February 2019

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ESTATE OF RANDALL LEE OLSON

ESTATE OF RANDALL LEE OLSON

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Listen, But Don’t Abdicate Responsibility

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

It was an imposing crowd for a public meeting in Swift County. Nearly 90 people packed into the commissioners’ meeting room in the basement of the Law Enforcement Center with some people standing in the hallway.

It was the goal of those at the Feb. 5 meeting to impress upon commissioners that the “will of the people” was set against the construction of a new justice center. It was the “will of the people” that they are included in new meetings to study the best solutions and costs for any new facility. It was a crowd full of righteous outrage.

Citizens angry with elected leaders who don’t follow their wishes when they show up in a crowd, or who let them know in face-to-face conversations that they aren’t happy with their decisions, is nothing new. Such confrontations have been going as long as citizens have elected fellow citizens to represent them on public bodies.

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Thelma Sorenson

Thelma Sorenson

Thelma Sorenson
June 29, 1939 • February 3, 2019

Thelma Sorenson, 79, of Chaska, Minnesota (formerly of Arlington) passed away at Auburn Manor in Chaska,  Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019.

A memorial service will be held at the Chapel at Auburn Manor in Chaska at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. A time for relatives and friends to gather will be one hour prior to service time at the Chapel. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers.

Thelma Jean Sorenson (Brichnac) was born in Bagley to Frank and Alma (Johnson) Brichnac,  June 29, 1939.

Nov. 21, 1959, she married Gordon Delano Sorenson in Bagley. Thelma was primarily a homemaker, though she also worked at several companies during her lifetime. She loved floral gardening, woodworking with her husband, being outdoors, and fishing with her family.

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Lee John Sather

Lee John Sather

Lee John Sather
March 25, 1960 • February 3, 2019

Memorial services for Lee Sather of Glenwood, Minnesota, were held Monday, February 11, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Indherred Lutheran Church in Starbuck, Minnesota with Rev. Paul Johnson officiating.  Visitation was Sunday from 5-7 p.m. at the Starbuck Funeral Home in Starbuck and continued one hour prior to the service at the church Monday.  Burial was in the church cemetery.

Fri
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Daniel John Hughes

Daniel John Hughes

Daniel John Hughes
April 4, 1954 – February 5, 2019

Daniel John Hughes, 65, of Glenwood, Minnesota died Tuesday morning, February 5, 2019, at Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Meyers, Florida. Visitation was held 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson. Visitation continued from 10-11 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., Thursday, February 14, 2019, at Church of the Visitation in Danvers. Interment was in the Church of the Visitation Cemetery.

Daniel John Hughes was born April 4, 1953, in Benson, Minnesota, the son of Thomas Anthony and Madeline "Jiggs" (Hofmann) Hughes. He was baptized April 12, 1953 and confirmed June 20, 1966 at Church of the Visitation in Danvers. Dan grew up on the family farm north of Danvers, the oldest of eight kids. He attended Danvers Elementary School and graduated from Benson High School in 1971.

Fri
08
Feb
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Benson to support Brightmark at PUC

Just when the City of Benson, Brightmark Energy and Xcel Energy thought they were past all the potential roadblocks a new development has intervened over the future use of the former Benson Power, LLC, site.

The Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) and BioPro Power (BPP) filed a formal complaint with the Minnesota Utilities Commission Jan. 25 contesting the sale of the assets of the site.

Those with an interest in the site’s use, including the City of Benson, have been given until 4:30 p.m., March 1, to comment on the complaint. The topics on which it can comment are:
- Does the PUC have jurisdiction over the subject matter of the complaint?
- Is it in the public interest for the PUC to investigate these allegations upon its own motion?
- If the PUC chooses to investigate the complaint, what procedures should be used to do so?

Fri
08
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DNR sets March 12 meeting for area aquifer discussion

In September 2017, Department of Natural Resources Region 4 Groundwater Planner Tim Gieseke and Area DNR Hydrologist Ethan Jenzen outlined a Community-based Aquifer Management Partnership (CAMP) initiative the agency was implementing in select regions of rural Minnesota.

It told the Swift County Board of Commissioners the Benson area was on its agenda for a future plan that would help identify aquifer uses, assets, limitations and potential threats.

“Once you have abundance in your head you kind of feel that you can consume it endlessly,” Gieseke told commissioners at their Sept. 18, 2017, meeting. However, the reality is that even in Minnesota water resources have a limit.

Fri
08
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Polar Vortex brings record temps as lows fall to -35

It is rare that the U.S. Postal Service doesn’t deliver the mail, but with wind chills expected to be 50 to 60 below last Wednesday delivery was suspended. Postal carriers were back out Thursday despite wind chills still in the teens to 20s below zero.

Last week’s record cold left its mark not just on Minnesota, but the nation as it spread subzero temperatures to 22 states. Twenty-one deaths are attributed to the cold including two college students; hundreds of schools were closed as well as businesses; and mail delivery was suspended in 10 states.

For western Minnesota, the killer Arctic blast was part of a stretch of nine consecutive days with lows below zero with five record low temperature records broken and the all-time low temperature for Benson of a minus 35 degrees tied twice.

Benson made the CNN news when the wind chill at the National Weather Service recording station at the municipal airport recorded a minus 62-degrees. At the time, the air temperature was a minus 27 degrees with the wind blowing out of the northeast at 31 mph.

Fri
08
Feb
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Commissioners vote 3-2 to take next step on justice center

Farmer Ben Vadnais urges the Swift County Board of Commissioners to delay their vote on building a new justice center pointing out that the farm economy isn’t good and that the ag sector can only take so much additional cost on the land at this time. Nearly 90 people crowded into the county board room to hear what the board would do Tuesday morning.

After an at times contentious two-hour debate the Swift County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to proceed with studying more detailed designs and costs for a justice center.

Commissioner Gary Hendrickx, District 1-Appleton, made the motion with a second by Eric Rudningen, District 5 – Kerkhoven. Commission Chair Ed Pederson, District 2-north Benson and Benson Township, claimed the motion was out of order since he had not called for it.

However, Hendrickx, Commissioner Pete Peterson, District 3 - south Benson and Benson Township, Commissioner Joe Fox, District 4-Hegbert Township, and Rudningen all said any board member could make a motion without the chair’s request.

When it came to the vote, Hendrickx, Peterson, and Rudningen voted in favor of it while Fox and Pederson voted no.

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Berreau leads Benson girls to two wins

The Braves’ defense has been great all season, but especially good during Benson’s recent winning streak.  Above, Kaitlyn Berreau (3) goes after a loose ball as Hannah Andrews (13), Beth Cain (33), and Olivia Hoffman (22) look on.  Benson is set to host Melrose, Friday.

The Benson girls basketball team has won three games in a row after beating Lakeview (52-50) and ACGC (65-56) last week.  The Braves improved to 7-13 overall and 3-7 in the conference heading into the final two weeks of the regular season.

Kaitlyn Berreau had a big week for the Braves with 19 points during the home win over Lakeview, Thursday, and 30 more during the victory at ACGC, Friday.

This week, Benson was set to play at CGB, Monday, at Montevideo, Thursday (tomorrow), and host Melrose, Friday...

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