November 2013

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06
Nov
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Accident clarification

In the Oct. 30 Monitor-News it was reported that Pamela D. Uhden, 51, of DeGraff was a passenger in a one-vehicle crash Oct. 26 and had suffered minor injuries. The information came from the Minnesota State Patrol’s media web site page.

Last week, Uhden contacted the Monitor-News to say that she had not been involved in the accident, but rather witnessed it happen.  She then went to the aid of the people involved in the accident, getting blood on herself in the process. The state trooper at the scene suggested that she go to the hospital to be checked because of her close contact with the blood of those injured in the accident, she said.

The Monitor-News checked the State Patrol media web site Nov. 5 and the information stating Uhden was a passenger in the vehicle was still listed in the accident report. However, a phone call to the southwest district office of the State Patrol confirmed Uhden’s version of the story.

Wed
06
Nov
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Kittelson again for Mayor, two new council members elected

Mayor Paul Kittelson easily won a 10th two-year term on the Benson City Council, but longest serving member of the council, Gary Landmark, was narrowly edged in his run for a seventh, four-year stint. Landmark is completing his 24th year on the council.
In the three-way race for two open seats on the council, Stephanie Heinzig finished first with 570 votes, Jack Evenson second with 499 and Landmark third with 494. Heinzig and Evenson will be sworn in to their first terms on the council in January.
Kittelson won getting 669 votes to challenger Mark Anderson’s 147. Anderson challenged Kittelson for the mayor’s seat on the council back in 1999, but lost by a wide margin in that race as well.
Incumbent Ben Hess, who is completing his first four-year term on the council, did not seek re-election.

Wed
06
Nov
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Benson school referendum passes

A vote to raise District 777’s levy referendum passed with 55.7 percent of the vote 653 to 520. The levy won by 133 votes.
The new levy will raise the current levy of $720 per pupil unit by $480. The current levy raises a total of $684,853 in additional funds for education.
Not all of that $1,200 per pupil unit levy will come from local taxpayers. The State of Minnesota is kicking in 30 percent of the cost; local taxpayers will contribute $840 and get $360 from the state.
The approved levy increase means a homeowner with a $50,000 house will pay an additional $71 in real estate taxes in 2014. If your home is worth $100,000 you will pay an additional $142 and if your home is worth $200,000, an additional $284.
For farmers, the additional levy applies to the home, garage and one acre of land. Seasonal recreational property was exempt from the levy’s taxing authority.

Tue
05
Nov
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Kenneth D. Saulsbury, 86, of Willmar

Kenneth D. Saulsbury, 86, of Willmar, died Sunday, November 3rd at Copperleaf Senior Living Community in Willmar.  His funeral will be 1:00 pm, Thursday, November 7th at Eagle Lake Lutheran Church, rural Willmar.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5-8 pm, Wednesday at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar and continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.   www.hafh.org
 
Kenneth was born on October 19, 1927, in Stevens County, Minnesota the son of Vern and Minnie (Reinke) Saulsbury.  He was baptized in Malta Township, Big Stone County and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton.  He attended rural schools near Clinton.
 

Tue
05
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Swift County Planning Commission on Monday, November 18/Svor

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT:
There will be a meeting of the Swift County Planning Commission on Monday, November 18, 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:  Steven & Warren Svor, 440 90th Ave. NE, Benson, MN 56215 (Owner)
    
REQUEST:  Conditional Use Permit for concrete processing including crushing, stockpiling and reclamation.

Tue
05
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Swift County Planning Commission on Monday, November 18

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT:
There will be a meeting of the Swift County Planning Commission on Monday, November 18, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. in the Commissioner’s Room in the Swift County Courthouse, 301 14th St. No., Benson, MN to consider the following:

IN THE MATTER OF:  Earl B. Olson Farms, Inc.,  To: Jennie-O Turkey Store, Inc., Riverside, P.O. Box 778,  Willmar, MN  56201 (Owner)

Tue
05
Nov
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Swift County Planning Commission

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT:

There will be a meeting of the Swift County Planning Commission on Monday, November 18, 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:  Susan Benson, 760 Lakewood Dr. SW, Hutchinson, MN 55350 (Owner)
    
REQUEST:  Conditional Use Permit for concrete processing including crushing, stockpiling and reclamation.

LOCATION:     NW ¼ of NE 1/4 in T-122, R-38, Section 22 (Camp Lake Township) in Swift County, MN.

All interested persons may appear and be heard at said place and time.

Dated: November 5, 2013
Scott Collins, Director
Swift County Environmental Services
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05
Nov
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NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE

NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE

Fri
01
Nov
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Cargill bringing agronomy center to Benson area

Cargill’s plans for an agronomy center on the site of the former GTI trucking terminal just north of the Swift County Environmental Services facility moved forward last week with approval of a conditional use permit.
Swift County’s board of commissioners unanimously approved the permit at its meeting Oct. 15. The permit allows Cargill to operate an agronomy center with fertilizer and chemical tanks at the site.
The permit had earlier been approved by the county planning commission following a public hearing, Environmental Services Director Scott Collins told commissioners. There was no opposition from township and no public opposition at the hearing, he added.
There will be no anhydrous ammonia tanks at the facility, Cargill’s Jimmy Williamson told commissioners.

Fri
01
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Rosemeier places sixth to earn berth at State Cross-Country Meet

Bethany Rosemeier earned a berth at the State Cross-Country Meet after placing sixth at the Section 6A meet, Thursday at Long Prairie-GE.  She becomes the first cross-country runner to earn a berth for the Benson-KMS girls cross-country program since it re-started in the fall of 2006.
St. Cloud Cathedral won the girls and boys’ Section 6A team titles, while Long Prairie-GE edged Holdingford for second place in the boys’ competition, and Holdingford edged Litchfield for the runner-up spot in the girls’ race.
The top two teams advance to state, along with the top eight other individuals from the other teams.  Rosemeier placed sixth overall with a time of 15:40, which was just 31 seconds off the winning time of 15:09, posted by Mckenzie Holt of St. Cloud Cathedral.
The Benson-KMS girls were fifth overall of 19 teams, while the Benson-KMS boys were 12th.  Josh Bailey led the boys’ team with a 32nd place finish, missing a state berth by 42 seconds.

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