August 2019

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Wacky Water Carnival

The Women of Today’s Wacky Water Carnival, which took place Thursday, Aug. 1 at Roosevelt Park in Benson, included a number of fun water-related games, including the water balloon basket toss...

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Benson-KMS girls tennis team kicks off fall sports schedule with home triangular

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team is set to get the season underway Monday, Aug. 19 with a home triangular. 

The Fighting Braves, who began preseason practices Monday, Aug. 12, were set to entertain BBE and Parkers Prairie in the season-opening event at the high school courts.

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team is one of the most successful programs at BHS, going 14-4 overall last year for its sixth-straight winning season and 13th winning season in the last 15 years...

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Trust In Short Supply In America

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

 “Trust is an essential elixir for public life and neighborly relations, and when Americans think about trust these days, they worry.” That was key finding in a report written by Lee Rainie, Scott Keeter And Andrew Perrin for the Pew Research Center titled: Trust and Distrust in America.

Trust in our government is a near historic low, Pew’s study says. But that is no surprise when 76 percent of Americans think a low level of trust in the federal government is justified.

We are also less trusting of one another with Americans saying that people just aren’t as reliable as they once were. Pew’s study also found that those who don’t trust other people have less trust in our public institutions.

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14
Aug
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Swift County Fair underway

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

 

The Swift County Fair opens Wednesday and runs through Sunday this week with the carnival featuring 10 to 12 rides and solid line-up of free music. There wll also be the 4-H competitions, a rodeo, lots of food, games at the carnival and a demo derby...

 

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County horse tests positive for WNV

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

Two Swift County horses have been euthanized after falling ill recently, the Minnesota Department of Health reported on Monday. The second horse had a confirmed case of West Nile virus while the first was not tested.

The disease is carried by Culex tarsalis mosquitoes and can infect humans, horses and birds...

 

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Swift County proposes raising garbage tipping fees

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County has not raised its tipping fees for dumping garbage at its environmental services facility since 1992, Environmental Services Director Scott told the county board of commissioners at their meeting Aug. 6.

“We have always been high,” Collins said of the county’s rates as compared to its neighbors. But after 27 years without an increase the county’s tipping fees are now in the same range as neighboring counties with some higher...

 

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School board seeks answers before deciding on lease

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Whether or not Benson Public Schools will pursue a lease for the civic center is going to depend on just how the City of Benson splits the Xcel Energy funds it is expecting to receive as in-lieu-of-taxes payments.

It will also depend on the commitment of Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (KMS) schools to financially support the gymnastics program, which will be the primary user of the civic center. It is expected that KMS students will account for 50 percent of the students involved.

And, finally, School Board Member Jim Berens said he would have a hard time taking the Xcel Energy dollars the school gets from the city’s spending them on the civic center when they should go to teacher salaries...

 

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Cory Lynn Braaten

Cory Lynn Braaten, 46, of Benson, Minn., formerly of Carlos, died Sunday, August 11, 2019, surrounded by her loving family, at Knute-Nelson Care Center in Alexandria. 

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Robert Otto Young

Robert “Bob” Otto Young, was born on March 26, 1941, in Benson, Minnesota, the son of Walter Ernest Leonard and Agnes Margaret (Larson) Young. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson.

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Melvin M. Ascheman

Melvin Michael Ascheman, 86, of Benson, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on Friday Afternoon, August 9, 2019, at the Swift County Benson Hospital with his family at his side. 

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