Louie Foxx’s one-man sideshow entertains students

March 14, 2013

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Logan Miller assists Louie Foxx by spinning three plates on his head in Foxx’s one-man sideshow lyceum at Lake Benton School on Friday morning. Foxx, who holds the “Guinness Book” world record for bouncing a soap bubble 107 times, performed his magic and comedy act for the students.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
Louie Foxx’s One-man Sideshow came to Lake Benton Elementary School on Friday morning, March 8 in a lyceum to entertain students.
Foxx lives in Seattle, Wash. but travels the country entertaining young and old with his unique brand of magic and humor.
“I’ve been doing this since I was a kid,” said Foxx. “My mom took me to a show when I was five years old and since then it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do.
“My mom got me some books and I studied and worked hard to get where I am today.”
Originally from the Twin Cities, Foxx is 34 years old and said he got started in the library reading everything he could on magic, humor and putting on shows and has also written his own books on the subjects.
Foxx likes returning to Minnesota to work because he can visit his mother while making his living.
He will be in the area for 10 days before returning home to Washington.
Foxx is in the “Guinness Book of World Records” for bouncing a soap bubble 107 times before breaking it, defeating the old record of 38.

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

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Louie Foxx blows bubbles with confetti inside as he performed his comedy and magic act in a lyceum for students at Lake Benton School on Friday morning.

Lake Benton American Legion holds special public meeting

March 14, 2013

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American Legion Post 10 Commander Bob Worth addresses the audience at a special public meeting to decide what to do with the post home. The club is losing money and may have to close its doors in the near future.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
The Lake Benton American Legion Executive Board held a special meeting for members of the American Legion, Auxiliary, the SAL and the public to discuss the current financial situation of the club and hall.
Commander Bob Worth. First Vice-Commander Jim Roggenbuck, Second Vice-Commander Jim LeClair, Finance Officer Don Evers and Adjutant Gary Serie opened the meeting on the stage in the hall and addressed the gathering of 50-plus concerned members and citizens, some from out of town.
Worth and Evers explained that due to lack of monthly cash flow and increasing operating expenses, the future of the American Legion Post home, club and hall looks like it may have to change hands.
“We are in a hole and have been fighting to get out,” said Finance Officer Don Evers. “We’ve done everything we could but there are just not a lot of people in Lincoln County anymore.
“People are afraid to come in for weddings or events and then drive home these days, taking away that needed revenue and there aren’t a lot of rooms in town to rent for the night.”

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

“Broadway Meets Lake Benton” Saturday

March 14, 2013

The Lake Benton Opera House will present the seventh annual “Broadway Meets Lake Benton” on Saturday, March 16. Two shows will be presented, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
The show will consist of songs from musical productions old and new, performed by area stage veterans Caroline Koska, Catherine Lukken, Mark Bosveld, John Ward, Stacey Voit, Paula Nemes, Emilirose Rasmusson, Elizabeth Weiss, Nicole Marschall, Connie Knott, John Voit, George Jorgensen, Margaret Jorgensen and Mark Wilmes.
The show is under the direction of John Voit of Ghent. Voit, who has served as the band director at Minneota Public Schools, has had lead roles in many Opera House productions over the years, including “Camelot,” “Forever Plaid” and “The Sound of Music.”
“The show will feature performers who have been in recent shows, shows from previous years and a couple of new faces,” Voit said.

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

Annexation of road right- of-way near Hendricks discussed

March 14, 2013

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
At the March 5 meeting, Robert Olsen reported to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners that he had met with the Hendricks City Council at their March 4 meeting as they wanted to look into the annexation of County Highway 17 west of town to “deal with the golf cart issue.” Olsen was at the meeting in Hendricks by request.
“As a board,” said Olsen, “I think we sent over a resolution several years ago, saying you can go ahead and do this, so they are revisiting that issue again and I did have a chance to visit with them again about our rural dumpster site and our problems. We talked a little bit about having a drop-off site for televisions and appliances and possibly for furniture, big items like that, partnering with the city and county to do something together.”

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

Hawaiian Winter Holiday comes to Lake Benton

March 7, 2013

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A large crowd was on hand for the Hawaiian Winter Holiday-themed Lake Benton Area Foundation Gala on Saturday, March 2.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 

The 2013 Lake Benton Area Foundation Gala committee turned the American Legion Hall into a Hawaiian Winter Holiday on Saturday evening, March 2.
Guests dressed for the Hawaiian Islands entered the luau between two tiki torches stationed outside the front doors and immediately soaked in the festive, bright and sunny atmosphere.
Guests could register for the live auction at the front table just inside the front door, receiving a bid ticket donated by Carpenter Auction and Realty Company.
Up the two stairs were many coat racks for patrons to shed their winter garb revealing bright colors where they were presented with a Hawaiian lei to wear for the evening.
Barb Powell Photography was set up nearby to take complimentary photos of couples, singles or groups in front of a beach scene with grass skirts, straw hats, beach balls, coconuts and many other props one would find on the islands.

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

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Char Buescher works on a painting live at the Lake Benton Area Foundation Gala on Saturday, March 2.

City meets to establish Rural Service District

March 7, 2013

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 

The City of Lake Benton held a special meeting on Monday, Feb. 25 with one item on the agenda, to discuss establishment of a Rural Service District within the city limits.
City Attorney Mike Cable was on hand to answer questions and present information about the laws and recent findings of other cases in the area.
Cable said that farm real estate is valued a lot differently now than it was 20 years ago and that an inordinate amount of taxes are being paid by rural properties within the city limits and the worst thing is to do nothing.
The rural district would lower the tax rate for expensive land with no benefits such as water and sewer, mainly for tillable land in the city.
There are several properties in Lake Benton that could fall under the auspices but only a few are greatly affected by the increasing land values.

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

City to look at refinancing street loans

March 7, 2013

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 

The City of Lake Benton has been receiving notifications from Northland Securities about possibly refinancing the balance of the 2008 and 1998 Rural Development Street Project loans at a considerable savings to the taxpayers.
The city is paying 4.125 percent at present and can possibly refinance at 3.14 percent.
Mayor Mike Carpenter reminded the council that the financing group is in the business to make money.
Trustee Barb Powell will look into the details and find out if the new rate is adjustable and the council will review the option at a later date.
Police Chief Guy Harding presented his police report and Trustee Carl Burk added that preliminary results are in for ATV licensing within the city limits.
Burk thanked Trustee Barb Powell for preparing a paper on the potential ordinance which will be presented in the near future.

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

Cookin’ at the Club set to return April 8

March 7, 2013

Chicken and pasta recipes to take center stage

Cookin’ at the Club is set to return to Tyler this April.
The Tyler Healthcare Center is presenting Cookin’ at the Club on Monday, April 8 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Tyler Golf Club.
Mary Ellen Evans, who will be presenting Bistro Chicken, is the founder of The Write Cook. She has 30-plus years of experience in the culinary field.
Formerly a cooking school director, she is the author of “The One-Dish Chicken Cookbook,” “Bistro Chicken,” “Vegetable Creations” and a selection of supermarket cookbooks for Pillsbury and Land O’Lakes, plus recipes included in Diabetes & Heart Healthy Eating for Two, The EatingWell Diabetes Cookbook, The Essential Eating Well Cookbook, 100 Years of Domino Sugar Classic Recipes, along with publications by General Mills.
Evans has given food-related tours to France.
Pam Bakker is also scheduled to appear at the event presenting Pam’s Pasta.
To reserve tickets for the event call 507- 247-2351.

Destination Imagination teams for competition

March 1, 2013

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The Elkton-Lake Benton Destination Imagination secondary team, The Chicks, will compete in the regional competiton on March 2 at Tri-Valley High School. Pictured are team members Abby Anderson, Julia Fargen, Ashlyn Landsman, Kelsey Kinner, Shelby Thomas, Amber Landsman and Team Manager Debbie Kinner. Not pictured is Kaitlin Fleet.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
Four Destination Imagination teams from Elkton-Lake Benton Junior and Senior High School and Elkton Elementary will be competing in the Southeast Regional Tournament on Saturday, March 2 at Tri-Valley High School in Colton, S.D.
The teams presented a DI Showcase on Sunday, Feb. 24 at the school to demonstrate their projects and prepare for the regional competition.
Destination Imagination is an international creative problem-solving competition.
The focus is to provide students with fun and engaging challenges that will teach them the creative process from imagination to innovation.
Teams of up to seven members within four age groups meet to solve one of five yearly unique problems and only team members may come up with solutions to the problems.

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

Bennett creates auction items for LBAF gala

March 1, 2013

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 

Marion Bennett of Lake Benton has spent many hours over the past several months creating items to donate to the Lake Benton Area Foundation live and silent auctions.
Bennett has embroidered sets of seven dishtowels, crocheted baby afghans, sewn baby quilts and counted cross-stitched pillows and hand towels.
“I am working on this all the time,” said Bennett. “I’ve spent hours upon hours creating this handiwork to donate to the Gala.”
Bennett has also made several Christmas bell decorations and button hearts.
Bid on these items on Saturday, March 2 at the Lake Benton Area Foundation Gala entitled Hawaiian Winter Holiday at 6 p.m. at the Lake Benton American Legion Hall.