“Broadway Meets Lake Benton” held Saturday

March 20, 2014

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John and Amanda Engels sang “An Old Fashioned Wedding” from the hit musical “Annie Get Your Gun” during the Lake Benton Opera House’s presentation of “Broadway Meets Lake Benton” this past Saturday.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton Opera House presented a musical revue, “Broadway Meets Lake Benton,” this past Saturday in two performances held at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
The 20-song show was directed by Mark Wilmes with Jeanine Fricke as the piano accompanist for the performers. Alan Riedel was the master of ceremonies for the event as he provided the introductions for the performances.
The show opened with the entire company singing “Seasons of Love” from the broadway hit “Rent” followed by Kurtis Parlin performing “Mr. Cellophane” from “Chicago.”
Kimberly Fleet then gave her rendition of “As Long As He Needs Me” from “Oliver!” followed by the trio Mike Hulsizer, Paula Nemes and Kayla Lindberg singing “Easy Street” from “Annie.”

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

Sportsmen’s Club holds Wild Game Feed Saturday

March 20, 2014

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The lids came off the roasters earlier than planned as hungry attendees lined up early for a taste of the outdoors during the Lake Benton Sportsmen’s Club’s annual Wild Game Feed held this past Saturday evening at the Center Post.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Wild game enthusiasts came out to Lake Benton in droves this past Saturday evening for a chance to taste a wide variety of delectable wild game foodstuffs at the annual Wild Game Feed sponsored by the Lake Benton Sportsmen’s Club.
Nearly 200 hungry attendees filled the dining hall of the Center Post during the event. Wild game connoisseurs began lining up nearly 45 minutes prior to the planned serving time of 5:30 p.m., and the line only got longer with each passing minute. This caused an early start time, and the lids came off the 16 roasters just after 5 p.m.
The smell of wild meats prepared with expertise perfumed the air of the dining hall and those in attendance waited patiently for their chance to sample the various menu items. The influx of hungry patrons made it seem as though the line never shortened for nearly an hour’s time as the tables began to fill with attendees with their mounds of wild meats set in front of them.

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

Chamber talks Saddle Horse

March 20, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton Chamber of Commerce got an early jump on the planned events surrounding Saddle Horse Holiday at their March meeting.
A variety of new event ideas were introduced to the Chamber by the Saddle Horse Holiday Committee. The new proposed events were introduced to give the Chamber members an idea of some possibilities for filling the gaps in the typical Saddle Horse Holiday agenda. The new events will be looked into and public interest will be judged before a new schedule of events will be announced.
The announcement of new events will be made at a future meeting once more information is gathered.

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

City receives property update

March 20, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Nathan Carter met with the Lake Benton City Council on Monday night at their second March meeting regarding his property at 114 S. Sherman Street. The property has been in disarray for some time now, and the council requested Carter’s presence at their meeting after he failed to clean up the property in a timely manner following the mailing of letters from the city.
Carter informed the council that he is planning to build a large garage on the property this summer that will hold the vehicles, and that most of the materials on the property are in fact building supplies for said garage. The council was satisfied with this response, and Carter was informed regarding the process for obtaining a building permit.
Next, the council acted on a resolution to transfer the title for a parcel of land to Daryl Trigg. A certificate of the resolution authorizing the sale of the property to Trigg was approved by the council.

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

ALLETE comes to Lake Benton

March 17, 2014

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Pictured here are a few of the 139 operational wind towers in the region that ALLETE, Inc. is in charge of operating and maintaining.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
ALLETE Clean Energy, a subsidiary of ALLETE, Inc., has purchased the former AES wind farm northwest of town in a purchase agreement that included the site in Lake Benton as well as sites in Storm Lake, Iowa and Condon, Ore.
The final paperwork was signed, and the sale was finalized in late January. The total purchase price for the three wind farms totaled approximately $27 million, and the agreement included an option for ALLETE, Inc. to purchase another wind farm in Pennsylvania in 2015.
According to Mike DeVries, Manager of Operations for Lake Benton and Storm Lake sites, aside from the name and logo, the only major change to the business here in Lake Benton has been the integration of the new IT system.
“It has been pretty hectic in terms of getting their system integrated into this site,” said DeVries. “That has been our biggest challenge. They use a completely different system than AES did, but it’s just a learning curve – nothing that we can’t handle.”

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

Putting their best foot forward

March 17, 2014

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The Snowshoe Tour group during the final leg of their guided hike through the woods at Hole-in-the-Mountain County Park in Lake Benton.

Lake Benton Chamber of Commerce holds snowshoe tour

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The first snowshoe tour, sponsored by the Lake Benton Chamber of Commerce, took place this past Saturday afternoon in the rolling hills of Hole-in-the-Mountain County Park in Lake Benton.
A dozen adventurous participants joined two guides in a guided tour along the trail system located within the woods of Hole-in-the-Mountain Park at 2 p.m. on Saturday. After being strapped into their snowshoes and given their poles, those in attendance were given a tutorial by event coordinator and guide Sirrina Martinez of Tyler. Following instruction, the tour began, and the group trudged single file up the hill through the fresh, powdered snow.
“We really couldn’t have asked for better conditions the day of the tour,” explained Martinez. “The fresh powdery snow, the slightly overcast day, and the excellent temperature and minimal wind all made for a very enjoyable afternoon.”

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

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This adventurous group took to the hills this past Saturday during the Snowshoe Tour sponsored by the Lake Benton Chamber of Commerce.

County talks impound lot fence

March 17, 2014

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners learned from Robert Olsen at their Tuesday, March 4 meeting of an additional cost to the impound lot fencing in the amount of $1,890.
Olsen told the Board that the additional amount is due to some confusion in the footage of fencing needed in the quote estimate from American Fence Company. The original estimate was 112 feet short of what is needed, thus the additional cost presented now.
Olsen was asked by the Board if it was possible to split the $1,890 between the County and the Company.
Olsen said that the project had not gone through the formal bidding process since this is not a large project. “Mistakes happen,” said Olsen after telling the Board how it had been measured for the fencing last October. “I don’t begrudge mistakes. The amounts have always been estimates.”
There was also discussion on the delay of getting the fence put up, with Olsen commenting that the company had other, larger projects in North Dakota which was most likely the cause of the delay here.
The Board voted unanimously to pay half, which would be $945, due to the miscalculation in footage, and instructed Olsen to let the company know their decision.

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

Two vehicle accident on Hwy. 14

March 17, 2014

A two vehicle accident was reported at 4:05 p.m. on Friday, March 7 on Highway 14 near Lake Benton, the Minnesota State Patrol said.
A 2005 Buick Rainier driven by Jasianna Borman, 16, of Holland was traveling eastbound on Highway 14 when it collided with a 1999 Ford Escort driven by Wesley Hromatko, 66, of Lake Wilson, the Minnesota State Patrol said.
Borman was taken to the Tyler Healthcare Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, the Minnesota State Patrol said.
Wesley Hromatko and his passenger Marilyn Hromatko of Lake Wilson were both taken to the Tyler Healthcare Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, the State Patrol said.
The Buick Rainier received severe damage while the Ford Escort was described as totaled, the Minnesota State Patrol said.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, Tyler Ambulance and Lake Benton Fire Department assisted at the scene, the Minnesota State Patrol said.

Guys, gals, and gams galore at the Great Gatsby Gala

March 6, 2014

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These keen dames were all dolled up and could be seen enjoying some giggle water throughout the evening at the Lake Benton Area Foundation’s seventh annual Great Gatsby Gala held at the Center Post this past Saturday evening in Lake Benton.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 

 

The seventh annual Lake Benton Area Foundation Great Gatsby Gala was held this past Saturday at the Center Post in Lake Benton.
Glitz and glam are words that could be accurately used to describe the evening’s decorations as well as the gala attendees. 1920s-themed decorations lined the walls of the dining hall while champagne and fine wines could be enjoyed by those in attendance at their designated tables.
The evening’s festivities began with background music provided by the Opera House Entertainers as guests arrived and slipped off their dress coats and luxurious furs. Guests were welcomed by the party’s Master of Ceremonies Vince Robinson and invited to peruse and place bids on the many items up for silent auction at the event.
The Christ the King Catholic Youth Group from St. Genevieve’s of Lake Benton and St. Dionysius of Tyler volunteered as servers for the event and brought selected appetizers around to the guests throughout the night.

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

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Bonnie and Clyde (Jodi and Keith Greer) were apprehended by the constable (Bill Bunkers) while trying to escape the Great Gatsby Gala with some jewelry and moonshine that did not belong to them following the live auction at the event this past Saturday evening.

Kindness Retreat makes impression on area students

March 6, 2014

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Pictured at top, center, is Courtney Mulder, a senior at Elkton-Lake Benton High School, one of the high school students who helped lead small group discussions during the Kindness Retreat held in Hendricks last week. Five school districts—Hendricks, Deubrook, Elkton, Lake Benton and Lincoln HI, were in attendance at the retreat which was held for fifth graders.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
On Wednesday, Feb. 26, fifth grade students from five school districts—Hendricks, Deubrook, Elkton, Lake Benton and Lincoln HI—gathered in Hendricks at Christ Lutheran Church for a Kindness Retreat.
The retreat, presented by the Youth Frontiers organization, was sponsored by the Hendricks Kiwanis. “We are absolutely delighted to be able to offer this event to the kids in the area schools, and it looks like it was really successful,” commented Kiwanis President Bev Gillund following the program. Gillund, along with school staff who were present and the high school students, all expressed hope that the program can become an annual event, with all of the area school districts participating again.
The Youth Frontiers organization is based out of the Cities and was founded with the goal of changing the way people treat each other in schools—to improve the school climate. The Kindness Retreat is one of several sessions that is done by the organization, which presents 750 programs a year.

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