August 2019

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Benson Jr. Legion splits first two playoff games

Sam Grussing pitches for the Benson Jr. Legion during a home game this year as secondbaseman Isaac Minchow looks on.

The Benson Jr. Legion split its first two games of the North/East Sub-State Jr. Legion Tournament.  Benson, seeded third, beat sixth-seeded Kerkhoven, 7-2, in a game played last Tuesday night at Morris.

Benson then lost to second-seeded Morris, Thursday night, 12-2 to fall back into the loser’s bracket of the double-elimination tourney.

Benson, 10-6 overall this summer, was set to face fifth-seeded ACGC at 6 p.m., Tuesday (yesterday) in Benson.  With a win, Benson would play again at 5 p.m., Friday, at Minnewaska Area against the winner of NLS and Brooten.

The consolation finals are set for 7 p.m., Friday at Minnewaska Area and the championship game is set for 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 3 at Minnewaska Area with a second game to follow at 1 p.m., if necessary.

Top-seeded Starbuck and second-seeded Morris are in the upper-bracket finals, which was set for 6 p.m., Tuesday (yesterday) at Minnewaska Area.

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Got Milky Way?

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires will come to you
From the Disney Movie ‘Pinocchio’

Meteors flaring across a night sky hold in wondrous delight a child lying on his back in the summer grass. Above is the Big Dipper and Polaris, the North Star, at the end of the handle of the Little Dipper. It’s nearing the middle of August and the Perseid meteor shower is starting to peak with as many as a dozen or more blazing across the backdrop of the Milky Way.

It’s an idyllic scene. Too bad most Americans can’t share it.

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Sen. Klobuchar serves Benson Bakery goods in her Washington, D.C. office

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Among the treats you might be served if visiting U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s office in Washington, D.C., are baked goods from the Benson Bakery.

Bakery owner Toby Johannessen said Monday that from time to time he will get a call from the Minnesota senator’s office for an order that he then sends next day air to her offices. Klobuchar, who is also a Democratic candidate for president, makes sure everyone knows where the treats are from.

The goods from the Benson Bakery were featured at Klobuchar’s weekly Thursday “Minnesota Morning” event at her Senate office.

“Locally owned shops and restaurants like Benson Bakery are key contributors to a flourishing Minnesota economy,” Klobuchar said...

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Benson gives order to raze or repair home

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

It’s not often that the City of Benson issues an order for a homeowner to tear down or repair a home, but July 22 the council conducted a special meeting for just that purpose.

The meeting was set to conduct a public hearing to take comments from homeowner Helen Flodstrom as well as from neighbors living around the home at 810 Kansas Avenue on the  east side of Benson.

For several years, the house has been a source of complaints from neighbors upset with what they saw as a persistent mess that detracted the look of the neighborhood. However, the property evolved from a nuisance to a hazardous structure. After an inspection by Benson Building Inspector Mike Jacobson, a long list of deficiencies with the property were pointed out...

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Hands-free phone law to be enforced starting Thursday

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

It is going to be an educational process that could be financially painful for those not willing to comply with the new Minnesota hands-free phone law that takes effect Thursday.

 “Under the new hands-free law, basically the way we enforce it is if the phone is in your hand, that is a violation of the new law,” Benson Chief of Police Ian Hodge said Monday.

The new law allows a driver to use a cell phone to make calls, text, listen to music or podcasts and get directions, but only by voice commands or single-touch activation without holding the phone. Single touch means a swipe or a touch, not scrolling, or dialing or other multi-touch activities.

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