August 2015

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Aug
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Braves open up 2015 schedule at EV-Watkins

The Benson football team is set to open up the 2015 season at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 22 at Eden Valley-Watkins.  The Saturday game is the first of many firsts for the Braves, who will have played three games before the start of school, Tuesday, Sept. 8.
EVW is hosting a state amateur baseball tournament that weekend so the start of the game had to be pushed up so that the football game is done before the start of baseball, which uses the same facility as football.
Benson, which is coming off an 0-9 season from a year ago, has lost 16-straight games dating back to the 2013 season so the Braves will be hoping to pick up win No. 1 early this season.
The first home game is set for 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 28, which will also be the annual Father-Son game, and Benson also has a game scheduled at Morris Area-CA, at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 4, which is Tackle Cancer Night.

Thu
13
Aug
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County votes 4-1 to hire PR firm for prison effort

Swift County’s Board of Commissioners voted 4 to 1 to hire Goff Public, a Twin Cities public relations and lobbying company, to help it persuade state legislators to house prisoners at the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton.
Only Commissioner Eric Rudningen, District 5-Kerkhoven, voted against allocating $10,000 from the County Board Discretionary Funds to retain Goff Public. Commissioners Gary Hendrickx, District 1-Appleton; Ed Pederson, District 2-north Benson; Pete Peterson, District 3-south Benson; and Joe Fox, District 4-Hegbert Township voted in favor of the expenditure.

Thu
13
Aug
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Mortgage Foreclosure

NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE

Dated: July 31, 2015

THE RIGHT TO VERIFICATION OF THE DEBT AND IDENTITY OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS ACTION.

YOU ARE NOTIFIED THAT:

1.     Default has occurred in the conditions of the Mortgage dated September 5, 2008, executed by Jesse A. Nordby, Jr. and Jeandrea L. Nordby, as husband and wife, as Mortgagor(s) to North American State Bank, as Mortgagee, and filed for record September 9, 2008, as Document No. 227491, in the Office of the County Recorder of Swift County, Minnesota.  The land described in the Mortgage is not registered land.

2.     The Mortgage has been assigned as follows: None.

3.    The original principal amount secured by the Mortgage was Fifty Seven Thousand Five Hundred and 00/100 Dollars ($57,500.00).

Thu
13
Aug
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PUBLIC HEARING: Judicial Ditch #18

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

In the Matter of the Redetermination of Benefits of
Swift-Chippewa-Kandiyohi County Judicial Ditch #18

1:00 p.m., September 2, 2015
 Swift County Law Enforcement Center-Meeting Room
 301 14th Street N, Benson, MN

Thu
13
Aug
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Dutch elm disease claims more of Benson’s trees

It seems as if there are a lot of Benson’s elms this summer with a bright orange X painted across their trunks.
The large, stately shade trees are showing the signs of Dutch elm disease – wilted leaves that are turning brown and yellow, curling in and falling.
This past week Tree Toppers of Montevideo has been working steadily to take down the diseased trees, leaving bare boulevards and homes exposed to the sun for the first summer in decades.
After relatively low numbers in 2011 and 2012, the number of Dutch elm cases in the city jumped.

Year    Diseased elms
2011    20
2012    28
2013*    38
2014    49
2015    Not known yet

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Thunderstorms and possible strong storms Thursday (today)

A severe thunderstorm with possible hail is moving into the central Minnesota area this morning. 
Strong winds and possible hail are forecast. 
In addition the pollen alert is moderate today and will be high Friday through Sunday.
 
Today
Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 10am and 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tonight
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Donald R. Flower, age 80, Benson

Donald R. Flower, age 80, Benson died Tuesday, August 11, 2015, at the Glacial Ridge Health System in Glenwood, Minnesota.
Funeral Services will be 11:00 AM, Friday, August 14, 2015, at the Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ Church in Benson with Reverend William Warnock officiating.  Burial will be in the Benson City Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, Thursday, August 13, 2015, at the Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ Church in Benson.  Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Arrangements are with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, MN.

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Michael Alan Avok, 45, of Norfolk, NE

Michael Alan Avok, 45, of Norfolk, died Thursday, July 30, 2015, at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

An informal graveside service for family and friends was held at Crown Hill Cemetery near Madison, Nebraska on August 4.

Michael was born Aug. 18, 1969, in Benson, Minn. His family later moved to Yankton, S.D., and he graduated from Yankton High School in 1987. It was at Yankton High School that Michael first discovered his talent for and love of journalism, and his devotion to that profession would guide much of the remainder of his life.

After graduating from Yankton High School, Michael attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D., where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism in 1993.

Michael’s dedication to reporting and writing was, in large part, due to his love of people. And that especially meant his family.

Tue
04
Aug
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Gophers’ and KMS standout helps out at Benson wrestling camp

Kevin Steinhaus, a 2009 graduate of KMS and 2014 graduate of the University of Minnesota, demonstrated moves for Benson wrestlers at their camp last week. Steinhaus won three state gold medals in individual high school wrestling, and also won state team titles in football and wrestling during the 2008-09 school year at KMS, and three All-American titles with the MN Gophers.
 

Tue
04
Aug
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Repeat texting and driving offenders face stiffer penalties

REPEAT OFFENDERS OF STATE TEXTING LAW FACE HIGHER FINES THIS MONTH
Drivers who repeatedly choose texting over safety while behind the wheel risk a higher fine for violating the law as of Saturday. Under the enhanced law, drivers face a $225 fine for second and subsequent violations of the texting while driving law, in addition to the current $50 fine, bringing the total to $275.
In Minnesota, it is illegal for drivers to read, compose or send texts and emails, and access the web while the vehicle is in motion or a part of traffic. That includes sitting at a stoplight or stop sign. It is also illegal for drivers with a permit or provisional driver’s license to use a cell phone while driving, except for emergencies to call 911.

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