October 2019

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Benson volleyball drops pair of WCC decisions to BOLD and ACGC

The Benson volleyball team is looking at going on the road for the playoffs after dropping two conference matches last week.

The Braves lost at home to BOLD last Tuesday, 3-2, and also fell at Atwater-CGC, Thursday in Grove City, dropping Benson’s record to 7-13 overall and 2-9 in the conference.

The Braves went 8-15-1 overall last year and 5-9 in the WCC.  This year’s team was hoping to become the first Benson volleyball team since 2011 to finish the season with a winning record.  That year, the Braves went 16-9 in Shannon Schmidt’s first year as head coach, and the following season Benson was 11-11.

The Braves are set to close out the regular season with a match at Montevideo, Tuesday (yesterday), followed by a home match against Minnewaska Area, Thursday (tomorrow), and a contest at Morris Area-CA, Tuesday, Oct. 15 in the regular-season finale...

 

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The sweet taste of victory!

Braves snap 30-game losing streak with 32-12 victory over KMS during Battle for Swift County

The Benson football team broke a 30-game losing streak spanning three-plus years with a 32-12 victory over KMS, Friday night on Brock Field.  The Braves scored on the second-to-last play of the first half to go into halftime with a 20-12 lead and then dominated the second half, holding the Saints to only 43 second-half yards.

Abe Peterson and Will Enderson combined for four touchdowns for the Braves, who won for the first time since winning a three-overtime game at YME, Sept. 9, 2016, while Thomas Dineen opened up the scoring with a 7-yard touchdown run.

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Our Youth Must Receive A Civic Education

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Growing Growing up with a limited number of televisions and radio programs, we relied mostly on the information provided in magazines and newspapers for our knowledge of the world, national and local affairs. While television and radio could provide headlines, it was print that gave stories depth. It was a simple, straightforward time. For the most part, we trusted the news we were getting. How times have changed!

With the internet and the unchecked fire hose of information it delivers, the expansion of TV news stations, and the satellite talk-radio programs, the news environment today is vastly more complex. It is also polluted with highly partisan shows, intentional disinformation campaigns, and conspiracy theories.

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Three county men died in Vietnam War

Cpl. Kenneth Meulebroeck
Cpl. Delvin Martinson

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

In the Swift County Monitor-News story last week about Sgt. David J. Barduson being posthumously awarded The Order of Saint Maurice Medallion it was stated that he was the only fatality the county suffered in the Vietnam War.

There were actually two other young men from the county who died in Vietnam. Army Cpl. Delvin Martinson of Benson and Army Cpl. Kenneth Meulebroeck of Murdock who were both killed in action in 1969.

Barduson of West Bank Township was killed in action near Phu Bai in northern South Vietnam Feb. 24, 1968. He was 22-years-old at the time. 

Martinson was killed near Long An in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam Nov. 28, 1969. It was the day after Thanksgiving, and he was 23 at the time. He had arrived in Vietnam Sept. 1, 1969. He was the first graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead to die in the Vietnam War.

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Crops get a few extra days to mature

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

With the first frost of the season holding off well into October the area’s foliage still looks amazingly green and lush. That is going to change significantly later this week.

Our first frost and freeze, as well as an unusually early snowfall, are forecast for Thursday night into Friday. Friday’s high is forecast to be only 37 degrees with a low of 29. The average high for Oct. 11 is 61 degrees and the average low 37 degrees.

If it only reaches 37 degrees Friday, it will break the record for a low high for Oct. 11. The current record is 39 degrees set in 1959 and 2009. Highs are forecasted to be in the 30s Friday through Sunday. Average highs in the mid-30s are more typical of the middle of November...

 

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Proposed parking law would prohibit parking on lawns

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Benson’s City Council has approved the first reading of an ordinance that would govern parking in yards of not just vehicles, but fish houses, boats campers, trailers and other things that can be pulled behind a vehicle. The action took place at its meeting Monday night.

A second reading of the ordinance and a public hearing to take citizen input is set for the council’s Monday, Oct. 21, meeting. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. and is in the council chambers in city hall.

Several people that were at Monday night’s meeting had questions about the impact of the new parking restrictions and potential problems they could create for people...

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Ruth Evelyn Hanson

Ruth Evelyn Hanson was born June 15, 1930 at home in Benson, Minnesota, the daughter of Hans Christian and Emma Helen (Torguson) Larson. She was baptized and confirmed at Our Saviors Lutheran Church by Pastor Nasheim.  Ruth grew up in Benson and graduated from Benson High School.  

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Joanne Audrey Marose

Joanne Audrey Marose

April 21, 1935 • October 2, 2019

Joanne Audrey (Swingseth) Marose passed away Wednesday, October 2, 2019.

A private family service will be held at a later date at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Joanne retired in 1996 after 39 years of teaching - 35 years in ISD #833 and her first three years in District #73 in Swift County.  She was so proud of her 100% Norwegian heritage she considered Nordfjord, Norway her heaven on earth. 

Joanne is survived by children: Mary (Kirk) DiLorenzo, Bob (Jill Magnuson) Marose, and Jeff Marose,  six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 

Preceded by her beloved husband, Bud, her parents:  Oscar and Anna (Pederson) Swingseth, her siblings:  Peter, Clara, Palmer, Phyllis, Faith, and Kenneth and other loved ones. 

 If you so wish, memorials may be given to your church or your favorite charity.

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Jeffrey “Jeff” Lawrence Malinowski

Jeffrey “Jeff” Lawrence Malinowski, 59, of Benson, Minnesota  died Sunday, September 29, 2019, in his home.  Visitation was  from 9:30-11 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., Friday, October 4, 2019, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson.

Arrangements were with Zniewski Funeral Home. 

www.zniewskifuneralhome.com

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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota Monday, August 19, 2019 - 5:30 p.m. Benson High School Media Center

The meeting was called to order at 5:31 p.m. by Chair Brian Samuelson.  Members present:  Paul Carruth,  Mary Langan, Bill McGeary, Jim Berens, Eric Peterson, Brian Samuelson and Gary Williams.
Approved agenda with addition of July 15, 2019 Regular School Board Meeting minutes.
Mark Hughes presented several questions under Citizens Comments.
Approved consent agenda.
Progress Reports were presented by the administrators.
Approved base flooring bid for Northside bid package from MCI in the amount of $105,400 and Alternate #2 ($17,400) and Alternate #3 ($20,200).
Ryan Breitbach, CM, presented a construction update stating soil correction is nearly complete and contaminated soil and water will be hauled off site after permits are received. Northside ground breaking ceremony is August 27 at 2:00 p.m.
Discussion was held on Board Goals and will continue at a work session in early October.

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