Ice fishing on Lake Benton

January 13, 2014

Ice Houses
Pictured are some of the permanent ice houses that can be seen on Lake Benton as the owners hope that their spot is the lucky one.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 

The recent spell of cold weather in Lake Benton has made life difficult, but for those of you interested in ice fishing, the weather has provided some of the better fishing conditions that Lake Benton has had in years.
A nice, thick layer of ice has formed on the lake, and that means safe fishing conditions. With the temperature forecasted to be on the rise, fishing conditions should improve even more in the coming days and weeks.
Owner of Veire’s Mini Mart and local outdoor authority Dave Lueck provided some information regarding the current fishing conditions in Lake Benton.
“When you have cold-front fishing, which is what we have right now with the massive cold fronts that we’ve had come through, the fish usually are neutral or in a negative state,” explained Lueck. “When this happens, the fish just kind of lie on the bottom and don’t really do anything; but once the weather stabilizes and starts to warm up, the fish get active.”

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

Lake Benton Lions and FD serve up a warm meal

January 13, 2014

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Above: The Lake Benton Lions Club held their benefit breakfast for the Lake Benton Fire Department and First Responders on Sunday, Jan. 5 at the Center Post party room. Despite the cold weather, they said they had a steady flow of people coming to support them throughout the morning.

 

Below: The Lake Benton Fire Department members and the First Responders helped with serving the meals, cooking and cleaning up at the Lions Breakfast on Sunday, Jan. 5. Pictured above are Corey Berger, Pat McCarthy and Jeff Christensen.

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City set to hire new admin.

January 13, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
During the first meeting of 2014, a personnel committee recommended that the Lake Benton City Council hire Eileen Christensen as the city’s new administrator/clerk effective Jan. 27. The starting salary was recommended to be set at $42,500 with benefits.
The personnel committee also recommended that current clerk Rosie DeZeeuw stay on for two hours per day for a one-year period. At the end of that one year’s time, it would be up to the new administrator/clerk to recommend to the council whether or not DeZeeuw’s position with the city would continue.
A 30-day notice will also be issued to Kinner and Company for the cancellation of their work contract with the city. Kinner and Company will stay on until March 1 to assist with anything the new administrator might need.

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

Valley Journal looks back at 2013-Part Two

January 2, 2014

Check out some of the the events that happened throughout the last half of 2013 in this week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal.

Lake Benton lighting contest winners

January 2, 2014

 

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Berniece Johannsen was selected to receive first place in this year’s holiday lighting contest in Lake Benton that was sponsored by the OtterTail Power Company in conjunction with the Lake Benton Chamber of Commerce. Berniece received $100 in Chamber Bucks for her creative decorating.

For other contest winners photos, read this week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal.

Sportsmen’s Club installs aerators in lake

January 2, 2014

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Jeff Christensen is pictured above, left, using a chainsaw to cut a square in the ice that is roughly the same size as the aerator, which can be seen in the foreground, as the rest of the active members of the Lake Benton Sportsmen’s Club do a great job of providing instructions and support.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
In the winter of 1968, when Lake Benton froze over, the layer of snow on the icy surface blocked the sun’s rays throughout the winter and deprived the aquatic plants of the sunlight required for oxygen production. Low oxygen levels caused much of the lake’s fish populations to die out during that frigid winter. Fortunately, from this death came the birth of an organization in town that is known as the Lake Benton Sportsmen’s Club.
Every year since that particularly nasty winter, the members of the Lake Benton Sportsmen’s Club [LBSC] have made time each winter to ensure that history is not repeated.

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

Valley Journal looks at 2013-Part One

December 26, 2013

The Lake Benton Valley Journal looks back at 2013 and the events that helped shape our community.

For the stories and photos, read this week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal.

Joining in the Fun and Reindeer Games

December 26, 2013

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Students are pictured as they look to see what number they landed on when the music stopped to determine if they won a cake or not during the cakewalk at the PBIS assembly last Thursday afternoon.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The faculty and staff at Lake Benton Elementary gave the elementary students a chance to cut loose and unwind from their studies before winter break at a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports assembly last Thursday afternoon in the school’s gymnasium.
A fun-filled afternoon of activities such as a cakewalk and varying “minute-to-win-it” games was enjoyed by the entire student body as the students were rewarded for their positive behavior for this quarter.
Students in each grade were selected to participate in timed challenges as they were cheered on by their classmates and fellow elementary students alike.
Preschool students participated in a Santa Claus dress-up game that came down to the wire, but with a little assistance from Mrs. Drake and Mrs. Drietz, the participants were able to complete the challenge in the “St. Nick” of time.

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

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Blake DeVries readied himself for some serious reindeer head-banging during his 60-second challenge at the assembly last Thursday afternoon.

Taxes decrease for school

December 26, 2013

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
At the truth in taxation meeting for the school, it was announced that according to the levy for 2013, taxes for the Lake Benton School District ISD #404 decreased by nearly two percent. This equates to about a $14,000 decrease in the tax burden for taxpayers.
During their regularly scheduled board meeting following the truth in taxation meeting, the school board adopted the 2013 levy payable in 2014 for the maximum amount of $727,145.

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

County Historical Society speaks to Co. Board

December 26, 2013

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Orlan Sandro, President of the Lincoln County Historical Society board, presented the annual Museum report to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners at their Tuesday, Dec. 17 meeting.
Sandro provided the commissioners with a printout of the revenues, expenses and proposed projects/repairs for the Lincoln County Museum complex.
Sandro told the Board that there are six framed buildings in the Museum complex, some have been acquired over the years including the Sears and Roebuck house, the Icelandic Church and the school house, and two chalets have been built onsite. These buildings are in addition to the depot building.
Sandro said that the shingling of the roof on the depot building was something that needs to be done this year, however he is not sure of the exact cost. He added that he favors a metal roof due to it’s durability, while others on the board feel that a metal roof would take away from the historical feel of the building.

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