Candidate names released for 2018 general election

September 19, 2018

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Running for the position of Mayor of Lake Benton this year are Larry Robbins, above, and incumbent Bob Worth, below.
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By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Candidate names for the 2018 General Election on Nov. 6 have been released. They are as follows—
In the City of Hendricks:
For City Council – incum­bents Darren Schumacher and Nate Nuese have both filed for re-election.
For School Board, three 4-year terms – Tom Olson, An­gie Schumacher (both incum­bents)
In Lincoln County:
For County Commissioner Dist. 2 – Mic VanDeVere (in­cumbent)
For County Commissioner Dist. 4 – Joe Drietz (incum­bent)
For County Auditor/Treasur­er – Deb Vierhuf (incumbent)
For County Recorder – Mi­chelle Facile (incumbent)
For County Sheriff – Chad Meester (incumbent), Nathan Nafziger

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

City will purchase new pickup for the maintenance department

September 19, 2018

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Maintenance Supervisor Todd Draper reported that there may be recycled asphalt later this year, which can be used on the cemetery roads.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council met for a short regular meeting on Monday evening. Maintenance Supervisor Todd Draper was on hand for the first half of the meeting to present a quote for the purchase of a new maintenance department pickup. The lowest quote he received was from Midway Ford for $27,939.92. The city has the funds available in CDs and a designated fund and will move forward with the purchase immediately.

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

Police Chief Sievert reported 68 applicants for the deer hunt

September 12, 2018

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The By the Teens, For the Teens (BTFT) library club donated $50 to the City of Lake Benton for planting trees at Westside Field Park. Mayor Bob Worth accepted a check from BTFT member Alexis Christensen at the Sept. 4 meeting. Other members of the club include Blake DeVries, Anika Finzen, Arthur Finzen, Noah Greer, Zoey Greer, Alyssa Kotsala and Gabby Thooft.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton City Council met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 4 with all trustees present.
City Maintenance Supervisor Todd Draper presented a lengthy report that included updates on several projects. According to Draper, he has been in contact with representatives of the Cem­etery Association concerning the condition of the cemetery road­ways…

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

Hamer and Vizecky are appointed to canvas results of general election

September 12, 2018

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Commis­sioners met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 4. All members were present.
Environmental Officer Rob­ert Olsen reported that there will be a conditional use hear­ing on Sept. 19 to review and decide on a request of a permit by Ground Works, LLC, and Ex­cel Energy. The meeting will be­gin at 7 p.m. Olsen announced that County Ditch 15 needs to have the top two-thirds “dipped due to sediment in the system.” The estimated cost is $13,500…

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

Lincoln County receives clean audit, hear budget requests

August 30, 2018

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Jim Trojanowski of Plum Creek presented budgeting requests at the Lincoln County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 21.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Commis­sioners met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 21. Rick Hamer was absent from the meeting.
Lindsey Bruer of the Minne­sota Department of Transporta­tion (DOT) was on hand to speak to the county about various highway projects that will im­pact Lincoln County residents…

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

Special permits to be issued for city deer hunt

August 30, 2018

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Photo courtesy of Diann Powell

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Approximately one year ago at the Sept. 5, 2017 City Council meeting, the citizens of Lake Benton spoke to DNR representatives about the deer overpopulation in the city limits. More than 20 people spoke at that meeting.
Up to that point, the DNR had not been willing to work with the community to curtail the deer population…

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

Meester, Nafziger to face off in county sheriff’s race

August 23, 2018

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Chad Meester

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
A field of three candidates for Lincoln County Sheriff was narrowed to two during last week’s primary election. Incumbent Chad Meester received 499 votes, with Nathan Nafziger garnering 349. John Spindler received 94 votes, leaving Meester and Nafziger to face each other on the November ballot…

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

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City hears insurance quote and results of health surveys

August 23, 2018

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Janet Bush of Southwest Health and Human Services presented the results of the Health Equity Study completed earlier this year.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The City Council met for their regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 20. Acting Mayor Rosie DeZeeuw led the meeting in Mayor Bob Worth’s scheduled absence.
Darcy Miller presented the final insurance quotes to the city. According to Miller, if the city increased the deductible to $1,500, they would only save $1,367, which, as Miller com­mented, is not even enough to cover the $1,500 deductible. The city opted to continue with a $1,000 deductible and approved the quote of $26,034…

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

County says “no” to full-time deputy sheriff, “go” on property tax abatement bonds

August 15, 2018

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Robert Olsen, left, of the Lincoln County Environmental Office spoke about concerns that area farmers are having with the installation of the new wind farms in the Arco area. Eileen and Richard Nielsen are Arco farmers whose property has been undermined by the installation of the wind tower power lines. According to the Nielsens, they have uncovered power cables running across their property.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Commis­sioners met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 7 at the Lincoln County Courthouse in Ivanhoe.
The scheduled public hearing regarding the proposed proper­ty tax abatements in connection with the issuance of Tax Abate­ment Bonds began at approxi­mately 9:05 a.m. Vince Robinson and Shelly Eldridge were both on hand to speak to the commis­sioners and community during the hearing…

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

Prosch to run for U.S. Congress

August 8, 2018

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U.S. Congressional candidate Matt Prosch and his family.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

The halls of U.S. Congress might soon contain a familiar face from Lincoln County. Lo­cal businessman Matt Prosch of Lake Benton has been busy with his campaign to represent our congressional district in Wash­ington, D.C. He eagerly awaits his first big hurdle, which is the Aug. 14 primary election.

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