December 2016

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County okays budget with 4.3 percent levy increase

Swift County’s Board of Commissioners adopted a 4.3 percent increase in the property tax levy for 2017 raising it by nearly $610,00 to $10,382,921 at its Dec. 19 meeting.

At the same time, the county approved a budget for next year that projects $24,811,217 in revenues and $24,635,544 in expenditures – resulting in a budget surplus of $175,673. The 2016 budget called for $20,088,623 in revenues and expenses of $21,102,723 – a deficit of $444,458. However, the county was able to manage its expenses in 2016 and finished in the black.

A good share of the increase in the 2017 revenues and expenses is due to highway projects scheduled for next year including major work on Swift County Highway 6. Highway spending will be up $3.6 million in 2017 to $11,290,830 accounting for 46 percent of the total spending next year.

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Christmas weekend sees rain, ice, snow and 50 mph wind gusts

A steady rain fell Christmas Day causing considerable concern among City of Benson and Agralite Cooperative electric crews. With the temperature hovering around 32 degrees early in the day, it was feared that ice would coat the lines leading to breakages that would cut off power to customers.

Several times during the day, lights did flicker in Benson.

The icy conditions were also a concern to law enforcement and highway crews as roads in the area became increasingly slick.

While ice did form on the lines and roads, the temperatures warmed through the day to 37 degrees, eventually melting the ice that had formed.

In all, the Benson area received 81 hundredths of an inch of rain on Christmas Day. There was also thunder and lightening as the massive low pressure system moved through the upper Great Plains states. North Dakota, parts of South Dakota and northern Minnesota all saw cooler temperatures that created blizzard conditions....

 

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Promotion of Appleton prison to continue in 2017

Republican Rep. Tony Cornish, in black sweatshirt, chairs the Minnesota House Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance Committee. He will play a key role in the discussions about the state’s possible use of the Appleton prison.

Swift County is already gearing up to make another effort to get the State of Minnesota to lease or buy the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton.

At the county board’s meeting Dec. 19, Commissioner Gary Hendrickx, District 1-Appleton, reported that he and Commission Chair Pete Peterson, District 3-south Benson, had attended a meeting of representatives of lobbying firm Goff Public and CoreCivic, the owner of the prison.

CoreCivic is the new name of Corrections Corporation of America, the country’s largest owner of private prison facilities. It changed its name this past fall.

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Carol F. Patterson

Carol F. Patterson

Carol F. Patterson
December 23, 1932 • December 27, 2016

Carol F. Patterson (nee Albanese), 84, passed away peacefully  Tuesday December 27, 2016 at Abrazo Hospital in Phoenix, AZ.  

Carol was born  December 23, 1932 in Medford, MA. Carol made her way to Seattle and married Kirby "Pat"  Patterson, November 23, 1953. Three children were born into this marriage.

Following her husband's death in 1972, Carol learned how to drive and then relocated with her daughter to Benson, Minnesota in 1974. She worked as a home health aide/companion for many clients in Minneapolis and later in Phoenix, where she had lived since 1995.

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Ruth M. Thayer

Ruth M. Thayer

Ruth M. Thayer
May 19, 1920 – December 26, 2016
 
Ruth M. Thayer, 96, of Benson, formerly of Kerkhoven, died Monday, December 26th at Golden Living Center-Meadow Lane in Benson. 

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Tied at halftime, Braves can’t keep pace with YME in 2nd half

Courtney McNeill (5) dribbles upcourt for the Braves during a loss to YME last Tuesday night as Amanda Nissen (10) trails the play.

The Benson girls basketball team scored the final four points of the first half to go into halftime of its game last Tuesday night against Yellow Medicine East with a 23-23 tie.  However, the Sting outscored the Braves, 35-25, in the second half to pull out the 58-48 non-conference win.

Amanda Nissen had a season-high 24 points to lead the Braves against YME, including 5-of-12 from 3-point range.  However, the Saints had a big advantage from the free-throw line, making 18 free-throws for the game compared to just six for the Braves.

Benson fell to 0-6 with the loss, but it was still the high offensive point total for the Braves this season, and also the low amount points the defense has allowed through six games.

Benson, which does not have any games scheduled this week, is set to play at Sauk Centre in its next game, Tuesday, Jan. 3, followed by a game at Melrose Area, Friday, Jan. 6, and a game at home with Minnewaska Area, Thursday, Jan. 12....

 

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Benson wrestlers rally for win over Morris Area

Chase Young (top) controls his opponent during a 40-32 victory over Morris area last week for the Braves.

The Benson wrestling team picked up its first win of the season, Thursday night, beating Morris Area-CA-Hancock, 40-32.

Each team won seven matches during the dual, but Benson had five pins and one forfeit compared to two pins and one forfeit win for the Tigers.

This week, Benson is set to host the Braves Wrestling Classic at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 30.  Teams attending will be Canby, Border West, Crosby-Ironton, Fergus Falls, Minnewaska Area, Morris Area, Ortonville, and Quad County.  The finals will take place at about 4 p.m. and medals go to the top three wrestlers in each weight class and a trophy to the top team.

After that, the Braves are set to compete at a triangular at BOLD, Thursday, Jan. 5....

 

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Orie Earl Mills

Orie Earl Mills

Orie Earl Mills
Obituary
November 25, 1927 – December 26, 2016

Orie E. Mills, age 89, of Benson, MN, died Monday, December 26, 2016 at Swift County Benson Health Services. 

Visitation will be from 5 – 7 p.m. Friday, December 30, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson.  Visitation will continue from 10 – 11 a.m., followed by the memorial service at 11 a.m., Saturday, December 31, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church.  Interment will be in the Benson City Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.

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KMS wrestlers top Kimball; 4th at Redwood River Riot

While other area teams took a few days off over the weekend because of the blizzard that hit the state, the KMS wrestling team competed at the 20-team Redwood River Riot Wrestling Tournament, Friday and Saturday.

KMS, which earned runner-up finishes by Dylan Rudningen, Derek Krieger, and Brandin Dahl, placed fourth of 20 teams at the Redwood Valley Tourney with 155 points, just one point away from third.  Litchfield had 201.5 points to win the team title.

Earlier in the week, the Saints routed Kimball Area in a home match, Thursday, 53-18, in its only dual match of the season.

This week, KMS has a tough triangular scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 20, with Litchfield and Willmar.  After that, the Saints have two weeks off to prepare for the BBE Tourney, Jan. 6....

 

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Dawson-Boyd rallies for 65-54 win over Saints

Dawson-Boyd rallied late in the first half and into the second to turn a 10-point deficit into an eight-point lead before holding on for a 65-54 victory over the KMS girls basketball team in a Camden North Conference game, Thursday, Dec. 15,  in Murdock.

DB, which improved to 4-2 overall, rallied late in the first half to cut a big deficit to two points (37-35) by halftime.  The Blackjacks kept things going in the second half, outscoring the Saints 14-4 to open up the second half, building a 49-41 lead.

KMS kept things close the rest of the way, but was unable to make up the deficit, eventually losing its first game of the season after opening up the year with two wins.

This week, KMS was set to play at Swanville, Tuesday (yesterday) before hosting state-ranked Wheaton-Herman-Norcross, Thursday, Dec. 22....

 

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