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Fri
03
Jan
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Cost of mailing a letter going up

First-class stamps to cost 49 cents as of Jan. 26

Fri
03
Jan
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City keeps tax increase to 4.5%

After reducing taxes by 11.7 percent for 2013, the Benson City Council voted a 4.5 percent increase for 2014.  That increase raises the city’s tax levy by $60,716, from $1.261 million in 2013 to $1.321 million for 2014.
City taxpayers also will be paying $70,896 in taxes to pay down the general obligations bonds approved by voters to pay for the Benson outdoor swimming pool renovation.
The council approved a budget for 2014 that calls for $3,545,787 in revenues and $3,495,733 in expenses. The budget has a projected surplus of $54,054.
State tax law allows the cities to tax specifically for certain operations including police department wage and benefit costs and library operations. The city also taxes to recover for a tax abatement given to Claussen Properties as part of an economic development project.

Tue
31
Dec
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Amundson Violin to be on Pioneer’s ‘Postcards’ program

Sunday at 7 p.m,  Pioneer Public Television will air the fourth installment of the fifth season of Postcards -- a weekly regional art, culture and history program.  
The episode will feature stories about an internationally recognized contemporary artist living in Spicer, a highly regarded violin maker and repairer in Benson, an up and coming filmmaker in Montevideo and a state wide Rural Arts and Culture Summit in Morris.
The 30-minute episode will be repeated Monday, Jan. 6th at 1:30 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 9 at 7:00 p.m. The program will also be available for online viewing after January 5th through the station’s web site:  www.pioneer.org/postcards.
Brian David Downs is the subject of the first segment of the Postcards program.  Downs is a contemporary artist with national clients living in the small town of Spicer, MN (pop: 1,180).  

Tue
31
Dec
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Amundson Violin to be on Pioneer’s ‘Postcards’ program

Sunday at 7 p.m,  Pioneer Public Television will air the fourth installment of the fifth season of Postcards -- a weekly regional art, culture and history program.  
The episode will feature stories about an internationally recognized contemporary artist living in Spicer, a highly regarded violin maker and repairer in Benson, an up and coming filmmaker in Montevideo and a state wide Rural Arts and Culture Summit in Morris.
The 30-minute episode will be repeated Monday, Jan. 6th at 1:30 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 9 at 7:00 p.m. The program will also be available for online viewing after January 5th through the station’s web site:  www.pioneer.org/postcards.
Brian David Downs is the subject of the first segment of the Postcards program.  Downs is a contemporary artist with national clients living in the small town of Spicer, MN (pop: 1,180).  

Mon
30
Dec
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Cold nights remain

While a trace of snow was predicted today, with Benson thought to be on the edges, a few inches of the powdery stuff fell in the city.  Benson shopowners cleared the walks as a balmy 3 degrees was reached this afternoon.

The evening, however, could again hold the chill that has had us in its grip for several days:

Tonight (Monday): Partly cloudy with chance of light snow. Lows around -18°F. Wind chill around -33°F. Northwest wind to 8 MPH. Chance of precipitation near 20%.

Tuesday, New Years Eve, Dec 31
Scattered Snow Showers    Day: Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers. Highs around -4°F. Wind chill around -14°F. North wind to 5 MPH. Chance of precipitation near 45%.
Scattered Snow Showers    Night: Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers. Lows around -9°F. Wind chill around -24°F. East wind to 8 MPH. Chance of precipitation near 50%.

Mon
23
Dec
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Benson-KMS gymnastics team continues strong

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team continued its strong season, winning a home meet with Long Prairie-Grey Eagle during Parent’s Night, Thursday in the Benson Armory, 129.85-117.675.
The score was a season-high for the Fighting Braves, who have just three seniors and juniors on this year’s team.
MiKaylie Hagen won the all-around for the Fighting Braves with a score of 33.95, while Shayla Burns was third, and Caitlin Flower was fourth.
The Benson-KMS gymnasts, who are 4-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference, have the week off to prepare for their next meet set for Saturday, Jan. 4 at the Marshall Tourney.
Benson-KMS has two more home meets over the course of the season -- Tuesday, Jan. 14 against Willmar, and Friday, Jan. 31 versus Morris Area-CA.

Mon
23
Dec
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Bitterly cold temps sink into region; Monday night will be even colder

More frigid weather has descended from the Arctic sending temperatures plunging below zero. After a low of a minus 6 degrees, Sunday’s high reached just zero before sliding back into negative numbers.
Early Monday morning the temperature fell to a minus 17 degrees with winds gusting to 22 mph out of the northwest dropping the windchill to a very dangerous minus 42 degrees. The high was forecast to struggle to make it to a minus 8 degrees.
Though Monday’s high would be the coldest high temperature of the winter if it only reaches a minus 8 degrees, it isn’t going to be close to the record low high temperature for Dec. 23. That was set back in 1983 when the high was a minus 16 degrees and the low minus 28 degrees.
By Christmas Eve day the high is supposed to reach a relatively balmy 18 degrees, but that won’t be until after the low reaches a minus 24 degrees early Tuesday

Wed
04
Dec
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Winter storm creates hazardous driving conditions in some areas

With nearly 5 inches of snow on the ground and winds gusting to 30 dropping windchills to a minus 25 degrees, Benson Schools started two hours late Thursday.
Road conditions throughout the area were poor with pack snow and ice creating slick conditions. The Swift County-Benson Ambulance and Benson Fire Department were called to assist at the scene of an accident 3 miles east on U.S. 12 shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday. No report has been issued yet on the status of those in the vehicle.
With the temperature at 3 degrees and the wind gusting to 31 mph at the time, rescue personnel were enduring 20-below windchills.

Fri
29
Nov
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Kerkhoven ambulance gets cash infusion

Kerkhoven’s ambulance service will be getting a $102,698 check from Swift County for the purchase of a new ambulance. The board of commissioners approved the payment at its meeting Nov. 19.
Commissioner Eric Rudningen, whose District 5 includes the Kerkhoven area, abstained from the vote because he is currently the director of the ambulance service for the community.
Commissioner Gary Hendrickx, District 1-Appleton, moved that the county board approve the expenditure of $102,698 with a second by Commissioner Pete Peterson, District 3-south Benson. The motion passed with Peterson, Hendrickx, Commissioner Gary Klemm, District 2-rural north Benson, and Commissioner Joe Fox, District 4-Hegbert Township, voting in favor.
The expenditure for the ambulance was in the county’s budget and is part of a rotating program that helps the Kerkhoven, Appleton and Benson ambulance services with the purchase of new vehicles.

Fri
29
Nov
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Low temperatures hang around the area; portable houses on Lake Minnewaska

Saturday morning’s low of a minus 2 degrees tied the record low for Nov. 23, which was set in 1985. It fell to a minus 2 at about 5 a.m. and bounced between 0 and 2 below zero until 8:30 a.m. November 23, 1985, the high only reached 8 above; last Saturday’s high was 16.
It was the first time this late fall that the temperature has fallen below zero. Last year, the first minus temperature wasn’t recorded until Dec. 10 when it fell to 14 degrees below zero. In 2011, the first below zero reading came Nov. 20 when it fell to a minus 6 degrees, setting the record for the date.
While temperatures are forecast to be below average this week, there are no more below zero days in the forecast. There certainly aren’t any forecasts that would bring temperatures that would break any more record lows in the coming days. The average high this fourth week in November is 32 degrees with a low average of 17 degrees.

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