February 2015

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Farmers filing suits against Syngenta

Farmers in the area are likely to be invited to a meeting in the near future and asked to join a lawsuit against one of the giants in the agricultural business – Syngenta.
Farmers and farm businesses in 20 states have now filed more than 360 lawsuits against agricultural chemicals-maker Syngenta, and hundreds more may be coming as a federal judge organizes the complex case so they can move forward.
The dispute centers around Syngenta’s sale of a corn seed called Agrisure Viptera, which was genetically altered to contain a protein that kills corn-eating bugs such as earworms and cutworms. The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved it in 2010, and Syngenta first sold it to farmers in 2011.
China, a growing importer of U.S. corn that refuses to buy genetically modified crops it hasn’t tested, had not approved Viptera when Syngenta began selling it. In November 2013, China discovered the Viptera corn trait in several U.S. shipments.

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Amazing Race show premiere in Benson

Bergen Olson can’t tell you yet if he won the $1 million prize offered to the winning couple of the 26th episode of CBS’s Emmy Award winning television show The Amazing Race.
But the 2009 Benson High School graduate can tell you about the unforgettable experience of participating with 10 other couples as they raced more than 35,000 miles around the world visiting eight countries on five continents. Among the countries they competed in were Japan, Namibia, Monaco, Germany and Thailand.
“The Amazing Race 26 Will Be The Most Extreme Blind Date Ever,” the CBS promotional material about this year’s season says. “How would you feel to be set up on a blind date? What about if you and your blind date were about to travel across the globe together on an amazing adventure? Ten singles are about to find out!”

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Beatrice E. Beyer, age 78, of Benson

Beatrice E. Beyer, age 78, of Benson, died on Monday, February 16, 2015, at the Swift County Benson Hospital.  Funeral services will be held on Friday February 20, at 11:00 a.m. at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Visitation will be held on Thursday February 19, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson and for one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church.  Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is in charge of the arrangements.

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BKMS gymnasts shut out from state tourney berths; Melrose claims title

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team finished fifth of nine teams at the Section 6A Gymnastics Meet in New London, Saturday.  Melrose, ranked second in the state, continued its stronghold on the section championship with a score of 146.85 points to edge third-ranked Willmar (142.575) for the championship.
Those two teams also dominated the individual state qualifiers as well, while Benson-KMS finished fifth with a 129.2 team total and was shut out from any state berths.
“The girls performed well-executed routines during a great competition,” coach Kathy Ahrndt said.
NLS also had a strong team and was third with 136.525 points, while Dassel-Cokato was fourth with a 130.6 score.
The top team and top individuals from each event qualified for the State Gymnastics Tournament, set for Feb. 20-21 at RiverCenter in St. Paul.

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Selma “Sally” Engelson, age 94, of Willmar

Selma “Sally” Engelson, age 94, of Willmar, died Thursday evening, February 12, at Bethesda Heritage Center Nursing Home in Willmar.
 Services will be held at 11 AM, Thursday, February 19, at Big Bend Lutheran Church in Milan, Minnesota.  The interment will be in the church cemetery.   Visitation will be from 9:30 AM Thursday until time of service  at the church.  Arrangements are with Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar.

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Lorna Grace Suckow, 89, Holloway

Lorna Grace Suckow was born on October 25, 1925, in Tara Township, Swift County, Minnesota, the daughter of Herman and Mary (Mosier) Erdman. She was baptized on November 15, 1925 in Tara Township, Swift County, MN and confirmed at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairfield Township on April 2, 1939. She attended country school in Tara Township. On February 16, 1946, Lorna married William V. Suckow at Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairfield Township. This union was blessed with over 68 years of marriage.
 

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Ahrndt, Hagen lead BKMS to second place at WCC meet

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team earned its third-best score of the season during the WCC Meet in Benson, Saturday.  As expected, Melrose Area won the meet with a score of 147.725, but Benson-KMS was second with a score of 131.325.
Melrose dominated the meet, winning all four events, but Benson seventh-grader Mariah Ahrndt earned fourth place in the all-around with a personal best of 34.325 and KMS junior MiKaylie Hagen was sixth with a score of 33.375.
Earning All-Conference for the Fighting Braves, based on a complete season of gymnastics, were MiKaylie Hagen, Mariah Ahrndt, and Halle Hanson, while Sophie Ascheman earned honorable mention.  More about the conference team will appear in the coming weeks.
Next up for the gymnasts is the Section 6A Gymnastics Tournament, set for Valentine’s Day, Saturday, Feb. 14 at New London-Spicer High School.

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Gimberlin goes over 100 during 6-4 win over Redwood

The MBA boys hockey team had a pair of big wins last week, beating Redwood Valley last Monday night in Benson, 6-4, and then winning at Prairie Center, Thursday, 5-1.
The Storm are 3-1 in their last four games and 6-5 in their last five as they improved to 8-16 overall and closed out the Southwest Conference schedule with a 4-5 record.
Taner Gimberlin had seven points over those two games to go over 100 career points.  He had three points against Redwood Valley to reach 100 points exactly, and then added four more in the win at Prairie Center to tie with his brother, Brody, to tie for 10th place on the all-time MBA or Benson boys list.
MBA, which is hoping to earn a first-round playoff game at home Tuesday, Feb. 17, was set to close out the regular-season with a game at Wadena-Deer Creek, Tuesday (yesterday).

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS - city of benson

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
The Benson City Council hereby gives notice that a Public Hearing will be held on Monday, March 2, 2015 at 6:15 p.m., in the Benson City Council Chambers, 1410 Kansas Ave., Benson, MN. The hearing is held to determine whether the hazardous conditions have been repaired at the property at 1226 & 1228 Atlantic Ave, Benson, MN.
All interested persons are invited to attend the hearing or submit written comments to the office of the City Manager, 1410 Kansas Ave, Benson, MN 56215, prior to the hearing.
 
Dated: February 9, 2015
/s/ Rob Wolfington
Zoning Administrator
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Benson City Ordinance - PART 2

(D) Exterior Stairways, Exterior Porches and Decks, Landings, and Floor Levels.  Every inside and outside stairway, every exterior porch and deck, landing and floor level and every appurtenance attached thereto shall be so constructed as to be safe to use and capable of supporting the load that normal use may cause to be placed thereon and shall be kept in a sound condition and in a reasonably good state of maintenance and repair.
(1)  Every flight of stairs and exterior porch and deck, landing and floor level shall be free of holes, grooves and cracks which are large enough to constitute a possible accident hazard. The construction, design and headroom of stairways, exterior porches and decks, landings and floor levels shall conform to the Minnesota State Building Code.

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