The tournament of books

March 19, 2015

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Mrs. Christianson’s second grade class at Lake Benton Elementary School has been holding a tournament of books since the first week of February. Each member of the faculty at the school entered their favorite book into the tournament, and now it is coming down to the championship. The book “Moo” is a clear favorite among students with “The Monster at the End of This Book” trailing closely behind, but it is anyone’s game at this point. Brooks Hess, Abbie Timm, Brooklyn Schmidt, Keira Larson, Connie Olson, and Blake DeVries are pictured holding the final four and pointing to their favorites.

Family math night held at Lake Benton Elementary

March 19, 2015

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All students and parents at Lake Benton Elementary School were invited up to the school on Monday evening to participate in a family math game night that was put on by the Lake Benton Volunteers for Education with help from some faculty members. Kids from kindergarten through sixth grade enjoyed time with their parents while learning some math skills at the same time.

Opera House season opener this Saturday

March 12, 2015

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Heidi Goergen of Tracy joins the “Littles in Rags” for a performance of “Little Girls” from the musical “Annie” during a rehearsal for this weekend’s “Broadway Meets Lake Benton” at the Lake Benton Opera House.

By Mark Wilmes 
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton Op­era House will present its annual “Broadway Meets Lake Benton” show on Saturday, March 14. The show features sev­eral area performers who have appeared in musi­cals on the Opera House stage over the years. The show will kick off the 2015 season for the lo­cal theater, a season that will include the romantic comedy “Almost, Maine” in April, “Fiddler on the Roof” in July and August, and the female version of “The Odd Couple” in Oc­tober.
The production is set up on a musical variety show format, and has been a favorite of the per­formers for several years, as it gives them an oppor­tunity to do songs from some of their favorite shows.
This year’s cast in­cludes Court­ney Mensen of Belview, Samantha Fleet, Kimberly Fleet, R.J. Fleet, Maxwell Fleet and Graham Dinnel of Lake Benton, Mark Wilmes of Tyler (also directing), Linda Hintz of Canby, John Ward and Paula Nemes of Ma r sha l l , Emilirose Rasmusson of Ivanhoe, Ann Vermeersch of Minnetonka, Heidi Go­ergen of Tracy and The Littles in Rags, which includes Gwen Serreyn, Ryelle Tuszynski, Faith Determan, Elizabeth Determan, Sydney DeVr­ies, Elsie Bedow, Jenaya Drietz, Aliyah Drietz and Joslynn Drietz.
Songs performed will be from the shows “The Sound of Music,” “The Music Man,” “Annie,” “Fid­dler on the Roof,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Annie, Get Your Gun” and many oth­ers.
Tickets are general ad­mission and available at the door for $10 each.

A friendly shadow

March 12, 2015

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Elkton-Lake Benton FCCLA member Alexis Christensen spent part of last Wednesday shadowing Managing Editor Mark Wilmes at the Tyler Tribute office.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The Tyler Tribute office had a visitor on Wednesday morn­ing, as Elkton-Lake Benton FC­CLA member Alexis Christensen of LakeBenton dropped in to shadow the managing editor. It was part of Alexis’ state project involving career investigation.
One of the requirements for the project was to pick a person to shadow and report on what he or she finds out during the visit. Why Mark Wilmes? “Since about three years ago I’ve wanted to become a writer or editor,” Miss Christensen said. “I wanted to go with somebody I know.”
Wilmes, who decided to write this story in the third person, had worked with Alexis at the Opera House in the past, and as­sumed she had chosen him be­cause of her enormous respect for his work, but it turned out to be a much more humble reason.
“I had your email,” she told him.
The biggest thing that she learned was the number of peo­ple involved in putting the paper out each week. “There’s a lot of people that go into making it a good paper,” she revealed. “It de­pends on everybody’s coopera­tion.

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

Lincoln County will receive increased wind energy revenue

March 12, 2015

County Assessor Bruce Niels­en reported to the Lincoln Coun­ty Board of Commissioners that the Department of Revenue sent out wind tower energy produc­tion reports and, because of a statute change, the production revenue calculation has changed and will result in an increase of revenue from wind energy pro­duction. The increased revenue will be allocated to the county it­self as well as to Lincoln County townships and schools.
A Board of Appeal and Equal­ization meeting was set for June 16 at 6:30 p.m.
Amber Scholten provided a re­port on behalf of Lincoln County Emergency Management. She explained that a Minnesota Haz­ard Mitigation Grant is available. A motion was approved to sub­mit a notice of interest by the deadline of March 6.
Lincoln County Environmental Supervisor Robert Olsen brought forward the 2014 Annual Coun­ty Feedlot Officer Annual Report and Performance Credit Report. Both reports were approved.

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

Let’s round ‘em up

March 6, 2015

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A large crowd enjoyed an evening of cowboy vittles, silent and live auctions, random incarcerations and stories from the trail at the Lake Benton Area Foundation Gala this past Saturday at the Center Post.

For more photos, read this week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal.

City supports summer recreation program

March 6, 2015

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Jenny Nordmeyer and Janell DeVries came before the Lake Benton City Council at the first regular meeting of March to discuss the possibility of restarting a summer recreation program for local children in June and July.
The city took no action, but the council is supportive of helping in the development of a program. Grants will be applied for and local donations will be sought to take some financial strain off the city.
Nordmeyer and DeVries were asked to come back to the next meeting on March 16 with a general plan and more information regarding what will be offered during the summer recreation program so that the city can estimate how much funding the program will require.
Police Chief Guy Harding provided his police report for February to the council. Chief Harding mentioned the loss of Brianna Thooft and Brad Lund that occurred in early February.
“I think we are all aware of the tragic loss of life in Lake Benton,” said Chief Harding. “We were a small part of what went on. We owe a great debt of thanks to the people that came down from throughout the state and outside of the state. It’s amazing what you can do if you have the right people.”
Trustee Susan Johnson requested a list of all parties who assisted in the search so formal thanks can be given to them.

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

4-H Afterschool learning photography

March 6, 2015

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There were 23 Lake Benton Elementary students practicing photography at the 4-H Afterschool program. The group learned photography basics and critiqued sample photos for imperfections. They had several different cameras—ranging from a 35mm manual, a Polaroid, a 1955 Duraflex 620, to even a 1950 Kodak Brownie camera. It was a challenge for them to look through a viewfinder instead of the digital-type screen on the back. They paired up to take photos using what they learned about taking good pictures and at the end of the session each student was able to take home their very own digital photo.

Fire department updates local townships on service in 2014

February 26, 2015

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The group was all smiles as door prizes were given away during the Lake Benton Fire Department’s annual meeting held at the Lake Benton Community Center last Thursday evening.

By Steven Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The annual meeting of the Lake Benton Fire Department, City of Lake Benton and the area townships took place last Thursday evening at the Lake Benton Community Center.
City Council Trustee Al Lindemann presided over the meeting and representatives were present from Drammen Township, Ash Lake Township, Diamond Lake Township, Fountain Prairie Township, Lake Benton Township, Shaokatan Township and Verdi Township. The purpose of the meeting was for the Lake Benton Fire Department to update these townships regarding the past year of service.
The financial report was provided by Fire Chief Pat McCarthy. In 2014, the department’s total revenues were $66,561 compared to $55,949 in 2013. Expenditures for the department in 2014 totaled $49,625 compared to $33,877 in 2013. The department has $148,086 in its capital improvement reserve fund.
The department received $10,241 this past year in run fees from service calls. This money was placed into a CD at First Security Bank, and it will be used in the future to take some financial burden off the city and townships.

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

City addresses sidewalk ordinance

February 26, 2015

By Steven Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton City Council revisited the topic of the city’s current sidewalk ordinance at their meeting last Tuesday evening at the Lake Benton Heritage Center. After discussion with legal counsel, it was determined that removal of sidewalks without replacement within the city can be approved by the council on a case-by-case basis with specific reasons being stated for said removal.
This determination followed an inquiry by Travis Lustfield of Grant Street as to whether he could remove the deteriorated sidewalk that is to the east of his property. The council approved allowing Lustfield to remove the sidewalk without replacing it because it is unsafe and unused by the general public.
Teri and Dave Bukowski were placed on the agenda in order to speak to the council regarding the continuing issue of speeding vehicles entering city limits from the south on Highway 75.
A speed study conducted by the Minnesota Department of Transportation last year determined that 60 percent of drivers entering town from the south were speeding.

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