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Waiting for snowfall

Not all Benton County residents are savoring the relatively warm start to the winter. A passionate group of snowmobilers hope a second consecutive year of heavy snowfall returns. The Benton …

Benton County’s Dec. 7 truth-in-taxation public hearing featured a swift and efficient staff presentation. Traditionally, county administrator Montgomery Headley keeps his annual budget …

Benton County has received an $88,078 detour agreement reimbursement from the state of Minnesota. County engineer Chris Byrd explained the source of the additional revenue during a Nov. 21 …

Foley council approves 9.42% levy increase

The Foley City Council adopted a resolution to approve a 9.42% tax levy increase after a Dec. 5 public hearing was completed at Foley City Hall. No residents spoke during the hearing.  The …

Sgt. Sprinkles reporting for duty

Since joining the Benton County Sheriff’s Office in late November, Sgt. Sprinkles, the agency’s latest recruit, has quickly amassed a substantial social media following and effectively …

Empowering through education

Studies like the Minnesota Student Survey have revealed significant increases in types of human trafficking among certain segments of Benton County youth between 2019 and 2022. Public health …

A streak of illegal dumping has led to an estimated 100 tires littered along rural roadways and eaten nearly $1,000 from the Benton County Highway Department’s operating budget, according to …

Thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Catholic Schools Center of Excellence, St. John’s Area School will soon provide a service many parents have demanded for years: A five-day-per-week …

Nearly a month after the Foley Police Department posted a part-time officer position opening, not a single candidate has applied. Law enforcement agencies across the state are understaffed and …

The 64th annual Benton County 4-H Adult Volunteers & Leaders Banquet was Nov. 19 at Jack & Jim’s in Duelm. The event signified the end of the 4-H year and was an appreciation dinner and …

Community Stars

Chmielewski receives scholarship FARGO, N.D. — Max Chmielewski , son of Richard and Michelle Chmielewski of Foley, received the North Dakota State University Provost Award. The award …

Vandals destroy rural mailboxes

Benton County sheriff’s deputies investigated Nov. 19 two mailboxes that were believed to have been vandalized from the inside by explosives in Alberta and Graham townships. Benton County …

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