August 2017

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Ricky Aust

Ricky Aust, age 60, of  Danvers. Minnesota died on Friday August 4, 2017, at the Swift County Benson Hospital. Funeral Services are pending with the Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson. 

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David C. Schuerman

David Clarence Schuerman

David Clarence Schuerman, 74, of Benson, died Saturday, August 5, 2017, at St. Cloud Hospital. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, August 10, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson.  Visitation will continue from 10-11 a.m., followed by the Funeral Service at 11 a.m., Friday, August 11, 2017, at the church. Interment will be at the Church of the Visitation Catholic Cemetery in Danvers. Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson.

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Drought conditions creeping into western Minnesota; June, July both short of rain

Western Swift County is now in an early drought stage, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Crops starting to show stress, yards turning brown, water levels falling in lakes and streams – all signs that the area has seen a lack of rain over the past weeks while experiencing very warm temperatures.

June and July are the two wettest month of the year by average, but both came up short of rainfall. Combined they see an average of 7.95 inches rain, yet this year the total was 4.59 inches – 3.36 inches below average.

May saw 3.64 inches, nearly half an inch above average of 3.15 inches, giving crops a boost to start the growing season, but since then drier weather has persisted.

Abnormally dry conditions, the first level of a drought, have extended into the western edge of Swift County. But all of Traverse, Big Stone, Lac qui Parle, Yellow Medicine, and Redwood counties are now abnormally dry. Chippewa County with the exception of the far northeastern corner is also abnormally dry.

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Road construction wrapping up

A new layer of bituminous is laid down on Minnesota Highway 29 north of the 14th Street stoplights.

After a couple long months of road construction in Benson, the end is getting near. Crews could be done with the current tar work soon with the rest of the finishing touches complete within a couple weeks.

 

Pictured:  A new layer of bituminous is laid down on Minnesota Highway 29 north of the 14th Street stoplights.

 

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Filings open for Benson council; close Aug. 15

Filings opened Tuesday morning for the Benson City Council and will remain open until Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 5 p.m.

Benson Mayor Gary Landmark said after the July 24 council meeting that he would not be seeking a second two-year term. Also announcing she would not seek a second four-year term on the council was Stephanie Heinzig. Council Member Jack Evenson, who is also finishing his first term as a council member, said he plans to run for re-election....

Benson City Council meets the first and third Monday of the month with meetings generally lasting between a half hour and one-and-a-half hours. Members of the council also serve on advisory boards and commissions that include the Housing and Redevelopment Authority, the Economic Development Authority, the Swift County-Benson Health Services governing board, the Park Board, Planning Commission, Cemetery Board and Airport Commission....

 

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Construction on SCBHS senior living facility with memory care units may start in October

Swift County-Benson Health Services continues to move closer to building a senior living facility that offers independent living, assisted living and memory care units with mobilization for construction to begin the first week of October.

Monday night the SCBHS governing board was given an overview of the project’s status by representatives of McGough Construction of St. Paul.

Though scaled back from a project that once was estimated to cost over $12.4 million to one that is now at $8.29 million, CEO Kurt Waldbillig said he would like to see that price eventually fall to around $7.7 million.

As designed, the facility would have 45 units with 18 dedicated to memory care. While trimming the budget, McGough and Waldbillig both stressed that quality is not being sacrificed to reduce cost. Rather changes like going with high quality cladding on the building rather than brick provides a significant savings.

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Gilbert Werner

Gilbert Ervin Werner

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02
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KMS Marching Band

Members of the KMS High School Marching Band march in the Kerkhoven Town and Country Days Grand Parade, Saturday.  More pictures of the parade can be found throughout this week’s paper.

Members of the KMS High School Marching Band march in the Kerkhoven Town and Country Days Grand Parade, Saturday.  More pictures of the parade can be found throughout this week’s paper.

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2017 Jim Mills Memorial Scholarship Winners

Max Peterson, recipient of the Jim Mills Memorial Scholarship

2017 Jim Mills Memorial Scholarship winners

Presley Gonnerman and Max Peterson (pictured above) were the 2017 recipients of the Benson High School Jim Mills Memorial Scholarships. They are pictured above with tournament representative, Lee Baker, near a memorial for Jim Mills at the 12th tee of the Benson Golf Club.  Presley is the daughter of Scott and Maureen Gonnerman, and Max is the son of Eric and Lisa Peterson.  The Mills scholarships are awarded annually to a pair of BHS graduating seniors.  The scholarships are funded with proceeds from the Jim Mills Memorial Golf Tournament, which is scheduled this year for Saturday, Aug 5.  This year’s proceeds will also be donated to the BHS Scoreboard Fundraiser.  The tournament is open to the public and there are no entry fees, only normal green fees.  Golfers can call the Benson Golf Club at 842-7901 to reserve their groups in the tourney.
 

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Compass Creative Dramatics Theatre to present “Wizard of Oz”

The audition participants, including Hazel Habben (middle), were told to give their name and age with as much expression as they could.

After a terrible twister roars across the dusty fields of her beloved Kansas, accidental traveler Dorothy Gale finds herself immersed in an unlikely tangle of friends and foes on her way to meet the mysterious Wizard in the Emerald City.

As Dorothy and her ever-growing roster of travel companions follow the Yellow Brick Road, she discovers that sometimes it’s not about the journey itself, but the friends you make along the way.

The Compass Creative Dramatic Children’s Theatre is working with Benson Community Education and local youth this week to rehearse for two performances this Friday and Saturday of “The Wizard of Oz”.

Auditions took place Monday afternoon in the senior high gym and practices will take place all week leading up to the performances at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 4 and again at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 5 in the senior high gym.  Tickets are $5 (preschoolers free) and area available at the door.

 

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