Parks Department awarded short-term loan for campground improvements

May 16, 2019

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Nancy Walker and Beth Wilms reported that SWHHS is “in the black,” during the May 7 Commissioners’ meeting.

 

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Commis­sioners met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, May 7. Commissioner Jack Vizecky was absent from the meeting.
Beth Wilms and Sarah Kirch­ner of Southwest Health and Hu­man Services (SWHHS) spoke to the county board to give an update on the organization’s fi­nancial status. “We did a deep dive into our finances,” Wilms stated, “and found that we weren’t where we wanted to be.”

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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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Approval to treat Lake Benton Lake was given by DNR

April 26, 2019

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Lake Benton Mayor Bob Worth and City Trustee Dave Enke spoke to the county board concerning the problems Lake Benton has had with the county recycling program at last week’s commissioner meeting.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Commissioners met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 16. All members of the board were present for the meeting.
Nancy Vierstraete of United Community Action Partnership (UCAP) presented a report on the organization and requested that the board approve a resolution, the Family Homeless Prevention Assistance Program, to allow UCAP to work with families in Lincoln County. According to Vierstraete, Lincoln County is one of 13 counties the organization serves. In order to make the organization more available to Lincoln County residents, UCAP is considering adding a case-management office, which would be open one day a week…

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Recent snowstorm effect discussed by city council

April 18, 2019

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The new squad car was delivered earlier this week and Police Chief Tony Sievert said it is already being used.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council met for their regular meeting on Monday, April 15. All trustees were present at the meeting.
Lake Benton Police Chief Tony Sievert reported that the city’s new squad car arrived and is working well. Sievert asked the trustees if they wanted him to apply for a second city-wide special deer hunt for the 2019 hunting season…

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Lincoln County board recognizes Lincoln County volunteers

April 12, 2019

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Danell Herzig and Brittany Bruce of Nextera Energy presented a report on a new wind energy farm being installed in Lincoln County.

 

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Commis­sioners met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 2 at the county courthouse in Ivan­hoe. All members were present.
Lincoln County Envi­ronmental Officer Robert Olsen spoke to the board about a possible partner­ship with Lyon County con­cerning aquatic invasive species (AIS) prevention efforts. Lyon County would like to hire an intern, who would work to inform the public about the spread of AIS…

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DNR will complete two improvements on Lakeshore Drive

April 3, 2019

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Maintenance Supervisor Todd Draper reported that the city cleaned out two ditches to prevent flooding problems.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton City Coun­cil met for their regular meeting on Monday, April 1. Mayor Bob Worth was physically absent but attended the meeting via phone. Co-chair Rosie DeZeeuw led the meeting in his absence.
Maintenance Supervisor Todd Draper presented the Mainte­nance Report. According to Drap­er, the Maintenance Department has been using pumps to bypass the sewer lift station, due to the high amount of extra water in the system. “Our flows are three times normal,” Draper said. They are cur­rently using a pump with a four-inch line, but they have needed to use one rented from AC Construc­tion with an eight-inch line…

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Loose dogs becoming a problem according to report

April 3, 2019

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Lake Benton Police Chief Tony Sievert reported that loose dogs are becoming a problem in city limits.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Police Chief Tony Sievert presented the March police report at the April 1 City Council meeting.
Sievert reported that the new squad car is at Guard­ian Fleet Safety awaiting a push bumper before the install will begin. “Guard­ian is aware of our situation and will try to get it done as soon as possible,” Sievert stated.

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Hansonville Township spoke to the County Board about assessments

March 28, 2019

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Representatives of Hansonville Township were on hand at the meeting regarding recent assessments. Jeff Moen, center, spoke to the County Board, with additional information presented by John Olson, left, and Tom Pederson, right.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Commissioners met for their regular meeting on March 19. Rick Hamer was not in attendance.
Representatives of Hansonville Township—Jeff Moen, John Olson and Tom Pederson— spoke to the commissioners concerning recent assessments to properties in the township and a bill for “delinquent taxes” the township received. The township’s question is whether the township is being taxed or whether it is being assessed. The township believes that, based on the wording of the property tax statements and the bill, the assessments are not actually assessments, but are “turned into taxes.”

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

Area townships approve contracts for fire coverage

March 21, 2019

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A large crowd of township representatives, members of the Lake Benton Fire Department and City Council members were on hand tor the LBFD and First Responders’ annual meeting and township contract meeting.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton Fire Depart­ment (LBFD) held their annual meeting on Monday, March 18 at the former Community Center building. Trustee Mark Dunn led the meeting, which was attend­ed by members of the Lake Ben­ton City Council, members of the Lake Benton Fire Department and representatives from eight area town­ships, which are covered by the LBFD.
Fire Chief Scott Chris­tensen reported that, during 2018, the LBFD had 18 calls, which in­cluded five carbon mon­oxide calls, two grass fires, six accidents. They have one new member and two members who will be finished with their training soon…

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

City-wide cleanup discussed at City Council meeting Monday night

March 21, 2019

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Lincoln County Environmental Officer Robert Olsen was on hand for the City Council meeting to answer questions about a Lake Benton city-wide cleanup.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton City Council met for their regular meeting on Monday, March 18. All trustees were present.
Lincoln County Environmental Officer Robert Olsen and Lake Benton Chamber of Commerce Representatives Karen Lichtsinn and Jenny Nordmeyer spoke to the council regarding a 2020 city-wide cleanup. “I think this is im­portant for the beautification and safety of our community,” Lich­tsinn said. Lichtsinn reported that the city could hire Southwest Sanitation for the cleanup for ap­proximately $12,000 for the first year and significantly less for years following…

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