August 2014

Wed
13
Aug
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Only 227 votes cast in primary

Ed Pederson and Grant Herfindahl will face off for the District 2 Swift County Commission seat in November after placing first and second in last Tuesday’s primary. Nancy Loen finished third was eliminated from the race.  Peterson received 138 votes with Herfindahl getting 68 and Loen 21.  The 227 votes cast in the primary were 737 fewer than the 964 cast in the 2012 District 2 election when then incumbent Commissioner Gary Klemm defeated Pederson who had sought election as a write-in candidate. The general election is Nov. 4.
 

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Aug
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Jeff Gallagher, of Montevideo

Jeff Gallagher, of Montevideo, died at his home August 2, 2014 at the age of 62.
Mass of Christian burial was held Friday, August 8, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the Church of St. Joseph in Montevideo.  Fr. Jeremy Kucera was the celebrant and interment was in Visitation Cemetery in Danvers, MN.

Wed
06
Aug
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Klobuchar talks ag policy with CVEC

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar was in Benson Sunday evening to meet with representatives of the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC).
While the discussion focused on ethanol, the subjects covered varied from biofuels, to propane shortages, to filling the need for workers in rural communities, to trains blocking the tracks in Benson.
Also at the meeting were Tom and Randy Dooley, who are partners in Alliance Energy, the company that is working to add a rail spur next to the former Kinder-Morgan propane tank facility along west U.S. 12 that will allow it to be supplied by rail car.
 

Wed
06
Aug
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Filing period for District 777 board underway

Four school board seats will be up for election during the District 777 Board of Education election, Tuesday, Nov. 4.  The filing period for filing for a school board seat opened July 29 and will close Tuesday, Aug. 12 (can withdraw by Aug. 14).
Al Pagel, Gary Williams, and Bill McGeary are currently serving on four-year terms running through Dec. 31, 2016.
Board chairman Chad Payne’s four-year term is set to run through Dec. 31, 2014, while the final two years of Jeff Guest’s term will also go up for election.  Andy Abner was appointed to serve one year of the four-year term of Jeff Guest, who resigned to accept a special education position.  The final two years of Guest’s term will run from Jan. 1, 2015 through  Dec. 31, 2016.

Wed
06
Aug
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PUBLIC NOTICES - VOTING for PRIMARY

NOTICE
NOTICE TO WEST BANK TOWNSHIP VOTERS: A public accuracy test of the electronic voting machines will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 7, 2014, at West Bank Township Hall.

Linda Styrbicky, Clerk
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PUBLIC NOTICE

The City of Benson, Torning Township and Benson Township will be holding a public accuracy test of the electronic voting system to be used at the August 12 Primary Election. The test will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, August 8, in the Benson City Council Chambers.

Dated: July 31, 2014
/s/ Paul Kittelson
Mayor
Attest: /s/ Glen Pederson
City Clerk
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NOTICE OF PRIMARY ELECTION

Fri
01
Aug
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Swift County Fair to begin Wednesday, Aug. 13

The 117th annual Swift County Fair is set to begin Wednesday, Aug. 13 and continue through Sunday, Aug. 17 at the Swift County Fairgrounds in Appleton.  Everyone in the county is invited to attend the Swift County Fair, which highlights the communities of Benson, Clontarf, Danvers, Kerkhoven, Murdock, Appleton, DeGraff, Swift Falls, and Holloway.
Free entertainment for Wednesday, Aug. 13 includes The White Sidewalls performing in the Chuck Brown Building from 7 p.m. to close.  Entertainment continues Thursday, Aug. 14 with the Tripwire Band from 8:30 p.m.-close, followed by the Hutchville Band from 8:30 p.m.-close, Friday, Aug. 15; the Judd Hoos Band from 8:30 p.m.-close, Saturday, Aug. 16; and the ever popular Johnny Holm Band from 8 p.m.-close, Sunday, Aug. 17.

Fri
01
Aug
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Hospital Revenue Bonds Issue

PUBLIC NOTICE

EXHIBIT A

NOTICE OF INTENT TO ISSUE HOSPITAL REFUNDING BONDS WITH GENERAL OBLIGATION PLEDGE OF SWIFT COUNTY

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Swift County-Benson Hospital (the “Hospital District”) intends to issue Hospital Revenue Bonds (the “Bonds”), in a principal amount of not to exceed $6,250,000, pursuant to Minnesota Laws 1992, Ch. 534, Sections 6 to 20 (the “Act”). The proceeds of the Bonds will be used to refund the outstanding Hospital Revenue Bonds (Swift County General Obligation), Series 2007 of the Hospital District. If, within ten days of the date of publication of this notice, a petition asking for an election on the proposition of issuing the bonds signed by voters equal to ten percent of the number of votes at the late regular election is filed with the undersigned Secretary, the bonds may not be issued unless approved by a majority of the electors voting on the question at a legal election.
Dated: July 17th, 2014

Fri
01
Aug
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NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE

NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE

Fri
01
Aug
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ELECTION NOTICES

NOTICE OF PRIMARY ELECTION
Notice is hereby given that a Primary Election will be held August 12, 2014, at West Zion Church, 29190 357th Ave., Hancock, MN for Hoff and Langhei Townships. Polls will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Joanna Rustad, Clerk Hoff Township
Gary Williams, Clerk Langhei Township
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Fri
01
Aug
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Minnesota’s crops could use more rain, heat

Thunderstorms last week brought just over six tenths of an inch of rain to the Benson area last Thursday and Friday, bringing some relief to a drying landscape. But the area is still well behind the average for July rainfall.
July averages 3.6 inches of rain, but has seen just 1.26 inches. No rain is in the forecast for the moment through Thursday and the last day of the month.
Even more than rain, what area crops need is an extended period of above average temperatures to push crop maturity along.
As of Sunday, 1,373 Growing Degree Units (GDUs) had accumulated since May 1 in the Benson area, which is 7 percentage points below average for July 27. At this time last year, the area was even a little farther behind with 1,338 GDUs, or 9 percentage off the average.

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