Lake Benton School will miss you, Mrs. Rouge

July 11, 2019

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First grade teacher Deb Rouge submitted her resignation last month. She has been involved in the Lake Benton School District nearly all of her life.

By Shelly Finzen
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After 11 years as a student, several years as a paraprofessional and 32 years as a teacher, Lake Benton School’s Deb Rouge made a tough decision. She needed to retire early due to health reasons. After being part of the school system for so long, Mrs. Rouge’s absence will be felt this fall.
Rouge said she has spent almost her entire life in the Lake Benton School System…

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

New teachers approved, three resignations accepted at June meeting

July 3, 2019

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Superintendent Loy Woelber reported that the roofing project has begun. According to Woelber, half of the rock from the roof has been vacuumed off, using this enormous vacuum. The project is expected to be finished in July.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton School Board met for their regular meeting on Wednesday, June 26 in the school library. Board members Tony Schwing and Janell DeVries were absent. Vice-Chair Steven Hurd led the meeting in Board Chair Schwing’s absence.
Resignation of first grade teacher Deb Rouge and paraprofessional Nickel Guza, both for personal health reasons, were accepted…

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

L.A. Amundson invests in the future of local communities

June 6, 2019

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The 2019 L.A. Amundson Scholarship recipients are (from left) Jayla Prosch ($1,500), Samantha Schindler ($1,500), Katelyn Grooters ($1,500), Evan Gray ($1,000), Jared Christensen ($3,000) and Jared Hauswedell ($2,000). Not pictured are Emmala Gunnare ($1,500) and Sarah Engels ($2,000).

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
On Monday, June 3, First Security Bank of Lake Benton presented the 2019 L.A. Amundson Scholarships to area seniors and first-year college students. To receive a scholarship, the student’s parent(s) must have their primary banking relationship with First Security Banks. Six students were present to receive the awards. They were Jayla Prosch, Samantha Schindler and Katelyn Grooters, all who attended E-LB; Evan Gray, Moorhead; and Jared Christensen and Jared Hauswedell, both from RTR. Not pictured are Emmala Gunnare, RTR, and Sarah Engels, Minneota.

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

Lake Benton School says goodbye to a friend and family member

June 6, 2019

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In her 43 years of teaching in the area, Mrs. Borresen had the opportunity to teach many who would later become coworkers. Here are Principal Jeff Hansen, fourth grade teacher Sandy Carpenter, fifth grade teacher Jennifer Castle, Borresen, second grade teacher Alissa Christianson, kindergarten teacher Rochelle Drietz and paraprofessional Cindy Nielsen.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
After 28 years together, Lake Benton School said goodbye to music and band teacher Marijane Borresen last Thursday, May 30. A celebration, in which current and former staff and administration who worked with Marijane were invited, was held at Lake Benton Elementary.

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

School days memories 2018-19

June 6, 2019

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Lake Benton Elementary School’s last day was May 24. Here are some of our favorite memories of the school year.
From top to bottom: Library fun, Baby chicks in first grade, sledding fun.

Lake Benton Class of 2019 sixth graders leave behind a legacy

May 30, 2019

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Lake Benton Elementary School’s graduating class of 2019.

By Shelly Finzen
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Lake Benton’s sixth grade was honored Thursday, May 23, with a special ceremony marking a milestone in their life.
The students processed to “Pomp and Circumstance,” played by Mrs. Marijane Borresen. The welcome was given by sixth grade teacher Kelli Larson. Principal Jeff Hansen gave the graduation address. He commented that this sixth-grade class has built a legacy in giving respect, having a positive attitude and being responsible that showed throughout the year. They have been good role models for the younger students, he explained.

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

Kindergartners are on their way

May 30, 2019

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“We’re on our way up!” The kindergarten class sang the traditional kindergarten graduation song last Thursday during their ceremony.

By Shelly Finzen
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Lake Benton Kindergartners celebrated growing up with a special Kindergarten Graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 23, at Lake Benton Elementary School. Kindergarten teacher Rochelle Drietz, Principal Jeff Hansen and school board member LaDon Prosch presented 17 graduation certificates to the students.
The students processed to “Pomp and Circumstance,” played by Marijane Borresen…

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

LBVE voice concerns at regular Lake Benton School Board meeting

May 23, 2019

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Several members of the Lake Benton Volunteers for Education (LBVE) attended last week’s school board meeting to voice their concerns for fencing in School Park.

By Shelly Finzen
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The Lake Benton School Board met on Wednesday, May 15 for their regular meeting. Before the meeting, the members of the board and Superintendent Loy Woelber walked through School Park to assess the fencing request made by the LBVE earlier in the year.
Several members of Lake Benton Volunteers for Education were present at the meeting to speak about their request for fencing around School Park…

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

Several E-LB students qualify for the State track meet at Regions

May 23, 2019

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Elkton-Lake Benton hosted the 2019 regional track meet on Thursday, May 16.

By Shelly Finzen
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On Thursday, April 16, Elkton-Lake Benton host­ed the 2019 regional track meet. Several of the E-LB track team members qual­ified for the state track meet, including Brooklyn Nielsen in Long Jump and 400m Dash, Julia Drietz in Triple Jump, Kayla Go­ertz, Emily Miller and Da­nial Nelson in Pole Vault, Grant DeRuyter in the 400m Dash, Miles Harm­ing in the 3,200m Run, and Isaac Jaacks in the 110m Hurdles. Below are the re­sults of the regional meet. Overall, the girls track team placed fourth in the region and the boys placed third. Those who placed in the top 10 in the region are indicated.
Girls division:
100 Meter Dash – Trin­ity Stein 13.68, fifth place, and Brooklyn Nielsen 13.76, eighth place…
Boys division:
100 Meter Dash – Ryan Smallfield 12.08, Riddick Westley 13.25 and Jack Hemmen 13.44…

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

E-LB students recognized at Spring Awards ceremony

May 23, 2019

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Jayla Prosch and Ashely Skeels, both recently graduated, received awards for basketball and track.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Elkton-Lake Benton High School held their awards ceremony for academic achievement and spring activities on Tuesday, May 14. Academic achievement awards, scholarships, and sports awards were pre­sented as follows:
Bank Star Financial/ SD Bankers Association Scholarships – Baylee Jan­dahl and Dylan Kuehl
Lincoln County Corn and Soybean Growers Scholar­ship – Taryn Krog
First Security Bank Scholarship (LakeBenton) – Jayla Prosch
FCA Scholarship – Bay­lee Jandahl

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

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Taryn Krog, left, was awarded a 2019 Lincoln County Corn and Soybean Growers scholarship by Tony Dunn.