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06
Oct
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Sustainable aquifers are everyone’s responsibility

Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part story on the Benson area’s aquifers. Questions are also being raised about aquifers in the Appleton area as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources works on a comprehensive assessment of the state’s groundwater resources.

In one of its studies on groundwater in Minnesota, the Department of Natural Resources says that the state is in “urgency room” not the “emergency room.”

“We haven’t got to a stage where we are out (of groundwater) yet. A stage where everyone is needing water and no one has it,” Area DNR Hydrologist Ethan Jenzen told the Swift County Board of Commissioners at their meeting Sept. 5. “We are not California where they literally had to reduce their water use by 35 percent everywhere.”

Fri
06
Oct
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Benson recognized for hiring DAC workers

Benson City Manager tells DAC Executive Director Alethea Koehler how much the city appreciates the quality work her people provide.

Nominated by Swift County Developmental Achievement Center (DAC) the City of Benson was named an Outstanding Disability Employer by the Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation, MOHR.

Swift County DAC Executive Director Alethea Koehler presented the award to the city at the council’s meeting Monday night.

She told the council that the high visibility of these jobs brings a lot of positive feedback from the public, which is great for building morale among the individuals her organization serves.  “The supervisors and crews of the City of Benson always conduct business in a respectful way, and make it known that we are an integral part of how the town runs,” Koehler said.

Individuals with disabilities from the Swift County DAC in Benson help maintain the city’s image by mowing park areas, painting fire hydrants and other tasks.  They have also cleaned city offices and other properties, assembled meter boxes and stenciled safety cones.  

Fri
06
Oct
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Benson City Council to adopt naming policy

With a request before it to name the Northside Recreation Area baseball field after 1964 Benson High School graduate Johnny Goggin, the city council will have its planning commission review a proposed facilities naming  policy.

Goggin was a baseball enthusiast who played and coached kids from the area. When the old Benson baseball park was in decline in the late 1960s Goggin led the effort to build a new field. The old field was where the Nevada Square apartments sit today.

He secured a piece of land that is now the Northside Rec Area, then coordinated the volunteer effort that saw to the building of a new field, including an extensive sodding project, Benson resident Ron Hanson told the council at its meeting Monday night.

Sat
30
Sep
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Three killed in Saturday morning accident

Three young adults were killed when their car collided with another vehicle two miles southeast of Benson early Saturday morning.

Austin Ardoff, 23, of Raymond, formerly of Clara City, died at the scene. He was a passenger in the car. Another passenger, Autumn McLain, 23, Willmar, and driver Dylan Peterson, 24, Benson, were transferred by ambulance from the scene to Swift County-Benson Health Services and then airlifted out for further care. Peterson later died at the Hennepin County Medical Center and McLain at St. Cloud Hospital. The accident happened around 5 a.m. Saturday.

According to the Swift County Sheriff’s Office report, 49-year-old Robert McGee, Benson, had entered the rural, gravel road intersection at 20th Avenue SE and 30th Street SE when his vehicle was struck by Peterson’s car.

Fri
22
Sep
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BHS Homecoming Royalty for 2017

BHS Homecoming Royalty for 2017, front from left to right, are Kaden Schmidt, Shane Flower, Aaron Zosel, Matt Connolly, and Sam Lundebrek.  In back are Kelsey Gimberlin, Halle Hanson, Courtney McNeill, Anna Gosson, and Lizzie Staton.

Pictured: BHS Homecoming Royalty for 2017, front from left to right, are Kaden Schmidt, Shane Flower, Aaron Zosel, Matt Connolly, and Sam Lundebrek.  In back are Kelsey Gimberlin, Halle Hanson, Courtney McNeill, Anna Gosson, and Lizzie Staton. 

BHS Homecoming coronation is set for 7:30 p.m., Monday night in the senior high gym.  More information about BHS Homecoming can be found on Page 2 of the Sept. 20, 2017 edition of the Swift County Monitor-News.

 

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Fri
22
Sep
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Commission takes input on closing Benson Power

Members of the Legislative Energy Commission took testimony at the state Capitol last Thursday on the impact of closing Benson Power, LLC, will have on suppliers and the community.

Legislature to get DEED report on economic impact on businesses, community in February

When the Minnesota Legislature approved a deal to compensate the City of Benson with $20 million in payments over four years for the loss of Benson Power, LLC, it also wanted to know what the impact the plant’s closing would have on other businesses tied to its operation.

It set aside $150,000 and directed commissioner of the Department Employment and Economic Development (DEED) to conduct a study “to examine the economic impact of the closure of a biomass facility located in the city of Benson that uses poultry litter to generate electricity.” DEED is to report its findings to the Legislature by Feb. 15.

Fri
22
Sep
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Council updated on projects during Monday night tour

Benson Police Chief Ian Hodge gives members of the Benson City Council, city staff, and council candidates a tour of the new city police department. The city added on to the former Loen Electric building to create a facility with 5,357 square feet.

Police station to be ready in early November; cemetery expansion nearly complete
 

Benson City Council toured the new city police station during its Monday night meeting. This past February, the city agreed to buy the former Loen Electric building at the corner of Hall Avenue and 22nd Street South in southwest Benson.

The tour also took the council to the Heartland Girl’s Ranch where a new home is being built that will have room for 10 girls. It looked at the north end of the Civic Center that the Benson Public Schools is looking to rent for its gymnastics program as well as other programs and events.

Benson’s CNH currently leases the north end of the Civic Center. It had intended to be out by the end of the building by the start of October, but now it appears it won’t vacate later in November, City Manager Rob Wolfington said.

Fri
22
Sep
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Four inductees chosen for 2017 Benson High School Hall of Fame

The 2017 Benson Public Schools Hall of Fame Induction Dinner is set for Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Benson Bowler.

This year’s inductees will be Bill Orr (distinguished service), Leon Brockmeyer (distinguished service), Don Eckhoff (distinguished service), and the 1945-46 undefeated football team.

Biographies for each of the inductees will appear next week, along with information about the 1945-46 football team and the complete roster list.

The induction dinner will begin with a social hour  (cash bar) at 4 p.m., followed by a dinner at 5 p.m. and the induction ceremony at 5:30 p.m.

The inductees will also be highlighted during halftime of the Benson vs. BOLD Homecoming football game, Friday, Sept. 29.

Fri
08
Sep
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Celebrating Labor Day in DeGraff

Pictured, top: DeGraff area residents celebrated Labor Day with a parade, games and food in the park, and a tractor pull Sunday.
 

Center: Kids scramble for candy thrown from fire trucks and floats in the DeGraff Labor Day parade.
 

Bottom: At left, Carol and Jerome Jensen were the MCs of this year’s parade. More photos on Page 12A.

 

 

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Fri
08
Sep
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School daycare gets state approval

Volunteers needed Saturday to put playground equipment together
 

Benson Public Schools’ daycare received state approval last week and opened for business Tuesday morning. The Swift County Monitor-News will have more on the facility in next week’s edition.

Earlier this year, the District 777 Board of Education voted to submit an application to the State of Minnesota requesting permission to provide daycare for 16 infants and 28 toddlers in response to broad community demand. The daycare is on the ground floor of the Benson Junior High School.

Employers have said that providing adequate daycare in the community is important to them in attracting employees to the community.

Saturday at 8:30 the daycare facility is hoping that volunteers from the community will show up to help put together outdoor playground equipment. It is currently in boxes on the north side of the building.
 

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