February 2015

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Feb
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Three gymnasts earn All-WCC for Benson-KMS

Three members of the Benson-KMS gymnastics team were named to the 12-member All-Conference gymnastics team for 2014-2015.  The honor is determined from the regular-season as well as the WCC Tourney.
Earning All-Conference honors for Benson-KMS were KMS junior MiKaylie Hagen, Benson seventh-grader Mariah Ahrndt, and Benson ninth-grader Halle Hanson.
Hagen was fourth overall in the conference, behind three Melrose gymnasts, while Ahrndt was sixth and Hanson was 11th.
Just missing out on an All-Conference award was Benson sophomore Sophie Ascheman, who was 14th overall, while also earning points during the conference schedule were sophomores Carlie Lenz and Hannah Hanson, and junior Courtney Johnson.
Lydia Butkowski, of Melrose Area, was the top gymnast in the WCC this season and earned 127 points, while teammate Mady Brinkman was right behind with 123 points, and another Melrose gymnast, Kayla Austing, was third with 96.5 points.

Wed
25
Feb
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Storm top Fairmont, but fall to Hutch in next round

The Morris-Benson Area boys hockey team opened up the Section 3A Boys Hockey Tournament with a 5-4 overtime victory over Fairmont last Tuesday night in Morris, giving the Storm their fourth-straight victory.
One game later however, the Storm were eliminated with an 8-1 loss at second-seeded Hutchinson, Thursday night.  During that game, MBA took an early 1-0 lead and were tied at 1-1 through one period before Hutchinson scored seven goals on 37 shots in the second period to win by a rout.
MBA ended the season with a 10-17 overall record, which included a 4-5 mark in the Southwest Conference to finish third.
Seniors lost from this year’s team include Taner Gimberlin, Corey Goff, Brennden DeHaan, Bo Olson, Eric Johnson, Nate Vipond, Matt Hoffman, Bo Gullickson, Tyler Bergman, Brandon Gosson, Kyle Schwendemann, and Matt Ohren.
Gimberlin led the team in scoring with 54 points on team-highs of 27 goals and 27 assists, giving him 112 career points.

Wed
25
Feb
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Intolerance

by Hege Herfindahl

Wed
25
Feb
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NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETINGS AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS Feb. 2015

 The Annual Meeting for West Bank Township will be held at the Town Hall Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at 4:30 p.m.  Polls for the election of one supervisor for a 3 year term and one Treasurer for a 2 year term will open at 5:00 p.m. and close at 8:00 p.m.  Storm date is Tuesday, March 24, 2015.
 
Linda Styrbicky, Clerk
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NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING
AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Tue
24
Feb
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Police calls, charges filed; both are going up

Benson’s police force has seen a significant increase in the number of calls it is receiving annually and in the number of charges that are being filed.
The Benson Police Department provides 24-hour service to the community with the six officers who serve under Chief Ian Hodge.
Over the past five years, the total number of charges filed annually has more than doubled from 614 to 1,254. Meanwhile, the total number of calls has increased by nearly 70 percent, going from 2,687 in 2010 to 4,542 in 2014.
In 2010, Benson police filed an average 1.7 charges a day. That number has gone up to 3.4 per day. The number of calls the department received averaged 7.4 in 2010, but is at 12.4 today.
And 2015 is proving to be even busier. While the police force may have averaged 60 incident complaint reports (ICRs) a week in 2014, it has not seen fewer than 80 a week so far in 2015.

Tue
24
Feb
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Lorraine Naig, 96, of Starbuck

Funeral services for Lorraine Naig of Starbuck, Minnesota were  held Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 11 a.m. at West Zion Lutheran Church, rural Hancock, with Pastor Jackie Harvestine officiating. Visitation was held Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Starbuck Funeral Home in Starbuck and for one hour prior to services at the church  Thursday. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Hazel Lorraine Naig, daughter of Hendrick and Thea (Nelson) Hendrickson, was born April 18, 1918 in Hoff Township in Pope County, Minnesota. Her dad liked the name Hazel, but she ended up going by the name Lorraine. She was confirmed at West Zion Lutheran Church in 1932 by Rev. K. R. Palmer. Lorraine attended country school through the 8th grade and graduated from Hancock High School in 1937.

Tue
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Madelyn C. Danielson, 84, Benson

Madelyn C. Danielson, 84, died on Friday, February 20, 2015 at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home in Starbuck to join her loving husband Arnold of 56 years.  Funeral Services will be 11:00 A.M., Thursday, February 26, 2015, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Burial will be in the Benson City Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.  Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church.  Arrangements are with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, MN.
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Feb
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Lennie Vogelpohl, 62, of rural Murdock

Lennie Vogelpohl, 62, of rural Murdock, died Friday, January 30, 2015 at his home.  
Funeral services were 1 p.m., Tuesday, February 3 at Bethesda Lutheran Church, rural Murdock.  Visitation was from 5-7 p.m., Monday at the church and continued one hour prior to the service Tuesday.  
Lennie was born  December 11, 1952, in Litchfield, Minnesota, and was raised by his grandparents, William and Mary Vogelpohl.  Lennie lived in Eden Valley, Litchfield and Minneapolis, where he attended Phillips Junior High and attended Minneapolis South High School.  After moving to Willmar, Lennie attended Willmar Community College, earning his Associates Degree in 1987.
September 14, 1978, he was united in marriage to Kathryn Olson at her parent’s home.  Following their marriage, Lennie and Kathy lived in Willmar before moving to their home in rural Murdock.

Thu
19
Feb
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ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS - Benson city sewer project

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS
BENSON, MINNESOTA
South Side Sanitary Sewer Collector Replacement
Project No. BE1405
Notice is hereby given that sealed bids will be received by the CITY OF BENSON, Minnesota at the Benson City Hall, 1410 Kansas Avenue, Benson, Minnesota, 2:00 PM, Local Time on March 13, 2015 at which time all bids will be opened and read aloud for the furnishing of all materials, skill, labor and all else necessary for the South Side Sanitary Sewer Collector Replacement Project.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Sewer Collector Replacement.
Major items include the following approximate quantities:
1,428        LF 24” PVC Sanitary Sewer
60         LF 10” PVC Sanitary Sewer
140       LF 6” PVC Sanitary Sewer
7           Ea Standard Sanitary Sewer Manholes

Thu
19
Feb
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PUBLIC HEARING - Swift Cty. Highway Department

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Notice is hereby given that the Swift County Highway Department will be holding a Public Hearing at Benson, Minnesota, in the County Commissioner’s Room of the Swift County Courthouse, on March 3, 2015, at 9:00 A.M. on the tentative County Road System Improvement Program in accordance with Minnesota Department of Transportation Action Plan.
The County Highway Engineer will present for the County Board’s approval, a tentative County Road System Improvement Program for 2015 through 2019. Pertinent information relating to the Improvement Program will be available for public inspection.
Written statements and other exhibits in place of, or in addition to, oral statements will be accepted at the hearing and will be made part of the official record.

Andrew C. Sander
Swift County Engineer
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