Commissioners hear from mayor, city administrator of Hendricks

September 27, 2017

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Hendricks Mayor Julie Hogie and City Administrator David Blees, left, talked to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners last week about the rural dumpsters and recycling site in Hendricks.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Hendricks City Administrator David Blees and Mayor Julie Hogie attended the Tuesday, Sept. 19 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners to speak to the commissioners regarding the rural garbage and recycling site located in Hendricks.
Recently, there has been talk at the county level of moving the site back to its original location, to property owned by the county along Hwy. 17 across from NB Golf…

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

Lake Benton School’s special education department includes several new faces

September 27, 2017

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Lake Benton School’s Special Education Department includes, from left, Cindy Nielsen, Amy Nibbe, Bethany Jorgensen, Ka Finzen and Chandra Prosch. Not pictured is Kim Drietz.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Lake Benton Elementary School has become known in southwest Minnesota as an ex­cellent school. They provide a quality education to all students. Their special education program has been of the school’s biggest assets. With the resignation of Janine Moberg at the end of the 2016-17 school year, the admin­istration searched far and wide for someone to fill her role. Their top candidate ended up being in their own backyard.
Bethany Jorgensen found her passion for students with excep­tional needs when she worked at a youth camp in Novia Scotia, Canada…

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

Chamber discusses holiday season at regular meeting

September 27, 2017

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The Lake Benton Chamber of Commerce discussed the upcoming holiday season.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Lake Benton’s Chamber of Commerce met for their regular meeting on Tues­day, Sept. 19 at the Heri­tage Center/City Offices. The agenda was short, with only two items list­ed. However, discussion turned to the upcoming holiday season.
The Chamber will again sponsor the Christmas Tree Walk at the Heritage Center. They will sponsor a lighting contest again this year…

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

Local residents to star in Lake Benton Opera House production

September 27, 2017

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Kathy Holck of Ruthton (left) and Lori Sanderson of Tyler are among the cast of “The Cemetery Club,” opening next week at the Lake Benton Opera House.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton Opera House will present its fall play, “The Cemetery Club,” beginning Friday, Oct. 6. The story involves three widows who meet once a month for tea before go­ing to visit their husbands’ graves. Ida (played by Lori Sanderson of Tyler) is sweet-tempered and ready to begin a new life; Lucille (Becky Lothert of Marshall) is a feisty em­bodiment of the girl who just wants to have fun; and Doris (Kathy Holck of Ruthton) is priggish and judgmental, particularly when Sam (Tom Schmitt of Porter) the butcher enters the scene…

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

Revision to Principal’s contract saves school district money

September 27, 2017

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The school board certified a preliminary 2017 tax levy on Wednesday, Sept. 20.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton School Board met for their regu­lar meeting on Wednes­day, Sept. 20 in the school library. One of the main topics of discussion was to establish scheduled snow make-up days for the school year. At the last meeting, the board requested that Principal Dale Weegman get input from the teachers on the subject, whether they would rather lose sched­uled vacations days or add more days to the end of the school year. Ac­cording to Weegman, the majority of the staff who responded to his inquiry on the subject are in favor of making the days up as they are needed; the oth­ers who responded prefer that the days be added on to the end of the school year…

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

Tragesers to be honored at Lions Club benefit

September 20, 2017

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Jolene and Ralph Trageser will be honored by the Lake Benton Lions Club at the first Lions Breakfast of the season on Sunday, Oct. 1. Jolene recently completed treatment for cancer and Ralph’s treatment is ongoing.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton Lions Club will honor Ralph and Jolene Trageser with their first benefit breakfast of the season. Since the middle of 2016, the Tragesers have experienced a long cancer story, one with unusual twists and turns. The benefit will be held at the Center Post in Lake Benton beginning at 8:30 a.m. and continuing through 12:30 p.m. The menu will include pancakes, eggs, toast, sausage, French toast, coffee and milk. A silent auction, a bake sale, and a 50-50 cash drawing will also be held that morning. Auction and bake sale items can be do­nated by calling Janelle Nelson 605-690-2604 or Marlys Barthel 605-997-3639. An account has also been established at First Se­curity Bank in Lake Benton.
The Tragesers’ cancer story began in June 2016 when Ralph was diagnosed with a bleed­ing ulcer. It was repaired with a “patch,” according to Jolene.

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

Christensen Farms to build hog confinement unit near Lake Benton

September 20, 2017

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Christensen Farms, one of the largest family-owned pork producers in Minnesota, will be expanding in the Lake Benton area. As of August 2017, a conditional use per­mit was awarded to the pork producers to build a new hog confinement unit on Section 13 in Drammen Township. According to Lincoln County Environmental Office Admin­istrator Robert Olsen, the land was purchased by Christensen Farms from Andy Weber and is located approximately five miles northwest of the lake “as the crow flies.”

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

Update on Small Cities grant given at city council meeting

September 20, 2017

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Mayor Bob Worth reviews his meeting packet using one of the wireless tablets purchased by the City of Lake Benton. Among the many benefits the tablets provide is the reduced paperwork printed out for each meeting.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton City Council heard an update on the Small Cities Grant being facilitated by DSI at their regular meeting Monday evening. According to Teresa Schreurs, the interest in the Small Cities Grant was over­whelmingly positive. Schreurs stated, “In the four years that I have been doing this, this is the most response I have seen from a community, especially of this size.” At this point, there are 60 residential properties and nine commercial properties interest­ed in participating in this grant. Schreurs had originally wanted to include Ruthton, Tyler and Lake Benton in the same grant application; however, Schreurs recently met with the state rep­resentatives of DEED, where the grant money comes from, and they encouraged her to separate Lake Benton as a stand-alone application and Tyler and Ruth­ton will be combined…

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

Library program cancelled

September 20, 2017

The WWII library program scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23 has been cancelled due unforeseen circumstances.

Lake Benton’s Class of ‘57 reunites

September 20, 2017

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The Lake Benton High School Class of 1957 held their 60-year reunion in Redwood Falls, Sept, 12-13. Those attending were, from left to right in front, Susan (Meyer) Helvig, Eyvonne (Johannsen) Johnson, Don Sik, Mildred (Giese) Dauman, and Marilyn (Johnson) Schlapkohl; in back are Joan (Busselman) Stuefen, Karen (Petersen) Nielsen, Rollie Evans, Don Vick, Beverly (Blegen) Parrish, Don Evers, Janice (Bebensee) Hetland, Virginia (Larsen) Harmen and Sharon (Larsen) Crabb. Not pictured is Myron Trulock.