The Curt Show: A new take on classic comedy presented

February 15, 2017

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Lake Benton Elementary School students enjoyed the production of “The Curt Show” last Wednesday.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The staff and students of Lake Benton Elemen­tary School recently had a treat. “The Curt Show,” produced by Dakota As­semblies out of Perham, was at the school to give a presentation on Wednes­day, Feb. 8. The gym filled with laughter as Curt, a one-man-show, per­formed feats of balance, timing, and tricks while he told jokes and made hilarious (but appropri­ate) comments.

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

Commissioners hear from Lake Benton representative regarding law enforcement

February 15, 2017

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners heard from Eileen Chris­tensen and Dave Enke of Lake Benton, who came before the board to ask questions regarding con­tracting with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Depart­ment for law enforcement coverage in Lake Benton.
Christensen and Enke said Lake Benton has been assessing the ef­ficiency and practicality of their law enforcement options—one being to continue as they have with their own police de­partment and the other to contract with the county, similar to what Hendricks is doing.

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

Sportsman’s ice fishing tourney bigger every year

February 8, 2017

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Lake Benton looked more like a parking lot or a campground than a lake during the 2017 Ice Fishing Tournament.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

In its third year, the annual Lake Benton Sportsman’s Ice Fishing Tournament has grown again. Not only did more people register for the event in 2017, the prize payouts were larger as well.
According to event coordi­nator Matt Eickhoff, “Our first year we had about 100 people out.” The 2016 numbers were 270 participants. This year, there were 347 people regis­tered, as well as 95 kids who participated.

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

City to purchase new copier; new chamber coordinator

February 8, 2017

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The Lake Benton City Council carefully reviews their packets in preparation for the regular meeting.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton City Council met for their regular meeting on Monday evening. The meeting was opened by Mayor Bob Worth with the Pledge of Allegiance. There were no comments during Open Forum.
The minutes of the Jan. 17 regular meeting and the Jan. 23 and Jan. 30 special meet­ings were reviewed. The minutes of the Jan. 17 and the Jan. 23 meetings were approved with no changes. During the review of the Jan. 30 meeting minutes, Trust­ee David Enke suggested a clarification be added to the minutes.

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

Pastor Dave Furno installed at St. John’s Lutheran Church Sunday

February 8, 2017

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Pastor David Furno was recently installed as pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Pipestone. Pictured are Pastor Furno and his wife Linda at the reception for his installation at St. John’s.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

St. John’sLutheranChurch installed Pastor David Furno as their permanent pastor on Sunday, Jan. 29. Recently, the Valley Journal had the chance to chat with Pastor Furno about his roots and plans for the future.
Born and raised in Wis­consin, Furno was baptized at Christ Lutheran Church (WELS) in Big Band, Wiscon­sin. He was confirmed into the faith at Faith Lutheran Church of St. Petersburg, Florida, his home church from the age of four.

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

LB Library sponsors Lundberg home tour and concert

February 1, 2017

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The Lake Benton Public Library sponsored a tour and concert at the Kendal and Treava Lundberg home. Pictured left to right in front are Vivian Nelson, Clarice Nordmeyer, Margret Anderson, Treava Lundberg, Monica DeBates, Teri Ningen and Chris Ningen. In back are Lois Zimmer, Judith Riley, Marlys Clipper, Barb Tregeser, Ellen Thomas and Kendal Lundberg.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Lake Benton is filled with unique sights and talent. Last Saturday, 12 Lake Benton and Tyler community members took a tour of the Kendall and Treava Lundberg home and enjoyed a concert afterward.
The Lundberg home is located on Lincoln County Highway 13, near U.S. Highway 75. It is one of the most unique homes in Lincoln County. In the early 1980s, the Lundberg family purchased 244 felled trees from the Native Americans of the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Canada on Lake of the Woods…

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

Paraprofessional Recognition Week

February 1, 2017

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Lake Benton Elementary School is served by nine paraprofessionals. Pictured from left to right are Mary Nordmeyer, Cindy Nielsen, Bethany Jorgensen, Pat Krog, Nancy Spiering, Brandy Morris, Jessica Gums and Brian Malady. Not pictured is Sandra Dahl, who serves as the school librarian.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

A paraprofessional, also known as a para, provides assis­tance to teachers and students in and out of the classroom. Most often, they are assigned to help with one or two spe­cific students, but some paras also serve as a general teacher’s aide, assisting all students in the class. Minnesota Governor Day­ton has proclaimed the week of Jan. 23 through Jan. 27 as Para­professional Recognition Week.

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

City council plans all-city meetings

February 1, 2017

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
With the resignation of the Lake Benton Police Chief Thor Tollefson, the City of Lake Benton called a special meeting to begin discussions of the future of the Lake Benton Police Department (LBPD). The meeting was opened to the public and took place on Monday evening.
The meeting was opened by Mayor Bob Worth with the Pledge to the American Flag. Mayor Worth welcomed the visitors, but asked that they hold all questions and comments until after all proposals had been presented to the council.
Trustee Daryl Schlapkohl presented several proposals he received from Sheriff Chad Meester at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office…

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

The day Q married U

February 1, 2017

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The four-year-old preschoolers held a wedding ceremony last week, to help the letter Q marry the letter U. Pictured are Brooklyn Demuth, Kaydence Marenger, Mya Rochel, Macy Nordmeyer, Hadley Fruechte, Wacey Weber, Brody Eickhoff, Jacob Haack and Clifford Rupp.

A new face at St. John’s

February 1, 2017

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St. John’s Lutheran Church installed Pastor David Furno this past Sunday. Watch next week for a complete introduction of Pastor Furno.