January 2014

Fri
17
Jan
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Ethanol backers urged to protest proposed cuts

Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture Dave Frederickson was in Benson Monday urging area residents to contact the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to voice opposition to lower the country’s Renewable Fuels Standard.
EPA is proposing to reduce the volume of ethanol required in the nation’s gas supply in 2014 from a promised 14.4 billion gallons to close to 13 billion gallons.
If the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) mandate is rolled back, it will mean a reduction of 110 million gallons of production in Minnesota, Frederickson told the crowd gathered at the Benson Golf Club. That is the equivalent of shutting down two Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) plants, he added.

Thu
16
Jan
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Benson schools closed today - Thursday

A two hour late start has turned into the cancellation of school as morning light revealed slippery roads.

The promise of high winds picking up again combined with the road conditions will make travel hazardous today as a blizzard rolls into the area.

 

Wed
15
Jan
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Doris Molden, 86, of Benson

Doris Molden, 86, of Benson, died  Monday, January 13, 2014  at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home in Starbuck.
The funeral service for Doris Molden was held  Saturday, January 18, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson with Pastor Paul Idstrom officiating.  Marg Friedlein was the organist and accompanied the congregation in singing “On Eagles Wings” and “The Old Rugged Cross”.  Dick Dandurdend sang “Go Rest High on That Mountain”.
Honorary Bearers were all of Doris’ relatives and friends.  Casketbearers were Terry Rohloff, Zach Rohloff, Todd Rohloff, Travis Collins, Troy Collins, Mike Molden, and Zach Molden.
Interment was in the Benson City Cemetery.

Mon
13
Jan
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John Edward Rear, age 68, of Benson

John Edward Rear, 68, of Benson, died Saturday, January 11, 2014 at the Swift County Benson Hospital in Benson, Minnesota.
Funeral services were held  Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson, with Rev. Paul Idstrom officiating.  Burial followed the service at the Benson City Cemetery.  Visitation was held  Tuesday, January 14,  from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson, and for one hour prior to the service at the church  Wednesday.  Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson was in charge of the arrangements.  www.zniewskifuneralhome.com
John Edward Rear was born April 6, 1945, in Montevideo, Minnesota, the son of Edward and Agnes (Jorgenson) Rear.  He was baptized and confirmed at the Mandt Lutheran Church in rural Montevideo.  He grew up in Swenoda Township and graduated from Benson High School in 1963.  

Fri
10
Jan
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Julie Rae Munsterman, 51, of Rochester, MN (formerly of Villard, MN)

DEATH NOTICE

JULIE R. MUNSTERMAN

Julie Rae Munsterman, 51, of Rochester, MN (formerly of Villard, MN) died on Friday, January 10, 2014 at the Ecumen Bethany Community Nursing Home in Alexandria, MN.  Funeral arrangements are pending, through the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood, MN and Calvary Lutheran Church in Glenwood, MN.

www.hoplinfuneralhome.com

Thu
09
Jan
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Influenza vs. ‘Stomach Flu’; Cases of both showing up

by Gloria Tobias
DPC & EP Coordinator, Countryside Public Health

How many times have you hear others tell you they have the flu? Now what do they mean by that - do they mean influenza or “stomach flu?” 
Both are viruses but the influenza is a respiratory illness with symptoms of coughing, sneezing, fever and body aches.  Stomach flu, as society has called it for years, is gastroenteritis most often caused by a norovirus. Here in Minnesota, areas of the state are experiencing an increase in the number of these two illnesses.
Norovirus is a very contagious virus. You can get it from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces.

Thu
09
Jan
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Margaret K. Smith, age 86, Alexandria, formerly of Murdock

Margaret K. Smith, age 86, died on Sunday, January 5, 2014, at Windmill Ponds assisted living in Alexandria.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Murdock.  

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 10, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.

 

Tue
07
Jan
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SWIFT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES, Dec. 17 PART TWO

12-17-13-04 Commissioner Hendrickx moved and Commissioner Rudningen seconded to approve the Concrete Crushing Operator's Permit and CUP #4394.  Motion passed four to one, being opposed by Commissioner Peterson.
Director Collins also asked the board to consider approving Conditional Use Permit #4402, which was also tabled at the November board meeting.  Commissioner Peterson asked that this be a separate line item in next year's budget in order to track the expenses associated with these permits, Commissioner Hendrickx also asked to track the County's piles as well.
12-17-13-05 Commissioner Hendrickx moved and Commissioner Rudningen seconded to approve the Concrete Crushing Operator’s Permit and CUP #4402.  Motion passed four to one, being opposed by Commissioner Peterson.

Tue
07
Jan
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SWIFT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES, Dec. 17 PART ONE

SWIFT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES
December 17, 2013
 
Chairman Fox called the meeting to order at 11:00 AM with all members present as well as County Administrator Mike Pogge-Weaver, Assistant County Attorney Harry Hohman.
Chairman Fox asked if there were any additions to the agenda, there were none.
12-17-13-01 Commissioner Hendrickx moved and Commissioner Rudningen seconded to approve the agenda.  Motion carried unanimously.
12-17-13-02 Commissioner Peterson moved and Commissioner Klemm seconded to approve the Consent Agenda which consisted of the Regular Session and Executive Session Board Meeting Minutes of December 3, 2013, setting a special end of year meeting for December 31, 2013 at 9:00 AM, approving a renewal of the audit engagement with CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, and approval to open a fleet fuel card with WEX Inc.  Motion carried unanimously.

Fri
03
Jan
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Cost of mailing a letter going up

First-class stamps to cost 49 cents as of Jan. 26

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