September 2014

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Sep
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Benson football team drops to 0-4 with 32-22 loss

Benson and ACGC combined for one touchdown in the first half of their game Friday night at Grove City before the teams combined for seven touchdowns in a wild second half that ended in a 32-22 victory for the Falcons over the Braves in a WCC football battle.
ACGC led 19-0 and 32-8, but both times, Benson battled back to make things interesting.  The final touchdown came with 5:17 left in the game on a 65-yard pass play from Aaron Ahrndt to Josh Manzke.  However, when Benson failed to convert the two-point run, ACGC’s lead was still more than one touchdown, and the Falcons were able to pick up three more first downs and run out the final five minutes of the clock.
Benson fell to 0-4 with the loss and is set to host Morris Area-CA at 7 p.m., Friday for the annual Homecoming game.   Morris Area opened up the season with two losses, but has defeated YME and Sauk Centre the last two weeks.

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24
Sep
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Girls tennis team falls to Melrose in close match

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team had a 3-1 week last week, beating West Central Area, Lac qui Parle-DB, and Montevideo by identical 5-2 scores before falling to Melrose Area by the same score, Friday in Benson.  
That wasn’t it for the team though, as the Braves also competed at the Litchfield Invitational, Saturday.
This week, the Braves are set to host Yellow Medicine East, Tuesday (yesterday) and play at Sauk Centre, Thursday (tomorrow) before taking part in the WCC Individual Tournament, Saturday at Montevideo.
Coming up is the Section 6A Team Tournament, set for Oct. 7, 9, and 10.  Right now, it appears Benson would be seeded fourth or fifth, depending upon its match with Sauk Centre this week, while Osakis, Minnewaska Area, and Melrose would be seeded in the first three spots.
Benson 5, West Central 2

Wed
24
Sep
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Petition challenges proposed ordinance

Opponents of a proposed City of Benson ordinance addressing blighted and dilapidated residential properties presented a petition to the city council Monday in an effort to force it to a vote.
Nita Flodstrom handed the petition to the council at the start of its meeting saying there were 130 signatures on it. Nearly a dozen supporters were in the council chambers with her.
Mayor Paul Kittelson acknowledged receipt of the petition and said the council would act on it as required under law.  City staff and the city attorney’s office will review the petition to see if it conforms with requirements set down in the city charter and if the names of the signers are all legitimate residents and eligible voters in the city.   Photo:  File photo.
 

Wed
24
Sep
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Assisted living, memory loss facility being pursued

For the past several months the Swift County-Benson Hospital Foundation has been researching the possibility of building an assisted living facility that would include independent living quarters as well as a dementia unit.
Last Thursday, foundation representatives met with the Benson Economic Development Authority (EDA) to give it an overview of the proposed project and ask it to consider playing a key role in the initial financing. At its meeting Monday night, the council discussed the role Benson could play in facilitating the project through its EDA.
The idea for the facility started with a discussion at a SCBH Foundation meeting.
 “At one of our meetings, a member of the foundation board mentioned that people in the area had expressed concern that loved ones had to leave Benson when they could no longer live in their homes,” Foundation President Jerry Peterson said.

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Sep
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Pharmacy burglary in Starbuck prompts police warnings

One Overdose is already linked to Drugs Stolen from Starbuck, Minn. Drug Store

The Starbuck Police Department responded to a report of a burglary at Samuelson’s Drug Store on Tuesday, September 16.
The Starbuck and Morris Police Departments are now warning the public about very potent prescription medications that were stolen during the burglary. One overdose is reportedly connected to the stolen drugs.

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Rosalee A. Spath, 68, of Benson

Rosalee A. Spath, 68, of Benson, died on Sunday, September 14, at the Swift County Benson Hospital.  A memorial service will be held on
Thursday, September 18, at 2:00 p.m. at  Parkview Manor in Benson. 

Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at Parkview Manor.
The Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Wed
10
Sep
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Braves sweep ACGC for second win

The Benson volleyball team improved to 2-1 overall with a three-game sweep of Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, Thursday night in Benson.  
The Braves stormed out to big leads in games one and two only to have the Falcons battle back each time.  However, in the third game, it was all Benson, which completed the 25-20, 25-17, 25-10 sweep.
Benson, 1-1 in the WCC South, was set to host Paynesville, Thursday (Sept. 11) before competing at a strong Minnewaska Area Tournament, Saturday.

Photo:  Sophie Ascheman (left) and Krista Motzko go up for a block attempt for the Braves during a win over ACGC last week as Madyson Krienke looks on from behind.

 

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09
Sep
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Area’s crops could use some warm weather to mature

Increasing moisture levels helped improve pasture and row crop conditions for many Minnesota crops, but farmers would like to see warmer conditions to advance row development, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Temperatures have been slightly below average throughout the summer with the area only seeing two days reach 90 degrees. The cold weather forecast for the second half of this week is not going to be a help at all as highs fall to near record lows in the low to mid-50s.
Highs should be averaging 73-74 degrees during the middle of September, but there are no 70s in the forecast until next week.
Topsoil and subsoil moisture levels have significantly improved since this time last year when the area was suffering drought conditions. But rather than looking to the skies for more rain, area farmers would rather see blue skies and warm temperatures for a few weeks this September.

Tue
09
Sep
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Benson schools’ enrollment expected to be just over 800

Benson Schools’ enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year is just over 800 students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade.  That number does not include the students in Heartland Girls Ranch, the Chippewa River Day Program, and the Area Learning Center, which has another 50 students enrolled to start the school year.
The Benson schools’ total includes 372 students in grades 7-12 for an average of 62 students per grade, while the enrollment in kindergarten through 6th grade is 431 students, or an average of just over 61.5 students per grade.
Grade 9 has the lowest enrollment number with 53 students, but 2nd grade (54), 4th grade (55), 8th grade (56), 5th grade (57), 3rd grade (59), and 11th grade (59) are also all in the 50s.
The 6th grade class leads the way in enrollment with 76 students for the 2014-2015 school year, while the 12th grade (72) and 10th grade (71) also have over 70 students.  

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09
Sep
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Council adopts blighted properties ordinance

With a unanimous vote Monday night the Benson City Council approved the second reading of an amendment to city code addressing blighted and dilapidated residential properties.
The amendment will now be published in the city’s legal newspaper, the Swift County Monitor-News. Thirty days after publication it becomes law unless citizens challenge it by petition, forcing it to a vote.
A valid petition must have enough city resident signatures to represent 15 percent of the people who voted in the 2013 city election. There were 830 votes cast, so a petition would have to have a minimum of 125. The names must be people who are currently eligible voters in the city. The referendum is conducted at the next general election, which would likely be Nov. 4.
Though the vote was unanimous, some members of the council were hesitant to adopt it as worded.

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