“An Evening” to remember

August 24, 2016

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From left—Dustin West, Dorothy Harman and Chris Harman of An Evening: A Tribute to John Denver entertained for nearly two hours at the Lake Benton Opera House on Saturday evening.

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Living History at Benton-Fremont Days

August 17, 2016

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Julup, a U.S. Court Classified Eastern Band Cherokee descendant, taught event-goers about the Cherokee culture and the roles Native Americans played throughout American history.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
History comes alive at the Benton-Fremont Days celebration each year. Among the historical reenactors were the Swanson Family with “Cowboyography;” Jim Patrick with his historically accurate DT Wagon chuckwagon; Julup, a U.S. Government Classified Eastern Band Cherokee Descendant; and Herb Pagel, a high school English teacher turned historical reenactor from Minneota. Each of these reenactors shared a bit of history with event-goers at Benton-Fremont Days.
Cassandra Swanson, the matriarch of the Swanson family, spoke a little bit about why they have come to Benton Fremont Days every year for the last ten years straight. “We love Carl (Burk) and we want to teach people, especially kids, about what real cowboys did.” The Swanson family inclludes Caleb (18), Coleman and Cloe (13) and Steve and Cassandra. They began as “real cowboys” in Montana then moved back to the Swanson Family Farm in South Dakota.

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

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Dave Huebner and Carl Burk, two of the Benton-Fremont Days founders, in historical costume on a modern horse.

Tribute to John Denver returns to the Opera House

August 17, 2016

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An Evening Productions will bring an encore performance of the “Tribute to John Denver” to the Lake Benton Opera House on Saturday. From left: Dustin West, Dorothy Harman and Chris Harman will be back to celebrate the music of one of the 1970s most popular personalities.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
A tribute to one of America’s best-selling performers of the 1970s will be celebrated in song Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Lake Benton Opera House. A group called An Evening Productions will bring their “Tribute to John Denver” to the local theater for an encore production. The group previously appeared in Lake Benton during the 2015 Saddle Horse Holiday weekend.
Dustin West, one of the founders of the group, said the name “An Evening” comes from the live John Denver album entitled “An Evening with John Denver.”

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Primary election finds light turnout

August 17, 2016

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Slightly over six percent of Lincoln County voters came to the polls last Tuesday evening for the Minnesota State Primary voting. A total of 212 ballots were cast out of 3,335 registered voters.
Unofficial results for U.S. Representative District 7 found Dave Hughes getting 66 votes compared to 33 for Amanda Lynn Hinson in the Republican primary. Collin Peterson received all 110 votes cast on the Democrat side.

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

Flintknapping: The art of lithic reduction

August 17, 2016

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From rock to art, flintknappers turn chunks of rough stone into beautiful pieces of art.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Flintknappers from around the nation gathered in Lake Benton this past weekend to share their supplies, art, and stories. Jim Redfearn from Mt. Vernon, Missouri shared some of the history of flintknapping, as well as his own flintknapping story.
Flintknapping is defined by EncartaDictionaries as “the method, mainly used by prehistoric people, of chipping and splitting flint to make tools.” The method has not changed much over the years, as the flintknappers at the rendezvous said. Today’s “knappers,” as they call themselves, create replicas of the arrowheads and knives made and used by the ancient peoples. The finished products may be replicas, but they are just as sharp and usable as the originals.

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Have fun at Benton-Fremont Days/Te Tonka Ha Rendezvous this weekend

August 11, 2016

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The Johnston Family will present Native American song and dance at Benton-Fremont Days this Saturday.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
This weekend promises to be a fun-filled experience for the whole family. Celebrate history, spend time with family, learn a new skill, and find treasures at the 2016 Benton-Fremont Days Celebration. This celebration includes the 18th annual Te Tonka Ha Rendezvous, the fourth annual Tatonka Knap-in, and the fourth annual Picker’s Paradise.
The fun begins at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 12. Check out Picker’s Paradise, where talented people have repurposed antiques, vintage items, and even junk and made it into something useful and beautiful. This year will include more vendors than ever. There will be several period-style campsites available to view. See how they lived in the early to mid 1800s and experience a slower, more primitive style of living. Food will be available all day from a vendor, but make sure to save room for the Pulled Pork Sandwich Feed, a family favorite priced to please.

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

Commissioners table decision to move forward with applying for Legacy Funds

August 11, 2016

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners tabled a request for a service agreement with DSI to have them move forward with the next step in applying for Legacy Funds from the State for the improvement of the County Parks.
Teresa Schreurs of DSI spoke to the board regarding the steps in the application process. The first was to submit an application to determine Lincoln County’s ranking. This step has been completed with the county receiving a high ranking.

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

LBAF Grants awarded

August 10, 2016

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The Lake Benton Summer Rec program received $500 to used for the development of the program for Lake Benton area children. Pictured from left to right are Teresa Bunkers and Kara Christensen representing the LBAF and Pastor Richard Riley, representing the Summer Rec program.

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Anderson appointed acting police chief

August 10, 2016

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council met for a special meeting on Monday, Aug. 8 to appoint an Acting Chief of Police. According to Mayor Barb Powell, “Chief Thor [Tollefson] is on a 90-day medical relief…We have someone on our payroll already, AJ [Anderson] that could take over the spot.”
City Administrator Eileen Christensen stated that legal council, Mike Cable, had spoken with former police chief Guy Harding, who would also be willing to fill the position. Mayor Powell responded with, “I asked Sheriff Meester and he had nothing to say.”

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Century Farm family

August 10, 2016

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The J. David Fruechte Farm received the Century Farm Award at the Lincoln County Fair. Four generations of Fruechtes were on hand to receive the award. Pictured left to right in front are Laurie, Mason, Lily, Crissa holding Faith, Hadley, Alivia, Kim and Lane; in back, from left, are Mike, Justin, David and Brian holding Micah.