May 2016

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Plan calls for adding classrooms for early childhood education

School board focuses on work at Northside school

After looking at a maintenance and construction 10-year plan that could have totaled $11.5 to $14 million District 777’s Board of Education is now looking at plan that is closer to $8.4 million to $11.9 million.

The current proposal presented by Supt. Dennis Laumeyer has the board taking no action in 2016 to ask property taxpayers for additional funding. However, in 2017 it will be seeking funding for both a new operating levy and for construction of an addition to the Northside Elementary School for early childhood classrooms. The plan also calls for a substantial renovation of the Northside’s kitchen and the addition of a lunchroom.

It is estimated that the addition of six pre-school classrooms to the Northside would cost around $3.2 million. “If you put on a preschool facility, you are making a commitment to Northside for many, many years,” Laumeyer told the board at its May 16 meeting.

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May
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Minnesota Legislature Fails Citizens Again

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

Going into the 2016 Minnesota legislative session members of the House and Senate knew one of the most important items on their agenda was a transportation bill to address the state’s failing roads and bridges.

It was a priority piece of legislation they’ve known they needed to work out since they adjourned last May without getting it done. They knew the deadline for reaching compromise and passing a bill that benefited state residents as well as local governments was May 22. That compromise had to be reached between Democrats who control the Senate, Republicans who control the state House, and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton.

Legislature leaders also knew that a comprehensive bonding bill to address the state’s failing public works infrastructure was critical. Both bills meant not only that badly needed work would get done, but they also meant jobs for Minnesotans.

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Louise Mortenson

Louise Mortenson

Louise Mortenson
March 19, 1930 • May 19, 2016

Louise Mortenson, 86, formerly of Granite Falls, died Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Breckenridge.  Funeral services were held Saturday, May 28 at 3 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church.  Burial was held in Mound Cemetery in Ortonville.  Visitation was held one hour prior to services at the church.  

Louise Charlotte Mortenson was born March 19, 1930 to Benjamin and Dora (Brandt) LaCombe at the family farmstead in Lac Qui Parle County, Minnesota that is now the Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge.  She passed away May 19, 2016 at St. Francis Nursing Home in Breckenridge, Minnesota.

Louise was baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ortonville.  She attended and graduated from Ortonville Public School.

Fri
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May
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BHS Senior High Spring Concert

Brock Duncan directs the Concert Band during its portion of the senior high (grades 9-12) Spring Concert.

Pictured, Brock Duncan directs the Concert Band during its portion of the senior high (grades 9-12) Spring Concert, Monday night in the Jr. High Auditorium.  Also included in the concert were the Varsity Band, Concert Choir, and Freshman Girls’ Choir.

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May
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Benson is offered elevator for $190,000

Owners of the large concrete and wood grain elevator along Minnesota Highway 9 west have approached the City of Benson about buying the site.

Owners of the large concrete and wood grain elevator along Minnesota Highway 9 west have approached the City of Benson about buying the site.

For $190,000, the owners have said they will level the elevator to bare ground and turn the site over to Benson, City Manager Rob Wolfington told the city council Monday night.

The purchase is not essential for any city project, he told the council and a decision is not needed any time soon. But Wolfington said he wanted to put it before council members for them to think about.
Benson’s council has looked at the property in the past, but the permits alone to tear it down would cost $20,000 with the demolition another $120,000 or more.

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May
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Highways 9, 12 & 29 will be torn up in 2017

MnDOT gave the Benson City Council an overview of the work that will be done.

Next year the Minnesota Department of Transportation will be doing an extensive highway reconstruction project through Benson resurfacing Highways 12, 9 and 29. It will also be enlarging the intersections at both stoplights for better turning radiuses. Another part of the project will be bringing all the sidewalks along the highways up to current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.  Monday night Justin Knoph, an engineer with the MnDOT’s District 4 office in Detroit Lakes who will over see the ADA portion of the project, gave the Benson City Council an overview of the work that will be done.

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Fri
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May
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Tennis team competes at WCC Tournament

Eric Hoium has to stretch for a shot during a match in Benson earlier this season at first singles.  The Braves were set to host Minnewaska, Monday, in the regular-season finale.

The Benson boys tennis team had a strange week last week.  The Braves opened up last week with a postponement and cancellation before finally getting in a match at Litchfield, Thursday, which Benson lost 7-0.  Saturday, the Braves took part in the WCC Individual Tournament Montevideo where the first doubles team of Dylan McNeill and Kevin Johnson placed second, Eric Hoium placed third at first singles, and the second doubles team of Kyle Ruppert and Josh Clark was also third.

A match against Minnewaska Area, which was scheduled for last Monday, has been reset for Monday, May 16 due to rain and cold last week, while a match at Milbank last Tuesday was canceled.

The Section 6A Team Tournament is set to begin with quarterfinal matches at 4:30 p.m., Thursday.  Foley, Litchfield, Pine City, and St. Cloud Cathedral will earn the top four seeds, while Benson will be seeded fifth and will play at St. Cloud Cathedral in the quarterfinals.
 

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May
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Braves split one-run games with BOLD

Lane Geyer can’t quite come up with this throw from the catcher as a BOLD player attempts to steal third base.

The Benson baseball team scored just four runs last week during three WCC games and the results were one win and two losses.

The Braves, who dropped to 4-10 overall and 1-9 in the WCC, opened up the week with a doubleheader split with BOLD, winning the first game on a walk-off steal of home in the first game, 1-0, but losing the second on a walk-off, sacrifice fly by BOLD, 2-1.  Two days later, the Braves lost at home to Melrose, 7-2.

The Braves have a busy week scheduled this week, beginning with a game at home against Minnewaska Area, Monday, and continuing with a home game with Montevideo, Thursday, and a game at Sauk Centre, Friday.
 

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Fri
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May
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Brave-Owls split with Sauk Centre

Kamri Kalthoff comes through with a hit during a game against Sauk Centre last week, driving home Grace Lee from third base.  The Brave-Owls split the doubleheader.

The Benson-Hancock softball team went 1-2 last week to put its record at 5-10 overall and 3-10 in the WCC heading into the final week of the regular-season.

The Brave-Owls split a doubleheader with Sauk Centre last Tuesday night in Benson, winning the first game 7-5, but losing the second, 12-7.  Two nights later, Benson-Hancock lost a close game at Montevideo, 6-4.

Benson-Hancock was set to close out the regular-season with a game at Atwater-CGC, Tuesday.  The Section 3AA Tourney is set to begin Tuesday, May 24.  For a look at possible first-round pairings for B-H, pick up a copy of this week's paper and turn to Speaking of Sports on page 3B.

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May
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Saints split key Camden contests

Rylan Hatlestad pitches for the Saints during a win over Prinsburg last Tuesday night as shortstop Weston Gjerde looks on.

A great start to the week for the KMS baseball team ended on a sour note as the Saints beat Prinsburg in a key Camden Conference game last Tuesday night in Sunburg, 9-2, but then dropped a pair of decisions later in the week to Yellow Medicine East, 4-2, and Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, 12-5.

The loss to YME pushed the Saints into second place in the Camden Conference with only a few games to go, while the loss to BBE occurred at Dick Siebert Field on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis.

KMS, which dropped to 10-4 overall and 7-2 in the Camden, have four games scheduled this week.  The Saints were set to play at Lac qui Parle, Monday; host Ortonville, Thursday (tomorrow); host Browerville, Friday; and play Minnewaska Area, Saturday, during the BBE Tourney.
 

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