This winter may be the snowiest winter in 20 years

February 27, 2019

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Lincoln County businesses and residents continue to clear snow in what may be the snowiest winter in 20 years.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

By this point in winter, people are fed up with the snow. Every year, com­plaints about winter are loud and clear and come from nearly all directions. Although the complaints are an annual occurrence, they may be more valid this year, based on snow­fall reports found on the National Weather Service (NWS) website.
Each year, NWS issues a climate summary review which includes snowfall amounts for each month. The NWS website includes reports that go back more than 20 years. Unfortu­nately, the closest sum­mary reports available are for the Sioux Falls, South Dakota region. Their weather patterns are a bit different than what is seen in Lincoln County, but the reports will at least give readers an idea concern­ing the amount of snowfall each winter has seen.

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

Pluto Boes Legal is the new kid on the block

February 21, 2019

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Pluto Boes Legal held an open house on Friday, Feb. 15 to meet the community. The law firm is now headquartered in Lake Benton on Center Street, north of the Prairie Rose Gallery. Attorney Callyn Bedker and Attorney Melanie Boes, in front, and Legal Assistant Amy Robinson and Paralegal Traci Sherman, in back, were on hand to welcome their guests.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
There’s a new kid on the block in Lake Benton. Pluto Boes Legal recently moved their main office from Tyler to Center Street. On Friday, Feb. 15, the firm hosted an open house for the community to meet them and learn more about the services they provide.
According to attorney Callyn Bedker, the firm is owned by principal attorney Melanie Boes. They work primarily in the areas of guardianship and conservatorship, medical assistance planning, estate planning and business and farm succession planning…

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

Your ride is a phone call away

February 21, 2019

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Howard Peterson of Lake Benton gets a lift from Community Transit driver Jerry Rouge at the Pipestone County Medical Center.

By Mark Wilmes
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Imagine being able to call up a ride whenever you need a trip somewhere. Getting a weekday lift whenever you wanted to go shopping or play cards with friends or maybe just an afternoon trip to the doctor. Imagine getting a ride that is already warmed up and picking you up at your front door. Imagine being able to have this service for a lot less money than hiring a chauffeur.

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

Two incidents occur on Highway 75

February 21, 2019

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There were two incidents that took place on US. Highway 75 this past week. This was the second and resulted in the driveway of Jeff and Staci Christensen being blocked for several hours.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

On Tuesday, Feb. 12 at approx­imately 2 p.m., an incident in­volving two vehicles occurred on US Highway 75 at milepost 53, south of Lake Benton approxi­mately 1.5 miles. According to a report on the Minnesota State Patrol website, Keith J. Dillon of Pipestone was traveling south­bound in a Chevrolet HHR and Lisa A. Herbeck of Brooklyn Cen­ter was traveling northbound in a Chevrolet Equinox. Because of heavy drifting and poor weather conditions, the vehicles collided…

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

Protecting you and yours doesn’t involve posting to social media

February 21, 2019

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Police Chief Tony Sievert

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
If social media is to be believed, then child abductions are happening all the time, right in our back yard. Fortunately, according to Lincoln County Sheriff Chad Meester and Lake Benton Police Chief Tony Sievert, the situation is not as bad as it appears. However, locals should always be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious activity to law enforcement.
There are several “reports” of abductions circulating around social media. “A person needs to be cautious when reading and sharing posts on Facebook as to the authenticity,” Sheriff Meester said. Chief Sievert stated, “I have not heard of any abductions in our area. I see a lot of people sharing ‘abductions’ quite frequently on Facebook. However, some of this information can be very misleading and often times is false information.”…

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

The birds are coming and bringing spring with them

February 21, 2019

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By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

By now, most Lincoln County residents are sick of snow. With more in the forecast for the coming week, a number of people are accusing the ground­hog of being a liar. For­tunately, there is a better woodland critter locals can look for to bring news of spring’s coming. The Bird Watchers Digest web­site gives a calendar for the best time to see Minnesota bird migrations.
In March, Minnesotans still have a good chance at a snowstorm or two, but should also start see­ing storms of birds flying through the prairie skies. The bald eagles return, as do the swans and Canada geese…

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

Being the hands and feet of Jesus with her dental talent

February 14, 2019

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Stefanie Slegers of Lake Benton, pictured holding one of the children she helped, recently returned from a mission trip to Guatemala where she and a team of medical personnel provided free dental care. Slegers works with Dr. Wilmes at Tyler Family Dental.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

In America, dental care is taken for granted. Accord­ing to the Center for Disease Control’s 2016 report, 84.6 percent of children between 2 and 17-year-old have had a dental checkup within the last 12 months. Furthermore, more than 64 percent of adults have had a dental visit in the last year. The same cannot be said for those living in less fortu­nate countries, especially in Guatemala, where most rural residents have never seen a dentist. Lake Benton resident Stefanie Slegers, a dental hy­gienist who works at Tyler Family Dental, recently joined a group of nine other Minneso­tans to change that statistic.

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

To plow or not to plow; that is the question

February 14, 2019

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The piles of snow keep growing as Mother Nature continues to dump the white stuff across the region.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

With the white stuff falling so frequently, many Lincoln Coun­ty residents are left wondering where the snowplows are. Rest assured, according to Lincoln County Engineer Joe Wilson, they are out there, in well below ideal conditions, doing their best to make road conditions conducive to travel.
In a recent interview Wilson ex­plained that the decision to plow or not to plow is generally made by Lincoln County’s Maintenance Superintendent. “He has been part of the staff since 1996 and has been in that position since 2011,” Wilson said. The decision is made to plow or treat road surfac­es when “the roads are icy, there are two inches or more of snow or there is drifting.”…

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

Lincoln County will sponsor the City of Tyler in a local street project

February 14, 2019

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Rick Drietz was introduced as the new Maintenance Supervisor for the Lincoln County offices and grounds at the Feb. 5 meeting of the Lincoln County Commissioners.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

At the Lincoln County Commissioners’ Feb. 5 meeting, a public hearing concerning citizen partici­pation in the Small Cities Grant Program for rental properties located in Tyler and Lake Benton was held. DSI representative Teresa Schreurs spoke during the hearing. “Lincoln County is seeking $595,937 through the Small Cities Develop­ment program to assist rental property owners with rehabilitation fund­ing for health and safety issues, energy efficiency, accessibility and lead-based paint hazards in the cities of Tyler and Lake Benton,” Schreurs said. If the funding is awarded, the project will include five single-family units, six duplexes and 36 multi-family units. If the grant is awarded, projects will be able to begin in January and February 2020. There were no members of the public present at the meet­ing to comment. The board approved a resolution to submit the final applica­tion for the grant.

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

 

Lincoln County Corn & Soybean Growers held annual meeting

February 14, 2019

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Speaking at Saturday’s Lincoln County Corn and Soybean Growers annual meeting were (clockwise from top left) Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) Vice-President Jamie Beyer, MSGA Regional Project Manager Sam Johnson, MSGA CEO Tom Slunecka and Lincoln County Chairman Tim Jerzak.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Corn and Soybean Growers an­nual meeting was held Sat­urday evening at the VFW Hall in Ivanhoe. A large crowd was on hand to hear updates from local and state-level officials, win door prizes, bid on a host of auction items and enjoy a steak supper.
Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) Vice-President Ja­mie Beyer commended the local organization for the success each year of its an­nual meeting.

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