New events planned for Saddle Horse Holiday 2014

June 6, 2014

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Some new events are planned for this year’s Saddle Horse Holiday held from June 13-15 in Lake Benton.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The schedule of events for Saddle Horse Holiday 2014, to be held on June 13, 14 and 15 in Lake Benton, has been finalized and released.
This year many of the classic events will be back, but there will also be some new events taking place that will appeal to a wide variety of audience members and participants alike.
The first of the new events is the Iron Man Junior Competition.
This event will take place on Friday afternoon as young men in town challenge one another in a series of events that will test their dexterity, athleticism and fortitude. There will be exercises ranging from a free-throw competition to a tug-of-war to test competitors’ abilities until an Iron Man Junior emerges victorious.
“On Friday we will be hosting the Iron Man Junior competition at 4 p.m. at the school park,” said City Marketing and Event Coordinator Sirrina Martinez. “We felt it would be nice to have something similar to Miss Lake Benton for the young men here in town.”

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

Chief Harding to run for County Sheriff

June 6, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
At the first June meeting of the Lake Benton City Council, Lake Benton Police Chief Guy Harding announced that he has filed to run for Lincoln County Sheriff.
Police Chief Harding gave his police report to the council and reiterated that the 10 p.m. summer curfew is in effect for anyone aged 18 or under.
The council approved a motion to amend the city’s animal ordinance to change the wording from “under control” to “on a leash.”
Pam Veire was present at the meeting to discuss the spectator liability insurance for Saddle Horse Holiday 2014.

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

Board approves resignation

June 6, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
A special meeting of the Lake Benton School Board was held last Tuesday evening at 5 p.m.
There was one action item on the agenda, and it was a resolution to accept the resignation of Donnita Bennett as the school district’s administrative assistant/payroll officer.
A motion to accept the resignation was approved and a roll call vote passed 4-1 in favor of accepting Bennett’s resignation.
No further action was taken at the meeting.

Memorial Day Service held at Opera House

May 29, 2014

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Members of Henry Sollie Post 10 of the American Legion showed the technique for folding a flag while Post Commander Jim Roggenbuck explained what each fold represents during the Memorial Day Service on Monday morning.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton American Legion, Henry Sollie Post 10, held a Veterans Memorial Service at the Lake Benton Opera House on Monday morning.
The Memorial Day service began with a greeting and introduction of honored guests by Post Commander Jim Roggenbuck.
The invocation for the service was given by Arnold Fredricks, then the “Star Spangled Banner” was sung by the audience members along with the Grace Lutheran Men’s Choir. The Grace Lutheran Men’s Choir also sang “Oh Beautiful, for Spacious Skies.”
Bob Worth and Chuck DeBates led the audience in a medley of songs from the five divisions of the armed forces while members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard stood up to be honored as their songs were sung.

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

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Gary Serie read the roster of the local soldiers who perished while serving in the United States Armed Forces during the Memorial Day Service held at the Lake Benton Opera House on Monday morning.

Larry Olsen’s Music Fest held over the weekend near Lake Benton

May 29, 2014

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The dance floors were full all weekend out at Larry Olsen’s Music Fest as folks came from near and far to help celebrate the 20th year of the annual celebration.

School changes health care plan

May 29, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton School Board approved the withdrawal of the school from the SWSC Risk Management Pool for health coverage and subsequently approved a health insurance contract with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Minnesota.
This change will save the staff and faculty at Lake Benton Elementary School money on their healthcare insurance premiums as well as lower the deductible on their plans.
The board approved the payment of bills in the amount of $23,522.
The board approved the hiring of Blaine Hefti and Samantha Schindler as summer employees.
The board approved the revised budget for the 2014 fiscal year. The budget shows revenues of $2,422,422 and expenditures of $2,198,535. The board approved the preliminary budget for the 2015 fiscal year.

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

County looks at electrical room update

May 29, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
At their second May meeting, Lincoln County Emergency Manager Jeanna Sommers requested the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners’ guidance regarding the electrical room updates to be completed on the courthouse and law enforcement center. The board advised Sommers to contact Jeff Nelson of Baldridge and Nelson Architects and have them move forward with the next steps involved in completing the updates to the electrical room.
Sommers reported that the addition of a radio tower in Tyler has greatly improved the signal strength of the radio system in that area.
Sommers provided the board with a maintenance agreement for all 10 of the county’s sirens. The cities are fully responsible for their own sirens, but this agreement is to help the cities and county have a single agreement for all sirens within the county.

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

Class of 2014 graduates from Elkton-Lake Benton

May 22, 2014

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Hugs and handshakes were a common sight following the commencement ceremony at Elkton-Lake Benton High School this past Sunday afternoon in Elkton, S.D.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The commencement exercises for the Class of 2014 at Elkton-Lake Benton High School wereheld this past Sunday, May 18 at 2 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.
The A Band, under the direction of Mrs. Perry, played the Processional as the 27 graduating students entered the gymnasium for their final official trip up to the stage.
Graduate Amber Landsman provided the opening address prior to Courtney Mulder singing “I Hope You Dance” as an opening musical selection.

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

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Kelli Berger is pictured as she accepts her diploma from Elkton-Lake Benton School Board Member Chuck Remund.

Kaila Tingle: Singing with purpose

May 22, 2014

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Singer Kaila Tingle, a native of Elkton, S.D., will be appearing in Lake Benton on May 25.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Kaila Tingle, a 2010 graduate of Elkton High School, has been interested in pursuing a career in music since the age of ten, and that is exactly what she has been striving to do for nearly a dozen years now.
Tingle grew up in Elkton, S.D. and ever since a karaoke competition at the Swiftel Center in Brookings, S.D. in which she performed a duet with her cousin at the age of ten, she has been hooked on all things music.
“That was the first time that I ever performed in front of people,” said Kaila. “From there, I fell in love with it and decided that I wanted to do it as a career.”
Kaila is 22 years old, but she has already made a name for herself through her performances at the Academy of Country Music Experience and, most notably, on “American Idol” this past year.
Tingle described her experience on “American Idol” from the initial auditions in Omaha, Neb. to the disappointment of leaving Hollywood early.
“There were three rounds that I had to go through before going to the live auditions, but I got to the live auditions and got to see J-Lo and Keith and them,” explained Kaila. “It was definitely an experience.

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

City Council hears lake treatment update

May 22, 2014

Monument project also discussed during regular Lake Benton City Council meeting

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
At the second May meeting of the Lake Benton City Council, Robert Olsen of the Lincoln County Environmental Department [LCED] was present to inform the council about the success of the water treatments in Lake Benton and other area lakes.
Olsen was present to explain the environmental department’s request for funding from the city.
The environmental department has approximately $240,000 of repayment due to the county for a loan that was used for the water treatments in the county lakes.
The council went on record and agreed to pay $7,500 in 2013, but the invoice never came from the environmental department. According to Mayor Mike Carpenter, the funds are available, so the council authorized the issuance of a payment in the amount of $7,500 to the LCED.
No further water treatments are expected or planned at this time.

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