Board approves purchasing two squad cars for Sheriff’s Department

October 10, 2019

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Chris Cauwels, the Network Systems Administrator for Southwest Health and Human Services, recently reviewed the county’s computer systems and presented a schedule for equipment replacement and upgrades at the Oct. 1 meeting.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday, Oct. 1. In Board Chair Mic VanDeVere’s absence, the meeting was led by Commissioner Joe Drietz.
Lincoln County Sheriff Chad Meester spoke to the board concerning the purchase of a new squad car for the department. During the July 16 meeting, the commissioners approved purchasing a Dodge Ram Special Service Vehicle through Mike Motors for approximately $39,000 including the upfit costs. Meester said that because of some production strikes in the automobile industry, the Ram has not been built yet and the Dodge representative did not know when it would be built…

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“37 Postcards” continues

October 10, 2019

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The Lake Benton Opera House production of “37 Postcards” will continue this weekend, with shows on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Pictured is the cast and crew—from left to right in front are Taylor Holck of Ruthton, Kathy Wilmes of Tyler, Jocelyn Klein of Marshall, and Caelan Anderson of Marshall; in back are Nathaniel Gates of Brookings, South Dakota, Gage Andries of Marshall, Betty Andries (with Rex) of Marshall, Kathy Holck of Ruthton and Perry Anderson, Jr. of Marshall.

Reblooming lilacs — it’s weather related

October 10, 2019

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These lilacs in Mark and Darlene Fish’s Lake Benton back yard have bloomed for the second time this year…in September!

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Community members in and around Lake Ben­ton have seen a rare sight in their back yards, re­cently. The lilacs, which typically bloom in late spring, are blooming again in late September and early October. In­quiring minds wanted to know, so we did some re­search into the phenom­enon.
In 2009, Paul Huttner posted to MPRnews.com the following: “This is the first time I’ve seen or heard of lilacs bloom­ing In Minnesota in the month of September. I’m not a botanist but I have some guesses about why this may be occurring…

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Verdi School class reunions held

October 10, 2019

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The Verdi School held class reunions on Saturday, Sept. 14 at Ward Community Center in Ward, South Dakota. Classmates, their families and other classes were invited. There was visiting and stories. A catered meal by the Feather’s Nest was served, followed by a short program. The Verdi Class of 1959, pictured left to right— Lyle Oye of Pipestone; Marlene (Bergman) Mueller of Elkton, South Dakota; and Leo Coughlin of Belle Fouche, South Dakota. Not pictured is Pat (Finley) Beattie of Brookings, South Dakota.

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The Verdi Class of 1960, pictured left to right— Arlene (Petersen) Lambert of Verdi; Susan (Steuck) Landsman of Altoona, Wisconsin; Shirley (Sudtelgte) Robinson of Brookings, South Dakota; Ralph Trageser of Verdi; and Dick Clarksean of Mankato; Not pictured is Pat Kelly of Hopkins.

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The Verdi Class of 1961, pictured left to right— Dennis Dagel of Lake Benton; LaVonne (Prichett) Edmundson of Ruthton; Jim Wright of Lake Preston; Ronald Bergman of Granite Falls; Charles Draper of Pipestone; and Lyle Noble of Spring, Texas.

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The Verdi Class of 1962, pictured left to right— Corlys (Otkin) Griebel of Pipestone; Katheen (Gilbert) Priester of Pipestone; Kathy (Rosenboom) Otto of Hugo; Bob Miller of Lake Benton; Kathryn (Biertz) Anderson of Sterling, Virginia; Darlene (Klingbile) Hash of Prior Lake; Joyce (Jackson) Otkin of Fulda; and Carl Knutson of Warrensburg, Missouri. Not pictured is Carol (Clarksean) Hawes of Sargent Bluff, Iowa.

Children’s theater tryouts

October 10, 2019

Tryouts for the Lake Benton Opera House Chil­dren’s Theater produc­tion of “Stories Under the Big Top” will be Monday, Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Opera House. Participa­tion is open to 4-6th grade students. The play will be presented on Nov. 16 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

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Newly formed Safe Roads Coalition met Monday in Ivanhoe

October 10, 2019

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Pictured from left are Tyler Ambulance Coordinator Teri Hively, Avera Tyler Trauma Coordinator Sheena Strom, Safe Roads Coalition Coordinator Lauren Mellenthin, Lincoln County Sheriff Chad Meester and RTR Principal Dan Bettin at Monday’s coalition meeting in Ivanhoe.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

County officials and law enforcement officers from Lincoln and Pip­estone counties gathered in Ivanhoe on Monday as part of the Lincoln/Pip­estone Safe Roads Coali­tion coordinated through Southwest Health and Human Services. A grant was recently approved for the Lincoln and PipestoneCounty project. The Safe Roads Grant is funded by the Office of Traffic Safety through the Minnesota De­partment of Public Safety. Total Zero Death (TZD) Safe Roads grant funds are used to implement specific traffic safety activities that enhance other local traffic safety initiatives…

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New Lake Benton police chief introduces himself to the council

October 10, 2019

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Chamber Coordinator Karen Lichtsinn spoke to the council about ways to survey the community concerning a city-wide cleanup.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton City Council met for their regu­lar meeting on Monday, Oct. 7. The meeting immediate­ly went into a public hear­ing to introduce an amend­ment to Ordinance no. 150, Article III, “Areas, Yard and Height Requirements— Fences.” Before leaving the public hearing, the council called for a second pub­lic hearing, scheduled for Monday Nov. 4 at 5:30 p.m., to adopt the amended ordi­nance.
Chamber Coordinator Karen Lichtsinn spoke to the board concerning a city-wide cleanup day…

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“37 Postcards” opens Friday

October 3, 2019

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The Lake Benton Opera House production of the comedy “37 Postcards” opens on Friday, Oct. 4 with six shows over two weekends, ending Oct. 13. Pictured at this week’s rehearsal, from left, are Kathy Holck of Ruthton, Kathy Wilmes of Tyler, Betty Andries of Marshall and Taylor Holck of Ruthton.

Kampmann named E-LB Good Citizen

October 3, 2019

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Bryson Sik, Emma Kampmann and Grady Davis were recently nominated for the 2019 DAR Good Citizen Award.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Three Elkton-Lake Benton seniors were recently nomi­nated by the E-LB teachers for the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Good Citizen Award. According to the DAR website, the DAR Good Citizen Award “recognizes and rewards individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, ser­vice, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities.”
Students are first nominated by their teachers and the final recipient is selected by their peers. The program is open only to high school seniors who are attending a school accredited by the state board of education. Only one student in each school is honored and the students do not need to be American citi­zens.

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

City of Lake Benton votes to move ahead with hiring local police chief

October 3, 2019

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Lake Benton City Council met for a special meeting regarding the Lake Benton Police Department. Discussion was whether or not to hire a new police chief. Pictured are Steve Schouviller, Dave Enke and Daryl Schlapkohl.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council met on Thursday, Sept. 26 for a special meeting to discuss the future of the Lake Benton Police Department.
Police Chief Tony Sievert resigned from his position in June 2019. Officer Dallas Cordell was appointed acting Police Chief. In July 2019, a conflict between Cordell and the City of Lake Benton Administrator and board led to Cordell’s resignation. The city has been without local police coverage since then.
At the regular council meeting on Sept. 3, Mayor Bob Worth requested that all the council members participate in interviewing candidates for the vacant police chief position; however, Trustee Daryl Schlapkohl was uncomfortable participating in the interviewing process, and it was decided that only the personnel committee, the City Administrator/Clerk and the consultant be involved in the interviews. Worth had announced earlier in the meeting that former Lake Benton Police Chief Steve Schouviller had been recruited as a consultant to aid in the interview process.

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