January 2019

Wed
30
Jan
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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
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 5:30 p.m.
Benson High School Media Center

Meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m. by Chair Chad Payne.  
Members present:  Paul Carruth, Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Tammy Gunlogson, Mary Langan, Bill McGeary, Chad Payne, Gary Williams.
Also present:  Dennis Laumeyer, Mike Knutson, Brad Johnson, Dave Benson, Pam Anderson, Brian Samuelson, Mike Thompson, Jim Berens, Reed Anfinson and Eric Peterson.

Additions to the Agenda:  Assistant Boys Basketball Position  
Approved Agenda.  
Approved Consent Agenda.

Wed
30
Jan
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Should Election Day Be A Federal Holiday?

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.”

President Franklin D. Roosevelt

There is a national movement to make Election Day in America a national holiday. It isn’t a new movement, but it is getting new attention today. It has been proposed in Congress at least three previous times - 2001, 2002 and 2005 – with nothing coming of it.

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, is changing that. She is the young woman who defeated long-time, powerful incumbent Democrat Rep. Joseph Crowley in a primary election last year and went on to win a seat in Congress. She supports making Election Day and taking away Columbus Day so as not to increase the number of federal holidays on the books.

Tue
29
Jan
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Delivery of the Swift County Monitor-News delayed due to weather

With windchills forecast to be a dangerous minus 55 to minus 65 degrees, Swift County Monitor-News Publisher Reed Anfinson notified carriers for delivery of the Monitor-News and Monitor Extra in Benson that delivery would be delayed.

This was the first time in the 25 years that the Monitor-News has delivered the two publications in Benson with its own carriers that it has halted distribution due to extreme and dangerous cold.

Some carriers may have chosen to deliver limited copies in Benson, however, we encouraged them to wait for warmer weather.

Counter sale deliveries will be made to stores and gas stations in Benson and the area, and subscribers can stop by the Monitor-News office to pick up their copy if they decide to venture out.

As soon as the weather improves enough not to endanger the health of the young carriers who distribute the Monitor-News and Monitor Extra in Benson, delivery will be completed.

Wed
23
Jan
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David L. Crater

DAVID L. CRATER

DAVID L. CRATER
July 12, 1944 • January 21, 2019

David L. Crater, 74, of Fergus Falls, Minnesota died Monday, January 21, 2019, at the MN Veterans Home Fergus Falls.

Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. The service was 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Olson Funeral Home Chapel, Fergus Falls. Clergy was Chaplain Paul Hohncke Interment was in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls.

David was born July 12, 1944 in Havana, Illinois to Ralph E. and Mildred (Onken) Crater. In the summer of 1953, David moved with his family to a farm near Miller, South Dakota. After a few years in South Dakota, the family moved to De Graff, Minnesota where they continued to farm.  

Wed
23
Jan
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Benson wrestlers rout Paynesville, 45-23

Alex Wrobleski is moments away from recording a pin during the Braves’ 45-23 win over Paynesville last week.

The Benson wrestling team hosted Paynesville for Parent’s Night last Tuesday and the Braves gave their parents a great show with a 45-23 victory over the Bulldogs.  The Braves also competed at the KMS Invitational, Friday, losing to Litchfield (40-33) and West Central Area (38-34).  A recap of the KMS Invite can be found in separate story beginning on page 1B.

In the results that follow is also information on the Parkers Prairie Invitational from Jan. 12.  Results of the competition were not available by last week’s deadline.

This week, the Braves were set to host a triangular with Montevideo and Marshall, Thursday (tomorrow), before competing in a triangular at Wheaton/Herman-Norcross, Friday, which also includes Osakis...

Wed
23
Jan
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Lady Storm fall twice to Windom

Karlie Bruns (7) deflects a puck from in front of the MBA net during MBA’s loss to Windom last week as goalie Leah Thompson moves into position.

The MBA Lady Storm scored seven goals last week, but still ended up on the losing end of three-straight decisions.  MBA fell to Fairmont in a game played last Saturday in Benson, 6-3, and then lost a “doubleheader” with Windom Area, losing Thursday in Benson, 6-1, and then falling in a high-scoring game at Windom Area, Saturday, 8-3.

MBA fell to 3-17 overall and has only two more weeks of the regular-season.  The Lady Storm were set to play at Willmar, Thursday (tomorrow) and at Crookston, Friday, before ending the regular-season with a game at Worthington, Saturday, Feb. 2...

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
23
Jan
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Benson boys top Montevideo, 53-49

Matt Goossen (middle) dishes off a pass during the Braves’ loss to the Owls last Tuesday.  Hancock took its first lead at the halftime buzzer and then outscored the Braves 33-21 in the second half.

Cole Hedman and Will Enderson had 14 points each to lead the Benson boys basketball team to its third victory of the season, a 53-49 win at Montevideo last Tuesday night.

One night earlier, the Braves fell to Hancock at home, 67-54, and Benson also lost at ACGC, Thursday, 80-72 as the Falcons avenged a loss to the Braves earlier this season during the Case-IH Invitational.

Benson, which dropped to 3-10 overall and 3-6 in the WCC, has three road games scheduled this week, beginning with a game at Prinsburg CMCS, Tuesday (yesterday), a game at YME, Thursday (tomorrow), and a game at undefeated BOLD, Friday...

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
23
Jan
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Gymnasts score season- high during loss to Melrose

Mariah Ahrndt scored a 36.35 in the all-around at Melrose last week, coming within .05 of her personal best.

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team scored a season-high 133.525 points at Melrose, Thursday night, but it still wasn’t enough to knock off the strong Melrose team, which scored 139.475 points to hand the Fighting Braves their second loss of the season.

Mariah Ahrndt and Makenna Kelley came very close to matching their personal-bests in the all-around to place second and fourth, respectively, while Melrose’ Camryn Brinkman won the all-around title by less than a half-point over Ahrndt and also won two of the four individual events.

Benson-KMS, which dropped to 4-2 overall, does not have any meets scheduled this week as it prepares for the final home meet of the season, Tuesday, Jan. 29 against NLS...

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
23
Jan
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KMS 1-1, Benson 0-2 a Saints’ Invitational

Weston Gjerde dribbles upcourt for the Saints during a home game earlier this year.  Gjerde is within range of reaching 1,000 career points sometime this season.

The KMS wrestling team hosted the KMS Invitational, Friday with West Central Area, Litchfield, Benson, and LPGE-Browerville also competing.  Pipestone Area was also supposed to attend, but was unable to make the trip after school was cut short due to weather.

LPGE-Browerville was the unofficial winner, beating Litchfield (53-24) and KMS (46-15), while the Saints also beat West Central Area (40-33) in their other match, and Benson lost twice to WCA (38-34) and Litchfield (40-33).

This week, KMS was set to host a triangular with Morris Area and Paynesville, Tuesday (yesterday) before competing at a tournament at Alexandria, Saturday...

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!

Tue
22
Jan
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SWIFT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES

SWIFT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES
January 8, 2019
 
County Auditor Kim Saterbak called the organizational meeting to order at 9:00 AM with all Commissioners present as well as Administrator Kelsey Baker, County Attorney Danielle Olson, and Terri Orr.
Auditor Saterbak asked for nominations for Chair of the Board.  

01-08-19-01 Commissioner Hendrickx nominated Commissioner E. Pederson. Commissioner E. Pederson nominated Commissioner Rudningen. After calling for additional nominations three times, Saterbak declared nominations closed and a hand vote was taken. Commissioners Fox, Hendrickx, and P. Peterson voted for Commissioner E. Pederson. Commissioner E. Pederson voted for Commissioner Rudningen. Commissioner E. Pederson was named Board Chair for 2019. (Resolution No. 19-01-01)
Auditor Saterbak asked for nominations for Vice Chair of the Board.  

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