LPRW rate increase will be passed to community

May 9, 2019

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Because of an unusually long agenda, the Lake Benton City Council meeting saw a full house of public attendees.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton City Coun­cil met for their regular meet­ing on Monday, May 6. Fred and Lisa Schmidt, owners of the Lake Benton Bar, spoke to the council concerning a license for an op­tional 2 a.m. close. At the April 15 council meeting, the Board of Trustees did not approve the optional 2 a.m. license applied for by the Lake Benton Bar. The Schmidts requested an explana­tion for the decision. Trustee Dave Enke explained that the bar had not followed the licens­ing requirements during 2018, based on information provided by Police Chief Tony Sievert. There had been more than three incidents in 2018 where the bar did not close on time, in violation of the license. This was the basis for the trustees’ decision to not approve the request on April 15. During the May 6 meeting, the Schmidts explained that there have been no incidents at the bar since they took over ownership. “We haven’t had any incidents that have happened between 1 and 2 (a.m.),” Lisa said. “We’ve not had to bring in the police. We have a zero tolerance on fight­ing…The police do come through (shortly after 2 a.m.).”

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Local family thankful for hospice services

May 9, 2019

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Karen and Mike Kelley

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The 24th annual Hos­pice Benefit and Auction will be presented on Fri­day, May 10 at the Tyler Golf Club. Tickets for the event include the meal of roast beef, potatoes, green beans, coleslaw and des­sert. The meal and silent auction will begin at 5 p.m., with Pick of the Auc­tion at 7:15 p.m. followed by the live auction.
Avera@Home serves around 70-80 patients each year in Lyon and Lin­coln counties, according to RN Agency Manager Shee­na Sanow…

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

MACHEA was charged up at Lyon-Lincoln Electric Coop

May 9, 2019

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Lyon-Lincoln Electric Company and Touchstone Energy are committed to teaching electrical safety. The younger their custom­ers begin learning about it, the better. On Monday, April 29, the Marshall Area Christian Homes Educators Association (MACHEA) homeschool group visited the Tyler office. There, Brian Jeremiason and Lyle Lamote of LLEC and Jen­nifer Gross of Touchstone Energy/East River Electric spoke to the students and their parents about elec­tricity, how it works, and how to stay safe around it…

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Lake Benton sixth grade learns with hands-on opportunities

May 9, 2019

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Sixth grade teacher Kelli Larson, center front, shows Blake DeVries and Keira Larson how the release mechanism works.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

If you visited Lake Ben­ton Elementary School on Thursday, May 2, you may have come across a hall­way blocked off by cones and fishing line. No, the school does not make a habit of blocking hallways; it was part of a hands-on science experiment being conducted by the sixth-grade class.
According to the Univer­sities, Colleges and Schools website, hands-on learn­ing activities improve learning by stimulating engagement, improving information retention, and empowering students over their own learning.

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

Home and Garden Section

May 2, 2019

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Don’t forget to check out the Home and Garden Section of the paper this week.

FCCLA members honored and officers announced Monday

May 2, 2019

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Madeline Bressler earned the Spark Plug award, which goes to a chapter member who is involved, enthusiastic, energetic and positively promotes FCCLA in the school and community.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The annual FCCLA Awards Night was hosted by the Elkton-Lake Benton Chapter on Monday, April 29. FCCLA members were honored for their achievements and new officers were announced. Parents and members were treated to ice cream from SDSU by the chapter.

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

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Incoming officers, pictured left to right in front, are JH Representative Sydney Boersma, President Jesse Busselman, Special Events Coordinator Brooklyn Nielsen and VP of Finance Julia Drietz. In back are VP of Membership and Recognition Madisyn Nielsen, Public Relations Hannah Schuurman, Vice-President Hannah Krog, and Secretary Madeline Bressler.

FFA awards presented and new officers announced Monday evening

May 2, 2019

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The outgoing 2018 officers, pictured left to right in front, are Sentinel Tanner Gregoire, Secretary Tiffany Rouge and Vice-President Bryson Sik; in back are Treasurer Matthew Nibbe, Student Advisor Grant DeRuyter, President Taryn Krog and Reporter Alexander Landsman.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Elkton-Lake Benton FFA Chapter presented awards and honored members on Monday, April 29 at Elkton-Lake Benton High School. New officers for 2019-20 were also announced at the event. Family members and FFA members who attended the event were treated to ice cream from SDSU.

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

Summer reading program, It’s Showtime at the Library, begins June 3

May 2, 2019

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It’s Lights! Camera! Action! Kids from preschool through high school can celebrate reading and summer with this year’s Summer Reading Program, Showtime, at the Lake Benton Public Library.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Lights! Camera! Action! It’s Showtime at the Lake Benton Public Library this summer. Join them in this year’s Summer Reading Program (SRP), It’s Showtime at Your Library! Families can sign up for all the fun beginning May 13.
The Lake Benton Public Library’s annual SRP will begin the week of June 3. Each week will include a showtime-themed reading club and fun challenges that connect kids’ reading to their world. Reading clubs will meet Thursdays throughout June and July, with the grand finale taking place on Friday, July 26. Preschool through first graders will meet from 1-2 p.m. and second grade through fifth grade will meet from 2-3 p.m.

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Daddies and daughters danced the night away

May 2, 2019

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The Lake Benton Volunteers for Education hosted the annual Father/Daughter Dance on Friday, April 26 at Lake Benton Elementary School.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton Volun­teers for Education (LBVE) sponsored the annual Fa­ther/Daughter dance at Lake Benton Elementary School on Friday, April 26. Young Lake Benton El­ementary ladies and their escorts dressed up for the fun evening of dancing, food and seeing friends.

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

Avera Hospice Benefit coming May 10

May 2, 2019

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The 24th annual Hos­pice Benefit and Auction will be presented on Fri­day, May 10 at the Tyler Golf Club. Avera Tyler Foundation Executive Director Abby Ahmann said tickets for the event include the meal of roast beef, potatoes, green beans, coleslaw and des­sert.
“A nice down-home comfort meal,” Ahmann said.
Adult tickets are $15, with youth ages 5-12 ad­mitted for $5. Children age 4 and younger are ad­mitted for free. There is no charge if you just want to come for the silent and live auction and to listen to the music without the meal.

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