St. Genevieve’s Parish Festival held in Lake Benton

October 9, 2014

Fall Festival

It was a great turnout for St. Genevieve’s Parish Festival held this past Sunday in the Lake Benton Elementary gymnasium. Hundreds came out to enjoy a chicken dinner as well as a variety of entertainment options and live and silent auctions.

 

Two local clubs become one

October 2, 2014

Birthday-Knitting Clubs
The members of the Birthday Club and the Knitting Club have joined together, and they got together last week to celebrate the group’s September birthdays. Pictured from left to right are Lorraine Krog, Deloris Johansen, Romelle Pritchett, Bernice Krog, Clarice Nordmeyer, Arlane Lindemann, Faye Meyer and Fran Hanson.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Two clubs in Lincoln County, the District 16 Birthday Club and the Diamond Lake Knitting Club, have recently combined into one club.
The District 16 Birthday Club began on May 3 of 1943, when Myrtle Pries, Christine Knutson and Lorraine Krog visited with Lizzie Lambert on her birthday.
At that time, Lizzie was new to the Diamond Lake area, and she explained that never before had she had a birthday party. So, the ladies got together and threw Lizzie a party—her first birthday party ever.
The ladies enjoyed themselves, and they decided that they should get together for every birthday of each individual in the group, and thus, the Birthday Club was started.
The District 16 Birthday Club gathered members and initially met on the birthday of each individual member. However, because membership increased and sometimes there were multiple members’ birthdays each month, the club decided to meet once a month and celebrate all the birthdays in that month.

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

“Blithe Spirit” opens Oct. 3 at Opera House

October 2, 2014

Blithe Spirit
Pictured above from left to right are Jim Radloff of Marshall, Betty Andries of Marshall, Sandy Hanson of Tyler, Sylvia Newell of Lake Benton and Gene Anderson of Lake Benton at a recent rehearsal for “Blithe Spirit” at the Lake Benton Opera House.

The Lake Benton Opera House will present the classic Noel Coward comedy, “Blithe Spirit” for six performances over the first two weekends of October.
“Blithe Spirit” is a story surrounding Charles Condomine (played by Jim Radloff of Marshall), a socialite and author, who likes to drink, and Ruth Condomine (Betty Andries of Marshall), a pretentious housewife who enjoys the finer things in life and gives her maid, Edith (Kathy Holck of Ruthton), a hard time all the time.
The Condomines invite their friends, Mr. And Mrs. Bradman (Gene Anderson and Sylvia Newell, both of Lake Benton, and an eccentric clairvoyant, Madame Arcati (Sandy Hanson of Tyler), to participate in a séance. The purpose of the séance is so Charles, who is quite skeptical of the entire ordeal, can gather material for his next book.

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

Chamber Fall Kick-off Oct. 15

October 2, 2014

The Lake Benton Chamber of Commerce’s Fall Kick-Off will be Wednesday, Oct. 15 at the Center Post Hall. Tickets are available at the Chamber office. See their ad for more details.

Fatal crash near Elkton Sunday

October 2, 2014

A fatal crash occurred near Elkton, S.D., early Sunday morning, Sept. 28.
A 1999 Chevrolet Sedan was traveling westbound near Elkton. The vehicle ran off the roadway to the right, struck a culvert and vaulted over the road. The vehicle rolled and then came to rest in the south ditch.
Curtis Lustfield, 28, of Lake Benton, received serious non-life threatening injuries. Cory Bergloff, 24 of Brookings, S.D., sustained fatal injuries in the crash. The investigation is ongoing.
No further information is immediately available. The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating. Brookings County Sheriff’s Office, Elkton Fire Department and Elkton Community Ambulance assisted.

Homecoming Royalty announced

September 25, 2014

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Queen McKenzie DeRuyter and King Billy Koch are pictured above, third and fourth from left in the back row, in the middle of the Elkton-Lake Benton Homecoming Court after being crowned during Homecoming Coronation in Elkton, S.D. on Monday, Sept. 22.

Representatives from China visit Lake Benton

September 25, 2014

Visitors from China
Representatives from the Heilongjiang Province in China visited Lake Benton last Friday to gain understanding of how farming operations are performed in America.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Three weeks ago, American Soybean Association (ASA) Vice-President Bob Worth of Lake Benton traveled to China on behalf of the ASA for the third time since becoming an ambassador for the group.
Last week, representatives from the Heilongjiang Province in China made a visit of their own to America for the first time in order to gain a better understanding of farming practices within the United States. On Friday, the group stopped at the Worth farm in Lake Benton for informational and a tour. Worth and Minnesota Soybean Growers Association Vice-President Joel Schreurs were present to answer questions through a translator.
“It’s all about relationships,” explained Worth. “These folks are from the same area that I went to in the northeastern part of China. This is a country that looks exactly like Lake Benton. These people are coming back to see our farms and what we’re doing over here.”
Worth explained that only good things can come from establishing a good relationship with China when it comes to agriculture.

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

County helps fund museum updates

September 25, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Orlan Sandro and Allan Johnson of the Lincoln County Pioneer Museum came before the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners last Tuesday to talk about the new shingles that were put on the museum building.
The county approved allocating $10,630 to the Lincoln County Pioneer Museum to pay the remainder of the bill for the shingling project.
This amount is less than the county expected to provide since an anonymous gift of $25,000 was received by the museum, and $5,000 of that amount was used to offset the costs of the shingling project.
According to Lincoln County Environmental Manager Robert Olsen, the Judicial Ditch 13 project on the southeast side of Tyler has been ordered by the ditch authority to be completed. Olsen explained that through discussions with the engineer, the cost went from $830,000 down to $312,000.

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

Elks Homecoming candidates

September 18, 2014

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The 2014 Elkton-Lake Benton Homecoming candidates have been chosen. Pictured in front, left to right, are Sydney Jandahl, Elizabeth “Liz” Hegerfeld and McKenzie DeRuyter; in back are Heath Schindler, William “Billy” Koch and Alex Trautman.

Verdi UMC celebrates 125 years

September 18, 2014

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Nearly 70 churchgoers were present for the service held this past Sunday to commemorate
the 125th anniversary of the Verdi United Methodist Church.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Verdi United Methodist Church celebrated 125 years of worship, fellowship and faith with an anniversary service followed by a lunch and visiting this past Sunday.
Current and former members of the Verdi UMC congregation were in attendance throughout the day to help celebrate the anniversary. A congregation of what has recently averaged less than ten members grew to nearly 70 for the morning service as the church was packed for worship and remembrance.
The service was led by Southern Prairie District Superintendent Phil Strom and included a time for remembrances in which members of the congregation shared their fondest memories of the church and the events that took place in and around the church.
One of those in attendance who spoke of her memories was Lois Gust, who explained that she and her husband John Ankeny were the first couple married at the church on July 19, 1952.

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