February 2020

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Benson will not participate in school facility

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Benson will not participate in construction of a new athletic facility at Benson High School that will now primarily be used for the gymnastics program.

School and city officials had met several times in the past weeks to consider what a city investment in the building would cost and what it would provide.

While it was at first thought that a $500,000 addition could be constructed to house a multi-purpose court, walking track, and floor for roller skating, the price came in substantially higher. At last Tuesday night’s Benson City Council meeting it was reported that the cost of the addition would be closer to $975,000.

That was too high, members of the council agreed. They voted unanimously not to participate in the project.

 

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Special SCBHS meeting on refinancing next Monday

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

Whether Swift County and the City of Benson will step in to help Swift County-Benson Health Services (SCBHS) possibly saving it as much as $250,000 a year in interest payments will be considered at a special meeting of the three public bodies Monday night.

SCBHS managing partner CentraCare Health Services was to present its plan for refinancing the debt this past Monday night but put its proposal off until the March 2 meeting as well. The meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. in the SCBHS meeting room.

SCBHS has $15.3 million in debt. Construction of Scandi Haven Village accounts for $7.3 million of the debt with another $2 million from construction of the new clinic and physical therapy area in 2013. There is $6 million in debt tied to the surgical center and north entrance lobby remodeling that was refinanced in 2014 to get a lower interest rate.

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Make sure you are counted in census

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

 

With the official start of the 2020 Census just over a month away census committees are gearing up in counties and cities across the country.

Last Tuesday, Swift County Census 2020 Committee Chair Chelsea Bagent gave the board of commissioners an update on progress to date and the actions the county group will be taking in the days and weeks ahead. Bagent is also the Swift County Geographical Information Systems coordinator.

It is critical that Swift County and Minnesota get an accurate count in the upcoming census because future funding for social services programs, highways, schools, senior facilities, emergency services and more are tied to population...

 

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Clifford H. Hanson

 

Clifford H. Hanson, age 91, of Maple Lake, died Friday, February 21, 2020 at Lake Ridge Care Center in Buffalo.

 

Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m., with Memorial Service at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Maple Lake. A private burial will take place at Lakeview Cemetery in Silver Creek Township.

 

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Shannon M. Bolter

Shannon M. Bolter, 49, of Willmar, died Tuesday, February 18th at Carris Health Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.  Her Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 am, Monday, February 24th at Church of St.

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Stephanie Glenee Wordelman

Stephanie Glenee Wordelman of Riverwood in Port Charlottte, FL, passed away on Feb. 18, 2020 at the Pillars Hospice Home in Oakdale, MN after a short stay. The hospice stay followed a courageous 9 month battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia involving a stem cell transplant at the University of Minnesota BMT. She was born in Minneapolis on April 24, 1947 to Francis (Fritz) and Audrey Tyra.

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Benson girls raise winning streak to six before losing at Melrose Area

The Benson girls basketball team won its fourth, fifth, and sixth-straight games last week before losing at Melrose, Friday, 66-60.  The Braves opened up last week with a 72-48 win against YME last Monday night, and then won at Osakis last Tuesday (64-58) before winning at MACCRAY, Thursday (56-44).

The Braves are 15-10 overall and 6-8 in the WCC with one regular-season game to go Monday at home against Hancock.

Benson earned the fourth seed in its half of Section 3AA and was set to open up the playoffs, Saturday at home against fifth-seeded Minnewaska Area.   The Braves split with the Lakers this season, losing at Minnewaska Area, but winning at home against the Lakers, Feb. 7.  If Benson wins that game, it would face top-seeded NLS in the next round...
 

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Enderson goes over 1,000 during home loss to Tigers

The Benson boys lost twice last week, dropping the Braves’ overall record to 14-9 heading into the home stretch of the season.  The Braves beat Yellow Medicine East last Monday night at home, 70-66, but then lost at home to Melrose last Tuesday, 68-51, and to Morris Area, Thursday, 80-70.

The two losses gave Benson a 5-6 record in its last 11 games after the Braves were 9-3, Jan. 9.

This week, the Braves close out the regular season with a game at Hancock, Tuesday (yesterday), a home game with Lac qui parle, Thursday (tomorrow), and a game at Melrose, Friday.

During last week’s action, Will Enderson became the seventh boy at BHS to reach 1,000 career points.  He earned his 1,000th point with a three-pointer late in the game against Morris Area and ended the game with a game-high 28 points.

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