February 2014

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Humane Society of Swift County gets reservation dogs

The Humane Society of Swift County has received several dogs in a new push to re-home animals from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

The animals were picked up this past weekend and went to foster homes in the Benson area.

Nonprofit organizations in Southwest South Dakota have secured funds to help address the dog overpopulation problem at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
The organizations say the money will cover the costs of spaying, neutering or relocating dogs to shelters in South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming and Minnesota.
Lakota Animal Care will have a spaying and neutering clinic at the reservation for Tuesday and Wednesdays, which will continue twice a month through the year.

The group also plans on relocating the first 40 dogs to Minnesota shelters, the Humane Society of Swift County among the receivers.

One of the "Rez Pets" that was adopted:

Thu
27
Feb
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District 15 Champions - PeeWee Storm hockey

The Benson-Morris area Storm PeeWee hockey team won the District 15 championship, which was held in Park Rapids.

They went into overtime with Alexandria before winning the berth.

The Peewees will advance to the Regional Tournament in Blaine this weekend - Feb 28 - Mar 2.

Team members are: Chase Warzecha, Jack Riley, Zach Bruns, Chase Engebretson, Kellen Erdahl, Kolby Goff.  Back Row: (coach) Chris Riley, Micah Summer, (coach) Brian Erdahl, Matthew Tolifson, Zander Perowitz, Tyler Buss, Jake Riley, Hunter Gades, Michael Ruona, Parker Klemm, Michael Halvorson, (coach) Coby Bruns.

Thu
27
Feb
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KMS wrestling team sends four wrestlers to State

The KMS wrestling team will send four wrestlers to the State Wrestling Tournament after they placed first or second at the Section 3A Individual Wrestling Tournament, Friday and Saturday at Pipestone Area High School.
Earning state berths for the Saints were Cody Peters at 126 pounds, Nick Meyer at 145, Zach Carlson at 160, and Chase Norton at 195 pounds.  Peters and Carlson won titles for KMS, while Meyer and Norton were second.
KMS also had four wrestlers place third, each finishing one win away from a state berth after losing true-second matches, and another two were fourth and two others were fifth.
In all, the Saints had 12 of their 14 wrestlers place in the top five of their respective weight class, and KMS wrestlers went a combined 35-22 against some of the toughest competition in the state.

Wed
26
Feb
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Blocked Benson crossings lead to tickets for BNSF

For more than 20 minutes last Thursday frustrated drivers sat at Benson’s three downtown intersections as a Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) train sat motionless, blocking the crossings. The extended blockage earned the engineer a ticket.
As one startled driver waited, she was shocked to see a young person fed up with waiting crawl beneath the idle train to get to the other side.
Benson Police Chief Ian Hodge says Thursday’s ticket was the fourth BNSF has received in less than a year for blocking the three downtown crossings for an extended period.
State statute says that, “No railway corporation shall permit a public road or street crossing a railroad track to be closed for traffic by a standing car, train, engine, or other railroad equipment, or by a switching movement which continuously blocks a crossing for longer than 10 minutes. This subdivision does not apply to cities of the first class, which regulate obstruction of streets by ordinance.”

Wed
26
Feb
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Swift County committs $50,000 toward a veterans home in Monte

Swift County is committing $50,000 toward a proposed veterans home to be built in Montevideo.
At their meeting Tuesday, Feb. 18, the board of commissioners voted unanimously to commit the funds though they won’t be needed for perhaps three to four years. The amount matches pledges already made by Lac qui Parle and Yellow Medicine counties.
A delegation from Montevideo and Chippewa County met with the Swift County commissioners to ask for the financial support. They have already committed $3 million to the $33.01 million project.
The delegation was seeking Swift County support as they prepare to head to St. Paul to meet with members of the state Legislature in hopes of getting the project included in the state bonding bill. They also need Gov. Mark Dayton’s backing.

Wed
26
Feb
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Howard Schmidgall of Hancock

Funeral services for Howard Schmidgall of Hancock, Minnesota were held Friday, February 28, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Evangelical Free Church in Benson. Pastor Reed Egerstrom  officiated. Visitation was held Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and for one hour prior to services at the church Friday.
Burial was in Lakeside Cemetery in Hancock. Military rites were provided by the Morris American Legion, VFW and AmVets.
Howard Milton Schmidgall, son of Charles and Caroline (Sturm) Schmidgall, was born October 19, 1924 in Pequot Township, Minnesota. He grew up and attended school in Hancock.

Wed
26
Feb
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ESTATE OF JOHN B. PERRIZO

ESTATE OF JOHN B. PERRIZO

Wed
26
Feb
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ESTATE OF MARGARET A. WALSH

ESTATE OF MARGARET A. WALSH

Wed
26
Feb
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NOTICE OF POSTPONEMENT-Mast Mortgage

NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE

Wed
26
Feb
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The Benson City Council

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
 
The Benson City Council hereby gives notice that a Public Hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 17, 2014, in the Benson City Council Chambers, 1410 Kansas Ave. The purpose of the hearing is to review the draft Part 2 Wellhead Protection Plan.
The Wellhead Protection Plan is designed to continue the City’s efforts to prevent human-caused contamination from entering the municipal water supply wells. The plan identifies the area of the groundwater aquifer that supplies water to the City’s wells over a 10-year period. Based on the level of vulnerability of the aquifer within this area, potential sources of contamination were identified and a management plan was created for this area.
All interested persons are invited to attend the hearing or submit written comments to the office of the City manager, 1410 Kansas Ave., Benson, MN 56215 prior to the hearing.
 
Dated:  February 24, 2014

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