November 2019

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This ‘Red’ States ‘Blue’ States Battle Will Get Worse

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

A pitched battle is underway between America’s Red and Blue states. It’s a battle that in many cases is fought behind the scenes through outlandish schemes that would cost taxpayers billions of dollars. It’s a battle over climate change and the depletion of America’s precious resources.

It’s not the political and ideological battle you suspect between conservatives and liberals.

In this fight, the red states are those in the American Southwest burning up as rising temperatures and extended droughts make their unchecked growth unsustainable. The blue states are those with plentiful water reserves the red states jealously covet and desperately eye to for their sustainability and future growth.

These developing water wars are just starting with one such red states’ scouting mission exploring possibilities in Minnesota.

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Coalition, police raise awareness of state’s crosswalk law

Last week some people may have noticed a few pedestrians in the community who repeatedly crossed the street. They weren’t just aimlessly wandering around – they were raising awareness of Minnesota’s crosswalk law.

Motor vehicle crashes have killed 33 pedestrians so far this year. According to crash facts from the Department of Public Safety, 45 pedestrians died and 987 were injured in crashes with vehicles in 2018 and 42 pedestrian deaths and 1,053 injuries happened in 2017.

Fall is a particularly bad time for pedestrian accidents. With shorter days and more hours of darkness there is an increase in the number of crashes between people driving and walking...

 

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Benson schools debate use of civic center for gymnastics

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

One potential hurdle for renovation of the north end of Benson Civic Center for use by the Benson Public Schools for gymnastics and other programs has been overcome.

As it pursued renovation of the building for gymnastics, the school and civic center boards sought bids for the project. Kranz Construction of Milan said it could do the project for $493,000.

Though it has been more than a year since Kranz gave the school district its bid, it has agreed to honor it if work begins soon on the facility, School Board Member Bill McGeary told fellow board members at their Oct. 21 meeting.

“The civic center has done its part. The city has done its part. Whether or not this project goes forward is now at this table,” McGeary said.

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Collins wins second term; incumbent council members reelected

Mayor Terri Collins

Unopposed on the ballot, Benson Mayor Terri Collins was reelected to the city council for a second two-year term Tuesday.

Local voters also reelected the two incumbents on the council to four-year terms. Lucas Olson and Jon Buyck were the top two vote getters in the four-way race for the two open seats.

Incumbents Mark Schreck and Jack Evenson have two years remaining in their current four-year terms.

 

Benson City Council Election

 

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Frances Louise Maanum

Frances Louise Maanum was born May 8, 1921 at New York Mills, Minnesota, the daughter of Walter E. and Hazel Marie (Crabb) Johnson.  She was baptized October 18, 1921 and confirmed in the Christian Faith.  Frances grew up and attended school and graduated from New York Mills High School.  In 1942 she moved to Benson, MN where she worked as a book keeper at Farmers Union Insurance and Oil Company in Benson for several years.

Fri
01
Nov
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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota Monday, September 16, 2019 - 5:30 p.m. Benson High School Media Center

The meeting was called to order at 5:31 p.m. by Chair Brian Samuelson.  Members present:  Paul Carruth, Mary Langan, Jim Berens, Eric Peterson, Brian Samuelson and Gary Williams.
Members absent:  Bill McGearyApproved Agenda.
Mark Hughes presented several questions to the board regarding the building bond.
Approved Consent Agenda.
Progress Reports were presented by the administrators.
Ryan Breitbach, CM, updated the board on the construction process. October 10 is the tentative rebid advertisement date.  Ryan asked the board for approval to authorize Supt. Laumeyer to approve the bid as long as the bid doesn’t exceed $148,000.
Approved authorizing Supt. Laumeyer to approve the bid amount within the set threshold. 
The board held the second reading of the Series 100 board policies. The policies are based upon MSBA recommended changes to meet the law.
Approved the Series 100 board policies as presented. 

Fri
01
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CITY OF BENSON ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS

Sealed Bids will be received by the City of Benson, Minnesota, in the City Hall at 1410  Kansas Avenue, until 12:00 PM, CST, on Thursday, November 14th, 2019, at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud for the furnishing of all labor, materials, and all else necessary for the following:

Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) Filter Refurbishment
Work consists of refurbishment of two effluent filters located at the wastewater treatment facility downstream of the secondary clarifiers and prior to chlorine disinfection. The work generally consist of the following:

Fri
01
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MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING WORK SESSION INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota Monday, October 7, 2019 - 5:30 p.m. Benson High School Media Center

The meeting was called to order at 5:31 p.m. by Chair Brian Samuelson.  Members present:  James Berens, Paul Carruth, Mary KW Langan, Bill McGeary, Eric Peterson, Brian Samuelson, Gary Williams.
Also present:  Dennis Laumeyer.
Discussion on aligned Board and Superintendent goals.
Discussion on role of board committees and district Policy 213 regarding School Board Committees.
Future Meetings:
Regular Board Meeting - Monday, October 21, 5:30 p.m., Benson High School Media Center
Meeting adjourned at 7:22 p.m.
Business and Report Items:  Document Reference (filed with original minutes)
Copies of documents presented for action and report purposes are located in the district office as prepared for permanent record and posted on the school website at www.benson.k12.mn.us.

Mary KW Langan, Clerk

Fri
01
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AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND TITLE VII: TRAFFIC CODE, CHAPTER 71: PARKING OFFENSES OF THE BENSON CITY CODE OF 2003

The City of Benson does ordain:
 
Title VII, Chapter 71, is hereby amended to include the following section:
 
§ 71.14  ADDITIONAL RESIDENTIAL PARKING REGULATIONS
 
(A)  Vehicle parking in the area between the front of the residential structure (or any street-facing side of a residential structure on a corner lot) and the street right-of-way line shall only be on a driveway or designated parking area constructed of concrete, asphalt, concrete pavers, brick set in compacted sand or other impervious or semi-impervious material.
(B) No parking or storage shall be allowed in the area between the front of the residential structure and the street right-of-way line on grass, unimproved areas or areas without a hard surface.
(C) No owner or operator shall park a vehicle in a location which blocks a sidewalk.

Fri
01
Nov
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC ACCURACY TEST

The City of Benson will hold a public accuracy test of the electronic voting system to be used at the November 5th General Election. The test will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, November 4th, in the Benson City Council Chambers, 1410 Kansas Ave.
 
Dated: October 28, 2019
/s/ Terri Collins                  
Mayor
Attest: /s/ Glen Pederson            
City Clerk
 

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