March 2017

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Minnesota Voters Spoke; Daudt Not Listening

Minnesota Voters Spoke; Daudt Not Listening

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

Minnesota Republican Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt is rumored to be considering a run for the governorship in 2018. As with all politicians considering a run for higher office, he is carefully calculating his actions in light of how they will play with citizens across the state next year. Such calculation often puts politicians in untenable situations where common sense and political courage take a back seat.

Last fall Minnesota voters overwhelmingly chose to give the authority to raise legislator salaries to the independent citizen Legislative Salary Council. The constitutional amendment granting the authority passed with 76 percent approval –an amazingly high percentage considering all ballots on which a person didn’t check a box were considered no votes.

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Divine Homecare PCA & HHA positions available in Benson, MN

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Donald B. Jaeger

Donald B. Jaeger

Donald B. Jaeger was born July 25, 1921 to Ernest and Josephine (Hippe) Jaeger in Cashel Township.

He was baptized and confirmed at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church.  He went to country school and then graduated from Benson High School in 1940.  He lettered in football under Leon Brockmeyer for the Benson PlowBoys, now known as the Benson Braves.

He married Gladys Gronseth from Kerkhoven, Minnesota in 1944.

Donnie only wanted to be known as a laborer and farmer.  Farming was in his blood from a young age of farming with his dad.  He worked at J.C. Penny’s when he was 20 years old and broke horses for Ed Shumbaum, who he later cared for so Ed could stay in his home.  He rented the Payne and Troseth farms for 10 years before he and Gladys moved to Benson.

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Randy Twitchell

Randy Twitchell

Randy Twitchell, age 72, of Appleton, passed away Saturday, March 4th in his home.  Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 10, at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton, officiated by Rev. Linda Lagergren.  Interment followed at Appleton City Cemetery.

Randy Leon Twitchell was born October 21, 1944, in Appleton, Minnesota, the son of Wayne and Gladys (Blom) Twitchell.  He was baptized April 8, 1945 by Rev. Roger Schmuck and was confirmed on April 17, 1957 by Rev. Paul Hallett, both at Gethsemane Episcopal Church in Appleton.  Randy was raised in Appleton, graduating from Appleton High School in 1962.  After graduation, Randy attended Mayville State Teachers College where he earned his teaching degree.  On October 24, 1981 Randy was united in marriage to Julie Anne Stroebel by Rev. Lyle Rich at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  This union was blessed with over 35 years together.   

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Clarence "Butch" F. Higdon

CLARENCE “BUTCH” FRANKLIN HIGDON

Clarence "Butch" F. Higdon, 68, of Jackson passed away at his residence on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. A gathering of family and friends will be on Friday, March 17, 2017  from 5 to 7 PM at the Osterberg Funeral Home in Jackson.

Funeral Service will be on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 1:30 PM at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Benson with Rev. John R. Smith officiating. Military Rites will follow by the Benson American Legion and VFW Posts.

Burial will be at a later date in the Benson City Cemetery.

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Call For Quotes - Swenoda Township

CALL FOR QUOTES
SWENODA TOWNSHIP
SWIFT COUNTY

  Notice is hereby given that quotes are being solicited by Swenoda Township for the following at an hourly rate:  grading, mowing of road ditches, and snow removal for the 2017-2018 winter season.  Quotes are also being solicited for class 5 gravel on a per yard basis delivered anywhere in Swenoda Township.  Board reserves the right to reject any or all quotes, to waive any information therein and to accept quotes deemed most advantageous to the Township.
   Quotes should be received by April 1, 2017 along with Certificate of Insurance.  Remit to Laurie Golden 660 110th St SW, Danvers, MN 56231.
  Quotes will be opened at our regular monthly meeting in April 2016.
Laurie Golden, Clerk
Swenoda Township
3-15-2c
 

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Prairie Five Rides help wanted Dispatcher part-time

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Indoor pool supporters seek to see facility open again

Group offers financial help, but school board says it needs to study building options further

Though a group of area residents said they were willing to raise funds to pay for some of the cost of keeping the Benson High School indoor swimming pool open, the board of education was reluctant to give them any encouragement.

The group also told the board at its meeting last Tuesday that they would be willing to boost the number of people who use the pool.

With a 5-2 vote last May, the school board voted to close the indoor swimming pool by June 1. It cited low utilization of the pool along with an annual cost of $37,210 to maintain in justifying its closing. The district was also looking at spending another $5,000 to $25,000 on work that included replacing the pool’s lighting.

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Wastewater plant, water tower need upgrading soon

Benson’s wastewater treatment plant is facing an estimated $2.9 million in major renovations to upgrade equipment that is operating well beyond its expected lifetime. Those repairs will need to take place in the next couple years.

The city’s 500,000-gallon water tower also needs work that includes painting both the inside and outside of the tank. But this isn’t any simple paint job. Painting of the water tower is an integral part of its integrity and upkeep, Benson City Manager Rob Wolfington told the city council at its meeting Monday night.

It could cost between $500,000 and $600,000 to have the water tower painted.

When it is being painted it will be out of service, which means the city’s drinking water system will have to provide the pressure needed for the homes and businesses in the community without the water tower.

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February second warmest on record

Ice went off the small lakes in the area this week and could set records for going out early on larger lakes.
When the high hit 73 degrees Monday afternoon it broke the record high tempeature for March 6. The day also saw tornadoes form in Minnesota, the earliest date for a tornado in state history. The previous record was March 18, 1968. How different Tuesday morning was with 2.5 inches of snow on the ground  and the temp falling to 25 degrees.

March 6 sees record high of 73 degrees

Monday the Benson area broke its sixth high temperature record of the year when the high hit 73 degrees. It broke the old record high for March 6 of 71 degrees set back in 2000.

Prior to Monday, the earliest the Benson area had seen the temperature hit 73 degrees was March 15 (2015 and 1968.)

Sunday’s high hit 66 degrees, and though it was 32 degrees above the average temperature for March 5 of 34 degrees, it fell 5 degrees short of the record high for the date. That record was set in 2000 when it reached 71 degrees.

In 2000, there were six consecutive days with record highs between March 3 and March 8 with three of those record highs at 71 degrees.

February 2017 went down as the second warmest on record for the Benson area and one of the warmest in the history of the State of Minnesota.

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