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Jun
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Benson City Council not changing animal ordinance

Monday noon the City of Benson Planning Commission met and agreed it would recommend that the city not change its animal ordinance to allow for backyard chickens.
At its meeting just over five hours later on early Monday evening, the city council unanimously accepted that recommendation. As a result, Benson’s city code prohibiting chickens in the city remains in effect.
It was pointed out that on the outskirts of the city, where they may be larger lots, and where land still may be in an agricultural zone, that a person could apply for a variance to the ordinance. Getting that variance still requires a public process for the individual who would seek it.

Photo: Most of the nearly 30 people who showed up for a meeting on whether or not to allow chickens in city limits were decidedly against it.

Fri
30
May
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Good progress made with spring planting before rain

Thunderstorms brought nearly 2 inches of rain to the Benson area Monday afternoon and brought a halt to spring planting. However, with nearly a week of warm, dry weather, farmers made considerable progress – catching up for time lost due to a cold, wet first two weeks in May.
It seems as if a switch was flipped May 17 with a reluctant spring giving way to summer-like temperatures. High temperatures that were averaging 59 degrees have averaged 76 degrees over the past 10 days.
According to the National Weather Service, highs are going to be in the mid 80s the rest of this week with lows in the low 60s. The average high for May 28 is 75 degrees and the average low 52 degrees.

Photo:  Heavy rains Monday throughout western Minnesota brought planting to a halt, but signficant progress had been made.  This farm in western Swift County was a busy spot last weekend.

Fri
30
May
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BHS graduation ceremony June 1

The 124th commencement for Benson High School is set for 2 p.m., Sunday, June 1 in the senior high gymnasium.  The 2014 senior class speakers are Amber Marohl, daughter of James and Angie Marohl, and Joseph Eix, son of Steve and Lori Eix.
The last day of school for students at Benson Schools is Friday, June 6.  This is a half day for students.  Report cards for students in grades 7-12 will be printed upon request only, and may be picked up in the senior high office or will be mailed after Tuesday, June 10.
Contact Dawn Heike in the senior high office or email her at dheike@benson.k12.mn.us with your requests or any questions.

Photo:  BHS Class of 2014.  The senior special will be inserted in the newspaper next week.

Fri
30
May
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Benson wins State Farm ‘Neighborhood Assist’ contest

The Benson community officially finished first in the State Farm Insurance “Neighborhood Assist” contest, and is one of the 40 $25,000 winners during the State Farm “Neighborhood Assist” contest.
“I received word today from State Farm that we were officially in the top 40, so we get $25,000,” said Roger Ebnet, a teacher at Northside School who initiated the application entry for Benson.  “At the close of voting, we were ranked No. 1.  That’s great news for our ball field.”
Benson was first selected as one of the top 200 finalists.  Of that number, the top 40 vote getters during two weeks of Facebook voting each received $25,000.Voting ran for three weeks through Friday, May 16 at midnight.

Mon
19
May
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Sign-up underway for 2012 crop losses under the SURE program

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that sign-up begins today for 2012 crop losses under the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program.  The program, established by the 2008 Farm Bill, provides for one final period of eligibility for producers suffering crop losses caused by natural disasters occurring through Sept. 30, 2011, for crops intended for 2012 harvest.
 “Most producers who suffered losses before Sept. 30, 2011, have already been compensated if they applied for SURE benefits for the 2011 crop year,” said FSA Administrator Juan M. Garcia.  “This sign-up period is only for those producers who suffered crop losses for 2012 crops before Sept. 30, 2011.”
To be eligible for SURE, a farm or ranch must have:

Mon
19
May
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Backyard chickens meeting May 28

Proponents, and opponents, of the City of Benson allowing residents to have up to four chickens in their backyards will have the chance to air their opinions at a public meeting Wednesday, May 28, at 7 p.m. The meeting is set to take place in the council chambers in city hall.
The city’s planning commission will listen to what those at the meeting have to say and then make a recommendation to the Benson City Council. Currently, the city’s animal ordinance prohibits people from keeping chickens.
A group calling itself  “Citizens for Chickens” came to the council’s May 5 meeting to request the city gather information from Benson residents to gauge the level of support for backyard chickens.
The group has proposed the city amend its law to allow a homeowner to raise up to four hens on their property. They say no roosters should be allowed. They recommend a fee of $20 for a three-year permit to have the chickens.

Mon
19
May
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County considers a ‘buy local’ preference policy

Should local governments show a preference to local suppliers when they seek bids even when that bid will cost taxpayers more?
That question will be discussed by the Swift County Policy Committee after the issue was debated at the county board of commissioners meeting May 6.
Commissioners were considering bids for pick-up trucks for the Parks, Drainage & Wetlands Department and the highway department. Among the bidders, Nolan Baker Ford of Kerkhoven was the only Swift County car dealer on the list. The others were from Montevideo and Morris.
On the parks truck, Nolan Baker’s bid was $458 higher than the one submitted by Valu Ford of Morris. On the highway truck, Nolan Baker’s bid was $2,267 higher.

Highway Department Pick-up replacement
Valu Ford    Morris    $26,394
Nolan Baker    Kerk    $26,852    + $458
Parkview     Monte    $27,236    + $842

Mon
19
May
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Charges pending against adult who left pistol where child could take it

Charges are pending against an adult in Benson who left a loaded .38- caliber pistol lying around where a kindergartner was able to pick it up and bring it to school last week.
The pistol was loaded with five live rounds and one spent round, according to Benson Chief of Police Ian Hodge.  The weapon was not in the child’s home, but another residence.
He said the misdemeanor charge of negligent storage of a firearm should be filed by the middle of this week.
Friday morning the District 777 Board of Education met in an emergency session and voted to not expel the student, Supt. Dennis Laumeyer said Tuesday morning. Though the state’s zero tolerance law says that a student who brings a gun to school will be expelled for up to a year, it also provides the local school district with the discretion to decide the appropriate punishment.
That the student was not expelled does not mean there are not consequences for the action, Laumeyer said.

Wed
07
May
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Cool spring;

Early Sunday morning the temperature at the National Weather Service monitoring site at the Benson airport fell to 28 degrees. It was cool, but not a record. The record low for May 4 was set in 1967 when it fell to 21 degrees.
Could that Sunday morning low be our last frost of the spring?
Based on daily temperature records for Benson that go back to 1953, half the last frosts have come by May 2 with half May 3 or later. Last year, the final frost of the spring didn’t come until May 12.
Based on the NWS 10-day forecast, lows are supposed to be in the 40s with highs in the mid-60s – no low 30s ahead. With each passing day, the chances of a frost get smaller. After May 10, only one in five years has seen a frost.
The latest the area has seen a killing frost was May 22 in 1963 when it fell to 28 degrees. The earliest last frost was in 1987 when the temperature fell to 29 degrees April 5 and didn’t drop below 32 degrees again until the fall.

Tue
06
May
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Kid Day may have a street dance

As part of this summer’s Kid Day celebration, the Chamber of Commerce approached Patrick’s Pub  & Grill about conducting a street dance.
Monday night at the Benson City Council meeting Patrick’s owners Terry and Jennifer Sullivan presented their plans to the council and sought approval for the event, which is set for Saturday, July 19. A band is being booked to play outside from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The street dance would take place on 13th Street between Pacific Avenue and Kansas Avenue – the area between Patrick’s and Jimmy’s Pizza. The area would be fenced off with people entering the area required to go through the inside bar.

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