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Tue
11
Feb
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Cold causing water pipes to freeze - 10th Street South problems today

by Reed Anfinson, Editor and Publisher

****The City of Benson has experienced a water main break on 10th Street South. Repairs will start on the break today  at 12pm and will take 2-3 hours. Residents affected will be those on 10th Street South from Kansas Avenue to Homewood Avenue.

Tue
11
Feb
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Organic Transition Cost Share program deadline is Friday

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) reminds growers of the February 14, 2014 deadline to apply for the 2013 Minnesota Organic Transition Cost Share program.
The program helps farmers who are transitioning their land or livestock to certified organic status. It reimburses part of the cost to work with a USDA-accredited organic certifying agency during the transition period, which typically lasts 36 months. Certifying agencies visit farms and verify that the farmers’ practices comply with federal organic regulations.
In addition, farmers can request reimbursement for soil testing costs and registration fees to attend an organic education conference in Minnesota or a neighboring state.
Farmers transitioning to organic can receive a rebate of 75 percent of these eligible costs. The maximum payment is $750 per year for three years or until they achieve organic certification, whichever comes first.

Tue
11
Feb
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Group seeks solutions to child care needs

Providing families with affordable, reliable, and flexible day care is a substantial challenge in many rural communities around Minnesota.
When a community can’t provide the day care services families need, they will look for jobs and homes in communities where the services are offered.
When families in rural Minnesota can’t find day care services that meet their needs, Minnesota loses part of its potential workforce as one parent is forced to stay at home with a child.
To address the day care challenges facing rural western Minnesota, First Children’s Finance and the Southwest Initiative Foundation have teamed up for a program called Greater Than Minnesota. It builds on the themes that:
 - Greater Minnesota is greater than the sum of all its parts.
- Greater Minnesota is greater than the challenges it faces.
- Greater Minnesota has dreams for its children that are greater than the status quo.

Thu
06
Feb
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SCBH hears report on OB services

By Reed Anfinson, Publisher
As the Swift County-Benson Hospital (SCBH) Board of Governors weighed the many challenges and requirements for reinstating the delivery of babies, it decided it needed guidance in how to proceed.
To that end, it contracted with Dr. Kathryn Duevel of Health Delivery Science and a long-time Affiliated Community Medical Centers (ACMC)-Willmar obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN) physician.
Duevel’s role was to not only help the governing board ask the right questions as it deliberates reinstating OB services, but the requirements and steps to follow if it does.

Thu
06
Feb
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Nelson seeking Republican endorsement

Retired MACCRAY High School teacher and coach Gary Nelson announced Monday that he would seek the Republican endorsement for the District 17A House seat.
District 17A is made up of Swift and Chippewa counties, most of Renville County, and the four southwestern Kandiyohi County townships of Edwards, Holland, Roseland and Lake Lillian.
If he gets the endorsement, Nelson will be taking on incumbent Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party incumbent Rep. Andrew Falk of rural Murdock. Falk is serving his third term in the state House.

Photo:  Nelson lives in Clara City and works as a bus driver during his retirement.

Mon
20
Jan
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No school in Benson today - Monday (again); wind chill warning

...DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS EXPECTED 
TODAY THROUGH MIDDAY
TUESDAY...

.A WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT 
FOR THE ENTIRE COVERAGE AREA THROUGH TUESDAY 
MORNING. TEMPERATURES HAVE NOW FALLEN BELOW
ZERO AND WILL STAY THERE UNTIL AT LEAST MIDDAY 
TUESDAY. DURING THIS TIME WINDS WILL REMAIN 
MAINLY ABOVE 10 MPH...ALLOWING FOR
DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS FROM 35 TO 50 BELOW 
ZERO TODAY THROUGH
TUESDAY MORNING.

IN ADDITION...THIS MORNING...NORTHWEST 
WINDS WILL CONTINUE TO GUST TO AROUND 
30 MPH IN THE MINNESOTA RIVER VALLEY. 
THESE WINDS WILL CONTINUE CREATE AREAS 
OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW FROM WEST
CENTRAL INTO SOUTH CENTRAL 
MINNESOTA THROUGH THIS MORNING.

Here's the current weather outlook:

 

Fri
17
Jan
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Ethanol backers urged to protest proposed cuts

Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture Dave Frederickson was in Benson Monday urging area residents to contact the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to voice opposition to lower the country’s Renewable Fuels Standard.
EPA is proposing to reduce the volume of ethanol required in the nation’s gas supply in 2014 from a promised 14.4 billion gallons to close to 13 billion gallons.
If the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) mandate is rolled back, it will mean a reduction of 110 million gallons of production in Minnesota, Frederickson told the crowd gathered at the Benson Golf Club. That is the equivalent of shutting down two Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) plants, he added.

Thu
16
Jan
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Benson schools closed today - Thursday

A two hour late start has turned into the cancellation of school as morning light revealed slippery roads.

The promise of high winds picking up again combined with the road conditions will make travel hazardous today as a blizzard rolls into the area.

 

Thu
09
Jan
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Influenza vs. ‘Stomach Flu’; Cases of both showing up

by Gloria Tobias
DPC & EP Coordinator, Countryside Public Health

How many times have you hear others tell you they have the flu? Now what do they mean by that - do they mean influenza or “stomach flu?” 
Both are viruses but the influenza is a respiratory illness with symptoms of coughing, sneezing, fever and body aches.  Stomach flu, as society has called it for years, is gastroenteritis most often caused by a norovirus. Here in Minnesota, areas of the state are experiencing an increase in the number of these two illnesses.
Norovirus is a very contagious virus. You can get it from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces.

Fri
03
Jan
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Cost of mailing a letter going up

First-class stamps to cost 49 cents as of Jan. 26

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