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Tue
19
Mar
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March 2012 and 2013 see very different temps; St. Patrick's Day revelers keep the smiles

During the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Saturday, March 17, 2012, people lining the parade route were wearing t-shirts and shorts. The temperature was nearing 80 degrees.

Just the day before the high had hit 79 degrees setting an all-time record high for the month. As it reached mid-afternoon and the parade began winding its way down 13th Street, the temperature again hit 79 degrees in Benson. A good-sized crowd lined both sides of the street with parents bringing their young children out to gather the candy that would be thrown from the floats.

What a contrast to the 2013 St. Patrick’s Day parade!

With the temperature at 10 degrees – 69 degrees colder than the previous year – the parade route had far fewer people willing to brave the cold, made even more frigid by a 15 mph wind out of the north. The days high of 27 degrees was shortly after midnight, after which it steadily declined.

Fri
15
Mar
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Benson schools closed; icy conditions hinder travel

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for our area.

An upper-level disturbance will interact with a cold front on Friday to produce snow and mixed precipitation across parts of the northern Plains and Upper Midwest. Snowfall accumulations of 3 to 8 inches are expected from north-central North Dakota to west-central Wisconsin by Friday evening.

The seven day outlook for the greater Benson area is:
 

Wed
06
Mar
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Benson’s Fire Department answers 62 calls in 2012

Fire Chief Mark Schreck, along with other members of the department, gave the Benson City Council an update on the 2012 fire year and a heads-up on its future equipment needs at a meeting Feb. 19.
With the above average snowfall this winter, fire departments around the state are hoping that the spring fire threat will be lowered. But a dry March and warm weather could rapidly dry out the grasses, raising the fire threat.
Last year, Benson’s Fire Department responded to 62 calls. Fourteen of those calls were structure fires with the most serious the home fire in Benson.

Fri
25
Jan
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Cold weather, winds continue; students miss another day of school

On a day Benson school students were supposed to be making up for a day lost to a blizzard back on Dec. 10, they lost their make-up day to another blizzard.

Benson students will now be going to classes into June.

As District 777 school buses headed out on their routes early Monday morning the wind was blowing at s mild 10 mph out of the northwest. But in just 15 minutes, between 6:15 and 6:30 a.m., wind speeds pick up significantly, howling out of the northwest at between 30 and 36 mph.

The strong winds caused rapid drifting making some country roads impassable. At 6:40 a.m. a school bus was reported stuck in the country. The vehicle sent out to help get it unstuck, ended up in the ditch.

Fri
16
Dec
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Youth Conservation Corps at Wetland Management District seeks applicants

Youth Conservation Corps at Wetland Management District seeks applicants

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be hosting a Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Camp this summer at the Morris Wetland Management District.  
The YCC Program is a summer employment program for young males and females, 15 through 18 years of age, from all segments of society, who work, learn and earn together by doing projects on public lands.  The purpose of the program is to further the development and maintenance of the natural resources of the United States by America’s youth and, in so doing, to prepare them for the ultimate responsibility of maintaining and managing these resources for the American people.  
Applications for this program are currently available at the Morris Wetland Management District Headquarters and Benson, Chokio-Alberta, Hancock, Morris, West Central and Minnewaska Senior High Schools.  

Fri
16
Dec
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Saturday mail could end this August

Losing Saturday mail won’t have a big impact on most individuals and businesses in the communities.
Over the past two weeks, the Monitor-News has talked with numerous individuals and businesses about what the loss of Saturday mail would mean to them. Some simply shrug and say it isn’t a big deal. Others say the impact will be an inconvenience, but they will adapt.
Post Master General Pat Donahoe announced Feb. 6 that he is ending Saturday mail the first week in August. The move will save the Postal Service $2 billion annual, he says. The Postal Service will continue to put mail in Postal Service boxes and keep the doors open for people to pick up their mail.
However, a relatively small percentage of the American population has a Postal Service box. Further the hours are very limited on Saturdays, often between one and two hours in the many rural areas of the state, including West Central Minnesota.

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