May 2014

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May
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING June 2

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT:

There will be a meeting of the Swift County Planning Commission on Monday, June 2, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. in the Law Enforcement Center of the Swift County Courthouse, 301 14th St. No., Benson, MN to consider the following:

IN THE MATTER OF:  Alliance Energy Services, LLC, 304 Main Ave., Murdock, MN  56271 (Owner)

REQUEST:  Conditional Use Permit for an industrial track expansion with railroad spur.  The purpose of this rack system will be to unload propane from railroad cars for transport and delivery.

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May
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ESTATE OF ARCHIE LEE BOWMAN

ESTATE OF ARCHIE LEE BOWMAN

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May
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ESTATE OF ALBIN I. SKOGSTAD

ESTATE OF ALBIN I. SKOGSTAD

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May
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Forbord selected “Performer of Week”

Benson-Hancock pitcher Addie Forbord earned WCC “Performer of the Week” honors last week during a busy and successful week of softball
Forbord picked up four-straight wins last week over ACGC, YME twice and Montevideo, including a no-hitter during a 7-0 victory over YME in the second game of a doubleheader.  She was also 2-for-4 at the plate during the first game win over YME.
Other “Performers of the Week” were Noah Grove of Morris Area in WCC North baseball; Jacob Zosel of Morris Area in WCC boys golf; Erica Moritz of YME in WCC girls golf; Kayla Pring of Morris Area in WCC North softball; and Beth Holland of Morris Area, and Trent Ostby of Morris Area, in track and field.

Photo:  Addie Forbord - WCC "Performer of the Week."

Fri
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May
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Lakers rally past Paynesville

The Norway Lake-Sunburg amateur baseball team improved to 2-1 overall with a 12-6 victory over Paynesville, Sunday afternoon.  The Lakers trailed 5-3 after five innings, but went on to outscore Paynesville 9-1 over the final four innings to pull out the win.
Jonah Johnson, one of nine NL-Sunburg players with at least one hit, earned the win on the mound.  He pitched seven innings, giving up seven hits, five runs, and one walk with seven strikeouts.  Justin Johnson pitched two innings of one-run ball to earn the save.
Aaron Zimmer, Jordan Johnson, and Chad Searcy had two hits each to lead a 12-hit attack for the Lakers.  Jonah Johnson, Fred Mansfield, James Cortez, Jessie Engler, Kyle Baker, and Blake Hagen added one hit each with Hagen and Baker recording two RBI each, and Cortez, Engler, and Searcy getting one RBI each.

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May
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Good progress made with spring planting before rain

Thunderstorms brought nearly 2 inches of rain to the Benson area Monday afternoon and brought a halt to spring planting. However, with nearly a week of warm, dry weather, farmers made considerable progress – catching up for time lost due to a cold, wet first two weeks in May.
It seems as if a switch was flipped May 17 with a reluctant spring giving way to summer-like temperatures. High temperatures that were averaging 59 degrees have averaged 76 degrees over the past 10 days.
According to the National Weather Service, highs are going to be in the mid 80s the rest of this week with lows in the low 60s. The average high for May 28 is 75 degrees and the average low 52 degrees.

Photo:  Heavy rains Monday throughout western Minnesota brought planting to a halt, but signficant progress had been made.  This farm in western Swift County was a busy spot last weekend.

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May
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BHS graduation ceremony June 1

The 124th commencement for Benson High School is set for 2 p.m., Sunday, June 1 in the senior high gymnasium.  The 2014 senior class speakers are Amber Marohl, daughter of James and Angie Marohl, and Joseph Eix, son of Steve and Lori Eix.
The last day of school for students at Benson Schools is Friday, June 6.  This is a half day for students.  Report cards for students in grades 7-12 will be printed upon request only, and may be picked up in the senior high office or will be mailed after Tuesday, June 10.
Contact Dawn Heike in the senior high office or email her at dheike@benson.k12.mn.us with your requests or any questions.

Photo:  BHS Class of 2014.  The senior special will be inserted in the newspaper next week.

Fri
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May
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Benson wins State Farm ‘Neighborhood Assist’ contest

The Benson community officially finished first in the State Farm Insurance “Neighborhood Assist” contest, and is one of the 40 $25,000 winners during the State Farm “Neighborhood Assist” contest.
“I received word today from State Farm that we were officially in the top 40, so we get $25,000,” said Roger Ebnet, a teacher at Northside School who initiated the application entry for Benson.  “At the close of voting, we were ranked No. 1.  That’s great news for our ball field.”
Benson was first selected as one of the top 200 finalists.  Of that number, the top 40 vote getters during two weeks of Facebook voting each received $25,000.Voting ran for three weeks through Friday, May 16 at midnight.

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May
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Frances Ione Kottke, age 86, of Benson

Frances Ione Kottke, age 86, of Benson, died Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at the Ridgeview Hospital in Waconia, Minnesota.
 Services are at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 24, 2014, at the Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Interment will be held in the Benson City Cemetery.
Visitation will be held 9:00–11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 24, 2014, at the Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.
Arrangements are with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, MN.

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Erick Fischer, 76, of Benson

Erick Fischer, 76, of Benson died on Wednesday, May 21, at the Swift County-Benson Hospital.  The memorial service will be held on Friday, May 30, at 10:30 AM, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson with Pastor Dennis McManus officiating.  Interment will follow in Six Mile Grove Cemetery.  Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson is handling the arrangements.  A complete obituary will follow in next week’s Monitor.

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