Opera House to present 19th Annual Christmas Show

November 27, 2015

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The Lake Benton Opera House Christmas Show will be presented Dec. 5. Pictured are Marissa Condon (left) and Shania Deutz of Marshall performing at last year’s show.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 

The brightest and best of past Opera House productions are returning to the local stage once again as the local community theater presents its 19th annual Opera House Christmas Show on Dec. 5. According to director Mark Wilmes, the show has become a favorite for everyone involved.
“We have a great number of audience members who return each year and tell us how much the show is a part of their holiday tradition,” Wilmes revealed. “But it is also a favorite for the performers. It renews many friendships forged from shows going back many years. You can tell by the distance some of these people travel that the Opera House and their theater friends mean a lot to each of them.”

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

Children’s Theater at Opera House

November 19, 2015

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The cast of the Lake Benton Opera House Children’s Theater production of “Beauty is a Beast.” From left to right in front are Emmett Petersen of Tyler, Joseph Dagel of Lake Wilson, Raph Johnson of Lake Benton, Alyssa Kotsala of Lake Benton, Zoey Greer of Lake Benton, Tabitha Sanderson of Lake Benton, Aubree Bales of Lake Benton, Autumn Tooley of Hendricks, Kayla Goertz of Lake Benton, Morgan Tommeraasen of Tyler, and Cari Baune of Tyler. Middle row—Drew Lipinski of Ivanhoe, Alyna Trigg of Lake Benton, Aubrey Schindler of Lake Benton, Emma Lipinski of Ivanhoe, Rachael Krog of Lake Benton, Ellie Rose Frahm of Tyler, Skyla Lamfers of Marshall, and Sharon Hudson of Lake Benton. Back row—Axander Curvin of Ivanhoe, Julia Nilles of Ruthton, Madisyn Nielsen of Lake Benton, Kailyn Drietz of Lake Benton, and Tiffanie Downing of Marshall.

 

Veterans Day

November 19, 2015

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In Lake Benton, the 2015 Veterans Day program took place at Lake Benton Elementary School last Wednesday afternoon. More photos from the event can be found inside this edition of the Lake Benton Valley Journal.

Elkton-Lake Benton students present “Cinderella”

November 19, 2015

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The cast enjoyed the ball, which is where Prince Charming, played by Cole DeRuyter, first laid eyes upon his darling Cinderella.

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Fairy Godmother Alexis Christensen saved the day by transforming Cinderella and providing a carriage from a pumpkin to get her to the ball.

For more photos, read this week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal.

City council discusses filling trustee vacancy

November 19, 2015

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council discussed options for filling a vacant seat on the council during their second regular November meeting.
The vacancy is present due to the resignation of former trustee Susan Johnson, whose resignation was accepted at the first November meeting of the city council.
It was decided that the vacancy will be filled by an individual effective Jan. 1, 2016, and that person shall serve on the council as interim trustee through Jan. 1, 2017. At that time, a two-year term for a trustee will be placed on the ballot for voters to decide upon.

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

Elkton-Lake Benton FCCLA Tour of Tables and Basket Raffle event held

November 12, 2015

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Alexis Christensen of Lake Benton was among the performers at Saturday’s FCCLA event.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 

The annual Elkton-Lake Benton FCCLA Tour of Tables and Basket Raffle was held on Saturday at the Elkton Community Center. A total of 20 volunteers decorated tables for the event. Elkton and Lake Benton businesses donated many baskets that were then raffled off at one dollar per ticket.
The event is organized by a committee of volunteers and those attending are served by the FCCLA members, who also help with the cleanup at the end of the day.

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

“Beauty is a Beast” Saturday at Lake Benton Opera House

November 12, 2015

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Student actors are pictured rehearsing “off book” as parent volunteers stand by to prompt them in preparation for the upcoming Lake Benton Opera House Children’s Theater production of “Beauty is a Beast,” under the direction of Mike Hulsizer. The play will be presented twice on Nov. 14, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 

The Lake Benton Opera House Children’s Theater production of “Beauty is a Beast” will be presented on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. A total of 24 area fourth through sixth graders are involved in the production, directed by Mike Hulsizer of Marshall.

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

Referendum renewal carried

November 12, 2015

By Steven Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 

With a majority of voters approving to renew the referendum revenue authorization for the Lake Benton School District ISD 404, the proposition is declared to have carried.

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

County considers changes to tobacco ordinance

November 12, 2015

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 

Amy Jelen and Ann Orren of Southwest Human Services spoke to the county commissioners about updating the County Tobacco Ordinance and Clean Indoor Air Policy. The ordinance has not been updated since 1999, and there have been changes at the state level since that time that need to be added.
Additionally, the growing popularity of e-cigarettes is prompting their addition to County and City Clean Indoor Air policies. According to information provided, 11 counties and 23 cities have added e-cigarettes to their clean indoor air policies, which equates to 46 percent of Minnesotans covered by these policies.

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

Lake Benton Public Library celebrates 75 years

November 5, 2015

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Plum Creek Library Director Jim Trojanowski was on hand this past Saturday morning to help celebrate the Lake Benton Public Library’s 75th anniversary. A decent crowd showed up to help with the celebration. Trojanowski explained the role of the Plum Creek Library Sytem and answered questions before Lake Benton Public Library Director Shelly Finzen provided a history of the Lake Benton Library.

Editor’s Note: The following history of the Lake Benton Public Library was given by Shelly Finzen at the 75th Anniversary Celebration.

Today, the Lake Benton Public Library seems like an old friend to the community of Lake Benton. Many of the patrons who walk through her doors were either too young to remember the earliest days of the library or they did not live here at the time. They only know that it has always been here. In celebration of our 75 years, I would like to share our rich history with you.
The library’s history began in 1929 with the Excelsior Federated Women’s Club, which had a high interest in education and literacy. The members of the club took the initiative to collect books and magazines for the library. By opening day in 1935, the Excelsior club collected more than 200 books, which were available from day one. The members of the Excelsior Club took turns tending the library during the original hours, which were from 3-5 p.m. on Fridays. They also built shelves for the books in the library.

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