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Thu
26
Sep
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Public tickets for Target Celebrity Celebration claimed

People from the area signed up for next Tuesday's Target Celebrity Celebration.

People started lining up at the Benson Armory around 3 a.m. in hopes of getting one of the 500 tickets made available to the public for next Tuesday's Target-sponsored Celebrity Celebration. The doors opened at 10 a.m. with the line curling around the front of the Armory and stretching along the whole south side of the building. Late Thursday morning the line was gone, but people continued to show up in hopes of getting one of the tickets. By noon just over 500 tickets had been claimed.

Benson's Northside Elementary School won the event, which will feature Country Music Entertainer of the Year” Luke Bryan,  U.S. gymnast and 2012 two-time gold medal Olympic champion Gabrielle Douglas, actress Sophia Bush, and former Green Bay Packers’ star Donald Driver, in Target’s “Give With Target” promotion.  It was the first school to earn 10,000 Facebook votes, giving the school the top prize over all other schools in the United States. The school also won $10,000.

Thu
26
Sep
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City of Benson to talk annexation with Torning Township

By Reed Anfinson, Editor/Publisher

Thu
26
Sep
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Swift County proposing $337,500 in ditch levies

Swift County is proposing $337,500 in ditch assessments in 2014 for needed repairs as well as to pay for repairs that have already taken place. The proposed assessments range from $2,500 to $100,000.
If approved, the assessments for 2014 will be $195,562 lower then the unusually large assessment of $533,062 for 2013. The high assessment for this year was not only intended to pay for planned repairs, but to bail some of the ditch systems out of persistent deficits.
At the end of 2012, there were 21 ditch systems in the red. It is projected that there will be only six in the red in 2014 based on current work and assessments planned.
Counties have three kinds of ditch systems: joint ditches, judicial ditches and county ditches. These ditches can also have laterals added to them as well as improvements made.

Tue
24
Sep
Thu
19
Sep
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ACMC now providing care out of its new clinic

Benson’s Affiliated Community Medical Centers (ACMC) is moving into its new building Wednesday (today). The new clinic building is part of a $5 million expansion and renovation of the Swift County-Benson Hospital.
An open house is planned for Oct. 22.
In April 2012, the SCBH board of governors approved the bid of Breitbach Construction of Elrosa for construction of the new clinic on south side of the hospital along McKinney Avenue.  Construction began later that spring with the estimated time of completion the middle of September 2013.
Before construction began on the new clinic, ACMC signed a 20-year lease with the hospital for the space.

Thu
19
Sep
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Lawsuit claims children at St. Francis were abused by priest in the 1960s

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

Two children who attended St. Francis Xavier Parochial School in Benson are among the at least 20 children that former priest Father David A. Roney is accused of sexually abusing during his career.
The incidents, one involving a boy and one a girl, are alleged to have occurred while he was in Benson between 1963 and 1967. Roney died Jan. 27, 2003.
Monday the law firm of Jeff Anderson and Associates PA conducted a press conference with two women who say Roney abused them while he was a priest in Willmar between 1967 and 1975.
The two, along with a third unidentified person who attended the Catholic school in Benson, are seeking an amount in excess of $50,000 each as well as costs, reasonable attorney’s fees, and other relief “as the court deems just and equitable” from the Diocese of New Ulm. The suit was filed last Friday in Brown County.

Wed
11
Sep
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New Benson flag is half mast in commemmoration of 911

As communities and cities around the US commemmorate the tragedy of 911, the city of Benson is flying a flag that was originally made to be seen - and in a big way.

The original 30' x 42' "Garrison" flag was the one that Francis Scott Key saw on the morning of September 14, 1814. It inspired him to write the words to "The Star Spangled Banner."

Today the original of this flag is displayed in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.

The flag was especially made for the garrison in Baltimore, MD in 1812.  It was made by Mary Pickersgill, a well-known flagmaker in Baltimore. She worked relentlessly on heavy, woolen flags, one of which was to be the largest garrison flag ever flown.

Today's tribute in Benson is being flown from the newly installed flag pole. 

Thu
05
Sep
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Benson schools plan fall levy referendum

In April, the District 777 Board of Education went through the agonizing process of cutting $635,909 from its budget.
It meant eliminating and paring back programs that teachers, parents and former students said were essential to give the children of the community a well-rounded education. It also meant larger class sizes, one less bus route and putting off necessary capital expenditures for things such as fixing roofs and purchases for the computer lab.
Now faced with declining enrollment continuing to take a toll on revenues, the board needs to raise additional money to avoid even deeper cuts over the next several years. This fall the school board will seek voter support for what is called a “revoke and replace” levy.

Tue
03
Sep
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Benson's Northside school wins the Target contest; tentative concert date set

by Reed Anfinson, Editor, Publisher

Target launched a new gift card promotion this year, and is giving away $5 million to schools. Northside Elementary School of Benson was third in the nation last year, and incredibly enough, took the top prize Wednesday around noon.
Second grade teacher Roger Ebnet said.  “It’s great to see the whole town rally for something positive.”
The school, besides winning money, wins appearances by music and sports stars and celebrities like Country Star Luke Bryan, NFL star Donald Driver, Olympic Gymnast Gabby Douglas, and movie stars LaLa Anthony and Sophie Bush.

Supporters voted by following this link:

https://apps.facebook.com/givewithtarget/school/26090

No word yet from Target when the school will collect on its winnings or appearances by the stars. 

Tue
27
Aug
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Benson crops showing stress

by Reed Anfinson, Editor, Publisher

Benson broke a record high for Aug. 25 when it reached 93 degrees. The old record was 92 degrees set in 1959. That 92-degree high was the lowest high temperature record in the month of August. Now there are three dates, Aug. 10, Aug. 25 and Aug. 31 with record highs of 93 degrees.
The city also broke a record for the highest low temperature for Aug. 25 when it only fell to 73 degrees. The old record was 72 degrees set in 1960.
It also hit 93 degrees Monday, but the record high for Aug. 26 is 99 degrees set in 1976.
Temperatures have been somewhat cooler than forecast, thankfully with temps not in the 90s until Sunday.

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