School Board discusses update on shutdown due to COVID-19

March 27, 2020

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Superintendent Loy Woelber

By Mark Wilmes
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Principal Jeff Hansen gave the board an update on what is happening at the elementary school during the COVID-19 shutdown. Hansen said a message had been sent to parents to update them on the process going forward for the immediate future. The school is closed to students and outside visitors through March 27. The district is offering free childcare to emergency and essential workers between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., as well as offering transportation to the children. Also offered is delivery of breakfast and lunch for students and non-students in the district. During the shutdown, staff is developing distance learning plans for students in the event the shutdown continues into April.

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

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Principal Jeff Hansen

Commissioners approve law enforcement pact with Lake Benton

March 27, 2020

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Lake Benton City Administrator Eileen Christensen and Lake Benton Trustee David Enke spoke to the county commissioners last week.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Commissioners met with representatives from Lake Benton on March 17 to discuss a new law enforcement partnership between their city and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department. Commis­sioner Jack Vizecky was present by speakerphone. Lake Benton City Council Member David Enke and City Administrator Eileen Christensen were on hand at the meeting. Enke told the commissioners that the contract was approved on the previous evening at the Lake Benton City Council meeting.
“We’re thankful for the time spent by Sheriff (Chad) Meester to pre­pare that contract as well as everyone else who was involved with that,” Enke said. “We’re here this morning to present that contract for approval from the commissioners.”

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

Local woman asks women to pay attention to their hearts

March 27, 2020

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Julie Wutsch (left) and Avera PA-C LuAnn Weber.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Although heart disease is sometimes thought of as a man’s disease, almost as many women as men die each year of heart disease in the United States. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, kill­ing 299,578 women in 2017—or about one in every five female deaths. That is why Tyler resident Julie Wutsch and LuAnn Weber, PA-C are teaming up to bring awareness to the fact that women need to watch for warning signs to make sure they are not caught unaware.
Last November, Wutsch, who works at Avera in Marshall, noticed some discomfort in her shoulder and neck area.
“It went on for a couple of days,” she said. “I was thinking I slept wrong.”
On Nov. 20, it progressed to a point she could no lon­ger ignore it.

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

City dissolves police department

March 18, 2020

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City Administrator/Clerk Eileen Christensen and Mayor Bob Worth.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council approved a revised law enforcement contract with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department to provide services to the City of Lake Benton. Trustee David Enke was designated to represent the city at Tuesday morning’s Lincoln County Commissioners meeting.
“We’re first on the agenda,” Enke said.
The council also approved disbanding the Lake Benton Police Department pending the approval of the contract by the county commissioners. They also passed a motion to accept the resignation of Police Chief Jeff Baumgarner.

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

Opera House show cancelled

March 18, 2020

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The Broadway Meets Lake Benton shows at the Lake Benton Opera House were cancelled on Saturday due to the COVID-19 threat. The cast performed the show to an empty house to record a video that will be made available to the public.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton Opera House “Broadway Meets Lake Benton” shows were cancelled on Saturday in light of recommendations from Avera Health, the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC. The decision was made by the cast and the Opera House Board of Directors.
The performers gathered on Saturday and presented the show for only the participants and families…

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

Cancelled or postponed

March 18, 2020

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By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Many events in the county have been postponed indefinitely. We will try to keep you up to date in your newspaper and on our Facebook page in the days and weeks to come…

See the partial list of events in this week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal.

COVID- 19 fallout arrives in region

March 18, 2020

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Federal government, the State of Minnesota and Avera Health have triggered a glut of cancellations throughout the area and the nation. Nearly all public and sporting events have been either cancelled or postponed indefinitely. Area residents are encouraged to check with event management on the status of the local events…

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

Lake Benton Elementary School closed now through March 27

March 18, 2020

The following information has been announced by the Lake Benton Public School:
Outbreaks of novel virus infections, such as the Coronavirus COVID-19, among people are always of public health concern. The risk to the general public from these outbreaks depends on characteristics of the virus, including how well it spreads between people; the severity of resulting illness; and the medical or other measures available to control the impact of the virus (for example, vaccines or medications that can treat the illness). This disease has caused severe illness, including illness resulting in death, especially since it has also shown sustained person-to-person spread in several places. While it is nearly impossible to plan for every scenario, we are working with area leaders to provide guidance.
At this time we are not sending home student work for Alternative Instruction for your student. In the event we close for an extended time, plans are in place for delivery of instruction. At this time we are following the Governor’s recommendation of closing Lake Benton Elementary School from March 18 through March 27…

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

Honor Band participants

March 18, 2020

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Elkton-Lake Benton students were chosen to participate in the East Central Middle School Honor Band at the SDSU Performing Arts Center in Brookings, South Dakota on March 10. The students performed under the direction of Dr. Aaron Ragsdale. Pictured left to right in front are Zoey Greer (clarinet), Marcela Majia Valencia (flute), Malayna Hemmen (percussion) and Maya Jensen (percussion). In back are E-LB Band Director Ashlynne Terkildsen, Caedmon Bressler (trumpet), Blake DeVries (trombone) and Riddick Westley (tenor saxophone).

Elkton-Lake Benton schools closed through March 20

March 18, 2020

The Governor of South Dakota has declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandem­ic. Governor Noem’s state of emergency order rec­ommends the closing of all schools statewide next week.
The Elkton School Dis­trict will be closed ALL of next week, March 16 –March 20.

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