June 2015

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ESTATE OF MARGARET WERSINGER

ESTATE OF MARGARET WERSINGER

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MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING April 20

MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777,
Benson, Minnesota
Monday, April 20, 2015 - 5:30 p.m. -
Benson Junior High Auditorium

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ESTATE OF MICHAEL C. ROONEY

ESTATE OF MICHAEL C. ROONEY

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ESTATE OF RICHARD T. McGINTY

ESTATE OF RICHARD T. McGINTY

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Shelby Jean (Landmark) Giese, 74, of St. Cloud (formerly of Benson)

Shelby Jean (Landmark) Giese, 74, of St. Cloud, Minnesota passed away unexpectedly Saturday, May 30, 2015 surrounded by her family.  
Funeral services are Wed., June 3 at Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home in Fargo, ND at 2:00 p.m.  Visitation is held one hour prior to the service.
Shelby grew up in the Benson area and graduated from Benson High school in 1958; she was a member of Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church for many years.
Shelby lived and worked in Willmar for over 20 years before moving to Stearns County.  Shelby had many interests including sewing and crafts, cooking and baking, and flowers and gardening.

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EPA proposes reduced ethanol blends

The Obama administration is proposing to reduce the overall amount of ethanol blended in the nation’s gasoline in coming years, a potential blow to renewable fuel companies that have pushed to keep high volumes of their product flowing into drivers’ gas tanks.
The move by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is unlikely to mean much for consumers or prices at the pump, but the ethanol policy has been popular in farm states like Minnesota that have profited over the years from higher corn prices linked to the use of corn-based ethanol.
But the added value that ethanol has given to corn prices also provides important additional revenues for farmers during downturns in commodity prices, the case for the past couple years now. Revenue earned from their investment in ethanol plants has further provided an important source of income at times as well.

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Farmers caught illegally pumping water face stiff fines

Editor’s note:
In a map put together by MPR last year, there are 26 irrigation wells in an area bounded by Benson, Appleton, Morris and Starbuck. In that same area, only eight of the wells had permits from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Most of those wells were along Minnesota Highway 9 west of Benson between Clontarf and Hancock. East of Benson and north of Minnesota Highway 9, there were four wells with only one permitted well.
Those who have yet to get their wells permitted could be facing stiff fines this summer.
Mark Steil
Minnesota Public Radio
Hoping to protect Minnesota’s groundwater supplies amid an irrigation boom, state officials this season will have new power to levy heavy fines on farmers pumping water illegally.

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New group has the Pioneerland Band Festival ready to go

When the Benson Area Chamber of Commerce announced last summer that it would no longer be sponsoring or working on community events, it left many in the community wondering what the future held for the Pioneerland Band Festival and Kid Day.
It now appears the future is bright for the first event that lies ahead for the community this year.
Benson’s 28th annual Pioneerland Band Festival is set for Sunday, June 14, starting at 6:30 p.m., with 11 bands coming to compete. Benson High School’s Marching Band will be the 12th band in the parade.
There is also a volunteer group working on the community’s 84th Kid Day coming up in July.
Heading up the effort to organize the Pioneerland Band Festival this year have been Benson High School Band Instructor Brock Duncan and vocal music teacher Shelly Mikkelson. Heather (Staton) Lehr has played a key role in handling the event’s finances.

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Shelby Jean (Landmark) Giese

Shelby Jean (Landmark) Giese of St. Cloud, MN, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, May 30, 2015, surrounded by her family.
Funeral services will be held Wed., June 3 at Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home in Fargo, ND at 2:00 p.m.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

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Vivian B. Hallberg (Himley), age 87, of Minneapolis

Vivian B. Hallberg (Himley), age 87, of Minneapolis, died on May 28, 2015, of congestive heart failure.  A visitation was held May 31st at Gill Brothers Southwest Chapel, Minneapolis, and the funeral service was Tuesday, June 2nd, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson, with Pastor Gary Brandenburg officiating.  Burial followed at the Benson City Cemetery.  

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