March 2020

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Wayne A. Hagen

Wayne Hagen, 48, of Benson, Minn., died Sunday, March 15, 2020, at St.

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Statement from Bishop John M. LeVoir of the Diocese of New Ulm Regarding Suspension of all Public Masses

NEW ULM (March 18, 2020) I am concerned that all people be safe during the COVID-

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Knowledge Will Keep Our Communities Safe

By Reed Anfinson

Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”
James Madison
 Father of the U.S. Constitution
Fourth President of the United States

This is an extraordinary time in the lives of most Americans as our way of life is radically changed in just a few short weeks.

Who would have thought that as spring approached our schools would all be closed, that there would be no church services, that all sports from our high schools to the professional leagues would be cancelled, that people would be hoarding toilet paper, and that grocery stores would be seeing people buying stockpiles of food as if Armageddon were imminent?

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ESTATE OF MILTON TURNQUIST

STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF SWIFT   
DISTRICT COURT
EIGHTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
PROBATE DIVISION
Court File No. 76-PR-20-89

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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota Monday, February 10, 2020 - 5:30 p.m. Benson High School Media Center

The meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m. by Chair Brian Samuelson.  Members present:  Jim Berens, Mary KW Langan, Eric Peterson, Brian Samuelson, Paul Carruth and Gary Williams.  Members absent:  Bill McGeary.
No Additions to the Agenda.
Agenda approved.
No Citizens Comments.
Consent Agenda approved.
Progress Reports presented by administrators.
Ryan Brietbach, Construction Manager, provided a construction and budget update.  Discussed moving the gas meters outside of the building. The board approved the relocation of the gas meters outside of the building as recommended.
Gymnastics/Activity Space:  Supt. Laumeyer reported on several items regarding the gymnastics/activity space.  The board approved to sell bonds for 15 years for the $1.5 million activity space.
BHS Registration Guide 2020-2021: This is the first reading.

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NOTICE OF HEARING

Notice is hereby given that the Chippewa/Swift Joint Board of Commissioners, acting as Drainage Authority for Joint Ditch # 3 and Joint Ditch #8, will meet on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. in the Commissioners Room of the Chippewa County Courthouse located at 629 North 11th Street, in Montevideo, Minnesota, to consider the permit to Swenoda Dairy for installation of a manure pipeline that crosses the open ditch and tiles of Joint Ditch # 3 and Joint Ditch #8 in Chippewa and Swift Counties.  All persons interested in these proceedings are invited to attend this hearing.

Dated March 9, 2020

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Mark A. Anderson

Mark A. Anderson, 67, of Benson, Minn., died Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at Swift County Benson Health Services.

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Ahrndt and McGeary are co-MVPS for gymnastics

Mariah Ahrndt and Libby McGeary, who qualified for the State Gymnastics Meet this season, were named co-winners of the MVP award for the BKMS gymnastics team.

That was among the awards handed out at the season-ending banquet Sunday, Feb. 16 with coach Kathy Ahrndt leading the way.

Ahrndt, who earned six-straight All-Conference awards during her career, also qualified to three state meets, while McGeary, in her first year of high school gymnastics, earned WCC honors this season and also qualified to state in the all-around.

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team finished the season with a 5-2 record, including a 2-1 mark within the WCC.

The high score of 138.9 points set during the section tourney is possibly the sixth-best team score in school history and the best score since the 2004-05 season when the team set the current team record of 141.375...

 

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“Donkey Basketball”

Ryan Thompson, a two-time state gold medal winner for Benson in wrestling, shows off his basketball skills during the Donkey Basketball Game, Thursday...

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Five seniors lead Benson girls basketball in 2019-20

The Benson girls basketball team tied for the eighth most wins this season in program history.  The Braves went 16-12 overall this year, including a 6-8 mark within the WCC.

In 47 years of Benson girls basketball, only seven teams have finished with more wins and this year’s 16 victories ties with the 2005-06 team, the last Braves’ team to earn a WCC title, for the eighth-most wins.

The team also had the program’s first winning record since 2010-11 when the team was 20-8.

In fact, the 16 victories this year is two more than the previous six years’ win totals combined (7, 5, 0, 1, 1, and 0).

Benson was eliminated for the season with a 63-27 loss to New London-Spicer in the sub-section semifinals at Minnewaska Area High School.

The Wildcats went on to win the section title with a victory over Windom Area in the title game, 67-45, advancing to state for the 18th time in NLS school history.

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