July 2013

Fri
26
Jul
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EDA approves money to help with purchase of KSCR/KBMO Radio

by Reed Anfinson, Editor

Benson’s Economic Development Authority (EDA) approved a $30,000 loan for John Jennings and Justin Klinghagen to facilitate the purchase of the KSCR/KBMO Radio.

Jennings and Klinghagen are negotiating the purchase of the radio stations from owner Paul Estenson. Estenson, who is a member of the EDA board, did not attend the meeting citing a conflict of interest in the loan decision.

The funds will be used for the upgrade of the station’s outdated equipment, Jennings told the EDA board at its meeting last Thursday. The purchase includes the station’s building and tower site. Jennings and Klinghagen are partners in KKLN “The Loon” in Willmar.

The two are investing $30,000 of their own assets into the business as well as seeking financing through the First Security Bank in Benson and the Small Business Administration.

Fri
26
Jul
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SWIFT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES

SWIFT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES
June 18, 2013
 
Chairman Fox called the meeting to order at 5:34 PM with all members present as well as County Administrator Mike Pogge-Weaver, County Auditor Kimberly Saterbak, Payroll Officer/General Assistant Amanda Ness and guests.
Chairman Fox asked if there were any additions to the Agenda. County Administrator Pogge-Weaver asked that the board add 1) a resolution concerning the Swift County Benson Hospital bond; and 2) a presentation by Jacquie Larson on two grants for the Restorative Justice program; and 3) an update from Jen Frost and Vicki Syverson on the Small Cities Development Program (SCDP) grant.

Fri
26
Jul
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ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS

CITY OF BENSON, MINNESOTA
STANDARD LUMBER FACILITY DEMOLITION
Project No. BE1303
 
Notice is hereby given that sealed bids will be received by the CITY OF BENSON at Benson City Hall, 1410 Kansas Avenue, Benson, Minnesota until 10:00 A.M. on August 1, 2013, at which time all bids will be opened and read aloud for the furnishing of all materials, skill, labor and all else necessary for the STANDARD LUMBER FACILITY  DEMOLITION.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:  Building demolition of a lumber yard building and concrete slabs adjacent to Minnesota Trunk Highway 9. The proposed Alternate A includes the demolition of Buildings and concrete slabs along and within the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Right of Way adjacent to the lumber yard.  The proposed Alternate B includes the demolition of the old water treatment plant located on Kansas Avenue.

Fri
26
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that a public meeting and hearing of the Upper MN Valley Regional Development Commission will be held on July 23, 2013.  The hearing is to solicit public response and input on the FY 2014 budget and tax levy for calendar year 2014.  The hearing will begin at 6:00 pm at the Sioux Historic Pavillion in Ortonville.  A copy of the budget is available at the Commission office in Appleton.  The regular business meeting will be conducted during the public hearing.

Dawn Hegland
Executive Director
7-10-2c
 

Tue
23
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Burnell Olson, formerly of Benson

A Memorial Service for Burnell Olson will be held  Saturday, July 27 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.
Burnell was a wonderful guy that lived life to the fullest.

He was born in Barrett, Minnesota  April 8, 1939, to Clarence & Dorothy Olson. He spent his childhood in Benson and Glenwood along with his brothers, Dennis, Roger and Mark.
Burnell was an honor role student and a fantastic athlete, breaking state records in pole vaulting and excelling in basketball and football, which earned him the "Craig Johnson" award.

He started his Bachelors studies at Macalester College in St. Paul; after transferring, he received a history degree from St. Cloud State.
He married his college sweetheart, Janice Haltom and raised a family which included son, Bradley and daughters, Janelle and Jacqueline.

Tue
23
Jul
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Dennis W. Jaeger, 74, of Lakeville, formerly of Benson

Dennis W. Jaeger, 74, of Lakeville, Minnesota, formerly of Richfield, passed away  June 10, 2013.
He was preceded in death by parents, Ernest and Ella, and brother, Luverne.

He is survived by loving wife, June (Iversen); daughters, Jaime Jaeger and Jennifer (Dan) Iverson; granddaughters, Marisa and Melanie Jaeger and grandsons, Dalton and Lucas Iverson; sisters, Audrey (Marv) Tangeman and Yvonne (Gordy) Woytcke; brothers and sisters in- law and nieces, nephews and many friends.
Dennis was a 1957 graduate of Benson High School and was in the US Air Force for four years. He was employed by the US Postal Service for 30 years. He was a long-time member of Berea Lutheran Church in Richfield. Dennis was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend. His spirit lives on in the hearts of those who knew him.

Services have already been held and interment was at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.

 

Tue
23
Jul
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Oswald A. Kari, 90, formerly of Benson/Swift Falls

Oswald A. Kari, 90, passed away Monday, July 15, 2013, at the Benedictine Manor Nursing Home in Arcadia, Wisconsin.

Funeral services were held  Friday, July 19, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, rural Benson, Minnesota, with Pastor Seth Novak officiating.

Burial was in the Swift Falls Cemetery. Visitation was held at the church  Friday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Casket Bearers were Tim Slaughter, Lynn Larson, Greg Nelson, Scott Nelson, Roy Lagred and Jonathan Fahl.

Oswald was born  November 16, 1922 at Pine City, Minnesota to John and Ethel (Koski) Kari. He graduated from Finlayson High School.
He served his country in the U.S. Army. He married Emma Mae Habeck  August 21, 1948; she preceded him in death in August of 2001.

Tue
23
Jul
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David Wilcox, 28, formerly of Minneapolis

David Wilcox, 28, formerly of Minneapolis, died July 3, 2013 in Sacramento, CA.

David became part of our family and hearts from Brazil along with his sister Carolyn. 

David is survived by his parents, Charlie and Becky Wilcox of Ramsey, Minnesota; brother, Kyle Wilcox of Minneapolis; sister, Carolyn Edwards of Benson, Minnesota; grandparents, Don and Mavis Aasland of Moorhead; and aunts, uncles and cousins.

A celebration of David’s life will be held  Friday, July 26, 2013, at 2:00 p.m., in Bottolfson Chapel, Eventide Lutheran Home, Moorhead.

A committal service will be held  Saturday, July 27, 2013, at 11:00 a.m., in Benson City Cemetery, Benson.

 

Tue
16
Jul
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Swift County in disaster declaration

by Reed Anfinson, Editor

Tue
16
Jul
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Sheriff reports alleged cattle theft in Benson

Swift County Sheriff John Holtz has reported what could be a $20,000 theft of cattle from the Benson Sales Barn.

The loss of fat steers occurred between Monday evening and Tuesday early morning this week, with the 1200 pound cattle of mixed breeds being taken.

The official Crime Alert listed 14 head of cattle missing.

Anyone who might have seen anything at the west Benson location at that time is asked to call 320-843-3133.

 

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