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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.

Tue
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May
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Scare at Northside in Benson; school continues as "usual"

by Reed Anfinson, Editor

Wed
30
Apr
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Benson prom brings out fun, good times

Benson's prom was last weekend with the traditional march into the auditorium.  Enchanted Evening was the theme.  A dance and all party followed the march.

Sophomore emcees Adam Lindahl and Hanna Lindblad announced the couples.

Photo:  Members of the Benson-Hancock softball team got together for a picture, including (front row, left to right), Brittney Kurkosky, Madyson Krienke, Addie Forbord, and Krista Motzko, and in back, Samantha Payne, Caroline Schmeisser, Shaleah Schmidt, and Payten Doscher.

Fri
25
Apr
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Promise of Spring

It may have been snowing last week, but with temperatures finally into the 50s and 60s, it seems the weather has finally turned.

Today will be in the low 60s but saturday and the next week will enjoy temps in the 50s.

Expect rain much of next week, tapering off into the weekend.

Noon weather friday in Benson is sunny and 52 degrees.

Southern states expect severe weather the next few days.

Wed
23
Apr
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Two local businesses receive operating loans

To meet increased demand for its products, and to meet more stringent pollution and safety regulations, SpecSys came to the City of Benson and Swift County seeking $150,000 in funding last week.
The company was seeking $100,000 from the Benson Economic Development Authority (EDA) and $50,000 from Swift County’s Rural Development Authority (RDA.)
The county board approved the loan at its meeting Tuesday, April 15, with the Benson EDA approving it last Thursday, April 17.
SpecSys has a manufacturing facility in Benson, but also has facilities in Montevideo, New Ulm, Granite Falls, Cloquet, and Redwood Falls.

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