Mayor announces that the Tollefson document available to the public

July 11, 2018

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Following the July 2 city council meeting, city trustees toured the Lake Benton Area Community and Events Center.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council met for their regular meeting on July 1 at the Heritage Center/City Office.
Mayor Worth announced that the settlement agreement with former Police Chief Thor Tollefson had been received and the document will be printed as a legal advertisement in the Lake Benton Valley Journal in the July 18 edition of the paper. The document is also available for the public to view at the city office during regular business hours.

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Commissioners hear SWHHS financial update

July 11, 2018

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners heard from Nancy Walker, Deputy Director of Southwest Health and Human Services (SWHHS), who provided a financial update. Walker said that last fall, Director Beth Wilmes had spoken with the Commissioners about the “significant” financial issues SWHHS was having, forecasting a potential budget overage that could reach into the million dollar range. Walker was pleased to report that through several measures taken by SWHHS, including putting a pause on hiring, they have 15 positions open that have not been replaced, providing only required trainings, better utilization of cars, changes in IT and office supplies, and the list went on. Walker said the result is that “we have a much better financial standing than this time last year.”

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Lincoln County Commissioners elaborate on border-to-border internet

July 5, 2018

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
As reported by Hendricks Pioneer editor Tammy Mathison, Lincoln County is considering investing in high speed internet that will cover the entire county. Recently, Lake Benton Valley Journal editor Shelly Finzen spoke to Lincoln County Commissioner Board Chair Mic VanDeVere about the county’s intentions.
Lincoln County would like to invest in broadband internet, as opposed to dial-up. According to VanDeVere, “Broadband is high speed internet with phone capabilities but no TV service.” …

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

County looking at joining other counties in health plan

June 27, 2018

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Dr. Norris Anderson talks to the Lincoln County Commissioners about a county health plan.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail. com

The Lincoln County Board of Commission­ers is considering joining several other counties, in­cluding Pipestone County, to provide a county-based health plan that would benefit healthcare facili­ties, doctors and dentists. Pipestone County, along with some other coun­ties, is already part of this Prime West, and has seen great benefits from it on a local level, not the least of which was the plan being able to fund a new dental clinic in Pipestone.

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

County looking toward border-to-border internet

June 27, 2018

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
During the Tuesday, June 19 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, Vince Robinson of the Lincoln County Enterprise Development spoke to the commissioners, providing an update on the broadband (high speed internet) project.

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

Mayor reports no response from Tollefson concerning settlement

June 22, 2018

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton City Council met for their regular meeting Monday, June 18. The meeting began with apologies from two young people who had dam­aged some city-owned property in 2017. The apologies were ac­cepted, and the council turned to discussion of regular business.
In the summer of 2017, the city had been approached by Clyde Krog concerning a 0.14-acre plot of land that neighbors city property…

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Commissioners hear Extension program update

June 15, 2018

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Lincoln County 4-H Program Coordinator Taylor Mueller and her intern provided a program update to the Lincoln County Commissioners.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Lincoln County 4-H Pro­gram Coordinator Taylor Mueller spoke to the Lin­coln County Board of Com­missioners during their Tuesday, June 5 meeting to introduce a summer in­tern and provide a Grow­ing 4-H Together: Volun­teers in Vision and Action program update. The pur­pose of the program is to “define the direction a county 4-H program can take to contribute to the positive development of young people, strengthen the volunteer system and structure to advance 4-H priorities, and identify potential organizational partners who have a mu­tual interest in working tougher to improve the scope and quality of youth development in the com­munity.”

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City of Lake Benton will repay the EDA loan early

June 7, 2018

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Dave Lueck, pictured far left, was on hand to speak to the City Council about a partial reimbursement of the licensing fees paid by the Lake Benton Bar one month before it was sold.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton City Coun­cil met Monday, June 4 for their regular meeting. Dave Lueck, former owner of the Lake Ben­ton Bar, was on hand to request a partial refund for the various city-issued licenses for the bar. Lueck thanked the city, espe­cially City Adminstrator/Clerk Eileen Christensen, for all the extra work she put into the tran­sition process and Trustee Daryl Schlapkohl for his help. “They made the transition to the new ownership very smooth and we really appreciate that,” Lueck stated. Lueck then explained that the bar was sold only one month after the licenses had been renewed and the new own­ers also paid licensing fees to the city. After discussion, it was de­cided that the city would reim­burse $800 of the $1,030 licens­ing fees.

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

Steve Simon visited Tyler to present the Economic and Business Conditions report

June 7, 2018

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon visited LincolnCounty last week, Tuesday, May 29, to talk about the economic and business conditions of south­west Minnesota. He met with Tyler City Administrator Robert Wolfington, Tyler Mayor Greg Peter, and Lonnie Lambertus of Tyler Regional Economic Devel­opment (TRED) at the Tyler Fire Hall. Simon said he makes an an­nual visit to all the counties in southwest Minnesota.
During the meeting, Simon presented the Southwest Min­nesota Economic and Business Conditions Report, Fourth Quar­ter 2017

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

LBPD encourages community members to properly dispose of grass clippings

June 7, 2018

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton Police Department (LBPD) pre­sented a report at the June 4 City Council meeting.
The LBPD recognizes that vehicles traveling northbound on Highway 75 coming into Lake Ben­ton are speeding. This has been an ongoing problem, and several attempts to deal with the problem have been tried. Police Chief Tony Sievert has looked into installing an automatic radar speed limit sign, but it is not cost-effective to do so…

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