Rocket Math champ

December 27, 2012

This year’s second grade Rocket Math Champion is Ryan Krog, pictured above. Rocket Math is a series of timed addition facts and Ryan was the first one to complete all levels A through Z. He received a t-shirt that the entire class autographed.

Houselog welcomed to Lake Benton School Board

December 27, 2012

Darrell Busselman welcomes Heath Houselog to the Lake Benton School
Board after Busselman’s last meeting on Wednesday night. Houselog will take
Busselman’s seat beginning in January 2013.

A musical time of year

December 20, 2012

Lake Benton fourth, fifth and sixth grade girls sing “Canine Christmas” during the Elementary Christmas Concert on Thursday, Dec. 13 in the school auditorium.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
Lake Benton Elementary School presented its annual Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13 in the school auditorium.
The show, conducted by Music Director Marijane Borresen, opened with the fifth and sixth grade band performing “First Christmas Overture” and “Jingle Bell Polka” followed by duets of “Jingle Bells” from Jayla Prosch and BryAnn Miles, “Silent Night” by Jaylen Miller and Tiffany Rouge and “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing” by Tanner Gregoire and Ryan Yockey.
The grades four, five and six carolers followed by singing “Yes, Virginia” with Julia Drietz as the speaker and ensembles by Madeline Bressler, Brooklyn Nielsen and Karissa Olsen; Taylor Bales, Alexis Christensen, Emily Miller and AJ Busselman and Jesse Busselman, Tanner Gregoire and Ryan Yockey.

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

Lake Benton kindergarten through sixth grade students sing “Little Bit of Santa” during the Elementary Christmas Concert on Thursday, Dec. 13 in the school auditorium.

Elkton-Lake Benton hosts District II FCCLA meeting

December 20, 2012

By Dan Kuss

lbnews@itctel.com

 
The Elkton-Lake Benton FCCLA chapter hosted the District II meeting on Friday, Dec. 7 at the school in Elkton, S.D.
Regular classes let out at noon to make way for the six chapters to attend to their business.
District II consists of Elkton-Lake Benton, DeSmet, Sioux Valley, Howard, Brookings Freshmen and Brookings Senior chapters of the FCCLA.
The officer candidate meeting and testing began at 10:45 a.m. in the Telecommunications room with the voting delegate meeting commencing in the Library and general registration in the North Gym at 11 a.m.
Theme presentation and officer introductions opened the morning general session with the National Anthem performed by the Elkton-Lake Benton Choir for the opening ceremony.
Principal Kelly Neill welcomed the chapters followed by introductions of special guests, Peer Education team members and officer candidates who gave speeches and answered questions.

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

Council approves final change orders

December 20, 2012

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council approved formal design changes to the Public Library construction project during the regular Monday night meeting on Dec. 17.
Additional steel flashing will be installed between the Sandberg Building and the library with enhanced bracing on the existing rafters to handle the snow load the same as the rafters on the new side.
Repairs will be made to the concrete in the mechanical room from water damage incurred from storms a year ago.
Texture on the walls will also be changed to match and additional insulation will be installed as well.
Duct and electrical work has been completed with temporary electric heaters used until the furnace can be installed.
The drywall is in and taping began on Tuesday with hopes that the painting contractor hired by the library board will begin on Monday.

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

Special Library Day Date Change

December 10, 2012

The date of the Special Library Day at the community center has changed to Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the same time as before, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Opera House Christmas Show presented Dec. 1

December 10, 2012

Some of the members of the chorus are pictured singing “Let There Be Peace On Earth” at the 16th Annual Lake Benton Opera House Christmas Show on Saturday, Dec. 1. Two shows were presented at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
The Lake Benton Opera House presented its annual Christmas Show on Saturday, Dec. 1 with shows at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
The celebration of the holiday season produced and directed by Mark Wilmes of Tyler featured past and present performers of the local venue.
The show opened with a prelude by pianist Jeanine Fricke of Lake Benton and also featured John Ward of Marshall tickling the ivories between individual performances.
Alexis Christensen of Lake Benton sang “Edelweiss” followed by Mike Hulsizer and Paula Nemes of Marshall performing “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”

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

Marissa Bressler of Lake Benton is pictured singing “Mary Did You Know?” at the annual Lake Benton Opera House Christmas Show on Saturday, Dec. 1. Bressler also sang with the chorus in the celebration of the holiday season featuring past and present performers of the Opera House.

Elkton-Lake Benton School presents winter concert

December 10, 2012

The Elkton-Lake Benton High School Choir performed “Come, Follow That Star” at the school’s winter concert on Thursday evening, Nov. 29.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
Elkton Elementary K-6 and Elkton-Lake Benton Junior and Senior High Schools presented their winter music concert to a packed house on Thursday, Nov. 29 in the school auditorium.
The auditorium was nicely decorated by the elementary school teachers with containers of poinsettias with mums, a Christmas tree, Santa Bear display and wreaths to add to the ambiance of the evening.
The show opened with the fifth grade band performing “The Simple Gifts of Christmas” followed by kindergarten through third grades singing “It’s Almost Time for Christmas,” “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks” and “Visions of Christmas” with choreographed animations by the students.
The sixth grade band played “Good King Wenceslas,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” performed with guest conductor Bre Stephens.

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

Lake Benton Council approves 2013 tax levy

December 10, 2012

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council approved the tax levy of $140,000 for the general fund and another $77,000 for USDA Rural Development for a total of $217,000 in the Monday night meeting.
The levy remained the same, has not increased in the past two years and came after the Truth in Taxation hearing at 6 p.m. at the city office with no citizens stepping forward to speak out.
Near the end of the meeting Lyle “Duff” Trautman stepped aside from his role as trustee and as a private citizen along with his brother Scott of Trautman Farms brought forth the issue of land taxes for agricultural land they farm within the city limits being much higher than land they farm in a local township.
Trautman said they pay 12.6 percent of the total city levy for land taxes and would like to negotiate it down or they may seek legal counsel to annex the land back to the township.

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

Lincoln Co. Trails holds local meetings

December 10, 2012

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
The Lincoln County Trails Committee held public meetings in Lake Benton and Tyler on Monday night to present maps of proposed trails, gather feedback and answer any questions from residents about future trails.
Meetings were held Tuesday evening in Hendricks and Ivanhoe.
Outdoor Recreations Planner Holly Larson of the National Park Service and Nancy Beech of the Lincoln County Trails Task Force and Development Services, Inc. (DSI) presented the comprehensive trail plan to the public to gain insight and input from the public before presenting the plan to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners who they hope will adopt the plan as an official county plan.
“We’re excited about having a task force for county trails and to be part of a larger regional plan,” said Beech. “We’re looking to set up a permanent committee if the county adopts the plan.”

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