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Thu
05
Sep
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Benson schools plan fall levy referendum

In April, the District 777 Board of Education went through the agonizing process of cutting $635,909 from its budget.
It meant eliminating and paring back programs that teachers, parents and former students said were essential to give the children of the community a well-rounded education. It also meant larger class sizes, one less bus route and putting off necessary capital expenditures for things such as fixing roofs and purchases for the computer lab.
Now faced with declining enrollment continuing to take a toll on revenues, the board needs to raise additional money to avoid even deeper cuts over the next several years. This fall the school board will seek voter support for what is called a “revoke and replace” levy.

Tue
03
Sep
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Benson's Northside school wins the Target contest; tentative concert date set

by Reed Anfinson, Editor, Publisher

Target launched a new gift card promotion this year, and is giving away $5 million to schools. Northside Elementary School of Benson was third in the nation last year, and incredibly enough, took the top prize Wednesday around noon.
Second grade teacher Roger Ebnet said.  “It’s great to see the whole town rally for something positive.”
The school, besides winning money, wins appearances by music and sports stars and celebrities like Country Star Luke Bryan, NFL star Donald Driver, Olympic Gymnast Gabby Douglas, and movie stars LaLa Anthony and Sophie Bush.

Supporters voted by following this link:

https://apps.facebook.com/givewithtarget/school/26090

No word yet from Target when the school will collect on its winnings or appearances by the stars. 

Tue
27
Aug
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Benson crops showing stress

by Reed Anfinson, Editor, Publisher

Benson broke a record high for Aug. 25 when it reached 93 degrees. The old record was 92 degrees set in 1959. That 92-degree high was the lowest high temperature record in the month of August. Now there are three dates, Aug. 10, Aug. 25 and Aug. 31 with record highs of 93 degrees.
The city also broke a record for the highest low temperature for Aug. 25 when it only fell to 73 degrees. The old record was 72 degrees set in 1960.
It also hit 93 degrees Monday, but the record high for Aug. 26 is 99 degrees set in 1976.
Temperatures have been somewhat cooler than forecast, thankfully with temps not in the 90s until Sunday.

Tue
20
Aug
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Swift County Historical Society plans tour

The Swift County Historical Society is set to host a bus tour from the museum in Benson to the Long Prairie area Monday, Sept. 9.
Besides some “mystery shops”, the bus will stop at the Leatherwood Vinegary and Amish shops.  The day will also include midday and evening meals.  You can contact the society at 843-4467 or swiftmuseum@embarqmail.com for more information.
If you are interested in signing up, you are urged to contact the society as soon as possible as a minimum of 28 people are needed before final arrangements are made.

Thu
15
Aug
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Employee car show provides enjoyable break for CNH workers in Benson

Benson CNH employees had the chance last week to test drive Chrysler and Fiat cars, and even get an employee discount. CNH  and Chrysler are both owned by Fiat.  CNH has two locations in Benson and employs more than 300 workers.

 

PHOTO: This Dodge Challenger concept car has a 426 horsepower engine (like many of the muscle cars in the 50s and 60s), which was revved up for CNH employees.

Thu
15
Aug
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City seeks franchise extension

Every 10 years the City of Benson negotiates a new agreement with Charter Communications for its cable franchise in the community. The agreement allows Charter to use the city’s rights of way for its cable lines.
Negotiations on that new agreement were supposed to have started over a year ago so that the new one would be in place by the date the current document expires in October. To represent its interests, the city retained Twin Cities’ attorney Brian Grogan, a specialist in communications and technology.
Last summer, Grogan and City Manager Rob Wolfington thought the renewal process would be routine. In September, they sent a copy of the franchise agreement to Charter seeking input on any changes. Not less than six times the city sought a reply from Charter, but was met with silence. Finally, in early July, nine months after the city had tried to start a dialogue, Charter responded.

Thu
15
Aug
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Swift County board to consider social host ordinance

by Reed Anfinson, Editor

Wed
31
Jul
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Langhei Township residents to host the ‘Burma Road’ parade

The residents of Langhei township in southern Pope County  invite area residents to their fifth Burma Road parade, beginning at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 11.  The parade will proceed along the scenic, hilly, township road known as the Burma Road (302nd St.) to East Zion Church on Pope County Highway 10 where refreshments and souvenirs will be available.  
The “Burma Road”, located midway between Starbuck and Benson, originates at State Highway 29, goes east 2 1/4 miles and then north for a quarter-mile to Pope County Highway 10.

Wed
31
Jul
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Minnesota’s first case of West Nile

Minnesota’s first human case of West Nile virus (WNV) disease of 2013 has been reported in a Murray County man. He became ill with West Nile fever earlier this month and is recovering, Minnesota state health officials reported.
They are now urging Minnesotans to protect themselves from mosquitoes by using mosquito repellents at dusk and dawn, the times when mosquitoes are most active.
West Nile virus is a potentially life-threatening disease and Minnesotans should protect themselves by routinely using mosquito repellents and taking other simple precautions against mosquito bites, Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) officials said.
Last year, Swift County saw two people fall ill with WNV. They were the first cases in the county since one person was infected in 2006.  Since the disease was first discovered in the state in 2002, Swift County has seen five cases. The other two were one each in 2003 and 2002.

Fri
26
Jul
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Kid Day King and Queen crowned

Blake Nagler and Mariah Ahrndt were crowned the new Kid Day King and Queen during the Kid Day coronation, Saturday night in the Junior High Auditorium.  In the picture above, left, Blake Nagler is crowned king by last year’s king, Brady DeHaan, as the other king candidates, Noah Denzer (right) and Thomas Dineen look on.  Mariah Ahrndt was crowned queen by last year’s queen, McKenna Ziegler.

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