May 2019

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Sandra Jean Erenberg

Sandra Jean Erenberg
January 22, 1949 • May 15, 2019

Sandra Jean (Hanson) Erenberg, 70, of Starbuck, Minnesota, formerly of Benson, died Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Minnewaska Community Health Services.  Visitation was from 12-1 p.m., followed by the Funeral Service at 1 p.m., Friday, May 24, 2019, at Zniewski Funeral Home Chapel in Benson.  Interment was in West Bank Lutheran Cemetery in West Bank Township. 

Sandra Jean (Hanson) Erenberg was born January 22, 1949 in Benson, Minnesota, the daughter of Chester Charles and Lavina Ozette (Kvam) Hanson.  She was baptized March of 1949 and confirmed May of 1964 by Rev. Paul Samuelson at West Bank Lutheran Church.  Sandra grew up in the Danvers and Benson area and graduated from Benson High School.  She attended the U of M Minneapolis and graduated with a Bachelors Degree of Education. 

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Track teams both fifth at sub-sections

The Benson-KMS boys and girls track teams competed at the Sub-section 6A-21 Track and Field Meet, Thursday at Morris Area High School.  Both teams finished fifth in the team competition as Minnewaska Area edged Morris Area for the girls team title and the Morris Area boys routed the field to win the boys team title.

Benson-KMS will send about seven entries to this week’s Section 6A Meet, set for Thursday (tomorrow) at Fergus Falls.  The top finishers from that meet will qualify to the State Track and Field Meet, set for June 7-8 at Hamline University.

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Hoium earns trip to state tournament

Eric Hoium became the 8th boy at BHS to reach the State Boys Tennis Tournament in singles.

Eric Hoium became the eighth BHS boy to earn a berth in the State Boys Tennis singles tournament by winning the Section 6A Individual Tournament, Thursday at Sartell.

Hoium was seeded first and earned a first-round bye before winning three-straight matches, including his final two in three sets.

Hoium was the top seed and only senior on this year’s Benson-KMS boys tennis team.  He will go into the State Tourney with a 17-2 record this season and 82 carer victories.

Benson-KMS’ other section competitors, Hunter LeClair in singles, and Peyton LeClair-Taylor Duncan and Kyle Reese-Matthew Thompson, were all eliminated in the first two rounds.

The Benson-KMS team closed out the 2019 season with a 6-8 overall record after losing to NLS in the opening round of the Section 6A Team Tournament by a 4-3 score...

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KMS earns Camden title with 10-0 league mark

Alex Call pitched for the Saints during a win over YME, Saturday.

The KMS baseball team clinched the Camden Conference title with a pair of conference wins last week over Tracy Area (3-0) and MACCRAY (7-0).

The Saints closed out the regular season with a 15-1 overall record, which included a perfect 10-0 record within the Camden Conference.  KMS was also scheduled to play RTR last Tuesday, but that game was canceled.

KMS earned the top seed in the Section 3A Baseball Tourney, set to begin Saturday.  The Saints were set to host Dawson-Boyd in the opening round and would face the winner of the Canby and YME game later in the day in Sunburg.

KMS 3, Tracy Area 0

The Saints clinched at least a share of the Camden title with a 3-0 victory over Tracy Area last Monday night in Sunburg.  After the win, KMS was 9-0 in league play with two games to go, while second-place Tracy had two losses with one game to play.

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Braves lose to Montevideo in Section 3AA opener

Matt Lenarz pitches for the Braves during a loss to Morris last week.  Benson was eliminated by Montevideo, Saturday.

The Benson baseball team lost three close games last week, including a 3-2 loss to Montevideo in the opening round of the Section 3AA Baseball Tournament, Saturday at Paynesville.  The Braves finished the 2019 season with a 6-11 overall record, which included a 4-10 mark within the WCC, tying with Montevideo for seventh place.

Earlier in the week, the Braves closed out the regular season with a 5-3 loss at home to Morris Area last Monday and a 3-2 loss to the Tigers last Tuesday, also in Benson.

Seniors lost to graduation from this year’s Benson baseball team are seniors Jared Knutson, Matthew Goossen, Matt Lenarz, Matthew Ebnet, and Alex Wrobleski.

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KMS softball team wins first two section games

Maret Gjerde reached on a bunt single in the first inning of the 15-0 victory over RCW last week in the section opener.

The KMS softball team opened up the Section 3A Softball Tournament with a pair of wins in Murdock, Thursday night.  The opening rounds of the tourney had been set for last Tuesday, but were pushed back two nights due to weather.

KMS beat RCW in the first round, 15-0, and then defeated Dawson-Boyd in the second round, 10-4.  The Saints advanced to the upper-bracket semifinals to face Wabasso, Saturday in Marshall.

KMS 15, RCW 0

The Saints opened up the section tourney with a 15-0 rout of Renville County West.  The game lasted just four innings due to the 10-run rule as KMS scored seven in the first, six in the third, and two more in the fourth.

Katie Krieger, Maret Gjerde, and Haylee Johnson had two hits each to lead the KMS offense.  Krieger was 2-for-2 with two runs and an RBI, while Gjerde was 2-for-3 with a run, and Johnson was 2-for-2 with a triple, two runs, and three RBI.

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Facebook And The ‘Poisoning of Information’

 By Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

“Wherever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government... whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.”
Thomas Jefferson to Richard Price, 1789

 “(You believe) the fastest way to destroy democracy is to poison the information,” CNN Reliable Sources host said to guest Scott Pelley Sunday morning in an interview. Pelley was the CBS evening news anchor and is a host for the CBS 60 Minutes program. Stelter was interviewing him about his new book, “Truth Worth Telling.”

 “This is the thing that worries me most about our beloved country,” Pelley replied. “We have gone from the information age into the disinformation age….

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Worsening farm economy good reason to stop justice center plans, citizens say

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

The brakes are on the proposed $17.5 million Swift County Justice Center and a county board-appointed citizens committee to study the county building needs just conducted its first meeting. Still, the county board is hearing from citizens that they need to scrap the entire idea.

The proposed two-story 38,000 square foot building on the west side of the courthouse would house a new Swift County Sheriff’s Office, an expanded jail, human services, 6W Community Corrections, the county attorney’s office and Restorative Practices.

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Summer Food Program underway

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Benson Public Schools will again host the Summer Food Service Program with meals served in the Benson High School cafeteria.

Last year, the program served meals for 66 days, however, it is proposed that meals be served 57 days, from May 28 to Aug. 16, Food Service Director Jeanine Bowman told the board of education at its meeting Wednesday, May 22. No meals are served July 4-5.

For kids 18 years old or younger the meals are free. Kids older than 18 are allowed if there is an identifiable disability and the child has been participating in school programs.  These exceptions are extended until the person is 21.

The program will also serve meals to those over 18, including parents, but they have to pay $4 per meal. Bowman told the board that some of the students involved in summer programs, or athletic camps, also came to the school for the meals.

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May’s wet, cold weather one for the record books

As May draws to a close it is likely to enter the record books as one of the coldest and wettest on record for the Benson area and much of the state.

Already May is the fifth wettest on record with 6.51 inches of rain. With the possibility of rain forecast for Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, it will take just 7 hundredths of an inch to move the month into third place and 29 hundredths to move it into second place.
The year 1993 holds the record for May rainfall with 7.25 inches.

As of Tuesday, May 2019 is the coldest on record with a mean temperature so far of 50.8 degrees. Highs have averaged just 61 degrees – by far the coldest average high recorded for the month of May since local records started being kept in 1953. Through May 28 there hadn’t been a high temperature in the 80s. Only twice since 1953 has the month of May failed to reach 80 degrees – 1991 when the high was 79 degrees and 1995 when high was 77...

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