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Fri
11
Oct
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Local federal employees furloughed; no crop reports coming

Every week during the growing season the United States Department of Agriculture’s Ag Statistics Service puts out a report on crop conditions and soil moisture levels. In the fall, they also give a report on the status of the harvest.
But if you go to the Ag Statistics web site now you get the message: “Due to the lapse in federal government funding, this website is not available. After funding has been restored, please allow some time for this website to become available again.” In other words, the harvest could be done by the time the next report comes out.
But, at least for this past week, not much happened in the fields around Minnesota. Four days of rain brought just over half an inch of rain to the area, but it was enough to bring the harvest to a halt.

Tue
01
Oct
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Target throws party for lucky Benson school children

Benson came in first in the Give With Target contest, earning a $10,000+ prize, a Target party and a Luke Bryan concert.

Celebrities such as Gabby Douglas, Luke Bryan and Donald Driver appeared and took pictures with local sports teams. To score 10,000 votes was quite the achievement.

Red carpet adorned the walkways at the school, the gym looked like a disco, and the football field was a great concert location, with 500 free tickets for anyone who showed up last Thursday to claim them.

“It’s fun thing coming to a small town and knowing that the town shut down for this,” Bryan said.

Submitted Photo:  Luke Bryan made appearances around town during the day as he worked out and ate at local restaurants.  But the real treat was the 6-song concert he performed.

Fri
27
Sep
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Benson bus has mishap

by Reed Anfinson, Editor/Publisher

Early Friday morning a District 777 school bus went in the ditch along Minnesota Highway 29 north in Pope County. The bus driver was backing up to turn around when the bus’ back end entered the steep ditch and slid to the bottom at around 6:20 a.m.
The back tires caught wet soil and gave way as the driver was turning around, Supt. Dennis Laumeyer said Friday.

“As a result the driver was unable to move forward so the bus rolled backward into the ditch and off the road.  The bus was empty as it was just beginning the route.  Another bus was called to complete the route.”
Earlier it was reported that children were on the bus and had been transported. That information ended up being incorrect.

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. 

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