Jeff Hansen hired as Lake Benton School Principal

May 17, 2018

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Jeff Hansen, center, has been hired as the principal of Lake Benton Elementary School. Board Chair Tony Schwing, Hansen, and Board Secretary Roger Rudebusch sign the necessary documents to make the decision final.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton School Board called a special meeting on Wednesday, May 9 to approve offering a contract to Jeff Hansen of Tyler for the position of Elementary Principal. There were 18 candidates who submitted applications. After careful review, the interviewing committee, which included school board members, staff members, teachers, and a community member, eliminated all but two of the candidates. Hansen and one other candidate were interviewed for the position on Monday, April 30 in open-to-the-public interviews…

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Front of new Lake Benton Community Center leased to the Showboat Pavilion

May 17, 2018

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The front end of the new Lake Benton Community Center will soon house the Showboat Pavilion, expected to open in early June. The back of the building will be available to rent for events.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
At a special meeting early Monday morning, the Lake Benton City Council approved a lease agreement for the front half of the new Lake Benton Community Center. Sarah Meyer and partners plan to open the Showboat Pavilion in the front part of the new Lake Benton Community Center before Saddle Horse weekend. As part of the agreement, Meyer will also manage and market the event center in the back of the building…

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New playground nearly finished

May 17, 2018

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Installation of the new playground equipment at School Park began last Thursday, May 10. As of the time this photo was taken, the concrete needs to set and the ground-cover needs to be laid. A special thank you to the volunteers who helped with this project and the community members and organizations who donated to the project.

Last week of school

May 17, 2018

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After going to school for 101 days, the four-year-old preschool class celebrated their last day of school with a 101 Dalmatians party.

E-LB band and choir awards night and concert

May 17, 2018

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Elkton-Lake Ben­ton middle and high school bands and choirs entertained community members, friends, and family with song Tuesday last week, May 8. During the E-LB Spring Concert, band and choir awards and honors were also pre­sented.
The concert opened with the High School Fes­tival Choir led by Mrs. Su­san Sudtelgte. The choir performed “Take This Song of Joy” and “Cantar.”

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Last days of school are busy for Lake Benton students

May 17, 2018

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On your marks! Get set! Go! The fifth grade bounced along in one of the eight Field Day stations at Lake Benton School on Monday, May 14.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The 2017-18 school year is winding down at Lake Benton Elementary School and they are celebrating with a number of different events and programs.
The Book Buddies program finished up on Monday, May 7….

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US Senator Amy Klobuchar visits with Soybean Growers in Lake Benton

May 9, 2018

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U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar visited with members of the Lincoln County Corn and Soybean Growers in Lake Benton on Tuesday, May 1. After meeting with the group, the Senator visited Bio Ag Energy Services / The ExpressWay in celebration of the launch of B20 in Minnesota. Pictured are Minnesota Soybean Growers Association Secretary Bob Worth, Senator Klobuchar, American Soybean Growers Association Director Joel Schreurs, and Minnesota Soybean Growers Association CEO Tom Slunecka.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

On Tuesday, May 1, LakeBen­ton hosted a special guest. US Senator Amy Klobuchar met with the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) to hear about the concerns lo­cal farmers have about farming in Minnesota. Klobuchar’s visit was concurrent with the launch of B20 (20 percent biodiesel) in Minnesota.
According to local farmer Bob Worth, who is also a State Direc­tor and Secretary of the MSGA, Senator Klobuchar tries to visit each county in the State of Min­nesota each year. Worth had in­vited the Senator to visit Lake Benton when he lobbied for the MSGA about a year ago. Klobu­char accepted the invitation and this year’s visit to Lincoln Coun­ty took place at The Lunch Box in Lake Benton.

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Rustic Glam at E-LB Prom

May 9, 2018

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Juan Yong Ling and Jacob Miller look glamorous in their red, white and blue.

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Principal Weegman gets a special farewell message at spring concert

May 9, 2018

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Mrs. Marijane Borresen thinks outside the box for her music curriculum. The students learn about rhythm and timing through bucket drumming. Here fourth graders show their stuff as they drum with the class.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

LakeBentonElementary School students presented their Elementary Spring Concert on Thursday, May 3 in the Lake Benton School Gymnasium. The program was directed by music teacher Marijane Borresen. Stu­dents from preschool through sixth grade took part in the per­formance…
Although the singing was over, the night’s activi­ties were not. The students had put together a surprise farewell address for Prin­cipal Dale Weegman, who will be retiring at the end of the year. Students held up letters by class that spelled out “LAKE BEN­TON ELEMENTARY WILL MISS YOU VERY MUCH MR. WEEGMAN.” Students who did not have letters to raise held Bobcat paws instead.

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

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The fifth grade sang “Boondocks,” a song about living in rural America.

Council addresses several taxpayer concerns Monday night

May 9, 2018

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The regular meeting of the Lake Benton City Council was held Monday, May 7 at the Heri­tage Center/City Office. A pri­mary topic of discussion was a Settlement Agreement and Re­lease of Claims under Minnesota Statutes 299A.465 presented by Mayor Bob Worth for approval by the council. According to Worth, the agreement explains to the Lake Benton taxpayers the purpose for the many closed sessions held over the last year. “This is a public document,” Worth stated, “so we do not need to go into closed session. The description is that it is a ‘Settle­ment Agreement and Release of Claims under Minnesota Stat­utes 299A.465 is made by and between Thor Tollefson, employ­ee, and the City of Lake Benton, employer.”’ The document must first be accepted by the council, which it was, then be notarized before it can be released to the public. The notarization was scheduled for Tuesday, May 8. Once the document has been approved and notarized, it will be published in the Lake Benton Valley Journal

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