Singing for Fun on Sundays

May 15, 2014

A Community Choir rehearses on Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Kimball Building in Lake Benton. Their upcoming concert will be a fundraiser for the Opera House.

Songs and rewards

May 8, 2014

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Outstanding Senior Vocalist Courtney Mulder is pictured above, in front with the microphone, performing her solo during the high school girls’ rendition of “Songs of a Disney Princess.”

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 

The Elkton-Lake Benton spring concert was held on Monday evening in the high school gymnasium in Elkton, S.D.
The fifth grade band, under the direction of Nicole Perry, began the night with performances of “Camptown Races” and “Variations on a French Melody.”
Awards were given to the freshmen students who participated in band or choir or both.
The sixth grade band was up next as they performed “Crater Lake Overture.”
Sophomore awards were given out before the junior high choir under the direction of Susan Sudtelgte sang “Bye Bye Love” and “Carry the Light.” The junior high then stayed on the stage to receive their awards.

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

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Alex Trautman is pictured above, right, as he graciously accepts his awards for participation in band and choir.

Tyler Healthcare announces arrival of Walter L. Chesshir, MD

May 8, 2014

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Walter L. Chesshir, MD., is pictured above, right, with his wife Nicolle, left, and daughter Giavanna.

Dr. Chesshir will be joining Dr. Steven Snow, Dr. Eric Ocampo, LuAnn Weber, PA, and Marcia Kells, CNP, in July. Dr. Chesshir will be practicing Family Medicine for the Tyler Medical Clinic, Lake Benton Medical Clinic, A.L. Vadheim Memorial Hospital, Sunrise Manor, and Tyler Home Care and Hospice. He is very comfortable with doing full spectrum medicine and likes that he can do all aspects of family medicine at Tyler Healthcare Center.
Dr. Chesshir’s education includes Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas; Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico; New York Medical College in New York, and Pinnacle Health System in Harrisburg, Pa.
Dr. Chesshir is currently practicing medicine for Concentra (Health System) in San Antonio, Texas. He and his wife Nicolle are looking forward to their move to the Tyler-Lake Benton area and are excited to live in an area with true four-seasons climate. Dr. Chesshir and Nicolle have a daughter named Giavanna, who is also excited about the move to Minnesota.
Please watch for more ads and information as we move closer to the summer months.

Sheriff Vizecky resigns

May 8, 2014

Lincoln County Sheriff Jack Vizecky submitted his resignation effective June 27 during the regular Lincoln County Commissioners Meeting Tuesday.
The Lincoln County Board accepted his resignation but did not determine how it would fill the position moving forward.
“I would not have it said that it has anything to do with the decisions made about the building,” said Vizecky. “It is for my own personal reasons that I’m going to retire.”
Following the meeting Commissioner Joan Jagt of Tyler said the personnel committee will be meeting with Vizecky to discuss options for filling the sheriff’s position until the next election.

Water rates to increase for city

May 8, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
At their first regular May meeting, the Lake Benton City Council approved a motion to offset the increase in the rate for water by increasing the amount charged to residents. The rate has increased from $2.10 per thousand gallons to $2.20 per thousand gallons of water used.
Following the expressed concerns of a couple of citizens in town during the open forum, Police Chief Guy Harding explained issues relating to the need for a reduced speed sign to be put in place on South Fremont Street.
Currently, the speed limit goes from 60 miles per hour to 35 miles per hour just as vehicles enter the residential area of the city limits. Harding recommended having the 35 miles per hour sign moved back closer to the city limit sign in order to allow adequate time for travelers to reduce their speed before entering town.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation controls the speed limits on that road. The council authorized Chief Harding to contact MnDOT to see if a speed survey for that stretch of road can be completed.
The council agreed to sign a contract with Mike Otto for the mowing of the cemetery hill.
City Maintenance Supervisor Todd Draper presented the council with his public works update.

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

Public hearing on LEC expansion

May 1, 2014

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Jeff Nelson, far right, of Baldridge and Nelson Architects explained the options for expansion to the residents of Lincoln County in attendance at the open forum last Thursday evening, April 24.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
More than 60 residents of Lincoln County were in attendance at last Thursday’s public forum regarding the proposed law enforcement center expansion. The primary purpose of the forum was to inform the public as to the options for the proposed expansion project.
Lincoln County Sheriff Jack Vizecky said an increasing number of staff has been needed for the future operation of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department.
In 2011, Vizecky requested additional deputies be approved by the county commissioners. Approval was given at that time, but now the department faces the problem of having too much staff with too little space to accommodate these additional deputies. Vizecky also explained that the county is currently contracting out police duties to local communities. He said that if this trend continues, additional staff will be needed.
Vizecky said deputies sharing offices create a challenge in efficiently completing police reports and other paperwork.

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

Soloists receive high honors

May 1, 2014

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Thirteen students from Lake Benton Elementary School participated in the annual grade school music contest in Flandreau, S.D. this past Saturday, April 26. Each student performed a solo on their respective instrument, and each received the highest honor—a rating of superior. Pictured from left to right in front are Tristan Simonsen, Madeline Bressler, Julia Drietz, McKenna Krog, Noah Greer and Bryson Sik; in the back row are Emily Miller, Alexis Christensen, Hannah Krog, Grant DeRuyter, Brooklyn Nielsen, Matthew Nibbe and Connor Kremin.

LBAF calling for grant applications

May 1, 2014

The Lake Benton Area Foundation is looking for community members and groups who are interested in applying for grant dollars.
Through partnership with Southwest Initiative Foundation, the LBAF has grant money available to help nonprofit entities with projects meant to be beneficial to the community and surrounding area.
If you or your group has a community project that could use the help of some extra funding, please consider applying for a grant from the LBAF. The process is very simple. Just pick up an application at First Security Bank which will include the guidelines for application, fill it out and return it to either Pam Veire or Janet Kuhn. Applications will be accepted until May 30.
Grant recipients will be announced after June 13.
If you have any questions about grant application, or what projects may qualify for grant money, talk to any LBAF board member. They would be glad to answer your questions and help to get your community project going!
Board members include Carl Burk, Janet Kuhn, Teresa Bunkers, Andy Guptill, Pam Nibbe, Vince Robinson, Margo Sik, Pam Veire, Mark Johnson, Jodi Weber, and Michelle Weber.

Heartland Colony feedlot open public review

May 1, 2014

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has prepared an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for a proposed feedlot expansion at the Heartland Colony about 12 miles north of Pipestone. The EAW, which describes potential impacts on land use, water quality and air quality, is open for public review and comment through May 28.
The Heartland Hutterian Brethren operate a total confinement swine and chicken feedlot in Fountain Prairie Township. The project proposal is to expand the swine operation by building two total confinement barns measuring 103 feet by 213 feet, housing 4,800 market swine. To collect manure, the barns will have under-floor concrete pits. All manure will be applied to cropland as fertilizer.

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

Youth ball begins June 9

May 1, 2014

It’s time again for Lake Benton T-Ball and Machine Pitch registration.
The games will be on Mondays: June 9, June 16, June 23, June 30, July 7, July 14 and July 21. Games will be scheduled with Elkton, but dates are not yet determined. The time will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the DeZeeuw softball fields in Lake Benton.
This is for children from four years of age through students who have completed second grade. The four-year-olds through kindergarten will play Tball while the first and second graders will play with the machine pitch.
Pick up your registration forms at the City Office. They are due by Thursday, May 15.
If you have any questions, please contact Mike or Janell at 507-368-4494.