June 2014

Thu
26
Jun
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NL-Sunburg fall to Twins

The Norway Lake-Sunburg Lakers amateur baseball team improved to 5-2 overall with an 8-1 victory over Paynesville, Sunday night in Paynesville.
The Lakers had three homers as Aaron Zimmer and Jordan Johnson both had three-run shots, and Chad Searcy added a solo homer.
Norway Lake-Sunburg has now won four games in a row after starting out the season 1-2.  The Lakers are set to host Regal at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, at Norway Lake.

Wed
25
Jun
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SCHOOL BOARD MEETING 6-9; second meeting

MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota
 Monday, June 9, 2014 - 6:30 p.m.
Benson Senior High Media Center

  The meeting was called to order at 6:35 p.m. by Chair Chad Payne.  Members present:   Andy Abner, Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Bill McGeary, Marlene Molden, Al Pagel, Chad Payne and Gary Williams.
  Members absent:  None.  Also present:  Dennis Laumeyer, David Benson, Mike Knutson and Shelly Vergin.
  Architect Paul Youngquist led the discussion on facilities improvements.
  The meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.
Andy Abner, Clerk
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Wed
25
Jun
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SCHOOL BOARD MEETING 6-9

MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota
 Monday, June 9, 2014 - 6:00 p.m.
Benson Senior High Media Center

The meeting was called to order at 6:01 p.m. by Chair Chad Payne.  Members present:   Andy Abner, Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Bill McGeary, Marlene Molden, Al Pagel, Chad Payne and Gary Williams.
Members absent:  None.  Also present:  Dennis Laumeyer, David Benson, Mike Knutson, Pam Anderson, Shelly Vergin, Andy Macziewski, Amy Macziewski, Rick Macziewski and Marilyn Mader.    
Chair Chad Payne stated the purpose of the special meeting is to sell the trades house.  Don Brehmer commented on the house and explained that it is sold “as is” and explained the bidding process.  Supt. Laumeyer presented the two bids received:

Andrew and Amy Macziewski …………….. $70,000
Marilyn Mader ……………….……………... $72,000

Wed
25
Jun
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SCHOOL BOARD MEETING 5-27

MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL SCHOOL BOARD
MEETING/WORK SESSION
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota
 Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 5:00 p.m.
Benson Senior High Media Center

Wed
25
Jun
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SCHOOL BOARD MEETING 5-19

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777,
Benson, Minnesota
 Monday, May 19, 2014 - 5:00 p.m.
Benson Senior High Media Center

Wed
25
Jun
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Severe storms, excessive rainfall plague many areas

By Kent Thiesse
Farm Management Analyst & Vice President MinnStar Bank Lake Crystal

Large portions of Southern Minnesota, Northern Iowa, and Eastern South Dakota have been affected by severe storms and have received excessive rainfall during the week of June 14 to 20.
This has caused some property damage from strong winds, and caused considerable crop damage due to wind, hail, and standing water in fields. Most of the affected region received 3 to 5 inches of rain during the week, with several locations receiving 5 to 8 inches or more during the past week.
In some areas of central Minnesota, farm operators had not completed their 2014 corn and soybean planting prior to the heavy rainfall events in mid-June.

Wed
25
Jun
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Kid Day Selection Night set for Sunday

Events leading up to Benson’s annual Kid Day celebration July 19 get underway this coming Sunday with the annual selection night to choose the coming year’s royalty. This year’s Kid Day theme is “Imagine Benson.”
The crowning of the Kid Day royalty and coronation are taking on a new look this year with the coronation taking place prior to the Kid Day parade. In the past, the previous year’s Kid Day royalty rode in the parade after having been crowned in the closing event of the annual community celebration.
Because of the transition, there will be two courts in the parade this year - the current 2013 royalty, and the first day for the new 2014 royalty.

 

Photo:  Last year's crowning ceremony.

Wed
25
Jun
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Tornado causes only minor damage

Shortly after 4 last Thursday afternoon tornado sirens in Benson began to wail as multiple sightings of funnel clouds were reported to the Swift County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher.
Perhaps as many as three tornadoes formed near Benson late Thursday afternoon. At least one caused minor damage at the north end of Ambush Park and the Benson Golf Course.
At approximately 4:02 p.m., the sheriff’s office received the first report of a funnel cloud west of Benson from a trained weather spotter. “Over the next 45 minutes, multiple reports of funnel clouds were received,” a statement from the sheriff’s office said. “There were confirmed touchdowns extending from just south of Benson to north and northwest of Benson.”
At the golf course, the tornado uprooted two large pine trees and snapped several trees. There was also a report of siding being blown off a building.

Wed
25
Jun
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Precipitation record shattered

The April to June precipitation record for the Benson area has not just been broken, it has been shattered – and there are still six days left in the month. Thunderstorms are forecast for Thursday and Friday.
Over the past three months, 19.55 inches of precipitation has fallen. That is 2.76 inches more than the previous record of 16.79 inches from 1953. That year, June saw 10.45 inches of rain. In 1993, 16.51 inches was recorded with both May and June seeing heavy rainfalls.
June has now seen 9.04 inches of rain, which ranks it fourth overall for the month in records that go back to 1952. June 1952’s 12.5 inches of rain is at the top of the list with the 10.45 inches that fell in June 1953 second.

Photo:  A corn crop disappears into the flood waters of the Shakopee creek south of Benson.

Fri
20
Jun
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Lorraine Marie Skarsten, age 80, of Benson

Funeral services for Lorraine Marie Skarsten, 80, of Benson were held Tuesday, June 24, 2014  at 11 a.m. at the Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in Benson. Pastor William Warnock officiated.
Interment was held in the Benson City Cemetery. Visitation was held at 9:30 a.m. to the time of service at the church.
Lorraine Skarsten was born July 28, 1933, in Dublin Township, Swift County, Minnesota, to parents Clay and Agnes (Chepa) Smith.  
She was called from this life  Friday, June 20, 2014, at the Swift County Benson Hospital.  She attained the age of 80 years, 10 months and 23 days.
Lorraine attended the Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  After completion of the program, she worked for Holmquist Law Office in Benson.

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