Guys, gals, and gams galore at the Great Gatsby Gala

March 6, 2014

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These keen dames were all dolled up and could be seen enjoying some giggle water throughout the evening at the Lake Benton Area Foundation’s seventh annual Great Gatsby Gala held at the Center Post this past Saturday evening in Lake Benton.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 

 

The seventh annual Lake Benton Area Foundation Great Gatsby Gala was held this past Saturday at the Center Post in Lake Benton.
Glitz and glam are words that could be accurately used to describe the evening’s decorations as well as the gala attendees. 1920s-themed decorations lined the walls of the dining hall while champagne and fine wines could be enjoyed by those in attendance at their designated tables.
The evening’s festivities began with background music provided by the Opera House Entertainers as guests arrived and slipped off their dress coats and luxurious furs. Guests were welcomed by the party’s Master of Ceremonies Vince Robinson and invited to peruse and place bids on the many items up for silent auction at the event.
The Christ the King Catholic Youth Group from St. Genevieve’s of Lake Benton and St. Dionysius of Tyler volunteered as servers for the event and brought selected appetizers around to the guests throughout the night.

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

Gala (Bonnie and Clyde)
Bonnie and Clyde (Jodi and Keith Greer) were apprehended by the constable (Bill Bunkers) while trying to escape the Great Gatsby Gala with some jewelry and moonshine that did not belong to them following the live auction at the event this past Saturday evening.

Kindness Retreat makes impression on area students

March 6, 2014

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Pictured at top, center, is Courtney Mulder, a senior at Elkton-Lake Benton High School, one of the high school students who helped lead small group discussions during the Kindness Retreat held in Hendricks last week. Five school districts—Hendricks, Deubrook, Elkton, Lake Benton and Lincoln HI, were in attendance at the retreat which was held for fifth graders.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
On Wednesday, Feb. 26, fifth grade students from five school districts—Hendricks, Deubrook, Elkton, Lake Benton and Lincoln HI—gathered in Hendricks at Christ Lutheran Church for a Kindness Retreat.
The retreat, presented by the Youth Frontiers organization, was sponsored by the Hendricks Kiwanis. “We are absolutely delighted to be able to offer this event to the kids in the area schools, and it looks like it was really successful,” commented Kiwanis President Bev Gillund following the program. Gillund, along with school staff who were present and the high school students, all expressed hope that the program can become an annual event, with all of the area school districts participating again.
The Youth Frontiers organization is based out of the Cities and was founded with the goal of changing the way people treat each other in schools—to improve the school climate. The Kindness Retreat is one of several sessions that is done by the organization, which presents 750 programs a year.

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

City talks tobacco policy

March 6, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
At the first March meeting, Paula Bloemendaal from Southwest Health and Human Services, on behalf of the Southwest Community Health Improvement Program, provided the Lake Benton City Council with a presentation regarding the dangers of tobacco use. Specifically, Bloemendaal stressed the importance of changing the wording within city ordinances to include the banning of electronic cigarettes.
E-cigarettes are gaining popularity among today’s youth and are a highly unregulated form of tobacco. They are not required to be behind the counter or in a locked case.
Lincoln County has the lowest tobacco licensing fee of the six area counties, but no license is required to sell e-cigarettes.
May 4, 1998 is the last time that the existing tobacco policy ordinance was updated for the City of Lake Benton.
The council agreed that an update to the city’s tobacco policy is necessary, and further action will be taken at a future meeting.

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

FFA holds coloring contest

March 6, 2014

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The Elkton-Lake Benton FFA chapter held a coloring contest for the elementary students last week as part of National FFA Week. The students who won the contest received flower and vegetable starter pots. Pictured from left to right in front are sixth grader Alexis Christensen, kindergarteners Payton Kuehl and Lane Schindler, first grader Tanner Drietz, second graders Zoey Greer and Marcela Mejia, and Blake DeVries, first grade; in the back row are sixth grader Taylor Bales, fifth graders McKenna Krog and Matthew Nibbe, fourth graders Ryker Gladis and Logan Kuehl, third graders Kayla Goertz and Kailyn Drietz, and E-LB FFA representative Courtney Mulder. The students at Lake Benton Elementary School were also dressing up on Friday as their favorite storybook character for Reading Month.

First Responders can use some help

February 27, 2014

First Responders
Pictured above is the can cage that the First Responders have in place behind the fire hall for aluminum can donations. The cage is nearly full, and the money that the donated cans will bring will be used by the Lake Benton First Responders for training and equipment costs throughout the year.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton First Responders [LBFR] formed in October 1988. Since that time, the volunteer group has seen highs and lows in membership for the organization. At one point, as many as 26 members belonged to the group, but that number has slowly dwindled down over time, and the organization currently has only six members.
The reason for this significant decrease in volunteers is believed to be primarily due to the time commitment that is required for first responder certification and recertification as well as the time required for actual service calls.
Charter member and current Secretary/Treasurer Chuck DeBates offered his viewpoint on the time commitment issue.
“It takes a time commitment,” said DeBates. “The big thing is that husbands and wives both work outside the home, and when you get home at night, you have plenty to do with your family.”

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

Lake Benton School Board recognized for service

February 27, 2014

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The Lake Benton School Board was honored during Minnesota’s School Board Recognition Week at last Wednesday’s school board meeting. The current board members, pictured from left to right, are Steven Hurd, Tony Schwing, LaDon Prosch, Heath Houselog, Roger Rudebusch and Janell DeVries.

 

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Last week was School Board Recognition Week in Minnesota, and the Lake Benton School Board was honored for their service by the students, faculty and staff at their February meeting last Wednesday evening.
“I just want to thank the board for all of the work that you do,” said Superintendent Ryan Nielsen. “You are volunteers, and you are put in a position to pass policy, make curriculum decisions, understand Minnesota school finance, and you put a lot of time in figuring out school budgets. It takes a lot of time, and it’s a service to the community and to the students, so I want to thank all of you for your work and dedication to making our school the best that it can be and doing what’s best for our kids.”
The only item on the agenda that required board action was a snow day to be made up. The board approved the make-up date of Monday, April 21 for the snow day.

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

Freezing pipes still an issue for the city

February 27, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
At last Tuesday’s City Council Meeting, City Maintenance Manager Todd Draper stressed the importance of residents of Lake Benton running hard, cold water in their homes to prevent the city’s underground pipes from freezing.
Draper also discussed the option of changing city employees’ cellular phone plans. After some discussion, the issue was tabled for discussion and action at a future meeting.
The council agreed to pay the claims presented against the city in the amount of $38,072.

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

Pipestone/ Lincoln Co. to share engineer

February 27, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners approved an agreement with Pipestone County to share County Engineer David Halbersma on a 50/50 split basis. Halbersma will be alternating days between Pipestone County and Lincoln County, barring extenuating circumstances. The board then moved to name Halbersma as Lincoln County Engineer effective March 1, pending approval by the Pipestone County Board.
Dustin Hauschild of the Lincoln County Highway Department explained to the board that their bid amount of $31,500 for a new sign truck from the McLeod County Highway Department was the apparent high bid, but the bid had yet to be accepted.
The board approved the purchase of a new robotic total station for surveying purposes at a cost of $36,036. The board authorized the sale of the county’s obsolete total station to be put toward the purchase of the new robotic total station.

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

The Beatles invasion had a big effect on Wilmes

February 21, 2014

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The Beatles made their first American television appearance 50 years ago. Mark Wilmes, only six years old at the time, became a big fan of the band. Mark, pictured above clad in a Beatles t-shirt, is holding a copy of the 1964 Saturday Evening Post featuring the Beatles.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 
On Feb. 9, 1964 the famous rock band The Beatles made their first American television appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
The four mop-tops from Liverpool made a lasting impression on Mark Wilmes of Tyler. He was only six years old at the time, but there was something about that long hair with those shaking heads that this young man could not get over.
“I have two very vivid memories from early in my life that I can pinpoint to the exact day,” Wilmes recalled. “I remember my mom getting a call from my grandma on Nov. 22, 1963 telling her that President Kennedy had been shot. And I remember Sunday evening, Feb. 9, 1964 when The Beatles first appeared on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’.”

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

St. Genevieve luncheon held

February 21, 2014

St. Genevieve Luncheon
A soup luncheon was held last Thursday, Feb. 13 at the St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton.