November 2019

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Mary Teresa Lucking

Mary Teresa Lucking was born on the farm in Clontarf Township, Swift, County, Minnesota, the daughter of Leonedous T. and Ellen V. (McGraw) Goulet. She was baptized on October 28, 1917 at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church in Clontarf by Father Henry. She grew up in Clontarf and attended country school through the eighth grade then graduated from Benson Senior High School. She worked in Washington D.C., hand painting photographs and at the Benson Creamery. 

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ESTATE OF MICHAEL D. ZINDA

STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF SWIFT   
DISTRICT COURT
EIGHTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
PROBATE DIVISION
Court File No.76-PR-19-501

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SWIFT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES October 15, 2019

Chairman Hendrickx called the meeting to order at 9:03 AM with all members present. Also present: County Administrator Kelsey Baker, Terri Orr, other county employees and members of the public.
Chairman Hendrickx asked if there were any changes or additions to the agenda. There were no changes.  
10-15-19-01 Commissioner E. Pederson moved and Commissioner Rudningen seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried unanimously.
10-15-19-02 Commissioner P. Peterson moved and Commissioner Fox seconded to approve the Consent Agenda items: (1) Minutes from the October 1, 2019 Regular Meeting, (2) Approval of 2020/2021 Natural Resources Block Grant Agreement, (3) Approval of contract between the County of Swift and Nygard Family LTD Partnership for Demolition Debris Disposal Facility, (5) Approval to allow the Sheriff’s Department to open a jail petty cash account at First Security Bank, Benson MN. A brief discussion was held. Motion carried unanimously.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING SWIFT COUNTY–BENSON HOSPITAL DISTRICT

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Directors of the Swift County–Benson Hospital District (the "District") will, in the SCBHS Clinic Conference Room, located at 1810 McKinney Avenue, Benson, Minnesota, at 5:30 p.m., at its regular meeting on Monday, November 25, 2019, conduct a public hearing on a proposal that the District lease Swift County–Benson Hospital to CentraCare Health System, a Minnesota nonprofit corporation, and Carris Health–Benson, LLC, a Minnesota nonprofit limited liability company (collectively, "CentraCare"). CentraCare will operate Swift County–Benson Hospital pursuant to the terms of the lease and the lease payments from the lease will be sufficient to make the debt service payments on the District's $2,900,000 Hospital Revenue Bonds, Series 2013 and $6,145,000 Hospital Revenue Refunding Bonds (Swift County General Obligation), Series 2014 (collectively, the "Bonds"), which were issued pursuant to Minnesota Laws of 1992, Ch. 534, Sections 6 to 20.

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Mitteness and Magaard among Benson-KMS cross-country award winners

The Benson-KMS cross-country teams concluded their seasons at the Section 6A Meet, Oct. 24 at Pierz.  The boys team was seventh and the girls were 16th during the very strong sectional meet.  The team recapped the 2019 season at an awards banquet recently at KMS High School.

The boys team won the Minnewaska Invitational during the third meet of the season and was also second at three other meets, including the 9-team Benson Invitational.  The girls team meanwhile, was third at two meets and fourth at two others.

During the WCC Meet, the Benson-KMS boys were second of six teams and the girls were fifth of seven.

Earning All-Conference by placing in the top nine individually at the WCC Meet were Will Magaard, Jaron Furney, and Landon Thompson, while Jacob Stalling and Allie Mitteness were both honorable mention...

 

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Lady Storm fall in first two games of season

The MBA Lady Storm opened up the season with a pair of home losses to Luverne and Minnesota River.  The Lady Storm, coming off a 3-20 season from a year ago, fell to the Luverne Cardinals, Friday at the Benson Civic Center, 10-1, and also lost Saturday in Benson to Minnesota River, 9-1.

The Lady Storm also are set to host River Lakes in Morris, Tuesday, Nov. 12 before going on the road for their first road game, Saturday, Nov. 23 at Fairmont.

Back to lead the Lady Storm again this year is head coach Abby Daly.

Members of this year’s MBA Lady Storm are seniors Hannah Zimmel, Kellie Wilts, and Ryanne Bisgard; juniors Leah Thompson and Libbey Pendill; sophomores Taryn Picht and Corrie Erdahl; ninth-graders Kortney Sanasack and Allison Michaelson; eighth-graders Karlie Bruns, Isabella Alsaker, Chloe Zimmel, Gabby Schneider, and Ruby Swenson; and seventh-grader Molly Jones...

 

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Enderson, Tolifson, Dineen, Abner, and Petersons among stat leaders for Benson football team during 2019-20 season

The Benson football team closed out the 2019 season with a 3-7 overall record, winning three of its final five games after starting out 0-5.

The Braves snapped a 30-game losing streak with a 32-12 victory over KMS, Oct. 4, and then won a second-straight game for the first time in many years with a 33-0 shutout of BBE one week later during Homecoming.

Benson, seeded sixth in the Section 4A Tourney, won its first playoff game in seven years with a 35-12 upset win over Upsala-Swanville Area, but the season came to an end a few nights later with a 39-14 loss to second-seeded Mayer Lutheran.

Browerville-Eagle Valley eventually won the section title with a dominating win over Mayer Lutheran.

This was the first year of the new sub-district alignments for Benson.  The Braves had been playing in a mostly-AA sub-district, but moved to the Class A sub-district this year, switching with Kimball Area.

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Honoring America’s Veterans

Major Donald C. Brehmer was the main speaker at the Community Veterans Day program, Monday.  Brehmer’s military career started in March of 1977.  He retired from teaching and coaching last year after serving BHS for 24 years.

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Eric Holtan’s True Concord releases Christmas CD

True Concord Voices & Orchestra, under the direction of Benson High School graduate Eric Holtan, has produced a new Christmas CD that was released Friday.

“True Concord: Carols in the American Voice” is inspired by True Concord’s annual Lessons & Carols by Candlelight concerts performed in the Tucson, AZ, area. It contains familiar carols in musical settings by American composers that are new or not widely known.

In 2015, True Concord released Far in the Heavens: Choral Music of Stephen Paulus, for which it received a Grammy nomination for Best Choral Performance.

 “The focus is on sacred Christmas carols,” Holtan, a 1989 Benson High School graduate, said.  “Even in their simplest form, carols evoke emotionally powerful memories of personal and family experiences that enrich and enliven annual holiday celebrations.

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Facebook Ad Policy Threatens Democracy

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

“Democracy requires citizens see things from one another’s point of view, but instead we’re more and more enclosed in our own bubbles. Democracy requires a reliance on shared fact; instead, we’re being offered parallel but separate universes.”
 
Eli Pariser, The Filter Bubble
 
We are now less than a year away from the presidential election of 2020. That it will be contentious and fraught with partisan anger is a given. That we will be inundated with misleading, demeaning, and outright false political advertising an unfortunate reality.

Candidates will have their own ads for which they take responsibility; these may be on the edge of truth and civility. A larger share of the ads will come from political action committees (PACs.) These ads will make no pretense of fairness, honesty, or civility. They will deceive and villainize.

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