February 2018

Tue
27
Feb
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Notice of Hearing

NOTICE OF HEARING
STATE OF MINNESOTA
OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS

In the Matter of the Detachment of Certain Real Property from the City of Benson to Torning Township (MBA D-584)

Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will commence at 10:00 a.m. on March 16, 2018, in the Council Chambers of Benson City Hall, 1410 Kansas Avenue, Benson, Minnesota 56215, before Administrative Law Judge Eric L. Lipman.
The parties to this proceeding to date are the Petitioners, the City of Benson, and Torning Township.  The Petitioners have requested an order authorizing the detachment of certain real property (Property) from the City of Benson to Torning Township. The hearing will be conducted pursuant to the procedures set out in Minn. R. ch. 6000 (2017) as supplemented by Minn. R. 1400.5010-.8400 (2017).

The Property proposed for detachment is described as follows:

Tue
27
Feb
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Americans Agree Compromise Is Needed

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

We will start off this column with a couple of surveys that illustrate how much many Americans agree on two controversial topics and another one that says most of us want Congress to compromise to get things done on many of the critical issues facing the U.S.

Two-thirds of Americans want stricter gun controls in general. But when it comes to universal background checks, the nation’s voters are nearly unanimous with 97 percent saying they are needed. Even 97 percent of gun owners approve of universal background checks, according to a recent Quinnipiac poll.

A solid majority, 67 percent, favors a ban on assault-style weapons like the AR-15 used in the mass murder of 14 students and three faculty members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, Feb. 14.

Tue
27
Feb
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DALE R. ASLAKSON

DALE R. ASLAKSON

DALE R. ASLAKSON
NOVEMBER 23, 1957 – FEBRUARY 25, 2018
FUNERAL NOTICE
 
Dale Randy Aslakson, 60, of Hoff Township, Minn., died Sunday, February 25, 2018, at Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris. 

Visitation will be from 10 – 11 a.m., followed by the Funeral Service at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 10, 2018, at West Zion Lutheran Church in rural Hancock.  Interment will be in the Church Cemetery. 

Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson. 

Fri
23
Feb
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Swift County GIS data is now available to the public

Swift County’s Geographic Information System (GIS) pictometry data is now on the county’s website and available to the public.

At their Feb. 6 meeting, the Swift County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to “go live” with the public-facing GIS interactive map the county has compiled.

Over the past three years, Swift County has been using aerial pictometry photos to develop a comprehensive inventory of the land and structures that cover its 752 square miles.

The high-resolution aerial photos have entered in to a computerized geographic information system (GIS) database and overlaid with a vast amount of data.

Fri
23
Feb
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Flu deaths continue to rise in Minnesota

State health officials say three more children have died of complications of the flu, bringing the number of Minnesota children who have died of influenza this season to four.

The number of Minnesotans hospitalized with flu symptoms has topped 4,200. That’s the highest number since the Minnesota Department of Health began tracking flu hospitalizations in 2008.

Preliminary figures released Thursday suggest this year’s flu vaccine is 36 percent effective overall, and only 25 percent effective against this season’s most dominant strain, Type A H3N2.

While the flu epidemic appeared to be easy a couple weeks ago, some spikes in new cases have been reported. It is unknown how long the flu outbreak will last, but as the winter weather continues to force people to congregate inside, attending sporting events, meetings, and socializing in public places, the chances for the spread of the flu remain high.

Fri
23
Feb
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Area residents complete Blandin community leadership retreat

Twenty-four residents of the Benson, Kerkhoven, Murdock and Sunburg areas returned Feb. 2 from a five-day leadership retreat, the first segment of an intense eight-day training provided by the Blandin Community Leadership Program (BCLP). The team also will participate in three follow-up workshops.

The goal of the Blandin Community Leadership Program is to develop and train a broad base of local leaders to build healthy communities. Topics covered during the retreat included: identifying and describing community issues and opportunities through the lens of the 9 dimensions of a healthy community, effective interpersonal communication, building social capital, appreciating personality differences, managing interpersonal conflict, understanding community power, mobilizing community resources, and goal setting.

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22
Feb
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Diane L. Dokkebakken

Diane L. Dokkebakken

Diane L. Dokkebakken
June 9, 1941 • February 20, 2018

Diane Lee Dokkebakken, 76, a resident of Fergus Falls, Minnesota died Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at the Broen Home in Fergus Falls.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, February 23, 2018, with a 6:30 p.m. public prayer service at Olson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls, and resumes one hour prior to the service at the church. The funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 24, 2018, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls with Rev. Tom Peterson officiating. Interment will be in Our Redeemer’s Cemetery, Benson.

Wed
21
Feb
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KMS girls lose close games to RCW and MACCRAY

Dacotah Rohner (left), Morgan Lesteberg, Maret Gjerde, and Madison Rohner (14) defend for the KMS girls basketball team during a recent home game.

The KMS girls basketball team scored 66 points recently during a win over Dawson-Boyd, but the team scored a total of 79 points last week over two games, losing at home to MACCRAY, Thursday, 45-42, and also losing at Renville County West, Friday, 44-37.

The Saints, who fell to 5-20 overall, are set to close out the regular-season with a home game against Prinsburg, Monday, before getting ready for the Section 5A Tourney at a time and place yet to be determined....

 

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: Dacotah Rohner (left), Morgan Lesteberg, Maret Gjerde, and Madison Rohner (14) defend for the KMS girls basketball team during a recent home game. The playoffs start Monday, Feb. 26.

Wed
21
Feb
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Benson girls pull off wins on back-to-back nights

Courtney McNeill applies defensive pressure for the Braves during their win over Hancock.  McNeill had a great start with 10 points in the first seven minutes as Benson led early 22-7.

The Benson Braves not only won their fourth and fifth games of the season last week, but they won on back-to-back nights, beating Hancock, Thursday night in Benson, 50-39, and coming back the next night at Montevideo to beat the Thunderhawks, 62-46.

The Braves, who fell to a strong BOLD team last Tuesday, 60-53, improved to 5-20 overall and 2-11 in the WCC with the two wins.  Benson was set to close out the regular-season, Tuesday (yesterday) with a home game against Melrose.

The Section 3AA Girls Basketball Tournament starts this week and Benson was seeded seventh and will play at second-seeded NLS at 7 p.m., Saturday, in the sub-section quarterfinals....

 

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!

 

Wed
21
Feb
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MBA boys fall to Prairie Centre in 6A opener, 7-0

Chase Engebretson makes a nice save for the MBA Storm during a loss to Marshall last week in Benson.  Looking on behind is Hunter Gades (20).  The Storm were eliminated a few nights later with a 7-0 loss to Prairie Centre.

The MBA boys hockey team is done for the season after losing at Prairie Centre in the opening round of the Section 6A Boys Hockey Tournament, Saturday, 7-0.

The Storm, who also lost their last two regular-season games earlier in the week against Breckenridge-Wahpeton (7-1) and Marshall (5-1), ended the season with an overall record of 7-14-1, which is the most wins in the last three seasons.

MBA was seeded 10th in the section and Prairie Centre was seeded seventh.  The Section 6A Tourney continues Tuesday, Feb. 20, Saturday, Feb. 24, and Thursday, March 1 with the championship in St. Cloud.

The Storm will lose only two seniors to graduation from this year’s team -- Hunter Gades and Ashford Swenson....

 

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