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03
Dec
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Benson elementary teacher Roger Ebnet jailed on charges of 2nd Degree Sexual Conduct

By Reed Anfinson

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(Updated 12/7/2022)
Benson Elementary teacher Roger Ebnet, 59, appeared in Swift County 8th Judicial District Court in Benson Monday to face three counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the 2nd Degree.

At the hearing, he was read the charges against him, signed his statement of rights as well as his recognition of the charges he faces, and his right to an attorney.

Ebnet was arrested at approximately 3 p.m. Friday by the Benson Police Department, initially jailed at the Swift County Jail, but then transferred to the Yellow Medicine County Jail. After his court hearing Monday, he was returned to the Yellow Medicine County Jail.

His arrest came after the Benson Police Department obtained a video from the Northside Elementary School showing officers what appears to be sexual acts involving three of his students.

Wed
07
Dec
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Benson needs a new city manager

By Reed Anfinson

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Less than two months after he was hired to be Benson’s next city manager, Chris Webb’s employment with the city is over.

Wed
07
Dec
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City proposes no parking on streets in snow emergency

By Reed Anfinson

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Where are people going to park during a snow emergency if they can’t park on either avenues or streets? It was a question that started the discussion about changing Benson’s snow ordinance and parking rules at Monday’s nights city council meeting.

Wed
07
Dec
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Avian flu lingers into late fall

By Reed Anfinson

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Avian influenza lingered into late November raising the total state turkey losses to the virus to 3,604,486. The last reported case was Nov. 23 in Todd County where 44,500 turkeys were lost.

Wed
07
Dec
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Area sees first below zero temperature

When the temperature fell to a minus 2 degrees early Saturday morning it marked the first below zero reading of the 2022-2023 winter season. It was the earliest below zero reading of the past three years but by no means unusual.

Over the last 11 years, seven times the first minus temperature has come in December and four times it arrived in November. 

Wed
30
Nov
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Larissa Overlie earns American FFA Degree

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Larissa Overlie of rural Benson has earned the prestigious American FFA Degree. It was presented at the National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Ind., Oct. 29. She was accompanied by her family and members of the Benson High School FFA Chapter.

Wed
30
Nov
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Benson, county to conduct housing study

By Reed Anfinson

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Swift County and the City of Benson through Community & Economic Development Associates (CEDA) will be conducting a housing study in the coming months. It is considered essential to meeting the economic development needs and challenges of the area.

Wed
30
Nov
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Shell buys Nature Energy expanding biogas efforts

By Reed Anfinson

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Nature Energy, the firm with which the City of Benson has been working for the past three years on the construction of a biogas plant on the former Fibrominn site, is being sold to Shell Petroleum NV.

Wed
30
Nov
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Countryside will lead opioid effort

By Reed Anfinson

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Swift County has $298,422 coming from the State of Minnesota. The funds are part of $300 million being provided through a bill passed by the Minnesota Legislature and signed by Gov. Tim Walz last May to address the state’s opioid crisis.

Tue
22
Nov
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Drought eases; thin ice is dangerous

By Reed Anfinson

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With 2.45 inches of precipitation since Nov. 8, Swift County has seen an easing of drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor map.

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