December 2014

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School Board Minutes - Dec. 9, 2014

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota
 Tuesday, December 9, 2014 – 5:30 p.m.
Benson High School Media Center

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School Board Minutes - Nov. 17, 2014

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota
 Monday, November 17, 2014 – 5:30 p.m.
Benson High School Media Center

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A New Year’s Resolution Wish

by Reed Anfinson, Editor & Publisher

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NOTICES OF FILINGS 12-24-2014

NOTICE OF FILING
Filing notice for West Bank Township. Affidavits of candidacy for the office of supervisor for a three year term, and treasurer for a two year term may be filed with the township clerk from Tuesday, December 30, 2014 until Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. Filing fee is $2.00.

Linda Styrbicky, Clerk
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NOTICE OF FILING
NOTICE OF FILING of affidavits of candidacy in Benson Township for the elected positions of Township Supervisor for a three-year term and Treasurer for a two-year term begins   December 30, 2014 and closes at 5:00 PM January 13, 2015 at the home of the clerk.   Town board election will be held after the annual meeting March 10, 2015. Filing fee is $2.   
Grant Herfindahl, Clerk
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ESTATE OF IRENE D. ERICKSON

ESTATE OF IRENE D. ERICKSON

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Public Meetings January 6 and 7

The District 777 Board of Education has scheduled a pair of public meetings for Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 6-7 to gather input from the public on a proposed facilities improvement project.
“The board will share a proposed draft of the project and seek public input; it is a simple as that,” Supt. Dennis Laumeyer said Tuesday morning.
The board has met several times already as it tries to narrow down options for the facilities improvement project, which will come before the district voters in the form of a bond referendum sometime this spring.
The board is seeking comments and ideas from members of the community before it finalizes plans for the multi-million dollar project.
Both meetings are set for 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the junior high auditorium.

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Dianne Carolyn (Sather) Iversen, age 72, of Austin

Dianne Carolyn (Sather) Iversen, age 72, of Austin, passed away on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.  Dianne was born April 3, 1942, and raised in Benson, Minnesota.  She married Burton Iversen on June 16, 1962.

Dianne was a caring, thoughtful, and generous person.  Her beautiful home and picturesque gardens reflected her creative and unique style.  She loved flowers, dancing, playing cards and a good joke.  Dianne was a favorite among her nieces and nephews due to her fun loving personality.  She made her home a magical place for her grandkids who loved her dearly.  Dianne worked as a bookkeeper and decorating consultant for Winkels Carpet in Perham, Minnesota for 25 years.  She spent a short time at Countryside Carpets in Buffalo, Minnesota and was a partner in Frank & Tom’s Floral in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota for several years after moving to Austin.  She spent her winters decorating inside and her summers decorating outside.

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CNH plans to leave Civic Center, city has options

CNH has given the City of Benson notice that it will be vacating the space it has leased for the past 11 years in the north one-third of the Civic Center.
That lease has provided $26,000 in revenue annually that has been used to improve the south portion of the building that houses the indoor skating rink that is primarily used for the Benson Public Schools hockey program. Over the years, the funds have helped build locker rooms and a heated viewing area as well as pay for ongoing repairs.
Last February, the council approved the Civic Center board moving ahead with improvements to the facility that could total between $245,000 and $370,000. It was expected that the lease payment along with the $4,022 in real estate taxes paid by CNH would help pay for the improvements. The city has been forwarding those tax payments to the Civic Center.

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City approves 2.2% increase in tax levy

The Benson City Council approved a 2.2 percent property tax increase Monday night. It calls for $1,348,020 in taxes for 2015 compared to $1,321,981 this year, an increase of $26,039.
The city’s total revenues are expected to increase $78,105 to $3,623,892. Expenditures are increasing $134,909 over 2014 to $3,630,642. Whereas the city had budgeted for a surplus of just over $50,000 last year, it is budgeting for a $6,750 deficit this coming year.
One of the reasons the city is looking at a deficit is that it included a $3,500 payment out of the Tourism Board funds for the Pioneerland Band Festival.
City property owners also will be paying $75,705 in taxes to pay down the general obligations bonds approved by voters to pay for the Benson outdoor swimming pool renovation. That is an increase of $4,809 over last year.

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NOTICES OF FILINGS 12-17-2014

NOTICE OF FILING

    NOTICE OF FILING- For Six Mile Grove Township, Swift County.  Any resident of Six Mile Grove Township who is qualified to vote in the general election and wishing to place his or her name on the ballot for township office must file an affidavit of candidacy, which will be open Tuesday, December 30, 2014 and close Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.  Offices to be elected are one Supervisor for a 3 year term and one Treasurer for a two year term.  There is a fee of $2.00.  You may contact the Clerk at 567-2260 or 320-815-2769.

Sara Wersinger, Clerk
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