February 2015

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Clair Ward Smith, 86, Benson

Clair Ward Smith was born on February 25, 1929, in rural Benson, Torning Township, Swift County, Minnesota, the son of Clay F. and Agnes J. Chepa Smith.  He was baptized at the Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in Benson.  He grew up in the Benson area and the family moved to a farm in rural Murdock.  He graduated from Murdock High School.  While attending school, he played high school baseball and went to State while playing legion baseball.  Years later, he played baseball with his children every summer evening.
    

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Clair W. Smith, 85, Benson

Clair W. Smith, 85, died on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, at the St. Cloud Hospital.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 7, at 10:30 a.m. at Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in Benson. Visitation will be held at 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 6, at the Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in Benson and for one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.  Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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Storm top Breck-Wahpeton for sixth win

The MBA boys hockey team went 1-2 last week, falling to Marshall last Tuesday night in Benson (3-0); winning at Breckenridge-Wahpeton, Thursday (7-2), and losing at Red Lake Falls, Friday (4-2).
The Storm, 6-16 overall, are currently tied with Windom for third place in the Southwest Conference with 3-5 records behind league-leading Luverne (7-0) and Marshall (8-1).
With only three regular-season games to go, MBA was set to host its final regular-season game in Benson, Monday against Redwood Valley followed by a game at Prairie Center in Sauk Center, Thursday (tomorrow).
Taner Gimberlin, who leads the Storm with 39 points this year, has an unofficial 97 career points with at least four games to go, giving him a great shot at reaching 100 for his career.

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BHS gymnastics closes regular season with win

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team closed out the regular-season schedule with a 127.875-122.275 victory over Morris Area-CA last Tuesday night in the Benson Armory.
The win pushed the team’s overall record to 7-1 and conference mark to 3-1.  The only loss for the Fighting Braves this season was to Melrose, rated second in the state.
MiKaylie Hagen edged a gymnast from Morris Area for the all-around title with a score of 33.375, while Mariah Ahrndt, Sophie Ascheman, and Halle Hanson were third, fourth, and fifth in the all-around.
Next up is the WCC Gymnastics Tournament, set to take place at Benson High School this year.  The Fighting Braves will host the event at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7.  Also coming up is the Section 6A Gymnastics Tournament, set for Valentine’s Day, Saturday, Feb. 14 at NLS.

Photo:  Halle Hanson does her dismount from the beam during a meet last week at the Benson Armory.

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USDA creating more bird habitat areas on irrigated farmland

The Conservation Reserve Program now will encourage more bird habitats to be established in irrigated farmland regions, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini announced last week.
Declines in upland bird populations, such as the northern bobwhite, pheasant, and prairie chicken, led to the creation of new Conservation Reserve Program features to help restore habitats for these species in these agricultural areas. Since the program’s creation in 2004, more than 240,000 acres of marginal cropland has been converted to native grasslands, spurring an increase in upland bird populations.

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Prairie 5 has rejected a request by the City of Benson

Prairie 5 Community Action Council has rejected a request by the City of Benson to consider taking over dispatching services for its bus system.
“The agency has had many discussions on this, both recently and in the past, and at this time we feel that it would not be in our best interest to do a contract for dispatching services,” Program Manager Ted Nelson said in a letter to City Manager Rob Wolfington.
At Monday night’s council meeting, Wolfington said that he was “not surprised” by the response.
Benson’s City Council had reached out to Prairie 5 to provide dispatching services out of a concern that its bus drivers were being potentially dangerously distracted as they performed their jobs.

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Facilities improvement project planning moving along

The District 777 Board of Education is set to meet again at 5:30 p.m., Thursday in the senior high library to continue discussion on the upcoming facilities improvement project.
Architect Paul Youngquist will be on hand to share the latest drawings and figures with the board.  Discussion on the improvement project will be the only item on the agenda.
The board is hoping to finalize its plans and figures for the proposed bond levy referendum, which could possibly be approved at the Tuesday, Feb. 17 meeting, set to begin at 5:30 p.m.  That would put it on schedule to come before the district voters with a bond levy referendum May 12.  However, if the board is not able to come up with the final plans by that time, it may add another meeting in February and push back the bond levy referendum vote later in May.

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Joseph Edward Diederich, age 62, of Benson

Joseph Edward Diederich, age 62, of Benson, died on Monday, February 2, 2015.  Mass of Christian Burial was 10:30 a.m., Thursday, February 5, 2015, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home.

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School Board Minutes - January 13

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777,
Benson, Minnesota
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 – 5:00 p.m.
Benson High School Media Center

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ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS - Bituminous, City of Benson

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS
 
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sealed bids will be received by the Benson City Council at City Hall, 1410 Kansas Ave., Benson, MN 56215 until 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 for the purpose of furnishing all necessary skills, tools, materials, forms, and labor to furnish and install the following approximate quantities:
 
▪ 1,200 ton paver laid bituminous, more or less
 
A bid sheet can be obtained by calling City Hall at 320-843-4775.
Bids shall be honored during the 2015 construction season.
The City Council reserves the right to reject any or all bids or waive any informalities contained therein.
 
Dated:  February 2, 2015
/s/ Paul Kittelson         
Mayor
Attest:  /s/ Glen Pederson       
City Clerk
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