City, First Responders to present public training for emergencies

March 23, 2012

By Dan Kuss

The Lake Benton First Re­sponders in conjunction with the City Council, Police Depart­ment and county emergency management personnel plan to hold a community emergency preparedness training session on Thursday, April 12 at the American Legion Hall.

The training session will be set up to give Lake Benton resi­dents information, instruction and options they have on warn­ing signs, how to be ready to re­act and what to do in the event of an emergency.

“The meeting will be infor­mational for people on what to do and where to go in case of a tornado or other emergency,” said Mayor Mike Carpenter. “In the past, people have gone to the fire hall and that’s not an official place of safety.”

“We will also give an update on where the city is at with the emergency siren project, what the sirens mean and how to re­spond.”

The council talked about the possibility of paying for a por­tion of weather radios as it has in the past, a program that was well received.

Many people in town have purchased the early warning devices for their own safety and are notified of a weather emer­gency via radio.

A special election will be held on Tuesday March 27 at the community center due to the death of State Sena­tor Gary Kubly. A primary must be held prior to the special election on April 10 as there is an indepen­dent and two Democratic candidates who have filed for the seat.

The council authorized the clerk to pick up the ballots and get everything ready on Monday.

The city council also dis­cussed at length the repair and maintenance ofLakeBentoncity streets.

The council and city maintenance supervisor have been monitoring the situation and preparing for seal coating to protect the integrity and longevity of city streets.

There is $15,000 set aside for the seal coat­ing project and just under $80,000 in another ac­count of which $15,000 can be used for the other half of the seal coating ,saving $65,000 for Coteau Streetand other projects.

“We need to preserve what we have and look at the other projects later,” said Duff Trautman. “A few streets are messed up but we will fix that and do it correctly.”

The plan is to do half the town now, the other half in a few years with resurfac­ing happening every six years or so.

There will be a little over $100,000 in the cof­fers next year for streets in the TIFF District and the money will have to be used specifically for cer­tain streets.

Some streets will take a considerable amount of work, time and expense to repair, while others have older water pipes and no sewer.

“I don’t want to put in a new street without put­ting in new water,” said Carpenter. “If I had a guar­antee that it would last 10 years, maybe, but it usually doesn’t work that way.”

Maintenance Supervisor Todd Draper said an en­gineer will need to be in­volved with those as there are water concerns and some require a total dig out, sub cut and matting.

Other work will be timed out according to what the county and state does.Lin­colnCountywill be seal coatingBenton Streetin 2013 or 2014.

Draper is waiting to see what County Engineer Lee Amundson secures for a locked price on oil and pea rock can be purchased at $6.55 per ton in Russell.

Draper said there was a water break onHarrison Street last Thursday due to a frost break. The ground moved and snapped the pipe like a pencil.

Draper also presented a list of curb stops that need to be replaced. There are five curb stops that have been problems for over 10 years and the city can­not turn the water off to certain dwellings from the street.

The cost will be $500 per curb stop for a total of $2,500 and a few must be moved from MnDOT right-of-way, also requir­ing moving signage.

Draper would like to use a mini excavator for bet­ter maneuverability on the project. The council ap­proved.

Draper said he received a building request for a new 78×47-foot home at 606 West Mork, lot 7 and half of lot 8 for Royal Lynn.

The city has received a $25 check from the con­tractor who would like to start digging by the end of the week. The council ap­proved the request.

City Clerk Rosie DeZeeuw presented a com­bination deferred loan and mortgage document for rehabilitation payments. The council authorized the mayor and clerk to sign.

The council approved payment of $10,377 for re­hab grant checks. DeZeeuw said the money is in the ac­count.

Carl Burk reported on the status of administra­tive tickets. He said Barb Powell provided him with a copy of the Tyler Admin­istrative Ticket and they are researching the pro­cess.

“Is it worth our while?” asked Burk. “People like them because they don’t lose points.”

Chief Guy Harding said they are limited in what they can write. The city must fill out a form and ap­ply with the state, keep ac­curate records and adopt a resolution.

A plan must be in place for appeals in a differ­ent city with an objective, openminded citizen not involved with the city or police mediating the pro­ceedings.

Powell said an agree­ment between Lake Ben­ton and Tyler could take place though most people don’t appeal as it goes on their record.

The next regular meet­ing of the city council will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 2 with a lengthy agenda at the Her­itage Center/City Office.

Sportsmen’s Club hosted Wild Game Feed Saturday

March 23, 2012


These ladies of the Sportsmen’s Club served up tasty dishes at the 23rd Annual Wild Game Feed at the American Legion Hall on Saturday night. Entrees made with bear, buffalo, elk, duck, goose, pheasant, wild turkey, wild boar, moose and venison were among the types of wild game served.

By Dan Kuss

The Lake Benton Sportsmen’s Club held their 23rd Annual Wild Game Feed on Saturday night, March 17 at the American Legion.

Once again, at precisely 5:30 p.m., the line of hungry guests stretched from outside the door, around the inside perimeter of the hall to the serving line which contained 20 or so roasting pans full of delightful wild game en­trées as diners ate at the tables in the middle.

“A lot of us do two dishes, such as Lonny, Eileen and Al,” said Scott Christensen, treasurer of the club. “We add new recipes each year and a lot of it depends on what we catch or what we bag.”

Sportsmen’s Club members said it all starts with opening fishing and hunting seasons, that’s when the fun begins.

“We basically prepare all year,” said Christensen. “We get to­gether two months before the event to tally up what people have donated and one month be­fore, we decide who is going to cook what.”

Beginning at noon on Saturday, over 35 Sportsmen’s Club mem­bers descended upon the kitch­ens at the Lake Benton American Legion and Community Center to cut up and cook the food.

By the time the doors opened at 5:30 p.m., parked cars lined Center Street and covered every available space in the surrounding lots.

Patrons filled their plates with bear and veni­son meatballs, goose, duck, elk lasagna, buffalo, wild turkey, pheasant, moose, buffalo, wild boar and oth­er wild game.

“You’ll want to try a lit­tle of everything,” said Ila Christensen. “I bet most folks have never tried elk lasagna. It’s really good.”

Sportsmen continually breaded and deep-fried the Rocky Mountain Oys­ters, Chislick and North­ern Pike to tempt the taste buds of those still waiting in line and to keep a fresh supply on hand.

Beans, potato salad and wild rice were also served in addition to cups of Perch Stew.

“It’s the wife’s recipe,” said Bob Redlinger. “I’m just serving it, but I did help cut up the ingredi­ents.”

Margaret Anderson brought her Silver Fox Mustard Sauce, which was new this year to go with the bear meatballs.

“This was the best one ever in 20 some years,” said Clarice Nordmeyer. “Ken always enjoyed this type of thing and won the gun one year.”

“We argued about hang­ing it in the house. I didn’t want to but it still hangs there today.”

Bert Kuehl told the story of how the whole thing started.

“Me, Terry Miller and Mark Meyer shot a bunch of rabbits back in the early 1990s and didn’t know what to do with them all,” said Kuehl. “We decided to cook them up and share them with everybody and the rest is history.”

Sportsman Tommy Christensen said the turn­out was great.

“We usually serve around 300 people with our high last year of 375 when we ran out of food,” said Christensen. “We are always hoping to break the record and reach the 400 mark.”

As people ate their fill and purchased tickets for the drawing of a Stoeger double barrel 12 gauge shotgun, a Pheasants For­ever print and a Ducks Unlimited print, others filtered out into the warm and sunny evening mak­ing sure to compliment the Sportsmen’s Club for a wonderful meal.

“Nice weather,” said Scott Christensen. “The nice weather helped a lot.”

“Cleanup is a lot easier now with the roaster bags, too. Back in the day we al­most had to use a chisel to get the stuff off after it sat in the pan for a couple of hours.”

Broadway meets Lake Benton at the Opera House

March 23, 2012


Mark Bosveld, Wes Myers, Chris Shuckhart, John Voit, John Williams, John Ward and Steve Meyer perform “Gee, Officer Krupke” from “West Side Story” as the opening act of Broadway Meets Lake Benton on Saturday at the Opera House.

By Dan Kuss

The Lake Benton Opera House presented Broadway Meets Lake Benton, a musical review, in shows at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Sat­urday, March 17.

The show, directed by John Voit, featured several area play­ers performing numbers from a wide variety of Broadway musi­cals.

“I was very excited going into the show for I knew that we had a very talented cast,” said Voit. “I loved the fact that we had people both singing and playing instru­ments. It just shows how versa­tile and musical these people re­ally are.”

“These people are also dedi­cated musicians and veterans of the theater. They knew what they had to do in order to do a great job with the show, and that is what they did.”

The show opened with a male ensemble performing “Gee, Of­ficer Krupke” from “West Side Story” followed by Caroline Kos­ka singing “A Change in Me” from “Beauty and the Beast.” Emilirose Rasmus­son came out dressed in a black cape to perform “Shy” from “Once Upon a Mattress” and at a stra­tegic point in the song opened her cape to reveal a flashy red dress, proving she wasn’t really shy, just shy one guy.

John Voit and Chris Shuckhart perform “Guys and Dolls” from the musical of the same name on Saturday, March 17 in the Lake Benton Opera House presentation of Broadway Meets Lake Benton.

Steve Meyer entered the auditorium from the rear to sing “Oh, What a Beauti­ful Morning” from “Oklaho­ma!” and John and Stacey Voit teamed up to perform “A Stud and a Babe” from “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.”

Mark Bosveld made his Opera House debut with “The Mason” from “Work­ing” as did Catherine Luk­ken, a sophomore from SMSU inMarshallwho sang “Times Like This” from the play “Lucky Stiff.”

John Ward returned to the opera house stage to perform “The Kite” from “You’re a Good Man, Char­lie Brown” using a string as a prop and Chris Shuck­hart made his Lake Benton debut singing “Mack the Knife” from “Threepenny Opera.”

The first act ended with Paula Nemes and Emil­irose Rasmusson perform­ing an adorable number entitled “Cookies” from “A Year with Frog and Toad” assisted by Caroline Koska and Mark Bosveld as birds to help eat the cookies.

Refreshments of lem­onade, cookies and other goodies were served next door in theKimballBuild­ingduring the 15 minute intermission with the free-will donations going to help fight cancer through Lincoln County Relay For Life.

“I thought that the shows went quite well,” said Voit. “The audience reaction both during and after the shows was ex­tremely positive. They had a great time and so did the performers.”

The second act opened with “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” from “Kiss Me Kate” performed by Mark Bosveld and Wes Myers followed by John Williams singing “Lonely Room” from “Oklahoma!”

Caroline Koska sang “I’m in Love With a Wonderful Guy” from “South Pacific” followed by Steve Meyer singing “Maria” from “West Side Story.”

Catherine Lukken then teamed up with Chris Shuckhart to sing “Sue Me” from “Guys and Dolls” followed by Wes Myers performing “Get Me to the Church on Time” from “My Fair Lady” with a little help from Voit and Williams who dragged him off the stage.

John Ward sang “Wand’rin’ Star” from “Paint Your Wagon” fol­lowed by Chris Shuckhart and John Voit perform­ing “Guys and Dolls” from “Guys and Dolls.”

The show closed with “Big Spender” from “Sweet Charity” performed by a female ensemble of cast members singing to the male members of the cast.

The performers were accompanied by Stacey Voit on the piano with John Ward filling in on “A Stud and a Babe” and “Big Spender” while Mark Wilmes played percussion for the entire show and Wes Myers played bass guitar when he wasn’t singing.

“It was a very talented group and was great fun being a part of the show, said Opera House Presi­dent Mark Wilmes. “Our crowd numbers suffered because of the amazing weather, but the people who came showed their appreciation very loudly for the show.”

Voit and Paula Nemes were Master and Mistress of Ceremonies while Cindy Williams worked sound and lights and Ann Ward and Andrew Haun ran the spotlights.

The Opera House Board would like to invite people to review the schedule for coming events.

“It’s too bad moreLakeBentonpeople don’t come out to take advantage of this wonderful venue we have right here in town,” said board member Milo Downs. “If they came out once, I’m sure they would come time and again.”

Monroe Crossing will be performing in concert at the Lake Benton Opera House on Friday, March 30.

Tickets are available at First Security Bank in Lake Benton, Citizens State bank in Tyler, Farmers and Mer­chants Bank in Pipestone, Hy-Vee in Marshall and at the door the night of the show.

One team, one dream

March 16, 2012


The Lady Elks were greeted at a welcome home ceremony after their bus was escorted through town by the Elkton Fire Department when they returned from the SDHSAA State Class A Basketball Tournament in Spearfish, S.D. Pictured with their Third Place Class A trophy are, in front, seniors Stephanie Johnson, Cassidy Gebhart, Alissa Landsman, Megan Krogman, Haylee Denison, Becca Jurgens and Molly Koch. In the back row are Mindee VanDyke, Ashlyn Landsman, Courtney Mulder, Gabby Kampmann, Brooke Jaacks and Kelsey Kinner.

By Dan Kuss

The Lady Elks seven seniors played their last high school game for Elkton-Lake Benton at the South Dakota High School Athletic Association State Class A Basketball Tournament on Sat­urday night in Spearfish, S.D.

Since their freshman year, this group of Lady Elks sports a re­cord of 89 wins, 12 losses and have placed first, second and third in state tournament action within the last four years.

“If you think about it, you can actually subtract three of those losses,” said Head Coach Steve Krause. “We lost those three ear­ly on to top-ranked teams while I was getting them acclimated to my system.”

“We don’t even worry about the win-loss record before Christmas break since at that point we are only concerned about establishing our game, so it’s not a big deal.”

Alissa Landsman, Becca Jur­gens, Cassidy Gebhart, Haylee Denison, Megan Krogman and Molly Koch have played together since third grade and Stephanie Johnson joined them in fourth grade.

“They all went out for basket­ball in third grade and begged me to come and play with them,” joked Johnson. “I came out the next year and we have played together ever since.” The girls played through grade school and Jr. High before Cassidy Gebhart moved to varsity as an eighth grader followed by the others in their freshman year.

Gebhart and Krogman reached 1,000 career points this season and were both named to the Dakota Val­ley All conference team with Gebhart receiving Most Valuable Player hon­ors.

Johnson and Jurgens were named to the DVC all-conference second team.

Gebhart surpassed the 1,000 point milestone ear­ly in the season and holds the school record for total points, while Krogman hit the 1,000 point mark in game one of the state tour­nament playoff againstClark-WillowLake.

Gebhart and Krogman were also named to the all-tournament team.

Junior Mindee VanDyke completed the top eight regular players on this year’s team.

Junior Ashlyn Landsman and sophomores Gabby Kampmann, Kelsey Kinner, Brooke Jaacks and Court­ney Mulder made up the remainder of the roster and waited in the wings, each receiving consider­able playing time during the regular season and in tournament play.

Cassidy Gebhart drives the lane for two of her 17 points in the Friday night game against St. Thomas More. Stephanie Johnson, foreground, hustles in to be ready for a potential rebound.

The Lady Elks battled hard, played well and came within six points of playing in the state cham­pionship game.

The Lady Elks are well-liked by competing teams, who cheered for them to win.

“We stopped at Wall Drug for a break and to eat dinner on the long drive home,” said Krause. “More than one person came up to me and said they were thoroughly impressed at the way our girls carry themselves and respect others. A real class act.”

Fans wearing blue and white from Elkton andLakeBentonfilled the stands from Thursday to Saturday at the state tour­nament games to cheer the Lady Elks on to victory.

The Elkton Fire Depart­ment met the Lady Elks’ bus on the outskirts of town and escorted them with lights flashing and sirens blaring down the main drag to the school where a welcome home celebration was held at 7 p.m. on Sunday evening.

The players, coaches, managers, statisticians and official scorer Steve Ben­nett disembarked from the bus amid cheers and made their way into the North Gym auditorium and sat in a row of chairs behind the big third place state tro­phy to music played by Tal Farnham.

Athletic Director Er­vin Gebhart opened the program and told stories about the girls playing as a team while growing up.

Superintendent Brian Jandahl thanked the team for their effort and for rep­resenting the school with class and dignity.

Each of the team mem­bers took a turn at the mi­crophone mostly thanking the coaches, parents and fans for their support.

Assistant Coach Rebecca Beuckens was moved to tears and couldn’t speak.

“She says thank you,” said Krause with a smile on his face.

Krause himself choked up a bit but maintained his composure as usual and thanked the team for their effort and dedication.

Players and fans stood and clapped as the school song was played for the fi­nal time for the seniors.

CLIMB Theatre teaches respect to Lincoln County students

March 16, 2012

Professional actors JR Ritcheson, Siddeegah Shabazz and Jay Kistler portray characters in CLIMB Theatre’s original production “Snapshots” on Tuesday, March 6 at Lake Benton School. The play was performed for all of Lincoln County’s third through sixth grade students from RTR, Hendricks, Lincoln HI and Lake Benton Schools on the topic of respect for self, others and other people’s property.

By Dan Kuss

CLIMB Theatre returned toLakeBentonon Tuesday, March 6 to perform its original play “Snapshots” for third through sixth grade students fromLin­colnCounty’s RTR, Hendricks, Lincoln HI and Lake Benton Schools.

Professional actors JR Ritcheson, Jay Kistler and Sid­deegah Shabozz were in resi­dence performing with a focus on respect.

“The kids were great,” said Ritcheson. “It is always nice to perform in front of kids who are attentive and involved and this play has a great topic about re­spect.”

Elliott Poirot, played by Kis­tler, is a fifth grader who was in his first week at Lake Stanley El­ementary School.

Elliott likes to stay up late on Thursday nights to watch old unsolved mysteries on TV and has read every Sherlock Holmes story at least twice.

Elliott and his sidekicks, Alex Schwartz played by Ritcheson and Holly Vasquez played by Shabozz, are members of the De­tective Club at school and embarked on a mission to solve the mystery of the Camera Culprit.

No one knew who the camera culprit was, but ev­ery day new photographs were mysteriously posted around school.

The characters uncov­ered the unsolved mys­tery and discovered along the way that disrespect at Lake Stanley Elementary is what can make it a not-so-pleasant place to be.

“Through the play, stu­dents are taught the im­portance of respect for themselves, for others and for other people’s property,” said Ritcheson. “The play models posi­tive behaviors and shows possible consequences of both positive and negative behaviors.”

CLIMB’s innovative play “Snapshots” also gives schools a common lan­guage and a set of expec­tations for respect both in and out of school through effective programming on respectful behavior for el­ementary-aged students.

The CLIMB Theatre per­formance also left educa­tors with new vocabulary and teaching tools to re­iterate the importance of being respectful in their own classrooms.

“Theatre is a very pow­erful tool for promoting change,” said Buffy Sed­lachek, producer at CLIMB. “Students learn strate­gies to improve their lives while being engaged as an audience.”

CLIMB stands for Cre­ative Learning Ideas for Mind and Body. CLIMB’s work is not only entertain­ing, it is also educational.

For more information about CLIMB, visit http://

Two new employees with Co. Highway Department

March 16, 2012

By Steven Hurd

Lake Benton

Valley Journal Intern

The first March meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners was held last Tuesday morning at the Lincoln County Courthouse in Ivanhoe.

At the meeting, Environmental Administrator Robert Olsen esti­mated a cost of $230,000 for the replacement of the 18-inch tile with 30-inch dual-walled plastic on County Ditch 33.

Olsen also reported that over­age charges for garbage and recycling pick-up are down from $500 to $50 since Michael Thooft has been monitoring and documenting the area daily. The board then approved a two-month renewal for the months of March and April for Thooft’s services.

Lincoln County Engineer Lee Amundson started by explaining that the budget numbers for the Lincoln County Highway Depart­ment are below budget so far this year.

Amundson then introduced orado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massa­chusetts, Minnesota,New Jersey, Oklahoma and Ten­nessee.

These states will also be able to factor in subjects beyond reading and math.

The board approved Consideration of Claims and Accounts for the month in the amount of $29,205.87.

The board also ap­proved a motion for the final revised budget for 2012-2013 in the amount of 2,175,979.

The board had its first reading of the school cal­endar for the 2012-2013 school year which is in a rough draft stage as of now. The calendar will be finalized at the next board meeting.

The board also dis­cussed the possibility of purchasing a more effi­cient vehicle. The board directed Nielsen to begin looking for a solution since all school vehicles must be newer than 12 years old.

The board discussed the opportunity forLakeBentonresident students to participate in the Post­secondary Enrollment Op­tions (PSEO) program.

The program inMin­nesotais administered through the Minnesota Department of Education and allows high school ju­niors and seniors to earn college credit while in high school.

Students can take cours­es at a postsecondary in­stitution, take courses of­fered at their high school taught by a qualified high school or college instruc­tor, sometimes referred to as concurrent/dual en­rollment or “College in the Schools,” or take courses offered online taught by a college instructor.

PSEO provides students with a great variety of class offerings and the opportu­nity to pursue challenging coursework.

The next school board meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. in the school media center.

City moves forward with warning siren grant

March 8, 2012

By Dan Kuss

The city council closed the reg­ular meeting at 5:45 on Monday night to hold a public hearing on the proposed siren project.

The hearing, which had been properly and officially adver­tised in the Lake Benton Valley Journal, was held for informa­tional purposes and to listen to public concerns on the project.

City Clerk Rosie DeZeeuw read the advertisement aloud for the council.

At present, the siren must be activated manually in the event of an emergency.

“With no citizens present to voice their concerns,” said Mayor Mike Carpenter, “I recommend we come out of the 1960s and move into the future.”

After some discussion, the council agreed to pursue the grant for a new siren and the public hearing was closed at 5:48, three minutes later.

The council approved the claims against the city and mu­nicipal bar.

Police Chief Guy Harding gave his monthly police report before Maintenance Supervisor Todd Draper presented the public works update.

Draper said checks in the amount of $1,964.74 came in from the League of Minnesota Cities to cover repair, taping and spraying of damaged ceiling and walls at the library.

Mayor Carpenter recommend ed a separate account for the library project.

Draper also updated the council on what he calls the Opera House wet base­ment project.

The damage was es­timated at $12,000 and an insurance check for $8,900.85 minus the $1,000 deductible had been received from the in­surance company.

Draper said the floor has been retiled and the base­ment has been restored to its original configuration.

The rest of the money will come when the project is complete and the Opera House Board agreed to pay all costs above the insur­ance coverage.

Draper also received an insurance check in the amount of $2,200 for the public bathrooms and the shelter at Creamery Park.

Draper said the architect came to look at the library and the surveyors came two days later. The archi­tect is looking at ideas for the layout.

Draper also said all four tires had been replaced on the city pickup truck. He is checking into a recall on the old tires from Good­year per a suggestion from Troy Nordmeyer.

Draper presented the council with a building permit for a 24-by-24 ga­rage from Daniel Krotzer. Draper said everything checked out, the old foun­dation was still there and the council approved.

In the committee re­ports Lyle “Duff” Trautman asked about the status of administrative tickets.

Mayor Carpenter said last time the issue was raised, it was not dropped, the council decided not to do it.

Carpenter suggested the committee meet with Chief Harding but cautioned that three council members could not meet as it would constitute a quorum.

Trustee Carl Burk said that people like the admin­istrative tickets and appre­ciate them.

There is a sample ticket on the League of Minne­sota Cities web site.

Trautman also said he, Carpenter and Draper are on the city EDA and that anyone wishing to open a new business inLakeBentonshould approach Heather Ulrich-Glynn to get on the next agenda as there are startup funds available.

City Clerk Rosie DeZeeuw presented a document and the council approved al­lowing the clerk and the mayor to sign Rehabilita­tion Grant documentation agreements between the city, who acts as the lender, and residents of owner oc­cupied properties receiv­ing the grants.

The City ofCottonwoodtakes care of their own agreement documenta­tion.

In the Mayoral Report, Mayor Carpenter said that ITC is raising their rates.

Carpenter also said that Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water is raising their rates from $1.95 per 1,000 units to $2 per 1,000 units.

The council must decide whether or not to pass the increase on to citizens. Last time they did but the time before that they did not.

The issue will be on a fu­ture agenda.

The next regular meet­ing of the city council will take place at 5:30 p.m. on March 19 at the Heritage Center/City Office.

Lake Benton goes Hollywood

March 8, 2012

Laura Krog, Margaret Jorgensen, Molly Shepherd, Kim Drietz and Kara Christensen were nominated for Best Dressed on Oscar night at the LBAF Gala. Vince Robinson and Jodi Weber presented Christensen with the Oscar for best dressed woman while Robinson received one a moment later for best dressed man.

By Dan Kuss

The Lake Benton Area Foun­dation Annual Gala on Saturday night was a black-tie affair with all the glitz, glamour, fun and ex­citement of the American motion picture industry’s biggest night,Hollywood’s Academy Awards also referred to as the Oscars.

Each guest was treated like a movie star in an elegant commu­nity affair to raise funds for the many projects the foundation is involved in.

“Celebrities” were greeted at the door by a gentleman in a tuxedo with tails, top hat and a smile who goes by the name of Conrad Schardin before they strolled down the red carpet to a photo set to get their picture tak­en by professional photographer Barb Powell, reminiscent of the paparazzi, between two seven-foot Oscar replicas.

“It’s a fun night,” said Janet Kuhn. “Everyone is really excited and all dressed up for the occa­sion.”

Once inside, there was soft pi­ano music donated by Rick and Mary Middlen as stars and star­lets enjoyed hors d’oeuvres to go with many varieties of wine and beer tasting.

Donated items for the silent and live auctions were displayed on tripods and tables lining the walls from the front to the back of the Lake Benton American Legion as “A-List” members browsed and bid.

An ambiance of Hollywood filled the intricately decorated room withParamount, Warner Bros. and Metro-Goldwin-Mayer posters and photos adorning the walls provid­ed by a Redwood Fallsart­ist who used the theme for the senior prom last year.

A big Hollywood back­drop decorated the stage and Oscars sat on tables set up for wine and beer tasting and the auction registration station with bid tickets donated by Car­penter Auction Company.

Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio made a special appearance at the LBAF gala on Saturday night to help sell tickets for best dressed man and woman. Teresa Bunkers and Keith Greer played the parts of Monroe and DiMaggio.

The dining tables were elegantly decorated with wine decanters, bowls of caramelized popcorn and candies decorated with movie cameras and a clev­erly beautiful program containing a list of all the donated items and their donors.

“Everyone is so happy and smiling,” said Pam Nibbe. “It’s always a full house and everyone is having fun.”

Emcee Vince Robinson warmly welcomed every­one and provided infor­mation about the evening as each of the LBAF Board members socialized and explained the multitudes of items donated by indi­viduals and businesses in support of this commu­nity.

Pam Veire, Margo Sik and Jodi Weber took to the microphones to let people know which items were available for low bids un­der their value at the si­lent auction and explained what went with items and who donated them.

A gourmet buffet table fit for a king, much like the one inHollywood, con­sisted of the finest recipes ofRenee Beckerand Guy Pribyl of Becker’s Resort, Joyce Miller and Liza Wil­de-Duehn of the American Legion and Teresa Bun­kers and Brandee Miller of Lake Benton School tanta­lized the taste buds of all the movie moguls.

At the end of the buf­fet was a flowing choco­late fountain with angel food cake bites, strawber­ries, macaroons and Rice Krispie treats for dipping with the addition of “To Die For” chocolate and al­mond pound cake frosted cupcakes.

Wait staff, serving and ongoing cleanup was per­formed by the American Legion Auxiliary and St. Genevieve youth who at­tended to every need of each honored guest.

The first round of live auction items began at 7:30 p.m. with Joe and JT Weber donating their tal­ent and expertise in calling the auction.

A second round began an hour later culminating with a priceless watercolor by Jack Burk of Lake Ben­ton, which went to Mike and Lynn Carpenter.

A large variety of items such as romantic getaway weekends, winery tours, pontoon excursions, an airplane ride, patio furni­ture, golf outings and clubs were up for auction and went to some very gener­ous highest bidders.

Tables filled with revel­ers joined together to bid on weekend and dinner packages for six or eight.

“We want to thank every­one for the many generous and wonderful donations,” said Kuhn. “A lot of hard work is involved and every year we increase funding largely due to all of the people that attend.”

Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio, played by Teresa Bunkers and Keith Greer, made an appear­ance to help sell tickets for best dressed man and woman of the evening and their costumes were later auctioned off.

The Best Dressed awards and a mini Oscar went to Kara Christensen and Vince Robinson, though many glamorous and hand­some outfits were worn by all in attendance.

As the live auction wrapped up, people began to collect their silent auc­tion items and make their way to the front to pay the lady on their way out.

The Lake Benton Area Foundation would like to remind everyone to keep them in mind when mak­ing charitable donations and to remember all chari­table donations are tax de­ductible.

Persons wishing to learn more about the LBAF, are interested in serving on the board or the Gala Committee are encour­aged to contact any one of the board members—Carl Burk, Lisa Schardin, Janet Kuhn, Rick and Mary Middlen, Pam Nibbe, Patti Peterson, Vince Robinson, Margo Sik, Jim and Pam Veire, Jodi Weber or Hon­orary Member Glenn Krog.

“The LBAF would like to thank everyone who helped make this evening successful and fun,” said Kuhn. “We’re going to have to work hard to top this next year.”

Lady Elks heading to State

March 8, 2012

The Elkton-Lake Benton Lady Elks are headed for the South Dakota Class A State Basketball Tournament for the third time in four years. Class A games will be played in Spearfish, S.D. Pictured from left to right in front are Assistant Coach Rebecca Beuckens, Courtney Mulder, Mindee VanDyke, Cassidy Gebhart, Stephanie Johnson, Alissa Landsman and Head Coach Steve Krause. In the back row are Ashlyn Landsman, Brooke Jaacks, Gabby Kampmann, Haylee Denison, Rebecca Jurgens, Megan Krogman, Molly Koch and Kelsey Kinner.

FCCLA week celebrated in Elkton

March 1, 2012

Pictured above from left to right are Brooke Kuehl, Amber Landsman, Elizabeth Hegerfeld, Kaitlin Fleet and Samantha Grooters.

FCCLA Week was held Feb. 13-19. Members played a huge role in the outreach project that was held throughout the celebration week. Each day of the week members brought in items for local food pantries and the domestic abuse shelter and continued to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network. Monday, members brought in a dollar to donate to the Children’s Miracle Network. Tuesday, stu­dents brought in toothbrushes and toothpaste and Wednes­day, paper products and clean­ing supplies such as shampoo and conditioner. Thursday was Think Warm Thursday with coats and other warm items. Fri­day was Food Day Friday where members and staff brought in canned food items. The results for the outreach projects were as follows: Monday, Children’s Miracle Network, a total of $758 was raised. This amount was do­nated by members and faculty and staff who paid $5 to wear jeans on Fridays. Tuesday, for Toothbrush and Toothpaste Day, the students and staff raised 124 items. A total of 191 items were donated on Wash it Up Wednes­day, these items included sham­poo and hair conditioners, laun­dry soap, deodorant, hand soap and paper items such as paper towels, toilet paper and Kleenex. On Think Warm Thursday, blan­kets, socks, gloves, mittens, hats, boots, coats and snow pants were donated for a total of 219 items. The canned food drive on Friday brought in 71 non-perishable food items. The total number of items donated for the week came to 605. The outreach project was a huge success and the chapter would like to thank the FCCLA members, staff and students of Elkton andLakeBen­tonand community members for donating the items.

Other events that were held during FCCLA Week were the Valentine Sales, Steal a Heart Day, Teacher Appreciation Lunch and Member Appreciation Breakfast. The Valentine Sales went well and were deliv­ered on Tuesday as it was Valentine’s Day. Everyone liked receiving and giving Valentine gifts. Tuesday and Wednesday were Steal a Heart Day with Debrisha Stephens getting the most hearts out of the girls and receiving a movie certifi­cate for winning and Nick Krog won the most hearts out of the boys getting a movie certificate. Students really get into this activity and have a good time doing it. Thursday was just an­other busy day for FCCLA as it was the Teacher Ap­preciation Lunch. Teach­ers enjoyed eating a deli­cious meal of tacos with chips and salsa, a dessert and lemonade prepared and served by members and officers. The teach­ers and staff enjoyed the meal and members were given many compliments. Friday was the ending of a great FCCLA Week and members were recognized with a member apprecia­tion breakfast. The mem­bers enjoyed eating tasty rolls, juice and milk before school started. The FCCLA members want to thank everyone who got involved in the FCCLA Week cele­bration and brought items for the outreach project. FCCLA Week 2012 was a HUGE success!