Barber named Honorary Chair of 2014 Relay For Life of Lincoln County

June 26, 2014

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Clint “Buck” Barber of Arco is pictured above, right, with Heidi Hansen. Barber is the 2014 Relay For Life Honorary Survivor and Hansen is one of this year’s Honorary Caregivers.

The 2014 Relay for Life Honorary Survivor is Clint “Buck” Barber of Arco. He’s just 22 years old and has gone through more than most people go through in a lifetime.
Buck was diagnosed with Hodgkins-Lymphoma on Nov. 30, 2012 and after a period of recovery, was rediagnosed in July 2013. His series of treatments include over thirty chemotherapy treatments, 19 radiation treatments, five bone marrow biopsies, two spinal taps, one port surgery, two tri-fusion line surgeries, and a stem cell transplant.
Even after all these lifesaving procedures, Buck remains humble and hopeful stating, “Everything I’ve gone through has made me a better person and more appreciative of what I have.”
His father Bill Barber, step-mother Dee Barber, and girlfriend Heidi Hansen have been there for Buck throughout it all. “I’ve had a lot of crucial support from these people for my mental and physical health.” He also attributes much of his support to the surrounding communities. “We truly live in a great community who would have your back no matter the circumstances. I have had a lot of support from all of Lincoln County and neighboring communities.”

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

Meester Appointed interim Sheriff

June 26, 2014

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Chad Meester

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
At their second regular June meeting, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners appointed current Lincoln County deputy Chad Meester as interim sheriff effective June 27.
Because outgoing sheriff Jack Vizecky decided to retire from his position before his term was up, this interim position must be filled for the next six months. Meester will serve as interim sheriff for Lincoln County until January of 2015. By that time, a new sheriff will have been elected for the county. The primary elections will take place in August, and the general elections will take place in November.
Lincoln County Emergency Manager Jeanna Sommers represented the information technology committee for the county and brought forth a proposal to hire Southwest Health and Human Services [SHHS] on a one-day-a-week basis to assist with projects to be accomplished by the departments at the Lincoln County facilities.
The plan includes the rotation of personnel from SHHS coming to the facilities so that the staff at the county departments can become adjusted to the different personnel. This rotation will also help the county since each staff member at SHHS has their own area of expertise.

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

Four legs and four wheels

June 19, 2014

While the rain forced the cancelation of some activities, it didn’t stop all the fun during Saddle Horse Holiday in Lake Benton

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The Henry Sollie Post 10 American Legion, along with Mike and Blake DeVries, led the 2014 Saddle Horse Holiday Parade on Sunday.

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The Lights Out team ran their way to victory in the bed races despite the torrential downpour that soaked the competitors at the onset of the event.

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Veterans take in Lake Benton

June 19, 2014

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Above: There was a large group from the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne at Becker’s Resort in Lake Benton for the annual fishing trip sponsored by the Second District American Legion.

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Veterans from the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne are pictured boarding a pontoon at Becker’s Resort for their annual fishing trip on Lake Benton Lake.

City opens bids for new water meters

June 19, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Four sealed bids for replacement water meters were submitted to the Lake Benton City Council at their regular meeting on Monday.
The first bid opened was from Ferguson Waterworks. Their bid for a positive displacement meter with a brass body was in the amount of $127,467 with installation costs of $10,640.
The next bid opened was from Dakota Supply Group. Their bid for a positive displacement meter with a brass body was in the amount of $130,207 with installation costs of $30,014.
The third bid opened was from HD Supply. Their bid for a positive displacement meter with a brass body was in the amount of $128,231 with installation costs of $31,843. HD Supply also included a bid for an ultrasonic meter in the amount of $133,389 with installation costs of $37,109.

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

Lincoln County seats up for election

June 19, 2014

Two Lincoln County Commissioner seats and the Lincoln County Sheriff have contested races this year.
Four candidates have filed to serve as Sheriff in Lincoln County. Guy Eric Harding of Lake Benton, Chad Meester of Ivanhoe, Al Rensvold of Tyler and John Spindler of Tyler have each filed for the office of Sheriff.
Three candidates have filed for the District 2 Lincoln County Commissioner seat.
Michael Kevin Lovre, Gary Manson and Michael VanDervere have filed for the District 2 seat currently held by Larry Hansen of Tyler.
A primary election will be held on Aug. 12 for the Sheriff’s position and the District 2 County seat.

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

Historic souvenirs on display at Heritage Center

June 12, 2014

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Carl Burk is pictured unwrapping one of many antique Lake Benton souvenirs that will be on display at the Lake Benton Heritage Center for Saddle Horse Holiday and beyond.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Visitors of the Lake Benton Heritage Center can now see a collection of Lake Benton-themed souvenirs that date back to over a century ago, courtesy of the Burk family.
The souvenirs range from toothpick holders and coffee mugs to ornate spoons and mixing bowls, and each has its own unique Lake Benton, Minn. script inscribed on it.
The antique collectibles represent not only the history of Lake Benton, but they also represent the art of collecting antiquities. Most of the souvenirs were collected throughout the lifetime of the late Jack Burk, but his brother Carl also had a role in amassing the collection.
“Jack would buy them wherever he came across them, and it always gave me something to look forward to,” explained Carl. “When JoAn and I would travel when the kids were growing up, we’d stop in small towns and go through their secondhand stores, and every once in a while we’d get lucky and find a piece.”
Being as old as they are, many of the pieces are of unknown origin, but some can be traced back to as early as 1902 and others have an inscription on the bottom that states they were made in Germany for Ernest Osbeck of Osbeck Grocery.

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

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Carl Burk is pictured in the background as many of his brother Jack’s antique Lake Benton souvenirs can be seen in the foreground.

Agape Singers perform at Lake Benton Opera House

June 12, 2014

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The Agape Singers from Dawson presented a Service of Praise at the Lake Benton Opera House on Sunday evening, June 8.

By Nancy Mulder
lbnews@itctel.com

 
The Agape Singers are a group of students from La Qui Parle, Canby and Dawson-Boyd schools who get together each Wednesday night and have a Bible study and practice Christian contemporary songs so they can perform them around the area in the month of June.
They are freshman through senior high school students who want to share their message. The performance includes singing as well as sharing Bible passages and other Christian messages with the audience. The group has 47 members this year and is celebrating its 41st year.

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

Saddle Horse Holiday is here

June 12, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The 68th annual Dakota-Minnesota Saddle Horse Holiday is this weekend in Lake Benton and a lineup of events will have something for everyone.
The events begin on Thursday as the Hidden Horseshoe Contest gets underway at 10 a.m. There is $50 in Chamber Bucks and a t-shirt up for grabs for whoever follows the clues to find the elusive shoes. Rules and clues will be posted daily at the Lake Benton Heritage Center and on KLOH radio until the horseshoes are found.
Friday’s events begin with the Bike Rodeo, sponsored by the Lake Benton Volunteers for Education, at Garfield Park at 10 a.m.
At 11 a.m. on Friday, Kay Finzen will be crowned as this year’s Miss Lake Benton, followed by the First Security Bank’s hotdog feed at the Center Post.
At 4 p.m. the inaugural Iron Man, Jr. competition will take place at Garfield Park for any teenaged boys who are willing to step up to the challenge.

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

County to update 911 system

June 12, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
County Dispatcher Amber Scholten came before the County Board of Commissioners at their first June meeting to discuss a need for updating the county’s 911 computer system.
The current system is operated by Windows XP, which is no longer supported, and problems have arisen. This update will also upgrade the county to next-generation 911, which supports video and text messaging to 911.
The quote for the cost of the new system is approximately $122,000 with a six-to-nine-month wait before installation will occur. The funding will come out of the 911 fund and the board approved moving forward with this system update.
Scholten also mentioned that a system maintenance agreement with Alpha Wireless for the ARMER radio system is available at a cost of approximately $1,600 per month. The board approved the new system maintenance agreement that will be in effect until 2017.
The county’s technology committee, consisting of Emergency Manager Jeanna Sommers and Dustin Hauschild of the Highway Department, came before the board to suggest having a representative from Southwest Health and Human Services in attendance and available at the county offices one day a week.

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