County board opens bids to rent Lake Stay agricultural land

October 26, 2012

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
The Lincoln County Board opened bids to rent 105 acres of county-owned agriculture land in Lake Stay Township at the regular meeting on Oct. 16.
Matt Thooft offered the highest bid of $17,325 per year for a three-year lease.
The parcel previously rented for $11,400 per year to Bill Behnke, who had held the lease on the land since 2003 and bid $12,425 per year this time.
There was one other bid for $14,805 per year.
The board also approved $4.3 million in general obligation road reconstruction bonds for resurfacing approximately 45 miles of county roads in 2013.

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

FCCLA attend Fall Leadership training in Huron

October 26, 2012

Elkton-Lake Benton FCCLA members recently attended fall training in Huron, S.D. Pictured in the front row, left to right, are Brooke Kuehl, Samantha Schindler, Lacey Lynn, Heidi Stoltenburg and Callie Otkin. In the middle row are Shelby Remund, Amber Landsman, Kaylin Meyer and Abby Landsman. In the back row are Elizabeth Hegerfeld, Abby Anderson, Kelsey Kinner, Autumn Stoltenburg and Madisyn Mutziger.

Elkton-Lake Benton inducts top students to National Honor Society

October 19, 2012

Ten Elkton-Lake Benton seniors met the criteria and were welcomed as members of the National Honor Society at a ceremony held at the Country House Supper Club in Lake Benton on Wednesday, Oct. 10. Pictured in the front row are Lacey Lynn, Jessica Nomeland, Shelby Thomas, Julia Fargen, Kaitlin Fleet and Nicole Schwing. In the back row are Tyler Schindler, Nicholas Grooters, Braden Carmody and Richard Mulder.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
Elkton-Lake Benton School inducted 10 students to the National Honor Society in a ceremony in front of parents, grandparents and family members at the Country House Supper Club in Lake Benton on Wednesday evening, Oct. 10.
Elkton-Lake Benton High School Counselor and National Honor Society Advisor Bonnie Bogue welcomed the new members and their families and explained how the program works.
“The Elkton-Lake Benton Chapter of the National Honor Society inducts new members in the fall of each year,” said Bogue. “Students who have earned a GPA of 3.7 or higher by the start of their senior year and who meet standards of leadership, community service and character are honored at an induction ceremony and banquet for their high achievement.”

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

Lake Benton firefighters visit with LBE students

October 19, 2012

Lake Benton Volunteer Firemen demonstrated firefighting equipment and the protective clothing they wear to students at Lake Benton School on Thursday, Oct. 11. Pictured from left to right are Scott Christensen, Mike Czech, Training Officer Garrett Petersen, Jeff Christensen in protective clothing, Assistant Chief and Secretary Pat McCarthy and Chief Al Trigg.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 

The Lake Benton Volunteer Fire Department presented emergency training and education to elementary school students on Thursday, Oct. 11 with a lyceum and hands-on experience.
Fire Chief Al Trigg and at least 10 of Lake Benton’s finest displayed and demonstrated fire-fighting equipment and protective clothing used here in Lake Benton and answered students’ questions on what to do and where to go in an emergency.
Trigg explained each piece of gear as Jeff Christensen modeled it from the thumb holes that help keep the sleeves down on their protective coat in extreme heat to the oxygen tank Christensen wore on his back as his comrades eagerly assisted.
The firemen focused on getting the kids comfortable with the sights of a regular guy, a hero actually, all geared up and the sounds of his breathing from an oxygen tank.
“See, he’s not scary,” said Trigg. “He’s just a big guy in fire protective gear who is here to help you. Don’t hide from us.”

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

Elkton-Lake Benton holds cheer clinic for elementary

October 19, 2012

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
Elkton and Lake Benton Elementary Schools held a cheer clinic on Friday afternoon directed by Cheer Advisor Jessica Blum and assisted by the Elks cheerleaders.
The annual Elks Cheer Clinic for girls and boys in grades kindergarten through sixth grade began after school where the participants met for cheer instruction in the Elkton-Lake Benton School gym.
Participants had an afterschool snack, received a Cheer Clinic t-shirt, learned a routine, had supper and performed at halftime of the varsity football game.

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

Annual fall chamber kickoff Oct. 17

October 19, 2012

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
The Lake Benton Area Chamber of Commerce met on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at the city office/Heritage Center to finalize plans and the agenda for tonight’s Oct. 17 annual fall kickoff at the Lake Benton American Legion Hall.
The evening will begin with a social gathering at 5:30 p.m. followed by a presentation of the Lake Benton Citizen of the Year which will allow family members who may come as a surprise to join them for dinner around 6:30 p.m.
Chamber President Mike Carpenter will give the welcome followed by a presentation of First Dollar awards to The Treasure Chest and Wiggles and Giggles Daycare, two new Lake Benton businesses.

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

Lincoln County corn and soybean harvest in full swing

October 12, 2012

Most farmers are done with soybeans and deep into the 2012 corn harvest. Dan Renkly of Renkly Farms off-loads combined corn to a 1,000-bushel grain cart as he continues to gather the golden kernels a few miles west of Lake Benton.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 

The 2012 corn and soybean harvest is in full swing in southwest Minnesota and is progressing at a very rapid rate.
Farmers took to the fields about a month early due to the nationwide drought and are finding weaker stalks than usual due to the dryness of the weather with some soybean pods shattering and possibly corn ear or kernel droppage.
“I started out custom combining but had some breakdowns and other problems so I went out and bought a combine,” said Dan Renkly of Renkly Farms. “A little setback and more work than I was counting on but you do what you have to do.”
Renkly verified that it has been dry in every field and said the soybeans looked good due to the later rains but the corn didn’t take as good with the later rains and could have used moisture earlier.
Renkly said it could have been a lot worse.

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

“The Nerd” opens at the Lake Benton Opera House

October 12, 2012

“The Nerd” opened at the Lake Benton Opera House on Friday, Oct. 5 for three shows and will run for three more this coming weekend. Pictured from left to right are Jim Radloff as the nerd, Rick Steadman, Caroline Koska as Tansy McGinnis, Mark Bosveld as Willum Cubbert and Vannessa Soto as Clelia Waldgrave.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
“The Nerd,” a comedy in two acts by Larry Shue, opened at the Lake Benton Opera House on Friday, Oct. 5 and played three shows over the weekend on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon.
The show stars Jim Radloff as Rick Steadman, an unsuspecting Vietnam War hero who saved the life of Willum Cubbert, a draftsman played by Mark Bosveld, when he was seriously wounded after wandering into a danger zone.
Cubbert was out cold when Steadman pulled him to safety, so the two had never met.
Steadman works as an inspector in a factory and after many years came to visit Cubbert, who is by now an architect in Terre Haute, Ind.
Steadman showed up as the only one dressed for a costume party while others were celebrating Cubbert’s birthday dressed normally.

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

Lake Benton and Elkton School Boards work together

October 12, 2012

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
Representatives of the Elkton and Lake Benton School Boards met on Wednesday evening, as they do several times throughout the year to discuss the issues of the day, the future and remain in constant communication.
The small group shared information on rules and legislation in both Minnesota and South Dakota at the 6 p.m. meeting at Lake Benton School.
“Minnesota has to allow home-schooled students the opportunity to participate in local school district activities,” said Elkton School Superintendent Brian Jandahl. “In South Dakota it is optional, but we invite Lake Benton home-schooled kids to participate, provided they follow the guidelines.
“We want to keep a good relationship between our communities.”

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

Watch for school bus

October 5, 2012

With school back in full swing, drivers are asked to be aware of flashing yellow lights and prepare to stop for school buses picking up or dropping off students for their safety. When the stop arm is out, drivers must stop and wait until the stop arm is no longer visible and the bus begins moving before proceeding.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
Now that school is back in session, motorists should pay close attention to school bus safety rules, signs and watch for kids exiting buses and at crosswalks.
For many students across the nation and in the local area, the school day begins and ends with a trip on a school bus. Almost everyone has ridden on a school bus at one point in their life.
The National Association for Pupil Transportation has designated the week of Oct. 15-19 as School Bus Safety Week although safety is an issue every time a student prepares to board or exit a school bus.
Driver inattentiveness is the main reason most accidents happen when it comes to school buses.
“Be aware that kids are around when a school bus stops,” said Lake Benton Elementary School Superintendent/Principal Ryan Nielsen. “Be alert, stop when the stop arm is out and don’t text and drive.”
Students learn the rules of being a passenger early on and are reminded of the danger zones and guidelines for passenger safety every time they get on a bus.

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