Lincoln County board recognizes Lincoln County volunteers

April 12, 2019

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Danell Herzig and Brittany Bruce of Nextera Energy presented a report on a new wind energy farm being installed in Lincoln County.

 

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Commis­sioners met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 2 at the county courthouse in Ivan­hoe. All members were present.
Lincoln County Envi­ronmental Officer Robert Olsen spoke to the board about a possible partner­ship with Lyon County con­cerning aquatic invasive species (AIS) prevention efforts. Lyon County would like to hire an intern, who would work to inform the public about the spread of AIS…

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

Opera House show continues

April 12, 2019

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“Arsenic and Old Lace” will continue with three more shows this weekend, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Pictured is the cast and crew—from left to right in Front are Gage Andries, Graham Dinnel, Bailey Riedel, Justin Condelli, Jodi Greer and Nathaniel Gates; in the middle row are Betty Andries, Eric Fish, Beth Reams, Kathy Wilmes, Mark Fish and Katana Schmidt; and in back are Tom Schmitt, Jason Soren, Morgan Benson, Perry Anderson, Jr., Adam Madsen, Alan Riedel, Johnny Welch, Arthur Finzen and Mark Wilmes.

Lake Benton Elementary celebrated good character

April 12, 2019

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Pyper Johnson and James Wussow each won $25 ExpressWay gift certificates.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Good character is impor­tant at Lake Benton Ele­mentary School, and an all-school assembly was held last week to celebrate.
The sixth-grade students helped other students learn appropriate behavior in two key areas of the school, the hallways and the lunch room. They created videos that showed inappropriate behavior and appropriate behavior for these areas.
Each class decided on their top Bobcat Trait…

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

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As part of the PBIS celebration, students played a live action version of Hungry, Hungry Hippos. Each team had to collect specific-colored balloons with a box, while riding on a scooter. Mrs. Kelli Larson watches over one of the teams—Kiera Larson, Braxton Marler and Hadley Fruechte.

Elkton-Lake Benton FCCLA attend Leadership Conference

April 12, 2019

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Those attending the FCCLA conference, pictured left to right in front, are Caedmon Bressler, Autumn Tooley, Tristin Basham, Jenae Christensen and Sydney Boersma; in back are Madeline Bressler, Hannah Schuurman, Madisyn Nielsen, Alexis Christensen, Hannah Krog and Brooklyn Nielsen.

The members of the Elkton-Lake Benton Fam­ily, Career, and Community Leadership of America (FCCLA) Chapter congre­gated with fellow members from all across the State of South Dakota. Over 1,400 members, advisers, and guests attended the FCCLA Leadership Conference in Sioux Falls, South Dakota held March 31–April 2. The theme was “Believe in Yourself,” and the confer­ence was a great success. Our members participated in workshops, competed in STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events, and met with other youth leaders at the Denny Sanford Convention Cen­ter/Sheraton Hotel. Mem­bers were also inspired by keynote speaker Ryan Moran, author, business owner and entrepreneur, during the State Leader­ship Conference.

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

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Elkton-Lake Benton FCCLA member Alexis Christensen of Lake Benton will be advancing to Nationals in Anaheim, California, June 30-July 4.

Arco Fire Department adds new AED units

April 12, 2019

By Lacey Barke

The Arco Fire Depart­ment was recently able to purchase two Automated External Defibrillators (AED) with the help of contributions from the community. As a thank you for their kindness, the de­partment partnered with Ivanhoe EMT Director Kristy Richmond to put on an AED usage demonstra­tion held for the public at the Arco Community Cen­ter last Thursday. AEDs are used on those who are experiencing cardiac ar­rest; they deliver diagonal shocks through the body, which helps to restart the heart and keep it beating.

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

“Arsenic and Old Lace” brings experience and new kids to the Opera House stage

April 3, 2019

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Beth Reams (left) of Brookings, South Dakota and Kathy Wilmes of Tyler lead a cast of 14 in “Arsenic and Old Lace,” opening Friday, April 5 at the Lake Benton Opera House.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
“Arsenic and Old Lace,” a classic theater production that first hit the stage during WWII, will open at the Lake Benton Opera House. The show was originally presented in New York at the Fulton Theater in August 1941. The cast includes 14 people, who range from the professional actor to the new kid on the block. The show is filled with twists and turns and laughs that keep audience members on the edges of their seats.
Abby and Martha Brewster, the leading ladies, are played by Beth Reams of Brookings, South Dakota and Kathy Wilmes of Tyler…

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

Kay Finzen serves area seniors as Diner’s Club Coordinator

April 3, 2019

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Kay Finzen has recently taken over the Diner’s Club Coordinator position, following Ardith Larsen’s retirement.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
A familiar face has returned to Lake Benton to serve the seniors of the community. Miss Kay Finzen was recently hired to fill the position of Diner’s Club Coordinator, following the retirement of Ardith Larsen.
Though Kay is young, she is ambitious and loves working with the program and the seniors who use it. “I was excited for an opportunity to work in my hometown and help the community while doing so,” Kay said, “I really enjoy working with Karen and Eileen and the rest of the city employees who come in (to the City office), and I am excited to help where needed when I have some free time.”

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

Area residents are helping out the little guys in Nebraska

April 3, 2019

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Darla and Channa McCurdy, left, owners of New 2 You Consignment in Lake Benton, have teamed up with Jennifer Hills and Lauren Guy to collect and deliver supplies to “the little guys” impacted by the flooding in Nebraska.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The devastating flooding in Nebraska has been a priority topic across news stations and on Facebook. Aide is going into the state, but, according to area residents Jennifer Hills of Pip­estone and Lauren Guy of Lake Wilson, the “little guys” are be­ing forgotten.
Lauren’s husband is from Nebraska and they have fam­ily who still live there. Accord­ing to her contacts in Nebraska, small towns and villages and small farmers are being forgot­ten when it comes to help being delivered from the out­side world…

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

DNR will complete two improvements on Lakeshore Drive

April 3, 2019

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Maintenance Supervisor Todd Draper reported that the city cleaned out two ditches to prevent flooding problems.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton City Coun­cil met for their regular meeting on Monday, April 1. Mayor Bob Worth was physically absent but attended the meeting via phone. Co-chair Rosie DeZeeuw led the meeting in his absence.
Maintenance Supervisor Todd Draper presented the Mainte­nance Report. According to Drap­er, the Maintenance Department has been using pumps to bypass the sewer lift station, due to the high amount of extra water in the system. “Our flows are three times normal,” Draper said. They are cur­rently using a pump with a four-inch line, but they have needed to use one rented from AC Construc­tion with an eight-inch line…

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

Lake Benton Elementary takes the challenge to live healthier

April 3, 2019

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Jacob Haack shows his schoolmates Fiery, the monster that reminds us to avoid smoking, vaping, and using other tobacco products for good heart health.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Lake Benton Elementary School kicked off their Kids Heart Challenge program last week. Julie Boerhave shared her heart-story with the students during the opening assembly. She also introduced them to the Heart Challenge monsters, each of which the students can earn throughout the program.
While the Kids Heart Challenge has a goal of fundraising for the Ameri­can Heart Association, it also works to help children live healthier lives…

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

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Lake Benton Elementary School kicked off the Kids Heart Challenge last week. Part of the challenge is to be physically active for at least 60 minutes every day. Eden Hach demonstrated hoola-hooping for the school, which is a fun and healthy way to stay active.