January 2015

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School Board Minutes - Dec. 22, Jan. 6, Jan. 7

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777,
Benson, Minnesota
 Monday, December 22, 2014 – 5:00 p.m.
Benson High School Media Center

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Miller wants local school boards to be given more power

As one of his first actions as a new member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, Tim Miller, R-Prinsburg, is authoring legislation that would give local school boards the authority to decide when school starts or how many days a week there will be.
Currently, the Minnesota Commissioner of Education decides what day the school year starts as well as whether or not a district can go to a four-day week.
Miller’s interest in the issue is homegrown. The combined school district of MACCRAY is made of the cities of Maynard, Clara City and Raymond, all three of which are in his District 17A. The district includes all of Swift and Chippewa counties, most of Renville County, and the four southwestern Kandiyohi County townships of Edwards, Holland, Roseland and Lake Lillian.

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BHS indoor pool stays as facilities project takes shape

Benson High School’s indoor swimming pool will stay.
That decision was made by the District 777 Board of Education at its meeting Tuesday, Jan. 13, as it considered a comprehensive facilities improvement project that will cost in the range of $15 million to $16 million.
During the meeting, architect Paul Youngquist answered questions and helped the board develop a timeline for the project as it narrows down its plan to put in front of district voters in mid-May. Youngquist is with the Archtects Rego + Youngquist, Inc., of Minneapolis.
Last Tuesday the board also decided to look into building a two-story classroom wing north of the high school auxiliary gym, which would house not only classrooms for the 4th thorugh 6th grades and support offices, as well as new classrooms for the Area Learning Center, Heartland Girls Ranch, and Chippewa River Day Program.

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Lois Gertrude Louise Hamann, age 89, of Benson

Lois Gertrude Louise Hamann, age 89, of Benson, died Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at Golden Living Center – Meadow Lane.  Funeral services will be 1:30 PM, Saturday, January 24, 2015, at Trinity Lutheran Church - Fairfield.  Visitation will be held Friday, January 23, 2015 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson and for one hour prior to the service.  Interment will be in the Trinity Lutheran Church - Fairfield Cemetery. Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home.

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Arthur “Art” Lyle Lee, age 81, of Sartell, formerly of Benson

Arthur “Art” Lyle Lee, age 81, of Sartell, formerly of Benson, died Saturday, January 17, 2015.  Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, January 22, 2015, at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Clontarf with Father Jeremy Kucera officiating.  Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the church.  Interment will be in the St. Malachy Catholic Cemetery.  Memorials are preferred. Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home.

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Steven Lynn Lysen, age 65, of Benson

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m., Monday, January 19, 2015, at the Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in Benson with Rev. William Warnock officiating.  Visitation was Sunday, January 18, 2015 at the Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ and for one hour prior to the service.  Interment will be in the Benson City Cemetery.

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Michael Hess, age 56, of Benson

Michael Hess, age 56, of Benson, died Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at home.  Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 17, 2015, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Visitation will be held Friday, January 16, 2015 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson and for one hour prior to the service.  Interment will be in the Benson City Cemetery. Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home.

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Steven Lynn Lysen, age 65, of Benson

Steven Lynn Lysen, age 65, of Benson, died Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at the Swift County Benson Hospital.  Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m., Monday, January 19, 2015, at the Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in Benson with Rev. William Warnock officiating.  Visitation will be held Sunday, January 18, 2015 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ and for one hour prior to the service.  Interment will be in the Benson City Cemetery. Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home.

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SFA meeting set for Milan Saturday

The Western Chapter of the Sustainable Farming Association has set its annual meeting for Saturday at the Milan Community Center Meeting Room (the old elementary school), in Milan from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
“It’s much more than a meeting,” said SFA board member Richard Handeen.  “It’s a chance to gather with others interested in sustainable farming to find out what SFA is about and what’s
The event includes a tour of the Garden Goddess passive solar winter greenhouse in Milan as well as a potluck and interest group discussions on topics including deep winter greenhouse production and grazing systems for livestock.
The evening concludes with a music jam featuring local musican farmers.

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Revisions to the blighted property ordinance

As it moves toward trying to adopt an ordinance to address blighted properties in the community, the Benson City Council continues to look at revisions to the original proposal.
The first attempt to pass the blighted properties ordinance was dropped Oct. 6 after a petition by 127 Benson residents opposed to it was submitted to the council in an effort to force its approval to a vote of Benson citizens.
Though the petition wasn’t submitted correctly, and the council could have proceeded with its adoption, it opted to withdraw it.
Those opposed to it thought its language gave the city far too much authority to dictate what people had to do to keep up their properties.
Some also believed it gave the city authority to come into their homes to inspect for possible violations.
The city vigorously denied this saying it had no intention of going into homes.

Photo:  General file photo.

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