Reserve now for the July $3 Diner’s Club meal

July 3, 2019

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By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The July $3 Thursday Diner’s Club meal will be held at The Lunch Box on July 11 at 11:30 a.m. A la­sagna dinner and dessert will be served. Rosanne Lasnetski of A.C.E. will share information on the new Community Connect minivan and the Nutri­tional Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS) that recently began in Lake Benton. The meal will be sponsored by S&E Auto in Lake Benton. Reservations are requested and can be made by contacting Din­er’s Club Coordinator Ka Finzen at 507-368-9564 by Monday, July 8.

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

Relay For Life Friday in Ivanhoe

June 26, 2019

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Relay For Life of Lincoln County returns to Gilson Field in Ivanhoe this week.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Hundreds of participants will come together this weekend in Ivanhoe to honor cancer survi­vors and their caregivers and to pay tribute to those for whom the cure did not come soon enough. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life event ignites team spirit among participants and works to raise funds used to save lives and create more birthdays by helping you stay well, helping you get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.
The 2019 Relay For Life of Lincoln County will be at Ivan­hoe’s Gilson Field this year…

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

Pyrotechnic display lit up the night sky

June 26, 2019

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Pyrotechnic Display of Clear Lake created and presented a breathtaking fireworks display for the opening of Saddle Horse Holiday.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

On Friday, June 14, Lake Ben­ton had the enjoyment of a fire­works display to kick off the Saddle Horse Holiday weekend. NextEra Energy generously do­nated the funds for this display. While fireworks displays have been part of small-town America since the earliest beginnings of the country, the cost of insurance and the regulations surround­ing fireworks displays makes it more and more difficult for small towns to enjoy. Fortunately, Lake Benton partnered with Pyro­technic Display, Inc., based out of Minnesota. But what is the story behind fireworks displays?
According to the American Pyrotechnics Association (APA), “It is believed that the first natu­ral ‘firecrackers’ were bamboo stalks that when thrown in a fire, would explode with a bang because of the overheating of the hollow air pockets in the bamboo.”…

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

Christensen Honorary Caregiver for 2019 Relay for Life event

June 26, 2019

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Dyllen Yockey with mom Brittany Christensen.

By Brittany Christensen
Special to the Lake Benton Valley Journal

My name is Brittany Christens­en. I am a mother to two amazing boys—Hayden, 12, and Dyllen, 10. Hayden was born with a rare brain malformation amongst other ailments that have affected his life and changed ours, for the better, of course. April of 2018, after many trips to the doctor’s office and tests, Dyllen was di­agnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Burkett’s Lymphoma. Focusing on Hayden’s needs for 11 years, I never imagined needing to re­focus on, now, Dyllen’s medical needs as well.
I had to shift into overdrive and lean on those around us to help with Hayden’s care so I could fo­cus on helping Dyllen beat this awful disease. I took six months off of work—I am a hairstylist— to be able to be with Dyllen dur­ing his chemo treatments…

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

FEMA in Lyon County June 26 for disaster relief meeting

June 26, 2019

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Dustin Hauschild and Joe Wilson spoke to the commissioners concerning bidding for upcoming road projects in Lincoln County.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Commis­sioners met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, June 18. All commissioners were present for the meeting.
Lincoln County Emergency Manager Amber Scholten spoke to the board requesting permis­sion to travel to Chicago, Illinois for a wireless/broadband confer­ence. She was asked by the radio board to represent our region at the ARMER Radio training con­ference. When she returns, she will report to the rest of the re­gion the topics discussed at the conference. The board granted Scholten the permission she re­quested.

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

Lincoln County property taxes reported on at Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting

June 26, 2019

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Bruce Nielsen presented the changes in the 2019 property tax rates (payable in 2020) during the Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting on Tuesday, June 18.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Appeal and Equal­ization meeting was held Tuesday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. No members of the public attended the meet­ing, but County Assessor Bruce Nielsen reported on changes in Lincoln County property taxes for 2019, payable in 2020.
According to Nielsen’s report, the 2019 total levy in Lincoln County is $5,672,867. The 2019 County Tax Capacity is 14,898,506 and the taxable market value in Lincoln County is $1,738,307,852. The total market value is $1,785,571,500.

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

It was a bigger, better Saddle Horse Holiday in Lake Benton

June 20, 2019

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Miss Lake Benton and her court— Gabby Wieme, Alexis Christensen and Emily Miller. The judges, Cricket Raschke and Ashly Nordmeyer, commented that all three ladies did a wonderful job. “It was a difficult decision to make,” they said.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

After years of declining atten­dance, the Lake Benton Chamber of Commerce and Saddle Horse Holiday planning committee gave the Saddle Horse Holiday week­end a refresh. Some of the tradi­tional events were eliminated or modified and new events and ac­tivities were added. The location of Saturday’s main events was changed as well. Preliminary information suggests that the weekend as a whole was a “great success,” according to Chamber Coordinator Karen Lichtsinn.

The Miss Lake Benton Pageant was privately held on Wednes­day, June 12…

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

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Mayor Bob Worth prepared for another dunking in the Lake Benton Public Library’s dunk tank.

NAPS program offers new Lincoln County locations

June 20, 2019

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

More Lincoln County senior citizens have easier access to a new service beginning next week. The Minnesota Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS) will have a pickup loca­tion in all four major communi­ties beginning next week. NAPS recently added delivery locations in Hendricks and Lake Benton.
The NAPS program is a nutri­tion assistance program just for seniors…

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

Many hot topics discussed by the city council at Monday’s meeting

June 20, 2019

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The water shutoff valve at Dezeeuw Softball Complex was pulled out of the ground sometime during Sunday’s parade. This caused the water to be shut off at Hole-in-the-Mountain County Park and campground most of Sunday. Anyone with any information about the damage should contact the Lake Benton Police Department or the Lake Benton City Office.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton City Coun­cil met for their regular meeting on Monday, June 17. According to the agenda, the meeting was expected to immediately go into closed session following the Pledge of Allegiance; however, under advice from legal counsel that closed session was not nec­essary, the meeting remained in open session.
A purchase agreement with Henry Sollie Post No. 10 of the American Legion to purchase the former Lake Benton Com­munity Center and the Veterans Memorial in front of the build­ing for $27,500 was presented to the trustees…

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

Two teams found some luck

June 20, 2019

Hidden Horseshoe Winners Round 1 2019

The Hidden Horseshoes for Round One were turned in Wednesday morning. Pictured above with Karen Lichtsinn are Caedmon Bressler, Dawsen Bloom and Raph Johnson. The team won $25 in Chamber Bucks and each member received a Lake Benton T-shirt. The winner of Round 2, pictured below with the Hidden Horseshoes, is Brooklyn Schmidt, who also won a Lake Benton T-shirt and $25 in Chamber Bucks. Congratulations to all!

Hidden Horseshoe winner Round 2