City approves leasing new snow removal equipment

February 5, 2020

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The Lake Benton City Council met for their regular meeting on Monday night. The board approved moving forward with contracting with Lincoln County for police protection. Pictured are trustees Dave Enke and Daryl Schlapkohl, City Administrator/Clerk Eileen Christensen, Mayor Bob Worth and trustees Mark Dunn and Rosie DeZeeuw.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council met for their regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 3. All trustees were present for the meeting. During the evening, two topics dominated the discussion.
City Maintenance Supervisor Todd Draper presented a proposal to lease a compact payloader from New Holland and to purchase a snowblower that would be used with the leased equipment. According to Draper, by participating in the lease program, the City of Lake Benton would have the use of a new machine for nine months, which would reduce the number of hours being put on the city’s tractor…

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Caught in the act…

February 5, 2020

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…of being a friend. Lincoln County Deputy Cody Swenson enjoyed lunch with Lake Benton Elementary students on Thursday, Jan. 30. He said he wants to build a relationship with students and plans to visit the school often.

100 days down

February 5, 2020

100th Day Kindergarten
Lake Benton Elementary School celebrated 100 days of school last week with fun hats and activities. The kindergarten class is pictured showing off their fancy hats.

Travis Erickson, DNP, joins Avera Medical Group Tyler

February 5, 2020

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Avera Medical Group Ty­ler welcomes Travis Erick­son, DNP, Family Medicine, to the local medical team.
Erickson holds a Doc­tor of Nursing Practice degree from South Dakota State University in Brook­ings, South Dakota. He is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Prac­titioners. Prior to joining Avera, he worked in clinic, urgent care, student health and pain clinic settings in Brookings.

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Natalie Jerzak joins Lake Benton Elementary

January 30, 2020

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Natalie Jerzak

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
A new face has recently joined the Lake Benton Elementary School staff in a new position. Natalie Jerzak began working as a school guidance counselor in early January. She currently works at the school one day a week, typically on Monday.
Jerzak said she grew up a Canby Lancer and earned her degree in sociology at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph in 2004. She knew she wanted to work in a school setting, so she pursued a school counseling Masters Degree program at SDSU in Brookings, South Dakota.

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Central Minnesota Senior Care named January Business of the Month

January 30, 2020

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Central Minnesota Senior Care was named the January Chamber Business of the Month. Staff pictured, left to right, are Kristin Grooters, Facility Manager Dianne Hurd, Susan Nestlin-Fox, and Isabel Daluz. Staff who were not available for a photo were Program Director Barb Novotny, House Nurse Mashauna Brudwick, Kristin Benson, Cindy Nielsen, Lori Trump and Sarah Weinkauf.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Congratulations to Central Minnesota Senior Care (CMSC) Inc., who was named the January Chamber Business of the Month.
CMSC provides an alternative to a nursing home right in Lake Benton. It is an opportunity for loved ones to stay close while receiving quality care during their later years. According to CMSC Program Director Barb Novotny, “The goal of this program is to assist residents in a comfortable, assisted-living home setting. We provide a cozy home setting with private bedrooms and bathrooms; trained staff on site 24/7; personal cares including grooming, bathing and medication; home care tasks such as laundry, shopping and housekeeping; family style meals; medication administration and nurse supervision. We offer a Registered Nurse on call 24/7, additional skilled nursing when qualified and arranging transportation to medical appointments.”

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Little city on the lake

January 30, 2020

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Lake Benton Lake became a small city of its own on Saturday, Jan. 25 for the sixth annual Lake Benton Sportsman’s Club Ice Fishing Tournament.

Commissioners approve sheriff’s union request to bank hours

January 30, 2020

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The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met on Jan. 21 to discuss a number of topics. Pictured from left are County Attorney Glen Petersen, Mic VanDeVere, Jack Vizecky, Board Chair Joe Drietz, Corey Sik, Rick Hamer and County Auditor/Treasurer Deb Vierhuf.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 21. All board members were present with Board Chair Joe Drietz presiding over the meeting.
At the Jan. 7 regular meeting, the committee appointments discussion and action were tabled. The discussion reopened at this meeting. The board members are comfortable with the previous appointments and opted to keep them the same as before for 2020.
Michele VanDyke of the Lincoln County Extension Office requested that Jodi Otto be appointed as the new Extension Committee member to begin a new term. Her request was granted…

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E-LB bands share their musical talents

January 30, 2020

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The Elkton-Lake Benton middle school band, above, and high school band, below, gave a concert on Tuesday, Jan. 14 in Elkton, South Dakota.

 

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LBA Foundation presents priorities for Lakeside Park to City Council

January 30, 2020

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton City Council met for their regular meeting on Tues­day, Jan. 21. Trustee Daryl Schlapkohl was absent from the meeting.
Jess Gums of the Lake Benton Area Foundation (LBAF) spoke to the coun­cil about their goals for Lakeside Park. According to Gums, the LBAF has the following priorities for its fundraising efforts: sig­nage, lighting, landscap­ing, benches and picnic tables. Gums said there are beautiful, unique lights al­ready at the park, but they do not appear to be work­ing (Gums said she has never seen them lit). She would like the city to look into whether they work or not, and if they do not, the LBAF would like to know what it would take to re­pair them. Gums has been in contact with an area contractor for the land­scaping and is waiting on a quote. She has also spoken to an area business about the signage, with a quote coming in the future. The LBAF would like to work with Trustee Schlapkohl, who is the Lincoln Coun­ty Parks Manager, on the benches and picnic tables. Mayor Bob Worth said the city’s main priority is to finish the paving at the park, but they would like to be included in the plan­ning and they will work with the LBAF as much as they can.

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