November 2018

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Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday; remember to ‘fall back’

Sunday morning at 2 a.m. clocks will fall back an hour giving Minnesotans an extra hour of sleep as Daylight Saving Time ends.

This coming Saturday morning the sun will rise at 8:04, but Sunday morning it rises at 7:08.

But with the earlier morning sunlight it means it will be getting darker an hour earlier in the evening.  Saturday the sun will set at 6:07, but Sunday the sunset comes at 5:06.

An easy way to remember how DST affects our clocks and daily lives is the little saying, “Spring ahead, Fall behind.”

As we move toward the winter solstice Dec. 21, the days keep getting continually shorter. We are still losing about 3 minutes of sunlight a day, nearly 20 minutes a week. Through the month of November the area loses 1 hour and 6 minutes of daylight. However, the rate of loss slows in December as we approach the winter solstice and the shortest day of the year.

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Community ‘therapist’ Griffiths coming to Benson

Benson has two full days scheduled for Nov. 15 and Nov. 16 with economic development and community “therapist” Doug Griffiths.

It is an event that will include the public in a community session planned for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at the Benson Golf Club.

Griffiths, who is the co-author of the book 13 Ways to Kill Your Community, calls himself a community therapist. He assesses a community’s strengths, weaknesses, misconceptions about itself, untapped potential and the built-in roadblocks it may face in moving forward.

“Strong communities are the foundation upon which prosperous families, businesses and nations are built,” is the stated vision of the 13 Ways community consulting group he helped found.

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Those seeking Swift County offices facing no opposition

Swift County’s two incumbent county commissioners who are up for re-election this November are running unopposed.

Swift County’s treasurer, attorney and sheriff will also be on the Tuesday, Nov. 6 ballot without opposition.

Commissioners Ed Pederson, District 2, and Joe Fox, District 4, are seeking re-election to four-year terms on the Swift County Board of Commissioners.

Fox won his first term on the Swift County Board of Commissioners in November 2006 defeating then Appleton Mayor Ron Ronning. When he ran for re-election in 2010 and 2014, he was unopposed.

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Miller seeks 3rd House term; Koenen seeks return to Capitol

District 17A Rep. Tim Miller, R-Prinsburg, is seeking a third term in the state House. He is being challenged by former state senator and representative Lyle Koenen, DFL- Clara City.

Lyle Koenen, a former Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Minnesota state senator and representative, is running against two-term incumbent Republican Tim Miller for the Minnesota House District 17A seat.

Miller was elected to the Minnesota house in 2014 when he defeated incumbent DFL Rep. Andrew Falk in a narrow win. He won re-election by a wide margin against Falk in a rematch in 2016.

House District 17A 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.

Koenen was elected to five two-year terms in the Minnesota House serving from 2002 to early 2012. He was elected to the state Senate in District 20 in a special election April 10 following the death of DFL Sen. Gary Kubly in 2012.

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