School Board discusses update on shutdown due to COVID-19

March 27, 2020

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Superintendent Loy Woelber

By Mark Wilmes
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Principal Jeff Hansen gave the board an update on what is happening at the elementary school during the COVID-19 shutdown. Hansen said a message had been sent to parents to update them on the process going forward for the immediate future. The school is closed to students and outside visitors through March 27. The district is offering free childcare to emergency and essential workers between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., as well as offering transportation to the children. Also offered is delivery of breakfast and lunch for students and non-students in the district. During the shutdown, staff is developing distance learning plans for students in the event the shutdown continues into April.

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Principal Jeff Hansen

Lake Benton Elementary School closed now through March 27

March 18, 2020

The following information has been announced by the Lake Benton Public School:
Outbreaks of novel virus infections, such as the Coronavirus COVID-19, among people are always of public health concern. The risk to the general public from these outbreaks depends on characteristics of the virus, including how well it spreads between people; the severity of resulting illness; and the medical or other measures available to control the impact of the virus (for example, vaccines or medications that can treat the illness). This disease has caused severe illness, including illness resulting in death, especially since it has also shown sustained person-to-person spread in several places. While it is nearly impossible to plan for every scenario, we are working with area leaders to provide guidance.
At this time we are not sending home student work for Alternative Instruction for your student. In the event we close for an extended time, plans are in place for delivery of instruction. At this time we are following the Governor’s recommendation of closing Lake Benton Elementary School from March 18 through March 27…

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DVC All-Conference teams, MVPs and Coaches of the Year announced

March 18, 2020

By Shelly Finzen
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The Dakota Valley Con­ference (DVC) includes high schools from Arlington, Col­man-Egan, Dell Rapids St. Mary (DRSM), DeSmet, Deu­brook, Elkton-Lake Benton (E-LB), Estelline-Hendricks, Lake Preston, and Oldham- Ramona-Rutland (ORR).
At the end of the regular season, standings for boys’ high school basketball were as follows, beginning with first place: DeSmet (regu­lar season champions) 8-0, Arlington 7-1, DRSM (6-2), E-LB (5-3), Colman-Egan (4-4), Lake Preston (3-5), ORR (2-6), Estelline-Hen­dricks (1-7) and Deubrook (0-8). Results of the DVC Tournament were as fol­lows, beginning with first place: DRSM, Arlington, Colman-Egan, Lake Preston, E-LB, Estelline-Hendricks, Deubrook, ORR.
The 2020 All-Conference teams were announced last week. Three E-LB boys’ names made the lists. The first team includes Kalen Garry, a sophomore from DeSmet; Dalton Voelker, a senior from Colman-Egan; Connor Libis, a junior from DRSM; Trey Ramstad, a se­nior from Arlington; Rett Osthus, a DeSmet sopho­more; and E-LB’s Matthew Nibbe, who is a junior…

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Elks end post-season play in the SO-DAK 16 game

March 18, 2020

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Photo courtesy of Kelsey Beckman
Matthew Nibbe goes up for a 2-point shot during the Viborg-Hurley game at the Sanford Pentagon on Tuesday, March 10.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

After a good run, the Elks ended their post-season in the SO-DAK 16 game against the Region V No. 1-seeded Viborg-Hurley Cougars on Tuesday, March 10. The Cougars defeat­ed the Elks 63-40. Coach Steve Erickson said, “I give Viborg-Hurley credit. They are long, athletic, and cre­ated some problems for us. There is a reason they were rated in the top three and spent the majority of the year at number one. Very well coached and just cre­ate a ton of mismatches.”
Matthew Nibbe and Mar­cus Harming led the Elk scoring with nine points each…

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Honor Band participants

March 18, 2020

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Elkton-Lake Benton students were chosen to participate in the East Central Middle School Honor Band at the SDSU Performing Arts Center in Brookings, South Dakota on March 10. The students performed under the direction of Dr. Aaron Ragsdale. Pictured left to right in front are Zoey Greer (clarinet), Marcela Majia Valencia (flute), Malayna Hemmen (percussion) and Maya Jensen (percussion). In back are E-LB Band Director Ashlynne Terkildsen, Caedmon Bressler (trumpet), Blake DeVries (trombone) and Riddick Westley (tenor saxophone).

Elkton-Lake Benton schools closed through March 20

March 18, 2020

The Governor of South Dakota has declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandem­ic. Governor Noem’s state of emergency order rec­ommends the closing of all schools statewide next week.
The Elkton School Dis­trict will be closed ALL of next week, March 16 –March 20.

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Elks are moving in the right direction

March 12, 2020

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The Elkton-Lake Benton Elks won their second post-season game, sending them closer to the South Dakota State Basketball Tournament.

By Shelly Finzen
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The Elkton-Lake Ben­ton Elks added another post-season victory to their record, which takes them one step closer to the state tournament. Coach Steve Erickson com­mented, “Obviously going in we knew we had our hands full with this team. Hanson was 18-3, and by power points was the sec­ond highest team in the state. We again played in relatively unfamiliar terri­tory—the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota— where they play about five or six games throughout the year. It was going to be a big task and we knew that. I think the best part is that our kids believed in themselves, believed in one another, and it didn’t matter who we were play­ing or where we played, we just had a mindset that we were good enough to win.” And win they did! In a hard-fought battle, the Elks defeated the Hanson Beavers, 66-46.

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Elks take down the Ethan Rustlers in first round of regional playoffs

March 12, 2020

By Shelly Finzen
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The Elkton-Lake Ben­ton Elks began their post-season on Tuesday, March 3 in a game against Han­son. Coach Steve Erickson said, “I am super proud of the ways our kids came out and played this entire game. I thought we had a great energy, a great togetherness that really showed in how well we played on both ends of the floor. Ethan was 15-5, and a very dangerous team.” Dangerous or not, the Elks took down the Rustlers, defeating them 83-66.
Erickson commented, “I was very pleased with our mentality on offense of attacking the hoop and the way we shared the ball really set a lot things up for us to be success­ful.” Leading the scoring for the Elks was Matthew Nibbe, who put 27 points on the scoreboard. Nibbe put nine 2-point baskets, a 3-point field goal and six of nine free throws in the hoop…

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We have a winner!

March 5, 2020

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The 2020 Second Grade Tournament of Books Champion is the book “Moo!” It was submitted by preschool teacher Mrs. Amanda Drake. This book is unique in that it only has one word throughout, “Moo!” The class had to read the word with inflection, based on the end marks and illustrations. It led to great discussions and many giggles!

Elks finish regular season with a 14-6

March 5, 2020

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The Elkton-Lake Benton Elks finished their regular season 14-6, putting them at fifth in Region IV.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Elkton-Lake Ben­ton Elks played their final ball game of the regular season on Friday, Feb. 21, battling the number two seeded Howard Tigers. Coach Steve Erickson said, “Howard is a very good basketball team, we knew going in we were going to have to play well and exe­cute at a high level to be in the basketball game. The Elks got a slow start to the game and the Tigers de­feated them 72-63.
Leading the scoring for the Elks, Grant DeRuyter earned 21 points for the team with five 2-point field goals, three 3-point shots and two of four free throws…

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