June 2019

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Maurer to compete at State Golf this week

Alissa Maurer hits a chip shot toward the 15th hole at Benson.  She is set to compete at the State Girls Golf Tourney this week.

Alissa Maurer, a ninth-grader from Benson, is set to compete at the State Girls Class A Golf Tournament, June 11-12 at Pebble Creek Golf Course.

Maurer overcame a tough first day at the Section 5A Girls Golf Tournament by shooting a 93 on the second day and earning the final state tournament berth by one shot.  Maurer had a 110 the first day and sat in 21st place before shooting the fourth-best score of the second day to climb into eighth place overall.

Maurer became the fifth girls’ golfer to reach state in BHS history, joining Jenny Sullivan (1992), Chelsa Dooley (2004 and 2005), Abby Fragodt (2008 and 2009), and Lauren Alsaker (2009 and 2010.

Maurer was set to tee off at 12:54 p.m., Tuesday, June 11 and will golf the first 18 holes with golfers from Pine City, Mounds Park Academy, and Ortonville.

A total of 88 girls will be golfing in the Class A Tourney, which includes eight teams that qualified as section champions.

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KMS earns school’s third State Baseball trip with 4-1 win over LQP

Alex Call pitches for the Saints during the Section 3A Baseball Tournament championship against Lac qui Parle last week as centerfielder Dylan Rudningen looks on.  KMS fell in the first game, 2-1, but came back in the second game to win, 4-1, earning the school’s third trip to the State Baseball Tourney.

The KMS baseball team is headed to state after splitting a pair of games with Lac qui Parle Valley during the Section 3A Baseball Tournament championship, Thursday at Granite Falls.

The Saints, who had won their first four section games, fell to LQP Valley in the first games, Thursday, 2-1, but KMS came back during the second game to win, 4-1, giving the Saints the section championship and a berth at the state tourney for the third time in school history.

KMS is 20-2 overall heading into the state tourney, which is set to begin Thursday (tomorrow) at the Mini Met in Jordan.  KMS earned the fifth seed and was set to open up the tourney at 12:30 p.m., Thursday (tomorrow) against fourth-seeded Randolph.

The Saints reached the finals with wins over Dawson-Boyd (13-1), YME (4-1), Adrian (7-0), and Minneota (10-1).

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Hoium goes 1-1 at state tennis tourney

Pictured above are most of the people that were on hand for the state send-off for Eric Hoium, who earned a berth at the State Boys Tennis Tournament last week where he went 1-1 to tie for fifth place.

Eric Hoium went 1-1 at the State Boys Tennis Tournament last Thursday at the Read-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis.

Hoium, a senior from Benson who won the Section 6A title a week earlier, was the ninth boy from BHS to earn a berth in the State Boys Tennis singles tournament.

Hoium topped St. James’ Lucas Doll in the opening round, Thursday morning, 6-0, 4-6, 6-1, but then ran up against third-seeded freshman Justin Prochnow, of Mounds Park Academy, who handed Hoium a 6-4, 6-1 setback.

And, because all the losers in the quarterfinals are done for the season, Hoium ended the tournament as one of four players tied for fifth with 1-1 records.

Hoium ended his senior season with an 18-3 record and was an unofficial 83-30 for his six-year career, which included a 12-0 record his seventh grade season at fourth singles.

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REQUEST FOR BIDS

Bid Opening
Contractor's sealed Proposals for the 2020 Northside Elementary School Additions and Alterations will be received by the Independent School District No. 777, Benson, Minnesota, until Thursday June 27, 2019 at the office of the Superintendent of Schools, in Benson, Minnesota, in accordance with the plans and specifications prepared by, Architects Rego + Youngquist, LLC, 7601 Wayzata Boulevard, St. Louis Park, Minnesota 55426.

Sealed bids will be opened publicly and read aloud at the time and place. Bids received after 2:00 PM will returned unopened. Faxed bids will not be allowed. Do not submit bids for individual specification sections. Submit bids according to Bid Categories. Do not submit bids or deliver to the Construction Manager, this is not a general contractor job. 

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SWIFT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES May 21, 2019

Chairman Hendrickx called the meeting to order at 9:01 AM with all members present. Also present: County Administrator Kelsey Baker, County Attorney Danielle Olson, Terri Orr, other county employees and members of the public.

Chairman Hendrickx asked if there were any changes or additions to the agenda. Chairman Hendrickx moved Andy Sander up on the agenda right after citizens comments. There were no other changes or additions requested.

05-21-19-01 Commissioner E. Pederson moved and Commissioner Fox seconded to approve the agenda as amended. Motion carried unanimously.

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You Won’t Even Know You Are Being Manipulated

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

Less than two years ago, researchers at the University of Washington used computer technology to produce a fake video of former President Barack Obama giving an address. With a sophisticated program, they had a computer view 17 hours of his speaking on a variety of topics in different places at different times in his presidency. The computer learned how his mouth moved as he spoke the words of a speech.

Those researchers were then able to literally put words in the president’s mouth. They were able to take words Obama had spoken, create a sentence he had never uttered, and have it appear that he was, in fact, delivering a speech with those words coming from his mouth. The effect was so realistic that most people couldn’t tell the video had been fabricated.

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Citizens committee gets tour of county LEC; provided with jail study details and finances

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Members of the Community Perspective Committee are getting deeper into their assignment of learning as much as they can about the building and jail needs of Swift County.

They were recently given a tour of the Swift County Law Enforcement Center, including the jail cells and deputy office spaces, Administrator Kelsey Baker said at the county board’s June 4 meeting.  A five-year budget detailing jailing and transport costs was given to committee members.

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Permanent flood protection? Citizen input sought by council

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Residents of northwest Benson will have a chance to give the city council input next Wednesday on future flood control efforts during a special meeting set for 6:30 a.m. at the golf club.

As waters crept up to the Benson Golf Course service road that separates the course from the Hawleywood Subdivision and homes on Meadow Lane March 24, volunteer firemen, city staff, and council members helped construct a flood barrier on the road.

At the same time, three large trackhoes were working to clear ice floes and logs from the Burlington Northern Sante Fe (BNSF) railroad bridge spanning the Chippewa River adjacent to the Minnesota Highway 9 bridge at Benson’s western edge.

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County required to pay $24,414 back to CRWP

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County will be writing a $24,414 check to the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) as its share of grant funds for which there was a lack of adequate accounting.

The funds came from grants given through to BWSR for work in the Chippewa River Watershed Project area.

There are eight counties in the watershed: Swift, Grant, Stevens, Douglas, Pope, Chippewa, and Kandiyohi. It stretches from the southern end of Otter Tail County west to include Norway Lake and Lake Florida in Kandiyohi County, west to include the Hancock area, and south where it enters the Minnesota River at Montevideo. Swift County accounts for 29 percent of the watershed, second only to Pope County’s 30 percent.

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