LBOH Children’s Theatre presents “Aladdin” on Nov. 17

November 23, 2012

The Lake Benton Opera House Children’s Theatre performed “Aladdin” in two shows on Saturday, Nov. 17. Pictured from left to right are Bryson Sik as the Sultan (with his back to the audience), Alexis Christensen as Ginger No. 2, Leila Voyles as Omar and Taylor Bales as the Genie.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
The Lake Benton Opera House Children’s Theatre presented “Aladdin” on Saturday, Nov. 17 in shows at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to the delight of parents, grandparents, siblings, friends and visitors in the audience.
The show was directed by Kaitlin Fleet and featured Grant DeRuyter, Noah Greer and Graham Dinnel as Aladdin, Allie Christianson and Alexis Christensen as Ginger and Madeline Bressler and Autumn Mendro as Geewiz.
Leila Voyles played Omar while Bryson Sik played Sultan, Taylor Bales played Genie, Skylar Mendro played Persia, Emily Miller played Baki and Ashley Lindahl played Nasib.

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City to appraise creamery property

November 23, 2012

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council approved hiring a licensed appraiser to establish a property value for the creamery property proposed to be donated to the city by Rick Brownlee.
The building has been torn down and removed from the site along the waterline to the pier area and legal counsel is drawing up documentation to acquire the lakeshore property.
Maps of the area are on file and the appraisal should cost between $500 and $1,500 for the gift/donation to the city.

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

American Legion Second District holds mid-winter conference

November 23, 2012

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
The Lake Benton American Legion Henry Sollie Post 10 hosted the Second District mid-winter conference for the American Legion (AL), American Legion Auxiliary (ALA), American Legion Auxiliary Juniors (ALAJ) and Sons of the American Legion (SAL).
The executive board met on Friday night and on Saturday morning a joint session was held in the hall for all four organizations.
Second District Commander Bill Brockberg called the meeting to order at 8:30 a.m. followed by the Posting of Colors by Sgt. at Arms Dennis Strassberg and Vicki Milbrath.
Chaplain Steve Klinkner gave the invocation and Sgt. at Arms Strassberg and Milbrath presented the MIA/POW flag followed by District President Naomi Hill leading the Pledge of Allegiance and District Commander Brockberg reading the Preamble.
Post 10 Commander Robert Worth, Unit President Faye Rochel, SAL Commander Michael Tiedeman and City of Lake Benton Mayor Michael Carpenter each gave welcome addresses to the Second District audience from southwest Minnesota.

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Students attend SDSU Art Fair

November 23, 2012

Elkton-Lake Benton students are pictured at the SDSU Art Fair helping to paint a mural. From left to right are Taylor Harming, Jose Flores, Ella Peake, Brandon Hefti, Lacey Lynn and Gabby Kampmann.

The Elkton-Lake Benton High School photography and jewelry/glass classes attended the SDSU Art Fair in Brookings, S.D. on Friday, Nov. 2.
The Art Fair was sponsored by the SDSU Visual Arts Department and the SDSU Book Store.
The students participated in different classes throughout the day and had the opportunity to view ceramic demonstrations and visit the South Dakota Art Museum.

Osborn shares her Veterans Day address

November 16, 2012

Maggie Osborn, widow of fallen soldier Sgt. Kyle B. Osborn, who was killed in action on Sept. 13 in Muger, Afghanistan, gave the Veterans Day address at Lake Benton School on Monday, Nov. 12. Osborn is related to the Brent and Connie Bressler family.

Following is Maggie Osborn’s address from the Lake Benton School and community Veterans Day program on Nov. 12.
Welcome. Thank you for coming today and joining me in honoring our past and present veterans. It is a pleasure to be here to help honor our service members and remember the sacrifices they have made and the courage it takes to defend honor, duty and country.
Thinking of the heroes who join us here today and those who are here only in spirit, we all can’t help but feel awed by the enormity of what we encounter. We need to remember all give some and some gave all. I fondly remember many of the great war stories my grandfather Lee Bressler shared with all our families as we were growing up.

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                Sgt. Kyle B. Osborn

Richie Mulder played “Taps” with Julia Fargen (not pictured) as Jim Sorensen of the Lake Benton Honor Guard salutes near the end of the Lake Benton School Veterans Day program on Monday, Nov. 12.

LBOH Children’s Theatre presents “Aladdin” Nov. 17

November 16, 2012

The Lake Benton Opera House Children’s Theatre will present “Aladdin” in two shows on Saturday, Nov. 17. Pictured at rehearsal, from left to right in front, are Allie Christianson, Madisyn Nielsen, McKinley Schreurs, Madeline Bressler, Julia Drietz, Maya Voyles, Leila Voyles, Alex Mendro, Bryson Sik, Graham Dinnel and Emily Miller. In the back row are Noah Greer, Arthur Finzen, Autumn Mendro, Taylor Bales, Skyler Mendro, Brooklyn Nielsen, Grant DeRuyter, Jaxon Harstad and Alexis Christensen. Not pictured is Ashley Lindahl.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
The Lake Benton Opera House (LBOH) Children’s Theatre will present “Aladdin” on Saturday, Nov. 17 in shows at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
“Aladdin” is an adaptation of the classic story and features three different Aladdins (Grant DeRuyter, Noah Greer and Graham Dinnel), an evil magician (Leila Voyles) and, of course, a magical genie (Taylor Bales) just to name a few characters.
“I think the show is coming along really well,” said Director Kaitlin Fleet. “There’s so much energy and creativity between the kids, it’s great.

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

Lake Benton election results

November 16, 2012

Twenty-six different write-in candidates were voted on with Mayor Mike Carpenter receiving the most votes at 102 during the general election held on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Barb Powell, who currently serves on the Lake Benton City Council, received 56 write-in votes for Mayor.
Diann Powell received 247 votes in her unopposed bid for the Lake Benton City Council. A second seat on the council didn’t have an official candidate, write-in candidate Guy Pribyl received 36 votes for the position.

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

LBVEA purchases technology for Lake Benton elementary

November 16, 2012

The Lake Benton Volunteers for Education Association (LBVEA) donated five iPads and one SMARTboard to Lake Benton Elementary School on Tuesday, Nov. 6. LBVEA members pictured from left to right in front are Debra Rouge, Amanda Drake and Angie Coe. Up one level are Laura Krog and Kelli Larson. In the third row are Mary Haugen, Janine Moberg, Edel Hudson, Darcy Miller and Amy Nibbe. In the back row are Cara Bressler, Janell DeVries, Jodi Greer, Deann Schindler and Cindy Nielsen.

 

The Lake Benton Volunteers for Education Association (LBVEA) presented five iPads to be added to the existing i-pads that were purchased with money received through the Lake Benton Area Foundation (LBAF) grant received from the Gala and one SMARTboard to Lake BentonElementary School on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
“We bought five iPads and are also going to purchase a SMARTboard for the preschool,” said Janell DeVries. “We had the iPads in hand, but the SMARTboard will have to be ordered.”
“Hopefully there are now enough iPads to allow a teacher to instruct a lesson where the iPads are used by the students during the lesson, or to complete the lesson afterward.”

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

Lake Benton Bar and Off-sale opens under new ownership

November 9, 2012

The Lake Benton Bar and Off-sale is now open with new owners Amy Johnson, Dave Lueck, Manager Carlene Taylor and new owner Dawn Kutil.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
The new owners of the Lake Benton Bar and Off-sale opened for business at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1, a day after City Ordinance 193 was officially published making the establishment a non-municipality and after being closed to the public for only three business days.
Dave Lueck, Amy Johnson and Dawn Kutil closed on the business and building on Monday, hired Carlene Taylor to manage the operation and went to work preparing to open before the deer hunting opener.
“We pulled off the impossible,” said Taylor, bar, food and off-sale manager. “Dave asked me how long it would take to realistically get ready and I said two weeks.
“Then he said he’d like to open for hunting season so we all rolled up our sleeves and got to work, putting in long hours, but we were ready in a few days.

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Lincoln County dedicates early warning sirens

November 9, 2012

That’s a new storm warning siren above the fire hall in Lake Benton. Officials from the USDA and Lincoln County gathered in Lake Benton recently to highlight how USDA funding helped four communities in Lincoln County purchase and install new storm warning sirens.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
The City of Lake Benton hosted a ceremony to dedicate all of the new early warning sirens installed in Lincoln County on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 9:45 a.m. at the city office/Heritage Center.
Mayor Mike Carpenter welcomed visitors and dignitaries from cities in Lincoln County including State USDA Rural Development Director Colleen Landkamer, representatives from Senators Amy Klobuchar’s and Al Franken’s offices, Lincoln County Commissioners Curt Blumeyer and Joan Jagt and others involved in the project.
USDA Rural Development Public Information Coordinator Adam Czech introduced Lincoln County Emergency Management Director Jeanna Sommers who gave a rundown on the project.
“We are happy to be replacing the residential sirens which were 40 years old when we received them used from the city of Rochester,” said Sommers. “They have been in place in Lincoln County cities for another 40 years.”

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