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Sat
22
Feb
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Armed robbery suspect shot by Swift County deputy

Armed robbery suspect shot by Swift County deputy

Early Saturday morning the Appleton Police department and the Swift County Sheriff’s office stopped a vehicle that matched one reported to have been driven by a suspect involved in an armed robbery that just occurred in Morris.

The vehicle was found in rural Swift County near 200th Avenue and 70th Street SW, several miles northeast of Appleton near U.S. Highway 59 shortly before 1 a.m.  During the traffic stop, a Swift County deputy sheriff shot the suspect. The suspect was the only person in the vehicle and the only person injured at the scene, the sheriff’s department reports.

Fri
14
Feb
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Students will be in class into first week of June

The bitter cold and blizzard conditions that marked January led to four days of school being cancelled.
January 6 the high only reached a minus 11 degrees after a low of a minus 24 degrees. With the National Weather Service forecasting bitterly cold windchills, Gov. Mark Dayton order all state schools closed. Windchills fell to a very dangerous 52 below zero that day in Benson and 57 below in the Glenwood area.
January 16 winds gusting 50 mph created blizzard conditions throughout western Minnesota, reducing visibility to the front end or a vehicle at times. Multiple cars went into the ditches along area roads.
January 22 bitter cold and blowing snow led to schools being closed.
January 27 schools were closed with blizzard conditions reduced visibility, caused drifts to form across roads and dropped windchills to a minus 45 degrees.

Thu
13
Feb
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February trying to make the record books for cold

It’s not a record you want to see broken, but one that just may be by the time this winter season is finished.
The winter of 2007-2008 holds the local record for the most days with below zero temperatures at 61. But already this winter the area has recorded 55 days below zero putting it in a tie for fifth place with the winter of 1996-1997 and only 6 days behind the record.
Even though western Minnesota is forecast to have highs in mid to upper 30s, with lows teens and 20s this week, the National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting much colder temperatures by the weekend. Below zero days are forecast to return by Saturday and linger into at least the middle of next week. If the current forecast proves accurate, the area should be in a tie for second place by next Tuesday at 59 days below zero.
But then forecasts are educated guesses.

Tue
11
Feb
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Cold causing water pipes to freeze - 10th Street South problems today

by Reed Anfinson, Editor and Publisher

****The City of Benson has experienced a water main break on 10th Street South. Repairs will start on the break today  at 12pm and will take 2-3 hours. Residents affected will be those on 10th Street South from Kansas Avenue to Homewood Avenue.

Tue
11
Feb
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Organic Transition Cost Share program deadline is Friday

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) reminds growers of the February 14, 2014 deadline to apply for the 2013 Minnesota Organic Transition Cost Share program.
The program helps farmers who are transitioning their land or livestock to certified organic status. It reimburses part of the cost to work with a USDA-accredited organic certifying agency during the transition period, which typically lasts 36 months. Certifying agencies visit farms and verify that the farmers’ practices comply with federal organic regulations.
In addition, farmers can request reimbursement for soil testing costs and registration fees to attend an organic education conference in Minnesota or a neighboring state.
Farmers transitioning to organic can receive a rebate of 75 percent of these eligible costs. The maximum payment is $750 per year for three years or until they achieve organic certification, whichever comes first.

Tue
11
Feb
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Group seeks solutions to child care needs

Providing families with affordable, reliable, and flexible day care is a substantial challenge in many rural communities around Minnesota.
When a community can’t provide the day care services families need, they will look for jobs and homes in communities where the services are offered.
When families in rural Minnesota can’t find day care services that meet their needs, Minnesota loses part of its potential workforce as one parent is forced to stay at home with a child.
To address the day care challenges facing rural western Minnesota, First Children’s Finance and the Southwest Initiative Foundation have teamed up for a program called Greater Than Minnesota. It builds on the themes that:
 - Greater Minnesota is greater than the sum of all its parts.
- Greater Minnesota is greater than the challenges it faces.
- Greater Minnesota has dreams for its children that are greater than the status quo.

Thu
06
Feb
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SCBH hears report on OB services

By Reed Anfinson, Publisher
As the Swift County-Benson Hospital (SCBH) Board of Governors weighed the many challenges and requirements for reinstating the delivery of babies, it decided it needed guidance in how to proceed.
To that end, it contracted with Dr. Kathryn Duevel of Health Delivery Science and a long-time Affiliated Community Medical Centers (ACMC)-Willmar obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN) physician.
Duevel’s role was to not only help the governing board ask the right questions as it deliberates reinstating OB services, but the requirements and steps to follow if it does.

Thu
06
Feb
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Nelson seeking Republican endorsement

Retired MACCRAY High School teacher and coach Gary Nelson announced Monday that he would seek the Republican endorsement for the District 17A House seat.
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.
If he gets the endorsement, Nelson will be taking on incumbent Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party incumbent Rep. Andrew Falk of rural Murdock. Falk is serving his third term in the state House.

Photo:  Nelson lives in Clara City and works as a bus driver during his retirement.

Mon
20
Jan
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No school in Benson today - Monday (again); wind chill warning

...DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS EXPECTED 
TODAY THROUGH MIDDAY
TUESDAY...

.A WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT 
FOR THE ENTIRE COVERAGE AREA THROUGH TUESDAY 
MORNING. TEMPERATURES HAVE NOW FALLEN BELOW
ZERO AND WILL STAY THERE UNTIL AT LEAST MIDDAY 
TUESDAY. DURING THIS TIME WINDS WILL REMAIN 
MAINLY ABOVE 10 MPH...ALLOWING FOR
DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS FROM 35 TO 50 BELOW 
ZERO TODAY THROUGH
TUESDAY MORNING.

IN ADDITION...THIS MORNING...NORTHWEST 
WINDS WILL CONTINUE TO GUST TO AROUND 
30 MPH IN THE MINNESOTA RIVER VALLEY. 
THESE WINDS WILL CONTINUE CREATE AREAS 
OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW FROM WEST
CENTRAL INTO SOUTH CENTRAL 
MINNESOTA THROUGH THIS MORNING.

Here's the current weather outlook:

 

Fri
17
Jan
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Ethanol backers urged to protest proposed cuts

Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture Dave Frederickson was in Benson Monday urging area residents to contact the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to voice opposition to lower the country’s Renewable Fuels Standard.
EPA is proposing to reduce the volume of ethanol required in the nation’s gas supply in 2014 from a promised 14.4 billion gallons to close to 13 billion gallons.
If the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) mandate is rolled back, it will mean a reduction of 110 million gallons of production in Minnesota, Frederickson told the crowd gathered at the Benson Golf Club. That is the equivalent of shutting down two Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) plants, he added.

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