February 2020

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Feb
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Ricard and Berreau go over 1,000 points as Benson girls stay hot

The Benson girls basketball team is one of the hottest teams in the area, having gone 8-2 in its last 10 games, including five of its last six. The Braves beat Paynesville (72-52), ACGC (58-40), and Minnewaska area (50--43) last week, giving Benson a 12-9 overall record and 6-7 conference mark heading into its final five games of the season.

During last week’s action, Clarie Ricard became the fifth girl at BHS to reach 1,000 career points during the win over Paynesville. 

Teammate Kaitlyn Berreau joined her Monday night during a home win over YME.  Berreau needed six points for 1,000 and made a driving layup with about six minutes left in the first half to join Ricard on the 1,000-point club.

Other players with 1,000 career points are Emma Peterson (1,589), Abby Fragodt (1,498), Emily Jensen (1,134), and Missy Giese (1,001).

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Feb
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Zosel reaches 100 career wins as Braves earn seventh seed for tourney

The Benson wrestling team hopes to turn things around this week during the Section 5A Team Wrestling Tournament and the following weekend at the Section 5A Individual Tourney.

During action over the last week, the Braves went 1-2 at the Blaine quadrangular, Feb. 1; went 0-3 at a quadrangular in Benson last Tuesday, and 1-1 at the WCC Team Tourney, Thursday at Minnewaska Area High School.

That gave the Braves an overall record of 6-17 and earned Benson a seventh seeded heading into Tuesday’s (yesterday’s) Section 5A opener against 10th-seeded Ortonville at 5 p.m. at #2-BBE.

Benson easily beat Ortonville earlier this year so a quarterfinal matchup against BBE appears likely at 7 p.m., Tuesday (yesterday).  LPGE-Browerville was seeded first, followed by BBE, Minnewaska Area, Paynesville, and KMS in the top five.

Wed
12
Feb
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Voters Have The Right To A Secret Ballot

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Among the most fundamental of rights in our democracy is the right to a secret ballot. Minnesota’s current law upends that right. We have talked to a good number of people  who regularly vote in Minnesota’s elections who now say they won’t vote in the March 3 Presidential Nomination Primary.

Why won’t they vote? Because under state law, Minnesotans are required to identify the party in which they are voting and request either a Democratic Farmer Labor Party (DFL) or Republican ballot at their polling place. Who they vote for remains private, but their party preference goes to the state’s four major political parties: Republican Party of Minnesota, the DFL, the Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party, and Legal Marijuana Now Party.

Wed
12
Feb
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County approves perpetual easement

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

A perpetual easement for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in Benson Township was approved by Swift County’s Board of Commissioners at their Feb. 4 meeting.

It includes about 32 acres of the property in Section 17 of Benson Township. Derek and Tom VanderWeyst were at the meeting representing the land’s owners. It is just northeast of Lake John on the south side of Swift County Road 22.

 

This easement allows him to hay the property after July 15, but the property has to maintain the vegetative cover and the wetland is protected. It has historically been a pasture with some agricultural uses, Blake Knisley, real estate specialist with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, told commissioners. 

The landowner will retain primary responsibility for weed control, recreational use, access, and will continue to be responsible for the payment of property taxes...

 

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12
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SCBHS updates county on need for debt refinancing

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Saving $250,000 in interest payments every year would significantly improve the bottom line of Swift County-Benson Health Services.

To get that savings, SCBHS would have to refinance its $7.5 million debt associated with construction of Scandi Haven Village, the $6 million general obligation bonds from 2014 and the $2 million in general obligation bonds from 2013.

At the Swift County Board of Commissioners meeting Feb. 4, Co-SCBHS Administrators Melissa McGinty-Thompson and Dan Enderson explained how refinancing the $15.3 million debt could then greatly reduce the interest on those loans.

CentraCare Health, which through its affiliate Carris Health is now managing SCBHS, has said that it would come back to the governing board at its Feb. 24 meeting with possible options for refinancing the debt. It has not said how that refinancing would take place...

 

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Countryside prepared if coronavirus diagnosed in area

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

For the first few weeks that the coronavirus was making headlines, the stories of the new deadly virus were limited to the fight in China; then it began spreading around the world including to the United States.

In early February, a case of coronavirus was confirmed in neighboring Wisconsin as the total number of cases in the U.S. rose to 12. One U.S. citizen has died from the virus, but she was in China at the time.

Monday it was reported that 97 people died in China on Sunday alone from the respiratory disease, which causes pneumonia like symptoms.

While Minnesota has yet to see a case of the new coronavirus, its state and local medical agencies are gearing up to address the disease should it spread here.

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Ronald Eugene Houde

Ronald Eugene Houde, 71, of Benson, Minn., died Saturday, February 1, 2020, at Swift County Benson Health Services.  A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held Saturday, February 29, 2020, from 1-5 p.m., at Hanny’s Bar & Grill in Benson.  Opening Prayer will be held at 1 p.m. followed by a time of sharing. In lieu of flowers, Memorials are preferred to Kids Fishing Foundation, 31258 600th Street, Millville, MN 55957.

Wed
05
Feb
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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota Monday, January 6, 2020 – 5:30 p.m. Benson High School Media Center

The organizational meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m. by Brian Samuelson.
Members present:  Paul Carruth, Mary KW Langan, Bill McGeary, Gary Williams, Brian Samuelson, James Berens and Eric Peterson.  Members absent:     None
Approved Agenda.
Organization of School Board:  Brian Samuelson elected Chairperson; Gary Williams elected Vice-Chair; Mary KW Langan elected Clerk.; Bill McGeary elected Treasurer.
School board meeting schedule approved as presented for 2020, second Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m.
Swift County Monitor-News designated the official newspaper. 
All Minnesota Depositories plus PMA Financial, TD Ameritrade and Minnesota Liquid Asset Fund, or successors, designated the Depositories. 
Authorized the Director of Finance to make electronic funds transfers and the Superintendent and Director of Finance to apply for Federal, State and other grants and programs. 

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05
Feb
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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota Monday, December 16, 2019 – 5:30 p.m. Benson High School Media Center

Meeting called to order at 5:30 p.m. by Chair Brian Samuelson.  Members present:  Jim Berens, Mary KW Langan, Eric Peterson, Gary Williams, Bill McGeary, Brian Samuelson.  Members absent:  Paul Carruth.
Added to the Agenda:  Proposed 2020 School Board Meeting Dates.
Agenda approved.
Citizens Comments:  The board took comments and questions from community members.
Consent Agenda approved.
Progress Reports presented by the administrators.
Ryan Brietbach, Construction Manager, provided a construction update including a financial update and stated the project continues to be under budget and on schedule, despite the cold temperatures.
Approved Payable 2020 Levy is $3,927,887.27, a 15.96% increase compared to Payable 2019.
All options were explained regarding a City-School Lease of the Civic Center, Gymnastics Facility Details and Gymnastics Options and discussion took place.

Wed
05
Feb
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NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that default has occurred in the conditions of the following described mortgage:
DATE OF MORTGAGE: October 03, 2014
ORIGINAL PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF MORTGAGE: $104,025.00
MORTGAGOR(S): Dean G. Christenson, a single man
MORTGAGEE: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as mortgagee, as nominee for Quicken Loans Inc., its successors and assigns
DATE AND PLACE OF RECORDING:
Recorded: October 03, 2014 Swift County Recorder
Document Number: 239832
ASSIGNMENTS OF MORTGAGE:
And assigned to: Quicken Loans Inc.
Dated: December 02, 2019
Recorded: December 26, 2019 Swift County Recorder
Document Number: 249667
Transaction Agent: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc.
Transaction Agent Mortgage Identification Number:
     100039033310059609
Lender or Broker: Quicken Loans Inc
Residential Mortgage Servicer: Quicken Loans Inc.

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