January 2020

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NOTICE OF POSTPONEMENT OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE

NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE

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Gunderson earns 100th win as Saints have 2-3 week

The KMS wrestling team added its newest member to the 100-win club as sophomore Coy Gunderson won his 100th career victory at the Sauk Centre/Melrose triangular, Thursday, helping the Saints split their matches against SC-Melrose (61-12 win) and West Central, Area (49-28 loss).

Gunderson is 31-3 overall this year and now has 104 career victories after also going 3-0 for KMS at the Annandale-ML quadrangular.  He became the 38th wrestler at KMS to earn at least 100 career victories...

 

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Braves fall to BOLD in battle of WCC leaders

The Benson boys basketball team split a pair of conference games last week, winning at Sauk Centre last Tuesday night, 68-56, but fell at home to BOLD two nights later, 98-83.  The Braves lost to the Warriors despite going 17-for-37 on 3-pointers and shooting over 50 percent from the field.

The Braves, who are 10-5 overall and 5-3 in the WCC, are currently in second place in the league race, but six teams are within a game or two of each other in the battle for second.  BOLD, ranked No. 1 in Class A, is 8-0 in the conference...

 

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Gymnasts set season- high during home win

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team scored a season-best 137.9 points during a 137.9-118.95 win at home against Paynesville/Eden Valley-Watkins last Tuesday night in the Benson Armory.

The Fighting Braves had a solid effort from all eight girls who competed on the varsity team during the competition, including the top three all-around finishers, Mariah Ahrndt, Libby McGeary, and Makenna Kelley.

Benson-KMS has scored over 130 points in six of its seven competitions this season, including scores of 135.675, 135.075, and the recent 137.9 score.

The gymnasts were set to host Long Prairie-GE Monday before closing out the regular-season at a meet at Alexandria, Friday.  The WCC Meet is set for the following Friday, Feb. 7 at LPGE High School,  and the Section 6A Tourney is set for Saturday, Feb. 15 at Howard Lake-WW.  It’s almost tournament time...
 

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KMS boys have first three-win week of season

The Saints had their first week of the season with three wins as KMS won one non-conference game over Clinton-GB last Monday night (80-39), and also won at home against Yellow Medicine East last Tuesday night (61-52), and at Canby, Friday (61-52).

KMS has won five of its last eight games and has improved to 5-9 overall and 4-6 in the Camden Conference.

The Saints have two home games this week against Lakeview, Tuesday (yesterday) and versus MACCRAY, Thursday (tomorrow).

“You can see our confidence just getting better and better every night,” coach Matt Fragodt said.  “Alex (Call) continues to play well, and that just opens everything up for everyone else.  I have really enjoyed watching this team improve...”

 

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Americans Now Less Open-Minded With Media’s Help

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

While liberal Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was touring what was then the Fibrominn power plant in Benson around 2008, 7th District U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson talked to her about rural Minnesota’s innovative spirit. The conservative Democrat also made the observation that highlighted the diversity of his party: “There is no way I could get elected in her (San Francisco) district and there is no way she could get elected in mine.”

Republicans, on the other hand, fit a template that is nearly interchangeable across America. A metropolitan Republican from Alabama could likely get elected in rural Minnesota and a rural Texas Republican elected in parts of the Twin Cities.

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School going to voters April 14 for $1.5 million levy

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

A resolution to go to the voters of District 777 for a $1.5 bond levy for “the construction and equipping of a multi-purpose facility to be used for the district’s gymnastics program and other school activities” was unanimously passed by the board of education Monday night.

The election is to take place Tuesday, April 14.

A cost estimate for construction of the 144-by-82-foot building presented by Breitbach Construction Co. put the price at $1.497 million. That price includes $30,000 for unexpected costs.

Breitbach is the company doing the new construction and renovations at the Benson High School and Northside Elementary School as part of a $26.3 million project...

 

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County wants to look at future of its dispatching

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

A proposal for a deeper look at Swift County dispatch services didn’t sit well last Tuesday with Sheriff John Holtz.

His reaction came in response to Swift County Board of Commissioner’s Chair Gary Hendrickx, District 1-Appleton, suggesting that a task force be established to look into county options for dispatching services.

“We have to keep our eyes open here as we look at it, but we also have our commitment to the public to have the best service we can at the best cost we can,” he said. If the decision is that the county stay with its current dispatching system, “that is fine, but if a change is needed, we have to have the conversation, too.”

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Ground Hog Day: More winter, or is spring on the way

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

We are not creeping out of the coldest days of winter, at least if you go by our annual average temperatures. And, in a few days, the furry prognosticator of the length of the winter days ahead will be giving his forecast. Ground Hog Day is Sunday.

Between Jan. 8 and Jan. 20 our highs average 19 degrees and our lows zero. These days represent the coldest average high temperature and coldest average low temperature we see in western Minnesota. We missed those averages this year – we were considerably colder.

The average high between Jan. 8 and Jan. 20 was 14.6 degrees and the average low a minus 5.3 degrees. Ten of the 14 days saw lows below zero including four days with double-digit sub-zero temperatures. The winter’s low of minus 20 was recorded Jan. 16 when we also saw our first below zero high of the winter – it only hit a minus 4 degrees that day...

 

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Arley D. Anderson

Arley D. Anderson, of Benson, 86, died on January 27, 2020, at the Gabriel House in Murdock, Minnesota. Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, on Friday, January 31 at the First Evangelical Free Church in Benson, and will continue on Saturday, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, followed by a funeral service at 11:00 am.

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