April 2014

Fri
18
Apr
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Federated seeks to expand its fiber cable in area

Swift County is backing Federated Telephone’s application to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that would enable it to expand fiber optic cable to every home and business in the Benson telephone exchange area.
That exchange includes the cities of Benson, Swift Falls, DeGraff, and Clontarf, as well as the rural areas around those communities. However, the cities of Benson and Clontarf could be excluded as the FCC reviews the Federated application since both may be considered to already have a sufficient level of broadband service.
Federated came to the Swift County Board of Commissioners seeking its financial backing for its proposal, backing that could come in the form of $1 million over 10 years. The county would pay approximately $100,000 annually for 10 years, but then Federated would pay the money back over the following decade at zero percent interest.

Fri
18
Apr
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Charter going to all digital signal in September

Charter Communications is planning on changing the City of Benson’s television and internet service to an all-digital service in September, eliminating the analog signal.
It says the conversion from analog to digital signals will allow it to increase the quality of the picture its customers receive as well as offer more than 200 high definition television channels.
Further, with the change Charter says it will also be able to almost double internet speeds to customers in the city.
Changing the signal from analog to digital does involve changing Charter’s cable lines from copper to fiber optic. Fiber allows a much larger and faster flow of information.

Wed
16
Apr
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Emma Elizabeth Munsterman, Villard

Emma Elizabeth Munsterman, newborn daughter of Jason and Sarah (Dineen) Munsterman, died Monday, April 14, 2014, at home.  Funeral services will be held at 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, April 22nd at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson, MN, with Fr Bill Sprigler officiating.  Visitation will be at the church, one hour prior to the service.  Interment will be in Grove Lake Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home of Glenwood.
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Wed
16
Apr
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Snow should taper off by evening

Periods of heavy snow Wednesday are falling across much of central and southwest Minnesota.   Snowfall reports of up to 8 inches of snow have been received.  The snow is between South Dakota and the Twin Cities in Minnesota, and as far north as Duluth Superior and into western Wisconsin.  The snow should taper off in Western Minnesota by suppertime.

Estimates of snow in Benson are between 4 and 6 inches.  Winds are gusting to 23 miles per hour and the current temperature at 3:30 was 28 degrees.

Hancock schools closed at 1 today, however most area schools remained in session.   Some activities were called off.

 

Photo:  Students leaving school were greeted by a flurry of snow and wind.  Photo by Reed Anfinson.

 

 

 

Sun
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Apr
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Arlene Joan Lokken, 72, formerly of Appleton

Arlene Joan Lokken, 72, formerly of Appleton, died Tuesday, April 8, at Glen Oaks Nursing Home in New London.  Funeral services will be held Saturday April 19, 2014 at 11:00AM, at First Congregational Church in Appleton, with Pastor Herb Rotunda and Pastor Ron Hemsworth officiating.  Visitation will be held two hours prior to services at the church on Saturday.   
 

Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home –Vaala Chapel in Appleton.

Mon
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Apr
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Bernice Rudell Larson, age 84, Appleton

Bernice Rudell Larson, age 84, passed away on March 31, 2014 at the Prairie Lakes Hospital in Watertown, South Dakota.  Funeral services were held on Monday, April 7, 2014, at Big Bend Lutheran Church in Big Bend, with Pastor Keith Long officiating.  Interment followed at Big Bend Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Fri
04
Apr
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Benson wrestlers compete at Region NYWA and State Jaycees tourney

The Regional NYWA tournament and the State Jaycee tournament was held the same day this year, and it forced wrestlers to make a choice about where to go.  “We offered our opinions as to where the kids should go, (if they qualified for both), and we let the parents decide.,” the youth coaches said.
State Jaycees results: (in Albany):
Max Nygaard-first, Jordan Grussing-first, McCoy Kurkosky-first, Jaiden Zimmerman-first, Nathan Bolduc-first, Taylor Ellingson-second, Graidy Zimmerman-third, Tait Kobbermann-fourth, and Johnny Kobbermann-fourth.
Region NYWA qualifiers: (in New London):  Adam Zosel, 4th; Aaron Zosel, 2nd; AJ Klassen, 5th; Kaden Kurkosky, 2nd; Thomas Dineen, 2nd; Mason Abner 3rd; and Preston McGee-DNP.  The State NYWA tournament will be held this week (Thursday-Saturday) in Rochester.  Results of area wrestlers will be run next week.

Fri
04
Apr
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Pahl earns MBA’s Hobey Baker award; Gimberlin and Bruns earn MVP honors

Benson senior Lincoln Pahl earned this year’s MBA boys hockey Hobey Baker High School Character Award.
The award, established in 2003 to honor high school senior hockey players who exemplify the Hobey Baker ideal of “character builds excellence”.  Candidates for the award are selected by their coaches, based on th following criteria:  integrity and positive attitude, coachability, outstanding sportsmanship,and community spirit.
•  In addition, the team also announced several other season-ending awards.
Benson junior Taner Gimberlin, who led the Storm in scoring with 28 points on 17 goals and 11 assists, was named the overall Most Valuable Player for the Storm this season.  In addition, ninth-grade goalie Tony Bruns earned the Defensive MVP award, junior Bo Olson won the Hustle Award; and Benson senior Chad Schwarz earned the Storm Award.
After starting out 0-11, the Storm finished the 2013-2014 season with a 9-17-1 overall record.

Fri
04
Apr
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For the love of basketball and the Food Shelf; fun event raises funds

Lincoln Pahl (31) and other members of the “Seniors” team celebrate a 29-24 halftime lead during the basketball fundraiser game last Tuesday night in the senior high gym.

Benson High School students in the "Me to We" program organized the event. 

Me to We is an innovative social enterprise that offers socially conscious and environmentally friendly products and life-changing experiences.

Along with the entertaining game, there were also chances to win prizes.  A total of 762 pounds of food and $1,741 in cash was raised during the first annual event.

 

Fri
04
Apr
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Assessment Notices April 2, 2014: Swenoda & Cashel

ASSESSMENT NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Review of the Town of Swenoda in Swift County, Minnesota, will meet at the Swenoda Township Hall, Section 16, County Road 6 at 1:00 p.m. on Friday the 11th day of April, 2014 for the purpose of reviewing and correcting the assessment of said Town for the year 2014. All persons considering themselves aggrieved by said assessment, or who wish to complain that the property of another is assessed too low, are hereby notified to appear at said meeting, and show cause of having such assessment corrected.
No complaint that another person is assessed too low will be acted upon until the person so assessed, or his agent, shall have been notified of such complaint.
Given under my hand this 16th day of March 2014.
Laurie Golden
Clerk of the Town of Swenoda
4-2-2c
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ASSESSMENT NOTICE

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