March 2019

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29
Mar
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SCBHS moves toward affiliation decision

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County-Benson Health Services will pursue possible affiliation with CentraCare Health of St. Cloud, Carris Health of Willmar, or both with a final decision set for the May 23 governing board meeting. Carris also has a relationship with CentraCare.

If it follows through with affiliation, it means the end of SCBHS operating as an independent medical facility with a substantially reduced role for its governing board. The board now has three members appointed by the City of Benson, six Swift County Board of Commissioners, and one by the medical staff.

It made the decision Monday night based on the recommendation of a committee made up of staff and board members that looked into the pros and cons of remaining independent, remaining independent with substantial investment from the county and city, or affiliating with a regional healthcare organization.

Fri
29
Mar
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Board of Education looks to make $631,900 in cuts

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Facing an estimated general fund deficit of $631,900 in the 2019-2020 school year budget, the District 777 Board of Education made a series of painful cuts at its March 18 meeting.

Those cuts will affect the classes offered to students in Benson Public Schools, the number of faculty on staff, custodial services, the bus for summer marching band trips, and even the amount of paper the schools use.

Based on current state funding and local tax revenues, the school district estimates its general fund operating income for the 2019-2020 school year at $9,350,700 with expenses of $9,982,600 - a deficit of $631,900.

It is the general fund that accounts for faculty salaries, the courses offered, and the general operations of the school district.

Fri
29
Mar
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Flood averted as river falls

Burlington Northern Sante Fe and Riley Construction excavators work to clear ice floes from the Chippewa River at the BNSF railroad bridge next  to Minnesota Highway 9 West Sunday morning. As the ice was cleared, the river level dropped, reducing the flood threat to northwest Benson.

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Just in case all the right elements came together to create a flood threat to the Benson community, the city council took at tour of the vulnerable areas March 18. City Manager Rob Wolfington laid out options for fighting a flood, depending on how severe it became, and sought council direction on the steps to implement.

Over the weekend, two of the three ingredients came together to cause the Chippewa River to rise rapidly – warm temperatures melting the heavy and moisture-laden snow pack, and the river ice breaking up, then lodging against the pylons of the Burlington Northern Sante Fe railroad bridge. The third feared ingredient, rain, stayed to the south.

Wed
27
Mar
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DuWaye Forbord

DuWayne Allen Forbord

DUWAYNE A. FORBORD
June 13, 1951 • March 24, 2019

DuWayne A. Forbord, 67, of Rochester, Minnesota died peacefully March 24, 2019, at his home surrounded by his family.

A Memorial Service was held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Mount Olive Lutheran Church with Pastor Glenn Monson officiating. Visitation took place from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2019 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church. Inurnment was at Oakwood East Cemetery.

DuWayne Allen Forbord was born June 13, 1951 to Olaf and Esther (Stroebel) Forbord in Benson. He graduated from Benson High School in 1969. In 1973 he graduated from the University of MN with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

Wed
27
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Erdman wins 5th annual Benson Racquetball Club title

Erdman wins 5th annual Benson Racquetball Club title

Bob Erdman was the winner of the 5th annual Benson Racquetball Club Tournament, which took place Monday, March 18 at the Racquetball/Fitness Center in Benson.  A total of 14 players took part in the tournament.  Placing second behind Erdman was Rob Hoffman, while Jon Hawley was third, and Joe Carruth placed fourth.  From left to right in the front row above are Ron Vadnais, Paul Beyer, Joe Carruth, Jon Hawley, and Bob Erdman.  Back row -- Phil Yost, Rich Miller, Kent Bosch, Abe Miller, and Rob Hoffman.  Not pictured were Jamil Farhat, Hunter Mondor, Rob Anfinson, and Suhas Varadaramanujan.

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Wed
27
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Swift County Archer wins national title

The National Field Archery Association (NFAA) Indoor National Tournament was held in Cincinnati, OH, March 16-17.

The National Field Archery Association (NFAA) Indoor National Tournament was held in Cincinnati, OH, March 16-17.   Over 1,800 people were registered to shoot various classes at the tournament.   The Swift County Archers had six individuals attend the tournament this year.  Everyone in the club shot very well at the tourney, including Jamie Moe (pictured), who won a national title in the Female Adult Bow-hunter Class.

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Wed
27
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Krieger, Rohner earn All-Camden honors

Katie Krieger drives the lane against Benson’s Abbie Mitteness during a win by the Saints this season.

The KMS girls basketball team went 13-14 overall this year, including an 8-7 mark within the Camden North Conference to finish second behind Lac qui Parle.

The Eagles finished 15-1 in the Camden North Conference and also beat Minneota in the overall title game, while KMS was second (8-7), Prinsburg third (7-9), Dawson-Boyd fourth (5-10), MACCRAY fifth (5-11), and RCW sixth (0-16).

Minneota went on to earn a berth at the state tourney and earned the top seed in the Class A Tourney.

The Saints started this season off 5-0, but then fell to 9-9 before going 4-5 the rest of the way.  The Saints lost five games by five points or less this season, including twice in the last five games.

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27
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Magaard, Gunderson, Carlson earn MVP for KMS wrestling team

Coy Gunderson wrestles against Walker Bents, of BBE, on the way to winning the Section 5A title and a berth at state.  Bents came back to beat Gunderson twice at state, but Gunderson still finished fourth at state and 43-5 for the year.

The KMS wrestling team had six wrestlers finish the season with 20 wins or more during the 2018-19 season in which the Saints went 10-7 overall.

KMS earned the fifth seed in the Section 5A Team Tourney and fell to fourth-seeded BBE in the first round, 46-19.  Long Prairie-Grey Eagle-Browerville went on to earn the overall Section 5A title, beating Minnewaska Area in the finals, and also went on to earn the Class A state title.

Highlighting the season for the Saints was state berths by Coy Gunderson and Jared Carlson.  Gunderson went 4-2 at  106 pounds during the state tourney to place fourth overall, while Carlson went 0-2 at 145 pounds and failed to place.

Carlson also became the 37th wrestler at KMS High School to reach 100 career victories, ending his career with 109 wins.

Wed
27
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Enderson and Goossen earn All-Conference recognition for Braves

Will Enderson (left), shown driving the lane during a season-ending loss to Minnewaska Area, earned All-Conference honors this season

The Benson boys basketball team went 7-18 overall this season.  That’s one more win than the program totaled over the last two years, including an 0-26 record one season ago.

Among the Braves’ wins this year was a 90-88 overtime victory over Redwood Valley in Roger Lindahl’s last home game as a head coach for the Benson boys basketball program after 26 seasons.

Redwood Valley went on to earn the Section 3AA title and advance to the 2019 Boys Basketball Tournament.  The Braves also picked up wins over Montevideo twice (71-64 and 53-49), ACGC (75-71), YME (75-61), Lakeview (63-54), and KMS (61-49).

The Braves ended the season with a 50-37 loss at Minnewaska Area in the opening round of the Section 3AA Boys Basketball Tourney.  Benson was seeded seventh and the Lakers were seeded second.

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26
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NOTICE TO RESIDENTS OF KILDARE TOWNSHIP

NOTICE TO RESIDENTS OF KILDARE TOWNSHIP

  NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, That the Board of Review – of the Town of Kildare in Swift County, Minnesota, will meet at the Office of the Clerk in said DeGraff Community Center at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday the 10th day of April, 2019 for the purpose of reviewing and correcting the assessment of said Town for the year 2019. All persons considering themselves aggrieved by said assessment, or who wish to complain that the property of another is assessed too low, are hereby notified to appear at said meeting, and show cause of having such assessment corrected.
   No complaint that another person is assessed too low will be acted upon until the person so assessed, or his agent, shall have been notified of such complaint.
Bill Bridgland
Clerk of the Town of Kildare
3-27-2c

 

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