By Dan Kuss
The Lake Benton First Responders in conjunction with the City Council, Police Department and county emergency management personnel plan to hold a community emergency preparedness training session on Thursday, April 12 at the American Legion Hall.
The training session will be set up to give Lake Benton residents information, instruction and options they have on warning signs, how to be ready to react and what to do in the event of an emergency.
“The meeting will be informational for people on what to do and where to go in case of a tornado or other emergency,” said Mayor Mike Carpenter. “In the past, people have gone to the fire hall and that’s not an official place of safety.”
“We will also give an update on where the city is at with the emergency siren project, what the sirens mean and how to respond.”
The council talked about the possibility of paying for a portion of weather radios as it has in the past, a program that was well received.
Many people in town have purchased the early warning devices for their own safety and are notified of a weather emergency via radio.
A special election will be held on Tuesday March 27 at the community center due to the death of State Senator Gary Kubly. A primary must be held prior to the special election on April 10 as there is an independent and two Democratic candidates who have filed for the seat.
The council authorized the clerk to pick up the ballots and get everything ready on Monday.
The city council also discussed at length the repair and maintenance ofLakeBentoncity streets.
The council and city maintenance supervisor have been monitoring the situation and preparing for seal coating to protect the integrity and longevity of city streets.
There is $15,000 set aside for the seal coating project and just under $80,000 in another account of which $15,000 can be used for the other half of the seal coating ,saving $65,000 for Coteau Streetand other projects.
“We need to preserve what we have and look at the other projects later,” said Duff Trautman. “A few streets are messed up but we will fix that and do it correctly.”
The plan is to do half the town now, the other half in a few years with resurfacing happening every six years or so.
There will be a little over $100,000 in the coffers next year for streets in the TIFF District and the money will have to be used specifically for certain streets.
Some streets will take a considerable amount of work, time and expense to repair, while others have older water pipes and no sewer.
“I don’t want to put in a new street without putting in new water,” said Carpenter. “If I had a guarantee that it would last 10 years, maybe, but it usually doesn’t work that way.”
Maintenance Supervisor Todd Draper said an engineer will need to be involved with those as there are water concerns and some require a total dig out, sub cut and matting.
Other work will be timed out according to what the county and state does.LincolnCountywill be seal coatingBenton Streetin 2013 or 2014.
Draper is waiting to see what County Engineer Lee Amundson secures for a locked price on oil and pea rock can be purchased at $6.55 per ton in Russell.
Draper said there was a water break onHarrison Street last Thursday due to a frost break. The ground moved and snapped the pipe like a pencil.
Draper also presented a list of curb stops that need to be replaced. There are five curb stops that have been problems for over 10 years and the city cannot turn the water off to certain dwellings from the street.
The cost will be $500 per curb stop for a total of $2,500 and a few must be moved from MnDOT right-of-way, also requiring moving signage.
Draper would like to use a mini excavator for better maneuverability on the project. The council approved.
Draper said he received a building request for a new 78×47-foot home at 606 West Mork, lot 7 and half of lot 8 for Royal Lynn.
The city has received a $25 check from the contractor who would like to start digging by the end of the week. The council approved the request.
City Clerk Rosie DeZeeuw presented a combination deferred loan and mortgage document for rehabilitation payments. The council authorized the mayor and clerk to sign.
The council approved payment of $10,377 for rehab grant checks. DeZeeuw said the money is in the account.
Carl Burk reported on the status of administrative tickets. He said Barb Powell provided him with a copy of the Tyler Administrative Ticket and they are researching the process.
“Is it worth our while?” asked Burk. “People like them because they don’t lose points.”
Chief Guy Harding said they are limited in what they can write. The city must fill out a form and apply with the state, keep accurate records and adopt a resolution.
A plan must be in place for appeals in a different city with an objective, openminded citizen not involved with the city or police mediating the proceedings.
Powell said an agreement between Lake Benton and Tyler could take place though most people don’t appeal as it goes on their record.
The next regular meeting of the city council will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 2 with a lengthy agenda at the Heritage Center/City Office.Filed under Community |
By Dan Kuss
The Lake Benton Sportsmen’s Club held their 23rd Annual Wild Game Feed on Saturday night, March 17 at the American Legion.
Once again, at precisely 5:30 p.m., the line of hungry guests stretched from outside the door, around the inside perimeter of the hall to the serving line which contained 20 or so roasting pans full of delightful wild game entrées as diners ate at the tables in the middle.
“A lot of us do two dishes, such as Lonny, Eileen and Al,” said Scott Christensen, treasurer of the club. “We add new recipes each year and a lot of it depends on what we catch or what we bag.”
Sportsmen’s Club members said it all starts with opening fishing and hunting seasons, that’s when the fun begins.
“We basically prepare all year,” said Christensen. “We get together two months before the event to tally up what people have donated and one month before, we decide who is going to cook what.”
Beginning at noon on Saturday, over 35 Sportsmen’s Club members descended upon the kitchens at the Lake Benton American Legion and Community Center to cut up and cook the food.
By the time the doors opened at 5:30 p.m., parked cars lined Center Street and covered every available space in the surrounding lots.
Patrons filled their plates with bear and venison meatballs, goose, duck, elk lasagna, buffalo, wild turkey, pheasant, moose, buffalo, wild boar and other wild game.
“You’ll want to try a little of everything,” said Ila Christensen. “I bet most folks have never tried elk lasagna. It’s really good.”
Sportsmen continually breaded and deep-fried the Rocky Mountain Oysters, Chislick and Northern Pike to tempt the taste buds of those still waiting in line and to keep a fresh supply on hand.
Beans, potato salad and wild rice were also served in addition to cups of Perch Stew.
“It’s the wife’s recipe,” said Bob Redlinger. “I’m just serving it, but I did help cut up the ingredients.”
Margaret Anderson brought her Silver Fox Mustard Sauce, which was new this year to go with the bear meatballs.
“This was the best one ever in 20 some years,” said Clarice Nordmeyer. “Ken always enjoyed this type of thing and won the gun one year.”
“We argued about hanging it in the house. I didn’t want to but it still hangs there today.”
Bert Kuehl told the story of how the whole thing started.
“Me, Terry Miller and Mark Meyer shot a bunch of rabbits back in the early 1990s and didn’t know what to do with them all,” said Kuehl. “We decided to cook them up and share them with everybody and the rest is history.”
Sportsman Tommy Christensen said the turnout was great.
“We usually serve around 300 people with our high last year of 375 when we ran out of food,” said Christensen. “We are always hoping to break the record and reach the 400 mark.”
As people ate their fill and purchased tickets for the drawing of a Stoeger double barrel 12 gauge shotgun, a Pheasants Forever print and a Ducks Unlimited print, others filtered out into the warm and sunny evening making sure to compliment the Sportsmen’s Club for a wonderful meal.
“Nice weather,” said Scott Christensen. “The nice weather helped a lot.”
“Cleanup is a lot easier now with the roaster bags, too. Back in the day we almost had to use a chisel to get the stuff off after it sat in the pan for a couple of hours.”Filed under Community |
By Dan Kuss
The Lake Benton Opera House presented Broadway Meets Lake Benton, a musical review, in shows at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 17.
The show, directed by John Voit, featured several area players performing numbers from a wide variety of Broadway musicals.
“I was very excited going into the show for I knew that we had a very talented cast,” said Voit. “I loved the fact that we had people both singing and playing instruments. It just shows how versatile and musical these people really are.”
“These people are also dedicated musicians and veterans of the theater. They knew what they had to do in order to do a great job with the show, and that is what they did.”
The show opened with a male ensemble performing “Gee, Officer Krupke” from “West Side Story” followed by Caroline Koska singing “A Change in Me” from “Beauty and the Beast.” Emilirose Rasmusson came out dressed in a black cape to perform “Shy” from “Once Upon a Mattress” and at a strategic point in the song opened her cape to reveal a flashy red dress, proving she wasn’t really shy, just shy one guy.
Steve Meyer entered the auditorium from the rear to sing “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” from “Oklahoma!” and John and Stacey Voit teamed up to perform “A Stud and a Babe” from “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.”
Mark Bosveld made his Opera House debut with “The Mason” from “Working” as did Catherine Lukken, a sophomore from SMSU inMarshallwho sang “Times Like This” from the play “Lucky Stiff.”
John Ward returned to the opera house stage to perform “The Kite” from “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” using a string as a prop and Chris Shuckhart made his Lake Benton debut singing “Mack the Knife” from “Threepenny Opera.”
The first act ended with Paula Nemes and Emilirose Rasmusson performing an adorable number entitled “Cookies” from “A Year with Frog and Toad” assisted by Caroline Koska and Mark Bosveld as birds to help eat the cookies.
Refreshments of lemonade, cookies and other goodies were served next door in theKimballBuildingduring the 15 minute intermission with the free-will donations going to help fight cancer through Lincoln County Relay For Life.
“I thought that the shows went quite well,” said Voit. “The audience reaction both during and after the shows was extremely positive. They had a great time and so did the performers.”
The second act opened with “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” from “Kiss Me Kate” performed by Mark Bosveld and Wes Myers followed by John Williams singing “Lonely Room” from “Oklahoma!”
Caroline Koska sang “I’m in Love With a Wonderful Guy” from “South Pacific” followed by Steve Meyer singing “Maria” from “West Side Story.”
Catherine Lukken then teamed up with Chris Shuckhart to sing “Sue Me” from “Guys and Dolls” followed by Wes Myers performing “Get Me to the Church on Time” from “My Fair Lady” with a little help from Voit and Williams who dragged him off the stage.
John Ward sang “Wand’rin’ Star” from “Paint Your Wagon” followed by Chris Shuckhart and John Voit performing “Guys and Dolls” from “Guys and Dolls.”
The show closed with “Big Spender” from “Sweet Charity” performed by a female ensemble of cast members singing to the male members of the cast.
The performers were accompanied by Stacey Voit on the piano with John Ward filling in on “A Stud and a Babe” and “Big Spender” while Mark Wilmes played percussion for the entire show and Wes Myers played bass guitar when he wasn’t singing.
“It was a very talented group and was great fun being a part of the show, said Opera House President Mark Wilmes. “Our crowd numbers suffered because of the amazing weather, but the people who came showed their appreciation very loudly for the show.”
Voit and Paula Nemes were Master and Mistress of Ceremonies while Cindy Williams worked sound and lights and Ann Ward and Andrew Haun ran the spotlights.
The Opera House Board would like to invite people to review the schedule for coming events.
“It’s too bad moreLakeBentonpeople don’t come out to take advantage of this wonderful venue we have right here in town,” said board member Milo Downs. “If they came out once, I’m sure they would come time and again.”
Monroe Crossing will be performing in concert at the Lake Benton Opera House on Friday, March 30.
Tickets are available at First Security Bank in Lake Benton, Citizens State bank in Tyler, Farmers and Merchants Bank in Pipestone, Hy-Vee in Marshall and at the door the night of the show.Filed under Community |
By Dan Kuss
The Lady Elks seven seniors played their last high school game for Elkton-Lake Benton at the South Dakota High School Athletic Association State Class A Basketball Tournament on Saturday night in Spearfish, S.D.
Since their freshman year, this group of Lady Elks sports a record of 89 wins, 12 losses and have placed first, second and third in state tournament action within the last four years.
“If you think about it, you can actually subtract three of those losses,” said Head Coach Steve Krause. “We lost those three early on to top-ranked teams while I was getting them acclimated to my system.”
“We don’t even worry about the win-loss record before Christmas break since at that point we are only concerned about establishing our game, so it’s not a big deal.”
Alissa Landsman, Becca Jurgens, Cassidy Gebhart, Haylee Denison, Megan Krogman and Molly Koch have played together since third grade and Stephanie Johnson joined them in fourth grade.
“They all went out for basketball in third grade and begged me to come and play with them,” joked Johnson. “I came out the next year and we have played together ever since.” The girls played through grade school and Jr. High before Cassidy Gebhart moved to varsity as an eighth grader followed by the others in their freshman year.
Gebhart and Krogman reached 1,000 career points this season and were both named to the Dakota Valley All conference team with Gebhart receiving Most Valuable Player honors.
Johnson and Jurgens were named to the DVC all-conference second team.
Gebhart surpassed the 1,000 point milestone early in the season and holds the school record for total points, while Krogman hit the 1,000 point mark in game one of the state tournament playoff againstClark-WillowLake.
Gebhart and Krogman were also named to the all-tournament team.
Junior Mindee VanDyke completed the top eight regular players on this year’s team.
Junior Ashlyn Landsman and sophomores Gabby Kampmann, Kelsey Kinner, Brooke Jaacks and Courtney Mulder made up the remainder of the roster and waited in the wings, each receiving considerable playing time during the regular season and in tournament play.
The Lady Elks battled hard, played well and came within six points of playing in the state championship game.
The Lady Elks are well-liked by competing teams, who cheered for them to win.
“We stopped at Wall Drug for a break and to eat dinner on the long drive home,” said Krause. “More than one person came up to me and said they were thoroughly impressed at the way our girls carry themselves and respect others. A real class act.”
Fans wearing blue and white from Elkton andLakeBentonfilled the stands from Thursday to Saturday at the state tournament games to cheer the Lady Elks on to victory.
The Elkton Fire Department met the Lady Elks’ bus on the outskirts of town and escorted them with lights flashing and sirens blaring down the main drag to the school where a welcome home celebration was held at 7 p.m. on Sunday evening.
The players, coaches, managers, statisticians and official scorer Steve Bennett disembarked from the bus amid cheers and made their way into the North Gym auditorium and sat in a row of chairs behind the big third place state trophy to music played by Tal Farnham.
Athletic Director Ervin Gebhart opened the program and told stories about the girls playing as a team while growing up.
Superintendent Brian Jandahl thanked the team for their effort and for representing the school with class and dignity.
Each of the team members took a turn at the microphone mostly thanking the coaches, parents and fans for their support.
Assistant Coach Rebecca Beuckens was moved to tears and couldn’t speak.
“She says thank you,” said Krause with a smile on his face.
Krause himself choked up a bit but maintained his composure as usual and thanked the team for their effort and dedication.
Players and fans stood and clapped as the school song was played for the final time for the seniors.Filed under Community |
By Dan Kuss
CLIMB Theatre returned toLakeBentonon Tuesday, March 6 to perform its original play “Snapshots” for third through sixth grade students fromLincolnCounty’s RTR, Hendricks, Lincoln HI and Lake Benton Schools.
Professional actors JR Ritcheson, Jay Kistler and Siddeegah Shabozz were in residence performing with a focus on respect.
“The kids were great,” said Ritcheson. “It is always nice to perform in front of kids who are attentive and involved and this play has a great topic about respect.”
Elliott Poirot, played by Kistler, is a fifth grader who was in his first week at Lake Stanley Elementary School.
Elliott likes to stay up late on Thursday nights to watch old unsolved mysteries on TV and has read every Sherlock Holmes story at least twice.
Elliott and his sidekicks, Alex Schwartz played by Ritcheson and Holly Vasquez played by Shabozz, are members of the Detective Club at school and embarked on a mission to solve the mystery of the Camera Culprit.
No one knew who the camera culprit was, but every day new photographs were mysteriously posted around school.
The characters uncovered the unsolved mystery and discovered along the way that disrespect at Lake Stanley Elementary is what can make it a not-so-pleasant place to be.
“Through the play, students are taught the importance of respect for themselves, for others and for other people’s property,” said Ritcheson. “The play models positive behaviors and shows possible consequences of both positive and negative behaviors.”
CLIMB’s innovative play “Snapshots” also gives schools a common language and a set of expectations for respect both in and out of school through effective programming on respectful behavior for elementary-aged students.
The CLIMB Theatre performance also left educators with new vocabulary and teaching tools to reiterate the importance of being respectful in their own classrooms.
“Theatre is a very powerful tool for promoting change,” said Buffy Sedlachek, producer at CLIMB. “Students learn strategies to improve their lives while being engaged as an audience.”
CLIMB stands for Creative Learning Ideas for Mind and Body. CLIMB’s work is not only entertaining, it is also educational.
For more information about CLIMB, visit http:// www.climb.org.Filed under Community |
By Steven Hurd
Valley Journal Intern
The first March meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners was held last Tuesday morning at the Lincoln County Courthouse in Ivanhoe.
At the meeting, Environmental Administrator Robert Olsen estimated a cost of $230,000 for the replacement of the 18-inch tile with 30-inch dual-walled plastic on County Ditch 33.
Olsen also reported that overage charges for garbage and recycling pick-up are down from $500 to $50 since Michael Thooft has been monitoring and documenting the area daily. The board then approved a two-month renewal for the months of March and April for Thooft’s services.
Lincoln County Engineer Lee Amundson started by explaining that the budget numbers for the Lincoln County Highway Department are below budget so far this year.
Amundson then introduced orado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota,New Jersey, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
These states will also be able to factor in subjects beyond reading and math.
The board approved Consideration of Claims and Accounts for the month in the amount of $29,205.87.
The board also approved a motion for the final revised budget for 2012-2013 in the amount of 2,175,979.
The board had its first reading of the school calendar for the 2012-2013 school year which is in a rough draft stage as of now. The calendar will be finalized at the next board meeting.
The board also discussed the possibility of purchasing a more efficient vehicle. The board directed Nielsen to begin looking for a solution since all school vehicles must be newer than 12 years old.
The board discussed the opportunity forLakeBentonresident students to participate in the Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program.
The program inMinnesotais administered through the Minnesota Department of Education and allows high school juniors and seniors to earn college credit while in high school.
Students can take courses at a postsecondary institution, take courses offered at their high school taught by a qualified high school or college instructor, sometimes referred to as concurrent/dual enrollment or “College in the Schools,” or take courses offered online taught by a college instructor.
PSEO provides students with a great variety of class offerings and the opportunity to pursue challenging coursework.
The next school board meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. in the school media center.Filed under Community |
By Dan Kuss
The city council closed the regular meeting at 5:45 on Monday night to hold a public hearing on the proposed siren project.
The hearing, which had been properly and officially advertised in the Lake Benton Valley Journal, was held for informational purposes and to listen to public concerns on the project.
City Clerk Rosie DeZeeuw read the advertisement aloud for the council.
At present, the siren must be activated manually in the event of an emergency.
“With no citizens present to voice their concerns,” said Mayor Mike Carpenter, “I recommend we come out of the 1960s and move into the future.”
After some discussion, the council agreed to pursue the grant for a new siren and the public hearing was closed at 5:48, three minutes later.
The council approved the claims against the city and municipal bar.
Police Chief Guy Harding gave his monthly police report before Maintenance Supervisor Todd Draper presented the public works update.
Draper said checks in the amount of $1,964.74 came in from the League of Minnesota Cities to cover repair, taping and spraying of damaged ceiling and walls at the library.
Mayor Carpenter recommend ed a separate account for the library project.
Draper also updated the council on what he calls the Opera House wet basement project.
The damage was estimated at $12,000 and an insurance check for $8,900.85 minus the $1,000 deductible had been received from the insurance company.
Draper said the floor has been retiled and the basement has been restored to its original configuration.
The rest of the money will come when the project is complete and the Opera House Board agreed to pay all costs above the insurance coverage.
Draper also received an insurance check in the amount of $2,200 for the public bathrooms and the shelter at Creamery Park.
Draper said the architect came to look at the library and the surveyors came two days later. The architect is looking at ideas for the layout.
Draper also said all four tires had been replaced on the city pickup truck. He is checking into a recall on the old tires from Goodyear per a suggestion from Troy Nordmeyer.
Draper presented the council with a building permit for a 24-by-24 garage from Daniel Krotzer. Draper said everything checked out, the old foundation was still there and the council approved.
In the committee reports Lyle “Duff” Trautman asked about the status of administrative tickets.
Mayor Carpenter said last time the issue was raised, it was not dropped, the council decided not to do it.
Carpenter suggested the committee meet with Chief Harding but cautioned that three council members could not meet as it would constitute a quorum.
Trustee Carl Burk said that people like the administrative tickets and appreciate them.
There is a sample ticket on the League of Minnesota Cities web site.
Trautman also said he, Carpenter and Draper are on the city EDA and that anyone wishing to open a new business inLakeBentonshould approach Heather Ulrich-Glynn to get on the next agenda as there are startup funds available.
City Clerk Rosie DeZeeuw presented a document and the council approved allowing the clerk and the mayor to sign Rehabilitation Grant documentation agreements between the city, who acts as the lender, and residents of owner occupied properties receiving the grants.
The City ofCottonwoodtakes care of their own agreement documentation.
In the Mayoral Report, Mayor Carpenter said that ITC is raising their rates.
Carpenter also said that Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water is raising their rates from $1.95 per 1,000 units to $2 per 1,000 units.
The council must decide whether or not to pass the increase on to citizens. Last time they did but the time before that they did not.
The issue will be on a future agenda.
The next regular meeting of the city council will take place at 5:30 p.m. on March 19 at the Heritage Center/City Office.Filed under Community |
By Dan Kuss
The Lake Benton Area Foundation Annual Gala on Saturday night was a black-tie affair with all the glitz, glamour, fun and excitement of the American motion picture industry’s biggest night,Hollywood’s Academy Awards also referred to as the Oscars.
Each guest was treated like a movie star in an elegant community affair to raise funds for the many projects the foundation is involved in.
“Celebrities” were greeted at the door by a gentleman in a tuxedo with tails, top hat and a smile who goes by the name of Conrad Schardin before they strolled down the red carpet to a photo set to get their picture taken by professional photographer Barb Powell, reminiscent of the paparazzi, between two seven-foot Oscar replicas.
“It’s a fun night,” said Janet Kuhn. “Everyone is really excited and all dressed up for the occasion.”
Once inside, there was soft piano music donated by Rick and Mary Middlen as stars and starlets enjoyed hors d’oeuvres to go with many varieties of wine and beer tasting.
Donated items for the silent and live auctions were displayed on tripods and tables lining the walls from the front to the back of the Lake Benton American Legion as “A-List” members browsed and bid.
An ambiance of Hollywood filled the intricately decorated room withParamount, Warner Bros. and Metro-Goldwin-Mayer posters and photos adorning the walls provided by a Redwood Fallsartist who used the theme for the senior prom last year.
A big Hollywood backdrop decorated the stage and Oscars sat on tables set up for wine and beer tasting and the auction registration station with bid tickets donated by Carpenter Auction Company.
The dining tables were elegantly decorated with wine decanters, bowls of caramelized popcorn and candies decorated with movie cameras and a cleverly beautiful program containing a list of all the donated items and their donors.
“Everyone is so happy and smiling,” said Pam Nibbe. “It’s always a full house and everyone is having fun.”
Emcee Vince Robinson warmly welcomed everyone and provided information about the evening as each of the LBAF Board members socialized and explained the multitudes of items donated by individuals and businesses in support of this community.
Pam Veire, Margo Sik and Jodi Weber took to the microphones to let people know which items were available for low bids under their value at the silent auction and explained what went with items and who donated them.
A gourmet buffet table fit for a king, much like the one inHollywood, consisted of the finest recipes ofRenee Beckerand Guy Pribyl of Becker’s Resort, Joyce Miller and Liza Wilde-Duehn of the American Legion and Teresa Bunkers and Brandee Miller of Lake Benton School tantalized the taste buds of all the movie moguls.
At the end of the buffet was a flowing chocolate fountain with angel food cake bites, strawberries, macaroons and Rice Krispie treats for dipping with the addition of “To Die For” chocolate and almond pound cake frosted cupcakes.
Wait staff, serving and ongoing cleanup was performed by the American Legion Auxiliary and St. Genevieve youth who attended to every need of each honored guest.
The first round of live auction items began at 7:30 p.m. with Joe and JT Weber donating their talent and expertise in calling the auction.
A second round began an hour later culminating with a priceless watercolor by Jack Burk of Lake Benton, which went to Mike and Lynn Carpenter.
A large variety of items such as romantic getaway weekends, winery tours, pontoon excursions, an airplane ride, patio furniture, golf outings and clubs were up for auction and went to some very generous highest bidders.
Tables filled with revelers joined together to bid on weekend and dinner packages for six or eight.
“We want to thank everyone for the many generous and wonderful donations,” said Kuhn. “A lot of hard work is involved and every year we increase funding largely due to all of the people that attend.”
Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio, played by Teresa Bunkers and Keith Greer, made an appearance to help sell tickets for best dressed man and woman of the evening and their costumes were later auctioned off.
The Best Dressed awards and a mini Oscar went to Kara Christensen and Vince Robinson, though many glamorous and handsome outfits were worn by all in attendance.
As the live auction wrapped up, people began to collect their silent auction items and make their way to the front to pay the lady on their way out.
The Lake Benton Area Foundation would like to remind everyone to keep them in mind when making charitable donations and to remember all charitable donations are tax deductible.
Persons wishing to learn more about the LBAF, are interested in serving on the board or the Gala Committee are encouraged to contact any one of the board members—Carl Burk, Lisa Schardin, Janet Kuhn, Rick and Mary Middlen, Pam Nibbe, Patti Peterson, Vince Robinson, Margo Sik, Jim and Pam Veire, Jodi Weber or Honorary Member Glenn Krog.
“The LBAF would like to thank everyone who helped make this evening successful and fun,” said Kuhn. “We’re going to have to work hard to top this next year.”Filed under Community |
FCCLA Week was held Feb. 13-19. Members played a huge role in the outreach project that was held throughout the celebration week. Each day of the week members brought in items for local food pantries and the domestic abuse shelter and continued to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network. Monday, members brought in a dollar to donate to the Children’s Miracle Network. Tuesday, students brought in toothbrushes and toothpaste and Wednesday, paper products and cleaning supplies such as shampoo and conditioner. Thursday was Think Warm Thursday with coats and other warm items. Friday was Food Day Friday where members and staff brought in canned food items. The results for the outreach projects were as follows: Monday, Children’s Miracle Network, a total of $758 was raised. This amount was donated by members and faculty and staff who paid $5 to wear jeans on Fridays. Tuesday, for Toothbrush and Toothpaste Day, the students and staff raised 124 items. A total of 191 items were donated on Wash it Up Wednesday, these items included shampoo and hair conditioners, laundry soap, deodorant, hand soap and paper items such as paper towels, toilet paper and Kleenex. On Think Warm Thursday, blankets, socks, gloves, mittens, hats, boots, coats and snow pants were donated for a total of 219 items. The canned food drive on Friday brought in 71 non-perishable food items. The total number of items donated for the week came to 605. The outreach project was a huge success and the chapter would like to thank the FCCLA members, staff and students of Elkton andLakeBentonand community members for donating the items.
Other events that were held during FCCLA Week were the Valentine Sales, Steal a Heart Day, Teacher Appreciation Lunch and Member Appreciation Breakfast. The Valentine Sales went well and were delivered on Tuesday as it was Valentine’s Day. Everyone liked receiving and giving Valentine gifts. Tuesday and Wednesday were Steal a Heart Day with Debrisha Stephens getting the most hearts out of the girls and receiving a movie certificate for winning and Nick Krog won the most hearts out of the boys getting a movie certificate. Students really get into this activity and have a good time doing it. Thursday was just another busy day for FCCLA as it was the Teacher Appreciation Lunch. Teachers enjoyed eating a delicious meal of tacos with chips and salsa, a dessert and lemonade prepared and served by members and officers. The teachers and staff enjoyed the meal and members were given many compliments. Friday was the ending of a great FCCLA Week and members were recognized with a member appreciation breakfast. The members enjoyed eating tasty rolls, juice and milk before school started. The FCCLA members want to thank everyone who got involved in the FCCLA Week celebration and brought items for the outreach project. FCCLA Week 2012 was a HUGE success!Filed under Community |