April 2015

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Apr
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New law to allow ATVs on county roads

An ordinance allowing the use of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs,) utility vehicles, and golf carts on Swift County roads was unanimously passed by the board of commissioners at their meeting April 21.
This new law only applies to county roads, not state or federal highways, city streets, or township roads unless those jurisdictions have also passed laws allowing their use.
When it first considered the ordinance, the board had looked at limiting the use of these vehicles to specific county roads.
“A revision that was made was to take out any mention of designated roads and just make it available on all county roads under our jurisdiction,” Administrator Mike Pogge-Weaver told commissioners.
Commissioners conducted a public hearing at the April 21 meeting.

Wed
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Apr
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School Board Minutes - April 8

MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 10:00 a.m.
Benson Junior High Auditorium
The public meeting was called to order at 10:02 a.m. by Chair Chad Payne.  Members present:   Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Jason Madden, Bill McGeary, Al Pagel, Chad Payne, Gary Williams.
Members absent:  Andy Abner.  Also present:  Dennis Laumeyer, Mike Knutson, Dave Benson, Robert Neuman, Paul Youngquist, Greg Crowe, 45 community members.

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Apr
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Summons: Wells Fargo Banks vs Estate of Michael J. Hamilton

SUMMONS

STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF SWIFT    
DISTRICT COURT
EIGHTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
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Case Type:  Civil Other:  Reformation
Court File No. 76-CV-15-43

Wells Fargo Bank, National Association as Trustee
for Option One Mortgage Loan Trust 2005-5,
Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2005-5,    
Plaintiff,

vs.
    
The Estate of Michael James Hamilton,
Defendant.
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School Board Minutes - March 16

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota
Monday, March 16, 2015 – 5:30 p.m.
Benson High School Media Center
The meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m. by Chair Chad Payne.  Members present:  Andy Abner, Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Jason Madden, Bill McGeary, Al Pagel, Chad Payne, Gary Williams.
Also present:  Dennis Laumeyer, Brad Johnson, Dave Benson, Mike Knutson, Karen Jacobson, Pam Anderson, Kathy Ahrndt, Molly Hanson, Donita Ascheman, Julie Carroll, Anne Duncan, Lisa Burns, John Fragodt.
Gymnastics space was added to the agenda.
No citizen comments.
Routine consent agenda items were approved.
Administrative reports were presented.
Dennis read the roles and expectations of the School Board and Superintendent as well as the Chain of Command.

Wed
29
Apr
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School Board Minutes - April 13

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING/WORK SESSION
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota
 Monday, April 13, 2015 – 5:30 p.m.
Benson High School Media Center
The meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m. by Chair Chad Payne.  Members present:  Andy Abner, Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Jason Madden, Bill McGeary, Al Pagel, Chad Payne, Gary Williams.
Also present:  Dennis Laumeyer, Brad Johnson, Dave Benson, Mike Knutson, Renee Helgenset, Peggy Bausman, Kendra Razink, Laura Hluterstrum, Chad Carroll, Jon Ahrndt and Stephanie Kunold.
Fourth Grade Teachers Laura Hulterstrum, Jon Arhndt and Chad Carroll gave the board an update on curriculum, classes, field trips, technology use and collaborative work the teachers do.
World Language Teacher Renee Helgenset presented her positive experience teaching Spanish to another district via ITV and reported on work in her other Spanish classes.

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29
Apr
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BHS School Board Meeting 3-24, 2015

MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 5:30 p.m.
Benson Junior High Auditorium
The public meeting was called to order at 5:34 p.m. by Vice-Chair Gary Williams.  Members present:  Andy Abner, Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Jason Madden, Bill McGeary, Al Pagel, Gary Williams.
Members absent:  Chad Payne.  Also present:  Dennis Laumeyer, Brad Johnson, Mike Knutson, Dave Benson, Robert Neuman, Jason McVinua, Paul Youngquist, Jeff Seeley, 25 community members.

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NOTICE OF TESTING OF OPTICAL SCAN VOTING SYSTEM

NOTICE OF TESTING OF OPTICAL SCAN VOTING SYSTEM
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777
(BENSON PUBLIC SCHOOLS)
STATE OF MINNESOTA

  NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Independent School District No. 777 (Benson Public Schools) shall perform a public accuracy test of the optical scan voting system to be used in the District’s May 12, 2015 special election.  The test shall be conducted at:  The Benson Armory, 203 14th Street South, Benson, Minnesota on May 5, 2015 at 1:30 o’clock p.m.  Interested individuals are authorized to attend and observe. If you have any questions, please contact Benson Public Schools District Office at 320-843-2710.

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Bernice Clara Prekker Kennedy, Bedford, Virginia

Bernice "Bea" Clara Prekker Kennedy was born on January 15, 1925 in Clara City, the daughter of Edward Prekker and Margaret Christians Prekker.  She died on February 4, 2015 in Bedford, Virginia.
Bernice grew up on a farm outside Murdock.  As a teenager, she left Murdock with girlfriends to work in the Cities for a few years.   Later, Bernice returned to Murdock and worked at Walsh's Cafe.
Upon returning to Murdock, met her husband to-be Earl "Jiggs" Kennedy.  Earl was serving in the military and when he was sent to Ft. Eustis, Virginia, she joined him there and they were married in a chapel on the army base.  Shortly after marrying, Earl was sent to Korea and the now pregnant Bernice returned to Murdock to live with her mother-in-law, Rose Kennedy and her brother-in-law, Eugene Kennedy.  While living in Murdock, Bernice gave birth to her first daughter, Eileen.

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Pearl I. Schliep, 93, of Benson

Pearl I. Schliep, 93, of Benson, died Monday, April 27, 2015, at Golden Living Center - Meadow Lane Care Center.  
Mass of Christian burial was 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 2, 2015, at the St. Malachy Catholic Church in Clontarf.  Visitation was held Friday, May 1, from 5-7 p.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church, with a Rosary at 4:30 p.m., in Benson.  Visitation continued for one hour prior to the service  Saturday at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Clontarf.  Interment was in the St. Francis Catholic Church Cemetery.  
Pearl Irene Schliep was born  May 30, 1921 in Benson, Minnesota, the daughter of Emmett and Matilda (Jaeger) Logan.   Pearl was baptized and confirmed at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson.  She grew up in Benson and graduated from Benson High School in 1939.
September 18, 1940, Pearl was united in marriage to John Gilronan at St. Francis in Benson.  This union was blessed with over 22 years of marriage and two daughters.  

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Linda Elaine Buckingham, 80, formerly of Benson

Linda Elaine (Cusick) Buckingham, 80, passed away  Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the St. Cloud Hospital due to respiratory complications.
A funeral service was held Friday, May 1 at 11 a.m. at the Saint Francis Catholic Church in Benson with visitation one hour prior to the service.  Burial was in the St. Francis Catholic Cemetery.  
Linda was born to Lee and Inez (Adams) Cusick  April 26, 1934 in Vermillion, South Dakota. She grew up on her family farm in Burbank, South Dakota where she attended country school. She then attended high school in Vermillion.  
In 1951, she was united in marriage to Thomas J. Buckingham.  Together they raised four children and lived in South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa before settling in Benson in 1960.

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