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Benson School Board Minutes - June 15, 2015

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777,
Benson, Minnesota
 Monday, June 15, 2015 - 6:00 p.m. - DeGraff Community Center, DeGraff, MN
The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Chair Chad Payne.  Members present:  Andy Abner, Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Bill McGeary, Al Pagel, Chad Payne and Gary Williams.
Members absent:  Jason Madden.  Also present:  Dennis Laumeyer, Mike Knutson, Dave Benson, Pam Anderson, Jeanine Bowman, Karen Jacobson, Roger Mitteness, Sue Smith, Kim Schuerman and Mike Thompson.
Consent agenda items were approved as presented.
Progress reports were presented by administrators.
Karen Jacobson from MRVED presented belief statements that support the mission and vision statements for the board to finalize and seven belief statements were approved.
The FY16 Budget was approved with $11,190,000 in revenues and expenses of $10,852,400.

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SCBH approves purchase of new security cameras

Swift County-Benson Hospital is spending $17,336 for the purchase of a video security system for outside its building as well as an upgrade of interior cameras.
At its meeting Monday night, the hospital governing board unanimously approved the purchase and installation of cameras that will monitor all four sides of its building.
There will be four cameras each with a 180-degree view. They will cover not only the hospital, but the Affiliated Community Medical Centers as well.
It will also take the security system off of the hospital’s computer network. Security systems linked to computers are one of the openings through which hackers can gain access to a hospital’s medical records, CEO Kurt Waldbillig told the governing board. “So we are taking it off of that network,” he said.
The system also will allow the hospital to give the Benson Police Department access to its cameras.

 

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County to back Federated’s broadband grant application

Swift County again has pledged bond funds to help Federated Telephone expand broadband fiber optic cable to unerved areas in the eastern half of the county. However, the costs have gone up substantially.
Last October, the county approved bonding for up to $5 million with the funds going to Federated as part of a $10 million project. Federated had agreed to make the bond payments over a 20-year period. It also agreed to pay the bonding issuing costs.
County backing was essential to the broadband grant application Federated was submitting to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) for a $5 million grant.
Federated’s grant application to the state lost out in stiff competition for limited funds. Last year DEED received funding requests for $44.2 million for 40 projects around the state, but there was only $20 million in funds available.

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County developing strategy for state to use Appleton prison

Minnesota’s Department of Corrections (DOC) will be seeking state approval for $85 to $100 million in bonding to add 500 beds to its Rush City prison facility in the coming year. The facility currently houses 1,000 adult males.
Before the state Legislature considers approving building new prison beds, it should consider first using the 1,600-bed Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton, Swift County and Appleton officials believe.
 “Obviously with a closed prison facility in Appleton, we think there is a better alternative,” Swift County Administrator Mike Pogge-Weaver said at the board of commissioner’s meeting July 20. “So we made a request with CCA to discuss this. They are going to be out here in Swift County in early August so that we can kind of strategize together to tell our story. One of the things that we should look at doing is hiring a PR (public relations) and lobbying firm to help us craft that message.”

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‘Red Bull’ Band to conclude summer concert series

The 34th Infantry Division “Red Bull” Band will conclude the 2015 Summer Concert Series at the bandstand at Riverview Park in Appleton, with a patriotic concert Tuesday, August 4. Their concert begins at 7 p.m.
The 34th Red Bull Band is a Minnesota Army National Guard element stationed in Rosemount. The Red Bull Band provides music throughout the spectrum of military operations to instill in our forces the will to fight and win, foster the support of our citizens, and promote our national interests at home and abroad.
Officially organized April 30, 1900, the 34th Infantry Division Band has seen service in WW I, WW II, and the Global War on Terrorism, among other conflicts.

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Ingolf N. Urke, 89, of Benson

Ingolf Noel Urke, 89, of Benson, died  Friday, July 24, 2015 at the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 1, at the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.  Interment followed  the service at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in Benson. Visitation was held from 10-11 a.m.  Saturday at the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.
He was born December 3, 1925 to Knut and Clara Lien Urke in Langhei Township, Pope County, Minnesota.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.   He worked as a farmhand for various farmers, was a truck driver, and a mechanic at the Ford Garage in Starbuck.  After retiring, he moved to Benson.

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Great day for water fun at Kid Day

It was a great day to be near water, Saturday, as temperatures hit the mid-80s during Benson’s 85th Kid Day.

The free swim at the Benson Municipal Pool was Saturday afternoon as part of the many activities of Kid Day, which lasted Thursday through Sunday.

 

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Glenwood Waterama Rotary 10K and 5K run/walk set for July 25

The Glenwood Waterama Rotary 10K and 5K Run/Walk and Glenwood State Bank Magic Mile are scheduled for place on Saturday morning, July 25 during Waterama in Glenwood.
The run course follows the south shore of Lake Minnewaska and finishes in the city park across from the historic Lakeside Ballroom.  Participants must register in advance if they would like to be guaranteed a T-shirt.  Registrations received after July 10 will receive T-shirts while supplies last.  The race will be chip-timed and refreshments will be provided.
Magic Mile participants will be timed using a basic stopwatch system (not chip timed). Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in a variety of age categories.
Registration is available on-line at Waterama.org under the event registration tab.

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Kerk Legion eliminated by NLS, 7-5

The Kerkhoven Legion baseball team was eliminated for the season after losing 7-5 to New London-Spicer, Saturday, in a Division II, District 7 South Tournament game.
Kerkhoven had open up the tourney with a 9-1 win over Eden Valley last Monday night, but then fell to Glenwood the next night (5-0) before staying alive with a 12-2 win over Hancock in the first game of the consolation bracket, Thursday.
Morris went on to earn the title of the tournament, while Glenwood also advances after placing second with a 17-5 victory over Wheaton in the consolation bracket finals.
The District 7 Final Four also includes BOLD and Madison.

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Free Twins youth ball clinic, July 24 at Northside Rec Area

The Minnesota Twins have scheduled a free ball clinic at the Northside Rec Area, Friday, July 24.
No registration is required, and the Twins will provide commemorative Twins’ items to each participants.
Times are from 2-3:30 p.m., Friday, July 24 for ages 6-9, and from 3:30-5 p.m. the same day for ages 10-16.
Minnesota Twins Youth Clinics are designed to teach basic fundamentals (hitting, fielding and throwing).  The clinic provides quality, hands-on instruction for boys and girls ages 6-16.  The Twins provide all the equipment; however youth participants are asked to bring their own labeled baseball/softball gloves.

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Created in 1961 by longtime Twins scout Angelo Giuliani, the clinic program serves as a way for the ball club to promote the games of baseball and softball to boys and girls throughout the region.

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