SDSU students capture title at G.A.M.E. VII Forum

April 12, 2017

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The South Dakota State University team was one of 18 selected to present to the judges at the G.A.M.E. Forum, and they took first place. Pictured are a CFA Institution representative, Pierce Plunker, Richard Mulder, Derek Christians, presenter Justin Price, Nikita Medvedev, presenter Chad Te Slaa, faculty advi¬sor Dr. Zhiguang (Gerald) Wang, and David Sauer, professor at Quinnipiac and manager of the G.A.M.E. Forum. Not pictured are Austin Sitter, Kyle Vos and Michal Minor.

South Dakota State University’s student-managed investment fund team won national acclaim last week, earning first place in the student-managed portfolio competition at the Quinnipiac Global Asset Management Educa­tion (G.A.M.E.) VII Forum.
The three-day event was held in New York City and brought to­gether more than 1,500 students and faculty mentors represent­ing 157 colleges and universities. The participants were from 41 countries, 46 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., and were able to learn and interact with 140 speakers from nearly 100 companies and organizations. The SDSU team was one of 18 selected to present to the judges, earning first place in the under­graduate competition…
Rich Mulder, a team member from Lake Benton, stated, “This opportunity educated me in cur­rent issues facing economics and finance and further strengthened my desire to pursue a career in economics and banking.”

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

Lincoln County applying for grant to improve security

April 12, 2017

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Lincoln County Emergency Management Director Amber Scholten came before the Lin­coln County Board of Commis­sioners to seek approval for an application for a Safety Grant which is provided through the State of Minnesota. The funds would be used for the instal­lation of safety features in the courthouse, namely in the Court Administrator area to provide for a more secure work space. The grant is a 50 percent match grant; the amount the county would be responsible for would be $29,413. The Board of Com­missioners approved the appli­cation by unanimous consent.
Scholten also mentioned the upcoming Severe Weather Awareness Week, which is April 17-21…

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

Daddies and daughters dancing the night away

April 12, 2017

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Ken Krog escorted his daughter Rachel, sixth grade, to the dance.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton Volun­teers for Education (LBVE) hosted the first annual Daddy Daughter Dance at Lake Benton Elemen­tary last Friday night. The school gym was decorated with the Elkton-Lake Ben­ton prom decorations and lights.

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

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Macy Nordmeyer, preschool, was escorted by her dad, David Nordmeyer

Legal counsel on hand for closed session at city meeting

April 6, 2017

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Legal counsel Mike Cable was on hand at the April 3 meeting of the Lake Benton City Council.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council met for their regular meeting on Monday, April 3. All trustees, Mayor Bob Worth, City Administrator/Clerk Eileen Christensen, Maintenance Supervisor Todd Draper, and Acting Police Chief Tony Sievert were present. Legal Counsel Mike Cable was also present. There were no community members present to speak at the open forum.
The meeting began with a motion made by Trustee David Enke “to go into executive session concerning the matter of The City of Lake Benton versus Thor Tollefson and Public Employees Retirement Association.” The motion was seconded by Trustee Daryl Schlapkohl. The council went into closed session at 5:30 p.m.

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

Elkton-Lake Benton school holds 2017 Prom “Tonight, Tonight”

April 6, 2017

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Brayden Nielsen and Marie Robbins.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Elkton-Lake Benton (E-LB) junior class held their annual prom celebration on Saturday night. The theme for 2017 was “Tonight, Tonight,” with 20 couples attending the event. According to junior advisor Bonnie Yackley, E-LB School Counselor, it took approximately 20 hours to set up for the event. The decorations will also be used by the Lake Benton Elementary School’s Father-Daughter Dance being held this Friday evening.

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

By the Teens For the Teens

April 6, 2017

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The Lake Benton Public Library’s teen club, By the Teens, For the Teens (BTFT), was recently featured in a special feature, “Youth in Action,” in the March 24 edition of the Marshall Independent. See the story reprinted here. Pictured left to right are Arthur Finzen, Alexis Christensen and Anika Finzen, founders of the BTFT club.

Teens join forces to reorganize library youth section in Lake Benton, inspire kids to read

By Jenny Kirk
Marshall Independent

Three teens are leading the way at their local library and be­yond.
Seventeen-year-old Anika Fin­zen, 14-year-old Alexis Chris­tensen, and 14-year-old Arthur Finzen were all students at Lake Benton Elementary School be­fore attending different high schools—the Finzens at Russel-Tyler-Ruthton and Christensen at Elkton (South Dakota) High School.

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

Candice VanderPlaats joins Avera Medical Group Tyler

April 6, 2017

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Candice Vander Plaats has joined Avera Medical Group Tyler.

Avera Medical Group Tyler is pleased to announce the addition of Candice Vander Plaats, Certified Nurse Practitioner, on April 3.
Vander Plaats is a Tyler area native and a graduate of RTR High School. After completing her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Minnesota State University – Mankato, she worked as a registered nurse in a number of facilities including working for Tyler Healthcare Center for five years. She went on to earn a family nurse practitioner master’s degree from Minnesota State University – Mankato. She has spent the last five years working in a family medicine practice in Marshall.

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

Carl Burk, a Lake Benton advocate

March 30, 2017

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Carl Burk

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Lake Benton has been home to strong leaders throughout its long history, but not all of them have been as advocating as Carl and JoAn Burk. Carl celebrated his 75th birthday this past Sunday, and special recognition was given to him at the Lake Benton Area Foundation’s Gala as one of Lake Benton’s strongest advocates. Recently, the Valley Journal had the chance to speak to JoAn Burk, Carl’s wife of nearly 50 years, to learn about what drove Carl to love this town so much.
Carl, the youngest of four children, was born to Alvina and Julius Burk in 1942…

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

Xcel Energy upgrade and expansion project to bring revenues and jobs to Lincoln County

March 30, 2017

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Xcel Energy announced a wind energy expansion project in the Lake Benton area.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Xcel Energy Incorporated, a Minneapolis based energy provider, recently announced a huge wind power upgrade and expansion project that will span across Lincoln County. Pending state and federal approval, three projects are being planned— a new wind farm near Hendricks, a second new wind farm near Ivanhoe, and an upgrade and expansion of the wind farm surrounding Lake Benton.
This is good news. According to former state senator Jim Nichols, a wind energy advocate, this project will generate $20,000 per year in property taxes to Lincoln County and payments to the landowners on which the turbines will be located…

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

Gala an exciting evening

March 30, 2017

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During one round of Let’s Make a Deal, Glenda the Good Witch (AKA Melissa Morris) chose what was behind the curtain, where she won the love of her life, Tin Man (AKA Drew Bunkers). The Tin Man proposed Happily Ever After.