Chamber works on Saddle Horse schedule

April 17, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton Chamber of Commerce worked on getting the complete schedule for Saddle Horse Holiday 2014 lined up at their meeting on Monday evening.
A number of new events are being planned for this year’s annual town celebration. Many events that have been held in previous years will be returning as well. Some of the new events being planned are a 5k walk/run, bed races, cow chip bingo and an iron man junior competition.
The bed races are open to anyone interested in participating. Participants must provide their own “modified” beds, and two to three participants will race the beds down Center Street on Saturday afternoon. Registration for this event will be open until the day of the event and any teams interested in participating can register at the city office.

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

City and DNR talk lake access

April 17, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council met with Phil Nasby and Kent Skaar of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to discuss the possibility of upgrading the public water access facility located on Lake Shore Drive in town.
Nasby is the Parks and Trails Area Supervisor for the DNR, and he came before the council last August to mention that this project was a possible option for the city and the state to collaborate on.
The city expressed interest at that time, and Nasby filed the appropriate paperwork to have the lake access facility considered for redevelopment. Nasby filed the project as a priority and Lake Benton is now at the top of the pile, so the redevelopment process was explained to the city council at a special meeting held last Thursday afternoon.
“We’re just here to start the talk and the process as far as expectations and the scope of the project,” explained Nasby. “I’m hoping that everyone will talk freely of expectations and ideas, and then we’ll go from there after today.”

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

Up-close look at agriculture

April 14, 2014

Ag Day 1
Katie Elvehjem of Hubbard Feed, left, answered questions from the young students in attendance during the Lincoln County Farm Bureau’s Ag Awareness Day last Thursday morning at Lake Benton Elementary School.

Lake Benton students were treated to a closer look at farming through Ag Awareness Day

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
For the second year in a row, the Lincoln County Farm Bureau (LCFB) has given area students the opportunity to learn about agricultural impacts in our region during a special event called Ag Awareness Day.
Ag Awareness Day took place in the gymnasium at Lake Benton Elementary School this past Thursday morning. Third and fourth grade students from Ivanhoe along with third, fourth and fifth grade students from Hendricks were present at the event.
The 70 students were split up into groups and spent 15 minutes at each station or presentation at the event.
A total of nine stations were set up with various agriculture-related categories.
Minnesota State Beef Ambassador Maria Weber provided a presentation about beef for the children, while Katie Elvehjem of Hubbard Feed brought along a newborn calf and gave a presentation on dairy products.
The Sigma Alpha Sorority from South Dakota State University was present to talk about water and its role in agriculture.

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

Ag Day 2
Mike Goblirsch of Redwood Falls, right, provided a presentation about beekeeping at Ag Awareness Day at Lake Benton Elementary School this past Thursday morning.

Showing off the new clinic

April 14, 2014

Clinic Open House
LuAnn Weber, Stacey VanDyke, Eric Ocampo and Laurie Ellefsen took time away from their guided tours to pose for a photo during the open house at the Lake Benton Medical Clinic last Wednesday evening. These four will be serving the Lake Benton area now that renovations on the clinic complete.

Community Choir preps for Saddle Horse show

April 14, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton Community Choir has been hard at work for the past four weeks as they prepare themselves for a concert to be held during the festivities of Saddle Horse Holiday.
Graham Wrightson of Brookings, S.D. had the idea to start a community choir in Lake Benton after being unable to find one that suited his talents, so he contacted Opera House President Mark Wilmes.
“We were looking for a choir that wasn’t connected to a church or a university that does nontraditional choral music,” explained Wrightson. “There used to be one in Brookings, but it ended, so I asked Mark if Lake Benton would be interested in having one.”
Wrightson’s inquiry came at the perfect time as Wilmes was already looking for some entertainment to perk up the festivities surrounding Saddle Horse Holiday.

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

City revisits new water meters

April 14, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
City Maintenance Supervisor Todd Draper explained to the Lake Benton City Council what he had learned regarding the proposed new water meters during the regularly scheduled meeting this past Monday evening.
The city is considering the replacement of the older, outdated meters in residences within town. New meters will save time, labor and money for the city.
Three quotes for the software, installation, maintenance and warranty were received by Draper, but each meter has its own unique features. The lowest quote was approximately $124,000, and the highest quote was approximately $174,000. According to Mayor Carpenter, the city has the money to complete this project and additional money could also be gained by scrapping the old meters.
Draper suggested that the council ask the three businesses which submitted quotes to come before select council members to explain their respective products’ pros and cons. This way the council will be well-informed before making a decision.
The council agreed with this suggestion and a motion was approved to authorize Draper to set up meetings in order for the council to obtain further information.

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

Elks go to prom

April 3, 2014

Prom 1
Elkton-Lake Benton prom attendees are pictured waiting for their schoolmates to finish the first round of the Grand March this past Saturday evening in the high school gymnasium.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Elkton-Lake Benton prom was held this past Saturday, March 29 at the high school.
Professional photos were taken of the decked-out couples before they sat down to a meal. The couples then prepared for photo opportunities at the Grand March, which was held at 8 p.m., and was followed by a dance in the school cafeteria.
After the dance concluded the students dressed down and boarded a bus to Brookings, S.D. for their after-prom party where they enjoyed a night full of activities and games at the South Dakota State University Wellness Center.
Those in attendance then stopped for breakfast at a fast food joint before being bussed back home in the early morning hours of Sunday.

Prom 2
Gabby Kampmann and Jose Flores are pictured during the Grand March at the Elkton-Lake Benton Prom held this past Saturday evening, March 29 in Elkton, S.D.

Elementary to present “Campfire Tales” Friday

April 3, 2014

Dakota Players 2
Eager students await the instructions of directors Carolyn Willem Van Dijk and Harrison Fry during Monday afternoon’s rehearsals for the production “Campfire Tales” to be presented on Friday.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Dakota Players, in association with the Lake Benton Elementary School, will be providing a night of entertainment this Friday when 47 talented students will be performing a musical entitled “Campfire Tales” in the school gymnasium at 7 p.m.
Auditions took place on Monday and rehearsals will take place each night this week until the whole show comes together on Friday.
This special week-long event gives children at Lake Benton Elementary School a chance to learn what it’s like to take part in a professionally produced stage musical, from auditions and rehearsals through the final performance.

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

Friends of the Opera House named

April 3, 2014

In the four-plus decades since the Lake Benton Opera House was saved from demolition by a group of ambitious citizens, the local theater has been honoring individuals who have gone above and beyond in service to the historic theater. On the back wall of the theater you can find hanging the portraits of these passionate people who have given countless hours of service in keeping the organization and the building in good health.
This group of honorees is part of a select group known as the Friends of the Opera House. On Saturday, April 5, in a short ceremony before the 7:30 p.m. performance of “The Pirates of the Chemo,” the Opera House Board will honor two more dedicated citizens. Being installed as the newest Friends of the Opera House will be Greg Mensen and the late Carol Mensen.

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

MnDOT preps Hwy 14 project

April 3, 2014

By Robert Wolfington
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A construction project on Highway 14 will mean a detour for much of the summer, the Minnesota Department of Transportation recently announced.
A flyer was sent to residents affected by the detour in late March detailing the project that is expected to begin in May.
An open house meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 9 at the Tyler Fire Hall from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
According to MnDOT, the project will run along Highway 14 near Florence continuing east to Tracy.
According to the mailing sent out late last month “(t)he intent of these projects are to rehabilitate deteriorating segments of Highway 14 pavements and bridges. The deterioration is occurring as a result of heavy usage, Minnesota extreme temperature changes and aging infrastructure.”
A detour has been mapped out for drivers coming from Highway 23 through County Road 10.

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