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23
Oct
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Heavy rains Monday stall area’s fall harvest efforts

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Area farmers were out in force from the middle of last week through the weekend combining corn and soybeans and lifting beets where the ground was dry enough for their equipment.

Monday night a large low-pressure system moved into Minnesota bringing with it a steady wind-driven rainfall. At 7:30 p.m. Monday wind a wind gust of 55 mph was recorded at the Benson Municipal Airport. The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for western Minnesota for Monday afternoon into Tuesday stating the wind gusts could approach 60 mph.

Monday’s strong winds caused tree limbs to break and tipped over apple trees still laden with fruit.

By midnight Monday, 1.65 inches of rain had fallen in the Benson area bringing the month’s total precipitation to 3.83 inches. That is 1.53 inches above the average of 2.30 inches...

 

Wed
23
Oct
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New parking law passed by Benson council

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Only one resident showed up at the Benson City Council public hearing Monday night on a new parking ordinance that prohibits parking in front yards on unprepared surfaces.

Some who had planned on attending the meeting could have changed their minds due to the foul weather - a cold rain driven by winds gusting to 55 mph.

Benson’s council unanimously passed the second reading of the proposed parking law change after hearing concerns raised by Nathan Miller, who lives on the corner of 15th Street South and Stone Avenue.

To become law, an amendment to the city ordinances must have two readings at two separate city council meetings. After the second reading is approved, the proposed law is published in the city’s legal newspaper, the Swift County Monitor-News.

Wed
23
Oct
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Build at human services; improve security; don’t raise taxes

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Improvements to the Swift County Human Services building to create more space and enhance the safety of its employees is the top recommendation of the Citizens Perspective Committee.

“We recommend that you folks go ahead with that project,” committee spokesman Robert Zielsdorf told the Swift County Board of Commissioners at their Oct. 15 meeting. “We think that is really, really necessary.”

It also recommends mechanical improvements to the Swift County jail and upgrades to the Law Enforcement Center basement to again house 6W Community Corrections.

Improvements for safety and operations also are needed for the Swift County attorney’s office, the committee recommends.

These improvements are to be made without raising taxes through a bond issue to pay for the improvements, Zielsdorf told commissioners.

Wed
16
Oct
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2019 BHS Homecoming

Pictured are Queen Mariah Ahrndt and King Carlos Gonsor following the BHS Homecoming coronation.

Wed
16
Oct
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TEAM Promise needs your help

TEAM Promise is seeking volunteers to help it expand the number of mentors who can help provide life skills training to area youth.

The program’s goal is to have at least one volunteer from each area church/organization each week to help make this a venture that is truly a community-wide outreach to lift up and support at-risk youth in our community, its directors say...
 

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Wed
16
Oct
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Wet year poses problems for those living along Minnesota 29 North

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

That it has been an extraordinarily wet year isn’t something you have to tell people with homes along the east side of Minnesota Highway 29 a mile or so north of Benson.

Basements that are too often flooded and ponds of water in their backyards tell the story of a high water table. When there is a heavy rain event, they see the fast flow of water along the border between their yards and the adjacent field.

Changes over the years along their property involving a birm that was removed, a wind row of trees that was altered, and the installation of pattern tiling in a field to the east may have all played a role in increased flooding residents are seeing.  However, no definitive study has been conducted to determine specifically what is causing the problem...

Wed
16
Oct
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Freeze ends growing season; October 2-inch snows rare

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

It is rare for October to see snowfalls of 2 inches or more for the month – it had only happened only eight times since 1952. This past weekend’s winter storm pushed that number to nine with 2 inches of snow falling in the Benson area along with a cold drizzle and rain over the weekend.

As the temperature warmed to 37 degrees Saturday the snow quickly melted with not a trace remaining by the afternoon.

There are still 16 days to go in the month, so the 2019 snowfall total could increase. However, the forecast is for warmer temperatures through the rest of the week with no snow in the forecast...

 

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Wed
09
Oct
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Three county men died in Vietnam War

Cpl. Kenneth Meulebroeck
Cpl. Delvin Martinson

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

In the Swift County Monitor-News story last week about Sgt. David J. Barduson being posthumously awarded The Order of Saint Maurice Medallion it was stated that he was the only fatality the county suffered in the Vietnam War.

There were actually two other young men from the county who died in Vietnam. Army Cpl. Delvin Martinson of Benson and Army Cpl. Kenneth Meulebroeck of Murdock who were both killed in action in 1969.

Barduson of West Bank Township was killed in action near Phu Bai in northern South Vietnam Feb. 24, 1968. He was 22-years-old at the time. 

Martinson was killed near Long An in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam Nov. 28, 1969. It was the day after Thanksgiving, and he was 23 at the time. He had arrived in Vietnam Sept. 1, 1969. He was the first graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead to die in the Vietnam War.

Wed
09
Oct
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Crops get a few extra days to mature

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

With the first frost of the season holding off well into October the area’s foliage still looks amazingly green and lush. That is going to change significantly later this week.

Our first frost and freeze, as well as an unusually early snowfall, are forecast for Thursday night into Friday. Friday’s high is forecast to be only 37 degrees with a low of 29. The average high for Oct. 11 is 61 degrees and the average low 37 degrees.

If it only reaches 37 degrees Friday, it will break the record for a low high for Oct. 11. The current record is 39 degrees set in 1959 and 2009. Highs are forecasted to be in the 30s Friday through Sunday. Average highs in the mid-30s are more typical of the middle of November...

 

Wed
09
Oct
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Proposed parking law would prohibit parking on lawns

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Benson’s City Council has approved the first reading of an ordinance that would govern parking in yards of not just vehicles, but fish houses, boats campers, trailers and other things that can be pulled behind a vehicle. The action took place at its meeting Monday night.

A second reading of the ordinance and a public hearing to take citizen input is set for the council’s Monday, Oct. 21, meeting. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. and is in the council chambers in city hall.

Several people that were at Monday night’s meeting had questions about the impact of the new parking restrictions and potential problems they could create for people...

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