Lake Benton School presents spring concert

May 3, 2013

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Sixth grader Carter Peake was the speaker as he led the fourth, fifth and sixth grade students performing “Bubble Trouble” at the Lake Benton School Spring Concert on Thursday, April 25.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
After several postponements the Lake Benton School finally presented their annual spring music concert directed by Marijane Borresen on Thursday evening, April 25.
Superintendent/Principal Ryan Nielsen welcomed the audience and invited everyone to sign a banner out in the foyer that the school will send to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. in support of its staff and students after the tragic shooting at that school.
Nielsen also thanked everyone who brought non-perishable items for the food shelf and the Town and Country Study Club for helping to set up student art displays in the foyer.
The preschool opened the music concert with “Alligator Chant,” “You Are My Sunshine” and “Skinnamarink.”

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

Andy Guptill to preside over First Security Bank

May 3, 2013

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Andy Guptill is officially the new Branch President of First Security Bank in Lake Benton effective May 1. Guptill grew up on a ranch 20 miles south of Interior, S.D. and comes to Lake Benton after serving the LA Amundson group in Sleepy Eye.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
Andy Guptill will officially take over as president of First Security Bank in Lake Benton on May 1 upon Gary Williams’ retirement.
Guptill came to Lake Benton from another LA Amundson branch in Sleepy Eye on Nov. 1 and has been working side-by-side with Williams in the transition.
“Since I moved to Lake Benton Gary has been a tremendous help to me,” said Guptill. “Gary has shown me more about the personable side of banking and the relationships a lender develops with each customer and how each must be handled differently.”
“It’s been great to learn from Gary, who has 40-plus years of experience in the industry.”
Guptill said everyone in the Sleepy Eye office also played a big part in teaching him as he made the rounds learning all sides of banking operations.

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

LB Legion building now Center Post

May 3, 2013

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
The Lake Benton American Legion building will officially become Center Post on May 1 and after a few revisions hopes to open around May 20.
Ward, S.D. Feathers Nest owner Tom Kampmann purchased the building and business from the Henry Sollie Post 10 Lake Benton American Legion and other than the name change and a few alterations, plans to keep the business and community gathering spot relatively as is.
“We’re not going to make any dramatic changes and will keep the business pretty much like it was, focusing on good food,” said Ben Kampmann. “The full out steak house will continue to be in Ward (S.D.) so we will be serving broasted chicken, burgers and other baskets, pizzas, a few basic dinners, salads and a few Feathers Nest entrées.
“We like to think of it more as a restaurant and not necessarily a bar though people will have the opportunity to have a few beers, a cocktail or glass of wine with dinner but that could change depending upon the demand.”

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

Kuss named Chamber president

May 3, 2013

The Lake Benton Area Chamber of Commerce meeting was called to order.
Election for President was conducted. A motion was made by Mike Carpenter with a second by Gary Serie to elect Dan Kuss as President. Motion carried. Dan Kuss accepted.
There were no Secretary minutes.
Jen Nordmeyer provided the Treasurer’s Report. After discussion, a motion by Gary Serie with a second by Mike Carpenter was made to approve the report and to authorize treasurer to make payment of statements as presented. Motion carried.
Saddle Horse Holiday 2013 was discussed. After reviewing 2012 activity list it was agreed to make a few adjustments to the weekend activity list and move ahead.

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

Williams retires from banking

April 26, 2013

After more than a decade at the bank in Lake Benton, Gary Williams is set to retire later this month
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First Security Bank President Gary Williams is retiring after 40 years in the banking industry and 11 years serving Lake Benton.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

First Security Bank President Gary Williams will retire from banking at the end of the month after 40 years in the business and 11 years serving Lake Benton.
Williams started in the banking industry in 1973 as a loan officer at Farm Credit of Sioux Falls, S.D. after graduating from South Dakota State University at Brookings, S.D. in January 1969, serving in the Army from 1969 to 1971 and spending two years managing a 1,000-head cow/calf operation in Ohio from 1971 to 1973.
“I majored in Animal Science and Business at SDSU,” said Williams. “I was in the ROTC program for four years in college and went directly into the Army upon graduating.
“I was a tank platoon leader in an M-48 tank and then became an executive officer with the 11th Armored Cavalry, serving one year in Vietnam.”

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

Lake Benton Legion sells building, retains Post home

April 26, 2013

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Henry Sollie Post 10 Commander Bob Worth and Finance Officer Don Evers are pictured at the Lake Benton American Legion Hall. The post sold the building and business to Tom Kampmann, owner of the Feathers Nest in Ward, S.D., who will take ownership on May 1 giving the post a 20-year lease for meetings.

 
By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com
The Lake Benton American Legion, Henry Sollie Post 10 sold the building and the business but retained the Post home while the community keeps the local gathering spot for large events at the hall.
Due to increasing expenses and the changing of the times, the American Legion could not continue to operate as it was.
“We had a good run from 1998 to 2013 in the new building,” said Post 10 Commander Bob Worth. “There are a tremendous amount of American Legion Posts and other businesses that can’t support the business of running a club in this day and age and are folding.”
The Post tried everything they could for years in order to keep operating as usual but opted to sell the business to Ward, S.D. Feathers Nest owner Tom Kampmann.
Kampmann will take over on May 1 with no interruption of service to the public and the Henry Sollie Post 10 will retain their meeting place in a 20-year lease.
The American Legion Post will rent the building for scheduled events same as anyone else.

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

School Board talks savings

April 26, 2013

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
The Lake Benton School Board talked at length about ways to reduce expenditures for the 2013-2014 school year at the regular meeting on Wednesday, April 17.
The board also held a special budget meeting on April 3 to talk about possible reductions or discontinuation of educational programs or positions though none have been cut or terminated.
Verbiage in the minutes of that meeting were stated the way they were for legal purposes.
The board wants to reduce expenditures without affecting the quality of education Lake Benton students receive.
As the legislature prepares to begin paying schools back for funds withheld over the past few years when the state deficit reached $4 to $5 billion, the school is looking at ways to reduce a projected deficit of $111,569.46 for 2013-2014 and still operate efficiently while covering all bases and providing quality education.

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

County approves increase in Joint Powers Agreement

April 26, 2013

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners approved a request by the Redwood Cottonwood River Control Area for a 25 percent increase for next year due to budget cuts which will provide less funding for the program.
Board Chair Commissioner Joan Jagt said it is a great program and that Lincoln County receives a 731 percent return on investment.
The increase will be $1,035 for a total county contribution of $5,175 for 2014.
Of the nine member counties, the increase must be unanimous in order for it to be effective.
Commissioner Curt Blumeyer made a motion that the per diem for travel to RCRCA meetings be combined with Area 2 meetings held on the same day at the same location so there would be one payment instead of two and the board approved.
Meetings alternate from being held in Marshall one month and Redwood Falls the next month.
The Lincoln County Board also voted to purchase five emergency sirens at $81,000 for placement at Norwegian Creek, Picnic Point and Hole-in-the-Mountain County Parks, Stoney Point Park and the City of Arco.

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

Roggenbuck collects vintage chainsaws

April 22, 2013

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Jim Roggenbuck shows off his two-man Mall chainsaw which was also known as the “Man Killer” because it was so heavy and cumbersome.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
Jim Roggenbuck began saving his old chainsaws a while back but got serious about collecting vintage and antique saws, wrenches and shaping axes six years ago.
Roggenbuck owns Roggenbuck Tree and Stump Removal Service in Lake Benton and has collected 300 chainsaws altogether with pieces and parts of many others.
“I had a few old ones from being in the business but got serious about it six years ago,” said Roggenbuck. “I now have 59 different brands and do the research on the Internet, marking down the year they started making them and the year they stopped.”
Roggenbuck has the chainsaws on display in his shed with a placard under each one as to the make, model and year but also keeps larger posters in the house with a list of all of his chainsaws which includes the manufacturers, what countries they were from and the years they were in business.

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

A shot of snow in the spring

April 22, 2013

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Above: Winter isn’t over yet, even though the calendar says it’s spring. The town crew is pictured cleaning up the streets of Lake Benton after the snowfall last week. This is looking west down Benton Street from Highway 75.
Below: This junco has come for something to eat. He may be wondering what happened to our spring weather, just as the residents of Lake Benton are wondering after the second round of snow on Friday.

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