May 2017

Wed
31
May
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Allowing Speech We Hate Essential

Allowing Speech We Hate Essential

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

“If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other, it is the principle of free thought—not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate.”
Supreme Court Associate Justice
Oliver Wendell Holmes (1929)

It isn’t easy to listen to the ideas of those with whom we vigorously disagree. In fact, these days we tend to shelter ourselves in the houses of thought where we are sure to hear opinions that reinforce what we already believe and hold dear.

Tue
30
May
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Barbara Ann Yost

Barbara Ann Yost

Barbara Ann Yost
February 14, 1928 - May 29, 2017

 

At the tender age of 89 years, 3 months, and 15 days, Barbara Ann Yost was called from her home on May 29, 2017, by her Creator and delivered by the hands of His holy angels to be presented in judgement before her Lord, Jesus Christ.

Visitation will be from 5 – 7 pm, Wednesday, May 31, at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar and continue one hour prior to the Mass at church.  A rosary will be offered up for the repose of Barbara Ann’s soul at 5:00 pm at the funeral home. 

Tue
30
May
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Michael Hein

Michael “Mike” Andrew Hein, DVM

Fri
26
May
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County creates HR, payroll positions

With two 3-2 votes the Swift County Board of Commissioners will move forward with creating a full-time human resources person as well as a payroll officer/administrative assistant.

While Commissioners Eric Rudningen, District 5-Kerkhoven, Pete Peterson, District 3-south Benson, and Gary Hendrickx, District 1-Appleton, agreed the county needed to add the two positions, Commissioners Ed Pederson, District 2-north Benson, and Joe Fox, District 4-Hegbert Township, disagreed.

It is estimated the HR position would have a starting salary of $53,206. The payroll officer/administrative assistant would have a salary of $35,298, though the position might not be fulltime.

However, only one new position is technically being added. Commissioners had voted last year to hire a HR director in 2017. Also, current Assistant to the Administrator Amanda Ness is likely to fill one of the positions.

Fri
26
May
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County board sets public hearing on solar panel law

Near North Branch in Chisago County 1,000 acres of land is now covered by 440,000 solar panels that are expected to generate enough electricity to power 20,000 homes.

If you are driving east on Minnesota Highway 23, you will see 100 acres of farmland that is now home to a solar panel array that will generate 15.23 megawatts of power, enough for nearly 2,500 homes. Along U.S Highway 12 near Atwater is a 37-acre solar farm. These are just three examples of the growing number of solar energy projects underway in the state.

“Minnesota had just one megawatt of solar capacity in 2009,” Minnesota Public Radio’s Elizabeth Dunbar reported earlier this month. “Now it’s 447 megawatts, or enough to power about 63,000 homes.”

Fri
26
May
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Memorial Day parade at 9:30 with service to follow

Helen Hollingsworth, escorted by Ben Hess, lays a wreath on the Benson City Cemetery War Veterans Memorial on Memorial Day in 2016.

The Benson area’s Memorial Day service is set for Monday, May 29, at the Benson City Cemetery. It will begin with a parade at 9:30 a.m. along the traditional route starting at the Junior High School, traveling south on 13th Street North to Idaho Avenue on the north side of Roosevelt Park, then back north on 14th Street North. The band will then proceed to the Benson City Cemetery for the service, which starts following the parade.

Memorial Day celebrates the sacrifice of those who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. It began as  Decoration Day after the American Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion will lead the memorial ceremony at the Benson Cemetery. Members of the Minnesota National Guard, city dignitaries, the Benson High School and Junior High Bands, the BHS Voice of Democracy winner and Boy’s State winner will all gather for music, brief addresses and military honors.

Fri
26
May
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Track teams compete at WCC meet

Makenna Wieland has been a consistent point producer for the Benson-KMS girls track team in the hurdles this season.

The Benson-KMS boys and girls track and field teams competed at the WCC Track and Field Meet last Tuesday night at Atwater-CGC High School in Grove City.

Minnewaska Area topped Morris Area by almost 50 points to win the girls meet, while the Montevideo boys earned the boys title by almost 60 points over Morris Area.
Benson-KMS was tied for sixth in the boys meet and eighth in the girls.

The 3200 meter relay team of Allie Mitteness, Abbie Mitteness, Claire Ricard, and Libby Peters won the lone title for the Benson-KMS girls, while three boys entries placed second, including Jon Tostenson in the 800 meter run, Zach Burns in the pole vault, and the 3200 meter relay team.

Fri
26
May
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Tennis team falls to Litchfield in 6A opener

Nathan Habben returns a shot at the net during second singles action during a recent home meet in Benson.

The Benson boys tennis team was eliminated with a 7-0 loss to Litchfield, Thursday night in the opening round of the Section 6A Team Tennis Tournament.

Benson was seeded eighth and Litchfield first in the 8-team field.  The Braves, who fell to Pine City earlier in the week, 6-1, ended the season with a 3-13 overall record.

The Braves were also 2-3 in the WCC, finishing fourth, finishing behind Lac qui Parle-DB, Montevideo, and Minnewaska Area.

The Section 6A “Final Four” is set for Monday at St. Ben’s University, while the Section 6A Individual Tourney is set to begin Wednesday (today), and finish Tuesday, May 30.

Participating in the section tourney will be Eric Hoium-Nathan Habben, and Kevin Johnson-Josh Clark in doubles, and Jonas Habben and Taylor Duncan in singles.

 

Fri
26
May
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One run not enough as Braves fall to SC, YME

Brandon Osterbauer bats for the Braves against Sauk Centre last week.

The Benson baseball team scored just one run last week during home games against Sauk Centre and YME and not surprisingly, the Braves lost both games against Sauk Centre last Tuesday, 9-1, and versus the Sting, Friday, 1-0.

The Braves fell to 1-14 overall and 1-1 in the WCC with two league games to go this week at Minnewaska Area, Monday, and at ACGC, Tuesday (yesterday).

The Section 3AA Baseball Tourney is set to begin Saturday, and Benson will be heading to Minnewaska Area again for an elimination-round game against the Lakers at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 27.  The winner faces the winner of the YME-Paynesville game at 3 p.m. at Minnewaska.

The Braves earned their only two victories of the season this year at Minnewaska Area, April 27, by a 6-4 score, and Monday night at Minnewaska, 5-4....

 

Fri
26
May
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Braves lose final two regular-season games

Nicole Berens was called out on this close play at third base in the early innings of Benson’s loss to Sauk Centre last week.

The Benson softball team lost its final two regular-season games last week to Sauk Centre (8-5) and ACGC (4-2).

The Braves, who also had a game against NLS last week cancelled due to weather, ended the regular-season with a 3-13 overall record and 2-12 mark within the WCC to finish in eighth-place.

Benson earned the sixth seed in the Section 3AA Softball Tourney, set to begin Tuesday, May 23 (yesterday) at Minnewaska Area.  The Braves were set to play third-seeded NLS in an elimination game at 4:30 p.m. with the winner facing the winner of the No. 2-Minnewaska and No. 7-YME game at 6 p.m.

The eight winners of the first-round games in the Section 3AA Tourney advance to the double-elimination round.  Morris Area earned the top seed in Benson’s half of the section, while Pipestone Area and Martin County West are the top two seeds in the other half.

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