City partners with other agencies to provide small cities grants for rental properties

November 7, 2018

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Vince Robinson requested that the City of Lake Benton partner with other agencies to provide small cities grants to rental property owners.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Trustees of the City of Lake Benton met for their regu­lar meeting on Monday, Nov. 5. The evening began with a public hearing where sealed bids for the former Community Center building were opened. According to Christensen, the bid request was posted in the legal section of the Lake Benton Valley Jour­nal for two weeks No bids were received by City Administrator/Clerk Eileen Christensen. Mayor Bob Worth asked the council what they wanted to do next. Al­though the city was advised that they did not need to go through the bidding process, they felt that since it was city property, they should follow the correct process. The council decided to table the issue until the Dec. 17 meeting.

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

LBPD will implement body-worn cameras

November 7, 2018

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

During the Nov. 5 meet­ing of the Lake Benton City Council, Lake Benton Police Chief Tony Sievert presented the October police report of the Lake Benton Police Department (LBPD).
In an update on the spe­cial City of Lake Benton Deer Hunt, Sievert report­ed that since Oct. 1, hunt­ers logged a total of 308.2 hours of hunting time. During that time, they ob­served 250 deer and har­vested another six deer, bringing the total harvest to 11 deer.

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

Lincoln County Sheriff election

November 1, 2018

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Chad Meester

The race for Lincoln County Sheriff will be decided on Election Day, with incumbent Chad Meester squaring off against Nate Nafziger. We asked each candidate to talk about their qualifications for the job.

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

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Nate Nafziger

General Election is November 6

November 1, 2018

By Shelly Finzen
and Mark Wilmes

 
The General Election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Polling in Lake Benton will take place at the Lake Benton Community Center from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for residents in the City of Lake Benton, Diamond Lake Township, Verdi Township and Lake Benton Township. Drammen Township residents will vote at the Lake Benton Community Center from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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

The Lake Benton mayoral race is on

October 26, 2018

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Bob Worth, candidate for Mayor, two-year term.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Lake Benton is one of two Lincoln County communities that will have a race for Mayor this general election. Incum­bent Mayor Bob Worth is being challenged by Larry Robins. This is the second time the two have run against each other for the Mayor’s position. The Jour­nal had the chance to interview both of them.

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

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Larry Robins, candidate for Mayor, two-year term.

Olsen presented an update on curly-leaf pond weed infestation

October 26, 2018

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Angela Larson of United Community Action Project presented a report for the organization.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Commissioners met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the Lin­coln County Courthouse. All commissioners were present for the meeting.
The first topic of discus­sion was to open the sealed agriculture land bids and approve one. There were three bids submitted for the 101.5 acre plot. The high bid of $15,936 per year for three years, sub­mitted by Matt Toft, was selected.

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

Chamber members propose city-wide clean-up to council

October 18, 2018

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Maintenance Supervisor Todd Draper presented updates on several projects at Monday evening’s City Council meeting.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton City Council met for their regu­lar meeting Monday eve­ning at the City Offices/ Heritage Center. All trust­ees were present for the meeting.
Karen Lichtsinn and Jen­ny Nordmeyer, represent­ing the Lake Benton Cham­ber of Commerce, spoke to the council concerning or­ganizing a city-wide clean­up…

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

County scheduled Truth in Taxation meeting on December 6

October 11, 2018

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At the Oct. 2 County Board meeting, Dale Sterzinger presented an extensive report covering the many programs run by the Soil and Water Conservation District.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday, Oct. 2 for their regular meeting. Chair Mic VanDeVere was absent; Commissioner Joe Drietz led the meeting in his absence.
Dale Sterzinger of the Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) presented an extensive report on the various programs run by the SWCD. According to his report on the Wetland Conser­vation Act, the Blazing Star Wind Energy project is in the process of planning the field roads for their towers, which requires a wetland delineation…

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

Future of Lake Benton’s Senior Dining discussed by city council

October 4, 2018

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Peg Gorter Evans spoke to the council during the Open Forum. She is concerned with the future of the Senior Dining program in Lake Benton.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton City Council met for their regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 1. All trustees were present for the meeting, as well as City Administra­tor/Clerk Eileen Christensen, Maintenance Supervisor Todd Draper, and Police Chief Tony Sievert. There were also four guests attending the meeting.
During the Open Forum, Peg Gorter Evans, owner of The Lunch Box Café, spoke to the council concerning the Com­munity Social that took place in Lake Benton on Friday. “My understanding is that there was a meeting prior to Friday’s (social) and it included Sarah. My question is why I didn’t have an opportunity to be a part of that meeting, or any other food venue.”

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

Sievert reported more than 142 hours logged for city-wide deer hunt

October 4, 2018

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

During the Oct. 1 City Council meeting, Police Chief Tony Sievert pre­sented the September Po­lice Report. According to his report, the City of Lake Benton Deer Hunt began on Sept. 15. Hunters in the hunt are required to log the number of hours to assist in deer counts and fulfill the requirements of the permit. Since Sept. 15, hunters have logged 142.75 hours hunting. The hunters have observed 134 deer and have taken five.

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