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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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Wed
23
Apr
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Swift County without an official coroner

Swift County is currently without an official coroner. Dr. Matt Dammeyer, who left his practice with Affiliated Community Medical Centers in Benson earlier this month, submitted his resignation as the county coroner April 9.
Swift County Administrator Mike Pogge-Weaver told the county board of commissioners at their meeting April 15 that he had been in contact with the other doctors in the county and that at this time none wanted to be the primary coroner.
“We hope to have someone in place by the next meeting,” he said. “We may have to look outside the county for the primary corner.”

Wed
23
Apr
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Winter makes brief return last week

With the 4.5 inches snow that fell last Wednesday, April has now seen 5.4 inches, 2.5 more than the average of 2.9. That snowfall put April 2013 in the top 10 in total inches of snow, but the total isn’t anywhere close to what the area saw in 2013.
Last April, the area saw a record cold month as well as 20.4 inches of snow. That snowfall shattered April’s old record for snow of 13.5 inches set in 1996.
So far this snow season that area has recorded 42.4 inches of snow, which is 1.3 inches more than the average of 41.1. Last year we received 65.2 inches of snow.
With temperatures warming in the days after the snow fell, with a high of 75 degrees reached in Benson Sunday, the snow disappeared quickly. However, soil temperatures still remain below 50 degrees, causing farmers to hold off on planting corn.

Fri
18
Apr
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Federated seeks to expand its fiber cable in area

Swift County is backing Federated Telephone’s application to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that would enable it to expand fiber optic cable to every home and business in the Benson telephone exchange area.
That exchange includes the cities of Benson, Swift Falls, DeGraff, and Clontarf, as well as the rural areas around those communities. However, the cities of Benson and Clontarf could be excluded as the FCC reviews the Federated application since both may be considered to already have a sufficient level of broadband service.
Federated came to the Swift County Board of Commissioners seeking its financial backing for its proposal, backing that could come in the form of $1 million over 10 years. The county would pay approximately $100,000 annually for 10 years, but then Federated would pay the money back over the following decade at zero percent interest.

Fri
18
Apr
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Charter going to all digital signal in September

Charter Communications is planning on changing the City of Benson’s television and internet service to an all-digital service in September, eliminating the analog signal.
It says the conversion from analog to digital signals will allow it to increase the quality of the picture its customers receive as well as offer more than 200 high definition television channels.
Further, with the change Charter says it will also be able to almost double internet speeds to customers in the city.
Changing the signal from analog to digital does involve changing Charter’s cable lines from copper to fiber optic. Fiber allows a much larger and faster flow of information.

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.

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