June 2019

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Regina ‘Jean’ Stiel

Regina Stiel, 87, died at her home in San Benito, TX, Saturday, June 15, 2019.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, June 29 at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson.

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Notice of Public Hearing on Small Cities Development Program (SCDP) Benson

  NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Benson will hold a public hearing on July 1, at 5:30 pm at City of Benson Council Chambers to discuss the SCDP grant from the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

The grant has and is for rehabilitation of low/moderate income owner-occupied single family and commercial building rehabilitation. 

The public hearing is intended to provide citizens an update and to learn more about the comprehensive program, including the costs associated with the activities described above as well as solicit input on community development and housing needs in the community that might be addressed through the SCDP program.   

All persons who may have an interest in the program are encouraged to attend the public hearing.  Information and records regarding the grant are available within City Hall during regular office hours.
 
/s/ Rob Wolfington, City Administrator

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Litchfield takes top honors at Pioneerland Band Festival

Benson High School’s marching band leads off the 32nd annual Pioneerland Band Festival last Friday despite a little rain delaying the start of the parade.
Litchfield’s marching band earned grand champion honors in the 32nd annual Pioneerland Band Festival last Friday.

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

The Litchfield High School marching band placed first at the 2019 Benson Pioneerland Band Festival Parade, Friday, earning 77.7 points to edge Dassel-Cokato (74.4 points) and Champlin Park (71.7) for the overall title.

Thirteen bands took part in this year’s Band Festival parade, including Benson, which performed for exhibition only and led off the competition. The parade started a half-hour late due to thunder, lightning and light rain that fell in the late afternoon and early evening.

Litchfield also won the awards for Best Wind Section, Best Color Guard, and People’s Choice, while Dassel-Cokato earned the award for the Top Percussion.

Although it fell short of the Grand Championship, Dassel-Cokato did win the Class A title with 74.4 points, followed by Fergus Falls (65.8) and Foley (62.7).

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Wastewater plant needs a $1.4 to $2.1 million upgrade

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Benson’s Wastewater Treatment Facility needs $1.4 to $2.1 million in upgrades or it is in serious risk of failure.

The two effluent filters at the plant need replacement, an issue that has been pending for some time, according to Stantec Consulting Services, Inc., of Minneapolis. The company provides the city with engineering services on a wide range of municipal infrastructure projects.

“The filters are 37 years old and have required multiple repairs,” a letter from Stantec to the city says. “Now the staff worries that the filters will fail with little warning due to their age and current condition.” Failure of the filters would seriously jeopardize the ability of the plant to meet discharge limits on treated water entering the Chippewa River, Stantec told the city the letter dated June 12.

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Foundations approve $38,000 in local grants

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Local Foundation Announces Grant Awards

More than $38,000 in grant funds were awarded last week to area organizations from three local foundations. The funds came from the Benson Area Community Foundation, the Galen Hanson Donor Advised Fund and the Robert Sonsteng Donor Advised Fund.

At their joint June 12 meeting, the boards approved funding to 13 applicants who had applied for financial assistance.

 “Typically, the foundation limits its awards to no more than 50 percent of an organization’s total project estimated costs,” Chuck Koenigs secretary-treasurer of the Benson Area Community Foundation said. “In the present round of grant awards, we received requests totaling $59,680 but we only had about $38,195 to give.”

Those receiving funds and the awards were:

Receiving funding this cycle were the following organizations:

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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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