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Thu
19
Jun
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Special weather statement, possible hail and thunderstorm Thursday

THUNDERSTORMS MOVING OVER CHIPPEWA,
SWIFT AND YELLOW MEDICINE
COUNTIES THROUGH 915 AM CDT...

AT 819 AM CDT...WEATHER SERVICE
RADAR WAS TRACKING STRONG
THUNDERSTORMS ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM 4 MILES SOUTH
OF LAC QUI PARLE STATE PARK TO
8 MILES NORTHWEST OF COTTONWOOD.
THESE STORMS WERE MOVING NORTH AT 40 MPH.

PEA SIZE HAIL AND WINDS UP TO 30 MPH ARE EXPECTED WITH THESE STORMS.

* LOCATIONS IN OR NEAR THE PATH OF THESE STORMS INCLUDE...
  CLARKFIELD.
  HAZEL RUN.
  MILAN.
  MONTEVIDEO AIRPORT.
  HAGEN.
  DANVERS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

REMEMBER...IF YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER...YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO THE
STORM TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. SEEK SAFE SHELTER IMMEDIATELY.

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Wed
11
Jun
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Grain prices more challenging for state’s farmers

by Kent Thiesse, Farm Management Analyst and VP, Lake Crystal

Wed
11
Jun
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Help available for landowners who want to improve their prairie grasslands

Improving the quality of water in the Chippewa River Watershed starts with improving the ability of the land to prevent erosion, which reduces the amount of sediments entering rivers as well as pollutants.
But knowing what to do as well as where to turn for the help that will allow a landowner to improve a piece of grassland or prairie isn’t always easy.
That is where Mae Petrehn can help. A landowner outreach consultant with the Land Stewardship Project, she facilitates projects by helping a landowner identify what he wants to do with a piece of land and then putting him in touch with the people and programs that can help him achieve his goals.
Petrehn works with the Chippewa 10 Percent Project, which is a bigger scale program within the Land Stewardship Project. It is focused on improving water quality in the Chippewa River Watershed by getting more perennials on the landscape.

Wed
11
Jun
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Alliance gets permit for rail spur

Plans progressing for filling former Kinder Morgan tanks by rail

Wed
04
Jun
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Farmers hope drones new way to get information about their fields

By Dan Gunderson
Minnesota Public Radio
Hundreds of farmers in the Upper Midwest are collecting data about their fields with drones this year, hoping the information will make their farm operations more productive.
They’re embracing drones, even as Federal Aviation Administration rules regulating their use remain unclear.
“This is going to revolutionize the way farmers do business and the information age is here and it’s here to stay so I really hope guys adapt it and adapt it quickly,” said Kris Poulson, a distributor for Farm Intelligence, a Mankato company that analyzes the data collected by drones.
Poulson is so enthused about the prospects of using unmanned aerial systems to improve agricultural yields that he’s using them on his own farm about 30 miles west of Fargo N.D.
Ross Erickson is using the new piece of farm equipment, which has a three-foot wingspan and two cameras mounted in its belly, to photograph Erickson’s fields.

Wed
04
Jun
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Herfindahl files for District 2 county commission

With only hours left for candidates to file for office Tuesday, Benson Township farmer Grant Herfindahl entered the race for the District 2 Swift County Board of Commissioner’s seat.
His filing sets up a race with former County Assessor Ed Pederson. The district includes the north half of Benson as well as Benson Township.
Last month, current District 2 Commissioner Gary Klemm announced he would not seek re-election. He was elected to his first term in 2010. Though county board terms are for four years, he had to seek re-election to the seat in 2012 because his district boundaries changed due to redistricting based on the 2010 Census.
Commissioner Joe Fox, District 4 – Hegbert Township, has filed for re-election to the board and is unopposed at this time.

 

Photo:  Grant Herfindahl explains to school children in Glenwood, how the public "People's Garden" works.  Photo courtesy Pope County Tribune.

Wed
04
Jun
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Pioneerland Band Festival Saturday, June 14 in Benson

The 28th annual Pioneerland Band Festival is set for 6:30 p.m., Saturday, June 14 with 11 bands lined up to take part in this year’s celebration.
Bands set to take part in this year’s Band Festival are the Benson Band of Braves (exhibition only), KMS Marching Saints, Hutchinson Tigers, Litchfield Dragons, St. Cloud All City, Mankato 77 Lancers, Henry-Sibley High School, St. Anthony Village Patriots, Champlin Park Marching Rebels, New York Mills Marching Eagles, and Bemidji High School.
Judging will be provided by Tri-State Judging and the Grand Marshal of this year’s Pioneerland Band Festival is Barry Jungwirth.

Photo:  The BHS band always kicks off the parade and is not allowed as part of the competition judging.

Wed
04
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.

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