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Benson elementary teacher Roger Ebnet jailed on charges of 2nd Degree Sexual Conduct

By Reed Anfinson

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(12/3/2022) Benson Elementary teacher Roger Ebnet, 59, is being held in the Yellow Medicine County Jail on Criminal Sexual Conduct - 2nd Degree charges. He was taken into custody Friday in Swift County, held initially in the Swift County Jail, but then transferred to the jail in Granite Falls.

Saturday morning, Supt. Dennis Laumeyer issued the following statement:

“The Benson School District is aware of the pending criminal charges regarding Roger Ebnet, an employee of the school district.  The school district takes the safety and security of our students very seriously and has been cooperating and will continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement in its investigation.  Mr. Ebnet is currently on paid administrative leave.  

Wed
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Nov
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Larissa Overlie earns American FFA Degree

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Larissa Overlie of rural Benson has earned the prestigious American FFA Degree. It was presented at the National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Ind., Oct. 29. She was accompanied by her family and members of the Benson High School FFA Chapter.

Wed
30
Nov
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Benson, county to conduct housing study

By Reed Anfinson

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Swift County and the City of Benson through Community & Economic Development Associates (CEDA) will be conducting a housing study in the coming months. It is considered essential to meeting the economic development needs and challenges of the area.

Wed
30
Nov
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Shell buys Nature Energy expanding biogas efforts

By Reed Anfinson

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Nature Energy, the firm with which the City of Benson has been working for the past three years on the construction of a biogas plant on the former Fibrominn site, is being sold to Shell Petroleum NV.

Wed
30
Nov
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Countryside will lead opioid effort

By Reed Anfinson

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Swift County has $298,422 coming from the State of Minnesota. The funds are part of $300 million being provided through a bill passed by the Minnesota Legislature and signed by Gov. Tim Walz last May to address the state’s opioid crisis.

Tue
22
Nov
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Drought eases; thin ice is dangerous

By Reed Anfinson

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With 2.45 inches of precipitation since Nov. 8, Swift County has seen an easing of drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor map.

Tue
22
Nov
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$378,550 for sheriff’s office records system passes

By Reed Anfinson

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“It’s the heartbeat of our office,” Swift County Sheriff John Holtz told the county board of commissioners at their Nov. 15 meeting. He was referring to his office’s records management system tied into its dispatching operations. 

Tue
22
Nov
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Swift County to raise tipping fees 20%

By Reed Anfinson

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Swift County Environmental Services will raise its tipping fee by 20% in January from $100 per ton to $120 per ton. 

Tue
22
Nov
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Benson area to see detours in place for spring, summer 2023

By Reed Anfinson

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Benson area residents will be facing two detours next spring that will significantly disrupt their travel schedules for several months.

Wed
16
Nov
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Badly needed rains dent drought

By Reed Anfinson

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Finally, the Benson area saw a much needed rainfall. It came in a gentle three-day soaking that parched soil eagerly absorbed.

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