October 2019

Wed
23
Oct
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Boys cross-country team second at WCC Meet

The Benson-KMS cross-country teams competed at the WCC Cross-Country Meet at the Pomme de Terre Golf Course near Morris.

The Benson-KMS boys finished as runners-up behind Melrose Area, while Montevideo was third, Morris Area was fourth, Sauk Centre fifth, and Minnewaska Area sixth.

In the girls competition, Minnewaska Area edged Morris Area-CA by five points for the team title, while Melrose was third, Sauk Centre fourth, Benson-KMS and Montevideo tied for fifth, and BOLD-BLHS was seventh.

Will Magaard placed third for the Benson-KMS boys, while Jaron Furney was sixth and Landon Thompson was ninth.  They all earned All-Conference for the Fighting Braves, while Jacob Stalling, who was 22nd, earned honorable mention.

For the Benson-KMS girls, Allie Mitteness placed 14th to earn placement on the honorable mention team...

 

Wed
23
Oct
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Braves lose final regular-season game, 30-20

For the second week in a row, the Braves had a big play for a touchdown early in the game, but this time, Parkers Prairie was able to rally for a 30-20 win at home over the visiting Benson Braves last Wednesday night.

Mason Abner returned a fumble 63 yards for the opening score, giving Benson an early 8-0 lead only 5:01 into the game.

The Braves still led 14-8 after one quarter, but Parkers Prairie, which improved to 5-3 overall, went on to outscore Benson 22-6 the rest of the way.

Hurting the Braves were four sacks for minus-46 yards and three interceptions.

The Braves had a chance to tie it up with 2:35 left in the third quarter when Will Enderson and Ben Peterson teamed up for a 79-yard touchdown pass, but the Braves failed to add the two-point conversion and Parkers Prairie would go on to score the final touchdown.

Wed
23
Oct
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Business Supports Dreamers For Good Reasons

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Next month the United States Supreme Court will hear a case that will have a profound impact on an estimated 2.1 million young people in America. Its decision will also have broad consequences for the health of the U.S. economy.

We are talking about a legal case that would block the Trump Administration’s efforts to deport Dreamers. The Court will decide whether or not Trump’s White House has the power to administratively kill the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, or whether Congress and the courts have a say in its future.

Wed
23
Oct
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Heavy rains Monday stall area’s fall harvest efforts

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Area farmers were out in force from the middle of last week through the weekend combining corn and soybeans and lifting beets where the ground was dry enough for their equipment.

Monday night a large low-pressure system moved into Minnesota bringing with it a steady wind-driven rainfall. At 7:30 p.m. Monday wind a wind gust of 55 mph was recorded at the Benson Municipal Airport. The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for western Minnesota for Monday afternoon into Tuesday stating the wind gusts could approach 60 mph.

Monday’s strong winds caused tree limbs to break and tipped over apple trees still laden with fruit.

By midnight Monday, 1.65 inches of rain had fallen in the Benson area bringing the month’s total precipitation to 3.83 inches. That is 1.53 inches above the average of 2.30 inches...

 

Wed
23
Oct
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New parking law passed by Benson council

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Only one resident showed up at the Benson City Council public hearing Monday night on a new parking ordinance that prohibits parking in front yards on unprepared surfaces.

Some who had planned on attending the meeting could have changed their minds due to the foul weather - a cold rain driven by winds gusting to 55 mph.

Benson’s council unanimously passed the second reading of the proposed parking law change after hearing concerns raised by Nathan Miller, who lives on the corner of 15th Street South and Stone Avenue.

To become law, an amendment to the city ordinances must have two readings at two separate city council meetings. After the second reading is approved, the proposed law is published in the city’s legal newspaper, the Swift County Monitor-News.

Wed
23
Oct
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Build at human services; improve security; don’t raise taxes

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Improvements to the Swift County Human Services building to create more space and enhance the safety of its employees is the top recommendation of the Citizens Perspective Committee.

“We recommend that you folks go ahead with that project,” committee spokesman Robert Zielsdorf told the Swift County Board of Commissioners at their Oct. 15 meeting. “We think that is really, really necessary.”

It also recommends mechanical improvements to the Swift County jail and upgrades to the Law Enforcement Center basement to again house 6W Community Corrections.

Improvements for safety and operations also are needed for the Swift County attorney’s office, the committee recommends.

These improvements are to be made without raising taxes through a bond issue to pay for the improvements, Zielsdorf told commissioners.

Tue
22
Oct
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Jeanette M. Skoglund

Jeanette Marie Skoglund, 66, of Kerkhoven, died on Monday morning, October 21, 2019 at the Carris Health -  Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar. Visitation will be held at Bethesda Lutheran Church in rural Murdock, from 12:00 pm – 1:00 p.m. on, Friday, October 25, followed by the funeral service at 1:00 pm at Bethesda Lutheran Church.

Mon
21
Oct
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Lenora Augusta Martha Holt

Lenora Augusta Martha Holt, 94, of rural Murdock, Minn., died Sunday, October 20, 2019, at her home.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, October 24, 2019 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson, Minnesota. Visitation will continue from 10-11 a.m., followed by the Funeral Service at 11 a.m., Friday, October 25, 2019, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. Interment will be in Monson Lake Lutheran Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home.

Mon
21
Oct
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Carl Joseph Hoffman

Three weeks overdue, Carl Joseph Hoffman was born on December 17, 1993, in Willmar, Minnesota. He didn’t really want to come out into the world, but eventually graced his parents, Rob and Mary Alice Hoffman, with his presence. He was a happy-go-lucky child and there was always wonder in his world. Carl eventually moved from Willmar to Benson, Minnesota, with his Mom, Dad, and brother Quinn.

Mon
21
Oct
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James “Jim” Kent

James “Jim” Kent was born July 29th 1954, the third of eight children to Robert “Duke” and Cala Mae Kent.

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