Lustfield retires after 47 years

January 7, 2015

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A retirement celebration for Larry Lustfield and his Sportsman’s Barber Shop of Lake Benton was held this past Saturday afternoon. Lustfield is pictured above, center, as he chats with Clyde Krog during the farewell party.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
After 47 years of barbering, Larry Lustfield of the Sportsman’s Barber Shop in Lake Benton has decided to hang up his scissors for good and retire.
Lustfield became a barber in 1967 after graduating from the St. Paul Barber School. He decided that he was not satisfied with his current job at a tire shop in Sioux Falls, and barbering would be a good job to have.
Upon graduating from barber school, Lustfield worked in Canby as a barber’s assistant before he made the trip south to Lake Benton.
“There was a barber shop for sale in Lake Benton, and my brother lived around there,” said Lustfield. “The person wanted to sell the shop and retire, so I bought it, and he worked with me for about a year before he retired. Then I took over and bought the building from him.”
That building is currently the site of Happy Hound Dog Grooming in Lake Benton.
“I always like to say that place really went to the dogs,” joked Lustfield.

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New mayor and trustees sworn in

January 7, 2015

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By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
To begin the first regular meeting of the Lake Benton City Council for 2015, Mayor-elect Barb Powell was sworn in along with trustees-elect Jack Redlinger, Susan Johnson and Al Lindemann.
The city council met with Gary Serie and Chuck DeBates of the Lake Benton First Responders to discuss options for the purchase of a new ambulance for the city.
The responders are in the process of trading off the current ambulance, and they have found a new one to purchase. It is a 2002 Ford E-450 7.3 liter diesel with 80,000 miles that comes out of North Dakota.
The current ambulance has over 150,000 miles.
It will be available by as early as next week.
The new ambulance has a $20,000 asking price. The first responders have the funds available in their budget for the purchase. The city will pay for the insurance and upkeep of the vehicle.
The council approved a motion to authorize the Lake Benton First Responders to purchase the new ambulance.
Debates also mentioned that six new members have recently joined the first responders.

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

Six area residents involved in crash

January 7, 2015

Three people were killed and three seriously injured in a tragic New Year’s Eve accident in Lynd on Highway 23. Phyllis Behnke, 88, of Arco, was taken to Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center and died, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Robert McClain, 80, of Marshall and his wife, Shirley McClain, 72, both were pronounced dead at the scene.
An eastbound Dodge Caravan driven by McClain entered the westbound lane and collided head-on with a 2009 Ford CTV mini-bus driven by Jerry Rouge, 58, of Lake Benton. Rouge was taken to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. after suffering serious injuries. Behnke was a passenger in the mini-bus. Two other passengers in the bus also received serious injuries. Lois Studemann, 62, of Tyler and Vicki Stalvey, 68, of Tyler were taken to Avera McKennen Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.
The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating the accident that was reported at 3:12 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.
Responding to the call were Lynd First Responders, North Memorial Ambulance, Marshall Fire Department, Minnesota State Patrol and Lyon County Sheriff’s Department. Multiple medical evacuation helicopters were also summoned to the scene.

Lady Elks fight off Lady Raiders

January 2, 2015

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Breanna Olson is pictured as she takes a shot over multiple defenders in last week’s win over the Oldham-Ramona-Rutland Lady Raiders at home in Elkton, S.D.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Elkton-Lake Benton Lady Elks continued their winning streak with a 54-38 victory over the Oldham-Ramona-Rutland Lady Raiders last Monday evening at home in the first game of a boys and girls doubleheader in Elkton, S.D.
The Lady Elks came out of the gate slow and trailed by 10 points early in the game before they made a run in the second quarter and never looked back. The girls went into halftime with a two-point lead, and they built on that lead in the third and fourth quarters to come away with a 16-point victory.
Breanna Olson led the Lady Elks in scoring with 14 points. Morgan Carmody scored 11 points in the game and Callie Otkin had nine points. The team shot 38 percent from the field and made seven of their 19 free throw attempts.

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

Blumeyer and Schreurs share thoughts on their years of service

January 2, 2015

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Pictured above, Lincoln County Auditor Kathy Schreurs’ term of office has come to an end after 16 years of service. Pictured below, Commissioner Curt Blumeyer’s term of office has come to an end after nearly 15 years of service.

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By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
When the Board of Lincoln County Commissioners convenes for their first, and subsequent, meetings in 2015, it will be without three familiar faces.
As their terms were coming to an end in 2014, Commissioners Curtis Blumeyer and Larry Hansen, along with Lincoln County Auditor Kathy Schreurs, opted to retire from public office and not file for re-election.
Following the final meeting of 2014 of the Board of Commissioners, Blumeyer and Schreurs shared their thoughts on their years of service with the Lake Benton Valley Journal.
“I came in on a special election when Mr. Bloch went to Montana in May of 2000,” said Blumeyer. “I’ve seen a lot of changes, and there have been a lot of things done for the betterment of Lincoln County. It’s mostly the workers that make Lincoln County what it is,” said Blumeyer. “It’s been a learning experience, a good one,” he added. “There are always things that need to be done, and you learn to operate as a board, not as an individual,” said Blumeyer.

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

Christmas program held at Lake Benton United Methodist Church

December 26, 2014

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The Lake Benton Methodist Church children presented their Christmas program Sunday evening. The younger children are pictured above; from left to right in front are James Trigg, Sydney DeVries and Tristan Hudson; in the middle row are Brooklyn Schmidt, Blake DeVries and Andrew Tiedeman; and in the back row are Madisyn Nielsen, Brooklyn Nielsen, Allison Nelson and Sharon Hudson.

By Nancy Mulder
lbnews@itctel.com

 
The Lake Benton United Methodist Church had their Christmas program Sunday evening at 5 p.m. The church was full with members, family and friends coming to share in the celebration of Christ’s birth.
The older children and young adults sang “Sending You a Little Christmas” with Richie Mulder accompanying them on the piano.
Then it was time for the younger children to sing “Friendly Beasts” while dressed like the different beasts they sang about.

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

Home-schooled children’s group formed in Lake Benton

December 26, 2014

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Pictured above is a group of little ladies enjoying their time together while attending one of the first home-school open gyms held at the First Baptist Church of Lake Benton earlier this year.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
A local group of home-schooling parents and their children have recently begun meeting twice a month in Lake Benton in order to provide a social gathering environment for all home-schooling families that may be interested.
The idea to begin such a program in Lake Benton came at the end of this past summer when the Summer Reading Program came to an end in August. It was at that time that Shawna Soderholm, Heather Riley and Yolanda Drietz developed the idea to provide a setting for their children to learn, socialize and play with other children who are growing up in a similar situation.
“At the Summer Reading Program’s finale in August, I asked Yolanda to join Heather and me in the planning phase,” said Soderholm. “We then got together and hammered out the details for open gym and the idea of a home-school group. Our first idea was to simply gather bi-weekly to give the chance for the kids to run and play.”
The idea of having a home-school group is nothing new, but it is new to Lake Benton. Similar groups are in existence in bigger cities like Marshall, Brookings or Pipestone.

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

School district decreases tax levy

December 26, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton School Board held their proposed tax levy hearing prior to their regular monthly meeting last Wednesday evening to hear opinions or concerns of residents regarding the school’s tax levy for 2014 payable in 2015.
Following explanation and discussion, the board unanimously approved the adoption of the levy in the amount of $687,739. This year’s levy is down 5.42 percent from last year’s $727,145 levy. No visitors were present at the hearing.
The board approved a make-up day being scheduled for Jan. 19, 2015 due to the postponement of school due to weather on Dec. 16.
The replacement of a water fountain in the school at an estimated cost of $1,500 was approved.

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

County board hears concerns of Hansonville township

December 26, 2014

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Four members of the Hansonville Township Board, John Olson, Tom Pederson, Jeff Moen and Mark Pederson, were on hand at the Lincoln County Commissioners Dec. 16 meeting to discuss concerns over an assessment made to the township for ditch work that had been done in Hansonville Township.
Olson said that the assessment is for “road improvement” and that township does not feel that they should owe for the work, as they did not order the work, and pointed out that the road was not improved but rather the work that was done left a large dip in the intersection. A concern was also voiced in regard to a lack of notification prior to the work being done.

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

Elementary students put on a dazzling Christmas program

December 18, 2014

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The preschool class at Lake Benton Elementary School is pictured as they show what angels they are during their performance of “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” at last Thursday’s Christmas program.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton Elementary Christmas Program was held last Thursday evening in the school gymnasium.
The program, under the direction of band and choir director Marijane Borresen, commenced with the sixth grade band’s performance of “Jingle Bell Polka.” The sixth grade band then played “Castles and Kings” before the fifth grade band joined in for the performance of “First Christmas Overture.”
The four-year-old preschoolers took to the stage and belted out “S!A!N!T!A!” along with some holiday classics that included “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” and “Jingle Bells.”
Next, Julia Drietz, Brooklyn Nielsen and Hannah Krog played “Deck the Halls” as a saxophone trio.

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