February 2017

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Lack of offense leads to two more losses for Benson girls basketball team

Amanda Nissen (right) gets off a shot over a Lakeview player during the Braves’ game at home Monday night.

A shortage of offense continued to hurt the Benson girls basketball team, which dropped two WCC games last week to Sauk Centre (66-22) and Melrose (45-20).

The Braves, who fell to 0-19 overall and 0-12 in the conference, have scored more than 40 points only four times this season.

Benson has three games this week, starting with a home game with Lakeview, Monday, and continuing with a game at Minnewaska, Thursday (tomorrow) and at home against KMS, Friday.  The regular-season finale is set for Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Morris before the start of the playoffs Saturday, Feb. 25, most likely at NLS....

 

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Thu
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Notice of Public Hearing

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
ON THE SMALL CITIES DEVELOPMENT
PROGRAM GRANT APPLICATION
 
 Notice is hereby given that a public hearing of the Benson City Council will be held on February 21, 2017 at 5:45 p.m.  The hearing is to discuss a Small Cities Development Program grant application that will be submitted to the Department of Employment and Economic Development.  The proposed grant is for rehabilitation of low/moderate income single-family and commercial rehabilitation in designated areas of the community.  All interested persons are invited. Oral and written comments may be presented.
/s/ Gary Landmark, Mayor
/s/ Glen Pederson, City Clerk
2-8-2c

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Notice of Mortgage Foreclosure Sale

NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE

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.

Thu
16
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Estate of Luverne Simonson

ESTATE OF LUVERNE SIMONSON

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Request for Bids

REQUEST FOR BIDS

The City of Danvers will be accepting bids for Lawn Mowing Services at Danvers City Office, PO Box 76, until 5:30 p.m. 3-27-17. May contact the city office at 1-320-567-2117 or the Mayor at 1-320-226-6652. Eric Ziegler, Danvers Mayor 2-15-6C

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LuVerne H. Norby

LuVerne H. Norby

LUVERNE H. NORBY
APRIL 14, 1928 – FEBRUARY 11, 2017

 
LuVerne H. Norby, age 88, of Benson, Minnesota died Saturday, February 11, 2017, at Bethesda Nursing Home.  Visitation will be from 5 – 7 p.m., Friday, February 17, 2017, and will continue from 10 – 11 a.m., followed by the funeral at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 18, 2017, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Interment will be in the Swenoda Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church and The Gideons International.

LuVerne Herbert Norby was born on April 14, 1928, to Herbert A. Norby and Julia E. (Holstad) Norby, in Swenoda Township, Swift County.  He was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church of Swenoda Township, by Rev. M. O. Andrews and confirmed at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, in Benson, by Rev. Harold Nasheim.  He attended Country School, District 49 in rural Swift County and the West Central School of Agriculture at Morris.

Fri
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Immigrants are needed for rural Minnesota to grow

State demographer, U of M study both say immigration is key to population growth

As the national debate rages over President Donald Trump’s attempt to restrict immigrants coming to America from war torn Middle Eastern countries and as he works toward building a wall across the country’s southern border with Mexico, another report has been released showing Minnesota’s economic future is tied to welcoming immigrants.

The need for immigration to fill the growing demand for workers is no more pressing than in rural Minnesota, which has been steadily losing population for more than 50 years. Many rural counties today, including Swift County, have a population lower than it was in 1900.

Deaths outnumber births in rural Minnesota.

Outmigration of young people from rural areas to the big cities steadily bleeds away the future employment base.

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City buying Loen Electric building for new police headquarters

Benson’s Police Department will be getting a new home with the city council’s unanimous vote Monday night to purchase the Loen Electric building in the southwest corner of the city for $199,500.
While the purchase is effective Feb. 28 the city won’t be taking possession of the building until July 1.

Loen Electric will be moving its operations into a building on the south side of U.S. Highway 12 west. It is between the Swift County Development Achievement Center and the Historical Museum. It plans to do extensive remodeling of the new building prior to moving in.

In the coming months, the City of Benson will be developing a scope of work with architectural plans for converting the Loen building into its police headquarters.

Council Member Jack Evenson made the motion for the purchase with a second by Lucas Olson. Council Members Stephanie Heinzig and Terri Hawley joined Evenson and Olson, as well as Mayor Gary Landmark, in approving the purchase.

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Armory to be studied for new Benson city offices

Benson’s National Guard Armory building was built in 1927 and is one of few historic buildings left in the community.

Benson’s City Council approved spending $26,500 for a study that will develop a scope of work for turning the Amory building into a new city hall.

Architect Reed Becker of Widseth, Smith, Nolting of Alexandria is to provide the city with drawings for floor plans along with a 3D image of the what the building will look like when remodeled. He is to also provide the city with estimates for construction costs.

Once the plans are complete, they are to be in a form that can be presented to the public at a public hearing. A public hearing would be necessary should the city decide to seek public approval of bonding to pay for the project.

Benson’s National Guard Armory building was built in 1927 and is one of few historic buildings left in the community. Renovation plans call for tearing off the front of the building, but it has been proposed the new structure be designed to mimic the current look.

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Prairie 5 Rides is ending weekend service March 1

Prairie 5 Rides will stop providing weekend bus service in the City of Benson as of March 1.

Benson’s City Council agreed Monday night to end the service after being presented with the costs and records that show very low ridership on Saturday and Sunday by Prairie 5 Rides Manager Ted Nelson.

On weekends, the bus services operates from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays while Sunday service is from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for 9.5 hours per weekend.

At the rate of $50 an hour the cost is $475 per weekend to provide the bus service, Nelson told the council.

Prairie 5 Rides took over the city-owned Heartland Bus Service in the first week in August and since then has provided rides on 23 weekends. During the time, it has provided 112 rides on Saturdays and 126 rides on Sundays for a total of 238 rides.

At a cost of $475 per weekend over the past 23 weeks, the total cost of providing those weekend rides has been $10,925, or $45.90 per ride.

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