October 2019

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SWIFT COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT Request for Bids

NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS –

  The Swift County Highway Department is requesting BIDS for the following items until:

10:00 AM Wednesday October 9th 2019

Bituminous Paving/Patching

Swift County is requesting bids based on a per-ton price for hauling, placing, and compaction of bituminous material to repair/patch multiple random roadway locations.  Approximately 750 tons of material is to be placed.  A map of these locations, along with specifications and details about placement will be available upon request. 
The items and information listed above can be obtained from the Swift County Highway Administration Building, 1635 Hoban Avenue, PO Box 241, Benson, MN 56215.  Sealed bids will then be opened and publicly read at 10:00 AM on Wednesday October 9th 2019 at the Swift County Highway Administration Building, 1635 Hoban Avenue, Benson, MN 56215.  
Andrew C. Sander
Swift County Highway Engineer

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MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 5:30 p.m. Benson High School Media Center

Meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m. by Chair Brian Samuelson. Members present:  James Berens, Paul Carruth, Mary Langan, Bill McGeary, Eric Peterson, Brian Samuelson, Gary Williams arrived at 5:36 p.m.
Approved Agenda.
Approved renewing the proposed district property and liability insurance policy with an increase in square footage replacement cost to $250/sq. ft. at an additional cost of $1,711 for a total of $55,125.77. 
Ryan Breitbach presented the bid categories and recommendations, stating the bids have come in $1.1 million under budget to date. Discussion took place.
Accepted the low base bids recommended for BHS bid package #2.
Approved the alternate bid moving the NS conference room into the NS office area for improved security/access in the amount of $44,327.
Approved the alternate bid for BHS HVAC upgrade in areas A, B, C, D center area in the amount of $670,106. 

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ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS

Bid opening:
Contractor's sealed Proposals for the 2020 Benson High School Additions & Alterations – Bid Package #2 – PARTIAL RE-BID OF CATEGORIES #11 & #18 will be received by the Independent School District No. 777, Benson, Minnesota, until Thursday August 22, 2019 at the office of the Superintendent of Schools, in Benson, Minnesota, in accordance with the plans and specifications prepared by, Architects Rego + Youngquist, LLC, 7601 Wayzata Boulevard, St. Louis Park, Minnesota 55426.
This is a RE-BID of Category #11 – Steel Labor and Category #18 – Sound Control Doors for the project that was previously bid on August 22, 2019.  Contractors are to use the originally issued documents for bidding purposes.

Bid Category #11: Steel Labor
    05 10 00    Structural Metal (Install Only)
    05 20 00    Open Web Joists (Install Only)
    05 30 00    Metal Decking (Install Only)
    05 50 00    Miscellaneous Metal (Install Only)

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**NOTE THE TIME AND LOCATION** NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT:

There will be a meeting of the Swift County Planning Commission on Monday, October 14, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. in the City Council Chambers at the Benson City Hall, 1410 Kansas Ave., Benson, MN to consider the following:
Notice is hereby given per MN Stat. Chap. 116 that ROLO Dairy has made application to the MN Pollution Control Agency and the County of Swift for a permit to construct or expand a feedlot with a capacity of 500 animal units or more.

IN THE MATTER OF:  ROLO Dairy, 1780 90th St. SE, Kerkhoven, MN  56252 (Owner)

REQUEST:  Conditional Use Permit to expand the dairy operation by adding a 300’ x 150’ free stall total confinement barn with a robotic milking system and a 4.1 million gallon clay lined earthen basin.  The total mature dairy animal unit capacity will increased  from 364 animal units to 621 animal units.

LOCATION:  SE ¼ of T-120, R-37, Section 13 (Pillsbury Township) in Swift County, MN.

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Tammy G. Weber

Tammy G. Weber
November 12, 1960 • September 24, 2019

Tammy G. (Mrs. Jeff) Weber, 58, of Watertown, SD, passed away Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at the hospital in Sioux Falls, SD after battling kidney disease for 30 plus years.

Memorial services were at 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 30, 2019, at Cornerstone United Methodist Church. Pastor Luke Smith officiated. The family met at the church 10:30 a.m. Monday for a family prayer service.

Visitation was at Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel Sunday from 4-6 p.m. and also prior to the service at the church Monday. Burial was at Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers were Linda Samuelson, Theresa Kenyon and Marie Weber. Active pallbearers were Tammy’s grandchildren: Devon Isler, Jayda Weber, Jenna Weber, Rihanna Marzolf and Jaelynn Weber.

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Clarence Carl Donnie Lansverk, Jr.

Clarence Carl Donnie Lansverk, Jr.

May 16, 1965  • Sept. 20, 2019

Clarence Carl Donnie Lansverk, Jr., 54, of Sunburg, Minnesota, died Friday, September 20, 2019, at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, following a brief battle with cancer.

Visitation was 4-7 p.m. Monday, September 30, at Hope Lutheran Church in Sunburg.  Funeral services were 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 1, at Hope Lutheran Church. Visitation continued one hour prior to the service.  Interment was at Spring Creek Lutheran Cemetery near Sunburg. 

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Dawn F. Meyer

Dawn F. Meyer
August 23, 1976 • September 17, 2019

Dawn F. (Mrs. Rick) Meyer, 43, of Watertown, SD, passed away Tuesday, September 17, 2019, as a result of an automobile accident in Watertown, SD.

A Celebration of Life will be from 5-8 p.m., with a supper at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at City Hope Church, 413 Franklin Ave. NE in St. Cloud, Minnesota 56304. Please bring a memory to share.

Dawn Florina Meyer, daughter of Jerome and Beth (Benzing) Schlangen was born August 23, 1976 at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, Minnesota.  She grew up in rural Willmar, Appleton and Benson. While living in Benson, Dawn worked at Perkins, Hardees and Country Inn & Suites.  Dawn graduated from Benson Christian School in 1994.

July 11, 2010 she married Richard "Rick" Meyer in Watertown, SD.  Dawn was employed in customer service at Hy-Vee, The Other Place Cafe and Hardees.  She was currently employed at Sparton, Inc.

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KMS football team holds off LPGE for 14-7 win

The KMS football team survived a scare from Long Prairie-Grey Eagle during a Mid State Blue football game in Murdock, Friday night.  The Saints’ defense came up big all night and helped KMS leave its home field with a 14-7 victory.

The win kept the Saints in a second-place tie with Browerville-EV in the Mid State Blue division, just one game behind Upsala-Swanville Area (4-0) and one game ahead of LPGE, Parkers Prairie, and Royalton (all 2-2).

Brandon Kallstrom and Masyn Olson scored rushing touchdowns for the Saints, while Christian Diederich had seven sacks for KMS, including one for a safety.

The Saints’ defense has given up just 42 points total in its last four games, but the KMS offense has scored just 48 points all season, including 14 points in each of its three wins this season.

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Benson volleyball team hoping to turn things around in final five matches

The Benson volleyball team fell twice last week to drop to 7-11 overall and 2-7 in the WCC.  The Braves opened up last week with a 3-0 loss at Melrose last Tuesday before coming home and playing a good match against Sauk Centre, Thursday, losing 3-1.

Sauk Centre leads the WCC with a 9-0 conference record with five matches to go, while Melrose Area is 7-2, Minnewaska area is 6-2, Morris Area-CA is 6-3, BOLD is 4-4, Benson is 2-7, ACGC is 1-8, and Montevideo is 0-9.

In Section 5A, Benson is currently seeded third in its five-team “pod”, but should have a chance to move past KMS to the second seed with a strong performance over its final five matches.  See Speaking of Sports column for more comments about Section 5A volleyball.

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Tennis team earns fifth seed for section tourney

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team closed out the regular-season by taking part in the WCC Individual Tourney, Saturday at Alexandria.  The Fighting Braves did great at the WCC Tourney with all but one of the entries going 2-1 during the full day of tennis, including Kaitlyn Berreau at third singles, Hannah Andrews and Halle Bundy at first doubles, and Amy Zniewski and Hannah Helms at second doubles, who all placed second.

Minnewaska Area, which went undefeated during conference play to earn the WCC title, also won all seven individual titles at the season-ending tourney.

Earlier in the week, the Fighting Braves fell 7-0 to Minnewaska Area last Tuesday night in Benson, and 7-0 at Osakis, Thursday.  The Lakers earned the top seed in the section, followed by Osakis, Montevideo, LQP-DB, Benson-KMS, Morris Area/WCA, MACCRAY, and YME.

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