May 2015

Fri
29
May
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Saints one of four teams left in Section 3A

The KMS softball team suffered its first loss of the season in the fourth game of the Section 3A Tourney, but the Saints are still one of four teams still in the running for the section title and another state tournament berth.
The Saints opened up the tourney with a 12-2 win over YME followed by a 10-0 shutout of BOLD last Tuesday night in Murdock.  Four days later at Cottonwood, the Saints rallied to beat Springfield, 6-5, but in the upper bracket finals, KMS was defeated by its nemesis, Southwest MN Christian-Edgerton, 3-2, sending the Saints back into consolation bracket where it will have to win three-straight games for the Section 3A title.
Springfield and BOLD were set to meet at 4 p.m., Tuesday (yesterday) in Cottonwood in an elimination game with KMS taking on the winner at about 5:30 p.m.  The winner of the 5:30 p.m. game moves on to face Edgerton at 4 p.m., Thursday (tomorrow) in Cottonwood with a second game to follow, if necessary.

Fri
29
May
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Enderson only golfer to advance

Kellie Enderson was the lone Benson-KMS golfer to advance past the semifinal round of the Section 3AA Golf Tourney into this week’s finals.
The Benson-KMS team competed with 15 other teams, Thursday at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Willmar with the top five teams and 14 top individual from the other teams advancing to Thursday’s (tomorrow) Section 3AA finals at Oakdale GC in Hutchinson.
No team or individual information was available to the Monitor-News; only that Enderson was one of the golfers to qualify to the section finals.
Enderson was also the only Benson-KMS golfer to earn All-Conference this year.

PHOTO: Kellie Enderson was the only BKMS golfer to make it to this week’s Section 3AA golf finals.

Thu
28
May
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Community garden gets underway for the season

The Garden’s Growing Wild for Our Community project is in its fourth season. The project is always looking for volunteers from any club, church, or community member that would be willing to help with the upkeep of the vegetable garden.  If you help with the upkeep of the garden, you are also able to harvest from the garden as well during the Summer.  The project is planning the implementation of the flower gardens for the months of June, July, and August.  Anyone with garden, landscaping, or horticulture, etc. background and would like to share your expertise; please get ahold of Clint Schiller, it would be greatly appreciated.  This project is also looking for perennials that you would be willing to donate either from your own garden (that needs to be thinned out) or purchased.  

Thu
28
May
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BHS to graduate 74 students Sunday

The 125th commencement for Benson High School is set for 2 p.m., Sunday, May 31 in the senior high gymnasium.  
The Class of 2015 has 74 students and has selected Taylor Laumeyer, daughter of Dennis and Jennifer Laumeyer of Benson, and Bradley Berens, son of Brent and Linette Berens of Benson, as the student speakers for this year’s graduation program.
The last day of school for students at Benson Schools is Wednesday, May 27.  This is a half day for students.  
A complete class list for the BHS Class of 2015 can be found on page 5B of this week’s Monitor-News.  The Special Graduation Section will be in the June 3 newspaper.

Thu
28
May
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Swift County, Pillsbury township debate ownership of old U.S. 12 bridge

Swift County is trying to determine just who owns the old U.S. Highway 12 bridge 1.2 miles southeast of Kerkhoven because it will have an impact on who is responsible for its upkeep and potential replacement.
The bridge is one of the oldest in the county and has been flagged as the most deficient as well. A 100 rating is a perfect mark for a bridge while anything under 50 or 60 is deficient, Swift County Highway Engineer Andy Sander told the county board of commissioners at their meeting May19. The old U.S. 12 bridge has a rating of 34. It was last inspected more than six years go.
While its rating is very poor, the bridge is not used by the general public. When the new railroad tracks overpass was built in the 1980s, the old section of U.S. 12 and the bridge were by-passed. Today, it is used by Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad to fill up a propane tank.

Tue
26
May
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Gloria Lee Smith, 68, St. Augustine, FL

Gloria Lee Smith, 68, passed away peacefully at her home in St Augustine, Florida, surrounded by loved ones, Thursday, May 21, 2015 following a brief battle against a deadly form of brain cancer.
A memorial service and reception will be held at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson, Minnesota at 1 p.m.  Sat., June 13, 2015.  
In lieu of flowers, Gloria had requested that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, or the ASPCA, as she loved animals.    
Gloria will be deeply missed by her husband of 49 years, Robert Smith, their two daughters, four grandchildren, her brother David (Diane) Janson,  her extended family and friends.

Thu
21
May
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Donna Christenson “Chris ” Lamphere, 79, Jasper, GA

Donna Christenson “Chris ” Lamphere, 79, died of complications from C.O.P.D. at Piedmont Hospital in Jasper, Georgia on Wednesday, April 29, 2015.
Chris was born  June 2, 1935 in St. Paul, Minnesota. During her high school years in Benson, she was a cheerleader and in the drama club. She was also an accomplished pianist, writer, and singer.
She lived and worked in Minneapolis, San Francisco and Chicago before marrying the love of her life, Albert “Ab” Lamphere in 1965 during a Minnesota blizzard. After living in Virginia and then Florida, they settled in Nashville, Tennessee where they raised their two daughters, Nancy and Karen.

Thu
21
May
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Henderson charged in robbery near hospital

Melinda Amelia Henderson, 23, Benson, has been charged with felony simple robbery and misdemeanor fifth degree assault-bodily harm in Swift County 8th Judicial District Court.
Henderson made her first appearance in court May 8 with an omnibus hearing set for June 2.
According to the complaint filed by Swift County Attorney Danielle Olson, Henderson assaulted Donna Ascheman near the emergency entrance of the Swift County-Benson Hospital and stole her purse shortly before midnight May 6.
Ascheman had come to the hospital to meet her brothers, Gerald and Steve Wersinger, and to see their mother who had been admitted earlier that evening.
After parking her car, Ascheman started walking toward the ER entry. The complaint states that as she crossed Wisconsin Avenue from the parking lot and was walking toward the entry, two women started coming toward her. As they approached, she told them she was at the hospital to see her mother, the complaint states.

Thu
21
May
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School board votes to conduct follow-up survey after bond referendum is defeated

Minutes after approving the results of the defeated bond referendum, the District 777 Board of Education agreed to conduct a follow-up survey with School Perceptions to find out why the bond referendum was defeated.  
In addition, it will help give the school district the information it needs to conduct its next step, whether that be a scaled-down version of the referendum, or no referendum at all.
During the Monday night meeting, attended by about 30 community members in addition to BHS administration representatives, the board also approved the 2015-2016 calendar, which is set to begin Sept. 8.

Thu
21
May
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Ordinance to Amend Benson City Zoning Map

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE
ZONING MAP OF THE CITY OF BENSON
 
The City of Benson does ordain:
 
The Zoning Map of Benson, Minnesota, as provided by section 154.057 of the Benson City Code of 2003 is hereby amended to set forth that the property in the City of Benson described as:
Part of the Northeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter (NE ¼-NE ¼) of Section Six (6), Township One Hundred Twenty-one (121) North, Range Thirty-nine (39) West, Swift County, Minnesota described as follows:

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