July 2018

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NOTICE OF PRIMARY ELECTION

NOTICE OF PRIMARY ELECTION

   To the electors of the City of Benson, Torning Township and Benson Township, in the County of Swift, State of Minnesota, Notice is Hereby Given That a Primary Election will be held in the above named city and townships at 203 14th Street South, Benson, MN 56215 on Tuesday, the Fourteenth day of August, 2018, at which time the polls will be opened at 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for the purpose of nominating candidates for the following offices Federal Offices: One United States Senator, One United States Senator (Special Election for Term ending January 3, 2021) and One United States Representative; State Offices: One Governor and Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General; Dated this 23rd day of July 2018.
 
Dated this 23rd day of July, 2018
 /s/ Glen Pederson
City Clerk
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NOTICE OF PRIMARY ELECTION

NOTICE OF PRIMARY ELECTION

   A primary election will be held Tuesday, August 14, 2018, at the West Bank Township Hall for the purpose of nominating local, state and federal officials for the general election.  Polls open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m.   
Linda Styrbicky,  
Clerk   
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NOTICE OF SPECIAL ELECTION

NOTICE OF SPECIAL ELECTION INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777
(BENSON PUBLIC SCHOOLS) STATE OF MINNESOTA

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a special election has been called and will be held in conjunction with the state primary election in and for Independent School District No. 777 (Benson Public Schools), State of Minnesota, on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, for the purpose of voting on the following question:

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MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota
Monday, July 2, 2018 - 12:00 p.m.
Benson School District Office

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NOTICE OF SPECIAL ELECTION

NOTICE OF SPECIAL ELECTION
 
To the electors of the City of Benson Precinct I and Precinct II in the County of Swift, State of Minnesota, Notice is Hereby Given That a Special Election will be held at 203 14th Street South, Benson, MN 56215 on Tuesday, the 14th day of August, 2018, at which time the polls will be opened at 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for the purpose of electing the following office: To fill a vacancy for Council Member with a term ending the first Monday in January 2020.
Registered voters of the above named city are entitled to vote at said election, and any resident of same who otherwise qualifies but is not previously registered as a voter may register and vote on Election Day.
 
Dated this 23rd day of July, 2018
/s/ Glen Pederson
City Clerk
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Fixing Far Away Dead Zones Demands Our Action

Distance has a way of absolving people of responsibility. If what we do, or don’t do, leads to problems far away it’s someone else’s problem to fix, clean up, or deal with the best they can. The drive for profits can make any concern a distant thought. Such is the case with the nutrient pollution of our waters, both locally and globally.

Two massive dead zones that have formed have one thing in common – they are on the receiving end of water systems that bring them nitrogen and phosphorous that runs off the agricultural landscape.

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Constance "Connie" Fragodt

Constance “Connie” Fragodt

CONSTANCE "CONNIE" FRAGODT
September 22, 1934 - July 20, 2018

Constance “Connie” Fragodt, 83, of Benson, Minnesota died Friday, July 20, 2018 in the St. Cloud Hospital.  A Rosary was held  9:30-10 a.m., with a visitation from 10-11:00 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson.  Fr. Bill Sprigler officiated.  A private family burial was in the church cemetery.  

Constance “Connie” Isabella was born September 22, 1934 in Benson. She was baptized, made her First Communion and was confirmed at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson. Connie graduated as Salutatorian of her class in 1952 at the Benson High School. She was married to Gerald Fragodt, October 10, 1954, at St. Francis Catholic Church.

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It’s been 87 years since Ardis Just’s first Kid Day

Ardis (Plackner) Just with her doll buggy. She was in the first Benson Kid Day parade in 1931. She plans to be in the 88th Kid Day parade Saturday.

Ardis (Plackner) Just participated in her first Benson Kid Day parade when she was only four years old – that was 87 years ago and was the city’s very first Kid Day celebration.

Born in 1927, Just’s mother decorated her doll buggy and made an outfit to go with it for the 1931 inaugural Kid Day. In the years that followed, her mother would come up with new designs for her to wear in the parade.

She’s not sure if the photo of her posed with the baby carriage was her first parade entry, but it was somewhere between 1931 and 1933, Just says. “I know there were a couple of them where I wore little pink outfits. One of them, mother had made a doll buggy with a doll in the middle and then made petals out from the face to make it look like a rose,” she recalls.

She continued to participate in the parade every year until she was old enough to be playing in the band. “Of course, I had to march in the band in high school.”

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State seeing near record growing season

Minnesota has been experiencing one of the warmest growing seasons on record, according to Michelle Margraf of the NOAA-NWS Office in Chanhassen.

For agricultural statistics keepers, the growing season starts May 1. But for many farmers, the near record cold and snowy April kept them out of the fields because of cold soils and wet conditions.

Less than 35 percent of the state’s corn crop was planted in the first 10 days of May and less than 10 percent of the soybean crop. But rapidly warming temperatures in May allowed farmers to make rapid progress with planting. Soils warmed quickly and crop development took off.

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School board approves civic center work bids

With a new Benson Civic Center appraisal coming in at $1.56 million, District 777’s Board of Education voted Monday night to proceed with $581,500 in renovations for the facility.

It approved the $493,000 base work bid of Kranz Construction of Milan as well as its $88,500 alternate bid for fire protection work. It left out Kranz’s alternate bids for a gymnastics pit for $130,000 and its alternate bid of $146,800 for ceiling insulation and protection.

It did agree to seek bids from local contractors on the gymnastics pit.

Because the facility is in a flood plain, under state law and local ordinance the school board couldn’t spend more than half the value of the building on improvements.  With a previous assessed market value of $822,000 improvements were limited to $411,000 - $82,000 below even the lowest base bid the board had received.

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