July 2019

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO DETERMINE IF HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS EXISTS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY AND WHETHER ABATEMENT OF HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY BY CITY OF BENSON IS REASONABLE AND NECESSARY.

            Name:             Helen Flodstrom
            Address:          402 Cottonwood Street
                                        Benson, MN  56215
 
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on the 22nd day of July, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. the City Council of Benson at the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 1410 Kansas Avenue, Benson, MN 56215, will hold a public hearing to determine if a house which exists on the real property set forth below is a hazardous structure, and if issuance of an order to raze and remove said structure is reasonable and necessary.  The potential hazardous building sits on property located at:
 
810 Kansas Avenue, Benson, MN  56215
 
The Council shall first determine whether the house on the property is a Hazardous Building as described in Chapter 97 of the City of Benson Code of Ordinances.

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SWIFT COUNTY BOARD OF APPEAL AND EQUALIZATION MINUTES June 18, 2019

County Auditor Kim Saterbak called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM with all members present as well as County Administrator Kelsey Baker, County Assessor Wayne Knutson, County Assessor Joe Tschida, Terri Orr and several others from the general public.

The County Board of Equalization members took an oath to fairly and impartially review market values and equalize as fairly as possible all values in the County.

Commissioner Fox nominated Gary Hendrickx as Chair.

06-18-19-01 Commissioner Fox moved and Commissioner Rudningen seconded to cease and cast a unanimous ballot to elect Commissioner Hendrickx as Chairman of the Board of Equalization. Motion carried unanimously.

Commissioner Hendrickx took over the meeting as Chair.

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“4-H Field Day makes comeback”

Coltan Hoberg and Sophia Nagler take part in the hula hoop relay event at 4-H Field Day at the Northside Rec Area, Friday, June 28.  Field Day was last held in 2014 and a county-wide picnic took its place in 2015-2018.  The Extension staff decided to give it another try this year and they plan to continue as long as they can.

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Benson Jr. Legion edges Morris, 7-6

Sam Grussing pitches for the Benson Jr. Legion during a 7-2 win over Kerkhoven, Monday night in Benson.  Later in the night, the Kerk Legion topped Benson by the same score.

The Benson Junior Legion won its seventh game in the last nine tries with a 7-6 victory at home over Morris last Tuesday night.  The Bandits trailed 6-3 after three innings, but rallied for the win with four runs over the final three innings, including the winning run with two outs in the seventh on an RBI-single by Sam Lenarz.

The Benson Jr. Legion, coached by Mark Grussing, improved to 4-2 in league action and 7-3 overall with the win.

Benson is set to host Kerkhoven at 5 p.m., Monday, before playing at ACGC, Tuesday (yesterday).  The following week, Benson is set to play at NLS, July 16 (6 p.m.) and at Kerkhoven, July 19 (4 p.m.) before getting ready for the playoffs...

 

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Rudningen, Call among KMS leaders

Dylan Rudningen batted .392 to tie for the best average and also led KMS with an on-base percentage of .515.

The KMS baseball team recently released its 2019 statistics from the recently-completed season. 

The Saints went 21-4 overall this year, placing fourth at the State Class A Baseball Tournament. 

KMS opened up the state tourney with a 10-0 victory over Randolph, but then lost a heartbreaker to BOLD in the semifinals, 7-6 in eight innings, before ending the season with a 13-3 loss to Sacred Heart in the third-place game. 

BOLD went on to earn the Class A state title with an 8-0 victory over New York Mills last week at the Target Center.

This year’s state tournament appearance was the third in school history for the baseball program.  The Saints also advanced to state in 1991 and 2000...

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Reality, Challenge, Set In With Fibrominn Demolition

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

A 12-year-old $230 million energy facility employing more than 40 people and paying $821,000 in real estate taxes to local governments would seem to be an economic plus for a community and have a bright future.

But times change and these days that change can be incredibly rapid. Biomass was the new power source of the future that was going to end U.S. reliance on foreign oil and gas in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Now Fibrominn, which later became Benson Power, is gradually being deconstructed by St. Michael firm Rachel Contracting. A friend told us he had talked with one of the workers who said it was the newest building he had ever torn down. The 55-megawatt power plant fueled by turkey litter and wood chips couldn’t compete on the open energy market.

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Farmers looking for warm days and nights

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

Growing Degree Units are going to be important to farmers this year as they hope crops can mature before the first frost of the fall.

Growing degree-days (GDDs) are a measure of heat accumulation during a growing season and an indicator of crop progress. Warm days speed growth along while cool temperatures can cause development to slow down.

 

Those cool temperatures can have an impact on yield. When growing degrees days are behind average, farmers generally look for a late frost to allow their crops to reach full maturity...

 

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County agrees to help finance demolition of DeGraff house

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

There is a price to be paid for keeping Swift County, its cities and its townships safe, clean and presentable to potential residents and busiensses. Sometimes that price is paid by taxpayers when fellow citizens fail to care for their properties, letting them deteriorate, then not paying their real estate taxes.

Eventually, the properties are forfeited to the county for non-payment of taxes.

That is the case with a home in DeGraff that the city is trying to get rid of with the county’s help. However, in this case it needs more than the standard financial assistance in taking care of the property...

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PrimeWest selected to provide human services health plan

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County Human Services will go with PrimeWest Health for its medical insurance provider for low-income residents. It’s not a cheap option with an upfront cost between $925,000 and $950,000.

Human Services Director Catie Lee asked the county board of commissioners to approve the contract with PrimeWest at their meeting July 2. She said her staff had gone through the thousands of pages of proposals represented by the plans from PrimeWest, Medica, UCare, and Blue Plus.

After reading them, the one that understood rural health care the best was PrimeWest, Lee said. They understand the barriers and obstacles rural health care providers face out in rural Minnesota, she said. Further, PrimeWest is owned by a group of rural Minnesota counties with each county having representation on its board...

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BHS Trap Shooting closes out highly-successful season

Gracie Lenz during the final competion for the BHS Trap Shooting team.

The Benson High School Trap shooting team has had a long and successful season, having 56 participants attend the State Shoot, qualifying two individuals to the Final State Shoot, and also sending 10 individuals to Nationals.

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