May 2015

Thu
21
May
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PUBLIC HEARING: Benson Planning Commission

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
 
 The Benson Planning Commission hereby gives notice that a Public Hearing will be held at 12:00 Noon on Monday, June 1, 2015, in the Benson City Council Chambers, 1410 Kansas Ave. The hearing is held to take testimony either for or against the issuance of a conditional use permit for a homeowner to sell fishing bait at 404 – 19th Street South in Benson.
 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: May 18, 2015
     /s/ Rob Wolfington
  Zoning Administrator
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Tue
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Bear seen northeast of Benson Tuesday

The Swift County Sheriff has just released this news to the general public near Benson.

Attention Benson Area Residents.

We have an unconfirmed spotting of a larger black bear north and east of Benson about 1 mile. Obviously we ask that you use caution if you spot a bear for a number of reasons. Many people underestimate the speed with which a bear can move. The Department of Natural Resources has been notified and advises to leave the bear alone, do not approach it and use caution.

If you spot the bear, please call the Sheriff’s Department at 320-843-3133 or 911.

Residents of the Spicer area reported a bear last Monday and Tuesday foraging for food by bird feeders.

 

Mon
18
May
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Amie A. Holm, 85, Benson

Amie A. Holm, 85, of Benson, passed away  Sunday, May 17, 2015, at the Appleton Care Center in Appleton, Minnesota.
Funeral services were held  Saturday, May 23 at 10 a.m. at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Swift Falls. Visitation was held  Friday, May 22, from 5-7 p.m. at the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson and also for one hour prior to the service at the church Saturday.
Interment was in the Swift Falls Cemetery.
Amie Arlene Holm, 85, was born  March 15, 1930, in Jamestown Township, Blue Earth County, Minnesota, the daughter of Rennie and Emma Hanson Slaughter. She was confirmed at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Swift Falls.  She grew up in Swift Falls and attended country school through the 8th grade.

Mon
18
May
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Michael “Mike” Charles Rooney, age 83, of Benson

Michael “Mike” Charles Rooney, age 83, of Benson, Minnesota passed away on May 14, 2015, at the St. Cloud Hospital.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 am, Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson. Visitation will be held Monday, May 18, 2015, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, with a Rosary at 4:30 pm and a Prayer Service at 7:00 pm, at St. Francis Catholic Church.  Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.  www.zniewskifuneralhome.com .

Fri
15
May
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Margaret A. Wersinger, age 95, of Danvers

Margaret A. Wersinger,  95, of Danvers, Minnesota, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2015, at the Swift County Benson Hospital.  
Mass of Christian Burial was held 11 a.m., Monday, May 18, 2015, at the Church of the Visitation in Danvers.  Visitation was  from 5-7 p.m., Sunday, May 17 with a Rosary at 5:30 p.m. and Parish Prayer Service at 7 p.m., at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson.  Visitation continued for one hour prior to the service at the church.  
Burial was in the Church of the Visitation Catholic Cemetery.  
Margaret (Aust) Wersinger was born March 18, 1920, in Oyens, Iowa, the daughter of Theresa (Weynandt) and Nick Aust.  She was baptized  May 2, 1920 by Father Ralfus.  Margaret grew up on a farm in Oyens, Iowa and attended St. Catherine School.

Wed
13
May
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Edgar Gene Christenson, age 89, Benson

Edgar Gene Christenson, age 89, passed away May 2nd, 2015, at the Golden Living Nursing Home in Benson, Minnesota.  Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 30th, 10:30 AM at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson, Minnesota. 

Edgar Christenson was born December 6th, 1925, on the family farm along the banks of the Chippewa River in rural Swenoda Township.  He was one of ten children born to the marriage of Albert and Minnie (Rodahl) Christenson. 

He was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church - Swenoda Township (Swenoda Lutheran Church) and confirmed at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Benson.

Wed
13
May
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SWIFT COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT BIDS

SWIFT COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT
Bridge Replacement Projects
BIDS CLOSE June 8th, 2015
Benson, Minnesota

NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS - Sealed proposals will be received until 10:00 AM on June 8th  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. 076-598-011

Location:  On Swift Co. Rd 54 – 0.04 Mi. East of the West Co. Line

Type of work:  Bridge Replacement – Construct Bridge # 76J28
                         (Old # N/A)
Project Length:  121.43’ (Bridge Length 17.50’)

Wed
13
May
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SWIFT COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT Bids

SWIFT COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT
Road Construction Project
BIDS CLOSE June 8th, 2015
Benson, Minnesota

NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS - Sealed proposals will be received until 10:15 AM on June 8th 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. 076-030-003

Location:     On Swift CSAH 6  –  From Trunk Highway 12 to
    East County Line.
    On Swift CSAH 35 – From North Limits of Kerkhoven
    to Trunk Highway 9.
    On Swift CSAH 39 – From Trunk Highway 12 to
    South County Line.

Type of work:  Sealcoat

Wed
13
May
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NOTICE OF SPRAYING

NOTICE OF SPRAYING OF DITCHES AND FIRE CALL CHARGES

Wed
13
May
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Voters resoundingly defeated an $18.7 million school bond levy

District 777 voters resoundingly defeated an $18.7 million bond building bond levy in voting Tuesday, May 12. There were 1,354 votes cast against the referendum (67.5 percent) to 651 in favor (32.5 percent.)
The margin of the defeat showed a widespread dissatisfaction with the plan. Those voting against it did so for a variety of reason including: the current poor farm economy, an increase in taxes, moving the fourth grade to the high school, and a plan that seemed to change too often.
Voter turnout was very high with 2,005 ballots cast. That is 833 more votes than were cast in the 2013 levy referendum for funding school operations and 912 more than were cast in the 2011 operating levy referendum.
District 777’s Board of Education is planning on meeting Monday night to discuss how it will move forward following the building levy defeat.
 
 
District 777   Building Levy Referendum
 

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