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Wed
09
Nov
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Langan joins McGeary, Abner and Williams on school board

Andy Abner, Gary Williams and Bill McGeary all won re-election to the District 777 Board of Education and will be joined by Mary K.W. Langan who won her first term. The only incumbent unseated was Alan D. Pagel.

Seven candidates were running for the board of education with four seats open.

 

 

Election results

Candidate                 Votes            Percent

x-Andy Abner             1,986            19.70

x-Gary Williams         1,602            15.89

x-Mary KW Langan     1,584            15.72

x-Bill McGeary           1,563            15.51

David Nagler              1,462            14.51

Alan D. Pagel             1,253            12.43

Larry Smith               608              6.03

Write-ins                   21                0.21

Fri
04
Nov
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County board members unopposed

Swift County voters will find three incumbent commissioners up for election Nov. 8, but none has an opponent. That was also true four years ago when Gary Hendrickx, Pete Peterson and Eric Rudningen ran for election.

There was one active write-in campaign in 2012 as Ed Pederson sought to win the District 2 seat. Though he lost, he won the seat in the 2014 election when his name was on the ballot.

Due to redistricting in 2012, Klemm and Commissioner Joe Fox, District 4-Hegbert Township, had to run for re-election after having won four-year terms in 2010. Because their district boundaries had changed with redistricting, they had to run for re-election in 2012. However, Klemm didn’t seek re-election to another term in 2014. Commissioners Pederson and Fox are now serving four-year terms that do not end until December 2018.

Hendrickx was first elected to the county board in 1996 representing the Appleton area serving District 1.

Fri
04
Nov
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Zombie 5K Fun Run/Walk/Bike

Even zombies have to stay warm.  Volunteer zombies Catie Lee (left) and Brian McNeill warmed up while waiting for the arrival of the Zombie Fun Run/Walk/Bike participants at the NS Rec Area.

Even zombies have to stay warm.  Volunteer zombies Catie Lee (left) and Brian McNeill warmed up while waiting for the arrival of the Zombie Fun Run/Walk/Bike participants at the Northside Rec Area.  The Zombie 5K Fun Run/Walk/Bike was a fundraiser for the Washington, D.C. trip and Benson Prom Afterbash.

To see more photos from the Zombie 5K Fun Run/Walk/Bike, pick up a copy of this week's Swift County Monitor-News at our office, or any of the following locations:

In Benson: Breens Pharmacy, Lewis Drug, DoMat’s, Glacial Plains, Runnings, Shell, SuperValu, Holiday, & Benson Bakery.

In Kerkhoven: Lamecker’s General Store & Super America.

In Murdock: Dooley’s.

In DeGraff: Country Pet.

In Appleton: Ascheman Uni-mart.

 

Thu
03
Nov
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Seven seek four school board seats

Seven candidates are seeking election to the District 777 Board of Education Nov. 8. There are only four seats open on the seven-member board. The four school board candidates who get the most votes will begin their terms in January.

The seven candidates are incumbents Gary Williams, Alan Pagel, Andy Abner, and Bill McGeary along with challengers Mary K.W. Langan, Larry Smith and Dave Nagler.

Benson’s schools face critical funding decisions in the coming years that will affect the number and variety of classes students will have available. District voters are also likely to make decisions on levy referendums that have an impact on the quality of the facilities in which students will be attending class.  

Thu
03
Nov
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City council orders Armory environmental study

Benson’s City Council and Chief of Police Ian Hodge (at left) toured the Armory building last Tuesday night trying to get an idea of how it would work for a new police deparment, city hall, or both.   From left are Hodge, City Manager Rob Woflington, Director of Finance Glen Pederson, Council Members Terri Collins, Stephanie Heinzig, Sue Fitz, Mayor Gary Landmark and Jack Evenson.
Fitz, at left, and Council Members Stephanie Heinzig, Mayor Gary Landmark, Terri Collins, and Jack Evenson were at a special meeting Tuesday night considering city hall and police building options.

Benson’s council faces multiple choices, none of them cheap, as it wrestles with how to upgrade or replace city hall as well as find a new home for the police department.

It is weighing options for housing city hall and the police department in the same building, as they are now, or having them in separate locations.

The costs, and they are very preliminary rough estimates, for the various options for city administration and police facilities are:
 

Fri
28
Oct
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First rain since Oct. 7 slows the fall harvest

The area harvest and field work has been progressing steadily this month as rains held off. That changed Tuesday as a storm system moved into Minnesota.

After 17 days with no rain a low pressure system moved into western Minnesota Tuesday morning slowing down what has been an excellent, but long, fall harvest. The rain was forecast to continue into Wednesday morning.

The rainless spell from Oct. 8 to Oct. 24 allowed fields to dry out and corn to dry down. Through the first 24 days of October the Benson area received 1.55 inches of rain, most of it Oct. 4 when 1.2 inches fell.

The National Weather Service was predicting one-half to three-quarters of an inch of rain for the area Tuesday night.

Benson saw its coldest low of the fall season when it dropped to 23 degrees Monday morning. While quite chilly, the low was still 4 degrees above the record low for Oct. 24 of 19 degrees set back in 1957. October’s record low is 12 degrees set Oct. 27, 1976.

Fri
28
Oct
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Hospital waits for USDA word on financing options

As the Swift County-Benson Health Services works to secure United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding for construction of an assisted living/memory care facility, it is exploring several options.

Those options center on ways to get around covenants attached to the issuance of its 2014 bonds that restrict its ability to issue new debt for the project.

In 2014, the hospital refinanced its 2007 bonds, which were used to build the surgical center and new emergency room. While refinancing allowed it to get a lower interest rate it also triggered rules that don’t allow it to pay off the bonds early without substantial penalty. It is estimated that paying off the remaining $5.9 million bond balance prior to 2022 could cost it around $600,000.

Paying off those 2014 bonds is required prior to arranging any new financing because USDA will not take a second position to the bondholders of the 2014 issuance.

Fri
28
Oct
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CNHI celebrates 25th Anniversary of Patriot sprayer

An oringal Patriot sprayer sits next to the modern version in front of the CNHI plant on west U.S. Highway 12 in Benson.

Last Friday afternoon CNHI celebrated the 25th anniversary of the production of the Patriot sprayer with employees past and present, members of the Benson area business community, city leaders, and U.S. 7th District Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Detroit Lakes.

CNHI is one of the premier manufacturing plants in Minnesota, Peterson told the crowd of nearly 200 people.

One of the reasons manufacturing plants are so successful in western Minnesota is the people they have working for them, he said. There are a lot of farm kids who have gone to work for manufacturers like Case who have worked hard on the farm and bring a good work ethic with them. They also have a lot of knowledge about how things work because they have been around machinery on the farm, he said.

Fri
28
Oct
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Trick-or-Treating hours are 6 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, October 31

Halloween is set to be celebrated from 6-7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31, in Benson.  Parents and adults are reminded that the safety of our children should be the primary concern during this holiday, the Benson Police Department says.

It offers the following tips and suggestions, to keep kids safe:

Fri
28
Oct
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Indoor Marching Band Concert

Members of the Benson Marching Band perform during the Indoor Marching Band Concert

Members of the Benson Marching Band perform during the Indoor Marching Band Concert, including clarinet player Gracie Lenz, who was modeling a BHS band uniform from the 1960s.

BHS Band Director Brock Duncan lead members of the BHS Marching Band during its Indoor Marching Band Concert last Monday night in the Jr. High Auditorium.

 

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