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Sign-up underway for 2012 crop losses under the SURE program

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that sign-up begins today for 2012 crop losses under the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program.  The program, established by the 2008 Farm Bill, provides for one final period of eligibility for producers suffering crop losses caused by natural disasters occurring through Sept. 30, 2011, for crops intended for 2012 harvest.
 “Most producers who suffered losses before Sept. 30, 2011, have already been compensated if they applied for SURE benefits for the 2011 crop year,” said FSA Administrator Juan M. Garcia.  “This sign-up period is only for those producers who suffered crop losses for 2012 crops before Sept. 30, 2011.”
To be eligible for SURE, a farm or ranch must have:

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Backyard chickens meeting May 28

Proponents, and opponents, of the City of Benson allowing residents to have up to four chickens in their backyards will have the chance to air their opinions at a public meeting Wednesday, May 28, at 7 p.m. The meeting is set to take place in the council chambers in city hall.
The city’s planning commission will listen to what those at the meeting have to say and then make a recommendation to the Benson City Council. Currently, the city’s animal ordinance prohibits people from keeping chickens.
A group calling itself  “Citizens for Chickens” came to the council’s May 5 meeting to request the city gather information from Benson residents to gauge the level of support for backyard chickens.
The group has proposed the city amend its law to allow a homeowner to raise up to four hens on their property. They say no roosters should be allowed. They recommend a fee of $20 for a three-year permit to have the chickens.

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County considers a ‘buy local’ preference policy

Should local governments show a preference to local suppliers when they seek bids even when that bid will cost taxpayers more?
That question will be discussed by the Swift County Policy Committee after the issue was debated at the county board of commissioners meeting May 6.
Commissioners were considering bids for pick-up trucks for the Parks, Drainage & Wetlands Department and the highway department. Among the bidders, Nolan Baker Ford of Kerkhoven was the only Swift County car dealer on the list. The others were from Montevideo and Morris.
On the parks truck, Nolan Baker’s bid was $458 higher than the one submitted by Valu Ford of Morris. On the highway truck, Nolan Baker’s bid was $2,267 higher.

Highway Department Pick-up replacement
Valu Ford    Morris    $26,394
Nolan Baker    Kerk    $26,852    + $458
Parkview     Monte    $27,236    + $842

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Charges pending against adult who left pistol where child could take it

Charges are pending against an adult in Benson who left a loaded .38- caliber pistol lying around where a kindergartner was able to pick it up and bring it to school last week.
The pistol was loaded with five live rounds and one spent round, according to Benson Chief of Police Ian Hodge.  The weapon was not in the child’s home, but another residence.
He said the misdemeanor charge of negligent storage of a firearm should be filed by the middle of this week.
Friday morning the District 777 Board of Education met in an emergency session and voted to not expel the student, Supt. Dennis Laumeyer said Tuesday morning. Though the state’s zero tolerance law says that a student who brings a gun to school will be expelled for up to a year, it also provides the local school district with the discretion to decide the appropriate punishment.
That the student was not expelled does not mean there are not consequences for the action, Laumeyer said.

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benson city - WATER QUALITY

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SUMMONS STATE OF MINNESOTA

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STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF SWIFT           IN DISTRICT COURT
EIGHTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
Case Type:  Other (Quiet Title)
Court File No. 76-CV-14-160
                   
Kimberly Reinke and
   Jesse Reinke,
      Plaintiffs,
       vs.

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Notice of the Swift County Board of Commissioners Meeting Change

NOTICE OF INTENT TO ADOPT

The Swift County Board of Commissioners does hereby give notice of their intent to adopt the Swift County Subsurface Sewage Treatment System Management Ordinance, 2014.  A technical panel consisting of five regional Planning and Zoning Administrators reviewed the ordinance and met with Minnesota Pollution Control Agency staff on January 13, 2014 and on Feb. 10, 2014 to confirm it met their criteria checklist.  The public hearing on this matter will be held in the Commissioners board room of the courthouse on:

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
1:00 p.m.

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Allan Leverne Grage, age 83, of Benson

Allan Leverne Grage, age 83, of Benson, died Thursday, May 8, 2014 at the Golden Living Center – Meadow Lane Nursing Home in Benson, Minnesota.
 
Services are at 1:00 p.m., Friday, May 16, 2014, at the West Zion Lutheran Church in rural Hancock, with Rev. Jacqueline Harvestine officiating.
 
Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church.
 
Reception is at 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 16, 2014 at the Benson Golf Club in Benson, Minnesota.
 
Arrangements are with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, MN.

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Mildred “Millie” Wilts, 81, Appleton

Mildred “Millie” Wilts, 81, Appleton, died Saturday at Appleton Area Health Services –Hospital.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 14th at 11:00AM, at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton with Pastor Michelle Rowell officiating.  Visitation is Tuesday, May 13th from 5:00PM to 8:00PM, at Zion Lutheran Church.  Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.  Burial will follow at 1:45PM, Wednesday, at Jevnaker Lutheran Cemetery, rural Montevideo.  A full obituary will be in next week’s paper.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home –Vaala Chapel in Appleton.
 

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Boys and girls golf face tough competition from area

BOYS GOLF

The Benson-KMS boys golf team placed fourth and fifth at the second doubleheader of WCC meets  at ACGC and Paynesville, Monday night.
Benson-KMS is now in fourth place overall after the first four meets.  Minnewaska Area leads the way with 40 points, followed by YME with 32, BOLD with 31, and Benson-KMS with 30.
Among the many high school activities postponed from last week was a WCC doubleheader at Morris and Minnewaska Area, Tuesday, April 29, which has been rescheduled for this Friday.
Coming up, Benson-KMS was set to compete in a WCC doubleheader before playing at Morris and Glenwood, Friday.

GIRLS GOLF

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