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Tue
22
Oct
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State’s harvest progressing nicely

By Kent Thiesse
Farm Management Analyst & Vice President MinnStar Bank Lake Crystal

Fri
11
Oct
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Stars help community celebrate Northside’s success

It was a celebration that will be talked about in Benson for years to come. Star power came to the city to celebrate with the community with the Northside Elementary winning the nationwide “Give With Target” competition.
“I was kind of stunned for four days and it kind of felt like it never happened,” elementary teacher Roger Ebnet and the force behind Northside winning the Target competition, said of last week’s community celebration. “And now  it kind of feels like it happened two months ago.”
But there were plenty of reminders last week to keep him savoring the thrill of the community’s high-energy recognition by Target for being number one in the national in its “Give With Target” campaign.
“One girl in the school wore her Target glasses for the whole week,” Ebnet said with a laugh. Walking outside the school at noon hour later last week, he heard a group chanting “Target. Target. Target. The kids are still talking about it,” he said.

Fri
11
Oct
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Local federal employees furloughed; no crop reports coming

Every week during the growing season the United States Department of Agriculture’s Ag Statistics Service puts out a report on crop conditions and soil moisture levels. In the fall, they also give a report on the status of the harvest.
But if you go to the Ag Statistics web site now you get the message: “Due to the lapse in federal government funding, this website is not available. After funding has been restored, please allow some time for this website to become available again.” In other words, the harvest could be done by the time the next report comes out.
But, at least for this past week, not much happened in the fields around Minnesota. Four days of rain brought just over half an inch of rain to the area, but it was enough to bring the harvest to a halt.

Tue
01
Oct
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Target throws party for lucky Benson school children

Benson came in first in the Give With Target contest, earning a $10,000+ prize, a Target party and a Luke Bryan concert.

Celebrities such as Gabby Douglas, Luke Bryan and Donald Driver appeared and took pictures with local sports teams. To score 10,000 votes was quite the achievement.

Red carpet adorned the walkways at the school, the gym looked like a disco, and the football field was a great concert location, with 500 free tickets for anyone who showed up last Thursday to claim them.

“It’s fun thing coming to a small town and knowing that the town shut down for this,” Bryan said.

Submitted Photo:  Luke Bryan made appearances around town during the day as he worked out and ate at local restaurants.  But the real treat was the 6-song concert he performed.

Fri
27
Sep
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Benson bus has mishap

by Reed Anfinson, Editor/Publisher

Early Friday morning a District 777 school bus went in the ditch along Minnesota Highway 29 north in Pope County. The bus driver was backing up to turn around when the bus’ back end entered the steep ditch and slid to the bottom at around 6:20 a.m.
The back tires caught wet soil and gave way as the driver was turning around, Supt. Dennis Laumeyer said Friday.

“As a result the driver was unable to move forward so the bus rolled backward into the ditch and off the road.  The bus was empty as it was just beginning the route.  Another bus was called to complete the route.”
Earlier it was reported that children were on the bus and had been transported. That information ended up being incorrect.

Thu
26
Sep
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Public tickets for Target Celebrity Celebration claimed

People from the area signed up for next Tuesday's Target Celebrity Celebration.

People started lining up at the Benson Armory around 3 a.m. in hopes of getting one of the 500 tickets made available to the public for next Tuesday's Target-sponsored Celebrity Celebration. The doors opened at 10 a.m. with the line curling around the front of the Armory and stretching along the whole south side of the building. Late Thursday morning the line was gone, but people continued to show up in hopes of getting one of the tickets. By noon just over 500 tickets had been claimed.

Benson's Northside Elementary School won the event, which will feature Country Music Entertainer of the Year” Luke Bryan,  U.S. gymnast and 2012 two-time gold medal Olympic champion Gabrielle Douglas, actress Sophia Bush, and former Green Bay Packers’ star Donald Driver, in Target’s “Give With Target” promotion.  It was the first school to earn 10,000 Facebook votes, giving the school the top prize over all other schools in the United States. The school also won $10,000.

Thu
26
Sep
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City of Benson to talk annexation with Torning Township

By Reed Anfinson, Editor/Publisher

Thu
26
Sep
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Swift County proposing $337,500 in ditch levies

Swift County is proposing $337,500 in ditch assessments in 2014 for needed repairs as well as to pay for repairs that have already taken place. The proposed assessments range from $2,500 to $100,000.
If approved, the assessments for 2014 will be $195,562 lower then the unusually large assessment of $533,062 for 2013. The high assessment for this year was not only intended to pay for planned repairs, but to bail some of the ditch systems out of persistent deficits.
At the end of 2012, there were 21 ditch systems in the red. It is projected that there will be only six in the red in 2014 based on current work and assessments planned.
Counties have three kinds of ditch systems: joint ditches, judicial ditches and county ditches. These ditches can also have laterals added to them as well as improvements made.

Tue
24
Sep
Thu
19
Sep
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ACMC now providing care out of its new clinic

Benson’s Affiliated Community Medical Centers (ACMC) is moving into its new building Wednesday (today). The new clinic building is part of a $5 million expansion and renovation of the Swift County-Benson Hospital.
An open house is planned for Oct. 22.
In April 2012, the SCBH board of governors approved the bid of Breitbach Construction of Elrosa for construction of the new clinic on south side of the hospital along McKinney Avenue.  Construction began later that spring with the estimated time of completion the middle of September 2013.
Before construction began on the new clinic, ACMC signed a 20-year lease with the hospital for the space.

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