City issues liquor licenses to two new businesses at regular meeting

May 24, 2018

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The City awarded various licenses to the new owners of the Lake Benton Bar and Grill, Fred and Lisa Schmidt and Stephanie Schmidt. Ownership will transfer later this week.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The City of Lake Benton met for their regular meeting on Monday, May 21. During the meeting, it was announced that the Lake Benton Bar and Grill has been sold. Effective later this week, the establishment will be owned and operated by Fred and Lisa and Stephanie Schmidt. Fred and Lisa are from Hendricks and Stephanie is in the process of relocating to Lake Benton from the Cities. The city granted their liquor on-sale and off-sale licenses at the meeting, as well as licenses for closing at 2 a.m., selling on Sundays, dances and coin operated machines. Accord­ing to City Administrator/Clerk Eileen Christensen, legal counsel has informed the city that the exclusivity for the off-sale licen­sure transfers with the business and will stay in effect until 2025. Licenses for on-sale liquor sales, Sunday sales, malt liquor, hold­ing dances and one coin-oper­ated machine were also granted to the Showboat Pavilion at the meeting.

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County Environmental Office monitoring area lakes

May 24, 2018

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer @gmail.com

During the May 15 meet­ing of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, Robert Olsen of the Lincoln County Environmental Of­fice spoke to the commis­sioners about Lake Ben­ton, saying that samples of the lake had been taken. However, the temperature of the lake is rising and it won’t be possible to treat the lake before the water temperatures are too high. As a result, the lake will not get treated this year. Olsen said they will be making application in September or October to be ready for next year, and is hoping to look at a three-year vari­ance. Olsen said that last time, they treated for four years.

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Front of new Lake Benton Community Center leased to the Showboat Pavilion

May 17, 2018

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The front end of the new Lake Benton Community Center will soon house the Showboat Pavilion, expected to open in early June. The back of the building will be available to rent for events.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
At a special meeting early Monday morning, the Lake Benton City Council approved a lease agreement for the front half of the new Lake Benton Community Center. Sarah Meyer and partners plan to open the Showboat Pavilion in the front part of the new Lake Benton Community Center before Saddle Horse weekend. As part of the agreement, Meyer will also manage and market the event center in the back of the building…

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US Senator Amy Klobuchar visits with Soybean Growers in Lake Benton

May 9, 2018

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U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar visited with members of the Lincoln County Corn and Soybean Growers in Lake Benton on Tuesday, May 1. After meeting with the group, the Senator visited Bio Ag Energy Services / The ExpressWay in celebration of the launch of B20 in Minnesota. Pictured are Minnesota Soybean Growers Association Secretary Bob Worth, Senator Klobuchar, American Soybean Growers Association Director Joel Schreurs, and Minnesota Soybean Growers Association CEO Tom Slunecka.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

On Tuesday, May 1, LakeBen­ton hosted a special guest. US Senator Amy Klobuchar met with the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) to hear about the concerns lo­cal farmers have about farming in Minnesota. Klobuchar’s visit was concurrent with the launch of B20 (20 percent biodiesel) in Minnesota.
According to local farmer Bob Worth, who is also a State Direc­tor and Secretary of the MSGA, Senator Klobuchar tries to visit each county in the State of Min­nesota each year. Worth had in­vited the Senator to visit Lake Benton when he lobbied for the MSGA about a year ago. Klobu­char accepted the invitation and this year’s visit to Lincoln Coun­ty took place at The Lunch Box in Lake Benton.

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Council addresses several taxpayer concerns Monday night

May 9, 2018

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The regular meeting of the Lake Benton City Council was held Monday, May 7 at the Heri­tage Center/City Office. A pri­mary topic of discussion was a Settlement Agreement and Re­lease of Claims under Minnesota Statutes 299A.465 presented by Mayor Bob Worth for approval by the council. According to Worth, the agreement explains to the Lake Benton taxpayers the purpose for the many closed sessions held over the last year. “This is a public document,” Worth stated, “so we do not need to go into closed session. The description is that it is a ‘Settle­ment Agreement and Release of Claims under Minnesota Stat­utes 299A.465 is made by and between Thor Tollefson, employ­ee, and the City of Lake Benton, employer.”’ The document must first be accepted by the council, which it was, then be notarized before it can be released to the public. The notarization was scheduled for Tuesday, May 8. Once the document has been approved and notarized, it will be published in the Lake Benton Valley Journal

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Council approves additional part-time summer hours for police

May 9, 2018

Lake Benton Police Chief Tony Sievert presented the police report at Monday night’s meeting. He is re­questing that the city add eight additional part-time hours each week during the summer months, June 1 through Sept. 1. “This is to ensure the citizens are getting more coverage during the busy months. Lake Benton’s call volume increases during summer with tourists that come to enjoy what Lake Ben­ton has to offer, as well as because of the warmer weather,” Sievert said. The council approved the extra hours.

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Commissioners hear update on prescription drug collection program

May 9, 2018

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Sheriff Chad Meester provided an update to the Lincoln County Commissioners on the prescription drug collection program. To-date, 21 pounds have been collected.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail. com

During their Tuesday, May 1 meeting, the Lin­coln County Board of Commissioners heard from Sheriff Chad Meester, who provided an update on the new prescription drug collection program.
In January this year, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office announced they had partnered with CVS Health and The Partner­ship for Drug-Free Kids to provide the first drug collection box in Lincoln County. The collection box is located in the lobby of the law enforcement center and the public can drop off unused prescrip­tions anytime, day or night.

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Lincoln County developing Dementia Friendly communities

April 26, 2018

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer @gmail.com

The Lincoln Area De­mentia Awareness Net­work (LADAN) met last Thursday at the Hen­dricks Nursing Home to review the results of a survey of essential fea­tures of an age-friendly community.
The survey asked ques­tions about awareness and support in commu­nities, the dementia-friendliness of churches, businesses and organiza­tions, inclusion, services available, and housing and transportation.

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New Community Center discussed at council meeting

April 19, 2018

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Maintenance Supervisor Todd Draper explained the costs involved with the Harrison Street water line improvement project at Monday night’s City Council meeting.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The City of Lake Benton held a hearing on the proposed assess­ment for the Harrison Street wa­terline improvement project on Monday, April 16 before the reg­ular City Council meeting. During the hearing, Maintenance Super­visor Todd Draper explained the project, pointing out that, “This is not a street replacement.”…

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Tyler shop to go up for bid

April 12, 2018

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met last Tues­day, April 3 with Commission­ers Rick Hamer and Corey Sik absent. Due to the weather, the meeting was short.
During the Engineer’s report, Lincoln County Engineer Joe Wilson talked with the Board of Commissioners regarding the possibility of putting the old Highway Department shop in Tyler up for bid. Commission­ers present were in favor of this, and the building will be put up for bid.

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