August 2019

Tue
27
Aug
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SWIFT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES August 06, 2019

Chairman Hendrickx called the meeting to order at 9:00 AM. with all members present with the exception of Commissioner Rudningen. 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. Chair Hendrickx had one change to switch Liz Auch and Scott Collins on the agenda times. There were no other changes.  

08-06-19-01 Commissioner P. Peterson moved and Commissioner E. Pederson seconded to approve the agenda as amended. Motion carried unanimously.

Tue
27
Aug
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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING/WORK SESSION INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota Monday, August 5, 2019 - 5:30 p.m. McKinney’s Conference Room

Meeting called to order at 5:31 p.m. by Chair Brian Samuelson.  Members present:  Jim Berens, Mary Langan, Bill McGeary, Eric Peterson, Brian Samuelson. Members absent: Paul Carruth, Gary Williams. 

Approved the Agenda and Consent Agenda.  

No bid received for bid category #3, steel, for the Northside construction project so bids were re-released. Breitbach recommends the low bidder, Briese Iron Works.

Awarded low bidder, Briese Iron Works, Bid Category #3 (steel supplier) in the amount of $206,900 and unit price $2,320 for the NS construction bid package.

A lease agreement for the north end of the civic center was reviewed and discussed.

Principal Johnson gave a State of the School Address for grades PK-5 and shared three strategic goals for the upcoming school year.

Principal Knutson gave a State of the School Address for grades 6-12 and presented three strategic goals for 2019-2020 school year.

Tue
27
Aug
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2019 YEARLY WEED SPRAYING SWIFT COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT BENSON, MINNESOTA

The Swift County Highway Department will be accepting bids until:

11:00 A.M. on Wednesday September 11th, 2019

For their annual 2019 Swift County Highway Department - Road Ditch Weed Spraying. 

Swift County has designated approximately 140 Road Miles (280 Lane Miles) to be sprayed throughout the Northwestern portion of the County.  A map will be provided.

Estimated Quantities

140 Road Miles – to be bid by the “EACH” Road Mile

Bids will be accepted until 11:00 AM Wednesday September 11th 2019
Materials can be obtained by contacting the Swift County Highway Department at:

Address:  1635 Hoban Ave, Benson, MN 56215
PHONE:  320-842-5251
FAX:  320-843-3543
EMAIL:  paul.petrick@co.swift.mn.us

  Bids must be returned SEALED, and will be publicly opened and read, at the address and time above posted above.

Tue
27
Aug
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2019 YEARLY MAINTENANCE STRIPING SWIFT COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT BENSON, MINNESOTA

The Swift County Highway Department will be accepting bids until:

11:00 A.M. on Wednesday September 11th, 2019

For their annual 2019 Swift County Highway Department - Road Maintenance Striping. 

Swift County will be striping approximately 57 miles of road throughout the county. 

The approximate total quantities are listed below, and a map of various roads/locations will be provided. 

Estimated Quantities

2582.502    4” Solid Line White – Paint        LF    608,765
2582.502    4” Solid Line Yellow – Paint        LF    97,052        2582.502    4” Broken Line Yellow – Paint    LF    52,645   
2582.502    24” Stop Line White – Paint        LF    405   
                    
   Bids will be accepted until 11:00 AM Wednesday September 11th 2019
   Materials can be obtained by contacting the Swift County Highway Department at:

Tue
27
Aug
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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota Monday, July 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.  All members present:  James Berens, Paul Carruth, Mary Langan, Bill McGeary, Eric, Peterson, Brian Samuelson, Gary Williams. 

Approved agenda, with MRVED presentation after Construction Update.

Julie Carroll will provide citizens comment on Gymnastics later on the Agenda.

Becky Lysen, 6th grade parent, stated concerns about unique challenges, student behavioral issues and the new scheduling format for 6th grade.

Approved consent agenda.

Administrators presented progress reports.

Northside Construction Bids:  Ryan Breitbach reviewed 28 bid categories for NS construction project and gave recommendations. No bids received for Bid category, #2 for steel, to be rebid.

Approved bids totaling $6,025,016, holding on bid #11 for flooring to receive further clarification from the architect, and rejecting bid #16 for lockers.

Tue
27
Aug
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Volleyball teams open up season this week

The Benson volleyball team was set to open up the 2019 schedule with two-straight home matches, Tuesday, Aug. 27 against KMS and Thursday, Aug. 29 versus Melrose Area.  Benson went 8-15-1 overall last year after winning three of its final four matches.

“We are definitely looking to make a run at the section championship this season,” coach Shannon Schmidt said.  “We made a run in Section 5A last season, defeating KMS in a huge five-set match only to lose an equally-close match to Royalton.  We should have a solid team with a lot of talent, experience, and depth.”

Seniors lost to graduation from last year’s Benson volleyball team are Maranda Wieber, Paige Cain, and Matilyn Short.

However, the team does return most of its starting lineup from last season, including the top hitter (Claire Ricard), top servers (Zoe Doscher, Mariah Ahrndt, Abbie Mitteness, and Ellie Moesenthin), its top setters (Moesenthin and Ahrndt) and its starting libero (Mitteness)...

Tue
27
Aug
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Benson hosts Morris Area-CA and KMS plays at BOLD during opening week of football season

The Benson and KMS football teams are set to get their seasons underway this Friday at 7 p.m.  The Braves are set to host Morris Area-CA in the opener on Brock Field, while the Saints are set to play at BOLD, which placed second at state last fall.

Both teams have new coaches this season with Adam Foslien taking over for Scott Gonnerman at Benson and Jason Fernholz taking over the program at KMS from last year’s co-coaches, Matt Fragodt and Justin Johnson.

•  The Braves did lose eight players from last season -- Matt Goossen, Jared Knutson, Hunter Gonnerman, Riley Grube, Devon Liles, Alex Wrobleski, Cole Petrick, and Matt Ebnet.  Most of them were two-way players for the Braves so they will have a lot of holes to fill.

However, the team does return a lot of key players, including starting quarterback Will Enderson, leading receiver Matt Tolifson, runningback Adam Zosel, and the third-leading tackler Jacob Wolter...

 

Tue
27
Aug
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Girls tennis team 4-3 after opening week

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team had a busy first week, going 4-3 overall with triangulars at home, NLS, and Long Prairie-GE.  The Fighting Braves had opened up the season with two wins at the Benson triangular last Monday in matches that were recapped in last week’s paper.

Benson-KMS then played at NLS last Tuesday, but a triangular turned into a dual match with the Wildcats when Pipestone didn’t drive up north due to rain.  The Wildcats won that match, 6-1.  Two days later, Benson-KMS hosted a triangular with Morris Area-WCA and Annandale and the Fighting Braves edged the Tigers (4-3), but also fell to Annandale (6-1).

The week came to an end with a triangular at LPGE where Benson-KMS shut out the host team (7-0), but lost the other match to a strong Osakis team (6-1)...

 

Tue
27
Aug
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Yes, You Have A Right To Be At That Meeting

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

 “I just wanted to find out if I can show up or not?” rural Danvers resident Mark Hughes told the Swift County Board of Commissioners at their meeting last week.

Hughes was referring to a meeting of the Community Perspective Committee established by the commissioners at their May 7 meeting. It consists of two members appointed from each of the five county commission districts. It was formed in response to strong citizen opposition to a proposed $17.5 million justice center.

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27
Aug
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Hughes questions county board on right to attend meeting

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Marysland Township farmer Mark Hughes has become a fixture at Swift County Board of Commissioners meetings recently taking advantage of the citizen’s comments period to ask a broad range of questions.

At the board’s Aug. 20 meeting, Hughes made comments on the Swift County Fair, the Ag2School credit providing ag land tax relief on school levies, and about an upcoming Community Perspective Committee meeting.

It was his question on the committee meeting and his right to attend it that had the county board struggling to give a straight answer.

The board of commissioners created the Community Perspective Committee earlier this year to study county building needs in general and the proposed construction of a $17.5 million Swift County Justice Center...

 

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