Lake Benton Opera House 2016 season announced

October 15, 2015

By Mark Wilmes
tribbuteeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton Opera House Board of Directors has finalized the 2016 season for the local community theater organization.
The season will kick off as it has the past several years, with “Broadway Meets Lake Benton.” The show consists of a cast of around 20 presenting songs from Broadway and movie musicals. The show will be presented twice on March 19, 2016 with performances in the afternoon and evening.

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

New business — used goods

October 8, 2015

New 2 You
Pictured above are Darla McCurdy, left, and her daughter, Channa, as they took time away from doing inventory at New 2 You Consignment in Lake Benton to pose for a photo this past Monday evening.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 

New 2 You Consignment recently opened its doors in downtown Lake Benton.
The business began when Darla McCurdy of Verdi decided this past July that it was time for a change in her life.
“I’ve been a special education paraprofessional for twenty some years, and I wanted to do something different,” said Darla. “I was looking at all the empty buildings in town. I don’t like seeing that, so I pursued this business.”

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

Lions Club collecting Soles4Souls

October 8, 2015

S4S
Drop boxes can be found at the Lake Benton Public School and First Security Bank of Lake Benton.

The Lake Benton Lions Club will once again be collecting lightly used shoes of all sizes and styles for the Soles4Souls project. Collection boxes have been placed at First Security Bank of Lake Benton and the Lake Benton Public School.
The collection boxes will be picked up on Oct. 15, so donate today.

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

City council approves hiring two part-time police officers

October 8, 2015

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 

During his police report at the first October meeting of the Lake Benton City Council, Police Chief Thor Tollefson explained that he has two applicants who are interested in splitting the duties of a part-time police officer for the City of Lake Benton.
The council ultimately approved the hiring of both individuals, but first rescinded a previous motion that stated the council would approve the hiring of a part-time officer for 20 hours per pay period. Since each pay period is on a monthly basis, and the city needs more coverage than that would allow, the motion was rescinded and a new motion was made.

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

Fleet enjoys the Minnesota Sings experience

October 1, 2015

MN Sings
Pictured are the participants in Group E who competed in the Minnesota Sings competition Sunday in St. Paul.Samantha Fleet, third from right, represented the City of Lake Benton in the competition.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 

At 16, Samantha Fleet has become a well-known performer for anyone in the area who is a regular at the Lake Benton Opera House. On Sunday, she was rubbing shoulders with some of the best vocalists in the state as she competed in the Minnesota Sings competition in St. Paul.
The event is set up so contestants with the longest journeys would be able to perform later in the day, which put Fleet in the final group to perform at the competition. Samantha and her family, however, made a point of being there early enough to take in most of the performers on Sunday.

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

Opera House fall play opens Oct. 2

October 1, 2015

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The Lake Benton Opera House production of the female version of “The Odd Couple” will open Friday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Pictured during a recent rehearsal, left to right, are Steven Hurd of Lake Benton and Beth Reams and Blake Erickson of Brookings, S.D.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 

The Lake Benton Opera House fall play, the female version of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple,” will open this week, with shows on Oct. 2, 3, 9, 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 4, 11 at 2 p.m.
The two-act comedy finds Unger and Madison at it again, only in this version it is Florence Unger and Olive Madison, in a remake of the familiar comedy classic. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Constanzuela brothers.

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

Groundbreaking for LLEC solar project

October 1, 2015

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Pictured at the official groundbreaking for the new Solar Project 1 on the Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative grounds in Tyler on Monday morning are LLEC directors (l-r.) Mary Gunnink, Donna Stone, Eugene Olson, Galen Grant, Merv Anderson, Sandy Ludeman, Glen Sorensen, Scott Johnson and Lawrence Petersen.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 

The Board of Directors for Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative held an official groundbreaking on Monday morning as work is about to begin on the 11.2 kWDC system solar project. There will be 28 400-Watt panels (pictured), with reflectors to help collect additional solar capacity. The final project will cover an area roughly 29 feet by 46 feet. The solar array will be connected to the Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative facilities and will provide a portion of our energy needs each month. The system was made in Minnesota by tenKsolar of Bloomington, a nationwide manufacturer of high energy density photovoltaic systems.

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

Lorraine Krog celebrates 95th

October 1, 2015

Birthday 95th

A celebration for Lorraine Krog’s 95th birthday was held at Hole-in-the-Mountain County Park this past Saturday afternoon. Above, from left, are Lorraine and her children, Coralee Rochel, Kim Biersdorf and Clyde Krog. Lorraine’s husband Harold Krog and son Gale Krog are deceased.

Minnesota Sings Competition this Sunday

September 24, 2015

Courtney-Samanatha
The Minnesota Sings competition will be held Sunday, Sept. 27 at the Holiday Inn St. Paul East. Last year’s representative from the Tyler area was Courtney Mensen (pictured with her group, second from right). This year Samantha Fleet (pictured, inset) will be representing Lake Benton in the competition. She will be competing in Group E between 4:45 and 5:15 Sunday afternoon. Tickets are available at the door for $10 for the full day’s events.

School district and LBEA reach settlement

September 24, 2015

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 

Following months of negotiating sessions, the Lake Benton School District has come to an agreement with the Lake Benton Education Association regarding a two-year agreement for the compensation of certified staff at Lake Benton Elementary School.
The settlement designates a $1,300 increase in annual compensation for each staff member in year one and an additional $1,300 increase in annual compensation for each staff member in year two. No language changes will be made to the master agreement, and no additional benefits will be provided.

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