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Wed
16
Apr
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Snow should taper off by evening

Periods of heavy snow Wednesday are falling across much of central and southwest Minnesota.   Snowfall reports of up to 8 inches of snow have been received.  The snow is between South Dakota and the Twin Cities in Minnesota, and as far north as Duluth Superior and into western Wisconsin.  The snow should taper off in Western Minnesota by suppertime.

Estimates of snow in Benson are between 4 and 6 inches.  Winds are gusting to 23 miles per hour and the current temperature at 3:30 was 28 degrees.

Hancock schools closed at 1 today, however most area schools remained in session.   Some activities were called off.

 

Photo:  Students leaving school were greeted by a flurry of snow and wind.  Photo by Reed Anfinson.

 

 

 

Fri
04
Apr
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For the love of basketball and the Food Shelf; fun event raises funds

Lincoln Pahl (31) and other members of the “Seniors” team celebrate a 29-24 halftime lead during the basketball fundraiser game last Tuesday night in the senior high gym.

Benson High School students in the "Me to We" program organized the event. 

Me to We is an innovative social enterprise that offers socially conscious and environmentally friendly products and life-changing experiences.

Along with the entertaining game, there were also chances to win prizes.  A total of 762 pounds of food and $1,741 in cash was raised during the first annual event.

 

Fri
04
Apr
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SCBH board votes to reinstate obstetric services

Babies will once again be delivered at the Swift County-Benson Hospital when all the necessary pieces fall into place to ensure a safe environment for obstetric services.
At their meeting Monday night, the SCBH governing board voted 8 to 1 to proceed with the steps necessary to allow for deliveries.
While the equipment purchases and facility renovations necessary for obstetric services can be in place in a relatively short time, it could take as long as eight to nine months to have the hospital staff trained to the level required.
SCBH Director of Nursing Mellissa McGinty Thompson told the board that the nursing staff at the hospital needs to be trained in the skills that will allow them to assist with deliveries, care for mothers and newborns.
Over the next several months, eight nurses at SCBH will do four-week rotations at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar working in OB services.

Fri
04
Apr
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Fabric shelters need to be gone by May 1

Last October, the Benson City Council voted to give property owners in the city who have erected fabric shelters until May 1 to remove the shelters. That deadline is now less than a month away.
At its October meeting, the council voted to send the following letter to city residents with the fabric structures on their property:
“In an effort to improve the conditions of our city, the city council has decided to step up enforcement of its zoning ordinance.
“This letter is being sent to make sure you are aware of one of the provisions of the zoning ordinance, section 154.025 subdivision G(2), which states, “Accessory buildings constructed primarily of canvas, plastic fabric, or other similar non –permanent building materials shall be prohibited.”

Fri
04
Apr
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BNSF challenges city right to issue tickets

As parents living south of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) tracks were getting ready to pick their children up at the Northside Elementary School, a slow moving train came to a full stop on the tracks.  
It is about 2:40 in the afternoon Thursday.  A heavy wet snow was falling, creating slushy conditions on roads and sidewalks.
The Northside students, children in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade, get out of school at 2:57 p.m. Students at the middle school and high school get out at 3:01 p.m.
As the students grabbed their backpacks and coats, heading for the doors and a ride home, the train still sat blocking the three downtown Benson crossings. The line of cars and trucks backed up on either side of the tracks were now a several blocks long. That line on the north side of the tracks grew longer as departing high school students added their vehicles to it.

Wed
26
Mar
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Miller gets Republican endorsement; will challenge Falk in District 17A

Republican Tim Miller will get another chance to unseat incumbent Democratic-Farmer-Labor Rep. Andrew Falk in Minnesota House District 17A this fall.
Miller, a resident of Prinsburg, was endorsed by Republicans Saturday at their district convention in Benson. He won the endorsement over retired MACCRAY High School teacher and coach Gary Nelson receiving 66 percent of the vote on the first ballot.
District 17A is made up of Swift and Chippewa counties, most of Renville County, and the four southwestern Kandiyohi County townships of Edwards, Holland, Roseland and Lake Lillian.
Falk, of rural Murdock, won a third term in the Minnesota House defeating challenger Miller in the November 2012 race. It was the first election in the newly-drawn state House districts based on the 2010 Census. Falk won two elections in the old District 20A House district.

Photo:  Tim Miller will challenge Rep. Andrew Falk.
 

Wed
26
Mar
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Highway 29 detour starts in July

Starting in July, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will be milling down 11 miles of Minnesota Highway 29 south from the Benson city limits to Minnesota Highway 40. It will also be replacing three bridges.
It is estimated the $6.5 million project will be completed in October. During the nearly four months that the work is underway, the highway will be closed.
That will mean traffic heading south from Benson will be detoured. The MnDot official detour out of Benson has drivers taking U.S. Highway 12 east to DeGraff where they will be detoured on Swift County 31 south. The highway becomes Chippewa County 4 7.7 miles south of DeGraff. It is then another 3 miles to Minnesota Highway 40. Drivers will take a right on Highway 40 and travel 6 miles west to where Highway 40 and Minnesota Highway 29 join.

Wed
12
Mar
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State wants to see changes in Swift County Assessor’s Office

February 14 the Minnesota Department of Revenue was in Swift County to evaluate the operations and practice of the Swift County Assessor’s Office.
“Overall, it was a very positive review,” County Administrator Mike Pogge-Weaver told county commissioners at their meeting March 4. “They noted vast improvements in the office over previous years. However, they did note that there are a number of areas that we need to improve on and recommended that the county consider adding staff in the department.
“Specifically, they recommended that the role of assessing properties in the county be transferred from the assessor to an appraiser,” he said. Their concern is that if the assessor is doing the appraisals, and there is an appeal, there could be a conflict of interest, he added.
How can it be a conflict of interest? Commissioner Gary Landmark, District 1-Appleton, asked.

Wed
12
Mar
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Entering the wet & muddy season

Minnesota Department of Transportation crews tried to repair potholes in U.S Highway 12 (Atlantic Avenue) Monday. But with the high reaching 50 degrees in Benson, snowmelt creates large pools of water on the roadway making the job more difficult.  Some of the deep potholes can catch a driver by surprise when they lie obscured under a larger pool of water.

 

Photo: The crews repaired potholes as they dodged vehicles spraying water.

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