November 2018

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15th annual Meander continues tradition of success

Pictured above is some of the artwork at this year’s Meander Upper Minnesota River Art Crawl.

The 15th annual Meander Upper Minnesota River Art Crawl had strong attendance and was well regarded by its many visitors, continuing a strong tradition in the five-county area of the Upper Minnesota River Valley.

Artists at Meander studios and galleries reported hosting between 120 and 1,500 customers during the three-day event. Art sales during the Meander totaled just over $108,000 with average sales at the studios and galleries up nearly eight percent over last year. Meander customers, traveling in groups that averaged 2.5 people, spent an average of $103 on Meander art and visited an average of 11 studios and galleries during the event.

Thirty-eight percent of those surveyed during the 2018 Meander were first-time participants, and 81 percent of those surveyed said they would return next year. Seventy-five percent said the quality of the art was excellent and 76 percent said their overall experience of the Meander was excellent...

 

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Reuss earns 3D Award

Reuss earns 3D Award

Danielle Reuss (above) finished the season for the Minnewaska-Morris-Benson swim team with a personal-best time of 1:19.93 in the 100 yard backstroke at the final WCC meet, which was less than one second shy of making the section-qualifying time of 1:18.99.  Reuss also earned her third varsity letter this season for the team, and joined other team members on the WCC Academic All-Conference team.  In addition, Reuss earned the 3D Award (Desire, Dedication, and Determination).  “She was a good team leader, who was a great role model who encouraged our younger swimmers,” coach Linda Hoffmann said.

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MBA girls fall to Litchfield-DC, 6-0

MBA goalie Leah Thompson makes a nice save for the Lady Storm as Chloe Zimmel (9) and another teammate help out.

The MBA girls hockey team fell to 1-6 overall with three losses last week.  The Lady Storm, who won for the first time last Saturday at Park Rapids (3-2) opened up last week’s action with a 6-0 loss at Litchfield-DC.

The Lady Storm also took part in the Marshall Tournament, Saturday and Sunday, losing both games to Marshall (9-0) and Minnehaha United (11-0).

This week, MBA was set to play at Waseca, Thursday (tomorrow) before opening up a seven-game homestand at Benson and Morris, including a game at 1 p.m., Saturday in Benson against Windom Area.

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Gjerde, Rudningen, and Moist earn major awards for KMS football team

Two of the major awardwinners for the KMS football team were Weston Gjerde (at left, running with ball),
Two of the major awardwinners for the KMS football team were Weston Gjerde (at left, running with ball),

The KMS football team recently held its season-ending banquet and announced the season-ending awards. 

The Saints went 9-2 overall this year, including a 6-1 mark within the Mid-State Blue sub-district to share the title with Royalton.

KMS also earned the top seed in the Section 4A Tourney, and beat BBE (63-20) and Kimball Area (28-12) in the first two rounds before losing to Lester Prairie-Holy Trinity in the championship at St. John’s University, 33-6. 

LP-HT went on to lose to Springfield in the state quarterfinals, 24-22.

KMS and Royalton tied for the Mid-State Blue title with 6-1 league marks.  Finishing third in the sub-district were Upsala-Swanville Area and Kimball Area (both 4-3), while Browerville-Eagle Valley and Parkers Prairie were tied for fifth with 3-4 records, New York Mills was seven at 2-5, and BBE was 0-7.

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Donald Roen

Donald Roen

DONALD ROEN
June 14, 1939 • November 21, 2018
 
Donald Roen, 79, also known as “Smiling Don”, a Douglas, ND area farmer and rancher, passed away Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at his home, surrounded by those that love him.

A visitation was held Tuesday, Nov. 27 from 4-7 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Minot, ND.  Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Minot, ND. Interment was in the Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot, ND.

Donald LeRoy Roen was born June 14, 1939, the son of Oscar and Agnes (Olson) Roen, on the family farm north of Douglas, ND. He was raised on the family farm and attended the country school. He was confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church of Minot in 1955 and graduated from Minot High School in 1957.    

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TRUTH IN TAXATION HEARING

CITY OF BENSON
TRUTH IN TAXATION HEARING
 
Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Benson, MN Truth in Taxation meeting will be held at 6:00 pm on Monday, December 3, 2018, in the City Council Chambers at 1410 Kansas Ave.
 
Dated this 21st day of November 2018.
Terri Collins           
Mayor
Attest: /s/ Glen Pederson      
City Clerk
11-28-1c
 

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Rural America Out Of Step With Its Future

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

Rural America has an image problem.

It’s a growing problem that could stand in the way of exactly what we need to turn around our dwindling population and struggle to maintain our workforce

We are growing older and more conservative just when we are in desperate need of attracting young people of the millennial generation to our communities who are more open-minded, more diverse, and more tolerant of those who aren’t like them.

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Daycare could be key to Benson area’s growth

Community developer and “therapist” Doug Griffiths speaks to citizens at the Benson Golf Club Thursday evening. His talk focused on the points he raises in his best selling book 13 Ways to Kill Your Community. Griffiths also met with high school students, senior citizens, young parents and the business community during his two days in the community.
Doug Griffiths talks with students at Benson High School about his years as a junior high teacher in Canada and how he motivated his students to examine their lives and the destructive behaviors that could derail their future success.

School-industry collaboration and city beautification also important

 

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher Swift County Monitor-News

Editor’s note: This is the first part of a two-part story on Doug Griffith’s two days in Benson. Next week’s story will get more into who the community seeks to bring here and what shapes a community they find attractive.

Through his two days of meetings with students, senior citizens, business people, young adults, and local government leaders Doug Griffiths was always seeking an answer to a two-part question: What is the most important thing to the future of your community and what assets do you have that will help you ensure your future is bright?

Young families moving to Benson was the first answer and excellent, affordable and readily available daycare the second.

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CVEC, BioPro Power ask Benson for support on its joint project

Two firms seek to use small part of Benson Power site for steam generation
 

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

 

Benson Power, Inc.’s, Foster Wheeler combustor and other assets of the plant represent the potential for tremendous economic development for the Benson area.

That was the message representatives of the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) and BioPro Power (BPP) gave the Benson City Council Monday night. However, they said, they need to be given time to research the feasibility of the project and get the financing in line to move forward.

The problem is that CVEC and BPP are coming to the discussions about the future of the Benson Power site very late. They began exploring how the two could work together to repurpose part of the biomass power plant facilities to generate steam in late August.

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ROGER D. AHRNDT

ROGER D. AHRNDT

ROGER D. AHRNDT
JANUARY 28, 1935 – NOVEMBER 22, 2018

Roger David Ahrndt, 83, of Benson, Minnesota, died Thursday, November 22, 2018, at Bethesda Grand in Willmar. Visitation was from 1:30-3 p.m., followed by the Funeral Service at 3 p.m., Sunday, November 25, 2018, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Interment will be in the Benson City Cemetery at a later date.

Roger David Ahrndt was born January 28, 1935, in Benson, Minnesota, the son of John F. and Clara T. (Antolick) Ahrndt. He attended Country School in Cashel Township and graduated from Benson High School, Class of 1952.  

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