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Wed
13
May
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Second reading of zoning change approved for assisted living facility

At a special meeting Monday night, the Benson City Council unanimously approved the second reading of an ordinance to change the zoning for land on which a proposed assisted living and memory care facility would be built.
The land is currently zoned for residential one and two family housing, but is being rezoned to a high-density residential district to accommodate the facility, which would have 16 memory units and 22 assisted living apartments. It is estimated that the facility could cost between $8 and $9 million.
The land sits immediately to the west of Minnesota Highway 29 and across from the Northside Recreation Area’s baseball fields. Pat and Jon Hawley of Hawley Properties are donating the land to the City of Benson for the project.

Wed
06
May
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Focus on AG: Crop planting progresses rapidly across the state

By Kent Thiesse
Farm Management Analyst & Vice President MinnStar Bank Lake Crystal

Tue
05
May
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Voters decide NO on $18.7 school levy

District 777 voters went to the polls yesterday and decided that a $18.7 million building project will NOT move forward. The vote was roughly 2 to 1 against the plan.

Thu
30
Apr
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New law to allow ATVs on county roads

An ordinance allowing the use of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs,) utility vehicles, and golf carts on Swift County roads was unanimously passed by the board of commissioners at their meeting April 21.
This new law only applies to county roads, not state or federal highways, city streets, or township roads unless those jurisdictions have also passed laws allowing their use.
When it first considered the ordinance, the board had looked at limiting the use of these vehicles to specific county roads.
“A revision that was made was to take out any mention of designated roads and just make it available on all county roads under our jurisdiction,” Administrator Mike Pogge-Weaver told commissioners.
Commissioners conducted a public hearing at the April 21 meeting.

Thu
23
Apr
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Svor’s Family Roller Rink going strong after 35 years

For the past 35 years Steve and Gail Svor have provided entertainment, jobs, and even “babysitting services” to the Benson area through Svor’s Family Roller Rink.
Their four children, Kelly, Kristi, Kayla and Josh all grew up at the roller rink learning to skate, work the concession stand and help others learn how to navigate the floor of the Benson Amory on wheels.
“When we would get to the rink, we would lace Kristi (2 years old at the time) in a pair of little white high top skates with wooden wheels,” Gail recalls. “She would just put her hands out and people would pull her around the rink all night.”
For Steve and Gail Svor, the roller rink was a passion they pursued while Steve worked fulltime for the City of Benson’s street department with Gail a registered nurse with Swift County-Benson Hospital’s Home Health services.

Tue
21
Apr
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CNH renews civic center lease with Benson

Late last year Benson’s CNH gave the City of Benson notice that it would be ending its lease for the northern portion of the city-owned civic center.
That lease has provided $26,000 in revenue annually that has been used to improve the south portion of the building that houses the indoor skating rink used for the Benson Public Schools hockey program. In recent years, the funds have helped build locker rooms and a heated viewing area as well as pay for ongoing repairs.
With the lease expected to end early this year, the city and Benson schools had started a conversation about the potential uses of the space by the school district. Some businesses in the community had also expressed an interest in the space.

Tue
21
Apr
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Levy opponents see plan as too costly, lacking detail

For the past couple months an organized effort has been underway to gather support against a proposed $18.7 million Benson Public Schools building bond referendum. That vote is set to take place May 12.
Last Thursday night those opposed to the project conducted their third meeting to explain to supporters and the public why they believe the project is ill conceived and hasn’t been clearly explained to voters.
Acting as the spokesperson at the meeting in the Swift County Law Enforcement Center, Torning Township farmer Allen Saunders told the group of about 40 people gathered that the intent of the meeting was not to complain or attack anyone. He said those who had organized the meeting appreciated the work the school administrative and board members had done on the proposed building project, though they didn’t support it.

Wed
15
Apr
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Avian influenza claims 7th county turkey farm-May 12

While the pace of the spread of avian influenza seems to be slowing, it is now striking closer to home. The last two farms reported infected with the deadly virus have both been in Swift County.
They bring the number of infected facilities in the county to seven, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.
In all, 85 farms have now been hit by the avian influenza in the state with nearly 5.7 million turkeys now dead from the disease or euthanized because they were in barns that had been infected.
The number of turkeys lost at Swift County farms six and seven were still pending as of Tuesday morning.
The virus has also struck three Minnesota chicken farms killing 1.57 million layers. In Iowa, more than 25 million layer chickens are dead. That represents more than 40 percent of Iowa’s egg laying chicken population. There is already talk of a potential short-term egg shortage based on the losses in the two states.

Wed
08
Apr
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Agralite receives $1 million USDA loan

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a $1 million Rural Economic Development Loan for Agralite Electric Cooperative.
These funds will assist with construction of a railroad unloading facility and rail spur capable of supplying 1.5 million gallons of propane to the terminal just west Benson along U.S. Highway 12.
“This is great news that will help to ensure Minnesotans have access to the propane needed to heat their homes during the fall and winter months when people need it the most,” 7th District U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson said. “Making important infrastructure improvements is necessary to providing sufficient propane supplies for Minnesota communities.”
The $1 million loan will assist with the expansion of Alliance Midstream.

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Wed
08
Apr
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Planning commission delays action on shooting range

Landowners and residents near where a proposed shooting range would be located northeast of Benson showed up at Monday’s Swift County Planning Commission hearing to oppose the project.
An estimated 40 people filled the commissioners’ meeting room to raise objections about noise, safety, the impact on property       values, the impact of shooting noise on livestock in the area, concerns about drivers being distracted by the shooting, and property rights.
The planning commission tabled action on the Benson Sportsman’s Club conditional use permit and will do a site visit to assess the property, plans for the range and the proposed range’s proximity to area homes and farms.
Swift County’s Board of Commissioners was scheduled to act on the conditional use permit at its meeting Tuesday, but due to the planning commission’s tabling it board action has also been delayed.

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