Lake Benton Area Foundation awarded grants

August 16, 2017

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The Lake Benton Cemetery Association received a grant of $200 from the Lake Benton Area Foundation to be used toward weed control and cemetery maintenance. Pictured from left are Roger Rudebusch, Mary Caraway and Darcy Miller.

The Lake Benton Area Foundation was recently awarded a $2,500 grant from the Southwest Ini­tiative Foundation (SWIF) for a partnership with the Lake Benton Volunteers for Education.
The grant is to be used to help develop and grow the After School and Sum­mer Rec programs at the Lake Benton School by expanding the budget for nutritious snacks and more equipment for edu­cational, safe and healthy activities for the students participating in the pro­gram.

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

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Darcy Miller (left) and Mary Caraway (right) of the Lake Benton Area Foundation presented a grant of $1,100 to Mary Nordmeyer (center). The funds will be used to support the Lake Benton After School Program.

One Book/One County Read at the Lincoln County libraries

August 11, 2017

By Shelly Finzen 
Lake Benton Public 
Library Director

Calling all WWII histo­ry buffs (and those who just want to learn more about the time period)— the Lincoln County Pub­lic Libraries, which in­clude Tyler, Lake Benton, Ivanhoe and Siverson (Hendricks), would like to invite you to join us for the One Book/One County Read.
One Book/One County Read is an opportunity for Lincoln County resi­dents to share experienc­es by reading the same novel and attending a variety of special pro­grams and events.

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

Computer Aided Dispatching system approved by council

August 9, 2017

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Mayor Bob Worth announced that he has been in contact with the Lincoln County Environmental Office concerning the thistle problem on the Nature Conservancy Land.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton City Council met for their regular meeting on Aug. 7. The mayor, all city trust­ees and City Administrator/Clerk Eileen Christensen and Police Chief Tony Sievert were present. No comments were made by the public during the two-minute forum.
The main topic of discussion during the meeting was wheth­er or not to purchase a comput­er aided dispatch system (CAD) from Zuercher Technologies out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota…

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

New superintendent Ann Wendorff hired at Lake Benton Elementary

August 9, 2017

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Ann Wendorff joined the Lake Benton Elementary School administration team in mid-July.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Lake Benton Elementary School has a new face around. Following Superintendent Lu­ther Onken’s retirement, Ann Wendorff has been hired to serve as the new part-time su­perintendent for Lake Benton School. The Journal spoke to Wendorff recently.
Wendorff is married to Ron and has a daughter, Megan, and a son, Mitchell. Megan current­ly teaches in Pipestone. Mitch­ell is married to Tehani and has a son, Lincoln. Wendorff enjoys traveling, biking, swimming, watching sporting events, and attending concerts and the theater. She is originally from Gaylord.

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

Lincoln County libraries band together to request funding increase

August 9, 2017

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Library directors from all of the libraries located in Lincoln County—Hendricks, Ivanhoe, Lake Benton and Tyler— attended the Tuesday, Aug. 1 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners to advocate for a budget increase, the striking of the current formula system which has been used to determine the amount of funding each library receives, and funding each library equally.

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

Lake Benton Sportsman’s Club hosts fish fry for Benton Valley Manor

August 9, 2017

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The Lake Benton Sportsman’s Club treated Benton Valley Manor residents to a fish dinner on Saturday, Aug. 5.

Submitted by
Ila Christensen

On Saturday, Aug. 5, the tenants of Benton Valley Manor were treated to a perch and walleye fish fry in the dining room. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Fisher­ies supplied the fish while completing a survey in Lake Benton Lake. Mem­bers of the Lake Benton Sportsman’s Club pre­pared the food, consisting of fish, potato salad, fruit salad, chips, dinner rolls, and bars.

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

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Fish fry cooks Walter Takeda (left) and Tom Christensen enjoy a rest after preparing the fish for 17 Benton Valley Manor residents.

Worth serves soybean growers in Washington DC

August 9, 2017

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Bob Worth recently traveled to Washington, DC to meet with federal congress people on behalf of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Except for the time he served in the military, Bob Worth has been farming his entire life. Farming has offered Worth a number of interesting challenges and opportunities; it has also opened doors to un­expected places. Recently Worth traveled to the na­tion’s Capital to lobby for the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association.
The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association was established in 1962 by soybean farmers…

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

Te Tonka Ha Rendezvous held at Hole-in-the-Mountain County Park

August 9, 2017

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Just as in days past, a whole lot of trading takes place at Te Tonka Ha.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The 19th annual Te Tonka Ha Rendezvous and Benton-Fremont Days and fifth annual Tatonka Knap-in and Pickers Paradise was held at Hole-in-the- Mountain County Park Aug. 4-6. A wide variety of vendors, flint knappers, entertainers, reenactors, and flea market vendors were on hand offering goods, food, entertain­ment, and knowledge to event visitors.
Food vendors this year included a sno-cone truck, which was popular with all ages, popcorn, hot dogs, and snacks provided by the local Lake Benton Volunteers for Education and Lake Benton Public Library, a taco truck, and selections of Cold Stone Creamery Ice Cream pro­vided by Lighthouse As­sembly of God Church.

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

Lake Benton police report: Firearms Safety Course offered

August 9, 2017

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Police Chief Tony Sievert presented the July Police Report at the Aug. 7 City Council meet­ing. In his report, Sievert reported that the Lake Benton Police Depart­ment (LBPD) received reimbursement funds for three vests that the City of Lake Benton purchased. The total of the reimbursement was $1,222.55.

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

Benck’s Lakeview Lodge is open for business with nine units

August 2, 2017

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The family worked together to get the lodge ready for visitors. Pictured left to right are Gene Benck, Courtney Schellberg, Nicolas Benck, Tami Benck, Chad Benck, Kallie Benck, Alexander Benck and Colton Benck.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
An old business recently received a new look, inside and out. The old Highway 75 Motel has become Benck’s Lakeview Lodge. Now owned by the Chad and Tami Benck family, the lodge officially opened its doors for business on July 17. The lodge has nine units available for rent, with many of them rented out right away. The units can be had for a weekly or a nightly rate. Recently, we had the chance to ask the Benck family some questions about their new business.
The family’s adventure began many years ago. The Benck family knew they wanted to find and purchase a resort or hotel near a lake in Minnesota. “We had been looking off and on for six years but nothing really felt like home…

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

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The lodge offers a suite that includes a second bedroom and a kitchenette.