, Lis decided after graduating from the Medical University of Warsaw in 2001 that he would like to practice medicine in the United States, and took the necessary steps to do so, which included additional exams and a four-year residency with the Family Medicine Residency Program at Saints Mary and Elizabeth in Chicago, Ill.

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

“Timeless” Buffalo Ridge Chorale Concert

October 17, 2013

In a culture where wearing apparel remains fashionable for only a few months and telephone technology is out of date even more quickly, one thing is still timeless—good music. Some of this durable music will be performed at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27 at St. John Cantius Church in Wilno, as the Buffalo Ridge Chorale presents its fall concert, “Timeless.”
The concert numbers range from sacred pieces by Haydn and Mozart to more recent music such as “Wade in the Water.”
Directed by Dr. Russell Svenningsen of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., the 40 singers in the Chorale hail from 12 communities along the Minnesota-South Dakota border. Nancy Sandro of Hendricks serves as accompanist and Karen Richmond of Ivanhoe will be the narrator.

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

Niemann celebrates 100th

October 17, 2013

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Eleanor Niemann, formerly of Lake Benton, celebrated her 100th birthday at the Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler on Saturday. Congratulations Eleanor!

 

Eleanor Niemann celebrated her 100th birthday at the Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler on Saturday. One hundred red roses were presented to her by her sons Ron and Mary Niemann of Cottage Grove, Richard and Sherri Niemann of Wesley Chapel, Fla. and her daughter Jan and Darrell Thomsen of Tyler. Also helping her celebrate were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren Rich and Faith Niemann of Zephryhills, Fla.; Jennifer and Mike Ditlevson, Dylan and Bennett of Cottage Grove; Jodi and Mark Donahue, Parker and Regan of Maplewood; Jason and Christy Niemann and Ethan of Eagan; Kim and Rich Scholtens, Jens and Willow of Mankato; and Mike and Lindsay Thomsen of Lake Benton. There were three grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren who were unable to attend.
Darrell and Jan hosted an evening meal for everyone at their home. Everyone had a great time reminiscing.
On Sunday, birthday cake and ice cream were served for afternoon coffee to all the residents.

In step at Nunset Blvd.

October 10, 2013

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The Little Sisters of Hoboken are pictured above dancing during one of the many musical numbers performed throughout the show “Nunset Boulevard.” From left to right are Bailey Hintz, Julie Anderson, Kathy Holck, Stacey Voit and Kathy Wilmes. The production showed four times this past weekend and will be showing five more times this coming weekend with a double feature on Saturday.

Warning: Flamingos spotted in Lake Benton

October 10, 2013

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The Elkton-Lake Benton post-prom committee plans to “flock” area residents with pink flamingos this month in an effort to raise funds for the Elkton-Lake Benton post-prom party.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Elkton-Lake Benton post-prom committee plans to “flock” area residents with pink flamingos this month in an effort to raise funds for the Elkton-Lake Benton post-prom party.
The rules are as follows:
1.The post-prom committee will be the only ones allowed to handle the flamingos, so you are not allowed to move them once you have been “flocked.” The flamingos are also not allowed to be held for ransom.
2. A fee of $10 will be assessed for anyone who gets “flocked” in order to have the flamingos removed from your lawn. Also, once you pay your removal fee, you are allowed to pay an additional $5 fee to have the flamingoes flock to a neighbor’s yard of your choosing.
3. If you want to find out who “flocked” you, another $5 fee will be necessary in order to have the culprit revealed to you.
4. If you are not interested in participating at all in this activity of flocking flamingos, you are allowed to opt out by purchasing Anti-Flocking Insurance for a fee of $10.
5. The flamingos are only allowed to stay in a victim’s yard for one day before they must be moved.
6. The flamingos are only allowed to be placed in a participant’s yard two times throughout the course of the fundraiser.
Dyann McCarthy of Lake Benton will be in charge of taking the payments, handling the insurance and letting the post-prom committee know who will be getting “flocked” each day.

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

Lincoln County gets good marks

October 10, 2013

Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners was presented with a summary review of the 2012 Audit at their Tuesday, Oct. 1, meeting.
Dough Host, CPA with Clifton Larson Allen, reviewed the audit with the Board, first complimenting the County on their employees having had records prepared for the audit, and thanked the County for their cooperation.
Host told the Board that the County was receiving an unqualified clean opinion, which is good, and that the information was fairly stated and materially correct.
Host told the Board that 83 percent of the county revenues come from taxes, the rest from intergovernmental revenues such as federal and state grants for roads and bridges.

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

Weber hosts Wander by the Willow

October 3, 2013

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The first Wander by the Willow event was held at the Weber Custom Painting Home Studio this last Saturday just north of Lake Benton. Over 20 vendors were in attendance and the Lake Stay 4-H Club provided coffee, rolls and lunch at the event.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The first Wander by the Willow event was held this past Saturday just north of Lake Benton at the Weber Custom Painting Home Studio.
The event consisted of over 20 vendors with products that ranged from jewelry to furniture to wine and much more.
Host and coordinator Michelle Weber has been painting full-time for two years now, and the idea for the event came to her while she was working in her studio.
“I was sitting in my studio, and I’m always trying to think of how to market myself, and it just got rolling,” said Weber. “People are always interested when they come to my studio, so I thought, well, there are a lot of people in the area who are kind of the same as I am, who do these things, but they don’t have a place to show it off. So, I started making some calls and it snowballed.”

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

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