April 2018

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Darren Keith Anderson

DARREN KEITH ANDERSON
November 14, 1958 - February 19, 2018

Darren Keith Anderson, age 58, was born November 14, 1958 at Lake Region Hospital in Fergus Falls, Minnesota.  In high school Darren was involved in football, basketball and baseball, graduating in 1977 from Benson High School.

Darren attended Moorhead State University to pursue a criminal justice major leading to do security work at Anheuser-Busch and Steiger Tractor.

Darren moved to Texas in 1979 initiating his work at Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant starting as a security guard and earning his way to becoming a Lieutenant.  Following his tenure at the nuclear power plant, Darren became interested in construction and became a subcontractor in finishing work within the booming Texas housing industry.

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24
Apr
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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota
Monday, March 19, 2018 – 5:30 p.m. – Benson High School Media Center

The meeting was called to order at 5:32 p.m. by Chair Chad Payne.  Members present:  Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Tammy Gunlogson, Mary Langan, Bill McGeary, Chad Payne, Gary Williams.
Members absent:  Paul Carruth.  Also present:  Dennis Laumeyer, Brad Johnson, Dave Benson, Mike Knutson, Pam Anderson, Mike Thompson, Jon Ahrndt, Adam Foslien, Kristy Johnson.

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24
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MINUTES OF THE WORK SESSION SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

MINUTES OF THE WORK SESSION SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota
 Monday, April 9, 2018 – 5:30 p.m.
Benson High School Media Center

The work session meeting was called to order at 5:31 p.m. by Chair Chad Payne.  Members present:  Paul Carruth, Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Tammy Gunlogson, Mary Langan, Bill McGeary, Chad Payne and Gary Williams.
Members absent:  None.  Also present: Mike Knutson, Brad Johnson, Dave Benson, Renee Helgenset, Chad Carroll, Laura Hulterstrum, Adam Jensen, Jenessa Grossman, Peggy Bausman and Kendra Razink.

Department/Grade Level Presentations:
World Language:  Renee Helgenset presented an overview of the Spanish Department.
Fourth Grade:  Chad Carroll, Laura Hulterstrum and Adam Jensen shared information about curriculum, testing and activities.
Art:  Jenessa Grossman presented information and explained creative projects from her classes.

Tue
24
Apr
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'Snowbirds' Crucial to Keeping Congressional Seat

In just two years, the federal government will be conducting its decennial Census – a head count of everyone living in America. Based on the data it collects, it will assign the 435 House of Representative seats to states based on their population, working to ensure that each district has nearly the same number of people.

Minnesota demographic officials fear we could come out on the short end of the count and lose one of our eight seats for the 2022 elections.

Minnesota is growing, just not as fast as Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Oregon, Montana, Colorado or Arizona. Each of those states is projected to pick up a seat.

Minnesota, along with seven others, is likely to lose one.

Should Minnesota lose a congressional district, we probably won’t be seeing a lot of our representative.

Tue
24
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Apr
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Bensons looks to annex 240 acres of Torning Township

The City of Benson has reached a preliminary agreement with Torning Township for the annexation of 240 acres of land south of town and on the east side of Minnesota Highway 29.

While discussions have taken place with Torning Township about the annexation, its board has yet to approve the agreement. It could be taking action in the next two weeks.

The land, owned by Alyn and Diane Sylte, has been discussed for the site of a cheese plant should that economic development project become a reality. There has been no word from any sources on whether or not the cheese plant is being discussed for the area. However, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic development has been working with an entity that is looking for a site for a cheese plant in the state.

Fri
20
Apr
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Conferences give Benson business development leads

For the past eight years representatives of the City of Benson have attended the annul International Biomass Conference & Expo conducted at cities around the United States. This year the conference is in Atlanta.

Benson’s council saw attending the event, where it shared a booth with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), as a way to potentially capitalize on the Benson Power, LLC, biomass electric generation plant through attracting additional biomass industries to the community.

However, with Benson Power now shutting down and the possibility of a cheese plant coming to the community, City Manager Rob Wolfington suggested that the city instead focus its efforts on attending this year’s American Dairy Products Institute and American Butter Institute’s 2018 Annual Conference April 29 to May 1 in Chicago.

Fri
20
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First half of April coldest on record

Benson plows were clearing city streets Sunday.
With more than 7 inches of snow and ice over the weekend, and 17 inches of snow this month, Benson High School spring sports are on hold.

For a while Friday evening it appeared the area had missed the big snowfall that was predicted to come with the weekend blizzard. After some freezing rain, ice pellets and snow late Friday afternoon the precipitation stopped. But the spring snowstorm was just getting started.

“A significant winter storm will develop this afternoon and continue through Saturday night. All precipitation types, strong winds, and blizzard conditions will occur in this winter storm,” the National Weather Service forecast.  “A Blizzard Warning is in effect tonight through Saturday evening for west central and south central Minnesota.”

The NWS forecast was showing a 75 percent of the area getting between 9 to 11 inches of snow.

Though Friday night’s accumulation was small, Saturday it snowed all day with the Benson area getting close to 7 inches. However, the area missed the worst of the storm as it slid south.

Fri
20
Apr
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Jazz n’ Stuff Concert

Pictured are members of the Jazz I group, which closed out the Jazz n’ Stuff concert with five selections.

Pictured are members of the Jazz I group, which closed out the Jazz n’ Stuff concert with five selections.  Also performing during the concert last Monday night in the senior high gym were the senior and junior high percussion ensembles, and the Jazz II group. The next concert scheduled for BHS is the 5th-6th grade music program, Friday, May 4.

 

For more great photos from the concert, pick up a copy of the April 18, 2018 edition of the Swift County Monitor-News.

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Tennis team opens up season with loss to Lakers

Eric Hoium, the first singles’ player for Benson, stretches to return a shot during action last spring.  The Braves had three road matches scheduled this week, two of which have already been postponed, with the first two home openers set for next week.

The Benson-KMS boys tennis team opened up the season with a 6-1 loss at Minnewaska Area, Thursday afternoon.  The two teams were originally set to meet in Benson, but the Braves’ courts were still wet so the two teams met at Minnewaska Area instead.

Benson, which is down to only three remaining home meets this year due to weather, has three road matches scheduled for this week.

Benson was set to play at Milbank, Monday; at LQP-DB, Tuesday (yesterday), and at a triangular at St. Cloud Apollo (with St. Cloud Cathedral and Pine City), Friday.

This year’s boys tennis team, coached by Jonas Grossman, includes senior  Daniel Lamarque; juniors Eric Hoium, Henry Dammeyer, Jonas Habben, and Igor Ferrari; sophomore Kyle Reese; ninth-grader Peyton LeClair; and eighth-graders Taylor Duncan, Andrew Olson, Tyler Hadfield, Matthew Thompson, Caleb Peterson (KMS), and Jacob Garies (KMS).

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