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County considers a ‘buy local’ preference policy

Should local governments show a preference to local suppliers when they seek bids even when that bid will cost taxpayers more?
That question will be discussed by the Swift County Policy Committee after the issue was debated at the county board of commissioners meeting May 6.
Commissioners were considering bids for pick-up trucks for the Parks, Drainage & Wetlands Department and the highway department. Among the bidders, Nolan Baker Ford of Kerkhoven was the only Swift County car dealer on the list. The others were from Montevideo and Morris.
On the parks truck, Nolan Baker’s bid was $458 higher than the one submitted by Valu Ford of Morris. On the highway truck, Nolan Baker’s bid was $2,267 higher.

Highway Department Pick-up replacement
Valu Ford    Morris    $26,394
Nolan Baker    Kerk    $26,852    + $458
Parkview     Monte    $27,236    + $842

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Charges pending against adult who left pistol where child could take it

Charges are pending against an adult in Benson who left a loaded .38- caliber pistol lying around where a kindergartner was able to pick it up and bring it to school last week.
The pistol was loaded with five live rounds and one spent round, according to Benson Chief of Police Ian Hodge.  The weapon was not in the child’s home, but another residence.
He said the misdemeanor charge of negligent storage of a firearm should be filed by the middle of this week.
Friday morning the District 777 Board of Education met in an emergency session and voted to not expel the student, Supt. Dennis Laumeyer said Tuesday morning. Though the state’s zero tolerance law says that a student who brings a gun to school will be expelled for up to a year, it also provides the local school district with the discretion to decide the appropriate punishment.
That the student was not expelled does not mean there are not consequences for the action, Laumeyer said.

Wed
07
May
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Cool spring;

Early Sunday morning the temperature at the National Weather Service monitoring site at the Benson airport fell to 28 degrees. It was cool, but not a record. The record low for May 4 was set in 1967 when it fell to 21 degrees.
Could that Sunday morning low be our last frost of the spring?
Based on daily temperature records for Benson that go back to 1953, half the last frosts have come by May 2 with half May 3 or later. Last year, the final frost of the spring didn’t come until May 12.
Based on the NWS 10-day forecast, lows are supposed to be in the 40s with highs in the mid-60s – no low 30s ahead. With each passing day, the chances of a frost get smaller. After May 10, only one in five years has seen a frost.
The latest the area has seen a killing frost was May 22 in 1963 when it fell to 28 degrees. The earliest last frost was in 1987 when the temperature fell to 29 degrees April 5 and didn’t drop below 32 degrees again until the fall.

Tue
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May
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Kid Day may have a street dance

As part of this summer’s Kid Day celebration, the Chamber of Commerce approached Patrick’s Pub  & Grill about conducting a street dance.
Monday night at the Benson City Council meeting Patrick’s owners Terry and Jennifer Sullivan presented their plans to the council and sought approval for the event, which is set for Saturday, July 19. A band is being booked to play outside from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The street dance would take place on 13th Street between Pacific Avenue and Kansas Avenue – the area between Patrick’s and Jimmy’s Pizza. The area would be fenced off with people entering the area required to go through the inside bar.

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Scare at Northside in Benson; school continues as "usual"

by Reed Anfinson, Editor

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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.

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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
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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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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.”

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23
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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.

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