All that glitters is Gould

July 16, 2015

Mark Gould [Photo by Lindsay Jensen]
Mark Gould performed a song from “Fiddler on the Roof” at this year’s 2015 Lincoln County Relay For Life at Hole-in-the-Mountain County Park in Lake Benton.-Photo by Lindsay Jensen

By Steven J. Hurd
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Former Lake Benton Opera House President and Friend of the Opera House Mark Gould will be returning to the stage once more to reprise his role as Tevye in the upcoming summer musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” opening July 23.
Gould was a resident of Lake Benton from 1978 through 1997, and throughout his time in town he served in many capacities within the city of Lake Benton. However, he is remembered most for his service and dedication to the Lake Benton Opera House.

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

Keeping an eye on the coast

July 16, 2015

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Lt. Justin M. Erdman and his wife Darla of Lake Benton.

By Mark Wilmes
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If absence truly makes the heart grow fonder, Justin and Darla Erdman of Lake Benton should be very fond of each other, indeed. Darla fills up all of her time running two businesses. One is a graphic design/web design business she started back in 2000, and the other a pet supply business called Woofies Pet Supplies, launched in 2008. Darla designs and creates pet toys to sell online (find Woofies on Facebook), keeping her life more than full.
Her husband, Justin? He is a lieutenant and Commanding Officer with the United States Marine Corp, where he is in charge of a 175-foot-long buoy tender, the Katherine Walker. No, he is not stationed on Lake Benton Lake. Lt. Justin M. Erdman is based in Bayonne, N.J., far from the acreage he owns with wife Darla.

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

Photos of some goings-on at the Lake Benton Public Library

July 16, 2015

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Above, Buster the Reading Clown visited the Lake Benton Public Library on June 26. We enjoyed a fun magic show and learned all about some great books and musicians. Below, after Buster’s show, Mark Johnson, CEO of Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water, read “The Lion Who Saw Himself in the Water,” by Idries Shaw, to the group.

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Tollefson begins duties as police chief

July 9, 2015

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Lake Benton Police Chief Thor Tollefson began his duties at the Lake Benton Police Department last week. He’s seen here taking time out of his schedule to pose for a photo in front of his police cruiser on Monday. Welcome to Lake Benton, Thor!

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
There is a new chief in town. He goes by the name Thor. Thor Tollefson, that is.
Thor is a graduate of Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg High School. Upon graduating, he attended Alexandria Technical College and obtained two associate degrees—one in diesel mechanics and the other in law enforcement.
Even though there was a family-owned mechanics shop waiting for him after graduation, Thor chose law enforcement over being a diesel mechanic.
“I just didn’t see myself climbing on heavy equipment until I was 67 years old,” said Thor. “My brother is a cop, too, so there was some encouragement from him, too.”
Upon graduating from Alexandria Tech in 2001, Thor already had one year of law enforcement under his belt with the Wilkin County Sheriff’s Department.
For the past 15 years, he has served as a part-time deputy for the Grant County Sheriff’s Department while also serving as the Ashby Police Chief for the past 13 years.
During his time in Ashby, Thor also served on the fire department, the ambulance service and served as the public works superintendent.

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

Rehearsals continue at Opera House

July 9, 2015

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A cast and crew of nearly 60 area residents are in rehearsals for the Lake Benton Opera House production of “Fiddler on the Roof,” opening July 23 for a 10-show run. The show is under the direction of Mark Wilmes of Tyler. Above: The cast rehearses a scene from the show in front of choreographer Sonya Karels of New York, NY, a Minneota native, and stage manager Kaitlin Fleet of Lake Benton. The lead roles of Tevye and Golde (in the center of the photo) are played by Mark Gould of Lakeville and Sara Vogt of Florence. This will be the third time the show has been performed on the Opera House stage, previously presented in 1974 and 1993. Watch for more information on the show in this newspaper in the coming weeks.

Music and emergency safety at Summer Rec

July 9, 2015

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Above, attendees of this past Monday’s Lake Benton Summer Rec program were treated to music lessons courtesy of Pastor Richard Riley of Lake Benton. The children are pictured as Mr. Riley attempts to teach them how to properly play recorders and whistles.

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Children who attended the Lake Benton Summer Rec program at the Lake Benton Community Center this past Monday afternoon were given a tutorial on how to build your own guitar by Scott Dinnel of Lake Benton. Pictured is Scott playing a couple of songs for the kids while they clap along to the beat.

For more photos, read this week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal.

Relay For Life raises $30K . . so far

July 2, 2015

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Jayla Prosch (right) of Lake Benton made a special donation to the Locks of Love project, donating hair that will help provide hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss. Cancer caregiver Kristi Citterman helped Jayla by making the cut at Friday evening’s 2015 Relay For Life of Lincoln County event in Lake Benton.

By Mark Wilmes
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The 2015 Relay For Life of Lincoln County event was held at Hole-in-the-Mountain Park in Lake Benton Friday evening. A total of 881 luminaria bags glowed with candles surrounding the track while team members walked to raise money for cancer research.
As of closing ceremonies after 1 a.m. on Saturday, the group had raised a total of $30,000 towards their goal of $38,000.
Lincoln County co-chair Kathy Wilmes said the success can be attributed to many people throughout the year.
“It is the result of the continued dedication of so many people,” Wilmes said. “Our fantastic committee members, team captains, team members, corporate sponsors and the hundreds of people who donate support to our cause and teams.”
Wilmes said the event may only be one night a year, but the purpose for the event is year-long.
“Thank you for volunteering, donating, celebrating, remembering and walking with us.”
Friday’s event was the 15th annual Relay event held in Lincoln County. Although the event is held in June, the teams continue to raise funds until the year closes in August, so they will still be striving to reach their goal of $38,000.

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

“Tony’s” Tournament Champions

July 2, 2015

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The Lake Benton 14 and under fast pitch softball team took first place at the fifth annual “Tony’s” Girls Fast-Pitch Tournament held at DeZeeuw Field in Lake Benton this past Sunday. Lake Benton defeated Flandreau in game one by a score of 14-1. They then defeated Chester in game two by a score of 4-0. They wrapped up the day by defeating Murrary County Central in game three by a score of 17-4. Pictured, front row from left, are Coach Jerid Johnson, Mallary Remund, Mara Taubert, Mandi Miller, Morgan Moeller and Coach Tony Remund. In the back row, from left, are Courtney Kanthak, Kaitlyn Draper, Adrianna Johnson, Abby Hollingsworth, Makayla Shriver, Lauren Powers, Coach Seth Shriver. Not pictured, Hannah Berg and Carmen Skyberg

E-LB cheerleaders hold Cheer Clinic

July 2, 2015

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On Friday, June 26 the Elkton-Lake Benton cheerleaders held a Cheer Clinic. Twenty little girls had an afternoon of fun learning cheers, kicks and dance. Elkton-Lake Benton cheerleaders this year are Bobbi Huber, Heidi Stoltenburg, Autumn Stoltenburg, Abby Landsman, Sam Schindler, Jayla Prosch and Baylee Jandahl.

Saddle Horse Holiday 2015

June 25, 2015

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The 69th annual Saddle Horse Holiday took place over the weekend in Lake Benton. Pictured above is the beginning of this year’s Saddle Horse Holiday Parade. Mike, Blake and Sydney DeVries spearheaded the parade while American Legion members trailed closely behind.

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The crowning of Miss Lake Benton was held Wednesday evening at the Country House. Several awards were handed out. Marissa Bressler received the Creativity Award for her scrapbook and also the scholarship. Christiana Tiedeman received the Talent Award. They both received Community Service Awards for helping at different places in the community. Christiana Tiedeman was crowned Miss Lake Benton 2015 and Marissa Bressler was first runner-up. Pictured, from left, are Miss Lake Benton 2015 Christiana Tiedeman, Miss Lake Benton 2014 Kay Finzen and 2015 first runner-up Marissa Bressler.

For more photos, read this week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal.