March 2018

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Krieger earns All-Camden for Saints

Katie Krieger earned All-Conference honors for KMS this season.

Katie Krieger and Madison Rohner were the top scorer and rebounder, respectively, for the KMS girls basketball team in 2017-18.  Krieger scored 336 total points, averaging 12 points per game, while Rohner pulled down 167 rebounds, just under seven rebounds per game for the Saints, who ended the season with a 7-21 overall record.

At the season-ending banquet this past weekend, Krieger was named the MVP for the KMS girls in 2017-18, and also earned the Miss Hustle Award.

Rohner meanwhile, earned the Defensive MVP Award, while sophomore Morgan Lesteberg was named the Offensive MVP.

In addition, senior Dacotah Rohner earned the Most Improved Award and also received a Senior Plaque, while junior Mallory Rudningen earned the Saints’ Award.

Serving as captains this year, and received captains’ plaques at the season-ending banquet were Dacotah Rohner, Krieger, and Rudningen.

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Mites host Mite Jamboree

In front from left to right are Eli Jones, Carson Petrak, and Ava Klassen.  Back -- Micah Schwiderski, Arnold Stelzer, coach Justin Stelzer, Grace Aarhus, and Chase Baker.

Pictured are members of the Benson Mites hockey team, which hosted a recent Benson Mites Jamboree.  Each of the Benson team members that participated received a trophy. 

In front from left to right are Eli Jones, Carson Petrak, and Ava Klassen.  Back -- Micah Schwiderski, Arnold Stelzer, coach Justin Stelzer, Grace Aarhus, and Chase Baker.

 

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Peterson, Gjerde named All-Conference for KMS

Pictured: Weston Gjerde also earned All-Conference and was selected as the Saints’ Offensive MVP.

Josh Peterson, Weston Gjerde, and Regan Carlson all earned postseason honors for the KMS boys basketball team during the 2017-18 season.

Peterson, who became the seventh KMS boy to reach 1,000 career points, and Gjerde were named to the Camden North All-Conference team, while Regan Carlson earned honorable mention.

The Saints ended the season 15-13 overall, including a 7-9 mark within the Camden North Conference. KMS, seeded eighth in its half of Section 3A, won its first playoff game against ninth-seeded Wabasso, 65-53, but the season came to an end two nights later when the Saints fell 62-49 at third-ranked Lakeview.

Lakeview also beat Dawson-Boyd in the sub-section semifinals before falling to Minneota in the sub-section championships, 53-51.  RTR, the champions of the Camden South, won the Section 3A title with a 71-69 win over Minneota and went on to place third at state, going 2-1 overall and finishing the season with a 32-2 overall record.

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Enderson and Lundebrek among leaders for Benson boys basketball team in 2017-2018

Will Enderson (right) passes to a teammate during a game against KMS this year as teammate Sam Lundebrek (left) looks on from down low.  Enderson and Lundebrek both earned WCC honorable mention this year.

The Benson boys basketball team had a tough season in 2017-18, going 0-26 overall and 0-14 in the WCC.  The Braves were seeded eighth in their half of Section 3AA and Benson was eliminated with a 65-22 loss to top-seeded Minnewaska Area in the opening round.

Minnewaska Area went on to earn the section title, beating Pipestone in the section title game, 56-54, but the Lakers suffered two lopsided defeats during the Class AA State Tourney.

The Braves had several close games, losing 70-59 to Martin County West, 58-45 to ACGC, 52-47 to Sauk Centre, 59-53 to Ortonville, 57-47 to Paynesville, 48-44 to YME, and 50-43 to Montevideo, but Benson was unable to pull out any victories.

A lack of offense was the big key to the winless season as Benson was held under 40 points 15 times in 26 games and scored 50 or more points only four times.  For the season, Benson averaged 38.4 points per game

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Landowners cooperating with SWCD as it works with them on buffer law

Round one of the Minnesota buffer law is wrapping up as the Swift County Soil & Water Conservation District now works with landowners to implement phase two.

State law required buffers of at least 30 feet wide, and an average of 50 feet wide, to be installed along the state’s public streams, river, lakes, and wetlands by Nov. 1. Starting Nov. 1, 2018, 16.5-foot buffers must be installed on public ditches.

These buffers are intended to help filter out phosphorus, nitrogen and sediment that run off the land.

Last June the county board agreed to be the enforcement authority for the state buffer law allowing property owners to work with someone local rather than a state enforcement officer.

By agreeing to do the enforcement, the county is receiving $141,114 from the state for its expenses in 2017 and another $176,392 for 2018.

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PUC ruling clears the way for closing Benson Power

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

 

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) rejected the appeal petitions of suppliers to Benson Power, LLC, in a 4-0 ruling issued last Thursday in St. Paul.

That rejection begins the final phase of a year-long process that started in the Minnesota Legislature last March as Xcel Energy sought to end the state’s biomass mandate, buy Benson Power, and shut it down.

With the PUC deciding against hearing the appeals, its final decision will be published in about two weeks. Three days after publication, it is expected that Xcel will close on the purchase of the plant from its East Coast insurance company owners. The purchase date could be as soon as April 16.

Once under Xcel ownership, the plant will be shut down, and plans put in place for its demolition.

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School board looks at building security; safety measures

Every school district in Minnesota is re-examining its school safety measures and working on ways to improve them as the nation comes to grips with one tragic school shooting after another.

Benson Public School’s focus on school safety was heightened when a former student made threats against faculty and the community during a holiday basketball tournament in late December. That concern was raised again following the murder of 14 students and three faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, Feb. 14.

At its meeting March 19, the District 777 Board of Education discussed measures the Benson schools have taken to improve security. Currently, state legislation allows the school board to levy $36 per pupil under the Safe Schools program. That raises about $30,000, which goes toward the salary of a school resource officer.

Benson’s School Resource Officer Paula Wilson is currently going through ALICE training and learning how to train others.

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Scandi Haven Village groundbreaking set for April 4

Ground will be broken next Wednesday for construction of a new assisted living-memory care facility next to Swift County-Benson Health Services. It should be open for business by February 2019.

Swift County-Benson Health Services (SCBHS) will break ground Wednesday, April 4, at 10:30 a.m. for its new assisted living and memory care facility.

To be constructed just south of Scofield Place and east of the clinic and hospital, Scandi Haven Village will be a 46-unit assisted living facility with 18 units dedicated to memory care.

“Scandi describes the new facility’s style and function,” a description of how the name came about states. It refers to the Scandinavian design both inside and out. “It references the bright, clean-and-simple, Scandinavian style of the building’s interior. Haven was combined with Scandi to describe a place of refuge; a place to rest and relax. Village suggests that not only does it take a village to raise a child but that same village is responsible to take care for our aging family members who care for us.”

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Herbert S. Lee

Herbert S. Lee

HERBERT S. LEE
OCTOBER 12, 1943 – MARCH 28, 2018

Herbert S. Lee, 74, died Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at Swift County Benson Health Services in Benson, Minn. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Monday, April 2, 2018, at Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.  Visitation will continue from 10-11 a.m., followed by the Funeral Service at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Interment will be in the Benson City Cemetery. Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home.

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Dennis W. Johnson

Dennis W. Johnson

Dennis W. Johnson
September 21, 1937 ~ March 27, 2018

Dennis W. Johnson, 80, of Murdock, went to be with the Lord on March 27, 2018.  His funeral service will be 2:00 pm, Saturday, March 31st at Kerkhoven Evangelical Free Church.  Burial will be in Frank Lake Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 12-2:00 pm, prior to the service at the church.  Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home, Kerkhoven.  www.hafh.org

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