November 2019

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Record cold as winter strikes early

Monday the Benson area broke the record for the coldest high temperature for Nov. 11 when it only reached 12 degrees. By long-term weather standards you could say it shattered the record, besting it by 9 degrees. The old record was 21 degrees from 2014.

Monday also saw windchills remain below zero for the entire day. Windchills ranged from a minus 3 degrees to a minus 13 degrees from the early morning into the evening. Winter’s bite this late fall is a reminder the children need to be properly dressed if they are walking to and from school, or from where a bus picks them up and drops them off...

 

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Garbage tipping fees to see first increase since 1982

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County will raise its garbage tipping fee from $80 per ton to $100 per ton effective Jan. 1. The 25 percent increase is the first raise in rates since 1982.

 “We were at $68 a ton and we went to $80,” Environmental Services Director Scott Collins told the board of commissioners at the Nov. 5 meeting. “Now it is 2020. I think it is time to increase our tipping fee to $100 a ton.”

Chippewa County is at $80, Stevens and Pope counties are at $80.04, and Kandiyohi County is $95. Kandiyohi County’s rate is for out-of-county garbage. There is a lower rate for in-county residents and business, he said.

Collins is hoping that the increase in rates will handle the increased costs of handling garbage, the significant loss of recycling income, and, perhaps, deter some out-of-county garbage from being hauled into his facility...

 

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Flood plan will need revisions before it will be accepted

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Twenty homeowners of northwest Benson met at the golf club last Wednesday night with the Benson City Council to discuss options for preventing floodwaters from flowing in their neighborhood.

Residents and city officials left the meeting acknowledging that considerable discussion about the impact of the proposed work was still needed. The residents were seeing the proposed project for the first time and its impact on some homeowners opposed to it based on the impact it would have on their property.

Anxiety over the potential flooding of their homes heightened this past spring as the Chippewa River overflowed its banks, then spread out across the Benson Golf Course Sunday, March 24. The flood waters rose rapidly as large ice floes collected at the BNSF railroad bridge, creating a dam blocking the surging spring runoff...

 

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Gerald H. Jagow

Gerald (Jerry) H. Jagow, of Burnsville, Minnesota passed away November 7, 2019.

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Charles E. Kennedy

On Tuesday, November 5th, 2019, Charles (“Chuck”) E. Kennedy, Sr.

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ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Judicial Ditch #8 Part of Branch #S-1 Swift County, Benson, Minnesota

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT:
Swift County Parks Drainage & wetlands Office will be accepting bids for tile line repair.  Approximately 1,500 lineal feet of 15” tile and approximately 1,500 lineal feet 12“ tile, two outlets and one connection.  Tile to be installed with a tile plow. 
Copies of the plans and specifications may be obtained from and completed proposals sent to: Swift County Parks, Drainage and Wetlands, 1635 Hoban Ave., P.O. Box 241 Benson, MN 56215. (320-843-5341) 
The Swift County Board of Commissioners reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids and to waive informalities therein.

Michael Johnson, Supervisor
 Parks, Drainage and Wetlands

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Veterans Day program set for 1 p.m., Monday

The Community Legion Post 62 and VFW Post 1403 Veterans Day Program, also hosted by the BHS Student Council, is scheduled for 1 p.m., Monday Nov. 11 in the Benson High School senior high gym.

The speaker for this year’s Veteran’s Day program is Retired Major Donald Brehmer, a longtime coach and teacher at Benson Schools, who also retired from teaching last spring.

After the Advancement of Colors by members of the Benson VFW and American Legion, the BHS Concert Choir will sing “The Star Spangled Banner”, and Steve Ricard will give a welcome and introduction of guests.

In addition, there will be a reading by Legion Boy Stater Jacob Wolter and a speech by the 2018-19 Voice of Democracy essay winner Morgan Schmidt.

The public is welcome.  Included in the program will be other selections by the BHS choir and band...

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MBA Lady Storm to open up season this weekend in Benson

The MBA Lady Storm is set to get the winter sports season underway with a pair of games at the Benson Civic Center Friday and Saturday.  The Lady Storm, coming off a 3-20 season from a year ago, are set to host Luverne, Friday and St. Peter, Saturday.

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.

The Lady Storm had their season end last year with a loss to top-seeded Alexandria in the Section 6A opener.

Leading the team in scoring last year were current sophomore Taryn Picht and  current ninth-grader Kortney Sanasack with 11 points each.  Picht had a team-high 11 goals and Sanasack had a team-high six assists.

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Five earn WCC honors for Benson-KMS girls tennis team

Four members of the Benson-KMS girls tennis team earned All-Conference this season and another was named to the honorable mention squad.

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team had its season end at the Section 6A Individual Tennis Tournament.  The Fighting Braves did not advance anyone past the first two rounds and the Benson-KMS team was also eliminated with a 4-3 loss to Lac qui Parle/Dawson-Boyd in the Section 6A quarterfinals.

Competing at the individual tourney were Stacy Johnson and Elise Duncan in singles (both of those players fell in the round-of-16), and Halle Bundy and Kaitlyn Berreau, and Susan Knutson and Hannah Andrews in doubles.  Bundy and Berreau also lost a close first-round match, while Knutson and Andrews, seeded fourth, won their first match in three sets, but then lost in three sets in the next round to the fifth seeds...

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Saints win quarterfinal match, but fall to BBE in Section 5A semis

The KMS volleyball team reached the Section 5A semifinals before losing to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Thursday at Little Falls, 25-12, 25-23, 25-18.  BBE went on to beat Walker-Hackensack Area for the section title two nights later in a five-game thriller.

The Saints, who ended the season 17-12 overall, beat Benson in its first section match in four games and also routed Browerville-Eagle Valley in three games last Tuesday night at Long Prairie-GE High School, 25-14, 25-12, 25-7 to reach the semifinals.

The Saints were seeded second in its “pod” of Section 5A.  BBE goes into the state tourney with a 21-8 overall record.

“We were playing our best volleyball in the playoffs and that’s what you work for all season,” coach Joquel Molenaar said.  “Benson was such a tough match in the playoff opener and we were happy to get by them, but you always want more.

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