May 2015

Wed
13
May
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Officials study rail crossing and traffic safety issues in Benson

Benson took another step last Friday toward resolving rail safety concerns as well as persistent delays caused when trains block the city’s downtown crossings for extended periods.
Federal and state rail officials, along with representatives of Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the City of Benson, Swift County and Torning Township, met to review what could be done to improve the local crossings.
Also at the meeting were representatives of Stantec Consulting Services, Inc., a Twin Cities engineering firm, the city retained to develop a comprehensive plan on how the city’s rail problems could be mitigated.

Wed
13
May
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Second reading of zoning change approved for assisted living facility

At a special meeting Monday night, the Benson City Council unanimously approved the second reading of an ordinance to change the zoning for land on which a proposed assisted living and memory care facility would be built.
The land is currently zoned for residential one and two family housing, but is being rezoned to a high-density residential district to accommodate the facility, which would have 16 memory units and 22 assisted living apartments. It is estimated that the facility could cost between $8 and $9 million.
The land sits immediately to the west of Minnesota Highway 29 and across from the Northside Recreation Area’s baseball fields. Pat and Jon Hawley of Hawley Properties are donating the land to the City of Benson for the project.

Mon
11
May
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Raymond J. Scheffler, 92, of Benson

Raymond “Ray” John Scheffler,  92, of Benson, Minnesota passed away  May 10, 2015 at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.  
Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m., Friday, May 15, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson. Visitation was held from 4-7  p.m., with a Rosary at 4 p.m. and prayer service at 7 p.m., at St. Francis Catholic Church.  Visitation continued one hour prior to the service at the church  Friday.
Raymond was born  March 4, 1923, to August and Barbara Scheffler in Jordan, Minnesota. He was a graduate of Jordan High School in 1941. Ray was inducted into the United States Army Air Corps in 1945 where he served in Greenland as an aerial photographer.
Raymond married Irene Simon  October 21, 1947 in Veseli, Minnesota. The couple relocated to Benson where they raised their family. Ray worked for Minnesota Valley Breeder’s Association, later 21st Century Genetics.

Wed
06
May
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Focus on AG: Crop planting progresses rapidly across the state

By Kent Thiesse
Farm Management Analyst & Vice President MinnStar Bank Lake Crystal

Wed
06
May
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Lola Ann (Welker) Chesick, 91, area, formerly of Downey, California

A Memorial Service for Lola Ann Chesick will be held  Saturday, May 9, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson, Minnesota. Interment will be at the Benson City Cemetery.
Lola Ann (Welker) Chesick, 91, formerly of Downey, California, (having resided also in Willmar, Minnesota in recent years), passed away quietly from natural causes at the Chris Jensen Nursing Home in Duluth the morning of April 27, 2015.
Lola was born July 13, 1923  in Torning Township, Benson.
After graduating from Benson High School in 1941, Lola moved to California, where she met her future husband, John Chesick. They married in Naugatuck, CT  March 2, 1946, then returned to California in 1949. She enjoyed working as a school records clerk for the Los Angeles Unified School District until her retirement in 1980.

Wed
06
May
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NOTICE OF LOCATION WHERE BALLOTS WILL BE COUNTED; Benson

NOTICE OF LOCATION WHERE BALLOTS WILL BE COUNTED
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777
(BENSON PUBLIC SCHOOLS)
STATE OF MINNESOTA

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the election judges for Independent School District No. 777 shall count the ballots cast in the School District’s May 12, 2015 special election at the following location:

COMBINED POLLING PLACE:       The Benson Armory
                                                         203 14th Street South
                                                         Benson, MN  56215

Dated:  February 17, 2015.            BY ORDER OF THE SCHOOL BOARD
By  /s/ Andy Abner
School District Clerk
Independent School District No. 777
(Benson Public Schools)
State of Minnesota
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Wed
06
May
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ESTATE OF ROGER LESTEBERG

ESTATE OF ROGER LESTEBERG

Wed
06
May
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Public Auction; Holloway

NOTICE OF PUBLIC AUCTION

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that bids will be accepted, through public auction, on May 18, 2015 at 6 p.m. at 320 Horn Street Holloway, MN 56249. Legal Description: Lots One(1), Two(2), and Three(3), Block Eight(8), Sage’s First Addition to the City of Holloway. The property will be sold AS IS with no warranty whatsoever. Real estate taxes will be prorated and any assessments will be paid by the Purchaser. Closing shall be subject to court approval of the winning bid. For further information, please contact Justin Hughes at 320-413-0364.
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Wed
06
May
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Special Benson Council Meeting

NOTICE OF SPECIAL
BENSON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

   The Benson City Council will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 11, 2015, in the City Council Chambers, 1410 Kansas Ave. The purpose of the meeting is to consider second reading of an Ordinance to Amend the Zoning Map of the City of Benson, and any other general business that may come before the Council.
 
Dated:  May 5, 2015
                                                                                      /s/ Paul Kittelson         
                                                                                                                                   Mayor
Attest:  /s/ Glen Pederson       
City Clerk
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Wed
06
May
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Benson Track has busy week

The Benson-KMS boys and girls track and field teams hosted the Benson Invitational last Tuesday on the local oval.  Morris Area dominated the girls meet by 60 points over runner-up Montevideo (162-102), while the Montevideo boys routed the boys field with 215.5 points, easily beating out runner-up Willmar, which had 84.5 points.
The Benson-KMS boys placed fifth overall, while the girls team was eighth.
The only first for Benson-KMS was by the 3200 meter relay team of Jacob Webster, Josh Bailey, Jon Tostenson, and Sam Rosemeier.

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