SMSU Holiday Concert

December 7, 2017

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The Southwest Minnesota State University Chorale, Men’s Glee Club and Bella Voce performed their Christmas concert on Thursday, Nov. 30 at First Lutheran Church in Marshall. Three local young women who are members of the group, pictured left to right, are Rachael Blake, Courtney Mulder and Illana Peter.

By Nancy Mulder
valleyjournaloffice @gmail.com

The Southwest Min­nesota State University (SMSU) Choirs presented the “Good Cheer!” holi­day concert on Thursday, Nov. 30 at First Lutheran Church in Marshall. This is the last concert they per­formed for the semester in Marshall.
The concert participants were the SMSU Chorale, Bella Voce and Men’s Glee Club. Their special guests for the evening were the Southwest Minnesota Men’s Chorus under the direction of Wendy John­son, choir director from Tracy Area High School.

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

Kristi Eickhoff to be sponsored by local clubs at next benefit breakfast

November 30, 2017

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The Eickhoff family. Clockwise from left are Grady, Kristi, Matthew, and Brody.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Cancer touches the lives of hundreds of thousands each year. According to the Ameri­can Cancer Society, more than 1.6 million new cases of can­cer were diagnosed in 2016. Of those cases, more than 23,700 affected the brain and nervous system. One LakeBenton fam­ily is learning about brain can­cer first hand.
In July of this year, Kristi (Kjergaard) Eickhoff was diag­nosed with a Grade III Astrocy­toma, a type of malignant tumor in the brain. According to Web­MD, Astrocytomas are graded according to how quickly they grow; the type Kristi has grows relatively quickly.

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

Lake Benton Opera House presents annual Christmas Show this Saturday

November 30, 2017

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Alexis Christensen (left) of Lake Benton and Holly Juutilainen of Marshall will be among the 50 area singers who will be involved in the Opera House Christmas Show being presented on Saturday, Dec. 2.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
For the 21st consecutive year, the first Saturday in December will bring the Opera House Christmas Show to Lake Benton. A cast and crew of over 50 will perform solos, duets and group numbers of holiday favorites.
Each year, scores of past Opera House performers from various past shows gather to close out the Opera House season with this holiday production.

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

Open House season kicks off at Country Side Nursery

November 30, 2017

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Vintage items give an old-fashioned charm to the holiday decor inside at Country Side Nursery.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The 2017 Chamber of Com­merce Open Houses began last week with Country Side Nursery hosting their open house on Friday, Nov. 24 and Saturday, Nov. 25. The event included a drawing for the Chamber Turkey Giveaway, beautiful displays, and many, many trees, wreaths, and dec­orations for sale. As always, the customers attending the event kept the owners, Steve and Penny Krause, busy.
The Lake Benton Chamber of Commerce sponsors tur­key drawings for each Cham­ber member’s holiday open house. The schedule for the open houses can be found in the Chamber ad in the Dining and Entertainment sections of the Lake Benton Valley Journal each week through the end of the open house season.

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

The Chamber of Commerce will sponsor competitions this year

November 30, 2017

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Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton Cham­ber of Commerce will sponsor several contests this holiday season. The annual Tree Walk will begin on Monday, Dec. 4. Local businesses and or­ganizations still have a chance to decorate their tree for the Tree Walk, which must be completed by this Friday. Trees are al­ready set up and ready to be decorated. The public is invited to check out the trees beginning Monday and submit their votes for their favorite tree. The top three trees will be award­ed Chamber Bucks prizes.

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

Arco celebration planned

November 30, 2017

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The Arco Sportsman’s Club will sponsor at Tur­key Shoot on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 5-11 p.m. The event will include Bingo for adults as well as games for kids and prizes for each.

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

Commissioners hear report from Fair Board members

November 30, 2017

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer @gmail.com

Members of the Lin­coln County Fair Board— Curt Madsen, Don Evers and Frank Jorgensen— presented a report on the 2017 Lincoln County Fair. “We had a really good fair,” said Madsen, who added that the weather was good and attendance was up. No records are kept on attendance, however, at­tendance was up at the demolition derby and the 4-H canteen had record sales in the first three days. Madsen said since the prices have not been raised at the canteen, this was also an indication that attendance was up at the fair this year.

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

 

Lake Benton students will perform for Senior Dining in December

November 30, 2017

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Lake Benton senior citizens are invited to the $2 Senior Dining meal for the month of December. The meal will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 19. The program for the day will be Christmas songs performed by students from Lake Benton Elementary School. The meal will be sponsored by The Country House.

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

Lake Benton Chamber discussed upcoming holiday events and contests

November 30, 2017

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Chamber of Commerce met Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the Heritage Center/ City Offices.
In the absence of a Chamber of Commerce Coordinator, discussion opened with the Senior Dining $2 meal sponsors. The Country House was designated to sponsor the December event and the Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the January program. It was noted that Senior Dining meals must be reserved by the Friday before the event.

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

City council votes to stick with the four-dog maximum ordinance

November 24, 2017

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The Lake Benton City Council voted to purchase a new rifle for the Lake Benton Police Department at Monday evening’s meeting. The rifle will be purchased from a local gun shop.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton City Coun­cil met for their regular meet­ing on Monday, Nov. 20 at the Heritage Center/City Offices. The majority of the meeting focused on Animal Ordinance No. 91.06—Kennels, which had been tabled at both the Oct. 16 council meeting and the Nov. 6 council meeting. Discussion be­gan with Trustee Daryl Schlap­kohl reporting that Legal Coun­sel advised the council to stick with the four-dog maximum or­dinance currently on the books. Legal Counsel did not comment on the fact that, according to their owners, the dogs in ques­tion are registered as service animals with the ADA. City Ad­ministrator Eileen Christensen noted that proof of vaccination had not been submitted for the animals in question, which is a requirement of the State of Min­nesota to be categorized as ser­vice animals. Mayor Worth also pointed out that service animals are not to be bred; however, two of the animals in question are currently pregnant, according to the owners.

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