May 2013

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North Dakota horse numbers dwindling

by Reed Anfinson, Editor

The official North Dakota horse could be wiped off the state map.

A conservancy group says high hay prices caused by a prolonged drought and a sharp drop in donations have combined to limit food supplies and threaten breeding herds for the Nokota horse, which originated in what is now Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

“This is one of the most difficult situations we’ve been in since the formation of the conservancy,” said Shelly Hauge, the executive director of the Nokota Horse Conservancy, which was established in 1999. “While it’s never been easy, it hasn’t been the struggle it’s been this year.”

The group believes the dwindling hay supply could force the dispersal of the herd, which is now pastured in fields near Linton, the Forum reported. That would mean the loss of valuable breeding stock.

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Kinder Morgan receives conditional use permit

by Reed Anfinson, Editor

A conditional use permit for Kinder Morgan Cochin, LLC, that will facilitate the reversal of the flow of the company’s pipeline was approved by the Swift County Board of Commissioners at its meeting May 7.

Kinder Morgan plans to reverse its Cochin pipeline flow between Kankakee County, Illinois, and its facilities near Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Branch Manager Bryan Williams and Manager of Public Affairs for Kinder Morgan Ryan McCreery.

To facilitate that reversal, Kinder Morgan needs to make modifications to its pumps at the Benson terminal and remove a block valve. Because the part of the facility where the work needs to take place is in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) new flood zone, the company is required to get the conditional use permit before any work takes place.

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Southern Prairie Community Care health initiative has important 2013 goals

by Reed Anfinson, Editor

 One of Swift County’s top goals for 2013 is to see the launch of the Southern Prairie Community Care health initiative with the goal of providing better, more cost-effective care to Medicaid recipients.

Jointly funded by state and federal governments, Medicaid is managed by the states. It provides health coverage to an estimated 50 million people nationwide including the elderly, people with disabilities, children, low-income families and pregnant women.
It is a “government insurance program for persons of all ages whose income and resources are insufficient to pay for health care,” according to the Health Insurance Association of America.

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Farmers were finally able to make significant planting progress

by Reed Anfinson, Editor

Minnesota’s farmers were finally able to make significant planting progress during the week ending Sunday, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Soil temperatures have warmed and wet areas have dried out allowing spring planting to get into full swing. But the first days of May were reluctant to let go of the early spring chill.

Benson set a record low temperature early Sunday morning when it fell to 23 degrees shortly after 5 a.m. The old record was 29 degrees set in 1960. A record low was tied earlier this month when it fell to 19 degrees May 3. It also hit 19 degrees in 2005.
A day after Sunday’s record low, Monday saw the high reach 86 degrees and Tuesday’s forecast was for a high near 90 degrees. The forecast for the next week is for highs in the mid to upper 70s with lows in the 50s and 60s. The average high for May 15 is 71 degrees and the average low 47 degrees.

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Alice S. Tatge, 91, Benson

Alice S. Tatge, 91, died on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at the Golden Living Center in Benson.
 
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, May 10, at 1:00 p.m., at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 10.
 
Arrangements with Zniewski Funeral Home, Benson, MN.

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Esther P. Vergin, age 99, of Benson

Esther P. Vergin, age 99, of Benson, died Thursday morning at the Homestead North Care Center in Benson.

Services: Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 at 11:00 AM, at the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson, with Pastor Dennis McManus officiating.  Burial will be in Benson City Cemetery.

Visitation: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Monday at the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Visitation will continue on Tuesday at the church for one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements are with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, MN.

 

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Melvin Arne Cram, age 87, of Brainerd, formerly of Benson

Melvin Arne Cram, age 87, of Brainerd, formerly of Benson, passed away on Thursday, February 7, 2013, at the Bethany Good Samaritan Society in Brainerd.   The funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at 10:00 a.m., at the Zniewski Funeral Home Chapel in Benson.  Friends may call on the family for one hour prior to the service.  Please sign the guest book at www.zniewskifuneralhome.com .

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT:
There will be a meeting of the Swift County Planning Commission on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. in the Commissioner’s Room of the Swift County Courthouse, 301 14th St. No., Benson, MN to consider the following:
IN THE MATTER OF:  Liquid Capital, LLC dba Chippewa Valley Ethanol Co., 270 20th St. NW, Benson, MN  56215 (Owner)
REQUEST: Conditional Use Permit application to construct and operate a corn receiving, storage and reclaim system to feed corn for making ethanol.

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ESTATE OF SANDRA LEE SHOWALTER

ESTATE OF SANDRA LEE SHOWALTER

STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF SWIFT
DISTRICT COURT
EIGHTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
PROBATE DIVISION
Court File No. 76-PR-13-235
In Re: Estate of Sandra Lee Showalter, Deceased

ORDER AND NOTICE OF HEARING ON PETITION FOR ADJUDICATION OF INTESTACY, DETERMINATION OF HEIRSHIP AND APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE IN SUPERVISED ADMINISTRATION AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS

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ESTATE OF FRANCES SKOGLUND

ESTATE OF FRANCES SKOGLUND

STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF SWIFT
DISTRICT COURT
EIGHTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
PROBATE DIVISION
Court File No. 76-PR-13-230
In Re: Estate of Frances Skoglund, Deceased

ORDER AND NOTICE OF HEARING ON PETITION FOR PROBATE OF WILL AND APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE IN SUPERVISED ADMINISTRATION AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS

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