Elks name Homecoming royalty

September 20, 2012

Above: Elkton-Lake Benton 2012 Homecoming Candidates Julia Fargen, Shelby Thomas, Queen Lacey Lynn, King Tyler Schindler, Nick Delaney and Braden Carmody are pictured at coronation ceremonies on Monday night with crown bearers Heidi Bonilla, Autumn Grooters, Maya Jensen, Emisael Bonilla, Andrew Landsman and Caleb Seiler.
Below: Elkton-Lake Benton 2012 Homecoming Queen Lacey Lynn and King Tyler Schindler are pictured shortly after being crowned Monday night at the school. The “Burning of the E” followed, concluding the ceremony.

Berger publishes first book in “Jacqueline the Great” series

September 20, 2012

Lake Benton author Christin Berger is pictured with her self-published book “Jacqueline The Great! The Pirate Captain!” The book is the first in a series featuring her daughter Jacquie as the hero and son Isaiah as the sidekick with art illustrations and cover design by another daughter, Stephanie Rietz.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
Lake Benton author Christin Berger collaborated with her daughter, illustrator Stephanie Rietz of Norfolk, Neb., to produce “Jacqueline The Great! The Pirate Captain!”
The book is the first in a series featuring Berger’s daughter Jacquie as the hero and son Isaiah as Jacqueline The Great’s best friend Jacob.
“I had the idea for the book over a year ago as I watched Jacquie’s independence and goals shift downward as she entered middle school,” said Berger. “Statistics show that this is common in girls her age so I thought of a character that retains her independence, assertiveness and imagination who loves to play outside.”
“Jacquie’s favorite saying is ‘Girls can do anything they want to do’ and she believes it.”

For the full story, read this weeks Lake Benton Valley Journal.

Council leaves meeting open for proposed sale of municipal bar

September 20, 2012

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council approved renewing employee health insurance which is due on Jan. 1, 2013.
The council met with Jon Kozlowski of Pipestone, who explained how the pool of community health insurance coverage and payments work.
The city health insurance will increase by six percent with a maximum of 11.4 percent due to the claims activity on the Lake Benton account from an individual who is deceased and no longer covered under COBRA.
Kozlowski is hoping for stabilization of rates with dividends to the city in the future reducing costs.
A lot of changes will take place within the next year due to Health Care Reform.
Lake Benton is on a grandfathered plan which could change if increases are passed on to employees.
The council feels that this is a very good plan and approved leaving it as is for a year before looking at the various options next year.
Payment constitutes renewal and the council authorized the mayor to sign the grandfather form.
The city council left the meeting open for continuance on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 a.m. to review a purchase agreement with earnest money for the Lake Benton Municipal Bar received earlier in the day.
Legal counsel felt a continued meeting was the best option for the city at this time.

Grass fire threatened town of Lake Benton

September 17, 2012

Firefighters were still working to control the fire after 5 p.m. on Monday on the hill in southern Lake Benton.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
Lake Benton residents had a bit of a scare on Monday afternoon as fire swept across the prairie on the hill and headed toward town.
The fire alarm sounded at about 2:45 p.m. when someone saw smoke and called it in to dispatch.
“It started in that area and appears to be embers from the city dump or the compost site, but I can’t say for sure,” said Fire Chief Al Trigg. “The fear was that it would get ahead of us, so I called in Tyler for mutual aid.”
“It was definitely heading to town but there’s a fire break in there, shorter grass from mowed lawns and a street.”

For the full story, read this weeks Lake Benton Valley Journal.

Firefighters moved around the hill Monday afternoon fighting the fire at various spots.

City Council approves proposed budget for 2013

September 17, 2012

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council approved the proposed budget for 2013 at the regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 4.
The levy will not be raised and since the budget is preliminary, it can be lowered but not increased.
Now that the proposed budget is approved, the Truth in Taxation Hearing was set for Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. The public hearing must be held at or after 6 p.m.
Chief Guy Harding said in the police report that the new squad vehicle has arrived and is in Pipestone waiting in line to have the proper equipment installed. It should be ready in mid-September.
The lights and graphics on the old squad must be removed before it is sold.

For the full story, read this weeks Lake Benton Valley Journal.

Shopping in the great outdoors

September 17, 2012

Shirley Sandberg is pictured with her wares out by Lakeside Park. She had a friend watching the store for her today. She was glad to see some people stopping by to check things out, especially the produce at the Farmers Market.

Marlian Petersen retires as gambling manager after 31 years

September 7, 2012

Marlian “Pete” Petersen retired after 31 years as gambling manager at the Lake Benton American Legion, Henry Sollie Post 10. Petersen initiated the charitable gambling program in Oct. 1981.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
Marlian “Pete” Petersen has retired after 31 years as gambling control manager at the Lake Benton American Legion, Henry Sollie Post 10.
All forms of gambling, charitable or otherwise, were illegal in Minnesota before the 1945 Bingo Law, which allowed non-profit organizations to hold the games, but prohibited profits to go to individuals, only prizes.
In 1976 the legislature substantially extended the scope of the bingo regulation with a law based largely on a St. Paul city ordinance, declaring that its intent was to regulate the conduct of bingo and prevent its commercialization.

For the full story, read this weeks Lake Benton Valley Journal.

Treasure’s Chest opens on Labor Day in Lake Benton

September 7, 2012

Rita Stueven, owner of the Treasure’s  Chest antiques and collectables gallery, is pictured with her son Cody on Labor Day, the first day of business for the new store on the corner of Benton and Center Streets in Lake Benton.

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

 
The Treasure’s Chest antique and collectables gallery on the corner of Benton and Center Streets opened for business in Lake Benton on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3.
Rita and Desmond Stueven of Lake Benton purchased the store the first of June and have been cleaning, repairing and reorganizing ever since.
“Lexi Swanson, the former owner, came in to the store (Steve’s Affiliated) and said she was going to be moving and was selling her store across the street,” said Rita Stueven. “I went home and talked to my husband and he said ’Go for it,’ so we called her that night and she sold it to us with everything in it.”
“This is something I’ve always wanted to do and all of a sudden, the opportunity came right out of the blue.”

For the full story, read this weeks Lake Benton Valley Journal.

Lake Benton experiences planned power outage

September 7, 2012

 

By Dan Kuss
lbnews@itctel.com

Due to Otter Tail Power Company switching grid systems, the City of Lake Benton was without power
from 2 p.m. until about 3:16 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28.
The planned power outage was originally posted to go to at least 5 p.m., but was updated to last until 3:30 p.m., though power came back on earlier than expected and business resumed as usual.

For the full story, read this weeks Lake Benton Valley Journal

New teachers at Lake Benton and Elkton schools for 2012-13

August 31, 2012

Angela Coe is the new third grade teacher at Lake Benton ElementarySchool. Coe previously taught for several years in Montana and is excited to be teaching for the first time in a Minnesota
school.

Hank Ireland is the new Physical Education and Developmentally Adaptive Physical Education (D/APE) instructor at Lake Benton School and junior high football coach for Elkton-Lake Benton
School. Ireland is from Dawson and a graduate of Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) in Marshall.

There are two new high school teachers at Elkton-Lake Benton School this year. Cheryl Harming is the new social studies teacher for grades seven through 12. She is from Elkton, S.D. Her brother-in-law Mark Harming is the new tech director and the assistant varsity girls basketball coach. Mark and his family moved here from Chamberlain, S.D.