The countdown to the spelldown

February 6, 2019

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Brooklyn Schmidt, a Lake Benton sixth grader, will participate in the regional spelling bee on Feb. 5.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Brooklyn Schmidt will be traveling to Redwood Falls on Friday, Feb. 5 to compete in the regional spelling bee. Brooklyn hopes to do well enough to move on to the state spelling bee in Fergus Falls on Feb. 19.
Getting to the state level may not be as easy as many people think. Sixth grade teacher Mrs. Kelli Larson explained that the regional bee is held in three rounds. “The first round is the written round,” she said. In this round, contestants are taken to a classroom and given a list of 25 words to write in ink. They cannot change the spelling once it has been written.

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Baby it’s cold outside!

February 6, 2019

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Severe cold temperatures created dazzling atmospheric displays last week.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Lincoln County saw some of the coldest temperatures in 20 years last week. The air temperature plunged to the negative 20s and 30s while the windchill values were as low as -53. While the region sees super cold temperatures most Januarys, it is not often that the cold lasts for several days.
According to the National Weather Service, the cold was caused by a polar vortex settling over the upper Midwest…

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

Robinson discusses TIF options with council at Monday’s meeting

February 6, 2019

By Sirrina Martinez
News Contributor

The Lake Benton City Council held its first monthly meeting on Feb. 4. There was no one pres­ent for the open forum, so the council moved on to the business agenda.
No one from the police depart­ment was present to deliver a report so Administrator/Clerk Eileen Christensen relayed the department’s request to open a separate bank account for civil forfeiture money obtained by the department to use for train­ing, or other department needs…

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Former Lake Benton resident’s husband receives Citizens Award

February 6, 2019

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Pictured are two of Sioux Falls’ City Council members giving Dave Fox, center, a Citizen’s Award at their city council meeting.

Recently, Cheryl (Trautman) Fox’s husband Dave was contacted by the Sioux Falls, South Dakota City Council and asked to attend their city council meeting. Little did he know that he was to receive an award that evening.
During the meeting, one of the council members shared this story…

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A big catch for the annual ice fishing tournament

January 31, 2019

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Although the number of participants in the tournament was lower this year, probably due to the cold temperatures, the catch was great.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The fifth annual Ice Fishing Tournament, sponsored by the Lake Benton Sportsman’s Club and the Lake Benton Resort, was held on Lake Benton Lake Satur­day, Jan. 25. Registration began at 6 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Despite heavy snow on the lake and extremely cold tem­peratures, the tournament saw a huge catch.
There were 465 registered anglers of all ages…

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Dr. King is remembered

January 31, 2019

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Lake Benton’s fourth grade students gave a presentation about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to honor his memory on MLK Day.

Diner’s Club sponsored by the Lions Club for February breakfast

January 31, 2019

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By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton Lions Club will host another benefit break­fast on Sunday, Feb. 3, with the Lake Benton Diner’s Club as the sponsored organization. The menu will include pancakes, eggs, French toast, sausage, toast, coffee, and milk. Serving will run from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
According to Diner’s Club board member Karen Lich­tsinn, the new Lake Benton Diner’s Club replaces the former Lake Benton Senior Dining program…

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Lake Benton school board officers elected at the January meeting

January 31, 2019

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The Lake Benton School Board held the first meeting of 2019 last week. Pictured from left are Vice-Chair Steven Hurd, Heath Houselog, LaDon Prosch, Treasurer Janell DeVries, Clerk Roger Rudebusch, and Board Chair Tony Schwing.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton School Board met for their first meeting of 2019 on Wednesday, Jan. 23. The meeting was opened by Superin­tendent Loy Woelber and began with the election of officers. The elected officers are as follows: Chair Tony Schwing, Vice-Chair Steven Hurd, Clerk Roger Rude­busch, and Treasurer Janell DeVries. The board discussed the annual stipends and agreed to raise the stipend for the chair and the clerk to $80 per meet­ing and keep the other board members at a stipend of $55 per meeting.
After the minutes and claims were approved, the board dis­cussed the snow days that need to be made up…

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Former Community Center building will be listed with a realtor

January 31, 2019

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton City Council met for their sec­ond monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 22. The meeting was held on Tues­day because of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
An open hearing on adopting the Police Body-worn Camera Policy started the meeting. The city attorney reviewed and approved the policy. There was no public com­ment during the hearing. The council approved the policy…

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County hears update from SWCD

January 31, 2019

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board met for their second monthly meeting on Jan. 22. Commissioner Corey Sik was absent from the meeting for a preapproved reason.
Vince Robinson spoke on behalf of the Lincoln County HRA, requesting that the board approve a resolution adopting the Citizens Participation Plan for the rental-rehab grant process. The plan says the primary way for the public to give input into the program is through a public hearing, which has been schedule for the Feb. 5 meeting at 9:05 a.m…

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