February 2019

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Feb
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPERTY ZONING IN THE CITY OF BENSON

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
ON PROPERTY ZONING IN
THE CITY OF BENSON
 
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held on March 4, 2019 beginning at 12:00 p.m.o’clock P.M. at the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 1410 Kansas Avenue, Benson, Minnesota.  The purpose of this hearing is to obtain input from the public on the following proposed zoning ordinance:
 
CITY OF BENSON, MINNESOTA
ORDINANCE NO. ___
 
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE ZONING MAP BY REZONING CERTAIN LAND IN THE CITY OF BENSON, SWIFT COUNTY, MINNESOTA
 
WHEREAS, the Planning Commission of the City of Benson held a public hearing on property described herein on _______________, as required by City Code Section 154.180(E), and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council of the City of Benson, Minnesota, that:
 

Wed
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Feb
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A Pivotal Point In Benson’s Future

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

There are times when elected officials can govern on cruise control. The administrative staff has things well in hand, and there are no significant challenges on the horizon. This isn’t one of those times. This is a time that demands engagement as well as open minds and innovative thinking. It is a time for breaking out of comfort zones. It is time for risks.

Municipal governments have as their core function providing essential services to citizens: law enforcement to protect citizens and their property; fire protection; an ambulance or rescue squad; good water; smooth roads; reliable electrical service; and a sanitary sewer system.

Beyond ensuring these services run smoothly elected officials like to be seen as frugal with the public’s money.

Pressing challenges ahead

Benson has significant opportunity and significant challenges ahead.

Wed
13
Feb
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JoAnn Fennell

JoAnn (Josephine Ann) Fennell

JOANN FENNELL
October 22, 1928 • February 7, 2019

JoAnn (Josephine Ann) Fennell, currently of Berwick, ME (formerly of Benson, Minnesota) passed away at Gosnell House, a hospice care center, Thursday, February 7, 2019.  

Funeral services will be held at a later time at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Benson.  Burial is planned for the St. Francis Xavier cemetery.  Announcements for visitation and services will be forthcoming.

JoAnn was born to John and Gertrude (Margach) Gilronan, October 22, 1928, in DeGraff, Minnesota.  She graduated from the West Central School of Agriculture in 1946.  

Tue
12
Feb
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Braves place third in WCC and earn third in upcoming Section 5A Tournament

Jared Knutson (top) and Richard Jones wrestle during a recent match in Benson.  The Braves and Saints are set to open up the Section 5A Tourney this week.  Benson is set to host the “Final Four”, Friday at 5 p.m.

The Benson wrestling team went 2-2 to close out the final week of the regular season.  The Braves opened up last week’s action with a third-place finish at the WCC Team Tournament, beating United (39-32) and Morris Area (84-0), while also losing to eventual champion ACGC (54-15).

Benson, which finished the regular season with a 12-9 overall record, also wrestled at BBE, Friday, losing to the Jaguars 40-32.

Benson did earn the third seed in the upcoming Section 5A Team Tournament.  As expected, Long Prairie-GE-Browerville was seeded first, followed by Minnewaska Area, Benson, BBE, KMS, and Paynesville.  The seedings were determined before BBE edged Benson, Friday night.

Tue
12
Feb
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Lady Storm eliminated by Alexandria

Goalie Leah Thompson and defenseman Libbey Pendill look out toward the blueline after Thompson stopped a shot by the opponents during a recent home game this season.

The MBA Lady Storm were eliminated for the season with a 19-0 loss at Alexandria in the opening round of the Section 6A Girls Hockey Tournament.  The Lady Storm were seeded seventh and the Cardinals were seeded second in the 7-team section.

Alexandria outshot the Lady Storm 75-3 with Leah Thompson stopping 56 shots in net for MBA, which ended the season with a 3-20 overall record one year after winning just one game.

Taryn Picht and Kortney Sanasack led the team with 11 points this season with Picht leading the way with 11 goals and Sanasack registering a team-high six assists...

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
12
Feb
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Gjerde reaches 1,000 points during loss to DB

Weston Gjerde (13) is congratulated by head coach Matt Fragodt and his teammates after scoring his 1,000th point last week in Kerkhoven.

The KMS boys basketball team fell to 8-9 overall with a 73-61 loss to Dawson-Boyd last Tuesday night in Kerkhoven.

During the game, Weston Gjerde became the eighth KMS boy to reach 1,000 points.  Gjerde needed four points to reach 1,000 career points, and he sank a three-pointer late in the first half to join the list of 1,000-point players.  At that time, the game was stopped, he was congratulated by coaches and teammates, and he ran up into the stands to award the game ball to his parents.

He joins Chuck Lierman (1,425 points), Ken Gregoire (1,245), Justin Laughlin (1,220), Josh Peterson (1,174), Cole Berget (1,085), Taylor Freetly (1,070), and Steve Gulsvig(1,016) on the 1,000-point scoring list for KMS...

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
12
Feb
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Ahrndt second in all-around at WCC Meet

Mariah Ahrndt, shown performing on the vault, scored 36.25 in the all-around to place first last week during a meet against NLS.

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team scored above 130 points for the third and fourth-straight times last week.  The gymnasts lost a close meet with NLS last Monday night in Benson, 135.25-132.325 to end the regular season with a 4-3 overall record.

The Fighting Braves also competed at the WCC Meet at Melrose, Friday, scoring 133.35 points to finish second behind Melrose (142.5).

Next up for the Benson-KMS gymnastics team is the Section 6A Meet, set for Saturday at NLS.  The top individuals and top team qualify to the State Gymnastics Meet, set for Feb. 22-23 at St. Paul...

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
12
Feb
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Goossen and Enderson lead Benson boys to 63-54 win over Lakeview

Cole Hedman (20) races downcourt while being guarded by a Lakeview player during the Braves’ victory over the Lakers last week in Benson.

The Benson boys basketball team earned its fifth win of the season with a 63-54 victory over Lakeview last Monday night in Benson.  The Braves had two games later in the week, losing at Melrose last Tuesday night, 64-45, and also losing at Minnewaska Area, Friday, 67-44.

The Braves, who are 5-15 overall and 3-10 in the WCC, have two road games scheduled this week, including a game at ORtonville, Tuesday (yesterday), and at Morris Area-CA, Friday.  Benson also rescheduled a game with KMS that had been postponed from earlier due to weather.  The Braves and Saints are set to meet up Monday, Feb. 18...

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
12
Feb
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SWIFT COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT Road Construction Projects

SWIFT COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT
Road Construction Projects
BIDS CLOSE March 14th 2019
Benson, Minnesota

NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS - Sealed proposals will be received until

10:00 AM, Thursday March 14th 2019

by the Swift County Highway Department, 1635 Hoban Avenue, PO Box 241, Benson, MN 56215.  
  Sealed bids will then be opened and publicly read at 10:00 AM at the Swift County Highway Administration Building, for the construction projects listed below:

Type of work:  Bituminous Paving, Milling, & Overlays, with Aggregate Shouldering

S.A.P. 076-625-016    
Location:  On Swift CSAH 25 – From US TH 12 to MN TH 9

S.A.P. 076-631-027    
Location:  On Swift CSAH 31 – From S. Co. Line to Ireland Ave

S.A.P. 076-633-030    
Location:  On Swift CSAH 33 – From S. Co. Line to 120’ S. of US TH 12

CP 019-001         
Location:  On Swift CR 72 – From US TH 12 to CSAH 25

Tue
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Feb
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SWIFT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES

SWIFT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES
January 15, 2019
 
Chairman E. Pederson called the meeting to order at 9:00 AM with all members present. Also present: County Administrator Kelsey Baker, County Attorney Danielle Olson, Terri Orr, and a few members of the public.

Chairman E. Pederson asked if there were any changes or additions to the agenda. No changes or additions were requested.

01-15-19-01 Commissioner P. Peterson moved and Commissioner Rudningen seconded to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried unanimously.

01-15-19-02 Commissioner Hendrickx moved and Commissioner Fox seconded to approve the Consent Agenda items: (1) Minutes from the January 8, 2019 Regular Meeting, (2) Minutes from the January 8, 2019 Executive Meeting, (3) Consider approving Swift County Agriculture Inspector Annual Report and Work-plan Summary for 2018. Motion carried unanimously.

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