City Council hears lake treatment update

May 22, 2014

Monument project also discussed during regular Lake Benton City Council meeting

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
At the second May meeting of the Lake Benton City Council, Robert Olsen of the Lincoln County Environmental Department [LCED] was present to inform the council about the success of the water treatments in Lake Benton and other area lakes.
Olsen was present to explain the environmental department’s request for funding from the city.
The environmental department has approximately $240,000 of repayment due to the county for a loan that was used for the water treatments in the county lakes.
The council went on record and agreed to pay $7,500 in 2013, but the invoice never came from the environmental department. According to Mayor Mike Carpenter, the funds are available, so the council authorized the issuance of a payment in the amount of $7,500 to the LCED.
No further water treatments are expected or planned at this time.

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

Remund and Mulder named Valedictorian and Salutatorian

May 15, 2014

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Shelby Remund, right, and Courtney Mulder have been named as Elkton-Lake Benton High School’s Valedictorian and Salutatorian, respectively, for the Class of 2014.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com
With graduation only days away at Elkton-Lake Benton High School, Valedictorian Shelby Remund and Salutatorian Courtney Mulder were able to find time in their schedules to sit down and chat about their high school experiences as well as their plans for the future.
Remund will be attending South Dakota State University in the fall where she plans to major in nursing and take advantage of the intramural sports programs offered at the school.
When asked about the rigors of high school life in Elkton, Remund talked about study habits and coursework.
“You definitely had to study for tests,” said Remund. “Our senior year was probably the most difficult, but the teachers really pushed you, and that helped a lot.”
Mulder will be attending Southwest Minnesota State University in the fall as she plans to major in psychology with a minor in music. She will also be participating in the SMSU Concert Choir along with the Bella Voce, which is the SMSU women’s choir.

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

Elkton-Lake Benton holds spring activities awards banquet

May 15, 2014

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Recipients of the Lincoln County Corn and Soybean Growers Association Scholarships, pictured from left to right, are Jacob Nomeland, Kelli Berger, Walker Sik and Nathan Krog. Brian Fruechte, far right, presented the awards on behalf of the LCCSGA.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Elkton-Lake Benton spring awards banquet was held last Friday evening in the school cafeteria in Elkton, S.D.
A potluck dinner was prepared and enjoyed prior to the awards portion of the program. Athletic Director Ervin Gebhart welcomed everyone and provided the opening comments for the event.
To begin the awards portion of the ceremony, Deb Kinner announced that Kelsey Kinner and Amber Landsman were the recipients of scholarships from the Elkton Destination Imagination.
Mrs. Kinner was honored for her 30 years of service to the Elkton School District with a plaque. She will be retiring at the end of this year.
The Bank Star Financial Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 was awarded to Shelby Remund.
Trevan Farnham and Shelby Remund were named as the recipients of scholarships in memory of Reggie Olson from the Elkton FCA.
First Security Bank of Lake Benton President Andy Guptill announced the recipients of the L.A. Amundson Scholarship. They are Jacob Nomeland, Kelli Berger, Walker Sik, Nathan Krog and Courtney Mulder.

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

County talks LEC options

May 15, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Commissioners accepted the resignation of Sheriff Jack Vizecky, effective June 27, at their regular board meeting last Tuesday morning.
During his report, Vizecky provided the board with an alternative to the proposed law enforcement center expansion options.
This option would cost around $60,000, but it would involve reducing the maximum number of inmates able to be held from 15 to five. The space that currently houses inmates would then be renovated to make room for the spatial needs of the staff. This option does have unknown costs since the reduction in inmate space would require increased costs for inmate transportation, inmate housing fees for other facilities and pay for deputies who will transport the inmates. The board appreciated the additional option, but no action was taken regarding the issue.
The board did, however, approve a motion to move forward with the necessary updates and expansion for the electrical and communications room. This project has an estimated cost of approximately $50,000. The board currently has a conceptual design for the project, but the board agreed to contact Baldridge & Nelson Architects and Engineers to have them move forward with an actual design for the electrical and communications room update.
The rest of the proposed expansion project will be put on hold for now.

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

Singing for Fun on Sundays

May 15, 2014

A Community Choir rehearses on Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Kimball Building in Lake Benton. Their upcoming concert will be a fundraiser for the Opera House.

Songs and rewards

May 8, 2014

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Outstanding Senior Vocalist Courtney Mulder is pictured above, in front with the microphone, performing her solo during the high school girls’ rendition of “Songs of a Disney Princess.”

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 

The Elkton-Lake Benton spring concert was held on Monday evening in the high school gymnasium in Elkton, S.D.
The fifth grade band, under the direction of Nicole Perry, began the night with performances of “Camptown Races” and “Variations on a French Melody.”
Awards were given to the freshmen students who participated in band or choir or both.
The sixth grade band was up next as they performed “Crater Lake Overture.”
Sophomore awards were given out before the junior high choir under the direction of Susan Sudtelgte sang “Bye Bye Love” and “Carry the Light.” The junior high then stayed on the stage to receive their awards.

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

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Alex Trautman is pictured above, right, as he graciously accepts his awards for participation in band and choir.

Tyler Healthcare announces arrival of Walter L. Chesshir, MD

May 8, 2014

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Walter L. Chesshir, MD., is pictured above, right, with his wife Nicolle, left, and daughter Giavanna.

Dr. Chesshir will be joining Dr. Steven Snow, Dr. Eric Ocampo, LuAnn Weber, PA, and Marcia Kells, CNP, in July. Dr. Chesshir will be practicing Family Medicine for the Tyler Medical Clinic, Lake Benton Medical Clinic, A.L. Vadheim Memorial Hospital, Sunrise Manor, and Tyler Home Care and Hospice. He is very comfortable with doing full spectrum medicine and likes that he can do all aspects of family medicine at Tyler Healthcare Center.
Dr. Chesshir’s education includes Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas; Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico; New York Medical College in New York, and Pinnacle Health System in Harrisburg, Pa.
Dr. Chesshir is currently practicing medicine for Concentra (Health System) in San Antonio, Texas. He and his wife Nicolle are looking forward to their move to the Tyler-Lake Benton area and are excited to live in an area with true four-seasons climate. Dr. Chesshir and Nicolle have a daughter named Giavanna, who is also excited about the move to Minnesota.
Please watch for more ads and information as we move closer to the summer months.

Sheriff Vizecky resigns

May 8, 2014

Lincoln County Sheriff Jack Vizecky submitted his resignation effective June 27 during the regular Lincoln County Commissioners Meeting Tuesday.
The Lincoln County Board accepted his resignation but did not determine how it would fill the position moving forward.
“I would not have it said that it has anything to do with the decisions made about the building,” said Vizecky. “It is for my own personal reasons that I’m going to retire.”
Following the meeting Commissioner Joan Jagt of Tyler said the personnel committee will be meeting with Vizecky to discuss options for filling the sheriff’s position until the next election.

Water rates to increase for city

May 8, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
At their first regular May meeting, the Lake Benton City Council approved a motion to offset the increase in the rate for water by increasing the amount charged to residents. The rate has increased from $2.10 per thousand gallons to $2.20 per thousand gallons of water used.
Following the expressed concerns of a couple of citizens in town during the open forum, Police Chief Guy Harding explained issues relating to the need for a reduced speed sign to be put in place on South Fremont Street.
Currently, the speed limit goes from 60 miles per hour to 35 miles per hour just as vehicles enter the residential area of the city limits. Harding recommended having the 35 miles per hour sign moved back closer to the city limit sign in order to allow adequate time for travelers to reduce their speed before entering town.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation controls the speed limits on that road. The council authorized Chief Harding to contact MnDOT to see if a speed survey for that stretch of road can be completed.
The council agreed to sign a contract with Mike Otto for the mowing of the cemetery hill.
City Maintenance Supervisor Todd Draper presented the council with his public works update.

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

Bounce into Reading goal met in LB

May 8, 2014

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As a reward for the students at Lake Benton Elementary School meeting their Bounce Into Reading goal for the year, inflatable bouncers were brought into the gymnasium for students to enjoy this past Friday. Pictured are Noah Greer, Bryson Sik and Alexis Christensen of the sixth grade as they enjoy their reward.