You are invited to Borresen’s final school concert

April 26, 2019

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Marijane Borresen will direct her last Lake Benton School concert on Thursday, May 2. The public is invited to attend this special event.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
After years of dedication and directing amazing musical performances, Marijane Borresen will direct her last school concert on Thursday, May 2. All community members, past students and friends are invited to the concert, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Lake Benton Elementary School gymnasium. Refreshments will be served following the concert. This concert promises to be an enjoyable, nostalgic experience for all.

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

Approval to treat Lake Benton Lake was given by DNR

April 26, 2019

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Lake Benton Mayor Bob Worth and City Trustee Dave Enke spoke to the county board concerning the problems Lake Benton has had with the county recycling program at last week’s commissioner meeting.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Commissioners met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 16. All members of the board were present for the meeting.
Nancy Vierstraete of United Community Action Partnership (UCAP) presented a report on the organization and requested that the board approve a resolution, the Family Homeless Prevention Assistance Program, to allow UCAP to work with families in Lincoln County. According to Vierstraete, Lincoln County is one of 13 counties the organization serves. In order to make the organization more available to Lincoln County residents, UCAP is considering adding a case-management office, which would be open one day a week…

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

Snow make-up days finalized at regular school board meeting

April 26, 2019

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The Lake Benton School Board made a decision regarding the make-up days for the most recent snowstorm.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton School Board met for their regular meeting on Wednesday, April 17. All board members were present. Additionally, Superintendent Loy Woelber, Principal Jeff Hansen and kindergarten teacher Rochelle Drietz were in attendance.
The board discussed the snow make-up days following the most recent blizzard. Three more snow days were caused by the snowstorm. Principal Hansen and Superintendent Woelber recommended that the last day of school for students will be Friday, May 24…

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

Lake Benton fourth grade gets a first-hand look at farming

April 26, 2019

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Lake Benton’s fourth grade class spent a day getting a first-hand look at farming at Olsen Custom Farm in Hendricks.

Submitted by
Sandy Carpenter 4th grade teacher

The fourth grade class from Lake Benton El­ementary School traveled to Olsen Custom Farms in Hendricks to explore the Minnesota Science Stan­dards in a real-world en­vironment. Luke Nibbe, a foreman with Olsen Cus­tom Farms, taught the stu­dents about the technol­ogy and engineering that go into combines, plant­ers, and tractors today. He helped the students understand how farming practices have changed and have been improved to protect our environment.

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

When I survey the wondrous cross…

April 26, 2019

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On Good Friday, 29 members of the Lake Benton Community trekked to the cross south of Lake Benton. At the cross, the group read Bible passages that tell the story of Jesus’ crucifixion. This annual tradition was begun by Stephanie Slegers and her daughters in 2017 and they invite anyone to join them.

Oh, the wonderful Lake Benton Cross

April 26, 2019

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By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
In light of the recent Good Friday walk to the Lake Benton Cross, Lake Benton locals have asked about the cross’s history. Here is what the newspapers printed in 1976.
  Benton Community to Erect Cross
Citizens in the Lake Benton community have been working on a project to erect a large wooden cross on one of the hills surrounding the city. Beams have been ordered for a 30 ft. upright and a 15 ft. crosspiece.
If plans materialize, it may be lighted. It is hoped the project can be partially completed by the July 4th community observance.— Lincoln County Valley Journal May 26, 1976

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Lincoln County authors can enter indie writing competition

April 26, 2019

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By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Calling all Lincoln Coun­ty authors! Minnesota Library Foundation and BiblioLabs, in partner­ship with the Plum Creek Library system, invite lo­cal authors to enter the Minnesota Author Project contest.
Independent authors, also called indie authors, often struggle to spread the word about their lat­est work. The Minnesota Author Project contest en­courages strong relation­ships between indie au­thors, local libraries, and readers by seeking to iden­tify and promote the best indie ebooks Minnesota has to offer in the genres of Adult and Young Adult Fiction. Submissions for the 2019 competition will be accepted through May 31. Multiple submissions are accepted.

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

Lake Benton Area Foundation calling for grant applications

April 26, 2019

The Lake Benton Area Foundation is looking for community members and groups who are interested in applying for grant dol­lars. Through partnership with Southwest Initiative Foundation, the LBAF has $6,000 in grant money available to help non-prof­it entities with projects meant to be beneficial to the community and sur­rounding area.

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Christensen accepted into FCCLA Japanese Exchange Program

April 18, 2019

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Alexis Christensen

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Elkton-Lake Benton FFCLA member Alexis Christensen was recently accepted into the Japanese exchange program with the FCCLA. She will spend six weeks this summer in Japan, learning about the language and culture.
Alexis began her preparation for this program in seventh grade, when she heard a speaker talk about it at an FCCLA conference. “I knew from that point on I wanted to apply when I was old enough,” she said, “The presenter said that applicants had to be 17 years old, so I waited until then, and here I am.”
The program gives Alexis a full scholarship. “It is a full scholarship from Kikkoman, in partnership with FCCLA. The program allows students to study abroad during this time, wanting the student to gain a cultural understanding.”

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

LLEC crew worked long hours to restore power in area counties

April 18, 2019

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A line of three-phase power line poles lay on the ground between Tracy and Amiret.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The early spring ice and snowstorm that pummeled the area last week not only clogged up area roads, but also left many area residents without power. Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative (LLEC) General Manager Tim O’Leary said the problems began to arise last Thursday.
“The outages started around the Tyler area the early morning hours of April 11th, but quickly moved east,” O’Leary said on Monday. “The crews spent a majority of their time working east of Highway 23.”

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

 

LLEC Journeyman Lineman Dan Houselog
Journeyman Lineman Dan Houselog collects a piece of line that had to be replaced. Ice can be seen surrounding the section of line.