CUF presents check

January 17, 2013

Fr. Ron Huberty, pastor of St. John Cantius at Wilno and Karen Miller, Fraternal Secretary of St. John Cantius Catholic United Financial Council are presented a $1,000 Matching Grant check from Catholic United Financial sales rep Dan Markell. The council, with support of the parish, raised funds through various parish activities and qualified to received the grant. Catholic United Financial has a presence in all of Fr. Huberty’s parishes—Wilno, Ivanhoe, Lake Benton and Tyler— as well the Marshall and Pipestone areas.

Paraprofessional week in LB

January 17, 2013

Lake Benton School, in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Education, celebrates Paraprofessional Recognition Week from Jan. 13–19. Many paraprofessional teacher assistants work primarily or exclusively with students who have special educational needs. Their duties vary according to the needs of the student from physical assistance and care to behavioral management and academic assistance. Pictured from left to right in front are Sandi Dahl, Mary Nordmeyer and Pat Krog; in back are Cindy Nielsen, LaTessa Bloom and Bethany Jorgenson. Not pictured is Tanya Smith.

Sportsman’s Club places aerators in Lake Benton Lake

January 11, 2013

Mel Meyer mans an anchor as Jeff Christensen and John Toft observe Lonny Willert and Scott Christensen install an aeration device in Lake Benton Lake on Saturday as Sportsman’s Club members annually open the water to increase oxygen levels for the fish.

 

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
The Lake Benton Sportsman’s Club met on Saturday, Jan. 5 for their annual project to place aerators in Lake Benton Lake.
The floating surface aerators are run by electricity from the shore at Norwegian Creek Park and put oxygen into the lake to help prevent fish die-offs which have been directly associated with thermal gradients, stagnation and ice cover.
The spatial distribution of fish within a lake is often adversely affected by thermal stratification, which is changes in the temperature of horizontal layers of depth within a lake system, and in some cases may indirectly cause large die-offs of recreationally important fish.
Anyone who has taken a summer swim and gone through the warm surface water to feel the icy water a few feet underneath has felt the most obvious effect of thermal stratification.
By keeping the water open, the air to water interface facilitates the transfer of oxygen to the lake water since water becomes denser and less oxygenated as it decreases in temperature and the sun can’t break through snow covered ice.

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

Mayor and trustees sworn in

January 11, 2013

 

Lake Benton City Clerk Rosemary DeZeeuw, second from right, swears in new City Trustees Guy Pribyl and Diann Powell and Mayor Michael Carpenter prior to the first city council meeting of 2013. The trustees will serve four-year terms and the mayor will serve another two-year term.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
Lake Benton Trustee and Acting Mayor Carl Burk opened the first city council meeting of 2013 on Jan. 7 and City Clerk Rosie DeZeeuw duly swore in Mayor Michael Carpenter and two new trustees, Diann Powell and Guy Pribyl.
Pribyl and Powell replace Lyle “Duff” Trautman and Al Lindemann, who stepped down after many years of faithful service to the city.
Burk turned the meeting over to Mayor Carpenter who took additional time on agenda items to explain details of current statuses and ask the new council members if they had any questions.
During the two-minute open forum prior to the meeting, Faye and Jerry Rochel congratulated the mayor and new council members and wished them well in 2013.

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

New BRN photo site announced

January 11, 2013

Buffalo Ridge Newspapers is excited to announce the launch of their new website, photos.buffaloridgenews.com, for viewing and purchasing prints of their photos. The website features photos from the weekly editions of the Tyler Tribute, Hendricks Pioneer and Lake Benton Valley Journal, and includes extra photos that didn’t appear in the print editions.
“We take a lot of pictures in each of our communities,” said managing editor Robert Wolfington, “We want to give our readers the opportunity to see the pictures we take and purchase the ones they like.”

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

Citizens talk about Jan. 2 Toronto, SD bank robbery

January 11, 2013

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
When Shirley Hanson, manager of the Toronto Food Mart, visited the bank on the afternoon of Wednesday, Jan. 2 she never dreamed that, just minutes after she left, a masked man would enter the bank and steal an undisclosed amount of cash at gunpoint.
“I had been to the bank about 3:30,” said Hanson. “After I got back to the store, a gal came in and asked what was going on at the bank. This was about 15 to 20 minutes after I had been to the bank. I looked out the window and noticed the closed sign in the drive-up window. It was around then I figured the worst had happened— that the bank had been robbed.”
Hanson’s intuition was right. According to a press release from the FBI, on Jan. 2 at approximately 3:45 p.m. a lone, white male entered the First Bank and Trust, 445 Main Avenue, Toronto, S.D.

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

Oltmans reprints LB souvenir book from 1900

January 3, 2013

Willie Oltmans is pictured with the Lake Benton souvenir books originally printed by AE Tasker in December 1900 that Oltmans had reprinted to share the early history of the city. The book has photographs and information on schools, churches, businesses and residences from back when Lake Benton was the Lincoln County Seat.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
Willie Oltmans of Lake Benton reprinted a souvenir book full of facts and photos originally published by A.E. Tasker in December 1900 when Lake Benton was still the Lincoln County Seat.
Tasker originally published the book prior to current copyright laws and Oltmans wanted to share the history with Bentonites while he still had the book and the chance.
“I had this book and I thought, ‘Why should I keep it all to myself?’” said Oltmans. “Mrs. Bess Pinert gave me the book 15 years ago and I loaned it to Jack (Burk) so his mother could read it.”
“She died and it took me 11 years to get it back. Carl (Burk) finally found the book when he was going through Jack’s house recently.”
Oltmans brought the book in to the Valley Journal office to see what it would take to reprint it and after some research found that it was legal to reprint .
“There’s a lot of history here and if no one sees it, no one will know,” said Oltmans. “I read it twice and still find it interesting. I didn’t think I’d find someone to reprint it but I did and it turned out alright.”
Oltmans had 100 copies of the souvenir book titled “Lake Benton, Minnesota” printed at Square One Productions of SD in Brookings, S.D. and is selling them for a nominal charge to recoup his printing costs.

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

Lions Jan. 6 breakfast to benefit Gregoire family

January 3, 2013

The Lake Benton Lions Club will hold a benefit breakfast for the Jim Gregoire family on Sunday, Jan. 6 from 8:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. There will also be a silent auction put on by friends and family. Pictured from left to right are Logen, Jim, Jayden, Tanner and Makayla Gregoire.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
The Lake Benton Lions Club benefit breakfast proceeds on Sunday, Jan. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. will go to help the Jim Gregoire family of Lake Benton.
There will also be a silent auction in conjunction with the Jan. 6 breakfast put on by friends and family to help raise additional funds.
Gregoire and his four children, Tanner, grade six; Makayla, grade three; Logen, kindergarten and Jayden, two and a half, lost their wife and mother Jennifer “Jen” (Bekaert) Gregoire at age 33 to cancer after a long and courageous battle on Nov. 9, 2012.
Jen Gregoire was diagnosed with cancer while she was still pregnant with Jayden who is now two-and-a-half years old and considered a miracle baby.
“Halloween Day is when things really turned south,” said Jim Gregoire. “She took the kids trick-or-treating but later that night lost all of her strength and couldn’t walk or anything.”
“She went into the hospital a few days later on Nov. 4.”
Gregoire is layed off from TE Underground, LLC in Tyler, which he volunteered for on Oct. 15 to stay at home to help Jen and the kids.

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

Lake Benton Elementary decorates doors for Christmas

January 3, 2013

The Lake Benton Elementary kindergarten class and their teacher Rochelle Drietz are pictured as the winners of the 2012 door decorating contest. The  theme of their door was “Oh Deer! Happy Holidays!”

The teachers at Lake Benton Elementary School said Ms. Benson’s Special Ed room featured a fire place with Santa Claus peaking through with stockings hung and a bag full of goodies declaring “Here comes Santa Claus!”

Lake Benton Lions donate shoes to Soles4Souls

December 27, 2012

By Dan Kuss

lbnews@itctel.com

 
The Lake Benton Lions Club collected 273 pairs of shoes of all types during the months of November and December and donated them recently to the international organization Soles4Souls (S4S).
Lake Benton Lions Club member Ed Gruhot loaded the shoes into his vehicle and delivered them to a warehouse in Iowa last week where the shoes will be repaired if necessary, cleaned, polished and processed— mainly by handicapped people in work programs.
From there they will go to Kentucky for inventory and delivery to those in need, many returning to Minnesota and South Dakota, some to Indian reservations and others to third world countries.
“We started this project a year ago at the last minute and collected a number of pairs of shoes in about two weeks,” said Gruhot. “This year we started earlier and in two months nearly quadrupled the amount.”
“They all came from Lake Benton and the surrounding area and many pairs were like new and some have never been worn at all. Nice looking shoes.”

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