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Mon
10
Nov
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Temps below 20 this week

Temperatures will remain below 20 degrees until Friday, November 21, when they will be in the low 20''s above zero.

Strong winds are again expected Wednesday, with wind chills expected near 6 below zero.

Saturday and Sunday are expected to be in the 30s.

 

 

Fri
07
Nov
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School board asks Benson to consider funding walking track

As part of an extensive renovation and expansion project at Benson Public Schools, the board of education is proposing to construct a new gymnasium on the north side of the school.
That new gym will be needed as the district turns what was the old junior high auditorium into a facility dedicated to the arts. There would no longer be any sports played on the raised floor in the building.
Further, the district is looking at eliminating the indoor swimming pool and repurposing it to house the school’s gymnastics program. The room could also be used for indoor tennis, batting practice with cages for both softball and baseball, and golf practice.
The Monitor-News will publish a more detailed story on the full scope of the project that the school board is contemplating in next week’s newspaper.

Fri
07
Nov
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Benson native Aurora Whittet releases second novel

Author Aurora Whittet grew up in Benson “as a wild red-haired child in Minnesota dreaming up stories for her friends to read.” Now with the release of her second novel, she is reaching a far wider audience and providing her readers with a strong message about taking on the challenges in life.
Whittet’s first book, Bloodmark, came out in November 2013. Her second book in the series, Bloodrealms, was released last Friday and is now available on Amazon.
To get a flavor of what her books are about, you only need to read her first book’s teaser on Amazon:
“Sixteen-year-old werewolf princess Ashling Boru is different from other wolves - she was able to shift to a wolf at birth. Rather than bringing pride to her family, it brings fear, and she is sent to live in Ireland’s secluded countryside.

Tue
04
Nov
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Voting results for Swift County

Voters went to the polls tuesday in Benson and throughout the state to cast ballots for local and statewide candidates.

As of 3:30 p.m. there were nearly 500 voters recorded from Benson and Benson Township.

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ELECTION RESULTS:

Swift County Sheriff       Votes                Percent

John Holtz                    2,387                58.9

Chris Joyce                   1,664                41.0

Write-in                       4                      0.1

 

County Attorney            Votes                Percent

Robin Finke                  1,285                32.3

Danielle Olson               2,688                67.6

Write-in                       4                      0.1

 

Swift County Treasurer   Votes                Percent

Ron Vadnais                 3,778                99.6

Write-in                       14                     0.4

Wed
22
Oct
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Benson in 10th place in State Farm’s Celebrate My Drive contest

With only a few days to go, Benson Schools is in the top 10 of the Celebrate My Drive contest, sponsored by State Farm.  The contest encourages safe driving with a chance to win big.  Benson Schools was in the top 50 schools last year and won $25,000, this time, Benson Schools is hoping to get into the top five.
Cascade High School, of Iowa, was the No. 1 school in the small schools’ division as of Tuesday morning, while Benson Schools was ranked 10th.
Benson Schools staff and students are committed to keeping teens safe on the road and because of that, they are asking  everyone 14 and older to go to www.celebratemydrive.com once a day, every day, and vote from Oct. 15 to Oct. 24.

Wed
22
Oct
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City looks to bond for $990,000; heliport considered

 To pay for $440,000 in water and sewer utility work done this year and to finance the $450,000 construction costs for a new building, Benson city staff will be working on a bonding resolution for council approval.
The proposed construction project would double the size of the current city street department building and would allow the city to discontinue use of the former Benson Bottling building. That building is used by the city parks department and for city bus storage. It is also used for storage by the Benson Police Department.
The Benson Bottling building is in such bad condition that is becoming unsafe, the city council has been told.
With interest at around 2.6 percent, now is the time to consider the bonding to pay for the sewer and water projects, as well as for the new construction City Director of Finance Glen Pederson told the council Monday night.

Wed
22
Oct
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Finke, Olson face off in race for county attorney

When Swift County residents go to the polls Nov. 4 they will see a contested race for the county attorney’s office for the first time in 24 years.
Assistant Swift County Attorney Danielle Olson is challenging County Attorney Robin Finke for the job.
Finke was named county attorney by the county board of commissioners in 2000 when then County Attorney Dave Mennis was named to the 8th Judicial District Court bench. Finke served the remaining two years in Mennis’ four-year term and then won election to the office in 2002. He also won elections in 2006 and 2010. In all three races he was unopposed.
It was back in 1990, when Mennis first ran for the county attorney’s office that county voters had two candidates to choose from on the ballot. He was challenged by John Riches; both had law practices in Benson. Mennis easily won the election and was unopposed in both 1994 and 1998.

Wed
22
Oct
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Countryside prepares for Ebola

Possibility low, but preparation essential

Thu
09
Oct
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Petition rejected, but motion unanimously rescinded

Monday night Benson’s City Council unanimously rejected a petition that had been submitted in opposition to an amendment to city code addressing residential structures considered in disrepair.
But with the next motion the council also unanimously rescinded the amendment, which was set to become law Oct. 17.
Opponents of a proposed amendment aimed at addressing blighted and dilapidated residential properties gave the petition to the city council at its Sept. 22 meeting. Their goal was to force the city to take the proposed change in city law to the community’s voters Nov. 4.
The council had passed the amendment defining conditions under which the city could issue tickets for buildings and properties allowed to fall into disrepair at their Sept. 8 meeting. The proposed change was published in the city’s legal newspaper, the Swift County Monitor-News, Sept. 17. Under state law, published ordinances or amendments become law 30 days after publication.

Wed
24
Sep
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Swift County Fair 4-H winners published

Congratulations to all 4-H members that participated in the Swift County Fair to make it a successful event. The results of the 2014 Swift County Fair are listed by 4-H club.

BBA - Big Bend Aces         
BGG - Busy Go Getters
CLH - Clontarf Haymakers  
CC - Cool Club        
DV - Dublin Victory            
HK - Hayes Kildare   
HW - Hegbert Winners        
LHEB - Lake Hazel
MC - Mighty Clovers          
ME - Moyer Eagles
SFW – Swift Falls Winners

The lists of winners is in this week's Swift County Monitor-News, available at many stores in the Benson area or by on-line subscription.

Photo:  Pictured is Corbin Holmquist, the winner of the Dog Agility contest at the Swift County Fair.

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