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ESTATE OF CLARICE ANN STOCK

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Extinctions Exploding At Rate Never Seen

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

“Nature  is in more trouble now than at any other time in human history, with extinction looming over 1 million species of plants and animals.”

That was the lede paragraph of a story this past week by Associated Press Environment reporter Seth Borenstein on the depressing and ominous news from a more than 1,000-page report issued by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. It is a group of 450-plus conservation scientists, and the report was approved by representatives of the 109 participating nations.

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School board reduces potential HVAC levy to $2.2-$2.5 million

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Almost since the $26.3 million building levy referendum passed last August the District 777 Board of Education has been struggling with figuring out just how it can create enough space within the funds to address HVAC needs not included in the levy.

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning were not included in the levy, but represents more than $5 million in potential work at the senior high school.

Some of the work is needed to replace systems and equipment that are more than 50 years old. Some of it is needed to ensure the comfort and health of students. And other work should be done as new construction takes place or the school district would be faced with tearing into newly remodeled spaces when it does eventually get to the work.

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For 40 years Sheryl Madden has served the same bank’s customers

Barely a year out of Benson High School, Riverwood Bank Branch Manager Sheryl Madden started her banking career.

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Next Tuesday RiverWood Bank in Benson will be honoring its Benson Branch Manager Sheryl Madden for her 40 years of dedication to the company.

An open house is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. at the bank.

“When you think about it, how many people could actually work for the same company in the same place?” Riverwood Branch President Doug Ehlers said of Madden. “She’s a peach. There just aren’t a whole lot of people like her around,” he said of her dedication to her job and her community through the years. “They don’t make them anymore.”

After graduating from Benson High School in 1978, Madden went to Alexandria Vocational Technical College to study business office management. The courses were a continuation of what she had been studying in high school, she said...

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Small town theaters face bleak future without help

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

At its late April meeting, the Benson Economic Development Commission (EDA) approved a $5,000 loan for Tim Kletscher, owner of the DeMarce Theatre, for operating and other expenses.

The loan will be combined with a $3,000 EDA note balance on an earlier loan, bringing the total to $8,000. The note is to be financed over five years at a 4 percent interest rate.

At the meeting, Kletscher told the EDA that he has put $4,500 of his own income earned as a Benson elementary school teacher into the business recently. Further, his tax return will be going to pay bills at the theatre. Meanwhile, he is taking nothing out of the business...

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Tennis team wins twice

Tyler Hadfield (at net) and Mason Bakke play at third doubles during a recent home match for the boys tennis team.

The Benson-KMS boys tennis team improved to 3-1 in the conference and 4-4 overall with a pair of wins last week.  The Fighting Braves lost at Pine City to open up the week last Monday, 6-1, but BKMS came back later in the week to beat MACCRAY, Thursday, and St. John’s Prep-St. Cloud Cathedral, Friday, by the same score of 6-1.  Eric Hoium won all three matches last week to improve to 8-0 overall, while Peyton LeClair and Taylor Duncan went 2-1 to improve to 6-2 for the spring.

This week, Benson-KMS was set to play at Litchfield, Tuesday (yesterday) and at Yellow Medicine East, Thursday (tomorrow).  Benson-KMS has just one more home match scheduled this spring -- Thursday, May 9 versus Redwood Valley...

PICTURED: Tyler Hadfield (at net) and Mason Bakke play at third doubles during a recent home match for the boys tennis team.
 

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Benson softball team swept in doubleheader • Sauk Centre belts three homeruns

With shortstop Rachel Berens looking on from behind, Cally Miller pitches for the Braves during a doubleheader with Sauk Centre last week.

The Benson softball team had a tough week last week against two of the top teams in the area.  The Braves opened up the week with a 15-2, 14-4 doubleheader loss at home to Sauk Centre last Tuesday night, and also fell at home to defending WCC champion Morris Area-CA, Thursday, 16-1.

The Braves dropped to 0-4 overall and 0-3 in the WCC with the three losses.  Benson was also set to host Montevideo, Friday, but results of that game were not available by presstime.

This week, Benson has four games scheduled, including a home game with BOLD Monday, a doubleheader against ACGC, Tuesday (yesterday), and a game at BOLD, Friday...

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BKMS wins four titles during home meet

Gracie Lenz (middle) gets set to receive the baton from Denise Zdauc during the 800 meter relay last week in Benson.  Benson hosts another meet this week.
Landon Thompson (left) takes off after taking the baton from Mike Nagler during the boys 3200 meter relay in which Benson-KMS placed second behind Morris Area-CA.  Thompson also placed in the 800 and Nagler placed in the pole vault.

The Benson-KMS track and field teams hosted a meet in Benson last Tuesday night with the BKMS girls placing third of seven teams and the boys placing fourth.

Minnewaska Area won the girls meet and Morris Area-CA captured the boys team title.  Winning titles for BKMS were Claire Ricard in the 300 meter hurdles, Madison Rohner in the discus, Brandon Kallstrom in the long jump, and Brady Ascheman in the 3200 meter run.

This week, Benson-KMS was set to host its second invitational, Tuesday (yesterday), and compete at the Montevideo Invitational, Thursday (tomorrow)...

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Braves fall 1-0 to Lakers in eight innings

Jared Knutson pitches for the Braves during a 5-3 win over Montevideo last Monday night in Benson.  Looking on from behind is centerfielder Matt Goossen while set to receive the pitch is catcher Sam Lenarz.

The Benson baseball team split a pair of games with Sauk Centre, Thursday, losing the first game 7-5, but coming back to win the nightcap, 9-5.  Earlier in the week, the Braves took the undefeated Minnewaska Area Lakers to extra innings before losing 1-0.

Matthew Ebnet had a great week, going 6-for-9, while Jared Knutson earned the victory on the mound during the win over Sauk Centre.

Benson, now 3-3 overall and 2-3 in the WCC, has just one game scheduled this week as Hancock is set to play in Benson in a rare night game set to begin at 7 p.m., Friday on Chiefs’ Field...

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ESTATE OF FRANK D. VANA

ESTATE OF FRANK D. VANA

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