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School board looks at building security; safety measures

Every school district in Minnesota is re-examining its school safety measures and working on ways to improve them as the nation comes to grips with one tragic school shooting after another.

Benson Public School’s focus on school safety was heightened when a former student made threats against faculty and the community during a holiday basketball tournament in late December. That concern was raised again following the murder of 14 students and three faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, Feb. 14.

At its meeting March 19, the District 777 Board of Education discussed measures the Benson schools have taken to improve security. Currently, state legislation allows the school board to levy $36 per pupil under the Safe Schools program. That raises about $30,000, which goes toward the salary of a school resource officer.

Benson’s School Resource Officer Paula Wilson is currently going through ALICE training and learning how to train others.

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Scandi Haven Village groundbreaking set for April 4

Ground will be broken next Wednesday for construction of a new assisted living-memory care facility next to Swift County-Benson Health Services. It should be open for business by February 2019.

Swift County-Benson Health Services (SCBHS) will break ground Wednesday, April 4, at 10:30 a.m. for its new assisted living and memory care facility.

To be constructed just south of Scofield Place and east of the clinic and hospital, Scandi Haven Village will be a 46-unit assisted living facility with 18 units dedicated to memory care.

“Scandi describes the new facility’s style and function,” a description of how the name came about states. It refers to the Scandinavian design both inside and out. “It references the bright, clean-and-simple, Scandinavian style of the building’s interior. Haven was combined with Scandi to describe a place of refuge; a place to rest and relax. Village suggests that not only does it take a village to raise a child but that same village is responsible to take care for our aging family members who care for us.”

Fri
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County approves permit for 9,500-head dairy facility

Swift County has approved a conditional use permit for the construction of a 9,500 head dairy in Section 36 of Swenoda Township six miles south of Benson just to the west of Minnesota Highway 29 south.

There was no opposition to the permit approval at the county board’s March 6 meeting.

A few facts about the dairy:

Fri
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Possible option for Benson Power repurposing being explored by city

While it has been assumed that once Benson Power, LLC, shuts down in the coming months that it would then be prepared for demolition. Now there an alternate possibility for the site in the preliminary discussion stages.

The plan does not involve continuing to generate electricity. It also does not end the plans to deconstruct the generating capacity facilities and equipment at Benson Power.

What Brightmark Energy (BME) is considering is repurposing part of the facility for an anaerobic biomass gas producing operation, the Benson Economic Development Authority (EDA) was told at its meeting Monday morning.

BME is a San Francisco-based energy company that “develops, owns and operates energy projects.” Its president and CEO, Bob Powell, is a former chief financial officer of Pacific Gas & Electric, the nation’s largest electric utility business. He has over 25 years of experience in the energy field.

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County submits ‘Opportunity Zone’ proposals for Appleton, Benson areas

Swift County’s Rural Development Authority (RDA) submitted two tracts identified by the federal government as potential economic “Opportunity Zones” to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton for consideration earlier this month.

“Opportunity Zones are a new community development program established by Congress in the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 to encourage long-term investments in low-income and urban communities nationwide,” RDA Executive Director Jennifer Frost told county commissioners.

The zones encourage private sector investment in economic development projects by offering investors the possibility of greatly reduced capital gains taxes if they put their money to work in the Opportunity Zones.

In all, there were 509 tracts identified in Minnesota that were potential opportunity zones. However, they were split into two categories. There were 250 primary zones identified that were recognized having higher poverty and low income issues then the other 264.

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Spring arrives with more snow

Spring arrived Tuesday with more snow.

It wasn’t much, just a half-inch or so, but it brings our total winter season snowfall to nearly 36 inches. March has now seen 8.5 inches of snow, which is just slightly above its average of 8.43 inches.

During an average winter, the Benson area gets 40.68 inches of snow. With more snow in the forecast for Friday night into Saturday, we could be getting close to that average.

Much of the snowfall the Benson area has seen has come in just the last month. Until Feb. 19, we had received just 11.5 inches of snow. Since Feb. 20, we have picked up an additional 23.3 inches.

While spring arrived with another snowfall, at least the temperatures were relatively warm with the overnight low 27 degrees – 4 degrees above the average low for March 20 of 23 degrees. Our highs now average 41 degrees.

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Cub Scouts and Ducks Unlimited group combine forces for duck house build

Pictured are duck houses built during a recent get-together between members of the Benson Cub Scouts and Prairie Benson Ducks Unlimited Greenwings.  The kids got to keep a duck house (if they wanted) and the extra houses went to DU for use by their committee to continue with wildlife habitat preservation.

The Benson Cub Scouts and the Prairie Benson Ducks Unlimited Green-wings  got together recently for a duck house build project. This was a joint effort headed by Cub Master Jash Evans and DU Committee chair Brady Collins.  “We had parents help the kids build the duck houses at the ambulance garage in Benson, Sunday, March 11,” Evans said.  “The kids each got to keep a house and the extra houses went to DU for use by its committee to continue with wildlife habitat preservation.

“We would like to thank Hawley’s Inc, First Security Bank, Anderson Lumber, Swift County Monitor-News, E&M Electric, Collins Lawn Service, Grossman and Trump, Abner Sales, Swift County Real Estate, KMH Sales, Mike’s Guns, Darold’s SuperValu, Swift County Abstract and Title, Custom Roto Mold, Breen’s Pharmacy and Country Pet for their donations to help make this project possible, and for helping these kids learn and grow.”

 

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Students airlifted after horrific crash involving van and semi, Monday

The Swift County Sheriff says there are no fatalities “as of right now” in a crash involving a school van and a semi in western Minnesota. The Swift County Sheriff’s Office says seven students and a van driver were injured in the crash at the intersection of 30th Street NW and 130th Avenue NW, about 12 miles south of Hancock.

Swift County Sheriff John Holtz said in a news conference Monday night that the Hancock Public School transport van was headed southbound and the semi was headed eastbound when they collided in a “T-bone-style crash.” He said the van may have had a yield sign, and the semi did not have a stop sign. “As of right now, there are no fatalities,” he said just before 9 p.m. Monday.

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Mental health drop-in site sought for county residents

Trudy and Jim are two friendly people you might run across in the community without knowing they both suffer from depression.

Rather than hide away from society as they fight the affliction, both have stepped into the public spotlight to raise awareness of a condition the affects the lives of many in the area as they seek to reduce the stigma of the diagnosis.

Both were at a recent meeting of the Swift County Board of Commissioners to tell their stories and seek county backing for a drop-in center in Benson. It would provide a safe place for people to come together to socialize where it is free, and they are free to join in and socialize, Leanna Larson, a social worker with Swift County Human Services, told commissioners.

It would be a place “where you are not going to feel judged or on the spot,” she said.

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Crash Involving Van/Semi Monday - UPDATE

On March 12, 2018 at 3:42 pm Swift County Sheriff office received a 911 call of a two vehicle crash at County Road 20 and County Road 63 NW, Danvers, MN.  While responding, deputies were notified that it was a crash involving a van carrying school children and a semi-truck.  The Sheriff’s Office also paged out for Appleton Ambulance & Fire, Benson Ambulance & Fire, Stevens County Medical Ambulances, Danvers First Responders and Fire, and Holloway First Responders.  MN State Patrol, Benson and Appleton police departments also responded.  Arriving at the scene, responders found there was an adult driver of the van and seven school children along with one semi-truck driver.   Fire and Ambulances transported parties involved to the Swift County-Benson Hospital and the Appleton Hospital.  Life Link also responded to the scene to assist with transports.  The incident is still under investigation by the Swift County Sheriff’s department and the MN State Patrol.

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