Small town theaters face bleak future without help

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By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

At its late April meeting, the Benson Economic Development Commission (EDA) approved a $5,000 loan for Tim Kletscher, owner of the DeMarce Theatre, for operating and other expenses.

The loan will be combined with a $3,000 EDA note balance on an earlier loan, bringing the total to $8,000. The note is to be financed over five years at a 4 percent interest rate.

At the meeting, Kletscher told the EDA that he has put $4,500 of his own income earned as a Benson elementary school teacher into the business recently. Further, his tax return will be going to pay bills at the theatre. Meanwhile, he is taking nothing out of the business...

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