Worth represents US farmers in Taiwan

February 11, 2013

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Bob Worth of Lake Benton, former president of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, recently toured Taiwan with a delegation of Minnesota Corn and Soybean Growers on a mission to discuss agricultural issues with Taiwanese government officials. Pictured from left to right are MDA employee and translator Su Ye, Soybean Growers representative Bob Worth, Minnesota Corn Growers President Tom Haag and Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture Dave Frederickson.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
Bob Worth of Lake Benton travelled to Taiwan recently with a delegation for corn and soybean growers to discuss issues facing farmers there.
Worth was one of four representatives from Minnesota who met with Taiwanese government officials and toured various facilities that deal with agriculture.
Worth travelled with Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture Dave Frederickson, Minnesota Corn Growers Association President Tom Haag and MDA employee and Chinese interpreter Su Ye.
“We had four meetings on the first day and the first one was with the Council of Agriculture,” said Worth. “We discussed the issues they are having in agriculture, mainly not many young people involved in agriculture any longer.
“The average age of a farmer is 65 and the average size of a farm is three acres. They are working on plans for incentives to get young people back into farming, same as the U.S.”

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

Council talks ATV licensing

February 11, 2013

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
The city council discussed licensing of All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), Off-Road Vehicles or mini trucks (ORVs) and Off-Highway Motorcycles (OHMs) in addition to the Golf Cart Ordinance the city adopted last year for use on city streets.
At present, golf carts must be licensed to drive on city streets and snowmobiles may use streets on the way into or out of town for use in ditches or on the trails.
Citizens must possess a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance in order to obtain a permit to drive a golf cart on Lake Benton streets.
ATVs and other off-road vehicles must be licensed through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
The city council discussed an all-in-one ordinance for all such vehicles for operation on city streets which would require adhering to the same laws.

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

Tyler Healthcare welcomes new nurse practitioner

February 11, 2013

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Nurse practitioner Marcia Kells started work at Tyler Healthcare on Tuesday, Feb. 5. She will be seeing patients both in the clinic and emergency room.

By Robert Wolfington
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Tyler Healthcare welcomed its new nurse practitioner Marcia Kells on Tuesday morning.
Kells has been working as a nurse practitioner since 1997 and is now taking shifts at Tyler Healthcare.
“I’m going to be doing patient care,” said Kells. “(I will be working) for a week at a time both in the clinic and covering the emergency room. I’ll be working half and half, Tuesday through Sunday. I’ll have some 24 hour shifts for four days.
“I’ll be augmenting the doctors’ very busy schedules to give them a little rest,” said Kells.
Kells previously worked at Granite Falls Municipal Hospital. She said prior to being certified as a nurse practitioner she worked in a number nursing areas.

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

Fifth graders reach reading goal

February 1, 2013

Tamara Kremin’s fifth grade class is pictured with the many books they have read to earn a Super Bowl party and Football Olympics on Friday afternoon. Pictured from left to right in the front row are Mrs. Kremin, Jesse Busselman, Bryson Sik and Noah Greer; in the second row are Evelyn Clocker, Alexandria Sanderson, Shannon Knisley and Arthur Finzen; in the third row are AJ Busselman, Grant DeRuyter, Jaxon Harstad and Karley Cunningham; in the fourth row are Emily Miller, Taylor Bales and Alexis Christensen; in the fifth row are parent/grandparent volunteers Tracy Doherty, Lisa Doherty and Bernie DeRuyter. Not pictured are fifth grade student Jentz Hans, parent helper Darcy Miller and Paraprofessional Tessa Bloom.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
Lake Benton School fifth graders enjoyed a Super Bowl party and Football Olympics for achieving their goal of surrounding their classroom with eight-inch paper footballs earned for each new book they read.
Fifth grade teacher Tamara Kremin served veggies, popcorn and root beer at the party and led the students in Football Bingo and other games before bringing the students to the gymnasium for the Football Olympics.
Students enjoyed a football relay, football toss through a hula hoop and played Capture the Football while wearing their favorite team jerseys.
“We started during the first week of school in September and the kids really got excited when they finished a wall and started on a new one,” said Kremin. “Every time they finished reading a book and passed a quiz they got to put up a football.”

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

Lake Benton Lions Club breakfast Feb. 3 to benefit Carol Mensen

February 1, 2013

The Lake Benton Lions Club will hold a benefit breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 3, with the proceeds going to Carol Mensen and her family. Mensen was diagnosed with colon cancer in November. Pictured in the front row are Mensen’s granddaughters Poppy and Piper Rigge. In the middle row are Carol Mensen and daughters Laura Rigge, Rachael Krueger, Katie Bakker and Courtney Mensen. In the back row are husband Greg Mensen and sons-in-law John Rigge, Matt Krueger and Alex Bakker.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
The Lake Benton Lions Club will hold a benefit breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Lake Benton American Legion Hall with the proceeds going to Carol Mensen and her family.
Mensen was diagnosed with colon cancer in November and underwent major surgery shortly after Thanksgiving, spending about a month recuperating at home.
Mensen chose to add infusion therapy to help build up her body to regain her health and strength for the intense treatment she is just beginning to undergo.
The medical oncologist has recommended aggressive chemotherapy treatment to rid her body of any remaining cancer cells. A joint decision has been made at this time to proceed with nutritional protocol and monitor her cancer marker until chemotherapy is required.

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

Sportsman’s Club holds annual meeting

February 1, 2013

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
The Lake Benton Sportsman’s Club held their annual meeting and membership drive after serving the traditional oyster stew and ham dinner on Wednesday, Jan 23 at the American Legion Hall.
President Lonny Willert opened the business meeting with approximately 50 members in attendance and said the club was in need of a vice-president now that Eldy Nordmeyer has passed away.
Willert opened the floor for nominations and the club voted Mark Goertz in as the new VP.
Treasurer Eileen Christensen gave the secretary’s report and said the Bud and Joyce Knutson family had given the club a family memorial in their name.

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

Council talks Rural Service District

February 1, 2013

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
The city council began discussing the Rural Service District at the regular meeting held on Monday, Jan. 28 at the city offices with Carl Burk as acting mayor.
Discussion revolved around farmland within the vast city limits that has no water, sewer, garbage, recycling or other city services but is taxed the same as any other homeowner.
The exception is that these farmers are taxed by the acre at a substantial cost for those with a lot of acreage within the city limits.
It is a statewide issue though other small cities in the area such as Florence and Arco have had similar instances with lawsuits and land can either be annexed back to the township they reside in with the tax base going to the township or the city can work out a deal to save the tax dollars.

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

Sixth grader Morgan Smith named spelling bee champ

January 25, 2013

Sixth grade teacher Kelli Larson is pictured presenting Morgan Smith with a championship certificate after the Lake Benton School spelling bee on Friday afternoon. Smith will represent Lake Benton School at the regional spelling bee in Redwood Falls with fifth grade runner-up Karley Cunningham as her alternate.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
Sixth grader Morgan Smith claimed the spelling bee championship at Lake Benton Elementary on Friday afternoon.
Smith outlasted all Lake Benton fifth and sixth graders in 10 rounds correctly spelling an additional word in round 11 to claim the title with an opportunity to represent Lake Benton School at the regional competition at Redwood Falls in February.
Fifth grader Karley Cunningham is the runner-up and alternate for the regional competition.
Lake Benton fifth and sixth graders sat in a row of chairs on the gym floor and took their turn when their name was called to the podium in front of judges Kelli Larson and Marijane Borresen who sat at a table in front of them.
Mrs. Larson read the randomly selected words from the list and enunciated clearly, giving each participant an opportunity to ask the definition of the word or use it in a sentence.

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

LB School to contract for busing

January 25, 2013

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
The Lake Benton School will begin contracting for pupil and special education transportation with Lake Benton Bus Service, Inc. beginning Feb. 1.
The parent company is Bennett Transportation out of Hanley Falls.
Current drivers have the option to stay with school employment per agreement until May 31 to honor years of service but will become employees of Lake Benton Bus Service, Inc. on June 1.
The board voted to go with contracted service at the regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15.
“The reason we decided to go with contracting is the inability to keep drivers in the seats and, more importantly, to keep day-to-day consistency for student safety,” said Superintendent/Principal Ryan Nielsen. “Students need the consistency of familiar drivers who know the students, parents and routes and who is picking them up and what to look out for, including discipline.”

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

Chuck Remund is Elkton Citizen of the Year

January 25, 2013

Mary Remund is pictured receiving the 2012 Elkton Citizen of the Year award for her husband Chuck Remund from Dave McMahon at the Community Club annual banquet. Chuck Remund was unable to attend due to a short stay in the hospital.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
ELKTON — Chuck Remund was announced as the Elkton Citizen of the Year at the Community Club annual banquet on Thursday night at the community center in Elkton, S.D.
Remund, current school board and former city council member, has been instrumental in working to upgrade the softball/baseball fields and football/track complex and started Geo Pro, Inc., in Elkton, S.D., which now has 15 employees.
The award was presented by Community Club President Dave McMahon and accepted by Remund’s wife Mary as Remund was temporarily in the hospital at the time of the presentation.
Remund was presented with a plaque and a large thank you poster signed by all of the students at school for his tireless work and dedication.
The evening began with a happy hour provided by the American Legion followed by a pork chop dinner and dessert catered by The Knotty Pine Restaurant.
Entertainment was provided by Olga Reuvekamp, who presented a slide show and commentary of her and her husband Winfried’s trip to China with the South Dakota Agriculture and Rural Leadership program.

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