November 2016

Tue
29
Nov
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Donald Svor

Donald Svor
October 19, 1943 • November 26, 2016

Don Svor of Grasston, formerly of Benson and Hopkins, passed away Saturday, November 26, 2016 at the North Memorial Hospital at the age of 73.

Funeral services were Friday, Dec. 2 at 12 noon with Pastor Joel Preston officiating. Family and friends gathered one hour prior to the service at the Swanson Funeral Chapel in Pine City.

Donald Ellsworth Svor was born  October 19, 1943 to Oswald and Eldred (Wallin) Svor in Swift County, Minnesota.  For 34 years, he worked at Oak Ridge Country Club as the assistant superintendent.  His passion in life was the outdoors and deer hunting.

Don is survived by his wife of 50 years Linda Svor of Grasston; children: Chad Svor of Grasston, Chris (Kathy) Svor of Hopkins, Brian (Elizabeth) Svor of Bemidji;  grandchildren: Nathan, Alex and Blake Svor; great-grandson: Bentley; brother David (Valora) Svor of Atwater; many nieces and nephews.

Fri
25
Nov
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School, city meet on ways they can work together

Editor’s note: This is the first part of a two-part story on a joint meeting of the District 777 Board of Education and Benson City Council on areas in which the two could possibly cooperate to serve the community.
This first story deals with the reason for the meeting as well as the financial challenges the two public bodies face. Next week’s story will address what became the primary focus of the discussion – the pressing need for day care facilities in not just Benson, but Swift County.

By Reed Anfinson

Both faced with potentially millions of dollars in facility upgrades as well as possible new construction, the City of Benson and District 777 Board of Education last week conducted a joint meeting to see where they might work together.

Fri
25
Nov
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Benson to annex Heartland Girls’ Ranch property

Benson’s City Council moved to annex the Heartland Girls’ Ranch northeast of the city Monday night. The annexation includes the ranch’s buildings and land on the 83.44-acre site.

The annexation was requested by Heartland through a petition to the city. Heartland Girls’ Ranch is currently in Torning Township. At its meeting Monday night, the township board also approved the annexation.

It is a not-for-profit operation and currently does not pay property taxes to the township, so that it loses nothing and the city gains nothing financially with the annexation, City Manager Rob Wolfington said. The annexation is not being contested, he added.

While the land surrounds the St. Francis Catholic Cemetery on three sides, the annexation does not include the cemetery....

Fri
25
Nov
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Four candidates file for Benson council

Four people have filed for the three years remaining in the Benson City Council seat from which Jonathon Pogge-Weaver resigned last month. A special election for the seat is set for Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Mike Fugleberg, Brad Johnson, Larry D. Smith and Lucas Olson filed for the council.

Pogge-Weaver was elected to a four-year term last November, but resigned from the council in October when his partner, Swift County Administrator Mike Pogge-Weaver, was hired by the City of Carroll, Iowa, as its new city manager.

The person elected to the seat will serve through Jan. 5, 2020, when a council member elected Nov. 5, 2019, will take office.

After accepting Pogge-Weaver’s resignation in October, the council named former City Council Member Sue Fitz to fill the seat until the Jan. 10 election. Fitz served on the council from 1995 to 2015 before retiring.

Fri
25
Nov
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Dahl earns MVP honors for KMS football team

Brandin Dahl (left) gets a block from Regan Carlson during 2016 football action for the Saints, who went 5-5 overall during the 2016 season.

The KMS football team had a great season in 2016, going 5-5 overall and 4-3 in the Mid-State Blue sub-district.  The Saints were 0-2 to start the season, but then won five of their next seven games to improve to 5-4 before falling to top-seeded Minneapolis North in the Section 4A semifinals, 40-14.

The Saints opened up the section tourney with an 8-6, double-overtime win over Lester Prairie-Holy Trinity, before losing to the top-ranked team in Class A, the Mpls. North Polars.

Royalton and Upsala-Swanville Area tied for the Mid-State Blue sub-district title, followed by Browerville-Eagle Valley, KMS, and Parkers Prairie, all at 4-3, West Central Area and BBE at 2-5 each, and Kimball Area at 0-7.

Of those teams, Royalton and Browerville-EV went on to earn berths in the state tourney.  KMS beat Browerville-EV in the regular-season finale, 27-6, but one game earlier, the Saints were shut out by Royalton, 29-0.

Fri
25
Nov
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Nichols, Gjerde, Krieger, and Everson among stat leaders for KMS volleyball

Molly Jeppesen (16) and Alexis Lamecker (10) go up for a block against ACGC in the Section 5A opener this fall.

The KMS volleyball team finished the 2016 season with a 13-18 overall record, but you could also say the team finished 12-6, if you count the matches where the team played at full strength.  Either way you look at it, the Saints had a great season, finishing with a 3-8 mark within the always-tough Camden North Conference.

The Saints were 8-1 at one point in the season before losing a five-game match to Canby, Sept. 15, the same night senior Sam Gjerde went down with an injury.  She wouldn’t return until the Underwood Tourney, where KMS went 1-3 overall.  In the section tourney, KMS topped ACGC in four games, and BBE and Browerville-EV in three-game sweeps before having the season end with a four-game loss to Kimball Area in the sub-section finals.  Kimball Area went on to sweep Braham in three games for the Section 5A title and a berth at state.

Fri
25
Nov
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Bailey, Peters are MVP’s for cross-country

Josh Bailey (right), Jon Tostenson (middle) and other Benson-KMS boys cross-country runners run along the path leading to the 12th tee box during the Benson Invitational this season.  Most of the runners tried to avoid the gravel and pebbles by running on the grass.

The Benson-KMS cross-country teams had great seasons in 2016, including a second-straight state berth for Benson senior Josh Bailey.The boys team had an especially great season, placing second at four meets and third at one other.

The boys team was second of nine teams at the Benson Invitational, second of eight teams at the Montevideo Invitational, second of five teams at the Melrose Invite, and second of nine teams at the Long Prairie-GE Invitational.

The boys team went on to place fourth at the WCC Meet and ninth of 21 teams at the Section 6A Meet.

The girls team meanwhile, had a top finish of fifth at the Melrose Invitational and WCC Meet before placing 19th at the Section 6A Meet.

Josh Bailey highlighted the season for the Benson-KMS cross-country program, placing sixth overall at the section meet to earn a second-straight berth at the State Meet.

Wed
23
Nov
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Fake News A Problem For An Informed Citizenry

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

 

“People do not believe lies because they have to, but because they want to.”

Malcolm Muggeridge, British Journalist & Author

Stories about how fake news pervades the internet and how it even helped Donald Trump win the presidency have been wide spread in the news media over the past couple weeks.

First, we don’t think the Republican candidate won because of fake news. He won because a majority of those who voted in states that count in the electoral college did so because of his conservative social stands, because he was a Republican, because many undecided voters detested Democrat Hillary Clinton, because many Democrats wished they had another choice, and because people wanted change in Washington.

Tue
22
Nov
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Mary Lou Terwilliger

Mary Lou Terwillige

Mary Lou Terwilliger
April 12, 1939 • November 17, 2016

Mary Lou (Abner) Terwilliger, 77, of Eden Prairie (formerly of Edina) peacefully entered the Kingdom of Heaven  Thursday, November 17, 2016 on a beautiful fall morning right after hearing the scripture;  “This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it”, her loving family surrounded her.  

There will be a visitation  Monday night at Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  Mary Lou’s life and faith will be celebrated at the Colonial Church of Edina,  Tuesday, November 22 at 11:00 a.m.   Family will greet guests one hour prior.  A luncheon reception will follow at the church.  

Fri
18
Nov
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Blizzard shuts down western Minnesota

The Benson area recorded 6 to 8 inches of slushy snow during last Friday's blizzard. As the low pressure system that brought the storm moved through Minnesota, tempeatures fell into the low teens. The heavy, wet snow was responsible for power outages in the area Friday and numerous broken branches on trees.

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