April 2016

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County going ahead with bonding for broadband

Questions raised about security of loan to Federated

The sale of $7.805 million in general obligation bonds to finance broadband service expansion in eastern Swift County is a step closer to taking place following two public hearings on the sale last Tuesday.
With the bond funds, as well as a $4.95 million state broadband grant, Federated Telephone Cooperative of Chokio, plans to expand high-speed internet service to 600 households, 425 businesses and 75 community institutions, in the coming year.  The project affects 13 of the county’s 21 townships concentrated in areas just east of the Benson city limits.

The area in Swift County included in the project is most of each of the following townships in the eastern half of the county: Kerkhoven, Hayes, Pillsbury, Dublin, Kildare, Camp Lake, Benson, Torning, Cashel, Swenoda, Six Mile Grove and Clontarf.

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Over 70 community members attended BHS Co-Curricular Project meeting

Over 70 community members attended a BHS Co-Curricular Project meeting Monday night in the senior high cafeteria to discuss results of a community survey of BHS staff, parents, and students, while also trying to develop a mission statement, vision, and specific goals of BHS fine arts and activity offerings at BHS.  Bruce Miles, of the Big River Group, LLC, of St. Cloud, was on hand to lead the two-hour workshop designed to provide the school board with guidelines they will use in the coming months to help improve the vitality of extra-curricular offerings at BHS.  More on the meeting next week.

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Rain slows spring planting, but moisture is welcome

Minnesota farmers made good progress planting between rain showers during the week ending Sunday, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Despite only 3.8 days suitable for fieldwork, current year planting progress continues to make gains against the five-year average for most crops.

Though topsoil moisture levels are very good throughout much of the state, west central Minnesota farmers welcomed the rains that came Sunday night and Monday. The U.S. Drought Monitor showed the western two-thirds of Swift County in an abnormally dry area with both Big Stone and Traverse counties to the west in a moderate drought.

The U.S. Drought Monitor also showed western Pope County, all of Stevens County and western Chippewa County in an abnormally dry area.

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Enderson, Lee lead girls golf at Ortonville

Pictured are the starting six for the Benson-KMS girls golf team.

The Benson-KMS girls golf team placed eighth of 13 teams at the Ortonville Invitational last Wednesday at Ortonville.

Lac qui Parle won the team title by eight strokes over Minneota and by 13 strokes over the host team, while Benson-KMS was 61 strokes back in eighth with a 433 team total.

This week, the Fighting Braves are set to compete in the second WCC doubleheader of the season.  Benson-KMS is set to play at BOLD and ACGC, Friday after placing sixth and fourth at the opening two WCC meets at Glenwood and Morris, April 12.

Pictured are the starting six for the Benson-KMS girls golf team.  From left to right are coach Sally Jones, Kellie Enderson, Elizabeth Langan, Rachel Lee, Nicole Ascheman, Danielle Reuss, and Anna Samuelson.

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Saints stay undefeated with 4-0 week

KMS pitcher Samantha Gjerde pitches to catcher Savanna Hagen during the Saints’ 8-7 win over MACCRAY last week in Murdock.  The Saints won both games to improve to 11-0 overall.

It wasn’t easy, but the KMS softball team stayed undefeated for the season with a pair of doubleheader sweeps last week over Lac qui Parle (13-1 and 8-7) and MACCRAY (8-7 and 11-1).

The Saints had to rally for the 8-7 victory over LQP that took nine innings, and KMS also earned an 8-7 win over MACCRAY, Thursday after the Wolverines had rallied from an 8-0 deficit.

KMS, 11-0 overall and 10-0 in the conference, still has not lost a regular-season or Camden Conference game for five-plus seasons.  See Speaking of Sports for more info about the long streak.  This week, KMS was set to play a doubleheader at Dawson-Boyd, Tuesday (yesterday) before traveling to Willmar for a game, Thursday (tomorrow).

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Tennis team edges NLS for third win

Peyton LeClair (front) smashes back a shot at the net during a match against NLS last Tuesday night in Benson as partner Danny Johnson watches from behind.

The Benson boys tennis team split a pair of matches last week at home.  The Braves opened up the week with a 4-3 non-conference win over New London-Spicer last Tuesday night before being swept by defending WCC champion Lac qui Parle/Dawson-Boyd, Thursday, 7-0.

Benson, now 3-3 overall, has two more matches scheduled this week.  The Braves were set to host Montevideo, Monday, and play at MACCRAY, Thursday.  A match with Redwood Valley, which had been scheduled for April 26, was canceled.

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Benson-Hancock Softball holds off Montevideo, 11-10

Grace Lee raps a hit during the early innings of a doubleheader against Morris Area last Tuesday night in Benson, scoring Kayla Crowell (on third base) on the play.  Morris rallied with four runs in the fifth for a 5-3 win.

The Benson-Hancock softball team had a solid week of action last week, losing a doubleheader to league-leading Morris Area last Tuesday night in Benson, 5-3 and 12-5, but coming back to edge Montevideo, Thursday, 11-10.

Benson-Hancock, 2-4 overall and 1-3 in the WCC, was set to play a doubleheader at Minnewaska Area, Tuesday before coming home again for a game with Atwater-CGC, Thursday.

Morris 5-12, Ben-Hancock 3-5
Benson-Hancock was swept in a doubleheader by Morris Area last Tuesday night despite a strong effort by the Brave-Owls.  Morris Area scored four runs in the fifth to pull out a 5-3 victory in the first game, and then completed the sweep with a 12-5 win in the nightcap.

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Braves handle Hancock with ease, 20-2

Benson pitcher Jared Knutson picks up a short grounder during the Braves’ win against Hancock, Friday night, as thirdbaseman Brett Sulier comes up to help out if needed.

The Benson Braves went 1-2 last week, losing a pair of tough games at Morris Area to open up the week last Tuesday night, 1-0 and 6-3, but coming back to rout Hancock in a rare night game, Friday in Benson, 20-2.  The 20 runs against Hancock was the most runs scored by the Braves’ baseball team in 16 years (see Speaking of Sports).

Benson, now 2-4 overall and 0-4 in the WCC, was set to play at Lakeview, Tuesday (yesterday) before hosting Minnewaska Area for a doubleheader, Thursday.

“A big thank you goes out to everyone who came out and supported Benson baseball,” Benson coach Adam Foslien said.  “It was perfect weather and exciting experience for the players.  It was one of the biggest crowds I’ve seen at a baseball game in Benson for a long time.”

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Shirley A. Loen

Shirley A. Loen

Shirley A. Loen
May 11, 1942 • April 26, 2016

Shirley A. Loen, 73, of Benson, Minnesota died  Tuesday morning, April 26, 2016 at the Gabriel House in Murdock.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m.  Saturday, April 30 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson. Visitation was held  Friday, April 29 from 5-8 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson and continued for one hour prior to the service at the church, Saturday.

Shirley Ann Loen was born  May 11, 1942 in Benson, Minnesota, the daughter of Lloyd Melvin and Alice Elizabeth (Coryell) Lee.  She grew up on the farm in rural Benson and was baptized and confirmed at Lake Hazel Lutheran Church. She attended Benson schools and later attended St. Cloud State College.

December 22, 1962, she was united in marriage to Bruce Stanley Loen at Lake Hazel Lutheran Church. This union was blessed with over 52 years of marriage.

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Protecting Pollinators And Killing Mosquitoes

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

Swarms of mosquitos trying to suck you dry, leaving you itching, and with little red welts, can be very maddening. They can ruin an evening sitting outside with friends, or a round of golf, or playing a game of softball, spending time in your garden, or playing with your children in the backyard.

But those pesky mosquitoes are more than a summertime annoyance – they also potentially carry diseases that can be debilitating or even life threatening. The Zika virus, though the mosquitoes that carry it don’t live as far north as Minnesota, is getting a lot of headlines these days creating considerable concern. La Crosse encephalitis and West Nile virus are both carried by mosquitoes and do cause serious illness, even death, in Minnesota.

That is why citizens demand that their local governments spray on a regular schedule to keep mosquito populations down as much as possible.

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