Benson gives order to raze or repair home

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By Reed Anfinson
Swift County Monitor-News

It’s not often that the City of Benson issues an order for a homeowner to tear down or repair a home, but July 22 the council conducted a special meeting for just that purpose.

The meeting was set to conduct a public hearing to take comments from homeowner Helen Flodstrom as well as from neighbors living around the home at 810 Kansas Avenue on the  east side of Benson.

For several years, the house has been a source of complaints from neighbors upset with what they saw as a persistent mess that detracted the look of the neighborhood. However, the property evolved from a nuisance to a hazardous structure. After an inspection by Benson Building Inspector Mike Jacobson, a long list of deficiencies with the property were pointed out...

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