April 2019

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Boys tennis team opens up season with 6-1 victory over Montevideo

Hunter LeClair opened up the season with a three-set win at fourth singles for the Benson-KMS boys tennis team, Friday.

The Benson-KMS boys tennis team opened up the season with a 6-1 win at home against Montevideo, Friday afternoon.  Benson swept the four singles’ matches and also picked up wins at first and second doubles.

The Braves, coming off a 2-11 season from a year ago, return seven players from last year who saw action on the varsity.

Benson-KMS, coached by Jonas Grossman and junior high coach Don Brehmer, was set to play at Minnewaska Area, Monday, in a match moved up a few days due to the upcoming winter storm watch. 

The Fighting Braves were also set to host Foley, Tuesday (yesterday) and host Milbank, SD, Friday.

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Benson softball team

Pictured above are the four seniors on the Benson softball team, Maranda Wieber (left), Matilyn Short, Chloe Collins, and Paige Cain.

 

PICTURED: Pictured are the four seniors on the Benson softball team, Maranda Wieber (left), Matilyn Short, Chloe Collins, and Paige Cain.

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Braves rally for 3-2 win over YME

Jared Knutson uncorks a fastball to the plate during the Braves’ opening game against YME, Friday, as shortstop Patrick Minchow looks on from behind.

 

The Benson baseball team opened up the 2019 season with a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Yellow Medicine East, Friday night on Chiefs’ Field in Benson.  The Benson baseball team is hoping for a turnaround season this year after going 2-16 overall the last two seasons, including going 2-12 in the WCC.

Mark Grussing takes over as the new head coach of the Benson baseball program as former head coach Eric Hulterstrum left the school district after last school year.

“I’m very excited about taking over as head coach of the baseball team,” coach Mark Grussing said.  “It’s been a fun group of guys to work with this spring.”

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A Promise of Enlightenment Turned To Polarization

Another political season is building momentum, though in some ways it hardly seems it ever stopped. As we move toward the 2020 presidential election, Democrats are fielding an increasingly large number of candidates. We will see candidates for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House, state House and Senate, and local offices file for office and hit the campaign trail in the coming months.

The atmosphere in which they seek election is going to be supercharged with division in a nation more polarized on political and social issues than ever before. This division can be attributed to the internet, which was once praised for its potential to unite the nation with a common and enlightening knowledge. It has turned out to be the opposite.

In a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, it was found that internet and the social media that dominate it are putting us at each other’s throats with less tolerance and more anger with each passing day.

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Billie L. Jenner-Wright

Billie L. Jenner-Wright

BILLIE L. JENNER-WRIGHT  
October 12, 1925 • April 4, 2019

Billie L. Jenner-Wright, 93, formerly of Antler, ND passed away Thursday, April 4, 2019 at the Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris, Minnesota.

A private family memorial service is planned for Saturday, April 13 at the Brose Funeral Home in Mohall, ND with burial to follow at the Antler Cemetery. The family requests any memorials go to The Salvation Army, The American Red Cross or The American Heart Association.

Billie was born Oct. 12, 1925 on the family farm near Maxbass, ND, the youngest of three daughters born to George and Dorothy Hanson. She married Willard Jenner of Antler in August 1946 until his passing in Nov. 1974. They had one son, Craig Jenner. Billie was later re-married to Delbert Wright of Antler from 1989 until his passing in June 2011.

Billie was most recently a resident at The Legacy Assisted Living Center in Morris.

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County looks at tour of PCF as governor says ‘No private prisons’

Swift County is organizing a tour of the Prairie Correctional Facility for Wednesday, April 24, that would include state legislators, the commissioner of the state Department of Corrections, area county commissioners as well as the prison’s owners, CoreCivic.

It would be intended to show the state that the 1,640-bed Prairie Correctional Facility (PCF) in Appleton that once employed 350 people from 24 surrounding counties should be used by the state to meet future prison needs. When it was at full occupancy, the prison generated an estimated $15.2 million annually in economic vitality for the region.

Though it has sat empty for nine years, the prison is ready to house prisoners. CoreCivic has kept a minimal maintenance staff in place and invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in its upkeep.

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Ideal weather helps slow snow melt, reducing area flood threat

With the temperarure reaching the year’s high of 57 degrees last Wednesday children who have been cooped up all winter long were anxious to be outside playing.

Since it reached its peak of 17.5 feet March 24, the Chippewa River has fallen 4 feet allowing water that was once encroaching on the Hawleywood Addition of Benson to drain away.

Flood concerns were considerably reduced as the area saw more than two weeks of temperatures that warmed during the day to between 32 and 57 degrees, then saw evening lows fall below freezing again, slowing the snowmelt.

It also helped that there has been no precipitation since March 14.

It was just 10 days ago that three excavators were working to free ice jams at the Burlington Northern Sante Fe railroad bridge over the Chippewa River south of Minnesota Highway 9. Ice floes were lodging against the bridge pylons, creating a dam that caused river levels to rise to the north of the bridge.

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Brightmark’s plans for Benson Power site progressing

Bob Powell, CEO Brightmark Energy, was in Benson last week to meet with city officials and citizens of the community.
BME is working to finalize engineering, technical, legislative, and financial issues as it moves forward with plans to build a biogas facility on the former Benson Power and Fibrominn site west of Benson.

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Brightmark Energy CEO Bob Powell was in Benson for a couple days last week meeting with city staff and a group of area business people as the California company’s plans for development of the former Benson Power (Fibrominn) site progress.

Brightmark Energy (BME) is pursuing the possible construction of an anaerobic digestion facility that would break down dairy manure into methane gases from which renewable natural gas is then created. Other sources of biomass could include poultry manure, sugar beet waste, and other products.

Its initial investment is estimated at around $50 million with the potential for an additional $150 million if it expands to a second phase.

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03
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CNH Racquetball Tournament results

CNH Racquetball Tournament results The fifth annual CNH Racquetball Tournament took place March 14 at the Benson Racquetball and Fitness Center.  Winning the title was Jamil Farhat, while Rex Ruppert was second, John Kennedy was third, and Suhas Varadaramanujan was fourth.  Pictured above from left to right in front are Suhas Varadaramanujan, Puneetha Puttaswamy, Sanjay Kawade, and Rishabh Morey.  Back -- Jamil Farhat, Richard Towner, Taz Israrahmed, Rex Ruppert, Andrew Amundson, John Kennedy, Anish Natu, a

CNH Racquetball Tournament results
The fifth annual CNH Racquetball Tournament took place March 14 at the Benson Racquetball and Fitness Center.  Winning the title was Jamil Farhat, while Rex Ruppert was second, John Kennedy was third, and Suhas Varadaramanujan was fourth.  Pictured above from left to right in front are Suhas Varadaramanujan, Puneetha Puttaswamy, Sanjay Kawade, and Rishabh Morey.  Back -- Jamil Farhat, Richard Towner, Taz Israrahmed, Rex Ruppert, Andrew Amundson, John Kennedy, Anish Natu, and Karthick Murugan.

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“Can’t wait to get outdoors”

Jacob Wolter works on an agility drill during Benson baseball practice last week in the auxiliary gym.

Although last week’s spring melting at the Northside Rec Area provided a scenic picture, it was a site that was growing tiresome for the Benson and KMS student-athletes.  Most of the snow had melted by early this week, but the ground is still very wet and will take at least another week to dry out.

The long winter and late start to the spring sports season means coaches have to improvise until the teams are able to get outside to practice.

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PICTURED: Jacob Wolter works on an agility drill during Benson baseball practice last week in the auxiliary gym.
 

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