March 2020

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LEGAL NOTICE

Prairie Five CAC, Inc., (Prairie Five) is currently working with local stakeholders to establish the Prairie Five Regional Transportation Coordination Council (RTCC) in Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Swift and Yellow Medicine Counties. Prairie Five intends to apply to the Minnesota Department of Transportation for Phase 2 Implementation Grant funding beginning July 1, 2020. To accomplish this, the Prairie Five RTCC Work Plan will work toward 1) coordinating and increasing available transportation services and relationships, 2) reducing barriers to programs that help in addressing transportation issues, 3) improving and efficiency and effectiveness of a regional transit system for riders, service agencies and providers. For more information on the Prairie Five RTCC, please contact Laura Milbrandt, Prairie Five Housing Director, by email at Laura.Milbrandt@prairiefive.org or by phone at (320) 269-7678.

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PUBLIC NOTICE • ELM WOOD PILES

 Residents of Benson are hereby notified that all elm wood with bark intact must be burned or removed by April 1, 2020. Bark-intact elm wood can undo much of the progress the community has achieved so far in controlling Dutch Elm Disease. This wood is a breeding place for the elm bark beetles that carry Dutch Elm disease fungus to healthy trees. In the spring, adult beetles - up to 1,500 in a single fireplace log - emerge from diseased wood with the fungus clinging to their bodies. When the beetles fly to healthy elms to feed, they spread Dutch Elm disease to previously uninfected trees.
   Because of this danger to healthy elms, the City has enacted an ordinance affecting the storage of elm wood. Bark-intact elm wood may be stored outside only between September 15 and April 1, (the dormant period for elm bark beetles). Once the wood has been debarked, it no longer violates the regulation.
 
Dated: March 2, 2020
/s/ Glen Pederson               

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PUBLIC NOTICE

Residents of Benson are hereby notified that in accordance with Section 92.43, of the Ordinance Code of Benson all weeds and grass are declared to be a public nuisance if they are allowed to grow to a height of 12 inches or more.
The owner shall abate or prevent such nuisance on their property and on the land outside the traveled portion of the street or alley abutting on such property or the City shall cause said weeds or grasses to be destroyed at the expense of the owner and if not paid, the charge for such work will be made a special assessment against the property concerned and collected with the taxes. No further notice to the property owner shall be necessary according to the Ordinance.
 
Dated: March 6, 2020
/s/ Glen Pederson               
City Clerk

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Is Our Reaction To Coronavirus Overblown?

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

During the 2017-2018 flu season, more than 61,000 people died in the United States – that is an average of 167 every day for 365 days. Few of our readers will remember any screaming headlines or endless television coverage of the flu season a couple years ago. There weren’t that many.

With each passing day the numbers of deaths attributed to the coronavirus is rising in the U.S. As of Monday morning, it was 27. The total number of cases was rapdily climbing toward 800. Sunday night a second case of the virus was confirmed in Minnesota.

If this virus is so much less deadly and pervasive than the seasonal flu, why so much hype about it? Why are public health agencies in full mobilization mode? Why are people being quarantined? Why has the reaction been so over-the-top that it is tanking the U.S. and world economies, with economists now saying there is a good chance of a recession ahead?

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Storm set record for wins with 20

The Morris-Benson Area boys hockey team set a record for most wins in a season this year, going 20-6 overall, including a 12-1 start.

The previous high for wins in a season was 19 set in 2005-06 and 2006-07 when the Benson boys hockey team went 19-4 both seasons.

In addition, Zach Bruns, a junior from Morris Area High School, became the first Benson or MBA boys or girls hockey player since 2015 to reach 100 career points.

He goes into his senior season with 115 career points and has a chance to climb into the top-five list of all-time high scorers for the boys hockey program, led by Tanner Picht with an incredible 203 career points.

The MBA boys hockey team, coached by Jeremiah Day with help from Tony Schultz, Jeff DeHaan, and John Schultz, ended the 2019-20 season with a 7-1 loss at Alexandria in the Section 6A quarterfinals, one game after beating Wadena-Deer Creek in the preliminary round of the tournament, 4-2.

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Four BKMS gymnasts earn All-WCC honors

Four members of the Benson-KMS gymnastics team earned WCC honors this year.  Mariah Ahrndt, Makenna Kelley, and Libby McGeary earned All-WCC honors, while Torie Andrews was among gymnasts on the honorable mention team.

Melrose’ Camryn Brinkman was the top gymnast for the second-straight year, helping the Dutchmen earn the WCC team title.

It was the sixth-straight All-Conference honor for Ahrndt, who was the second-ranked gymnast the last two years after ranking sixth as a seventh-grader, fifth as an eighth-grader, second as a ninth-grader, and first as a sophomore.  Ahrndt had the top floor exercise score this year in all WCC competitions with a 9.6, Jan. 27.

 

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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Picht and Sanasack are MVP’s for Lady Storm

The MBA Lady Storm went 0-21-1 this season, the first time in 22 seasons the program finished without a win, although it did earn a 2-2 tie with Fairmont, Nov. 27, a game the Lady Storm led late in the contest.

MBA ended its season with an 11-0 loss at River Lakes in the opening round of the Section 6A Girls Hockey Tournament, Thursday at Richmond.

MBA, coached by Abby Daly and assistant Mitch Bruns, will lose seniors Kellie Wilts and Hannah Zimmel to graduation, but returns the remainder of its team, including leading scorer Taryn Picht (13 goals and three assists), and starting goalie Leah Thompson.

Sophomore Taryn Picht was selected as the team’s MVP Defensive Player of the Year, while freshman Kortney Sanasack was chosen as the MVP Offensive Player of the Year, sophomore Corrie Erdahl earned the Most Improved Award, and ninth-grader Allison Michaelson was selected the winner of the Storm Award.

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KMS ends season with loss at West Central Area in Section 6A Tourney

The KMS boys basketball team was eliminated during the second round of the Section 6A Boys Basketball Tournament with an 89-53 loss to top-seeded West Central Area in the sub-section quarterfinals at Barrett, Thursday night.

The Saints had opened up the tourney with an 80-50 win at home against Ortonville in a preliminary-round game last Monday night.  KMS was seeded eighth in its half of Section 6A, while Ortonville was seeded ninth.

West Central Area earned the top seed in KMS’ half of Section 6A, while Parkers Prairie, Hancock, and Ashby are the other top-four seeds.  In the other half of the section, the top four seeds are Henning, NCE/U-H, Mahnomen/Waubun, and New York Mills.

WCA took a 38-17 halftime lead and got its lead up to 26 points (45-19) early in the second half before coasting to the victory.

KMS, which ended its season with a 9-17 overall record, will lose seniors Chris Moist, Kyler Johnson, and Titan Norton.

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Countryside reaches out to communities to prepare them to deal with coronavirus

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Editor’s note: This story is written with information from the Swift County Board of Commissioners March 3 meeting and from Minnesota Public Radio.

Countryside Public Health is reaching out to schools, local governments, emergency management teams, human services agencies and health care providers throughout its five-county area as concern about the spread of the coronavirus grows.

Countryside provides public health services to residents of Swift, Chippewa, Yellow Medicine, Lac qui Parle and Big Stone counties. It will be at the forefront of a coronavirus outbreak should the area start seeing cases.

That outreach takes on new urgency as Minnesota sees its first two cases of Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus.

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Countryside reaches out to communities to prepare them to deal with coronavirus

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Editor’s note: This story is written with information from the Swift County Board of Commissioners March 3 meeting and from Minnesota Public Radio.

Countryside Public Health is reaching out to schools, local governments, emergency management teams, human services agencies and health care providers throughout its five-county area as concern about the spread of the coronavirus grows.

Countryside provides public health services to residents of Swift, Chippewa, Yellow Medicine, Lac qui Parle and Big Stone counties. It will be at the forefront of a coronavirus outbreak should the area start seeing cases...

 

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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