Chamber Fall Kick-off Oct. 15

October 2, 2014

The Lake Benton Chamber of Commerce’s Fall Kick-Off will be Wednesday, Oct. 15 at the Center Post Hall. Tickets are available at the Chamber office. See their ad for more details.

Fatal crash near Elkton Sunday

October 2, 2014

A fatal crash occurred near Elkton, S.D., early Sunday morning, Sept. 28.
A 1999 Chevrolet Sedan was traveling westbound near Elkton. The vehicle ran off the roadway to the right, struck a culvert and vaulted over the road. The vehicle rolled and then came to rest in the south ditch.
Curtis Lustfield, 28, of Lake Benton, received serious non-life threatening injuries. Cory Bergloff, 24 of Brookings, S.D., sustained fatal injuries in the crash. The investigation is ongoing.
No further information is immediately available. The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating. Brookings County Sheriff’s Office, Elkton Fire Department and Elkton Community Ambulance assisted.

Homecoming Royalty announced

September 25, 2014

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Queen McKenzie DeRuyter and King Billy Koch are pictured above, third and fourth from left in the back row, in the middle of the Elkton-Lake Benton Homecoming Court after being crowned during Homecoming Coronation in Elkton, S.D. on Monday, Sept. 22.

Representatives from China visit Lake Benton

September 25, 2014

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Representatives from the Heilongjiang Province in China visited Lake Benton last Friday to gain understanding of how farming operations are performed in America.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Three weeks ago, American Soybean Association (ASA) Vice-President Bob Worth of Lake Benton traveled to China on behalf of the ASA for the third time since becoming an ambassador for the group.
Last week, representatives from the Heilongjiang Province in China made a visit of their own to America for the first time in order to gain a better understanding of farming practices within the United States. On Friday, the group stopped at the Worth farm in Lake Benton for informational and a tour. Worth and Minnesota Soybean Growers Association Vice-President Joel Schreurs were present to answer questions through a translator.
“It’s all about relationships,” explained Worth. “These folks are from the same area that I went to in the northeastern part of China. This is a country that looks exactly like Lake Benton. These people are coming back to see our farms and what we’re doing over here.”
Worth explained that only good things can come from establishing a good relationship with China when it comes to agriculture.

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

County helps fund museum updates

September 25, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Orlan Sandro and Allan Johnson of the Lincoln County Pioneer Museum came before the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners last Tuesday to talk about the new shingles that were put on the museum building.
The county approved allocating $10,630 to the Lincoln County Pioneer Museum to pay the remainder of the bill for the shingling project.
This amount is less than the county expected to provide since an anonymous gift of $25,000 was received by the museum, and $5,000 of that amount was used to offset the costs of the shingling project.
According to Lincoln County Environmental Manager Robert Olsen, the Judicial Ditch 13 project on the southeast side of Tyler has been ordered by the ditch authority to be completed. Olsen explained that through discussions with the engineer, the cost went from $830,000 down to $312,000.

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

Elks Homecoming candidates

September 18, 2014

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The 2014 Elkton-Lake Benton Homecoming candidates have been chosen. Pictured in front, left to right, are Sydney Jandahl, Elizabeth “Liz” Hegerfeld and McKenzie DeRuyter; in back are Heath Schindler, William “Billy” Koch and Alex Trautman.

Verdi UMC celebrates 125 years

September 18, 2014

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Nearly 70 churchgoers were present for the service held this past Sunday to commemorate
the 125th anniversary of the Verdi United Methodist Church.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Verdi United Methodist Church celebrated 125 years of worship, fellowship and faith with an anniversary service followed by a lunch and visiting this past Sunday.
Current and former members of the Verdi UMC congregation were in attendance throughout the day to help celebrate the anniversary. A congregation of what has recently averaged less than ten members grew to nearly 70 for the morning service as the church was packed for worship and remembrance.
The service was led by Southern Prairie District Superintendent Phil Strom and included a time for remembrances in which members of the congregation shared their fondest memories of the church and the events that took place in and around the church.
One of those in attendance who spoke of her memories was Lois Gust, who explained that she and her husband John Ankeny were the first couple married at the church on July 19, 1952.

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

Homecoming coronation Sept. 22

September 18, 2014

Homecoming coronation on Monday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Elkton High School gymnasium

City to increase property taxes

September 18, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council approved a motion to certify the proposed property tax levy for 2015.
This year, an increase was necessary to budget the balance.
The increase is in the amount of $8,400. The total levy is in the amount of $148,400.
A motion was approved to schedule a public taxation meeting to be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 1.
Prior to that meeting, the council does have the option to lower the levy, but no further increases can be made. For the past three years, the city has not increased the tax levy.
Before approving the city’s expenses, a change was made to a previous motion regarding how payment will be made for the city’s new water meters.
After reconciliation, it was determined that there is less money in the garbage account than previously thought.

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

United Methodist Rally held

September 11, 2014

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The Lake Benton United Methodist Church celebrated Rally Sunday a little differently this year with an outdoor service. This is the beginning of the Sunday School year so they always do something special, like having Bozo the Clown visit. Pictured in front are Sharon Hudson, Madisyn Nielsen, Sydney DeVries and Blake DeVries; in back are Lay Leader Jim Sorenson, Bozo the Clown and Carol Sorenson.