October 2017

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Oct
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BIDC to expand focus

Since it was formed in the late 1950s to help Loren Tyler expand his Tyler Corporation of Benson for the manufacturing of liquid and dry fertilizer spreaders, the Benson Industrial Development Corporation (BIDC) has been working to facilitate economic development.

The private corporation raised funds in 1959 by selling $100 BIDC stock certificates. Since then, its investments in facilitating land and building expansions have helped it increase its fund balance through interest payments.

Because it is a private corporation, the BIDC has been able to work behind the scenes with entrepreneurs on projects. It has worked to secure land and buildings for businesses prior to them announcing their plans publically.  It has also been able to work with the Benson Economic Development Authority on economic development projects.

Fri
20
Oct
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August to October period already fourth wettest on record

The 2017 August to October period is already the fourth wettest on record and there are still 13 days left to go in the month.

With another 85 hundredths of an inch of rain Saturday, October’s total rainfall is now at 3 inches even. That is 74 hundredths above the month’s average of 2.26.

For the three-month period 13.87 inches of rain has fallen – that is 5.38 inches more than the average for August, September and October of 8.49 inches.

The wettest August to October period on record was in 1984 when 17.53 inches rain fell with October the wettest month receiving 8.71 inches of rain.

All that rain has been making harvesting crops this fall challenging with farmers harvesting around low areas with standing water and deep mud.

Fri
20
Oct
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Benson council election less than two weeks away

Benson’s Nov. 7 city council elections are approaching with two candidates seeking the mayor’s job and four vying for two seeks on the council.

Next week, the Swift County Monitor-News will publish a profile of each candidate along with his or her answers to key issues facing the community.

Council Member Terri Collins is running for mayor as is city resident Anita Flodstrom. Current Mayor Gary Landmark is not seeking re-election to a second term on the council. He previously served 24 years as a member of the city council. Benson’s mayor serves a two-year term.

Incumbent Jack Evenson has filed for a second four-year term on the council.  Mark Schreck, Larry Smith, Brad Johnson and Terry Flodstrom have also joined the race for the council’s two open seats. Council Member Stephanie Heinzig is not seeking re-election.

Fri
20
Oct
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Renovation of Swift County’s courthouse likely to go into March

Swift County’s extensive renovation is now expected to last into March of 2018, a month longer than expected.

While it was originally estimated that county employees would be moving back into the refurbished and remodeled courthouse early in 2018, that deadline has been extended.

It now looks like rather than moving back sometime in mid-February, it could be late March, Administrator Kelsey Baker said at the county board’s Oct. 3 meeting. Delays are due to getting the steel it needs for shoring up the new elevator shaft being installed at the east end of the courthouse and for other projects.

The county had been looking at refinishing the woodwork in the historic building, but the cost has come in too high. The courthouse was built in 1898 and is on the National Register of Historic Buildings. Baker said the lowest bid for the woodwork was $220,000 – those funds aren’t in the current budget.

So, it is likely the woodwork will be done piece by piece in the coming years with the project starting on the main floor.

Fri
20
Oct
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Blandin leadership program seeks local participants

Becky Adams of the Blandin Foundation speaks with volunteers who will help recruit candidates for its Community Leadership Program, as well as some volunteers who have already committed to participating. Blandin’s programs gives participants intensive training on how to become a community leader - and it pays the bill.

Eight-day program gives citizens skills to move their communities forward

 

Area residents interested in leadership roles that will help improve the communities they live and work in met last Wednesday at McKinney’s on Southside for an overview of the Blandin Community Leadership Program (BCLP.)

The meeting was attended by both prospective members of the program and local leaders helping recruit people to participate from the Benson, Murdock, Sunburg and Kerkhoven area. This is the first time BCLP training has been available for the Benson-KMS area.

Thu
19
Oct
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Pauline Jeannette Wrobleski

Pauline Jeannette Wrobleski

PAULINE JEANNETTE WROBLESKI

OCTOBER 19, 1950 – OCTOBER 16, 2017

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18
Oct
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Saints fall to 9-14 with five-game loss to RTR

Mallory Rudningen puts up a set for a teammate as Morgan Lesteberg (left), Katie Krieger (1), Alex Walsh, and Lexy Swanson get into position.

Saints fall to 9-14 with five-game loss to RTR

 

Wed
18
Oct
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Girls tennis team falls in section opener, 4-3

Olivia Hoffman smashes a shot back for the Braves during a recent match in Benson.

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team ended the team portion of its season at the Section 6A Team Tournament last Monday at the Sta-Fit Athletic Club in Sartell (formerly Fitness Evolution).

Benson-KMS, seeded fifth in the eight-team section, fell to fourth-seeded Montevideo in the quarterfinal round, 4-3.  Also advancing to the “Final Four”, Wednesday, Oct. 11, were top-seeded Osakis, second-seeded Minnewaska Area, and third-seeded LQP-DB.

Osakis went on to beat Montevideo in the semifinal round, 6-1, and then edged Minnewaska Area in the finals, 4-3, to earn a berth at state.

Benson-KMS ended its season with a 10-7 overall record and 5-3 mark within the WCC to finish fourth behind Minnewaska Area, LQP-DB, and Montevideo.

The Section 6A Individual Girls Tennis Tournament is set for Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 16-17 at Sta-Fit Athletic Club.  The 2017 State Girls Tennis Tournament is set for Oct. 24-27 in Minneapolis.

Wed
18
Oct
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Boys at Benson Invitational

Will Magaard (right) competes for the Benson-KMS boys cross-country team in Benson.  Magaard placed 18th overall and helped the Fighting Braves place second as a team.

Benson-KMS cross-country teams hosted the Benson Invitational last Monday night at the Benson Golf Course.  Lac qui Parle/DB won the overall boys and girls’ team titles, while the Benson-KMS boys finished second of nine teams in the boys race and the girls’ team was seventh.

Jon Tostenson and Allie Mitteness continue to lead their respective teams this season for Benson-KMS.

Tostenson was third overall in the boys race with a time of 17:24, while Mitteness placed 21st in the girls race with a time of 22:58.

The cross-country teams were set to take part in the WCC Meet, Monday, Oct. 16 at BOLD.  After that, the Benson-KMS cross-country teams will prepare for the Section 6A Boys and Girls Cross-country Meet, set for Thursday, Oct. 26 at Long Prairie-GE.

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18
Oct
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Braves drop to 0-7 with 35-12 loss to Montevideo

Hunter Gonnerman (44) and Devin Vergin (70) come up to make a tackle of a Montevideo ballcarrier during the Braves’ 35-12 loss, Friday night.

The Benson and Montevideo football teams met in Montevideo, Friday, but it was the Thunderhawks who left the field with their first win of the season after beating the Braves, 35-12.

Benson scored the first touchdown of the game, but Montevideo scored the next four to take command of the game.

The Braves fell to 0-7 overall and 0-6 in the sub-district heading into the regular-season finale at 7 p.m., Wednesday (today) at home against Minnewaska Area.

The first round of the Section 5AA playoffs is set for 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 24 and right now, it appears the Braves will be heading to Paynesville, Sauk Centre, or Minnewaska Area for a quarterfinal game.

Right now, Paynesville, SC, Minnewaska Area, and ACGC are all 5-2 and tied for first in the section.  SC and ACGC play this week, while Minnewaska Area has the tiebreaker edge over ACGC with a win over the Falcons earlier this year, and SC has the edge over the Lakers....
 

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