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.

BINGO with LB Elementary

November 7, 2013

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Ardith Larsen called the numbers for BINGO last Thursday afternoon at the community center after the fourth, fifth and sixth graders from Lake Benton Elementary School came down to sing for the seniors.

Elks are State champions

November 1, 2013

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The Elkton-Lake Benton Boys Cross Country Team are the Class B State Champions. Pictured from left to right above are Coach Ervin Gebhart, Cole DeRuyter, Justin Sudtelgte, Quinn Fargen, Cameron Harming and Assistant Coach Mark Harming.

 

Teaching dogs new tricks in Lake Benton

November 1, 2013

Dog Training
Jess Thovson is pictured above with Max, her “old dog that learns new tricks.”

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Jess Thovson is a Holland native who began training dogs at a young age back in 1994, and now she is bringing her knowledge and love of canines to Lake Benton and the surrounding area.
Thovson graduated from Pipestone Area High School back in the mid-’90s and pursued an education as a veterinary assistant and decided that animal behavior was what she enjoyed the most.
In 2006 Thovson completed her veterinary assistant courses and began her business, Dog Training by Jess, in 2008.
“I started the business in Pipestone, moved it to Tyler, and now I’ll be coming to Lake Benton in another week or so,” said Thovson. “It’s a nice town and we seem to like it here.”

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

Holiday Boutique set for Saturday

November 1, 2013

The Tyler Arts Council will again be hosting the annual Holiday Boutique on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the RTR High School gym. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Marshfield 4-H Club will have bars, beverages and noon lunch for the same hours as the boutique.
The following will be exhibitors: Darlene Mortland, assorted items and baked goods; Shirley Friese, rugs; Jennifer Clark, assorted items and doll clothes; Marcy Roelofs and Karen Stombaugh, artwork and assorted latchhook items; Barb Brust, homemade jewelry; Robin Hoscheid, cosmetics; Marilyn Gregg, assorted crafts; Josilyn Ulvestad, honey products; Danette Lamote, rustic crafts; Pamela Cooreman and Tammara Schons, Purses Plus; Hilary Thooft, Tastefully Simple; Laura Jones, crochet; Lucille Magnus, quilting; Pam Bakker, soups; Sharon Schaap, scarves; David Smith, Alpaca items; Renee Manian, hair accessories; RTR Booster Club, baked items; Bronwyn Goehle, food gifts; Robert Tomlinson, scroll saw decoration; Betty Henline and Brenda Skare, jewelry; Una Rons, assorted sewing crafts; Pam Blake, assorted; Eddie Almlie, jewelry, solar lights; Paula Balean, celebrating home; and Carla Thompson, creative classic and whimsical garden.

AES climbs in pink

November 1, 2013

Pink Model
This stout individual from AES was kind enough to model his pink shirt before the group took to the ditches.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The gang at AES took a break from their regular alternative energy maintenance routine and spent a colorful afternoon cleaning their adopted stretch of highway this past Friday in Lake Benton.
Being that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the employees could be seen sporting pink shirts that read “Strong Enough to Climb in Pink” as they scanned and cleaned the 2.2 mile stretch of highway. AES Site Manager Mike DeVries was inspired by a recent volleyball game he attended.

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

A surviving friendship

October 24, 2013

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Leigh Van Meeteren of Hendricks, left, and Donna Landsman of Tyler meet up for the first time in years earlier this month after first meeting as breast cancer patients.

Breast cancer survivors Lee Van Meeteren and Donna Landsman reconnect after years apart

Story and Photo By Robert Wolfington

 

Donna Landsman and Lee Van Meeteren lost contact with each for a few years but this month the two met up for an emotional reunion.
Landsman of Tyler and Van Meeteren of Hendricks are both breast cancer survivors who met through a network that connects cancer patients.
“I was on the Reach to Recovery for the Cancer Society,” said Landsman. “They gave me names that would like a visit from someone who has cancer also.”
“(Lee and I) got together in 2006 when she got her cancer,” said Landsman.
Van Meeteren said she first met Landsman shortly after her surgery.

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

Going once, going twice, sold!

October 24, 2013

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Carl Weiss of Elkton, S.D. is pictured with a photo of the camera crew from the television reality show “Top Gear.” Weiss was filmed while attending one of the nation’s largest auction sales.

 

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 
Ray Lambrecht’s car and truck auction held Saturday, Sept. 28, was not your average run-of-the- mill auction. It was one of the nation’s largest collections of vintage Chevrolets. Hundreds of cars that had been stockpiled by Lambrecht, a Chevrolet dealer, were lined up in fields and sold. “It was unbelievable,” attendee Matt Trooien of Toronto, S.D. said.
Trooien, who works at Hometown Service and Tire in Brookings, S.D., has several vintage automobiles himself. When he heard the 500 vehicles owned by Ray Lambrecht of Pierce, Neb. were being auctioned off, he knew where he wanted to be. Front line at the auction? Hardly. With 50,000 people from all 50 states and 15 countries attending, he knew it would be hard to get front row. Trooien was, however, able to wend his way through the crowd to get a few close looks.

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

Hurd joins school board

October 24, 2013

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
During their October meeting, the Lake Benton School Board approved the appointment of Steven Hurd as the Lake Benton School District’s new interim school board member.
The first order of business was the board’s pre-approval of a payment to Vern Paschke for repairs to the school’s geothermal system.
The board then pre-approved the payment of approximately $97,000 to the Elkton School District for the year’s first tuition payment.
The board approved the hiring of Marla Speakman and Nell Pals as special education paraprofessionals.
The board then approved a Section 125 amendment for the flex plan through the Verbal Care Act of Minnesota.

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