Lincoln County Commissioners elaborate on border-to-border internet

July 5, 2018

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
As reported by Hendricks Pioneer editor Tammy Mathison, Lincoln County is considering investing in high speed internet that will cover the entire county. Recently, Lake Benton Valley Journal editor Shelly Finzen spoke to Lincoln County Commissioner Board Chair Mic VanDeVere about the county’s intentions.
Lincoln County would like to invest in broadband internet, as opposed to dial-up. According to VanDeVere, “Broadband is high speed internet with phone capabilities but no TV service.” …

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

Local donors help Avera Wellness Center

July 5, 2018

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Once again residents of Tyler and the surrounding communities have stepped up to fill a need for the Avera Wellness Center in Tyler. Abby Ennenga, Exec­utive Director of the Avera Marshall Foundation, said donations requested and received last winter have purchased a new piece of equipment.
“We are really excited that we have a new tread­mill here in the wellness center,” Ennenga said. “It is replacing a piece of equip­ment that was at its end of life.

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

Prairie Day at Hole-in-the-Mountain

July 5, 2018

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Eight people gathered at the Hole-in-the-Mountain Preserve for Prairie Day, sponsored in a joint effort by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Minnesota Zoo. Joe Blastick of TNC and Emily Royer led the program. During the program, participants learned about the Dakota skipper reintroduction program and the local plants and wildlife. The group was on hand as 13 skippers were released and they were treated with seeing an endangered Henslow sparrow. “It was a good day to be out on the prairie,” Blastick said.

“Footloose: The Musical” is shaping up

July 5, 2018

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Rehearsals are ongoing for the Lake Benton Opera House production of “Footloose: The Musical,” opening July 26. Pictured learning choreography last week, from left to right, are Mary Porter of Marshall, Emma Kampmann of Elkton, South Dakota, choreographer (and Minneota native) Sonya LaTorre of Sparta, New Jersey, Ian Lundgren of Brookings, South Dakota, Jackson Jeremiason of Minneota, Luke Bielfeldt of Brookings, Cecilia Rabaey of Minneota, Liz Voit of Minneota, Brianna Pattison of Lake Benton, Annie Nichols of Tyler, Ellie Frahm of Tyler, Jocelyn Klein of Tyler and Crystal Enga of Marshall.

Stuefen new Weekend Winner Hero

July 5, 2018

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Janel Stuefen creates fairy gardens and greeting cards as a hobby. She has raised nearly $500 in support for Weekend Winners through the sale of these creations.

Since January, 2017, CCNI has been supply­ing schools with weekly backpacks of food for the Weekend Winners back­pack program. We have served 85 children this past school year in Lake Benton, Ivanhoe and Hen­dricks schools.

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

Two bed-race teams in the Winner’s Circle

June 27, 2018

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The BTFT Bed-Race Team (the Super-Natural Monkeys) returned this year to defend their championship. They took home the gold, despite being bumped into the older category. The team includes Noah Greer, Gabby Thooft and Arthur Finzen.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

There was something for ev­eryone at the 2018 Saddle Horse Holiday events that took place throughout Lake Benton from Friday, June 15 through Sunday, June 17.
The Lake Benton Chamber of Commerce sponsored the an­nual Iron Man Jr. competition at School Park on Friday. The boys and girls competed in a variety of endurance events divided into three age brackets. The scores were tallied to determine the overall winners in each age bracket.

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

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The Unicorns — Sydney DeVries, Malyha Slegers and Josiah Drietz — were the winners of the younger category of bedracers.

Rain, rain, go away. We don’t need no 40 days!

June 27, 2018

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Kayla Sanderson of rural Tyler shot these photos on Sunday afternoon in her backyard as a funnel cloud appeared near Arco at around 3:44 p.m. Sunday, heading toward Minneota. Following the spate of bad weather, a bright rainbow made a welcome appearance.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

When it rains, it pours, and it has poured what seems like buckets of rain across Lincoln County for much of the last week. The heavy rains across the county have caused local lakes, streams, and rivers to raise to flood-point levels.
According to official reports, rainfall totals in Lincoln County, as reported in Ivanhoe, reached 7.52 inches between June 11 and June 24. Contrary to the official reports, however, locals have reported as much as 10 inches total of rainfall in the past two weeks.

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

Relay For Life has big night in Hendricks

June 27, 2018

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Joan McCluskey of Hendricks with husband Dr. Tabb McCluskey giving the Honorary Survivor speech.

 

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Two weeks of wet and windy weather took a short break on Friday, much to the relief of or­ganizers for the 2018 Relay For Life of Lincoln County event on Friday in Hendricks. Partly cloudy skies and temps in the 70s greeted a big crowd at Vet­erans Memorial Park on the shore of Lake Hendricks.
The Opening Ceremonies be­gan with the Welcome by Mayor Julie Hogie and Presentation of Flags by the Hendricks Ameri­can Legion Color Guard…

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

Horsin’ around over Saddle Horse Holiday

June 27, 2018

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Pictured above in the Rescue Race on Horse Hill, Isaiah DeRuyter picked up his friend for an exciting ride back to the finish. Area riders of all ages and sizes participated in the timed events.

For more photos, read this week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal.

Parade float winners

June 27, 2018

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Best Musical Entry

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