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06
Nov
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Coalition, police raise awareness of state’s crosswalk law

Last week some people may have noticed a few pedestrians in the community who repeatedly crossed the street. They weren’t just aimlessly wandering around – they were raising awareness of Minnesota’s crosswalk law.

Motor vehicle crashes have killed 33 pedestrians so far this year. According to crash facts from the Department of Public Safety, 45 pedestrians died and 987 were injured in crashes with vehicles in 2018 and 42 pedestrian deaths and 1,053 injuries happened in 2017.

Fall is a particularly bad time for pedestrian accidents. With shorter days and more hours of darkness there is an increase in the number of crashes between people driving and walking...

 

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Wed
06
Nov
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Benson schools debate use of civic center for gymnastics

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

One potential hurdle for renovation of the north end of Benson Civic Center for use by the Benson Public Schools for gymnastics and other programs has been overcome.

As it pursued renovation of the building for gymnastics, the school and civic center boards sought bids for the project. Kranz Construction of Milan said it could do the project for $493,000.

Though it has been more than a year since Kranz gave the school district its bid, it has agreed to honor it if work begins soon on the facility, School Board Member Bill McGeary told fellow board members at their Oct. 21 meeting.

“The civic center has done its part. The city has done its part. Whether or not this project goes forward is now at this table,” McGeary said.

Wed
06
Nov
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Collins wins second term; incumbent council members reelected

Mayor Terri Collins

Unopposed on the ballot, Benson Mayor Terri Collins was reelected to the city council for a second two-year term Tuesday.

Local voters also reelected the two incumbents on the council to four-year terms. Lucas Olson and Jon Buyck were the top two vote getters in the four-way race for the two open seats.

Incumbents Mark Schreck and Jack Evenson have two years remaining in their current four-year terms.

 

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01
Nov
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Collins unopposed; four seek two Benson council seats

By Reed Anfinson

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Swift County Monitor-News

Benson Mayor Terri Collins is running for a second two-year term and faces no opposition. However, Benson’s two incumbent council members up for election will face two opponents when city voters go to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Incumbent Council Members Lucas Olson and Jon Buyck have filed for re-election to four-year terms on the council and will face Larry Smith and Nathan Sullivan on the ballot.

Collins became Benson’s first woman mayor when she won last election in a landslide in the November 2017 election getting 626 votes to challenger Anita Flodstrom’s 76. Collins was serving as a member of the council at the time.

Olson won a seat on the city council in a special election Jan. 10, 2017, to complete the three years left in Jonathon Pogge-Weaver’s term. Pogge-Weaver had left Benson to move to Iowa.

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01
Nov
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School sells $3.2 million in bonds for HVAC projects

By Reed Anfinson

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Swift County Monitor-News

Benson Public Schools sold $3.07 million in Long Term Facilities Maintenance (LTFM) bonds Oct. 21 to finance heating, air conditioning and ventilation work at the high school.

 LTFM bonds do not require a vote of the district’s residents. The bonds will be paid off in 15 years.

Three bids were submitted to the district with the low bidder Northland Securities out of Minneapolis at 2.07 percent, Matt Hammer of Ehlers told the school board. During the presale discussions, Ehlers and the district were looking at 2.46 percent interest rate.

That is nearly 40 basis points lower than what the district was looking at in August, “which is really good,” Hammer told school board members at their Oct. 21 meeting. That translates into about $114,000 less in interest payments that the district was looking at earlier, he said...

 

Wed
23
Oct
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Heavy rains Monday stall area’s fall harvest efforts

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

Area farmers were out in force from the middle of last week through the weekend combining corn and soybeans and lifting beets where the ground was dry enough for their equipment.

Monday night a large low-pressure system moved into Minnesota bringing with it a steady wind-driven rainfall. At 7:30 p.m. Monday wind a wind gust of 55 mph was recorded at the Benson Municipal Airport. The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for western Minnesota for Monday afternoon into Tuesday stating the wind gusts could approach 60 mph.

Monday’s strong winds caused tree limbs to break and tipped over apple trees still laden with fruit.

By midnight Monday, 1.65 inches of rain had fallen in the Benson area bringing the month’s total precipitation to 3.83 inches. That is 1.53 inches above the average of 2.30 inches...

 

Wed
23
Oct
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New parking law passed by Benson council

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Only one resident showed up at the Benson City Council public hearing Monday night on a new parking ordinance that prohibits parking in front yards on unprepared surfaces.

Some who had planned on attending the meeting could have changed their minds due to the foul weather - a cold rain driven by winds gusting to 55 mph.

Benson’s council unanimously passed the second reading of the proposed parking law change after hearing concerns raised by Nathan Miller, who lives on the corner of 15th Street South and Stone Avenue.

To become law, an amendment to the city ordinances must have two readings at two separate city council meetings. After the second reading is approved, the proposed law is published in the city’s legal newspaper, the Swift County Monitor-News.

Wed
23
Oct
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Build at human services; improve security; don’t raise taxes

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Improvements to the Swift County Human Services building to create more space and enhance the safety of its employees is the top recommendation of the Citizens Perspective Committee.

“We recommend that you folks go ahead with that project,” committee spokesman Robert Zielsdorf told the Swift County Board of Commissioners at their Oct. 15 meeting. “We think that is really, really necessary.”

It also recommends mechanical improvements to the Swift County jail and upgrades to the Law Enforcement Center basement to again house 6W Community Corrections.

Improvements for safety and operations also are needed for the Swift County attorney’s office, the committee recommends.

These improvements are to be made without raising taxes through a bond issue to pay for the improvements, Zielsdorf told commissioners.

Wed
16
Oct
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2019 BHS Homecoming

Pictured are Queen Mariah Ahrndt and King Carlos Gonsor following the BHS Homecoming coronation.

Wed
16
Oct
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TEAM Promise needs your help

TEAM Promise is seeking volunteers to help it expand the number of mentors who can help provide life skills training to area youth.

The program’s goal is to have at least one volunteer from each area church/organization each week to help make this a venture that is truly a community-wide outreach to lift up and support at-risk youth in our community, its directors say...
 

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