County Board hears siren update

April 15, 2013

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
As April is National County Government Month, prior to the start of the April 2 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, Chairwoman Joan Jagt provided a document from the National Association of Counties titled “Why Counties Matter.”
The document states that “with America’s system of Federalism, counties are a key level of government, directly serving the people. As governments created by states, counties provide essential public services including many mandated by federal and state laws and regulations. There are 3,069 County Governments in the United States. Counties fund and oversee more than 112,000 polling places and coordinate 700,000 poll workers every two years. There are more than 18,000 elected county officials nationwide. Counties employ more than 3.2 million Americans delivering a variety of services including transportation, public safety and jails, courts, mental health services, restaurant inspections, recycling, solid waste management, 911 emergency systems and parks and recreation, to list a few. Counties also provide flu shots and preventive health services through 1,947 health departments. In regard to infrastructure of the nation, in 2007 counties invested $60 billion on highways, roads, bridges, utilities, water and sewer. Additionally, counties own and maintain 44 percent of America’s roadways, and 228,026 of America’s bridges.”
During the meeting, the Board heard from Emergency Management Coordinator Jeanna Sommers.

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

Elementary students take part in Ag Awareness Day

April 15, 2013

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Buck, the 10-day-old Holstein-Jersey calf, was getting tired after the third and fourth grade students from Hendricks, Ivanhoe and Lake Benton had been petting him during their session with Katie Elvehjem talking about the dairy industry at the Ag Awareness Day held in Lake Benton on Monday, April 8.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 

On Monday morning April 8, the Lincoln County Farm Bureau invited third and fourth graders from Lake Benton, Hendricks and Ivanhoe Schools to an Ag Awareness Day at Lake Benton Elementary.
Approximately 71 students attended the event paid for by a grant from the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation and Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council.
The money was used to put on the program and purchase agricultural book bundles so each school went home with about 22 books for their libraries.

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

Elkton-LB Choir burger feed

April 15, 2013

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The Basketball Shoot was a popular activity at the Elkton-Lake Benton Choir Carnival held Friday night, April 5 in Elkton, S.D. Pictured above are AJ Busselman guarding Derek Haugen while Nick Delaney “guards” the basket.

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Jessica Nomeland was showing her smile while serving the lemonade at the Elkton-Lake Benton Choir’s annual Burger Feed held Friday, April 5 in Elkton, S.D. They said that they ran out of burgers by the time the feed was over. All the funds raised will go to help pay for the choir trip to Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Mo. later this month.

Easter Bunny visits LB School

April 5, 2013

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The Easter Bunny visited Lake Benton preschoolers in Amanda Drake’s class on Thursday afternoon before spring break.

Elementary participates in Destination Imagination

April 5, 2013

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The Lake Benton Destination Imagination team, The Bobcats, performed their original skit for the student body on Wednesday, March 27 after competing in the regional competition in Blaine on Saturday, March 23. Pictured from left to right in costume for the finale are Emily Miller wearing the morphing mask, which was one of the challenges, Alexis Christensen, Tiffany Rouge, Morgan Smith, Noah Greer and Arthur Finzen.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

The Lake Benton Elementary School fifth and sixth grade Destination Imagination team travelled to Blaine on Saturday, March 23 to present their skit at the regional competition.
The troupe also presented their skit to the delight of the student body at Lake Benton School on Wednesday, March 27.
“We will find out if we made it to state when the results are announced,” said sixth grade teacher and DI Advisor Kelli Larson. “They did a wonderful job and took ownership by doing everything themselves.”
Mrs. Larson introduced the skit to the school and explained that the students created the skit, backdrop, props, costumes and sounds on their own with no help from adults or advisor.
Larson also explained that the students would be performing using no words or talking, only music and sound effects.

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

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The Lake Benton Destination Imagination team performed their original skit for the student body on Wednesday, March 27 after competing in the regional competition in Blaine on Saturday March 23. Pictured from left to right during a question and answer period for the audience after the performance are Emily Miller, Arthur Finzen, Tiffany Rouge, Alexis Christensen, Morgan Smith and Noah Greer.

FOTL restores original bookshelf

April 5, 2013

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
The Lake Benton Friends of the Library restored an original old bookshelf for use in the new and improved library.
When the old shelves wouldn’t fit in the space allotted them upon moving from what is now Buffalo Ridge Antiques to the current building about seven years ago, they had to downsize the bookshelves.
“The library was always next door since I was a kid,” said Friend of the Library Jodi Greer. “It’s the only one I remember until we moved it over here.”
Ron Voelker and the FFA built the newer library shelves back when they still had the shop classes at school.
Three of the old original shelves were purchased by Todd Berger and moved out to the farm.
One of the old shelves was mounted to a wall and the other two were set up and used for storage.
Terry Berger has since purchased the acreage and, when cleaning the house, didn’t have a use for them so he offered them to the Friends of the Library.

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

Council approves street projects

April 5, 2013

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
The city council approved moving forward with the Cottage and Morton Street projects for spring and summer 2013.
Of 28 bids opened, seven were considered and five of the seven had a representative at the bid opening on Thursday, March 28.
The winning bid went to A&C Construction of Marshall for a lump sum of $255,284.50 to be broken into two separate projects as Morton Street is a TIF District and Cottage Street will be assessed to the homeowners.
Banner Associates, Inc. verified all of the numbers, which were 14 percent higher than when the engineers put the project together last year.
Banner suggested accepting the bid once legal counsel has approved.
Clerk Rosie DeZeeuw read the resolution aloud and said the bids were opened according to the law.
Separate motions for each project were passed.

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

Elkton-Lake Benton holds prom Saturday night

March 28, 2013

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Elkton-Lake Benton seniors, juniors and their dates gather after the Grand March waiting for the final walk-through at prom on Saturday, March 23.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 

Elkton-Lake Benton School held their prom on Saturday, March 23 at the school.
The evening began with dinner and professional photos before opening the Grand March to the public at 8 p.m.
From the Grand March, students attended a dance in the cafeteria before boarding a bus to spend the night at the SDSU Wellness Center in Brookings, S.D. for the post-prom party.

For more pictures, see this week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal.

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Shelby Remund adjusts her escort Nathan Krog’s boutonnière for the Grand March at prom on Saturday, March 23.

Sen. Weber, Rep. Schomacker visit Lake Benton Sr. Dining

March 28, 2013

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Minnesota State Senator Bill Weber and House Representative Joe Schomaker were in Lake Benton for a town hall meeting with the public on Monday, March 25. The pair arrived at 11:30 a.m. for lunch with the senior nutrition program at the Community Center before presenting a legislative update and answering questions.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 

Minnesota State Senator Bill Weber (R-Luverne) and State Representative Joe Schomacker (R-Luverne) travelled the area on Monday, March 25 to hold several legislative town meetings.
The lawmakers began the day meeting with residents in Tracy at the Multipurpose (Senior) Center from 10-11 a.m. before arriving at the Lake Benton Community Center to meet with residents and civic leaders from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The legislators enjoyed a chicken breast meal at the Senior Dining Meal Site before presenting a legislative update to their constituents.
Sen. Weber said it was a good time to meet with citizens during a break in the legislative sessions.
The lawmakers discussed key issues that will be debated during the 2013 Legislative session and strongly encourage residents to make their voices heard.
Sen. Weber said the state is only facing a $640 million shortfall as opposed to the $5 and $6 billion deficit over the last two years.

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

School board approves revised budget

March 28, 2013

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
The Lake Benton School Board approved a motion to accept the revised budget for 2012-2013 with revenues of $2,139,395.60 and expenditures of $2,271,035.99.
The board approved service contracts with the SWSC Service Co-op for the 2013-2014 school year.
The board is going to discontinue membership to the Co-op Educational Resource Library for a savings of $3,100 as it is not used as much it was in the past.
The district will continue services with the co-op for SPED Director, ECSE (Early Childhood Special Education), Behavior Specialist reduced to two days, Autism Specialist, School Psychologist, Occupational Therapy and Curriculum Assessment and Instruction Services.

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