March 2015

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City budgets $32,000 for next phase of rail crossing project

The City of Benson is taking the next step in developing a plan to address public safety concerns and traffic congestion issues caused by trains traveling through the city, especially when those trains block the three downtown railroad crossings for extended periods.
To give it a professional assessment of the options for addressing the problems, the city council last year retained Stantec Consulting Services, Inc., a Twin Cities engineering firm. In February, Stantec presented its findings outlining a series of steps Benson could take to improve traffic flow as well as address pedestrian and vehicle traffic safety. The bill for those measures could cost up to $2 million to implement.

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Area residents air concerns about property taxes

Nearly 40 people showed up at the Swift County Law Enforcement Center meeting room Saturday afternoon to tell legislators what they thought about local property taxes.
Clearly most of those at the meeting with questions for the legislators were farmers who have seen their property taxes soar along with the value of their land. Some asked if the Legislature could look more at valuing land based on the value of what it produced rather than on what it sold for.
Legislators had no definitive answers for farmers concerned about property taxes. They did say a piece of legislation has been introduced that would help lower real estate taxes for businesses.

Swift County Ag Land’s Share of Taxes

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Roger Lesteberg, 58, of Kerkhoven

Roger Lesteberg, 58, of Kerkhoven, died  Friday, February 27, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family and friends.  
A funeral service was held 1 p.m.  Monday, March 2 at the United Methodist Church in Willmar.  Visitation was Sunday from 3-5 p.m. at the Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar.  
Roger Lee Lesteberg was born  June 24, 1956 in Benson, Minnesota, the son of Roy and Elizabeth (Lundberg) Lesteberg.  He grew up in the Kerkhoven area where he graduated from Kerkhoven High School in the class of 1974.  
At the age of 19, Roger took over his father’s road grading business.  
Roger was united in marriage to Melanie Wright  August 28, 1976 at the United Methodist Church in Willmar.  The couple lived in Kerkhoven.  Roger continued to work for 42 years and was joined by his brother Ron and later his son Ryan.

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SWIFT COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT Bids DEADLINE: 3-30-2015

SWIFT COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT
Road Construction Project
BIDS CLOSE March 30, 2015
Benson, Minnesota

NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS - Sealed proposals will be received until 10:00 AM on March 30 2015, at the Swift County Highway Administration Building, 1635 Hoban Avenue, PO Box 241, Benson, MN 56215.  Sealed bids will then be opened and publicly read at 10:00 AM at the Swift County Highway Administration Building, 1635 Hoban Avenue, Benson, MN 56215 for the construction project listed below:

Project Number:  S.A.P. 076-620-022

Location:  On Swift CSAH 20 – From US TH 59 to 1725.66’ West of County Road 3.

Type of work:  Mill & Bituminous Overlay – with Aggregate Shouldering

Major Items:
    • Mill Bituminous Surface (2”)  –  119,080 Sq Yds
    • Type SP 12.5 Bituminous Wear Mixture (2,B)  –  20,833 Ton

Project Net Length:  44,560.82’  (8.440 Miles)  

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BHS School Board Meeting 2-5, 2015

MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota
Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 5:30 p.m.
Benson Senior High Media Center

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School board minutes Jan. 26, 2015

MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota
Monday, January 26, 2015 - 5:30 p.m. - Benson Senior High Media Center
The meeting was called to order at 5:33 p.m. by Chair Chad Payne.  Members present:  Andy Abner, Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Jason Madden, Bill McGeary, Chad Payne and Gary Williams.
Members absent:  Al Pagel.  Also present:  Dennis Laumeyer, Dave Benson, Pam Anderson, John Fragodt and Allen Mumm.
Allen Mumm commented that the pool is shallow and should be 12-14 feet deep for regulation size diving.
Routine consent agenda items were approved.
Superintendent Laumeyer explained the two draft school calendars for 2015-16 with different start dates, conference dates and Graduation dates.
The board approved the Budget Committee’s recommendation to enter into negotiations with teachers who submit requests for early retirement, with a cap of $10,000.

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Swift Cty. Planning Commission Meeting March 16

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

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Sealed bids for gravel, Swift County

GRAVEL PROCESSING 2015
BIDS CLOSE: March 30, 2015 • Swift County, Minnesota           
NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS –
Sealed proposals will be received until 10:15 AM on March 30, 2015 by the Swift County Engineer at the Swift County Highway Administration Building, P.O. Box 241, 1635 Hoban Ave., Benson, Minnesota, 56215 on behalf of the Swift County Board of Commissioners, for producing and stockpiling approximately 20,000 cubic yards of Class 5 aggregate at one (Eastern Swift County) location for use on the County Highway System.
Bids must be submitted on special proposal forms which are supplied by, and can be picked up at, the Swift County Engineer’s office, P.O. Box 241, 1635 Hoban Ave., Benson, MN 56215 (telephone 320-842-5251).

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NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETINGS AND ELECTIONS 3-11-2015

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING

Notice to Eligible Voters: The annual township meeting for Clontarf Township of Swift County will be Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at the Clontarf Community Center, 121 Grace Ave., Clontarf starting at 6:30 p.m. All relative pertinent business. If inclement weather, postponed one week.
Anne Schirmer, Clerk
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NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING

Notice to residents of Kildare Township. The annual meeting of the Kildare Township Board will take place Tuesday, March 10, 2015. The meeting will take place at the DeGraff City Office and commence at 6:30 p.m.
Bill Bridgland, Clerk
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NOTICE OF ELECTION AND ANNUAL MEETING

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Dennis “Denny” Schultz, 69 of Benson

Dennis “Denny” Schultz, 69, of Benson, died  Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at the Golden Living Center in Benson. 

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