September 2015

Tue
22
Sep
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Soybean harvest underway in Minnesota

Minnesota farmers took advantage of an average 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday with crop harvest progressing well ahead of last year for most crops, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Harvest advanced for dry edible beans, corn for silage, potatoes, and sugarbeets; and started for corn for grain and soybeans. Farmers also harvested sweet corn.

Forty-one percent of Minnesota’s corn acreage was mature, 7 days ahead of last year but equal to the five-year average. Corn condition rated 88 percent good to excellent. Thirty percent of the state’s corn for silage crop was harvested during the week, reaching 67 percent.

Seventy-two percent of the soybean acreage was dropping leaves or beyond, 8 days ahead of last year and 5 days ahead of normal. Soybean harvest reached 12 percent. Soybean condition rated 78 percent good to excellent.

Tue
22
Sep
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Saterbak meets with Secretary of State Simon

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon was in Benson last week to meet with County Auditor Saterbak on election issues. Saterbak oversees elections conducted in the county.

Among the topics they discussed were developing a contingency plan for voting should an election day see bad weather that makes it difficult for people to get to the polls or an emergency situation that makes voting difficult; future funding for computerized election machines; and absentee and early voting options.

Tue
22
Sep
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County passes preliminary levy

A 4.5 percent preliminary increase in Swift County’s tax levy for 2016 was unanimously passed by the county board of commissioners at its meeting Sept. 15.

The increase would raise county taxes for next year’s net levy to $9,930,278, an increase of $423,313. The increase will go to cover added personnel costs, technology improvements, and increased costs of operations.

Commissioners were required by state law to adopt a preliminary levy prior to Sept. 15. While the final levy adopted in December can’t be increased over what was adopted last week, commissioners can vote to reduce the amount.

It took three motions, with the first two failing, before the county board could come to an agreement on how much to raise taxes for next year. The final amount was a compromise with some commissioners feeling it was too high and at least one thinking it was too low to meet the county’s needs.

Tue
15
Sep
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Ella V. VanOrt 89, of New London

Ella V. VanOrt 89, of New London died on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, at Cokato Manor in Cokato.  Her funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, September 11, 2015, at Hope Presbyterian Church in rural Spicer.  Burial will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls.  A visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the church.  Services are entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home in New London.
Ella Virginia VanOrt was born on March 25, 1926, in Swenoda Township near Benson, Minnesota, the daughter of Henry and Marie (Hatlelid) Erickson.  She was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Swenoda Township and confirmed at Our Savior’s Lutheran church in Benson by Reverend Melvin Andrews.

Wed
09
Sep
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Dale L. Klassen, 70, of De Graff

Dale L. Klassen of De Graff, died on Tuesday, September 8, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, September 12, at 10:30 am at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in De Graff. Visitation will be held on Friday, September 11, from 5:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m., with a 7:00 pm prayer service at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson. Interment will be in the St. Bridget’s Catholic Church Cemetery in De Graff. Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Wed
09
Sep
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Dorothy Viola Anderson, 93, of Willmar, formerly of DeGraff and Benson

Dorothy Viola Anderson, 93, of Willmar, died Tuesday, September 1, 2015  at Bethesda Pleasant View in Willmar.
Funeral services were held 11 a.m.  Tues., September 8, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church.
Burial was at the Benson City Cemetery in Benson.
Dorothy Viola Anderson was born to Joseph and Geoline (Olson) Carlson  December 4, 1921, in Minneapolis. She lived in Minneapolis until second grade, when her and her family moved to rural Murdock. She was baptized in the Lutheran Faith and later confirmed  September 2, 1934 in Murdock. She attended country school before graduating from Murdock High School in 1939.

Tue
08
Sep
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NOTICE OF HEARING ON PROPOSED WASTEWATER IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

NOTICE OF HEARING ON PROPOSED
WASTEWATER IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
TIME AND PLACE GENERAL NATURE OF IMPROVEMENTS: Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of DeGraff, Minnesota, will meet at the DeGraff Community Center in the City of DeGraff, Minnesota, on the 14th day of September 2015, at 6:00 p.m. to consider comments on the Preliminary Engineering Report for the proposed Wastewater Improvement Project heretofore ordered by the City Council.
WRITTEN OR ORAL OBJECTIONS:     Written or oral comments will be considered at the hearing.
    DATED: August 3, 2015
BY ORDER OF THE CITY COUNCIL
/s/  Lacy Joyce
City Clerk
9-2-2c
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Tue
08
Sep
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Morris rallies for win over Benson in OT

In a game Morris Area led 21-7 at halftime before the Benson Braves came roaring back with four-straight touchdowns for a 39-27 lead, the Tigers sent the Benson players and fans home in a shocked state after scoring 12 points in the final 6:29 and then scoring on its first and only try in overtime for a 47-39 victory.
The Braves, who had snapped a 17-game losing skid during their previous game, a 35-0 victory over YME, looked like they were headed for a two-game winning streak before the Tigers scored with 3:01 left and again with 1:06 remaining, but gave Benson some ray of hope by missing both extra-point tries.
In overtime, Morris scored on its first play from the 10-yard line, but Benson couldn’t answer, throwing three-straight incompletions, including the final one that was intercepted by Morris’ Chase Metzger to end the game.

Tue
08
Sep
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Train, tractor with disk collide near DeGraff Thursday

A Burlington Northern Santa Fe train and a John Deere tractor pulling a disk collided at a crossing just west of DeGraff last Thursday. The train struck the disk, breaking it into pieces, and dragging part of it with it down the tracks.
However, while the disk was mangled, Dan Kottshade, 28, New London, the driver of the John Deere 9560 R, escaped injury. He was headed north on Swift County Road 14 as the BNSF train approached from the east at approximately 40 mph. There is only a short distance between the crossing and Swift County Road 14’s intersection with U.S. Highway 12. Drivers approaching U.S. 12 have a stop sign.

Photo:  Part of the disk was dragged beneath the train.

Tue
08
Sep
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County board updated on prison potential use

Swift County’s two members of the Minnesota Legislature are cautiously optimistic that it will give serious consideration to using the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton rather than building a new facility in Rush City.
District 17 Sen. Lyle Koenen, DFL-Clara City, and District 17A Rep. Tim Miller, Republican-Prinsburg, met with the Swift County Board of Commissioners at their meeting last Tuesday to discuss what 2016 may bring for rural counties.
At the top of the list of issues for Swift County is the possible reopening of the prison in Appleton.
It is estimated that the Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) has about 550 state prisoners in county jails throughout the state that it believes should be housed in state-run facilities. Further, it is projected that in less than three years there could be 900 to 1,000 inmates in facilities outside their system, County Administrator Mike Pogge-Weaver told the board of commissioners last month.

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