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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.

 

Tue
11
Jun
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Four to be charged in connection with burglaries

by Reed Anfinson, Editor

Two juveniles and two adults face charges later this week in relation to burglaries in the community that go back to last August.

The adults face felony charges. The juveniles are old enough that they could also be charged as adults, but that is a decision for Swift County Attorney Robin Finke, Chief Ian Hodge said in an interview Monday.  

While patrolling in Benson around 1:30 the night of May 30, Officer Ben Badowich ran into two people who he stopped to talk with. At the time, they had burglary tools in their possession, Hodge said. That led to a search of both their vehicles. Discussions with the two led to a small amount of information that officers then used to pursue their investigation of a series of burglaries of vehicles and garages in recent months.

Tue
11
Jun
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Four to be charged in connection with several months of burglaries

by Reed Anfinson, Editor

Two juveniles and two adults face charges later this week in relation to burglaries in the community that go back to last August.

The adults face felony charges. The juveniles are old enough that they could also be charged as adults, but that is a decision for Swift County Attorney Robin Finke, Chief Ian Hodge said in an interview Monday.  

While patrolling in Benson around 1:30 the night of May 30, Officer Ben Badowich ran into two people who he stopped to talk with. At the time, they had burglary tools in their possession, Hodge said. That led to a search of both their vehicles. Discussions with the two led to a small amount of information that officers then used to pursue their investigation of a series of burglaries of vehicles and garages in recent months.

Wed
05
Jun
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‘Ride for Healing’ honors Vietnam War veterans

by Reed Anfinson, Editor

Benson Vietnam War veteran Neal Thompson was among the “Ride for Healing” bikers who passed through the city last week on his way to Brainerd.

The ride was the project of the Minnesota Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) State Commander Lee Ulferts. Funds raised by the ride will be used for the Vietnam Education Center in Washington, D.C.

Ulferts said it is his passion and belief that outstate Minnesota Vietnam veterans have never had the chance to be recognized and honored for their service. The ride was an attempt to “provide them with that honor and to welcome them home and give them a chance for the healing of all the hurts they have carried these many years. It will also give the public a chance to contribute to this cause in their honor as the caravan travels through the state.”

Wed
05
Jun
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Falk, Koenen see legislative session as successful

by Reed Anfinson, Editor

As they headed to the state Capitol in January, Rep. Andrew Falk and Sen. Lyle Koenen found themselves in the majority party with a governor who was also a Democrat.

In the November election, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party won back control of the House and Senate from the Republicans. With Gov. Mark Dayton halfway into his four-year term, the DFL had an opportunity to set the agenda. It was the first time since 1990 that the Democrats controlled both houses of the state Capitol with one of their own in the governor’s office.

But despite their majority rule, not all of what was on the DFL leadership agenda got through the Legislature. A minimum wage increase, a bill with more strict bullying provisions, and added gun control measures didn’t pass. However, all three are likely to end up on the legislative docket in 2014.

Wed
05
Jun
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Benson High School Class of 2013 graduation

by Reed Anfinson, Editor

Members of the Benson High School Class of 2013 stand at attention after processing into the BHS senior high gymnasium for the start of Benson High School’s 123rd commencement exercises Sunday afternoon.  From left to right are Gabi Doscher, Brandon Fifield, Angela Forsberg, Tre’ Giese, Brody Gimberlin, Andrew Hagstrom, Travis Hanson, and Gabriella Hoiland.  Sixty-five students graduated with the Class of 2013.

Fri
17
May
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North Dakota horse numbers dwindling

by Reed Anfinson, Editor

The official North Dakota horse could be wiped off the state map.

A conservancy group says high hay prices caused by a prolonged drought and a sharp drop in donations have combined to limit food supplies and threaten breeding herds for the Nokota horse, which originated in what is now Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

“This is one of the most difficult situations we’ve been in since the formation of the conservancy,” said Shelly Hauge, the executive director of the Nokota Horse Conservancy, which was established in 1999. “While it’s never been easy, it hasn’t been the struggle it’s been this year.”

The group believes the dwindling hay supply could force the dispersal of the herd, which is now pastured in fields near Linton, the Forum reported. That would mean the loss of valuable breeding stock.

Fri
17
May
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Kinder Morgan receives conditional use permit

by Reed Anfinson, Editor

A conditional use permit for Kinder Morgan Cochin, LLC, that will facilitate the reversal of the flow of the company’s pipeline was approved by the Swift County Board of Commissioners at its meeting May 7.

Kinder Morgan plans to reverse its Cochin pipeline flow between Kankakee County, Illinois, and its facilities near Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Branch Manager Bryan Williams and Manager of Public Affairs for Kinder Morgan Ryan McCreery.

To facilitate that reversal, Kinder Morgan needs to make modifications to its pumps at the Benson terminal and remove a block valve. Because the part of the facility where the work needs to take place is in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) new flood zone, the company is required to get the conditional use permit before any work takes place.

Fri
17
May
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Southern Prairie Community Care health initiative has important 2013 goals

by Reed Anfinson, Editor

 One of Swift County’s top goals for 2013 is to see the launch of the Southern Prairie Community Care health initiative with the goal of providing better, more cost-effective care to Medicaid recipients.

Jointly funded by state and federal governments, Medicaid is managed by the states. It provides health coverage to an estimated 50 million people nationwide including the elderly, people with disabilities, children, low-income families and pregnant women.
It is a “government insurance program for persons of all ages whose income and resources are insufficient to pay for health care,” according to the Health Insurance Association of America.

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