November 2019

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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota Monday, October 21, 2019 - 5:30 p.m. Benson High School Media Center

The meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m. by Chair Brian Samuelson.  Members present:  James Berens, Paul Carruth, Mary KW Langan, Bill McGeary, Eric Peterson, Brian Samuelson   
Members absent:  Gary Williams. 
Additions to the Agenda:  Remove Tom Foley as Robotics Advisor; Add Update on Civic Center Construction.
Approved the Agenda. 
Approved Consent Agenda.
Progress Reports were presented by the administrators.
Ryan Breitbach, CM, gave the board an update on progress at Northside where foundations are completed and the high school footings start this week for the classroom addition, entrance addition and the auditorium. Overall the project is on schedule.
Ryan Breitbach presented three rebid results for BHS bid package #2, bid category #11 - Steel Erection and the plan for bid category #18 - Sound Control Doors.

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ESTATE OF ARLAN W. ANDERSON

STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF SWIFT   
DISTRICT COURT
EIGHTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
PROBATE DIVISION
Court File No.76-PR-19-491

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Bruce Loen

Bruce Loen
October 27, 1941 • November 7, 2019

Bruce S. Loen, 78, of Benson, Minnesota, died Thursday evenig, November 7, 2019 at his home in Benson.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 at 1 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. The family asked that you bring a donation for the food shelf in lieu of flowers.

Bruce Stanley Lamahr Loen was born October 27, 1941 in Benson, Minnesota the son of Stanley Invold Loen and Alice Elizabeth (Atchison) Loen.  He grew up on the farm in rural Benson and was baptized December 24, 1941 at Immanuel Lutheran Church and confirmed June 10, 1956 at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church. He attended Country School near his home before attending Benson schools and later attended School of Agriculture in Morris and later electronic school in Kansas City, Mo.

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Johnson, Nichols, Krieger, Collins, and Lesteberg among awardwinners for KMS

The KMS volleyball team finished the season with a 17-12 overall record, including a 5-6 mark within the Camden North Conference.  It was the second-most wins for the Saints volleyball program since 2008.  In fact, it was also the third most wins for the KMS volleyball program, which has also had a 24-6-1 season in 2004 when the team went third at state, and 20-10 in 2015.  The Saints were seeded second in its “pod” of Section 5A, but KMS beat Benson in four games and Browerville-EV in three games to earn a berth in the sub-section finals where it lost in three games to BBE.  The Jaguars went on to earn the Section 5A title, but went 0-2 at state.

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Calls, Rudningen, Jones, and Kallstrom among leaders for Saints in 2019

The KMS football team had a successful season in 2019, going 5-5 overall including a 4-3 mark within the Mid State Blue division and a 1-1 record in the Section 4A playoffs.

KMS was seeded fifth in the section this fall, but upset fourth-seeded Parkers Prairie in the opener round (24-0) before losing to top-seeded Browerville-Eagle Valley in the semifinals (34-13).

The Saints had beaten Browerville-EV in the third week of the season (14-13), but B-EV turned the tables in the playoffs, going 3-0 to claim the Section 4A title and also winning its first State Tournament game before losing in the semifinals to BOLD.

Browerville-EV also tied with Upsala-Swanville Area for the Mid State Blue division title with 6-1 records, while Parkers Prairie was third (5-2), KMS fourth (4-3), Royalton fifth (3-4), Benson and Long Prairie-GE tied for sixth (2-5), and BBE eighth (0-7).

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Ricard and Mitteness earn All-WCC honors for Benson volleyball team

Two members of the Benson volleyball team earned All-WCC honors for the 2019 season.  Claire Ricard was named to the All-Conference team, while Abbie Mitteness earned honorable mention honors.

The Benson volleyball team closed out the 2019 season with a 9-16 overall record, which included a 3-11 mark within the WCC.  The Braves were seeded third in its “pod” of Section 5A and lost in four games to second-seeded KMS in the round-of-16 after routing sixth-seeded Kaleidoscope Charter School in the opener.

Seniors lost to graduation from this year’s Benson volleyball team are Claire Ricard, Mariah Ahrndt, Kara Kannegiesser, Abby Lundebrek, and Abbie Mitteness.

Benson beat KMS in the season opener in four games and also had records of 4-5 and 7-9 before losing seven of their last nine matches to end the season 9-16 overall.

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What It Takes To Hold Power Accountable

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Good government depends on a system of checks and balances. Those who govern and those who administer the government know they are answerable to the citizenry of the community. Citizens hold government accountable through the information they are provided by the watchdogs who make up the Fourth Estate – the press.

Often in our small communities we elect good people who then hire competent and good-intentioned civil servants. Our governments run smoothly, taxes are reasonable, and services are provided cost-effectively. However, too frequently we hear the stories of trust abused and violated.  That is why we need a strong, attentive and respected press that provides a common source of trusted information to citizens.

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Armory remodeling cost could be between $2.2 and $2.8 million

By Reed Anfinson

Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Benson’s City Council received an updated estimate of the cost to renovate the Benson Amory into a new city hall with the prices ranging from $2.2 million to $2.8 million.

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Benson proposes $400,000 civic center renovation plan

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

A new proposal that would substantially reduce the cost of renovating the north end of the civic center for use by the Benson High School gymnastics program was presented to the Benson City Council Monday night.

By eliminating a viewing area and bathroom project, the cost of the renovation would be reduced from just over $500,000 to closer to $400,000. Removing the two parts of the project will not compromise the functionality of the north end of the civic center for its proposed uses, City Manager Rob Wolfington said.

 The city would also extend the period for the school district to pay off the renovation costs to seven years from five. That seven-year amortization of the debt would not include balloon payments as did the earlier $500,000 agreement. The $400,000 city loan would be at zero percent interest and be paid off through the annual payments over the seven years.

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Lions pull offer to place drinking fountain in Benson’s Roosevelt Park

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

There will be no bright yellowish lion drinking fountain on the southwest corner of the Roosevelt Park in Benson.

Monday night the Benson City Council sided with its park board’s recommendation that the drinking fountain be placed in the middle of the park. Its recommendation was based on concerns about snow removal if it was installed at the corner site.

Lions President Mick Boone told the council that the club wasn’t interested in investing $4,000 in purchasing and installing the lion drinking fountain if it was not placed in a very visible, high traffic area.

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