January 2017

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Jan
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Manford Otto Oyen

Manford Otto Oyen

Manford Otto Oyen
June 2, 1930 • January 25, 2017

Manford Otto “Manny” Oyen, 86, of Mesa, AZ passed away January 25, 2017 in Mesa.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Fountain of the Sun in Mesa, AZ on February 20, 2017 at 1 p.m. and in Minnesota at 1st Lutheran Church of Crystal this summer.

Manford Otto Oyen (Manny) was born  June 2, 1930 in Benson, Minnesota and died  January 25, 2017 in Mesa, AZ.

Manny worked for Barton Sand & Gravel  for 42 years out of Osseo, Minnesota and was very proud to have helped build the road infrastructure around the State of Minnesota (and to drive his children around on the roads that weren’t even opened yet).  He was an active member of 1st Lutheran Church of Crystal and Our Saviors Lutheran Church of Mesa.  He was a member of Sons of Norway, the Fairhaven Lions Club, and the Norske Torske Klubben.  He was a volunteer at the Banner Baywood Hospital for many years.

Fri
27
Jan
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Benson girls fall to NLS and Montevideo

Kaitlyn Berreau (right) tries to dribble past a couple of defenders during a game in Benson this year.

The Benson girls basketball team fell to 0-12 overall with a pair of losses last week to New London-Spicer (59-24) and Montevideo (55-36).  The Braves, who are also 0-7 in the conference, got a team-high eight points from Danielle Himley during the loss to NLS and Himley also led the team in scoring against Montevideo with 10.

Benson has three-straight road games coming up starting with a game at Ortonville, Monday, at Atwater-CGC, Thursday (tomorrow), and at Paynesville, Monday, Jan. 30.  The games against ACGC and Paynesville might provide the Braves with their best chances at picking up their first win this season....

 

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Fri
27
Jan
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KMS girls continue to struggle on offense with two more losses

Sam Gjerde (with ball) looks for a someone to pass to after taking an inbounds pass from Katie Krieger (right).

The KMS girls basketball had a tough week, losing a pair of conference games in two very different ways.  The Saints opened up last week’s action with a 42-40 loss at Lac qui Parle Valley, shooting 23 percent from the field and missing out on a great chance to break their current five-game losing streak.

Two nights later, KMS fell to the undefeated Canby girls basketball team, 83-44, the fifth-straight game the Saints have been held to under 50 points.

The Saints, 4-10 overall and 1-6 in the Camden North Conference, are set to host Lakeview, Tuesday (yesterday) and play at MACCRAY, Friday.  KMS will get another shot at LQP Valley, Feb. 10 in Kerkhoven....

 

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Fri
27
Jan
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Benson wrestlers rout Minnewaska, 54-24

Jared Knutson (top) controls his Minnewaska Area opponent, Friday in Benson, before eventually recording a pin in 3:29 during the Braves’ 54-24 victory.

The Benson wrestling team had a busy week with three matches over four nights.  Benson fell to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa last Tuesday night, 53-21, and also lost in a home match with Atwater-CGC, Thursday, 40-27.  However, the Braves came back to win the final match of the week, routing Minnewaska Area, 54-24.

Benson, which is now 4-5 overall and 3-3 in the WCC after the busy week, has another busy week of action scheduled this week starting with a triangular at Osakis, Thursday (tomorrow), which also includes Pierz, and the WCC Individual Tourney at ACGC, Saturday.

Top records for Benson are Adam Zosel (16-6), Hunter Mondor (13-5), Aaron Zosel (15-7), Ross Grussing (15-10), and Chase Young (10-6).
BBE 53, Benson 21

The Benson wrestling team dropped to 3-4 overall with a 53-21 loss at Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa last Tuesday night.

Fri
27
Jan
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Braves top KMS in battle of Swift County

Layton Connelly goes up for a shot during Benson’s win over KMS.  Defending for KMS are Josh Peterson (left) and Brandon Rasmusson, while also shown for Benson are Nathan Habben (42) and Zack Sonnabend.

The Benson boys basketball team split a pair of games last week with KMS and Melrose.  The Braves opened up the week with a 64-39 non-conference win over KMS last Monday night in Benson, but then lost at WCC-leading Melrose Area, Thursday, 82-60.

The Braves are 3-9 overall and 1-5 in the WCC after last week’s action and heading into two-straight weeks with three games each.

This week, Benson was set to host Sauk Centre, Tuesday and Hancock, Thursday before going on the road for a game at BOLD, Friday.

Benson senior Layton Connelly has an unofficial 168 points this year, giving him an unofficial 959 points heading into this week’s action.  With 41 more points, he’ll become the sixth boy at BHS to reach 1,000 career points....

 

Fri
27
Jan
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Gymnasts set season-high 137.375 total during loss to state-ranked Melrose

Makenna Kelley-Wieland (left) begins her balance beam routine during the Fighting Braves’ meet with Melrose Area last week in the Benson Armory.  The gymnasts set a season-high point total against the state-ranked visitors.

The Benson-KMS-Montevideo gymnasts scored a season-high 137.375 points, but it still wasn’t enough to beat Melrose Area in a dual meet at the Benson Armory, Thursday night.

Melrose, ranked second in Class A, scored 149.275 points to clinch another WCC title.  Benson-KMS-Montevideo dropped to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the WCC with the loss.

It was the highest score for the Benson-KMS-Montevideo gymnastics program in over a decade, and you probably have to go back to the 2005 season to find a score that is higher.  The school record for the gymnastics program is 141.375 points, set Feb. 19, 2005 by Allison Johnson, Kristi Steinhaus, Carrie Hanson, Brittany Johnson, Sarah Hengel, and Jessica Ascheman.

During the meet with Melrose, Benson ninth-grader Mariah Ahrndt scored 36.4 points to place third overall with a personal best score that is only a half-point away from Sara Wilcox’ school record of 36.9.

Fri
27
Jan
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County sets special meeting after administrator job offer turned down

With a 3-2 vote Jan. 17, the Swift County Board of Commissioners offered the job of county administrator to Larry Timmerman. However, Sunday Timmerman notified commissioners that he was declining the job offer.

Commissioners have now set a special meeting for Friday at 1 p.m. to consider their options. It is likely that they will offer the job to Kelsey Baker, a candidate whom two of the county board members had supported over Timmerman.

Since 2014, Timmerman has been the senior program evaluator for Ramsey County Health & Wellness/Economic Growth and Community Investment. Prior to that he served as the county administrator for Wabasha County in 2013 and the senior planner for the Washington County Office of Administration from 2007 to 2013.

Fri
27
Jan
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Four temperature records broken in the past week

After a bitter stretch of cold weather that dominated the first two weeks of January the temperatures have dramatically turned around. Between Thursday and Sunday four record high low temperatures were set.

A warm southerly flow of air and cloudy skies the past week helped keep temperatures steady at or above the freezing mark for four consecutive days.

Those lows were 12 to 15 degrees above the average high temperatures for mid-January, which are 19 to 20 degrees. They were 32 to 35 degrees above the average lows of 0 to 1 degree above zero for the Jan. 19 to 22 period.

The warmest January low on record is 37 degrees set Jan. 27, 1989. It came during a six-day stretch from Jan. 24 to Jan. 29 when lows ranged from 31 to 37 degrees. The 35-degree lows recorded Jan. 19, 20 and 21 this year tie for second place for the highest low temperature in January. The low was also 35 degrees Jan. 9, 2002.

Fri
27
Jan
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County takes next step in $4.5 million courthouse renovation

Formal plans and specifications for a nearly $5 million renovation of the Swift County Courthouse and an upgrade of Countryside Public Health will be sought in anticipation of seeking bids later this spring.

County commissioners voted 4-1 at their Jan. 17 meeting to proceed with the projects, which will be paid for by general obligation bonds. Property owners in Swift County will pay the bonds off.

Commissioners Gary Hendrickx, District 1-Appleton, Pete Peterson, District 3-south Benson, Joe Fox, District 4-Hegbert Township, and Eric Rudningen, District 5-Kerkhoven, voted for the motion while Commissioner Ed Pederson, District 2-north Benson, voted against it citing concerns about the cost.

 

Countryside Public Health
Nearly $490,000 in work is needed at the five-county regional headquarters of Countryside Public Health in Benson for basic maintenance of the building.

Fri
27
Jan
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Trump’s War With The Press And Truth

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

 

“Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?”
- Groucho Marx, 1933

President Donald Trump’s crowd at his inauguration was smaller than Obama’s was in 2009 – significantly smaller. There weren’t 1.5 million – more like 500,000 or less. Though Trump won the Electoral College and the presidency, he lost the popular vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton by nearly 2.9 million votes. His loss of the popular vote was not due to massive voter fraud.

Trump was highly critical of the nation’s intelligence agencies, denied Russian involvement in trying to sway our election, and did compare CIA officers to Nazis. He did say he would be willing to believe WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over his own intelligence agencies. He has belittled them in refusing to take the daily intelligence briefings.

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