Local NewsMinute: Highway 12, ACES, Benson Renovation, And Susie Hanson 14 Feb 18

Work Has Begun In Benson Schools

Following a special session, and a unanimous vote of the Benson School Board, a $695,000 renovation of the North Civic Center officially underway.
Superintendent Dennis Laumeyer says the District wants to get the gymnastics program, as well as various PhyEd and community-related activities out of the Benson Armory, which the City is hoping to use for other events.
The project’s architect is currently assembling blueprints, the goal is to finish construction by September 1.

Documentary Returns To MAES

Jeanne Ennen, Vice Chair of the Stevens County Board of Commissioners, hopes you’ll come to the Morris Area Elementary School’s Concert Hall tomorrow night. She’s presenting a second screening of Resilience, an hour-long documentary about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), the physical and mental effects of chronic stress on childhood development.
The film rolls at 6:30 p.m., it’s free and open to the public.

Highway 12 Detours Are A Long(er) Story

Detours on Highway 12 through Ortonville will remain in place at least through the end of the week.
Late Monday, the downhill stretch between Highways 7 and 75 was closed for more extensive maintenance. Interim Public Affairs Coordinator T.J. Melcher says the repairs only last a day or two, but the new concrete requires up to a week for curing.

A Notice From The Stevens County Attorney’s Office

Susie Hanson, Stevens County’s new Victim-Witness Coordinator, has an important message to anyone she might serve in the future.
Her job is to liaise with those who have experienced crime, and might have to appear as a witness. However, because Hanson is employed by the County Attorney, she could be asked to testify about anything said to her by the victims.
Hanson estimates the next trial she’ll be involved with will start next month.