MVTV Wireless would like to recognize a historic town in southern Minnesota. Lake Benton has kept many of its historical features alive with the help of a strong community. Along with the great history of the town they are also known for wind power. MVTV Wireless is proud to be a part of the Lake Benton community in offering wireless internet to those in need.
Lake Benton is efficiently located in southwest Minnesota on the crossroads of the nation, U.S. 75 and U.S. 14. The town’s population today is 703 and the city encompasses 2,300 acres, making Lake Benton geographically the largest of the five communities in Lincoln County. Lake Benton is also known as the “Original Wind Power Capital of the Midwest”. 600 plus wind turbines grace the skyline along the Buffalo Ridge, bringing clean, renewable energy to the forefront.
The city is nestled in a scenic valley on the shores of beautiful Lake Benton — and its vicinity includes some of the highest land in Minnesota. It is significantly different from other cities in the county due to the Bemis moraine — a glacial ridge — which forms the drainage divide between the Missouri and Mississippi River basins.
A PIECE OF HISTORY
The city of Lake Benton took its name from the lake, a lake which had been named by John C. Fremont in honor of his fiancee, Jessie Benton, the daughter of Thomas H. Benton, U.S. Senator from Missouri. Plans for the platting and building of the future village were made at a meeting on the lake shore in the summer of 1879. The official authorization of the municipality by the Minnesota State Legislature took place on October 24, 1881. In 1976 a cross was placed on hills to the southwest. This took place during the nation’s bicentennial in united efforts of an ecumenical committee who wanted to give tribute to the rich religious heritage. In 1994 Lake Benton became known as the “Windpower Capital of the Midwest.”
- 1986 Opera House provides entertainment and theatrical productions
- 1896 Osbeck House was built by and early Lake Benton merchant and restored in 1976
- Snyder Log Cabin home of early settlers in Hole in the Mountain Park
- Burial Mounds built by mound builders about 10,000 years ago are located in Memorial Hill Cemetery
- Major Brown’s 1862 Trading Post marked on the north part of Hole in the Mountain Park
LAKE BENTON LAKE
Lake Benton lake is 2,875 acres in area and famous for whopper-sized walleye. It is ranked among the 10 best walleye lakes in Minnesota. The lake offers recreation throughout the community’s “Four Season Funland” and its scenic value is unsurpassed.
Snowmobiling, ice fishing, swimming, boating and water skiing are a few of the fun activities you can enjoy while visiting Lake Benton Lake. The lake shoreline is spread out 18.08 miles which you will find swimming beaches, boat launches and campgrounds. This lake is well know for their wonderful fishing of Walleye, Northern Pike, Large Mouth Bass, Crappies, Bluegill, and Perch.
A FINE COMMUNITY
Addition to the community is the Heritage Museum and Wind Power Learning Center of SW Minnesota. The facility, which includes a museum, is now open to the public and features a wind power kiosk complete with interactive workstations enabling users to learn about this clean, renewable energy.
We are proud of our schools, which include grades K-6. The city library also provides a fine selection of materials on a wide variety of subjects. Lake Benton Library first opened its doors April 26, 1935 at the city hall and was open only two hours a week. The library joined the Plum Creek Library System October 2, 1989. Through the system, the library can receive large print books, audio and video cassettes, DVD’s and songbooks through reciprocal borrowing with 27 other libraries and three schools on the Plum Creek Library System.
- LAKE BENTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
- LAKE BENTON AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY – Mission Statement: The mission of the Lake Benton Area Historical Society shall be the collection, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge about the history of the Lake Benton area and to relate the history to that of the State of Minnesota. -507-3689577 x3
- THE LAKE BENTON AREA FOUNDATION – We offer a variety of gifting tools to help donors achieve their charitable goals. 507-368-4261
- LIONS CLUB – Our purpose is to give sympathy to those in distress, aid the weak, and substance to the needy.
- HERITAGE CENTER – Incorporates the following – City of Lake Benton, Lake Benton Historical Society, Economic Development Authority, heritage Museum and Windpower Learning Center. Tours of the center and wind turbine sites available.
- HOLE-IN-THE-MOUNTAIN PARK and HORSE CAMP – The camp is protected by trees, high atop the hills, this is a calm, relaxing atmosphere for both campers and animals.
- Saddle Horse Holiday
- Te Tonka Ha Rendezvous
Lake Benton City Council welcomes you! A warm welcome is extended to each of you and we hope your stay is enjoyable and rewarding. If we can be of any assistance please contact the city office at 507-368-4641, ext 1.
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