Lorie Line plays in Lake Benton

May 30, 2013

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Pianist Lorie Line performed for the second year in a row at the Lake Benton Opera House on Wednesday, May 22. Line performed a selection of music that included songs by The Beatles.

Future of grocery store discussed

May 30, 2013

By Robert Wolfington
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton EDA hosted a public meeting on Tuesday, May 21 to discuss the possible future of the grocery store in Lake Benton.
Steve Nordmeyer, owner of Steve’s Affiliated Foods in Lake Benton, will be retiring later this year and, as yet, no future plans are set for the store he has operated for a number of years.
Vince Robinson of the Lincoln County Enterprise Development and Development Services, Inc., who has been working with Nordmeyer and the Lake Benton EDA, said action would need to be taken swiftly to ensure the store remains open.

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

Elkton-Lake Benton FFA Awards presented at program

May 30, 2013

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Elkton-Lake Benton FFA President Desire Routier opened the awards program on Tuesday evening, May 21. She welcomed everyone for coming and asked the members to introduce their guests.

The Elkton-Lake Benton FFA awards program was held on Tuesday, May 21 in Elkton, S.D. Before the program started, the members served South Dakota State University ice cream to visitors and fellow members.
The meeting was called to order by President Desire Routier. Each member was asked to introduce their guests. The next order of business was the Greenhand Degrees given out to first-year students. There were several students in this group with Skylar Thomas receiving the Star Award for this category. There were four students receiving Chapter Degrees with Dillon Van Dyke receiving the Star Award. Then it was on to the proficiency awards. Richie Mulder received a silver award for Poultry Production and a bronze for Specialty Crop Production. Dillon Van Dyke also received a bronze for Ag Sale Entrepreneurship.
The next awards were for Fall and Spring CDEs. Those who placed at District were Skylar Thomas, third in Creed Speaking; Courtney Mulder, fourth in Job Interview; Desire Routier, third in Public Speaking; Richie Mulder, 10th in Livestock at Lennox, S.D.; and Kelli Berger, 10th at Flandreau, S.D. At State Richie Mulder received a bronze in Livestock and Vet Science; Desire Routier, silver in Dairy Cattle; Kelli Berger, seventh/gold in Dairy Cattle and John Boltjes, bronze in Nursery Landscape. The academic awards went to Matthew Leiferman, freshman; Billy Koch, sophomore; Courtney Mulder, junior and Richie Mulder, senior. Richie Mulder also received his State Degree Award.

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

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The new Elkton-Lake Benton FFA officers were elected at the end of the awards program on May 21. They are, left to right, Kelli Berger, Billy Koch, Nathan Krog, Courtney Mulder, Skylar Thomas and Desire Routier.

Presenting the Class of 2013

May 23, 2013

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The Elkton-Lake Benton graduating Class of 2013 is pictured after the ceremony. In the front row are Derek Haugen, Mindee Van Dyke, Jake Wiskur, Elizabeth Stuefen, Shauna Kuehl, Shelby Thomas, Samantha Grooters and Richie Mulder. Pictured in the middle row are Kaitlin Fleet, Cody Wiskur, Tyler Schindler, Lacey Lynn, Brittani Seiler, Julia Fargen, Ashlyn Landsman, Nicole Schwing, Jessica Nomeland and Marquette Nelsen. In the back row are Chase Gorter, Nick Grooters, Logan Wiskur, Jake Van Dyke, Braden Carmody, Nick Delaney, Ethan Pearson and John Christensen.

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

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Nicole Schwing and Kaitlin Fleet, co-valedictorians of the Elkton-Lake Benton Senior Class, gave the commencement address at their graduation on May 18. They commented that there were 13 boys and 13 girls graduating in 2013.

Sixth grade graduation at Lake Benton Elementary

May 23, 2013

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The Lake Benton sixth grade graduating Class of 2013 includes Ryan Clocker, Tanner Gregoire, Taryn Krog, BryAnn Miles, Jaylen Miller, Carter Peake, Jayla Prosch, Zachary Reese, Tiffany Rouge, Morgan Smith and Ryan Yockey. Board member LaDon Prosch, left, presented the students with their diplomas on May 15.

By Nancy Mulder
lbnews@itctel.com

The Lake Benton sixth grade elementary graduation was held on Wednesday afternoon, May 15. Those graduating this year were Ryan Clocker, Tanner Gregoire, Taryn Krog, BryAnn Miles, Jaylen Miller, Carter Peake, Jayla Prosch, Zachary Reese, Tiffany Rouge, Morgan Smith and Ryan Yockey. The students marched in while Mrs. Marijane Borresen played “Pomp and Circumstance” on the piano. Mrs. Kelli Larson welcomed everyone and introduced Mr. Ryan Nielsen as the speaker. In his address he shared with the students five things to remember as they go on through life—Find your passion, believe in yourself, have BIG dreams, do not give up and keep learning.
After the address, Mrs. Larson handed out their awards. For school patrol, Tanner Gregoire, Taryn Krog, BryAnn Miles, Jaylen Miller, Carter Peake, Zachary Reese, Tiffany Rouge and Ryan Yockey received awards. Jayla Prosch received an award for the highest Accelerated Reading points for this year. The art awards went to Jaylen Miller and BryAnn Miles. Ryan Clocker and Tiffany Rouge received the Real Bobcat award. The final awards were the Presidential Education awards. The Academic Excellence awards went to Carter Peake and Morgan Smith while the Academic Achievement awards went to Tanner Gregoire and Jayla Prosch.

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

Council clarifies rural service

May 23, 2013

By Robert Wolfington
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council clarified the acreage and tax ratio for rural service during a public hearing at its regular council meeting Monday, May 20.
The council voted to clarify rural service if it’s 20 acres and a tax ratio of 20-100.
There was no public input given during the hearing. Mayor Make Carpenter said he had a number of people talk to him about the issue prior to the hearing.
The council also voted to mill and pack the gravel road on Lake Shore Drive.
Renee Pribyl of Becker’s Resort on Lake Benton Lake requested the council consider taking the action.
Pribyl said she has been seeking the road be worked on for a number of years.
The council voted to move forward with the work estimated to cost around $4,000.
Along with the Lake Shore Drive project, the council also voted to continue with the seal-coating project, which is expected to be completed by July 31.

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

Bandmaster students

May 23, 2013

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Fourteen fifth and sixth grade Lake Benton band students participated in the South Dakota Bandmasters Association grade school music contest in Flandreau, S.D. They were judged by a college music director and received 13 superior ratings and one excellent-plus. Students who participated are, pictured left to right in front, Carter Peake, Tanner Gregoire, Morgan Smith, Jayla Prosch and Alexis Christensen; in back are AJ Busselman, Grant DeRuyter, Bryson Sik, Noah Greer, Arthur Finzen, Jaylen Miller, Emily Miller, Taylor Bales and Karley Cunningham.

A slow start for fishing opener

May 23, 2013

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Two boys were getting ready to fish down at the Lakeside Park on Sunday, Mother’s Day. They said they had not had any success yet.

By Nancy Mulder
lbnews@itctel.com

 
The 2013 Minnesota Fishing Opener was not the best opener the fishermen have seen, according to Dave Lueck at Verie’s. The front came through on Friday night and shut things down. It was just too windy, so the fish were not biting.
On Saturday there were reports that the walleyes were biting at Dead Coon Lake and that they were catching their limits of perch at Lake Hendricks. Those fishing on Saturday night were using mostly bobbers with night crawlers and also minnows. Lueck said, “The leeches, which are popular bait, were not available yet, but I hope to have them in later this week.”

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

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Down at the Norwegian Creek Park on Sunday evening, this boater was coming in to pick up his friends who were going out to fish with him on Lake Benton. They said they had not been very successful yet but were hoping to catch some fish that evening.

Elkton-Lake Benton Booster Club awards night

May 23, 2013

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During the Elkton-Lake Benton Booster Club Awards night on May 7, Kristi Redenius presented Braden Carmody with the scholarship in memory of Kenny Redenius, her fiancé.

By Nancy Mulder
lbnews@itctel.com

 
The Elkton-Lake Benton Booster Club held their awards night on Tuesday, May 7 at the Elkton High School gym. They served a lunch before the program started. The awards are for students in high school who participated in sports and other extracurricular activities. They also award the scholarships to the seniors.
The program started with Mr. Ervin Gebhart welcoming everyone and introducing the guest auctioneer, Jackson Hegerfeld, who would auction off the group pictures of the sports activities and cheerleaders.
The first group of awards was for Destination Imagination and was presented by Mrs. Deb Kinner. This club has been active for 23 years and had 24 participants this year. They are now fundraising so they can go to Nationals in Knoxville, Tenn. later this month.

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

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Mrs. Kelly Neill presented the Academic Freshman Award at the Elkton-Lake Benton Booster Club Awards Night on May 7. There was a tie this year and the awards went to Marissa Bressler, left and Morgan Carmody.

EDA to hold public meeting on grocery store plans

May 23, 2013

A long-time business may be closing at the end of the year if interest and support are not extended to save Lake Benton’s one and only grocery store. Steve and Kathy Nordmeyer, the owners of Steve’s Affiliated Foods, will be retiring by the end of the year and the store will be closed unless a buyer can be found.
The Nordmeyer family has faithfully operated the store for over 45 years and the community is grateful for their commitment.
In order to get community input about the future options for a grocery store, the Lake Benton Economic Development Authority is hosting a special public meeting. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 21 at 7 p.m. at the Lake Benton Community Center.

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