July 2017

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“Gymnastics Camp fun”

BKMS gymnastics coach Kathy Ahrndt and her daughter, Mariah, help a young gymnast with a skill.

Pictured: BKMS gymnastics coach Kathy Ahrndt and her daughter, Mariah, help a young gymnast with a skill.
 

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Steven Michael Naig

STEVEN MICHAEL NAIG

APRIL 17, 1949 – JULY 8, 2017

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Practicing safety

Benson Police Officer Paula Wilson (right) speaks with the local Girl Scouts about the importance of bike safety.  The Girl Scouts worked on their Cadette Safety, Junior Safety, or Daisy Safety pins (depending upon their age level) with the help of area adults and troop leaders.


Benson Firemen Dave Vollan (left) and Eric Tolifson watch as the young Girl Scouts practice the “drop and roll” technique in case they ever caught fire.

Pictured, top:  Benson Police Officer Paula Wilson (right) speaks with the local Girl Scouts about the importance of bike safety.  The Girl Scouts worked on their Cadette Safety, Junior Safety, or Daisy Safety pins (depending upon their age level) with the help of area adults and troop leaders.



 

Pictured, bottom:  Benson Firemen Dave Vollan (left) and Eric Tolifson watch as the young Girl Scouts practice the “drop and roll” technique in case they ever caught fire.

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Swift County won’t raise wheelage tax

With an August deadline to decide whether or not it wants to increase its wheelage tax, the Swift County Board of Commissioners discussed raising it only briefly last month.

Commissioners implemented the $10 wheelage tax for 2014 and renewed each year since collecting about $115,000 annually from the surcharge on vehicle license renewals. They have already approved collecting the $10 tax again in 2018.

Next year state law allows counties to implement an annual wheelage tax in $1 increments from $1 up to $20. Between 2014 and 2017, the wheelage tax was a fixed $10. A $20 wheelage tax would give the county the ability to collect up to $230,000 for county road projects; but that won’t be happening. Commissioners will be leaving the wheelage tax at $10.

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Benson awarded $638,250 HUD Small Cities grant

Benson has been awarded a $638,250 Minnesota Small Cities Development Program grant from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to fix up business and residential properties in the downtown area of the city.

Before the grant funds will be available through the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), the funds have to be made available to the state by HUD.

In all, the project was budgeted at $854,000, which includes administrative costs and the City of Benson’s matching funds that will go into the program.

The grant funds will help fix up 20 homes near the city’s central business district and six businesses. Applications from those interested in participating in the program were taken earlier this year. The city will be notifying the public if there are funds available for additional applications.

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Keith E. Hansen

Keith E. Hansen

Keith E. Hansen
April 19, 1955 • June 26, 2017

Keith Erwin Hansen was born April 19, 1955, in Willmar, Minnesota. His parents were Charles and Doris (Dahlgren) Hansen. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Bellingham, Minnesota.

Keith attended and graduated from Madison High School in 1973. After high school, Keith served his country by joining the Air Force in which he served for four years. He came home to farm with his father and took over the farm after his dad retired.

Keith was united in marriage to Sheri Krejci, March 29, 1980, at the Louisburg Lutheran Church. To this union two children were born. They continued to farm until Keith’s death. Keith loved to farm and watch the crops grow. In life, Keith enjoyed being with his family and grandchildren, boating, fishing and camping.

Keith passed away June 26, 2017 at his home. He had reached the age of 62 years and two months.

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It’s Not Always Easy To Stand By Your Principles

It’s Not Always Easy To Stand By Your Principles

 

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

 

Sticking to your principles is easy when they are challenged by situations where people can easily see the reasons for your actions and agree with them. Such situations don’t test the depths of your convictions.

It is in those rare cases where standing by your principles has the crowd turn against you that you are tested. Often, in those cases, your sympathies lie with the crowd, but you still know what is right and necessary despite the anguish you feel in taking a firm stance. As a profession and organization, Minnesota newspapers faced such a test last week.

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Estate of Gregory R. Hampton

ESTATE OF GREGORY R. HAMPTON

STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF SWIFT   
DISTRICT COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
EIGHTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
Court File No. 76-PR-17-275

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May 15, 2017 School Board Minutes

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota
Monday, May 15, 2017 - 5:30 p.m.
Benson Senior High Media Center

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June 12, 2017 School Board Minutes

MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota
Monday, June 12, 2017 - 6:00 p.m.
Benson Senior High Media Center

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