December 2019

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Bonnie C. Anderson

Bonnie C. Anderson, 88 of Webster died on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at Sanford Hospital in Webster, SD.  She was the widow of Ben Anderson.

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Peterson scores 32 as Braves open up season with victory

The Benson boys basketball team opened up the season with a 77-69 home win over Sauk Centre, Thursday night.  The win was also the first for new head coach Adam Jensen, who took over the reigns of the boys basketball program this year from former head coach Roger Lindahl.

The Braves had a great start, quickly building a double-digit lead, but Sauk Centre cut it to single digits early in the second half and eventually went ahead for the first time before Benson took back the lead and held on for the win.

Ben Peterson had 32 points to lead the Braves, going 6-of-10 from three-point range.  Benson shot 62 times from the field and 40 of them were three-pointers with the Braves making 15.

“It was an awesome win,” coach Adam Jensen said.  “We were red hot to start and were really aggressive defensively and got a lot of open looks.  I was extremely happy with our effort, especially in the second half when Sauk Centre took the lead...”

 

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SWIFT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES November 19, 2019

Chairman Hendrickx called the meeting to order at 9:04 AM. with all members present. Also present: County Administrator Kelsey Baker, County Attorney Danielle Olson, Terri Orr, other county employees and members of the public.
Chairman Hendrickx asked if there were any changes or additions to the agenda. Commissioner P. Peterson had one addition under other business, discussion on elected officials. There were no other changes.  
11-19-19-01 Commissioner Rudningen moved and Commissioner P. Peterson seconded to approve the agenda as amended. Motion carried unanimously.

Tue
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NOTICE FOR FILING

NOTICE FOR FILING for township election in Tara Township, Swift County, Minnesota. Affidavits of candidacy for the office of supervisor for a three year term and the office of clerk for a two year term may be filed with the township clerk from the Tuesday, December 31, 2019 until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. Filing hours on January 13, 2020 will be from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Filing fee is $2.00.
You may contact the clerk at 320-444-0283.
Patti Buyck,
Tara Township Clerk

Tue
10
Dec
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McGeary and team claim titles at Morris Meet

With two of its top gymnasts only able to compete in two events due to lingering injuries, the Benson-KMS gymnastics team still won the five-team Morris Area Invitational title with 132.35 points, Saturday.

The Fighting Braves edged runner-up NLS by just over one point (131.1), while Detroit Lakes was third (121), Park Rapids fourth (115.5), and Morris Area fifth (111.25).

Mariah Ahrndt and Allie Mitteness, two of the team’s top gymnasts and seniors, were only able to compete on the uneven bars and balance beam, but ninth-grader Libby McGeary helped make up for their absence by winning the all-around with a score of 34.7 and also winning three of the four individual events.

The gymnasts, coached by Kathy Ahrndt, were set to compete at Litchfield-DC, Thursday (tomorrow) before coming home for the first meet in Benson, Thursday, Dec. 19 against Morris Area-CA...

 

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Magaard wins title as Saints 5th at Big Lake

The KMS wrestling team had a busy opening week of action, competing at a home quadrangular last Tuesday night and at the Big Lake Invitational, Friday.  The Saints went 1-2 at the home quadrangular, losing to ACGC (50-18) and NLS (39-30) while also beating Quad County (48-24).

At the Big Lake Tourney, KMS was fifth of 10 teams with Will Magaard winning the Saints’ lone title, Coy Gunderson placing second, and Chase Magaard and Masyn Olson finishing third.

This week, the Saints have one match, Friday at Kimball Area.

KMS quadrangular
The Saints opened up the season with a 1-2 finish at a home quadrangular last Tuesday night.  KMS beat Quad County in one dual, 48-24, but the Saints also fell to ACGC (50-18) and NLS (39-30) in the other two matches.

ACGC won the quadrangular with three victories, including a 45-20 win over NLS and a 64-6 rout of Quad County.

Tue
10
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Benson girls rout Montevideo before losing for first time against Simley

The Benson girls basketball team split a pair of games last week, winning at Montevideo last Tuesday night, 52-33, but falling to Simley at home, Friday, 41-24.

The Braves, 1-3 overall, have just one game scheduled this week.  Benson was set to play at BOLD, Thursday (tomorrow).  The Warriors are tied with Benson and Sauk Centre for first place in the WCC with 2-0 league records...

 

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It’s Time For A New Gymnastics Facility

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

It’s long past time when the District 777 Board of Education make a decision on a future home for the Benson-Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (BKMS) gymnastics program. The decision that makes the most sense is going to the voters to approve a levy in the neighborhood of $1.2 to $1.5 million.

Before addressing the issue of financing, there are two questions to answer. The first is, does the gymnastics program need a new home? There is no doubt to the answer – definitely. Once that question is answered the next is, how quickly should the school board act? Again, the answer to that question can be answered without hesitation – immediately.

For more than two decades the school’s gymnastics program has operated out of a substandard, unsafe building.

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Dec
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SCBHS, CentraCare are nearing completion of a lease agreement

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Negotiations on a lease agreement that would make Swift County-Benson Health Services part of CentraCare Health of St. Cloud and its subsidiary Carris Health are moving steadily forward.

Carris Health is based in Willmar. CentraCare sees Carris becoming a southern hub for its outreach to rural community hospitals. It would serve central and west central Minnesota hospitals.

While SCBHS would be branded as Carris Health-Benson as of Jan. 1 if the lease agreement is signed, it will be under the umbrella of CentraCare...

 

For more on this story, and to keep up on all the latest in area sports, subscribe to the Swift County Monitor-News print edition or our PDF internet edition. Call 320-843-4111 and you can get all the local news and sports delivered to you!

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School board studying gymnastics financing options

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

A decision on where the Benson-Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (BKMS) gymnastics program home will be could be decided at the Monday night District 777 Board of Education meeting.

At that meeting, the school board should have costs estimates for constructing a building that is currently estimated at $1.5 million. Several school board members have said that cost could be closer to $1.2 million. The cost would be financed over 10 or 15 years.

At its Dec. 2 meeting, the school board voted 6-1 to not sign a 10-year lease agreement with the City of Benson for the north end of the civic center.

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