City Council approves Chief Harding’s resignation

May 7, 2015

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council accepted the resignation of Lake Benton Police Chief Guy Harding effective May 22.
“I would have been quite happy to spend the rest of my career as your police chief, but I was given the opportunity with the county, and I decided to accept it,” said Chief Harding. “It is no reflection on the department, the people or the community. I appreciate the cooperation and willingness to become involved from all of the city councils that I’ve worked with. I thank you all.”
The council also added that they will be officially pursuing a replacement for the position so that Lake Benton maintains a local police department and police chief.
Effective June 1, the city will be passing on a five percent increase in the water rate to residents of the city.
Following an 11-cent increase per thousand gallons implemented by Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water, the council agreed to increase the usage rate for residents as it has done in previous years.

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

Wildcats’ season begins Saturday

April 30, 2015

Wildcats
Pictured above is a majority of the team that will be fielded for the Wildcats for their upcoming 2015 season. Their first game will be held this Saturday, May 2 against the Southwest Huskerz in Worthington.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Buffalo Ridge Wildcats will open their 2015 season this Saturday, May 2 when they travel to Worthington to take on the Southwest Huskerz—last year’s Southern Plains Football League champions.
“The Huskerz are the returning champs and they only lost one game last season,” said Wildcats Coach Mike “Wiley” Tiedeman. “In our first three games, we play last year’s champions, runners-up and the third place team, so we get to start out the season playing the best three teams.”
The Wildcats play seven games this season and they are optimistic that they can earn a home playoff game by the end of the season.
“If we can get one out of those first three games, we can go 5-2 pretty easily,” explained Tiedeman. “Just getting through those first three games without guys getting frustrated about playing time or losing will be helpful. We can go 5-2 and get a playoff game at home.”

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

Harding to resign as Police Chief

April 30, 2015

Guy Harding
Lake Benton Police Chief Guy Harding

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
After nine years of service to the community, Lake Benton Police Chief Guy Harding has announced that he will be resigning from his position effective May 22.
“I have been honored to be the Police Chief in Lake Benton since 2006,” said Harding. “I have met many of you in circumstances ranging from humorous to tragic, both in my position as a police officer and as a fellow citizen of the community. I have enjoyed every moment of my career here.”
The announcement came last week after Harding accepted a position as a Sheriff’s Deputy for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department.
At the April 21 meeting, Lincoln County Board of Commissioners Chairman Don Evers explained that Lake Benton Police Chief Guy Harding was one of the applicants interviewed for a full-time deputy position. A motion was passed 3-2 to hire Harding for the position. Harding will begin his new position on May 26.
“I am sure the Lake Benton City Council will make every effort to ensure the citizens of Lake Benton continue to receive the law enforcement services they expect and deserve,” said Harding. “I thank each and every person in Lake Benton for their support and assistance over the past nine years.”

Students exhibit superior skills at music contest

April 30, 2015

Band Superior
Students from Lake Benton Elementary School participated in the annual grade school music contest in Flandreau, S.D. For the second year in a row, all Lake Benton students received a Superior rating, the highest rating given at the contest. Pictured in front, left to right, are Emmett Petersen, Julia Drietz, Madeline Bressler, Madisyn Nielsen and Tristen Simonsen; in back are Riley Owen, Brooklyn Nielsen, Karissa Olsen, Hannah Krog, Zach Miller, Connor Kremin and band instructor Marijane Borresen.

Lookin’ good, fellas

April 24, 2015

 Elkton-Lake Benton prom held Saturday

IMG_5055
Here is a group of handsome fellows who posed for a group picture after the Elkton-Lake Benton prom’s Grand March on Saturday evening. Pictured from left to right in front are Trevor Sik, Alex Trautman, Arturo Valencia and Preston Krumm; in the middle are Heath Schindler, Nick Krog and Jon Kopecky; and in back are Tyler Stuefen and Billy Koch.

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

National Miss America Service Day volunteers help clean up county park

April 24, 2015

Community Service
Miss Central Minnesota Jade Possail and a number of local volunteers offered their services this past Saturday morning at Hole-in-the Mountain County Park in Lake Benton during the first ever National Miss America Service Day. Volunteers gathered at the park around 9 a.m. to help clean up the camping area. Pictured above are the volunteers along with Possail just before they got their hands dirty while performing some community service.

City approves audit

April 24, 2015

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council approved its 2014 audit at their second regularly scheduled April meeting this past Monday.
According to Darci Anderson of Kinner and Company Ltd, the city had a clean audit once again this year.
In 2014, the city’s general fund had a net income of $39,000. The fire fund had a net income of $25,000. The EDA had a net loss of $9,500. The other governmental funds showed a net loss of $8,500.
The water fund showed a loss of $5,400. The sewer fund showed an income of $5,600. The garbage fund showed a net loss of $1,500 due to the transfer of funding from the garbage fund to pay for the city’s new water meters.

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

School board approves one-time fund transfer

April 24, 2015

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
At their regularly scheduled April meeting, the Lake Benton Board of Education adopted a resolution to transfer $35,000 from the district’s Early Childhood Family Education [ECFE] Fund to the district’s School Readiness Fund.
“Basically, the state realized that every district has too much money in their EFCE accounts,” explained Superintendent Ryan Nielsen. “ECFE is really locked tight on what you can spend that funding on, and many districts are struggling in school readiness and other community education programs. Because of that, the state is allowing a one-time transfer of funds from ECFE into Community Education to spend as school districts see fit.”

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

Enjoying the fruits (and vegetables) of his labor

April 24, 2015

By Steven J. Hurd 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

For the past three years, Richie Mulder of Mulder Pro­duce has been providing fresh, farm-grown produce for residents of Lake Benton and the surrounding area dur­ing his yearly farmers markets.
Mulder has lived in Lake Benton his entire life – all 20 years of it, and he first became interested in gardening when he began working for Jensen Sweet Corn & Pro­duce out of Aurora, S.D. through FFA during his freshman year at Elkton High School.
“After I started there, I started doing a small garden,” said Mulder. “Then it got bigger. Then it got even bigger. Now, it’s going to be the biggest yet.”
Mulder estimates that his garden comprises about two acres of arable land on his parents’ farm just north of Lake Benton.
Richie hopes to have the farmer’s market up and run­ning with fresh crops by the middle of June.
“I’ll plant the tomatoes in the middle of May around Mother’s Day,” said Mulder. “This is the first time that I’ll be planting early in the spring. Last year, I had to worry about finding a garden space and breaking ground, so that took a long time. It really depends on a lot of stuff, but it’ll all probably be ready by the middle of June.”
Last year, the farmer’s market ran from June to Octo­ber.
“I think I stopped the farmer’s market in the middle of October last year,” said Mulder. “We had that early freeze last year, and I lost a lot of stuff. Otherwise, I would have kept going.”

For the full story and photos, read this week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal’s Home & Garden section.

RTR FFA students called to action as greenhouse fills up

April 24, 2015

By Mark Wilmes 
tributeeditor@gmail.com

It was warm and it was humid and it was bustling last Wednesday in the lit­tle greenhouse that is hid­den amongst the RTR High School buildings. FFA ad­visor Jennifer Schoenfeld was good-naturedly prod­ding her students to keep moving. There were a lot of plants to be potted in a short period of time.
Around three thousand plants, to be more specific, and they all needed to be planted by the end of the day.
“The plugs get here usu­ally in the late morning” Schoenfeld said, “and then it’s all hands on deck until they are all in the soil.”
All of the seedling plugs as well as any other green­house supplies come from BFG Supply Co.
Students were filling molded plastic pot trays with fertilized dirt on one end of the operation and separating seedlings and planting them in the pots on the other end on the big day.
Around 300 of the plants are vegetables, including peppers, tomatoes and ja­lapeños, as well as a new addition this year, herbs.

For the full story and photos, read this week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal Home & Garden Section.