September 2017

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Jeanne F. Kennedy

Jeanne F. Kennedy

Jeanne F. Kennedy

August 26, 1922 – September 2, 2017

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01
Sep
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BHS trades class to build house this year

Though no one has committed to buying the Benson High School Trades and Industrial Carpentry class house this year, the class will be building one after taking a year off in 2016-17.

Without a buyer last year, the school board agreed not to spend the $70,000 to $75,000 it costs to build the home opting to have the class build a new press box at the football field. It also built sheds and garages.

No bids have been received for the trades house, nor has anyone new expressed interest in buying it, Supt. Dennis Laumeyer told the school board at its Aug. 21 meeting. He did contact a person who has expressed interest earlier, but that person has not received authorization to make the purchase, he said.

Fri
01
Sep
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Cool, wet weather dominates August

Kathy Ruppe combines wheat west of Danvers last Friday while son-in-law Dalton Staton drives the grain cart. Riding with Kathy in the combine was her infant grandson Mason Staton.

Western Minnesota received more rain over the weekend with totals ranging form eight-tenths to nearly 2 inches.

With another eight tenths in Benson August’s total rainfall is now 6.85 inches – 3.43 inches above the average for the month of 3.42 inches. However, there are locations around the area that have seen more than 9 inches of rain this month.

Ten days during the month have seen measurable precipitation, delaying the small grain and sugar beet harvest. However, dry conditions toward the end of last week allowed farmers to get into their fields to get their wheat and oat crops outs.

Temperatures remained cooler than average this past week with August now averaging about 4.8 degrees below its mean temperature of 69.7 degrees. August’s average high is 80.8 degrees through the 27th, but this year it has been 76.0 degrees. Lows that should average 60.3 degrees have averaged 54.2 degrees – 6.1 degrees below average.

Fri
01
Sep
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Madden resigns school board seat leaving vacancy

District 777 Board of Education Member Jason Madden has resigned from the school board because he has accepted a position with the school district.

He will be a full-time study hall monitor for grades seven through 12. By state law a school board member can’t earn more than $8,000 a year working for that school district, Supt. Dennis Laumeyer told the board of education at its Aug. 21 meeting.

With Madden’s term not running out until Dec. 31, 2018, the seven-member school board has a couple options for addressing the vacancy, he told the board.

Because it is less than 90 days until the next general election date of Nov. 7, a special election is not possible due to deadlines that have already passed.
The board has a “reasonable amount of time” to fill the vacancy by appointment, Laumeyer said. Once a person is appointed, the person has to wait 30 days to be seated.

Fri
01
Sep
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SCBHS exploring home health options

Swift County-Benson Health Services is exploring options for restructuring its home health services operation or having it taken over by another organization.

At its meeting Monday night, the hospital governing board was told the home health sees a loss of between $450,000 to $500,000 annually.  Those losses are caused by union-scale wages, benefits and rules that add substantially to the cost of operations.

For example, CEO Kurt Waldbillig pointed out, if an employee calls in sick and another employee has to come in that employee is paid overtime though he or she may only have 20 hours in that week. Further, a home health employee gets 80 percent of his or her health insurance paid even if working only 20 hours a week. Public Employee Retirement Account (PERA) benefits also add to the costs of employees.

Those overtime and health insurance costs can build up quickly putting the financial operations of home health in a deep hole.

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