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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

Fri
03
Jan
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City keeps tax increase to 4.5%

After reducing taxes by 11.7 percent for 2013, the Benson City Council voted a 4.5 percent increase for 2014.  That increase raises the city’s tax levy by $60,716, from $1.261 million in 2013 to $1.321 million for 2014.
City taxpayers also will be paying $70,896 in taxes to pay down the general obligations bonds approved by voters to pay for the Benson outdoor swimming pool renovation.
The council approved a budget for 2014 that calls for $3,545,787 in revenues and $3,495,733 in expenses. The budget has a projected surplus of $54,054.
State tax law allows the cities to tax specifically for certain operations including police department wage and benefit costs and library operations. The city also taxes to recover for a tax abatement given to Claussen Properties as part of an economic development project.

Tue
31
Dec
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Amundson Violin to be on Pioneer’s ‘Postcards’ program

Sunday at 7 p.m,  Pioneer Public Television will air the fourth installment of the fifth season of Postcards -- a weekly regional art, culture and history program.  
The episode will feature stories about an internationally recognized contemporary artist living in Spicer, a highly regarded violin maker and repairer in Benson, an up and coming filmmaker in Montevideo and a state wide Rural Arts and Culture Summit in Morris.
The 30-minute episode will be repeated Monday, Jan. 6th at 1:30 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 9 at 7:00 p.m. The program will also be available for online viewing after January 5th through the station’s web site:  www.pioneer.org/postcards.
Brian David Downs is the subject of the first segment of the Postcards program.  Downs is a contemporary artist with national clients living in the small town of Spicer, MN (pop: 1,180).  

Tue
31
Dec
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Amundson Violin to be on Pioneer’s ‘Postcards’ program

Sunday at 7 p.m,  Pioneer Public Television will air the fourth installment of the fifth season of Postcards -- a weekly regional art, culture and history program.  
The episode will feature stories about an internationally recognized contemporary artist living in Spicer, a highly regarded violin maker and repairer in Benson, an up and coming filmmaker in Montevideo and a state wide Rural Arts and Culture Summit in Morris.
The 30-minute episode will be repeated Monday, Jan. 6th at 1:30 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 9 at 7:00 p.m. The program will also be available for online viewing after January 5th through the station’s web site:  www.pioneer.org/postcards.
Brian David Downs is the subject of the first segment of the Postcards program.  Downs is a contemporary artist with national clients living in the small town of Spicer, MN (pop: 1,180).  

Mon
30
Dec
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Cold nights remain

While a trace of snow was predicted today, with Benson thought to be on the edges, a few inches of the powdery stuff fell in the city.  Benson shopowners cleared the walks as a balmy 3 degrees was reached this afternoon.

The evening, however, could again hold the chill that has had us in its grip for several days:

Tonight (Monday): Partly cloudy with chance of light snow. Lows around -18°F. Wind chill around -33°F. Northwest wind to 8 MPH. Chance of precipitation near 20%.

Tuesday, New Years Eve, Dec 31
Scattered Snow Showers    Day: Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers. Highs around -4°F. Wind chill around -14°F. North wind to 5 MPH. Chance of precipitation near 45%.
Scattered Snow Showers    Night: Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers. Lows around -9°F. Wind chill around -24°F. East wind to 8 MPH. Chance of precipitation near 50%.

Mon
23
Dec
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Benson-KMS gymnastics team continues strong

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team continued its strong season, winning a home meet with Long Prairie-Grey Eagle during Parent’s Night, Thursday in the Benson Armory, 129.85-117.675.
The score was a season-high for the Fighting Braves, who have just three seniors and juniors on this year’s team.
MiKaylie Hagen won the all-around for the Fighting Braves with a score of 33.95, while Shayla Burns was third, and Caitlin Flower was fourth.
The Benson-KMS gymnasts, who are 4-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference, have the week off to prepare for their next meet set for Saturday, Jan. 4 at the Marshall Tourney.
Benson-KMS has two more home meets over the course of the season -- Tuesday, Jan. 14 against Willmar, and Friday, Jan. 31 versus Morris Area-CA.

Mon
23
Dec
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Bitterly cold temps sink into region; Monday night will be even colder

More frigid weather has descended from the Arctic sending temperatures plunging below zero. After a low of a minus 6 degrees, Sunday’s high reached just zero before sliding back into negative numbers.
Early Monday morning the temperature fell to a minus 17 degrees with winds gusting to 22 mph out of the northwest dropping the windchill to a very dangerous minus 42 degrees. The high was forecast to struggle to make it to a minus 8 degrees.
Though Monday’s high would be the coldest high temperature of the winter if it only reaches a minus 8 degrees, it isn’t going to be close to the record low high temperature for Dec. 23. That was set back in 1983 when the high was a minus 16 degrees and the low minus 28 degrees.
By Christmas Eve day the high is supposed to reach a relatively balmy 18 degrees, but that won’t be until after the low reaches a minus 24 degrees early Tuesday

Wed
04
Dec
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Winter storm creates hazardous driving conditions in some areas

With nearly 5 inches of snow on the ground and winds gusting to 30 dropping windchills to a minus 25 degrees, Benson Schools started two hours late Thursday.
Road conditions throughout the area were poor with pack snow and ice creating slick conditions. The Swift County-Benson Ambulance and Benson Fire Department were called to assist at the scene of an accident 3 miles east on U.S. 12 shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday. No report has been issued yet on the status of those in the vehicle.
With the temperature at 3 degrees and the wind gusting to 31 mph at the time, rescue personnel were enduring 20-below windchills.

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