June 2019

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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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Roger A Norby

Roger A. Norby, 84, of Benson, Minnesota, died Saturday morning, June 8, 2019 at the Brookside Assisted Living in Montevideo, Minnesota.

Visitation was held from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., followed by the funeral service at 1:00 p.m., Friday, June 14, 2019 at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church, Benson.

Interment was in Swenoda Cemetery, Swenoda Township.

Roger Allen Norby was born August 8, 1934 to Herbert and Julia (Holstad) Norby.

He was called from this life June 8, 2019, at Brookside Assisted Living in Montevideo. He attained the age of 84 years and 10 months.

Roger attended Swenoda Lutheran Church where he was baptized and confirmed.

He attended grade school at District #49 and graduated from Benson High School in 1952.

December 17, 1955, Roger was united in marriage to Shirley Ann Dvergsten at Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Watson.

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Kirk Ward

Kirk Michael Ward, 65, was born into eternal life January 1, 2019. There will be a private memorial gathering  June 14, 2019.

Kirk Ward was born to Herbert and Marilyn Ward June 14, 1953, in Aurora, Illinois. He joined the Army at age 17. After three years in the service he was employed at General Mills Inc. where he met and married the love of his life Wanda Amundson. This union was blessed with over 40 years of marriage and three children.

Kirk was hired at the Post Office in 1985 until his retirement in late 2012. Kirk was especially proud of his work as a Passport Acceptance Agent. After retirement, he and Wanda bought a home overlooking Lake Minnewaska in Starbuck, Minnesota.

He loved to fish, hunt, travel, and gather with family and friends. Kirk’s award winning website: ”Sportsman’s Paradise” showcased the many trips he took with friends to Canada.

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MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 5:30 p.m. Benson Senior High Media Center

The meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m. by Chair Brian Samuelson.  Members present:  Jim Berens, Paul Carruth, Mary Langan, Bill McGeary, Eric Peterson, Brian Samuelson, Gary Williams.
Approved Agenda.
BHS HVAC:  Architect Paul Youngquist provided information on the HVAC systems at BHS.
Approved to rescind the HVAC motion made at the April 15, 2019 regular school board meeting to include Alternate A and Alternate B in the bids. 
Approved to have the architects draw specs for base bid as follows:  North classroom HVAC; South classrooms one to one replacement of univents and DX cooling; BHS lunch room HVAC; Core area as Alternate A bid.
NS Construction Plans: Architect Paul Youngquist reviewed Northside construction plans and drawings.
Future Meetings:
Special School Board Meeting - Monday, May 13, 7:30 a.m., District Office
Regular School Board Meeting - Tuesday, May 21, 5:30 p.m., BHS Media Center

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MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota Monday, May 13, 2019 - 7:30 a.m. Benson School District Office

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 a.m. by Chair Brian Samuelson.  Members present:  Jim Berens, Paul Carruth, Mary Langan, Bill McGeary, Eric Peterson, Brian Samuelson, Gary Williams.
Bid package #1:  Construction Manager Ryan Breitbach presented bid categories for bid package #1. Breitbach Construction Company reviewed the contractors with the low bids and recommends accepting the low bids in the amount of $1,512,077.
The board accepted the low, responsible bid package #1 bids in the amount of $1,512,077.
Personnel Items:  Approved as presented.
Course Registration Guide:  Mike Knutson presented the 2019-2020 BHS course registration guide with readjustments to some courses to be more specific to area needs/interests. The board approved the course registration guide as presented.
Gymnastics/Civic Center Proposal:  Discussed options for gymnastics space.  No action taken.
Future Meetings:

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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota Monday, April 15, 2019 – 5:30 p.m. Benson High School Media Center

The meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m. by Chair Brian Samuelson.  Members present:  Jim Berens, Paul Carruth, Mary Langan, Bill McGeary, Eric Peterson, Brian Samuelson, Gary Williams
Approved Agenda.
Discussion on bills for work done on the Civic Center building. Approved holding the $51,000 bill from ARY for work done on the Civic Center to get feedback from Paul Youngquist, ARY, regarding the bill.
Approved Consent Agenda.
Progress reports by administrators.

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OFFICE OF THE MINNESOTA SECRETARY OF STATE Minnesota Limited Liability Company/Articles of Organization Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 322C

The individual(s) listed below who is (are each) 18 years of age or older, hereby adopt(s) the following Articles of Organization:
Article 1 - Limited Liability Company Name: SMK Properties LLC.
Article 2 - Registered office and agent(s), if any at that office:
Name: Kurt A. Hanson
Address: 800 12th Street South, Benson, MN 56215 USA
Article 3 - Duration: PERPETUAL
Article 4 - Organizers:
Name: Simeon P. Peterson
Address: 280 15th Lane NE, Benson, MN 56215 USA

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