September 2016

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Sep
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County administrator Mike Pogge-Weaver takes Carroll, Iowa job

Jonathon Pogge-Weaver resigns his Benson City Council seat

Swift County Administrator Mike Pogge-Weaver, 39, has been hired by the city of Carroll, Iowa, as its new city manager. It is expected that he will start his new job in October.

Pogge-Weaver grew up in Fort Dodge, Iowa, just 60 miles to the northwest of Carroll. The city is the county seat of Carroll County and a town of just over 10,100 people.

Swift County’s Board of Commissioners has already started the process to find a new administrator agreeing to hire Twin Cities’ professional search firm Springsted at its meeting last Tuesday.

With Pogge-Weaver leaving, the Benson City Council will also lose one of its members. His husband, Jonathon Pogge-Weaver, was elected to a four-year term on the council in November 2015 and began his term in January. He also works as a pharmacy tech at Breen’s Pharmacy.

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30
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Despite rain, area harvest underway

Minnesota’s soybean and corn harvest is underway with soybean yields of 45 to 70 bushels per acre. Western Minnesota has escaped the heavy rains that have ruined crops and slowed the harvest to the south. Randy Mikkelson harvests soybeans just north of Benson Monday.
With no rain in the forecast for the coming days, significant progress should be made with the soybean and corn harvests.

It’s been a wet late summer and fall. The clouds of mosquitos that have plagued those venturing outside in the evening testify to that, as does the water standing in low areas of farm fields.

Since July 1, the Benson area has had 15.98 inches of rain – 6.19 inches above average – which places it third in the record books for the July, August, and September period. 1995 holds the record with 20.96 inches of rain with 1986 second with 17.37 inches. The three months average 9.79 inches of rain.

While southern Minnesota was flooded with torrential rains last Wednesday and Thursday, the Benson area received just 1.3 inches from the storms.

Southern Minnesota has seen historic rainfall amounts, Kent Thiesse writes in his column on Page 6 of the Monitor-News this week. A large portion of the region received 4 to 6 inches of rainfall, and some areas 10 to 14 inches of rainfall, in a 48-hour period...
 

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‘Gone Country’ in Franklin, Tennessee

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

Being part of the National Newspaper Association (NNA) has provided us with opportunities to travel across the country and experience events that we would have never encountered but for our membership. We had one of the most memorable experiences last week when we traveled to the NNA annual convention in Franklin, Tennessee.

Franklin is about the same distance from Nashville, the heart of country western music in America, as Bloomington is from downtown Minneapolis.

Last Thursday night at The Factory in Franklin four top country singer-songwriters sat across the small stage with their acoustic guitars. Though they entertained us for more than an hour, the four never played as a group. Rather each one took a turn at describing one of the songs he had written, the country artist who had picked it up, and how it became a hit.

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Jozy Lyn Saterbak

Jozy Lyn Saterbak

Jozy Lyn Saterbak
1993 – 2016

Jozy Lyn Saterbak, age 23, of Danvers, died Thursday in Swift County –Benson Hospital.  Visitation will be Tuesday, September 27th, 5:00PM to 7PM, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Visitation will resume from 12 Noon to 1:00PM, Wednesday, followed by the funeral service at 1:00PM at the church.  Burial will follow in the Our Redeemer Lutheran Cemetery.

Fri
23
Sep
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Minnesota’s waterfowl season opens this weekend

Canada geese take off to feed in the early morning hours.

Minnesota’s regular waterfowl season will open on Saturday, Sept. 24, with similar bag limits and season dates that were in place last year, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

“All signs point to this being a great year for duck and goose hunting,” said Steve Cordts, DNR waterfowl specialist. “Many hunters look forward to the duck hunting opener all year. It’s a time to get into the marsh and spend time with family and friends.”   

Duck seasons and limits -- Duck season will again be open for 60 days in each of the three waterfowl zones.

In the north zone, duck season is Saturday, Sept. 24, through Tuesday, Nov. 22.

In the central zone, duck season is Saturday, Sept. 24, through Sunday, Oct. 2, closes for five days, then reopens Saturday, Oct. 8, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 27.

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Golf club seeks less city funding for 2017

When the Benson Golf Club approached the city council last year with its financial troubles, it pointed out that it expected to be $60,000 short with its cash flow on operations as well as needing $40,000 for equipment.

The $40,000 has been paid, and helped greatly with updating aged equipment inventory, Golf Club Board President Jerry Peterson told the city council earlier this month.

The golf club is running just about exactly along the lines it projected late last fall for the 2016 year. It is expected on the current trajectory the club will end December about $60,000 short.

If additional revenues come in, due to an extended playing year or special events the club conducts, it might not need to ask for the whole $60,000. And, so far, it hasn’t needed city funding. But as play now starts to wind down the revenues start to slow dramatically. October, November and December are months with very little income, but ongoing operational expenses.

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Ruby Mae Higdon

Ruby Mae Higdon

Ruby Mae Higdon
December 2, 1922 - September 22, 2016

Ruby Mae Higdon, age 93, of Murdock, formerly of Benson, Minnesota, died Thursday, September 22, 2016, in Rice Memorial Hospital.  Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, September 25, 2016, at Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in Benson.  Visitation will continue from noon to 1 p.m., followed by the funeral at 1 p.m., Monday, September 26, 2016 at Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home.  www.zniewskifuneralhome.com

Wed
21
Sep
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Saints top Kimball 8-7 for first win

Brandin Dahl picks up some yardage for the Saints during a scrimmage against Ortonville earlier this fall.  KMS earned its first win of the season, Friday at Kimball Area, 8-7.

The KMS football team pulled out an 8-7 victory at Kimball Area, Friday, picking up its first win of the 2016 season in the process.  The Saints trailed 7-0 at halftime before scoring on a one-yard run by Caleb Collins in the third quarter, and Collins also connected up with Weston Gjerde for the winning two-point conversion.

It was an even game between the two teams as both teams had eight first downs and KMS gained 185 total yards on 52 plays compared to 195 yards on 55 plays for Kimball, which dropped to 0-3 overall.

“A win is a win, no matter how you look at it,” KMS head coach Eric Kauffmann said.  “We knew going into the game that they were going to have a hard time running the ball against us, so we practiced against the pass all week and made some changes and it paid off.”

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21
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Gjerde injured as KMS falls in five games to Canby

Alexandra Walsh (5) spikes past a block attempt at the net during a early match for the Saints this season.  At right for KMS is Katie Krieger.  The Saints split their matches last week, sweeping DB and losing in five games to Canby.

The KMS volleyball team suffered a couple of tough blows last week as the Saints lost in five games to Canby, Thursday, in a match that also saw senior setter Sam Gjerde go down with a knee injury.

The Saints opened up last week’s action with a three-game sweep of Dawson-Boyd last Tuesday night, but two nights later, KMS fell to Canby in five games, 16-25, 25-19, 20-25, 30-28, 15-8, while also losing Gjerde to an injury that could impact the remainder of the season for the Saints.

KMS, which dropped to 8-2 overall and 3-1 in the Camden Conference, is still in a three-way tie for first place in the Camden North Conference with Prinsburg CMCS and MACCRAY.

The Saints have three matches this week, including a home match with Prinsburg, Tuesday (yesterday).  KMS also is set to play at Kimball Area, Monday, and at YME, Thursday (tomorrow)...

 

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21
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Tennis team improves to 11-1 with win over Morris

Grace Ricard stretches for a shot at the net during second doubles’ action as teammate Olivia Hoffman looks on from behind.  The girls tennis team improved to 11-1 last week, while Ricard and Hoffman improved to 12-0.

The girls tennis team just keeps rolling along as the Braves topped Morris Area last Tuesday night in Morris, 5-2, to improve their record to 11-1 overall and 4-1 in the WCC.

The Braves fell to Minnewaska Area during their previous match, Sept. 8, ending a 10-match winning streak to open up the season, but Benson didn’t waste any time starting a new one at the expense of the Tigers.

Benson can still earn a co-share of the WCC title if Melrose tops Minnewaska Area when the two teams meet Sept. 27.  

The Braves also have a shot at the second seed in the Section 6A Team Tourney behind Minnewaska, but that will depend upon the outcome of an Oct. 3 matchup at home against Osakis.

Grace Ricard and Olivia Hoffman, who have played mostly second doubles, continue to lead the girls tennis team with 12-0 records, while Rose McDonald and Cassie Fugleberg are both 10-2, Kellie Enderson is 9-3, and Gracie Grussing and Olivia Vergin are both 8-4.

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