December 2011

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My Old Dog

My Old Dog
We found her on the internet. She was in an animal shelter. Her previous owners had moved to a condo in Texas and could not bring her. We bought a kennel for $350, so that she wouldn’t escape.
The next morning, she sat on the front step, tail wagging. It hadn’t taken her long to figure out how to dig her way under the kennel. She had never tried this at the animal shelter.

Living on a farm, we had had many dogs. Most of them were purebreds and high strung. Our last dog, Bruno, was euthanized due to cancer at the time our last child, Erland left for college. Since all our children now lived away, we knew we would do a fair amount of traveling and decided not to have any more dogs. But then, the deer moved in. They ate all my roses and sharpened their antlers against the young trees. We no longer could have a vegetable garden and our pond became a deer drinking spot. So, it was a simple decision, really.

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Benson’s first schoolhouse needs repairs

by Reed Anfinson, Editor
Though $40,000 was budgeted last year for repair and upgrade of the historic school building that sits in Ambush Park, not all members of the Benson City Council are sure it is a wise expenditure.
The alternative is eventually hauling it away and then burning it down.

Benson’s first schoolhouse has traveled around since it was built in 1871 on the site of today’s Swift County Courthouse. After being used for eight years, it was replaced in 1879 with a new brick building, according to a history of the building written by Benson resident the late Howard W. Peterson. No longer needed, the school was sold to the Conference Congregation and put to use as a church. But when its size no longer met the needs of the congregation, it was sold to the parishioners of Six Mile Grove Township and moved several miles southwest of Benson.

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Youth Conservation Corps at Wetland Management District seeks applicants

Youth Conservation Corps at Wetland Management District seeks applicants

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be hosting a Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Camp this summer at the Morris Wetland Management District.  
The YCC Program is a summer employment program for young males and females, 15 through 18 years of age, from all segments of society, who work, learn and earn together by doing projects on public lands.  The purpose of the program is to further the development and maintenance of the natural resources of the United States by America’s youth and, in so doing, to prepare them for the ultimate responsibility of maintaining and managing these resources for the American people.  
Applications for this program are currently available at the Morris Wetland Management District Headquarters and Benson, Chokio-Alberta, Hancock, Morris, West Central and Minnewaska Senior High Schools.  

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Saturday mail could end this August

Losing Saturday mail won’t have a big impact on most individuals and businesses in the communities.
Over the past two weeks, the Monitor-News has talked with numerous individuals and businesses about what the loss of Saturday mail would mean to them. Some simply shrug and say it isn’t a big deal. Others say the impact will be an inconvenience, but they will adapt.
Post Master General Pat Donahoe announced Feb. 6 that he is ending Saturday mail the first week in August. The move will save the Postal Service $2 billion annual, he says. The Postal Service will continue to put mail in Postal Service boxes and keep the doors open for people to pick up their mail.
However, a relatively small percentage of the American population has a Postal Service box. Further the hours are very limited on Saturdays, often between one and two hours in the many rural areas of the state, including West Central Minnesota.

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