August 2017

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Aug
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4-Hers take part in Clothing and Presentation Day

From left to right are performing arts participants, Arianna Nagler, Noah Collins, Brianna Collins, Ericka Collins, and Abbigail Johannes.

4-Hers take part in Clothing and Presentation Day

by Alyssa Wittnebel, Swift County 4-H Summer Intern

Swift County 4-H had a full day of creative projects, entertaining demonstrations, and life performances at the annual Presentation Judging Day, Wednesday, Aug. 2 at the First Evangelical Free Church in Benson. 

In the Cloverbud Non Garment division, there were a total of three participants. Three Cloverbuds participated in the Cloverbud Clothes You Buy, Clothes You Make, and fashion revue divisions. Two Cloverbuds participated in the Cloverbud quilting division as well. One Cloverbud participated in Performing Arts, Food Review, and Demonstrations.

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16
Aug
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Mills Memorial Golf Tourney Donation

 Above, Marilyn Mills (right) presents a check to BHS Athletic Director Shannon Schmidt, at this year’s event.

Mills Memorial Golf Tourney Donation

The Jim Mills Memorial Golf Tournament made a $500 donation to the BHS Scoreboard Fundraiser, with proceeds from the annual Mills Golf Tournament, Aug. 5.  Above, Marilyn Mills (right) presents a check to BHS Athletic Director Shannon Schmidt, at this year’s event.  The annual Mills’ Golf Tournament celebrated its 15th year this year with 102 golfers participating.  Proceeds from the tourney support the Mills scholarships presented to BHS graduates, and other community projects.  The Mills Tournament is always scheduled the first Saturday in August, and has no entry fee.
 

Wed
16
Aug
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KMS volleyball team to open up season early this year, Friday, Aug. 25

Alexandria Walsh hits a spike for the KMS Saints during a volleyball match in Kerkhoven against the Braves in 2016.  Walsh and Katie Krieger (1) return for the Saints this year, while Sophie Ascheman (4), shown trying to block for the Braves, has graduated for Benson, but Anna Gosson (left) is among those returning.

KMS volleyball team to open up season early this year, Friday, Aug. 25

The KMS volleyball team is set to get off to an early start this year with a match Friday, Aug. 25 at home against Kimball Area.  The Saints are also set to play at Minnewaska Area, Monday, Aug. 28, and at Benson, Tuesday, Aug. 29.

It’s interesting to note that the Saints are opening up against Kimball, a team that ended KMS’ season last year in the Section 5A Tournament semifinals and went on to place sixth at state.

The KMS volleyball team finished the 2016 season with a 13-18 overall record and were also 3-8 in the always-tough Camden North Conference.  However, you could also say the team finished 12-6, if you count the matches where the team played at full strength. 

Wed
16
Aug
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Girls tennis team to open up season Monday with home triangular

Pictured above are the senior captains and coach of the Benson-KMS girls tennis team, set to open up the season Monday at a home triangular.  From left to right are captain Grace Arnold, head coach Don Brehmer, and captain Emma Heinzig.

Girls tennis team to open up season Monday with home triangular

The Benson girls tennis team is set to get its 2017 season underway with a very busy first week of action.  The Braves, who are coming off a 16-3 season from a year ago, were set to open up at home with a triangular featuring Wadena-Deer Creek and Parkers Prairie at 9 a.m., Monday, Aug. 21 at the high school courts.

The Braves, coached by Don Brehmer and Mary Weckwerth, are also set to compete at the NLS triangular, Tuesday, Aug. 22; host a triangular with Morris and Annandale, Thursday, Aug. 24; and compete at BBE, Friday, Aug. 25.

And, that’s just the first week!

The Benson girls tennis team is expected to face a rebuilding year this year after losing eight seniors to graduation from last year’s team.

Wed
16
Aug
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Practice Makes Perfect

Aaron Zosel leads the Benson football team through a running drill during the opening day of official practice, Monday morning on the practice football field.

Aaron Zosel leads the Benson football team through a running drill during the opening day of official practice, Monday morning on the practice football field.

Wed
16
Aug
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Newspapers Essential To Community

Newspapers Essential To Community
 

 

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

 

We are one of more than 200 newspapers in Minnesota to print a blank front page this week to illustrate to our communities what they face should their local newspaper disappear.

This is the only blank front page we have printed in 131 years.

Today, it is estimated there are 600 fewer newspapers in America than there were in 2004. In 1990, there were nearly 57,000 people working in daily newspaper newsrooms. Now that number is closer to 32,000. No one seems to know exactly how many community weekly newspapers have closed their doors or how many rural journalists have been laid off, but communities throughout rural America are gradually becoming news deserts.

Tue
15
Aug
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Marilyn J. Nilson

Mon
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Aug
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Blanche Margaret Erickson

Blanche Margaret Erickson

Fri
11
Aug
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Swift County's 120th fair set to begin Wednesday

http://www.swiftcountyfair.org/

Swift County’s 120th annual fair gets underway next Wednesday, Aug. 16, and continues through Sunday, Aug. 20, at the Swift County Fairgrounds in Appleton.

Admission to the Swift County Fair is $2 per person, $2 per car, or $10 for one person and one car for all five days.

Midwest Rides and Concessions is back to handle the midway games and attractions, which opens at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 16.  Riders can take advantage of a special $1 per ride offering from 6-9 p.m. the first night.

While these prices are very low for a great evening of entertaiment, the main music events are high quality and free. The free entertainment starts with Wednesday, Aug. 16 with The White Sidewalls in the Chuck Brown Building at 7 p.m.  

Fri
11
Aug
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Elaine Carol Saterbak

Elaine Carol Saterbak

Elaine Carol Saterbak

June 12, 1936 – August 10, 2017

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