Friends of the Opera House named

April 3, 2014

In the four-plus decades since the Lake Benton Opera House was saved from demolition by a group of ambitious citizens, the local theater has been honoring individuals who have gone above and beyond in service to the historic theater. On the back wall of the theater you can find hanging the portraits of these passionate people who have given countless hours of service in keeping the organization and the building in good health.
This group of honorees is part of a select group known as the Friends of the Opera House. On Saturday, April 5, in a short ceremony before the 7:30 p.m. performance of “The Pirates of the Chemo,” the Opera House Board will honor two more dedicated citizens. Being installed as the newest Friends of the Opera House will be Greg Mensen and the late Carol Mensen.

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

MnDOT preps Hwy 14 project

April 3, 2014

By Robert Wolfington
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A construction project on Highway 14 will mean a detour for much of the summer, the Minnesota Department of Transportation recently announced.
A flyer was sent to residents affected by the detour in late March detailing the project that is expected to begin in May.
An open house meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 9 at the Tyler Fire Hall from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
According to MnDOT, the project will run along Highway 14 near Florence continuing east to Tracy.
According to the mailing sent out late last month “(t)he intent of these projects are to rehabilitate deteriorating segments of Highway 14 pavements and bridges. The deterioration is occurring as a result of heavy usage, Minnesota extreme temperature changes and aging infrastructure.”
A detour has been mapped out for drivers coming from Highway 23 through County Road 10.

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

Pastor Olson new to Lighthouse Church

March 27, 2014

Pastor Jon Olson (again)
Pastor Jon Olson of the Lighthouse Assembly of God Church in Lake Benton took time out of his day this past Monday for a photo.

By Steven J. Hurd
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Pastor Jon Olson performed his first service for the Lighthouse Assembly of God Church in Lake Benton on Feb. 9.
Pastor Jon grew up in Lake Preston, S.D. on his parents’ farm, and he attended the Brookings First Assembly of God Church as a youth.
Olson graduated from Lake Preston High School as Valedictorian in 1999. Following high school, he attended what was, at that time, Southwest State University in Marshall for one year, but the traditional college route did not feel right for him.
“I got good grades in high school, so I went over to Marshall for college, but it just wasn’t a good fit,” said Olson. “While I was there, I felt the calling. It just felt like God was speaking to me and telling me that I needed to be in full-time ministry.”
After being called, Olson went to Sioux Falls for a Master’s Commission program, which is a two-year discipleship program that was offered as a correspondence course through Global University. Olson was kind enough to explain a Master’s Commission program as compared to a regular ministry program.
“We were actually in the local church, so we were able to minister in the different areas that maybe we were feeling called toward,” explained Olson. “Instead of just developing the theory and then trying to come and put it into practice, we were able to get that interactive experience. It’s kind of the tech school for ministry.”

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Fab FITness provides additional exercise alternatives

March 27, 2014

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Nikki Prosch is pictured as she strikes a yoga pose during the yoga warm-up session of her fitness class last Wednesday evening in the Lake Benton Elementary School gymnasium.

By Steven J. Hurd
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Another option for anyone interested in increasing their exercise regimen or even just beginning a new physical activity routine has become available in Lake Benton.
The Lake Benton Fab FITness Club is currently meeting on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the Lake Benton School gymnasium.
The weekly class is instructed by Nikki Prosch of Lake Benton, and it is open to individuals of all fitness levels.
Prosch is a graduate of South Dakota State University. She received her undergraduate degree in health, physical education and recreation. She then went on and obtained her graduate degree in nutrition, exercise and food science. She currently works for the SDSU Extension as a Health and Physical Activity Field Specialist, and she is using the Fab FITness Club to put what she has learned to good use.
“I have a strong interest in physical activity, since that is what I do for a job,” said Prosch. “I do a lot of state-wide physical activity promotion, but I don’t really get to do classes, per se. I’m on the computer a lot, but I like to do this stuff. I’m all about exercise.”
Prosch feels that Lake Benton could use more alternatives for exercise.

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

School Board approves wage increases

March 27, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
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The Lake Benton School Board approved wage increases for all paraprofessionals and cooks at their regularly scheduled March meeting.
An increase of one dollar per hour for the 2013-2014 school year was approved, and an increase of 50 cents per hour was approved for the 2014-2015 school year. These wages will be retroactively paid for 2014 fiscal year.
The board made a motion to allow for advertisement for summer seasonal employees to assist with the summer maintenance of the building and grounds report.
Based on the possibility of more snow days, the board tabled the decision to set the date for the one snow day that is currently to be made up.

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

County Board looks at jail expansion

March 27, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
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Jeff Nelson of Baldridge & Nelson Architects and Engineers, Inc. out of Sioux Falls, S.D. provided the Lincoln County commissioners with a guided tour explaining the tentative renovations and costs associated with the proposed Sheriff’s Office expansion and Emergency Operations Center during the commissioners’ meeting last Tuesday morning.
The tour was an hour long, and Nelson thoroughly explained all of the updates and facility expansions that would occur if the project was to be approved. The current space in the Sheriff’s Office does not accommodate the needs for file storage, ease of access and privacy that are necessary for the facilities.
The electrical room in the current facility must be expanded and improved, and money would be saved if the other expansions were to be completed at the same time. The board was well informed as to the project details and costs, and they were appreciative of the work that Nelson performed. No decision was made and no further action was taken at the meeting.

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

Popsicle reward at LB Elementary

March 27, 2014

Popsicle Day

 

All students at Lake Benton Elementary School received a Popsicle this past Friday as a reward for being positive, responsible students as part of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports initiative.

“Broadway Meets Lake Benton” held Saturday

March 20, 2014

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John and Amanda Engels sang “An Old Fashioned Wedding” from the hit musical “Annie Get Your Gun” during the Lake Benton Opera House’s presentation of “Broadway Meets Lake Benton” this past Saturday.

By Steven J. Hurd
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The Lake Benton Opera House presented a musical revue, “Broadway Meets Lake Benton,” this past Saturday in two performances held at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
The 20-song show was directed by Mark Wilmes with Jeanine Fricke as the piano accompanist for the performers. Alan Riedel was the master of ceremonies for the event as he provided the introductions for the performances.
The show opened with the entire company singing “Seasons of Love” from the broadway hit “Rent” followed by Kurtis Parlin performing “Mr. Cellophane” from “Chicago.”
Kimberly Fleet then gave her rendition of “As Long As He Needs Me” from “Oliver!” followed by the trio Mike Hulsizer, Paula Nemes and Kayla Lindberg singing “Easy Street” from “Annie.”

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

Sportsmen’s Club holds Wild Game Feed Saturday

March 20, 2014

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The lids came off the roasters earlier than planned as hungry attendees lined up early for a taste of the outdoors during the Lake Benton Sportsmen’s Club’s annual Wild Game Feed held this past Saturday evening at the Center Post.

By Steven J. Hurd
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Wild game enthusiasts came out to Lake Benton in droves this past Saturday evening for a chance to taste a wide variety of delectable wild game foodstuffs at the annual Wild Game Feed sponsored by the Lake Benton Sportsmen’s Club.
Nearly 200 hungry attendees filled the dining hall of the Center Post during the event. Wild game connoisseurs began lining up nearly 45 minutes prior to the planned serving time of 5:30 p.m., and the line only got longer with each passing minute. This caused an early start time, and the lids came off the 16 roasters just after 5 p.m.
The smell of wild meats prepared with expertise perfumed the air of the dining hall and those in attendance waited patiently for their chance to sample the various menu items. The influx of hungry patrons made it seem as though the line never shortened for nearly an hour’s time as the tables began to fill with attendees with their mounds of wild meats set in front of them.

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

Chamber talks Saddle Horse

March 20, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
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The Lake Benton Chamber of Commerce got an early jump on the planned events surrounding Saddle Horse Holiday at their March meeting.
A variety of new event ideas were introduced to the Chamber by the Saddle Horse Holiday Committee. The new proposed events were introduced to give the Chamber members an idea of some possibilities for filling the gaps in the typical Saddle Horse Holiday agenda. The new events will be looked into and public interest will be judged before a new schedule of events will be announced.
The announcement of new events will be made at a future meeting once more information is gathered.

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