Elkton-Lake Benton students to perform in all-state chorus

October 30, 2015

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The South Dakota All-State Chorus and Orchestra will be held Oct. 30-31. Representing Elkton-Lake Benton are, left to right, soprano Marissa Bressler, bass Cole DeRuyter, alto Anna Tiedeman and tenor Carter Bressler. The All-State Chorus is in Rapid City, S.D., with the concert at 7 p.m. Mountain Time at the Rushmore Civic Center. It is broadcast live on South Dakota Public Television and can be watched worldwide on the SDPBS web page.

Thank you, parents!

October 30, 2015

Parents Night
The Lady Elks celebrated Parents’ Night last Tuesday evening at home. The senior players are pictured with their proud parents in a recognition ceremony that took place prior to the match.

Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 3 to decide school ballot measure

October 30, 2015

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
With Election Day 2015 approaching this coming Tuesday, Nov. 3, the Lake Benton Valley Journal caught up with Lake Benton Elementary School Principal/Superintendent Ryan Nielsen for an explanation of the district’s only question on this year’s ballot, which pertains to the extension of the school’s operating referendum.
Why is the school holding an election this year?
In 2006, the residents of Lake Benton School District ISD 404 approved a ten-year operating referendum. This current referendum is set to expire after fiscal year 2017, and state law allows districts to hold an election two years prior to the expiration date. The board is asking the voters to extend the current referendum without adding any increases. Placing the question on the ballot this year, instead of waiting until next year, presents the board with the information needed to develop a responsible long term budget.

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

School district prepares for referendum election

October 30, 2015

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton Board of Education met at their regular meeting last Wednesday evening and discussed the upcoming referendum election that will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 3.
A referendum revenue authorization election informational meeting was held just prior to the regular meeting on Wednesday, and none of the district’s residents attended.

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

National Honor Society inductees

October 22, 2015

NHS
A ceremony to induct this year’s candidates for the National Honor Society was held at the Country House on Monday evening. This year’s inductees are, from left, Marissa Bressler, Morgan Carmody, Matthew Leiferman and Heidi Stoltenburg.

Emergency city meeting held to discuss water issues

October 22, 2015

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton City Council called an emergency meeting at the request of Maintenance Supervisor Todd Draper on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Draper told the council that he received a call at 3 a.m. the week before alerting him to the fact that the east end of town had no water.
“We came to work and looked on the east end of town,” Draper said. “We only have so many areas where we have the older pipe where we know it could be. We didn’t get far out of the shop and we heard water squirting. It was coming out next to the railroad tracks.”

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

Lady Elks are conference champions

October 22, 2015

Lady Elks v. DVC

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Elkton-Lake Benton Lady Elks volleyball team traveled to White, S.D. This past Saturday to compete in the Dakota Valley Conference volleyball tournament. The Lady Elks went into the tournament as the number one seed, and they did not disappoint as they swept the competition and came home with the championship title without dropping a single set all tournament long.
In game one, the Lady Elks defeated the Dell Rapids-St. Mary’s Cardinals 25-13 and 25-8.

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

City approves land purchase for water upgrades

October 22, 2015

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

At the second regular October meeting of the Lake Benton City Council, further discussion took place regarding working with Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water for the installation of a water meter and pressure reducing valve to provide a safeguard for the city’s water pipes.
City Maintenance Supervisor Todd Draper explained to the council that he spoke with Jim Sorrensen about the possibility of purchasing a plot of land to construct a building that would house the water meter and pressure reducing valve.

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

Running Elks are DVC champions

October 15, 2015

Cross Country - 2015 DVC Champs [submitted]
The Elks are Dakota Valley Conference Champs. Pictured from left are Coach Mark Harming, Luigi Thompson, Dylan Kuehl, Cameron Harming, Cole DeRuyter, Grant DeRuyter and Head Coach Ervin Gebhart.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Elkton-Lake Benton cross country teams traveled to White, S.D. last Wednesday to compete in the Dakota Valley Conference cross country meet, and the Elk runners ran away with the championship title.
In the boys varsity 5k dash, Cameron Harming finished in first place overall among all runners with a time of 18:30.
Cole DeRuyter finished in second place for the Elks with a time of 18:57.
Grant DeRuyter had a strong finish in 10th place with a time of 20:32.

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

Lake Benton Fire Department visits Lake Benton Elementary

October 15, 2015

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The Lake Benton Fire Department paid a visit to the Lake Benton Public School this past Tuesday morning to present their annual fire prevention program. Last week was National Fire Prevention Week with the theme “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep,” so a short lecture by Fire Chief Pat McCarthy was given stressing the importance of working smoke alarms in the home. Students were treated to a demonstration of what a kitchen fire looks like from the inside, thanks to a smoke trailer borrowed from the Marshall Fire Department. Students were also provided a demonstration of how to properly put out a grease fire in the kitchen. Above, volunteer fireman Jameson Vermaat shows the effect of throwing water on a grease fire, something you should never do…ever.

For more photos, read this week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal.