February 2015

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Benson City Ordinance - PART 1

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND TITLE IX:
GENERAL REGULATIONS; BENSON CITY CODE OF 2003        
 
The City of Benson does ordain:
 Title XI is amended to add the following chapter:
 
CHAPTER 98:  STRUCTURES IN DISREPAIR
 Section
98.01     Findings
98.02     Requirements for Structures
98.03     Nuisance Declared
98.04     Abatement
98.05     Citation
98.06     Notice
 
§ 98.01  FINDINGS

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PUBLIC NOTICE - Call for quotes - Six Mile Grove Township

PUBLIC NOTICE

CALL FOR QUOTES-The Six Mile Grove Township Board of Supervisors will be accepting quotes on the following: Class 5 Gravel on a per yard basis delivered anywhere in Six Mile Grove Township by August 1st.   Quotes for Grading, Snow Removal, Mowing (a minimum 9 foot top cut) on a per hour basis, also quotes for spraying.  Remit quotes with Certificate of Insurance by February 28, 2014 to Sara Wersinger at 420 Minnesota Ave, Danvers, MN 56231.  The Board of Supervisors reserves the right to accept or reject any or all quotes, to waive any information therein and to accept quotes deemed most advantageous to the Township.

Sara Wersinger, Clerk
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ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS - Concrete, City of Benson

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS
 
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sealed bids for the Concrete Work for 2015 will be received by the Benson City Council at City Hall, 1410 Kansas Ave., Benson, MN 56215 until 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, for the purpose of furnishing all necessary skills, tools, materials, forms and labor to furnish and install the following approximate quantities:
 
▪ 800 square feet of 4” flat concrete
▪ 3,400 square feet of 6” flat concrete
▪ 250 linear feet of curb
▪ 6 pedestrian ramps
▪ 12 truncated domes for pedestrian ramps
 
A Proposal Form may be obtained at the office of the Public Works Director, City Hall, 1410 Kansas Avenue, Benson, MN 56215, or by calling 320-843-4775.
 
Bids shall be honored during the 2015 season.   

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As corn prices fall, Minnesota farms worry

By Mark Steil
Minnesota Public Radio

Corn is Minnesota’s biggest cash crop, and in recent years it has delivered big returns to the state’s farmers.
But this year, most corn farmers are expected to lose money. That’s causing a lot of concern among farmers as they negotiate spring planting loans with lenders.
“It’s a bad situation here this year,” said Duane Ommodt, who farms in Watonwan County southwest of Mankato. “Virtually everybody is going to lose money. It’s a bad deal.”
Ommodt said some farmers could lose as much as $300 on each acre of corn they plant. If that happens, even medium-sized Minnesota farms could see the revenue they earn from selling the crop fall more than $100,000 short of what it cost to plant the corn.
The problem is unprofitable crop prices. Several years ago, corn prices were as high as $8 a bushel, and soybeans nearly $18 a bushel.

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First farm program deadline Feb. 27

The deadline to finalize decisions on base acre reallocation and updating payment yields at local Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices is Feb. 27. The deadline for producers to complete the farm program choice on each farm unit, and potentially on each eligible crop, is March 31.
There have literally been hundreds of farm program information meetings held in the Upper Midwest in recent months, as well as print and on-line articles, spreadsheets, etc., on enrollment in the new farm program. However, even with all that information available to farm operators and landowners, there is still some confusion and misinformation regarding the various farm program decisions.

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School to seek voter approval for $18.2 million bond

District 777’s Board of Education unanimously voted to seek voter approval May 12 for an $18.2 million facilities improvement project. The board has sent the bond levy referendum proposal to the Commissioner of Education for approval.  
After months of discussion and meetings, the school board finally approved the bond levy amount, which it hopes will solve many of the educational needs facing the school district as it heads into another decade of education for District 777 students.
The board plans to meet again at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17 and at that time, if the state commissioner approves the bond levy, the school board hopes to formally approve the bond levy amount, along with outlining the voting dates, places, and times.
That gives the school board almost three months to conduct several public hearings, intended to give district voters more information about the project, along with time to answer any questions.

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Icy roads cause two-hour delay for Benson students

Benson schools started two hours later Tuesday morning due to icy roads throughout western Minnesota. A freezing rain in the early morning hours coated streets, sidewalks, trees and power lines with ice as the temperatures hovered in the upper 20s.
After a very cold start to February, temperatures warmed into the upper 20s and lower 30s over the weekend and into the start of the week. However, the National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for western Minnesota late Monday as a low pressure system moved in across the Dakotas, bringing rain, snow and ice along with strong winds.
Tuesday’s early morning freezing rain was supposed to be replaced by snow. Wednesday could see winds of 20 to 25 mph with gusts of 35 mph or more whipping the newly fallen snow around and reducing visibility on highways.
As the system moves through, temperatures are expected to drop to a minus 8 degrees by Wednesday night.

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Kelly (Svor) Fuhrman, age 40, of Bemidji

Kelly Fuhrman, age 40, of Bemidji, MN died Sunday, February 8, 2015 at her home after a courageous battle with cancer surrounded by her family.
                                                                 
Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 12, 2015 at First Lutheran Church, Bemidji with Pastor Linnea Papke-Larson officiating. Visitation will be 2 hours prior to the service at the church. Interment will be 11:00 A.M. Friday, February 13, 2015 in St. Pauli Cemetery, Swift Falls, MN followed by fellowship at 12:00 Noon in the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Swift Falls. Arrangements were entrusted to the Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home, Bemidji.

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Hazel Johnson, age 85, of Benson

Hazel Johnson, age 85, of Benson, died Saturday, February 7, 2015, at the Golden Living Center - Meadow Lane Healthcare Center in Benson, Minnesota.
 

Funeral services will be held  Friday February 13, at 1:00 p.m. at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Visitation will be held  Thursday February 12, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson and for one hour prior to the service  Friday at the church.   Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral and Cremation Services in Benson.

 

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Evangelin Bass, age 90, of Murdock

Evangelin Bass, age 90, of Murdock, died Sunday, February 8, 2015, at the Mille Lac Health System in Onamia, Minnesota.
Arrangements are pending with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, MN.

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