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Tue
16
Jul
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Swift County in disaster declaration

by Reed Anfinson, Editor

Tue
16
Jul
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Sheriff reports alleged cattle theft in Benson

Swift County Sheriff John Holtz has reported what could be a $20,000 theft of cattle from the Benson Sales Barn.

The loss of fat steers occurred between Monday evening and Tuesday early morning this week, with the 1200 pound cattle of mixed breeds being taken.

The official Crime Alert listed 14 head of cattle missing.

Anyone who might have seen anything at the west Benson location at that time is asked to call 320-843-3133.

 

File photo.

 

Wed
03
Jul
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Swift County’s farmland value has increased

by Reed Anfinson, Editor

Wed
03
Jul
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Highway 9 detours in effect July 8 east of Benson

by Reed Anfinson, Editor

Motorists on Minnesota Highway 9 between Benson and Minnesota Highway 104 just west of Sunburg will encounter a detour and delays when a road resurfacing and bridge replacement project begins July 8, weather permitting.
Road construction crews plan to resurface 17 miles of Highway 9 and replace the Mud Creek bridge two miles east of Benson.
During the project, Highway 9 will close, and motorists will detour to U.S. Highway 12 and Kandiyohi County Road 7.
Residents who live within the road closure will be allowed to use Highway 9 during the project, except at Mud Creek.
The road work is expected to be completed by late September, weather permitting.

Photo:  Mud Creek Bridge, two miles east of Benson.

 

Tue
25
Jun
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Agralite service area is on the mend

Agralite Electric Cooperative believes all members who had outages as a result of the Friday storms had their power restored by Monday afternoon, according to Agralite General Manager Kory Johnson. Agralite still had a few small outages due to other reasons at 5 p.m. Monday.
Agralite had all personnel devoted to restoration of power to all members. Crews from two other cooperatives and a contractor assisted with the restoration efforts, he said. Restoration was slowed by the number of trees and branches on the lines.
Restoration was also difficult because damage was across Agralite’s entire service territory from Ortonville to Brooten and Donnelly to Appleton, he said. The main concentrations of outages Monday morning were in the Odessa and Sunburg areas.

Tue
25
Jun
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EMTs, officers train to respond to active shooter

by Reed Anfinson, Editor

Sat
22
Jun
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85 mph winds rip through Benson

Benson’s City Council passed two resolutions during an emergency meeting Friday evening to give it authority to address the widespread damage caused by two violent storms that hit the city just 16 hours apart.

The first resolution gave Mayor Paul Kittelson the authority to declare a local emergency until 6 p.m., Monday, June 24. However, it also gives the council the right to extend that authority if necessary.

The second resolution gives the council authority to contract for services and purchase needed materials without having to go through the bidding process required in city ordinances.

An early morning thunderstorm Friday brought straight-line winds recorded at 85 mph at the Benson Airport at 1:33 a.m. But it wasn’t just one short gust the contributed to the damage. Winds of up 50 mph or more continued for more than half an hour as a heavy rain saturated the soil.

Fri
21
Jun
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City of Benson storm notices for Friday, June 21

The longest day of the year may end up being just that for many Benson area residents as storm cleanup continues.  The middle-of-the-night storm blew as strong as 90 miles per hour, with straight line winds in many places toppling and damaging grain bins and uprooting trees all over the area.

Because of the many branches down on city streets, city bus service has been shut down for the day.

In addition, the long lines at the city brush site are being re-routed to the old dump site east of Benson on Hwy. 9.  Trees and tree limbs and stumps will be taken at that location.

If the 80 plus temperature is getting you down - the city has a solution - the city pool, which is open until 8 tonite and will be open 1 to 8 again tomorrow.  These are normal pool hours.  The pool's FLOAT & FLICK party for tonite is cancelled.

Fri
21
Jun
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Benson area cleans up after high winds and rain

by Peggy Cameron, with Associated Press

 

With winds reported near 90 miles per hour, the city of Benson is cleaning up debris, mostly tree branches, as they survey the estimated hundred trees that are down around the city.  About 1:15 a.m. the constant heat lightning gave way to a full blown severe thunderstorm, which lasted for about 45 minutes as the winds tapered off and moved out of the area.  Some homes on the fringes of Benson reported upwards of 3 1/2" of rain in the short downpour.

Many people were up in the middle of the night surveying damage and cleanup has been underway for hours.  Sirens and the buzzing of chain saws was heard throughout the morning hours.

Several large trees in the Swift County Courthouse yard are up ended.  This is the story around town as roads are continuing to be cleared.

Tue
11
Jun
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Pioneerland Band Festival set for Friday

by Reed Anfinson

The 26th annual Pioneerland Band Festival is set for 6:30 p.m., Friday in Benson.  The grand marshal for this year’s parade is Candace Monson-Sowers.

The parade will follow the traditional route from just south of Runnings and Do-Mat’s in Benson to Amoco, and then going north toward the high school.

Bands scheduled to perform at this year’s Pioneerland Band Festival are Bertha-Hewitt, KMS, and New York Mills in Class A; Fergus Falls, Hutchinson, and Alexandria in Class AA; Bemidji, the Patriots of St. Anthony, and Maple Grove in Class AAA; and Benson High School in exhibition only.

The awards ceremony will be held at the Benson High School Football Field immediately following the parade as soon as the judges have completed their tabulations.  Cash prizes of over $2,500 will be awarded to the top bands.

Judges are from Tri-State Judges Association of Decorah, IA.

 

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