Elks honor parents at first game of the season

December 14, 2017

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Blaine Hefti gives mom Kim a hug while dad Ken looks on. Parents were honored by the basketball teams Friday evening for all the support they show their athletes.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Elkton-Lake Benton Elks honored their parents at the first basketball game of the season. The athletes show their parents appre­ciation for all the support they receive throughout the season. Following the Parents’ Night Recogni­tion, the Arlington Cardi­nals defeated the Elks, 70-57, in the first game of the season.
Grant DeRuyter and Mat­thew Nibbe led the Elks in scoring, with 14 points each…

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

Lady Elks start the season with a win

December 14, 2017

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Abby Hach with mom and dad, Sara and Forrest, pictured at Parents’ Night.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lady Elks finished their first game of the sea­son on a high note, defeat­ing the Arlington Cardinals 48-42 on Friday, Dec. 8. The ladies fought hard in this women’s/men’s dou­bleheader, playing a close game from beginning to end.
The offensive game was led by Callie Otkin, with 18 points and Rachel Col­grove with 17 points…

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

1,000 point milestone

December 14, 2017

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Callie Otkin reached a career milestone by making her 1,000th point during the Elkton-Lake Benton vs. Castlewood game. Callie would like to thank her teammates and coaches throughout the years for helping her become the player she is today.

Lake Benton School receives a clean 2016 audit and is compliant

November 24, 2017

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Daryl Kanthak of Meulebroeck, Taubert & Co. presented the annual audit report to the school board at the meeting last Wednesday evening.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton School Board met for their regular meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 15 in the school library. All mem­bers were present, as well as Superintendent Ann Wendorff and Principal Dale Weegman. Bethany Jorgensen was a guest at the meeting.
The majority of the meet­ing centered on the 2016 audit report, completed by Meule­broeck and Taubert. Accord­ing to the report, presented by Daryl Kanthak, CPA, the school received a positive, or clean, audit. The school is compliant with Minnesota guidelines and there are no unusual weakness­es in the finance department or management of the finances…

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

Children’s Theater will present “The Jungle Book” at the LBOH

November 16, 2017

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Joe Dagel, Zoey Greer, Keira Larsen and Rachel Hexem receive tips from director Crystal Enga as the rest of the crew prepare for practice.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 

On Saturday, Nov. 18, the Lake Benton Opera House (LBOH) will welcome friends and family of a cast of young people who will present Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book.” This children’s classic will come to life under the direction of LBOH alumnus Crystal Enga of Marshall, and assisted by Graham Dinnel of Lake Benton. Rachel Hexem of Hendricks stars in the play as Mowgli, a human child raised by jungle wolves. Shere Khan, played by Aubree Bales of Lake Benton, hates Mowgli because humans are evil and will destroy the jungle using the “red flower” (fire), according to Enga…

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

Teamwork and snow efficiency

November 16, 2017

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The students at Lake Benton Elementary School know how to use every last snowflake on the playground. They also know what teamwork means. Here, the older students use giant snowballs made by the younger students to build a snow fort, under the watchful eyes of Principal Dale Weegman.

All bands performed at the annual Band Banquet Nov. 6

November 16, 2017

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The Elkton-Lake Benton fifth and sixth grade band debuts their first marching performance.

Monday, Nov. 6 Elkton- Lake Benton School had their band banquet. The fifth grade, sixth grade, junior high and high school bands all performed. It was the fifth grade’s first official performance.

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

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The Elkton-Lake Benton Marching Band is pictured following their performance.

Why do we love our school? Let us tell you

November 16, 2017

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By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Educators across the na­tion should be in the spot­light this week and the National Education Asso­ciation (NEA) honors edu­cators during American Education Week. Accord­ing to the NEA website, this week is an opportu­nity for the public to show their “public school pride.” It is a time for educators, parents, and communities to gather together to build up the public school.
Lake Benton School has long been recognized as a highly effective school in southwest Minnesota. What do the students have to say about why the school? When asked what they like most about Lake Benton Elementary School, this is how some of the students respond­ed.

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

 

Lady Elks finish the volleyball season with more confidence and skills

November 9, 2017

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Karlie Christensen, center, bumps the volleyball as teammates Abygail Landsman, No. 11 Jesse Busselman, No 8 Julia Drietz, and No. 15 Hannah Krog set up to support her.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lady Elks made a surprise comeback last week, defeating Colman- Egan in the regional match on Tuesday, Oct. 31. After losing the first two sets, the Lady Elks came out on top in the last three, 22- 25, 13-25, 25-22, 25-22, and 15-10.
Abygail Landsman led the team in digs with an impressive tally of 33. Hannah Krog made 16 digs and Karlie Christens­en and Jesse Busselman each had 11…

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

Competitive speakers advance

November 9, 2017

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These E-LB Oral Interp girls have qualified for South Dakota Regions and will then go on to compete for State at De Smet, South Dakota on Monday, Nov. 13. Pictured left to right are Alexis Christensen (Poetry), Abygail Landsman (Storytelling), and Samantha Schindler (Humor).