February 2018

Thu
15
Feb
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Community Meeting

There will be a Community Meeting to further discuss the issues regarding Benson High School sports that parents brought before the school board in November.

The meeting is Monday, February 19th at 6:30 pm at the Fire Hall meeting room.

This is an open meeting and we encourage all school staff, community members, parents and school administration to attend. 

Spread the word - we hope to see you there!!

Thu
15
Feb
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City working to repair water main

A water line break on 10th Street South in Benson early this morning led to the city issuing a Code Red alert for a water emergency. It asked citizens to limit water use until 9:30 a.m. With the emergency now over, the city is working to repair the line. It is hoped that more water line breaks aren't in store this coming spring due to a lack of snowcover allowing frost levels to sink deep into the ground.

The leak was discovered about 4:15 a.m. by Benson police who then contacted the Public Works Department, which was on the job 15 mintues later. The water flow was fast enough and long enough from the leak that it caused the level in the Benson water tower to drop. The city suspects there was substantial damage done to the road that will likely require it being rebuilt this spring or summer.

 

 

Wed
14
Feb
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Fix Immigration, But Show Compassion

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

As President Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress block meaningful revision of America’s immigration policy, held hostage by the far right-wing base of the party, families are being torn apart at an ever-increasing pace.

President Trump won election partially by vilifying all immigrants, particularly those from Mexico and the Middle East. He aroused fears and prejudices.  He highlighted a few criminal cases. He highlighted the isolated murders, rapes, robberies, gangs, and the threat of terrorism. He made sure to push them to the front of his speeches despite statistics showing that undocumented immigrants are less likely to commit a crime than a U. S. citizen.

His language hasn’t changed now that he holds office. In today’s internet world, where anger and vitriol spasm to the top, rendering reasonable thought objectionable, there is no room for compassionate acts.

Wed
14
Feb
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Estate of Craig R. Johnson

ESTATE OF CRAIG R. JOHNSON

Wed
14
Feb
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Marysland Twp - Public Notice

PUBLIC NOTICE

  The Marysland Township Board of Supervisors has amended the Marysland Township Zoning Ordinance (“Ordinance”). The intent and effect of the Ordinance is to regulate land uses in the Township consistent with, or more restrictive than, Swift County. A complete-text copy of the Ordinance is available for review in the township clerk’s office, the Swift County District Court Law Library and the Benson public library.

Dated this 6th day of February 2018.
FOR LEGAL PUBLICATION
Cheryl Beyer, Town Clerk
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Wed
14
Feb
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Estate of Dale D. Hagen

ESTATE OF DALE D. HAGEN

Tue
13
Feb
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Elizabeth "Liz" Ritter

Elizabeth “Liz” Ritter

Funeral services for Elizabeth “Liz” Ritter of Graceville, Minnesota, formerly of Chokio will be Friday, February 16, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Chokio, MN, with Father John Paul Knopik serving as celebrant for the service. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m., with a rosary at 5:00 and a prayer service at 7:00 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Chokio and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Burial will be at a later date in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, near Chokio.

Fri
09
Feb
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DEED: Benson Power closing positive for state, but some businesses hit hard

Benson Power is likely to be shut down this late spring or summer by Xcel Energy resulting in the loss of 45 jobs at the plant. The closing will also have a deep financial impact on suppliers of services and goods.

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

 

When Minnesota’s Legislature passed the law last spring allowing for the shutdown of Benson Power, LLC, it also directed the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to study the consequences of its closing.

The Legislature set aside $150,000 for the study and directed DEED’s commissioner “to examine the economic impact of the closure of a biomass facility located in the city of Benson that uses poultry litter to generate electricity.”

“In conducting the study, the commissioner must analyze the impact of the closure of the biomass facility on employment and income in the local economy, including impacts on ancillary providers of goods and services to the biomass facility,” the Legislature directed DEED.

Fri
09
Feb
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School board pleased with citizen input on buildings

Costs range from $22 to $29 million, but tax impact said to be reasonable
 

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

 

In late January, Benson Public Schools brought together three groups of District 777 residents to give it input on where its priorities should focus for building improvements.

Results of the meetings were presented at a special school board meeting at noon last Thursday in the superintendent’s office at BHS. School staff and school board members were pleasantly surprised by the support they found among the groups for the significant upgrades that are needed.

Farmers/landowners, school district staff, and business owners/community members met in their individual groups Jan. 29, 30 and 31 to review the current condition of the district’s building and educational needs of its student now and into the coming years. Forty-five people participated in the meetings.

Fri
09
Feb
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$695,600 okayed for Civic Center remodeling

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

 

At a special District 777 Board of Education meeting Thursday noon, a $695,600 north civic center renovation project was unanimously approved.

It will focus on creating a new space for the Benson High School gymnastics program to replace the cramped quarters it currently uses in the Benson Armory. Funds will come from a building account set aside earlier by the board.

There are also concerns the City of Benson will revisit its plans to convert the armory into a new city hall eliminating the gymnastics space. Last April, the council put those plans on hold as the price tag appeared it could near $1 million and as it worked on building a new police station. Still, it is an option that remains on the table.

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