March 2019

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SWIFT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES

SWIFT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES
February 19, 2019

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Are We In Danger Of Losing ‘Sunshine?’

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

Whether it is the Swift County Board of Commissioners discussing building a new justice center, the Benson High School gymnastics team seeking a new place to practice and perform, the City of Benson discussing future economic development plans and how it will spend the $20 million coming to it from Xcel Energy over four years, there is one primary source that keeps the public informed – the Swift County Monitor-News.

Imagine if we weren’t here.

How would you be informed? How much information would the gatekeepers of government discussion and debate let you hear about? How easy would it be to get the documents that underlie the decisions elected leaders make?

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James D. Sandstrom

James Darrell Sandstrom

JAMES D. SANDSTROM
June 1, 1941 • March 11, 2019
 
James Darrell Sandstrom, 77, of Benson, Minnesota, died Monday, March 11, 2019, at Carris Health Rice Memorial Hospital.  Visitation will be from 9-10:30 a.m., followed by the Funeral Service at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 20, 2019 (today), at Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson.  Interment will be held at a later date in the Benson City Cemetery.  

James Darrell Sandstrom was born June 1, 1941 in Sioux City, Iowa, the son of Willard Reginald and Margaret Marie (DuVall) Sandstrom.  He was baptized July 14, 1944 by Rev. J. Swedberg and confirmed December 12, 1954 by Rev. Robert Olson at Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson. He grew up on the farm in Benson Township and graduated from the Benson School system and the Chicago Vocation School for Welding in Minneapolis.

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Delaine Ann Lene

 Delaine Ann Lene

DELAINE ANN LENE
December 30, 1933 • March 4, 2019

Delaine Lene, 85, of Benson, Minnesota, died Monday, March 4, 2019, at Meadow Lane Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.  Visitation was from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, March 7, 2019, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson. Visitation continued from 10-11 a.m., followed by the Funeral Service at 11 a.m., Friday, March 8, 2019, at Our Redeemer’s.  Interment was in the Church Cemetery.  

Delaine Ann Lene was born December 30, 1933 in Gilchrist Township, the daughter of Peder Johan and Dena Marie (Amundson) Pederson.  She was baptized January 14, 1934 by Rev. G.G. Beito in rural Sedan.   Delaine was confirmed June 20, 1948 by Rev. J. Magnus Rohne at Rolling Forks Lutheran Church in rural Pope County. She grew up in the Sedan/Glenwood area and graduated Country School #34 and Glenwood High School.  

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KMS eliminated by BBE after topping Upsala in 5A opener

Morgan Lesteberg sets up the offense for the Saints during a game in Benson this season.  In the background is coach Justin Johnson and other members of the KMS team.

The KMS girls basketball snapped a three-game losing skid with a 44-42 overtime victory at Upsala in the opening round of the Section 5A Girls Basketball Tournament.  The Saints were seeded fifth in their half of the section, while Upsala was seeded fourth.

The win advanced the Saints to the quarterfinal round where KMS ended its season with a 41-28 loss to top-seeded BBE.  The Saints led 20-15 at halftime before being outscored 26-8 in the second half.

KMS ended its season with a 13-14 overall record, which included an 8-7 mark within the Camden North Conference.  Lac qui Parle won the Camden North title with a 15-1 record, followed by KMS (8-7), Prinsburg (7-9), Dawson-Boyd (5-10), MACCRAY (5-11), and RCW (0-16).

Minneota-LH went 16-0 to win the Camden South title.

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Saints win 3A opener, but fall to RCW in next round

Alex Call (2) set ups the offense for KMS, which had won five-straight games before losing to RCW in the second round of the Section 5A Tourney.  Call led the Saints with 22 points.

The KMS boys basketball team won its first playoff game over Wabasso, Thursday night, but the Saints had their season end two nights later with a 59-51 loss to Renville County West in the sub-section quarterfinals, Saturday at Montevideo.

KMS ended the season with a 14-11 overall record, which included a 9-6 mark within the Camden North Conference.  The Saints also played their regular-season finale last Tuesday night, beating ACGC, 76-67.

Seniors lost to graduation from this year’s team are Regan Carlson, Weston Gjerde, Kolby Lindquist, David Finberg, Ethan Hauge, and Noah Thorson.  “It will be hard to lose this group of seniors because they were a very big reason that our basketball program has made a big turn for the better,” coach Matt Fragodt said.  “They were very competitive throughout their careers and most have been playing or dressing for varsity for at least three years.

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Benson boys fall to Minnewaska Area in Section 3AA opening round

Austin Ose, one of 10 seniors on the Benson boys team, tries to drive past a Minnewaska Area defender during the Braves’ season-ending loss.

The Benson boys basketball team fell to Minnewaska Area in the opening round of the Section 3AA Boys Basketball Tournament Saturday at Minnewaska Area High School, 50-37.

The Braves trailed just 24-18 at halftime, but a dry spell midway through the second half, in which the Lakers went on a 16-3 run, proved to be the difference in the game.

Benson ended the season with a 7-18 overall record, including a 3-11 mark within the WCC to place seventh.  Melrose won the league title with a 13-1 record, while BOLD was 12-2.

Minnewaska, which tied with Morris Area for third place in the conference, was seeded second in Benson’s half of Section 3AA, while the Braves were seeded seventh.

The Lakers moved on to face the third-seeded Tigers this week at Morris Area.  NLS is the top seed.

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Benson wrestlers fail to place at state tourney

Jared Knutson (top) was one of five Benson wrestlers competing at the State Tourney.  He lost his first match, 3-2, and did not have a chance at another match.  He ended his career with a second-best 138 career wins.

Five Benson wrestlers competed at the Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament this past weekend at the Excel Centre in St. Paul.  It was the most wrestlers Benson has sent to state in many years.

Competing at the state tourney were senior Hunter Mondor at 120 pounds, senior Wyatt McGee at 152, senior Jared Knutson at 160, senior Dylan Stewart at 182 pounds, and eighth-grader Thomas Dineen at 195.

All five of the Benson wrestlers had placed second at the Section 5A Tourney the previous weekend at Minnewaska Area High School.

Mondor and Stewart also qualified to state last year, while Knutson qualified to state as a ninth-grader, but came up just short the last two seasons.

During the state tourney, Mondor, McGee, Knutson, and Dineen all lost their first-round matches and were eliminated, while Stewart went 0-2.

The Benson wrestling team went 13-10 overall this season, earning a berth in the “Final Four” section tournament in Benson.

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Gunderson goes 4-2 to earn fourth place at State Wrestling Tournament

Coy Gunderson (top) went 4-2 at the State Tourney, Friday and Saturday, placing fourth at 106 pounds.

Coy Gunderson and Jared Carlson competed at the Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament this past weekend at the Xcel Center in St. Paul.  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.

The KMS wrestling team was knocked out in the quarterfinal round of the Section 5A Team Wrestling Tournament with a 46-19 loss to the BBE Jaguars.  Long Prairie-GE-Browerville went on to earn the section team title and also placed first at the Class A State Tourney.

Gunderson, a ninth-grader, has been ranked among the top 10 wrestlers at state all season.  He won 30 matches last season and ended this year with a 41-5 record, giving him 71 career victories with three years of high school wrestling to go.

Carlson reached 100 career victories late this season and ends his great wrestling career at KMS with 108 career victories.  He was 32-9 this season.

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CERTIFICATE OF ASSUMED NAME

CERTIFICATE OF ASSUMED NAME
Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 333

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