July 2015

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Golf Course Bids

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BENSON, MINNESOTA
Golf Course Irrigation System Upgrade
Project No. BE1502

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Benson School Board Minutes - May 18, 2015

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota
 Monday, May 18, 2015 - 5:00 p.m.
Benson Senior High Media Center

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Kid Day royalty named

Benson Kid Day Committee Chairman Roger Ebnet introduces 2015-16 Kid Day King Tyler Kent, son of Jesse and Lisa Kent of Clontarf, and Queen Abbey Brown, daughter of Wesley and Amber Brown of rural Appleton, during the coronation ceremonies in Roosevelt Park Saturday afternoon.

The children this year were chosen by a "blind" questionnaire on many items, including their volunteerism.

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Storm brings heavy rain; 61 mph wind gusts

Friday night a line of severe thunderstorms swept through western Minnesota bringing damaging winds, hail and heavy rain. At 9:40 p.m. lightening arched across the western sky as the storm rolled in with winds still relatively calm out of the east at just 7 mph.
Ten minutes later winds were out of the northwest gusting to 46 mph. By 10:15 gusts at the Benson Airport had reached 61 mph as non-stop lightening lit up the landscape, giving glimpse of the driving rain and trees bent over in the wind.
As the storms passed over the community, the city’s sirens went off warning people to take cover. No tornados were sighted in the area and there were no radar-indicated funnel clouds in the immediate area. However, the siren was sounded because straight-line winds were expected to reach 70 mph, Chief of Police Ian Hodge said.

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City drinking water tests high for copper

Copper levels in Benson’s water supply have tested at a level requiring action by the city to notify its citizens at multiple locations around the community.
Under the federal Clean Drinking Water Act, the city is required to test for copper and lead at sites around the community regularly. The water samples are generally taken at curb stops, the Benson City Council was told at its meeting Monday night.
In tests run a couple months ago, the levels of copper exceeded federal standards at more than a dozen sample sites. Lead levels were within the federal limits.
 Public Works Director Dan Gens told the council that elevated levels of copper had first been discovered eight months ago.  He explained the city had determined the cause to be a new formula base for polyphosphate that is put into the water pipes to main water quality and reduce copper and lead levels.

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Ronald “Ron” Corneliusen, 87, of Mesa, AZ (formerly of Benson)

Ronald “Ron” Corneliusen, 87, of Mesa, AZ (formerly of Benson, Minnesota) passed away June 23, 2015.  Ron’s early years were spent in Benson until he joined the Army in 1946.  He spent his service years in El Paso, TX, Korea, Japan and Germany.  After retiring from the service, he began a career with Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms as an inspector.  To his children he could do anything; build storm windows, sew couch slipcovers and bake the best bread.  He is survived by: Colleen (Carl) Lorson, John (Caren) Corneliusen and Ann (Jim) Balquist and six grandchildren: Nick, Elizabeth, Kylie, Hunter, Brian and Brett; sister Donna (Harold) Krenz of Minnesota, sister-in-law, Viola Corneliusen of Benson.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mesa Public Libraries or KAET Arizona Public Television.

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Arden Loen, age 79, of Swift Falls

Arden Loen, age 79, died Monday, July 13, 2015.  Funeral Services will be 10:30 AM, Friday, July 17, 2015, at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Swift Falls with Rev. John Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the Swift Falls Cemetery.  Visitation will be held 5:30 - 7:30 PM Thursday, July 16, 2015 at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church.  Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the service on Friday. Arrangements are with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, MN.

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Donna Mae (Fennell) Gode, age 72, Clontarf

Donna Mae (Fennell) Gode, age 72, died Sunday, July 12, 2015, at the St. Cloud Hospital.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 AM, Friday, July 17, 2015, at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Clontarf.  Interment will be in the St. Malachy Catholic Church Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5 – 8 PM, Thursday, July 16, 2015, at St. Malachy Catholic Church with a Rosary at 5:30 PM and a Parish Prayer Service at 7:30 PM.  Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.  www.zniewskifuneralhome.com

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James David Van Beveren Sumption, 89, Alexandria

James David Van Beveren Sumption was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 13, 1925 to Richard and Mary (Horrell) Van Beveren. His family moved to Minnesota and lived in the Minneota area where Jim attended school. Before finishing high school, he answered the call of duty and joined the US Navy. He served from January 7, 1944 to February 19, 1946 when he was honorably discharged. Jim spent much of his deployment on a submarine in the South Pacific, and later was awarded the Purple Heart for his service. He then returned to Minneota and completed high school, graduating with Beverly Swanson, his high school sweetheart. On August 14, 1946, he and Beverly were married at Hope Lutheran Church in Minneota. The couple moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Jim attended Augustana College, where he was all conference in basketball and ran track. After graduation, he and Bev moved to St. Paul and Jim attended Luther Seminary.

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Hunter A. Boutain, 14, Alexandria

Hunter A. Boutain age 14 of Alexandria died on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.  A Funeral Service will be held 11:00 AM on Monday, July 13, 2015 at the Holiday Inn in Alexandria.  Visitation was held 4-8 PM on Sunday, July 12, 2015 at the Anderson Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the Holiday Inn on Monday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Hunter Boutain Memorial Fund c/o Glenwood State Bank; 2221 S Broadway; Alexandria, MN 56308

Arrangements are with the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria.

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