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Fri
04
Nov
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Zombie 5K Fun Run/Walk/Bike

Even zombies have to stay warm.  Volunteer zombies Catie Lee (left) and Brian McNeill warmed up while waiting for the arrival of the Zombie Fun Run/Walk/Bike participants at the NS Rec Area.

Even zombies have to stay warm.  Volunteer zombies Catie Lee (left) and Brian McNeill warmed up while waiting for the arrival of the Zombie Fun Run/Walk/Bike participants at the Northside Rec Area.  The Zombie 5K Fun Run/Walk/Bike was a fundraiser for the Washington, D.C. trip and Benson Prom Afterbash.

To see more photos from the Zombie 5K Fun Run/Walk/Bike, pick up a copy of this week's Swift County Monitor-News at our office, or any of the following locations:

In Benson: Breens Pharmacy, Lewis Drug, DoMat’s, Glacial Plains, Runnings, Shell, SuperValu, Holiday, & Benson Bakery.

In Kerkhoven: Lamecker’s General Store & Super America.

In Murdock: Dooley’s.

In DeGraff: Country Pet.

In Appleton: Ascheman Uni-mart.

 

Thu
03
Nov
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Seven seek four school board seats

Seven candidates are seeking election to the District 777 Board of Education Nov. 8. There are only four seats open on the seven-member board. The four school board candidates who get the most votes will begin their terms in January.

The seven candidates are incumbents Gary Williams, Alan Pagel, Andy Abner, and Bill McGeary along with challengers Mary K.W. Langan, Larry Smith and Dave Nagler.

Benson’s schools face critical funding decisions in the coming years that will affect the number and variety of classes students will have available. District voters are also likely to make decisions on levy referendums that have an impact on the quality of the facilities in which students will be attending class.  

Thu
03
Nov
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City council orders Armory environmental study

Benson’s City Council and Chief of Police Ian Hodge (at left) toured the Armory building last Tuesday night trying to get an idea of how it would work for a new police deparment, city hall, or both.   From left are Hodge, City Manager Rob Woflington, Director of Finance Glen Pederson, Council Members Terri Collins, Stephanie Heinzig, Sue Fitz, Mayor Gary Landmark and Jack Evenson.
Fitz, at left, and Council Members Stephanie Heinzig, Mayor Gary Landmark, Terri Collins, and Jack Evenson were at a special meeting Tuesday night considering city hall and police building options.

Benson’s council faces multiple choices, none of them cheap, as it wrestles with how to upgrade or replace city hall as well as find a new home for the police department.

It is weighing options for housing city hall and the police department in the same building, as they are now, or having them in separate locations.

The costs, and they are very preliminary rough estimates, for the various options for city administration and police facilities are:
 

Fri
28
Oct
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First rain since Oct. 7 slows the fall harvest

The area harvest and field work has been progressing steadily this month as rains held off. That changed Tuesday as a storm system moved into Minnesota.

After 17 days with no rain a low pressure system moved into western Minnesota Tuesday morning slowing down what has been an excellent, but long, fall harvest. The rain was forecast to continue into Wednesday morning.

The rainless spell from Oct. 8 to Oct. 24 allowed fields to dry out and corn to dry down. Through the first 24 days of October the Benson area received 1.55 inches of rain, most of it Oct. 4 when 1.2 inches fell.

The National Weather Service was predicting one-half to three-quarters of an inch of rain for the area Tuesday night.

Benson saw its coldest low of the fall season when it dropped to 23 degrees Monday morning. While quite chilly, the low was still 4 degrees above the record low for Oct. 24 of 19 degrees set back in 1957. October’s record low is 12 degrees set Oct. 27, 1976.

Fri
28
Oct
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Hospital waits for USDA word on financing options

As the Swift County-Benson Health Services works to secure United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding for construction of an assisted living/memory care facility, it is exploring several options.

Those options center on ways to get around covenants attached to the issuance of its 2014 bonds that restrict its ability to issue new debt for the project.

In 2014, the hospital refinanced its 2007 bonds, which were used to build the surgical center and new emergency room. While refinancing allowed it to get a lower interest rate it also triggered rules that don’t allow it to pay off the bonds early without substantial penalty. It is estimated that paying off the remaining $5.9 million bond balance prior to 2022 could cost it around $600,000.

Paying off those 2014 bonds is required prior to arranging any new financing because USDA will not take a second position to the bondholders of the 2014 issuance.

Fri
28
Oct
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CNHI celebrates 25th Anniversary of Patriot sprayer

An oringal Patriot sprayer sits next to the modern version in front of the CNHI plant on west U.S. Highway 12 in Benson.

Last Friday afternoon CNHI celebrated the 25th anniversary of the production of the Patriot sprayer with employees past and present, members of the Benson area business community, city leaders, and U.S. 7th District Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Detroit Lakes.

CNHI is one of the premier manufacturing plants in Minnesota, Peterson told the crowd of nearly 200 people.

One of the reasons manufacturing plants are so successful in western Minnesota is the people they have working for them, he said. There are a lot of farm kids who have gone to work for manufacturers like Case who have worked hard on the farm and bring a good work ethic with them. They also have a lot of knowledge about how things work because they have been around machinery on the farm, he said.

Fri
28
Oct
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Trick-or-Treating hours are 6 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, October 31

Halloween is set to be celebrated from 6-7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31, in Benson.  Parents and adults are reminded that the safety of our children should be the primary concern during this holiday, the Benson Police Department says.

It offers the following tips and suggestions, to keep kids safe:

Fri
28
Oct
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Indoor Marching Band Concert

Members of the Benson Marching Band perform during the Indoor Marching Band Concert

Members of the Benson Marching Band perform during the Indoor Marching Band Concert, including clarinet player Gracie Lenz, who was modeling a BHS band uniform from the 1960s.

BHS Band Director Brock Duncan lead members of the BHS Marching Band during its Indoor Marching Band Concert last Monday night in the Jr. High Auditorium.

 

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Fri
21
Oct
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Simon seeks to make Minnesota first in voter turnout this year

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon, center, was in Benson at the Prairie 5 Community Action office, talking about ways to improve voter turnout in November. Meeting with him were, from left, Debra Larson, Praire 5 Executive Director, Angela Zielsdorf of the Benson Prairie 5, Simon, his staff person Daniella Filardo, and from Prairie 5’s regional office Erick Hedman.

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon was in Benson last Thursday meeting with staff at Prairie 5 Community Action office on ways they can help turn out voters for the Nov. 8 election.

Simon is seeking to return Minnesota to the number one spot in voter turnout in the nation.

An August Pew Charitable Trusts’ Election Performance Index ranked Minnesota second in the country for its overall election performance, including being named the number one state for having the least amount of registration or absentee ballot problems.

Minnesota, along with Wisconsin and North Dakota, has ranked among the top four states for each election year measured (2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014).

“Minnesota’s election system has been and continues to be a role model for the nation and that’s in large part due to the great work done by Minnesotans at the county and local levels,” said Secretary Simon

Fri
21
Oct
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Warm, dry fall days push area harvest

Warm, dry weather has helped farmers make considerable progress with the fall harvest in the past 10 days. While the first week of October brought 1.52 inches of rain, just 3 hundredths of an inch has fallen since.

Almost one-quarter of the soybean acreage was harvested in Minnesota during the week ending Oct. 16, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Eighty-seven percent of the soybean acreage has now been harvested, slightly ahead of average but one week behind last year.

There were 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork, the most days suitable since the first week of August. While the drier weather allowed harvest in most areas, there were reports of fields or spots in fields still too wet to harvest.

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