June 2017

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School board to get cost estimate on renovating Civic Center

At its July 17 meeting, the District 17 Board of Education is to get a report on what it could cost to renovate the north end of the Benson Civic Center to be used for high school sports.

Members of the school board and Paul Youngquist, of Architects Rego + Youngquist of St. Louis Park went through the north end of the Civic Center last week to assess it possibilities for the school district.

“It is a nice sized space, 116 by 120, that makes it very useable,” Youngquist told the school board at its June 19 meeting. “That is nearly 14,000 square feet. The runway for the gymnastics fits in there. It is a nice-sized space for gymnastics, volleyball, tennis or batting cages…the dimensions are very workable and the height is very, very helpful.

“So now it is just a matter of how fancy you want to make it, meaning we could put in all new wood floor in there and be ready for basketball and volleyball,” he said.

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Basic upgrade of junior high auditorium could cost up to $2.2 million

When a chunk of the plaster from the ceiling fell into the seating in the Junior High School auditorium the District 777 Board of Education knew it was likely facing a costly fix before the building could be back in use.

At this point, the junior high auditorium, which is the home to plays, music concerts, dance recitals, physical education classes, and sporting events, is not expected to be available during the 2017-2018 school year.

At its meeting June 19, architect Paul Youngquist, of Architects Rego + Youngquist of St. Louis Park, laid out a three-tiered plan for upgrading the auditorium with costs ranging from $2.2 million to more than $5 million.

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Pioneerland Band Festival Celebrates 30th Year

The Benson Marching Band. Three performers in front are: Kyle Reese on snare, Morgan Schmidt and Madisen Wieber playing flute.
The KMS Marching Band performing in front of the Benson Armory.

The Benson Marching Band, under the direction of Brock Duncan, leads the 30th Annual Pioneerland Band Festival, Wednesday, June 14. For the first time since 1993, the marching band was wearing new uniforms....

 

Pictured, top: Three performers in front are: Kyle Reese on snare, Morgan Schmidt and Madisen Wieber playing flute. 

Pictured, bottom: The KMS Marching Band performing in front of the Benson Armory.
 

More photos can be found on Pages 6-7A of the June 21, 2017 edition of the Monitor-News. To keep up on all the latest in area news and sports, subscribe to the Swift County Monitor-News print edition or our PDF internet edition. Call 320-843-4111 and you can get all the local news and sports delivered to you!
 

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Benson 16U fastpitch team competes at Star of the North

Pictured are members of the team, starting in the front row  -- Lauren Wrobleski, Ellie Moesenthin, Zoe Doscher, Hannah Andrews, and Kaitlyn Knutson.  Back row -- Mariah Rodahl, Josie Connelly, Kara Kannegiesser, Leah Thompson, Sarah Brandt, Rachel Berens, Marissa Connelly, Kaitlyn Berreau, and Calley Miller.  Submitted photo.

The Benson 16 and under (16U) Fastpitch Softball Team competed in the Star of the North Tourney in St. Cloud, recently, losing to Litchfield and Sauk Rapids in pool play, while also beating the Rocori Flames.  In the single-elimination bracket, the Benson team was knocked out of the tournament by the Hopkins Royals.  Other teams in the tournament included Big Lake Hornets, Holdingford, and the Sartell Swarm. 

“The game experience against players slightly older allowed the girls to gauge where they are with skills,” said Benson head softball coach Barb Schwarz.  “We did not have a single 16-year old on our team.  It was an opportunity to be competitive in tournament action where you have to grind it out game after game and stay in the game mentally as well.” 

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Kerkhoven Legion tops Benson, 7-5

Hunter Gonnerman tries to bunt the ball, but eventually hit  into a groundout, scoring Cole Hedman from third base.

The Kerkhoven Legion baseball team had a good week last week, beating Hancock last Tuesday night, 12-2, and also winning at Benson, Thursday, 7-5.

Benson outhit Kerkhoven, 8-5, but Benson also issued five walks and committed five errors leading to five unearned runs.

This week, Kerkhoven was set to host Eden Valley-Watkins, Thursday (tomorrow) before getting ready to host Willmar, Wednesday, July 5 and playing at Granite Falls, Thursday, July 6....

 

For more on this story, and to keep up on all the latest in area sports, subscribe to the Swift County Monitor-News print edition or our PDF internet edition. Call 320-843-4111 and you can get all the local news and sports delivered to you!

 

Pictured: Hunter Gonnerman tries to bunt the ball, but eventually hit  into a groundout, scoring Cole Hedman from third base.

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Tostenson and Mitteness sisters earn track MVP awards

Peterson, Bailey, Burns, Grube, Ricard, Ascheman, Lenz, and Laumeyer also earn team awards

The Benson-KMS boys and girls track and field team recently announced their season-ending awards for 2017.

•  Jon Tostenson, a junior from KMS who earned a third-straight trip to state this season in the 800 meter run, going on to place third at state, earned the boys’ team’s MVP award.

Seniors Max Peterson, Zach Burns, and Josh Bailey were selected for the Coaches’ Awards, while sophomore Riley Grube was selected for the Most Improved Award.

Bailey was mainly used in the 800-3200 meter runs and 1600 and 3200 meter relays, while Peterson was a multi-event performer in the sprints, relays, and jumps, Burns also did a variety of events, including the hurdles, jumps, pole vault and sprints, and Grube was mainly used in relays.

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Renewable Energy Is Our Future

Renewable Energy Is Our Future

 

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

 

When you drive through the countryside these days you see an increasing number of solar farms popping up on the landscape – acres and acres of land covered with panels collecting power from the sun and feeding it into the electric grid. You will also see a growing number of businesses, from farm operations to big city manufacturing plants, with solar panels supplementing their power.

Wind farms have also been steadily growing in Minnesota and America, feeding power in to the electric grid. The University of Minnesota-Morris helps to power its campus with two giant windmills. A growing number of farmers have been using windmills to supplement their power.

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Rural People Have To Be More Accepting of Immigrants

Rural People Have To Be More Accepting of Immigrants

 

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

 

We are at a difficult juncture in the future of rural Minnesota. Who will be the future generations that fill the jobs in our factories and small businesses? Who will fill our classrooms? Who will sit next to us in church? Who will buy the groceries, hardware goods, drug prescriptions, home decorative items, and other things that keep the doors open in our retail community?

Who will keep our hospital open, both through being the patients and the medical providers?

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Mary E. Noor

Mary Ellen Noor

Benson, Minnesota – Mary E. Noor, age 93, died on Monday morning, June 26, at the Swift County Benson Hospital. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, June 30, at 11:00 am at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson. Visitation will be held on Thursday June 29, at St. Francis Catholic Church from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm with a Parish Prayer Service at 5:00 pm. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the funeral on Friday at the church.

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CARL ‘PEEWEE’ MANSKA

CARL ‘PEEWEE’ MANSKA

CARL ‘PEEWEE’ MANSKA
MARCH 22, 1940 – JUNE 22, 2017
OBITUARY
 
Benson, Minnesota – Carl “Pee Wee” Manska, died Thursday, June 22, 2017, at his home. 

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Monday, June 26, 2017, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Visitation will continue from 1-2 p.m., followed by the funeral at 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 27, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.  Interment will be in the Benson City Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson.

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