February 2020

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MBA boys open up playoffs with victory

The MBA boys hockey team closed out the regular-season with a split of games against Breckenridge-Wahpeton last Tuesday night (7-3 sin) and Becker-Big Lake, Thursday (6-5 loss).

The Storm earned the seventh seed in the Section 6A Tourney and opened up the postseason with a 4-2 win over 10th-seeded Wadena-DC, Saturday in Benson.

MBA, which improved to 20-5 overall, was set to face second-seeded Alexandria, Tuesday (yesterday).

In 25 seasons of Benson and MBA boys hockey, no team had earned 20 victories until this season...

 

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Assessing How We Are Addressing A Changing World

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Technology is changing the way Americans live, work, play and receive health care. And, it appears, the rate of change will only accelerate as almost magical innovations pile one on top of another. They will continue to shape, and reshape, every facet of our lives in ways hard to imagine.

Thrown into this cauldron of technological change is the vast uncertainty of how a warming climate will disrupt our communities, agriculture, and industry.

Through its American Roundtable project, the Architectural League of New York seeks to look at how communities are doing today and preparing for tomorrow. To gather information, it is asking for 10 proposals from editorial teams in small to medium size cities. With the help of a $10,000 grant, the teams are to produce reports over the coming months that address the challenges we face.

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City of Benson’s drinking water is cleared by MDH for copper levels

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

By changing how it treats its water, the City of Benson has passed the Minnesota Department of Health’s test for copper in its drinking water.

The elevated copper levels were not in the water supply coming from the city’s wells, but rather came off the copper pipes in homes. It was the way in which the water was treated that causes small amounts of copper to slough off into the drinking water as it sat in the home pipes.

Benson has been testing 20 homes twice a year since 2014 for copper levels. By passing this most recent test, the testing will go down to 10 samples one a year, Public Works Director Dan Gens told the city council earlier this month. If those samples come back good as well, then testing will only have to be done once every few years...

 

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Anhydrous accidents a reminder of dangers

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

On a daily basis there are hazardous materials safely passing through Swift County with residents never noticing or being overly concerned about the danger they may pose. Those products pass through pipelines, are carried over the railroad tracks, and are loaded in tanker trucks.

However, in recent years there have been reminders of the very real dangers some products pose for area residents. That threat demands that communities and the county have plans in place if an accident occurs that then creates an immediate threat to the health and very lives of residents...

 

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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Hazard mitigation plan needed if disaster strikes

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Every five years Swift County is required to update its All-Hazard Mitigation plan. It is an immense 516-page document that covers all the potential disasters that could adversely affect the people and buildings in the county.

The plan assesses the threats, their potential for damage, and puts in place plans for addressing the threats. At its meeting Feb. 4, the Swift County Board of Commissioners adopted the latest version of the plan presented.

It is the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) that requires the county update its hazard mitigation plan every five years, Kirk Bustrom, a community development senior planner, with the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission (RDC) in Appleton, told commissioners. He worked on updating the plan with Swift County Emergency Management Director Bill McGeary...

 

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Richard L. Bonde

Richard L. Bonde, 71, of Benson, MN, died Sunday, February 09, 2020, at Swift County Benson Health Services. Visitation will be held from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, on Saturday February 29, at McKinneys on Southside in Benson, with a Memorial Service at 1:00 pm.

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ESTATE OF DEAN G. CHRISTENSON

STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF SWIFT   
DISTRICT COURT
EIGHTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
PROBATE DIVISION
Court File No. 76-PR-20-24

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PUBLIC NOTICE

 CALL FOR QUOTES-The Six Mile Grove Township Board of Supervisors will be accepting quotes on the following: Class 5 Gravel on a per yard basis delivered anywhere in Six Mile Grove Township by August 1st.   Quotes for Grading, Snow Removal, Mowing (a minimum 9 foot top cut) on a per hour basis, also quotes for spraying.  Remit quotes with Certificate of Insurance by February 28, 2020 to Sara Wersinger at 420 Minnesota Ave, Danvers, MN 56231.  The Board of Supervisors reserves the right to accept or reject any or all quotes, to waive any information therein and to accept quotes deemed most advantageous to the Township.

Sara Wersinger, Clerk

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Magaard wins 200th as KMS improves to 13-12

The KMS wrestling team closed out the 2019-20 regular-season in style after going 2-0 last week with wins over EVW (42-31) and Big Lake (37-36).  The Saints also competed at the St. Croix Invitational and Morris Area Invitational over the last week, placing second both times in very strong meets.

Will Magaard earned his 200th career win at the LDC triangular, Thursday, joining Kevin Steinhaus and Zachary Carlson as the only Saints to claim at least 200 wins in their high school careers.

The Saints were seeded fifth for the upcoming Section 5A Team Tourney and were set to wrestle at fourth-seeded Paynesville at 7 p.m., Tuesday (yesterday) with the winner moving on to the “Final Four”, Friday at Minnewaska Area High School...

 

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Gymnasts second at WCC Meeet

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team placed second of four teams at the WCC Gymnastics Meet, Saturday at Melrose.

The host Dutchmen won the meet with a score of 145.65, while Benson-KMS was second at 137.85, its third-highest point total of the season.

Based on results from the regular season and WCC Tourney, four members of the gymnastics team earned postseason honors.

Mariah Ahrndt, Libby McGeary, and Makenna Kelley all earned All-Conference this season, while Torie Andrews earned honorable mention.  It was the sixth-straight All-WCC honor for Ahrndt.

This week, the Benson-KMS gymnastics team is set to compete at the Section 6A Tourney at Howard Lake-WW.  The top team and top individuals from each of the events will earn a trip to the State Gymnastics Meet, set for Feb. 21-22 at the University of Minnesota.
Ahrndt has qualified to the last two state tournaments...
 

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