July 2020

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Steve Olson

Steve Olson, loving father, passed away July 7, 2020.  Steve was born in Benson November 15, 1950.  He graduated from Benson High School and Willmar Technical School for welding after which time Steve worked for the railroad while living in St. Cloud and later St. Francis.

Steve retired from the railroad after 29 years. Steve loved to hunt and fish.  After retirement, he enjoyed spending time in the Brainerd, Benson, and  Scottsdale, Arizona areas and helping out on the Mikkelson farm during the summer. 

He was preceded in death by his father Sidney, mother Ione, and brother Baby Olson. 

He is survived by his daughters: Sheila Gaber and Sara Olson and grandson Cody Olson; sisters: Judy Teske (Thomas), Diane Jensen; brothers: Neil Olson (Carol), Duane Olson (Cindy); sisters: Shirley Olson (DuWayne), Adele Schmit (Tom); and many nieces and nephews. 

Celebration of Life TBA.

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27
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Darwin A. Bridgland

Darwin A. Bridgland, 99, of Benson died on Sunday, July 26, 2020, at the Swift County Benson Hospital.

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Lois J. Fennell

Lois A. Fennell, 84, of Danvers, died on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at St. Cloud Hospital. Visitation will be held at Church of the Visitation in Danvers on Saturday, July 25, from 9:00 am to 10:00 am, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is in charge of the arrangements.

Wed
22
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NOTICE OF FILING FOR THE 2020 STATE GENERAL ELECTION SWIFT COUNTY, MINNESOTA JULY 10, 2020

Notice is hereby given as pursuant in Minnesota Statutes, section 204B.33 that a general election will be held in Swift County on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, for the purpose of electing candidates for the offices listed below.  The filing period for these offices begins at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 28 and ends at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. 

  The place of filing for offices is the Office of County Auditor, Swift County Courthouse, 301 14th Street North, Benson, MN 56215.

COUNTY OFFICES

Wed
22
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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota Monday, June 08, 2020 - 5:30 p.m. – Virtual Meeting

The meeting was called to order at 5:32 p.m. by Chair Brian Samuelson.  Members present:  Jim Berens, Bill McGeary, Mary KW Langan, Eric Peterson, Brian Samuelson, Paul Carruth, and Gary Williams.  Members absent:  None.
No Additions to the Agenda.
Agenda approved.
No Citizens Comments.
Consent Agenda approved.
Progress Reports presented by administrators.
The Gymnastics Committee met and presented their report under Gymnastics Bids.
Bond Sale:  The board approved the sale resolution and awarded Northland Securities the low bid at 1.5777%.
Gymnastics Bids:  To reduce costs, the board approved to bid an outside standing ventilation system option and eliminate the windows on the east side.
Construction Update:  Ryan Breitbach, Construction Manager, provided a construction update and a budget status report. Dave Rey from Halberg Engineering presented parking lot options.
BHS Window Replacement item tabled.

Wed
22
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MINUTES OF THE WORK SESSION SCHOOL BOARD MEETING INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777 Benson, Minnesota Wednesday, June 10, 2020 – 12:00 p.m. Benson High School

The work session meeting was called to order at 12:04 p.m. by Chair Brian Samuelson.  Members present:  Paul Carruth, Mary KW Langan, Bill McGeary, Eric Peterson, Brian Samuelson, Gary Williams.  Members absent:  James Berens.
A tour of Benson High School and Northside Elementary was held to get an update on the progress of construction.
Future Meetings:
School Board Meeting - Monday, July 13, 2020, 5:30 p.m., Location TBD
Meeting was adjourned at 1:34 p.m.
Mary K.W. Langan, Clerk

Wed
22
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MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota Tuesday, June 30, 2020 – 8:00 a.m. Virtual Meeting

The meeting was called to order at 8:00 a.m. by Chair Brian Samuelson.  Members present:  Paul Carruth, Mary KW Langan, Bill McGeary, Eric Peterson, Brian Samuelson, Gary Williams, Jim Berens.  Members absent:  None.
Benson High School Parking Lot:  The board accepted parking lot option Alternate #1 and options 1-4 in the amount of $199,560.
Future Meetings:
School Board Meeting - Monday, July 13, 2020, 5:30 p.m., Swift County LEC and Virtual Meeting 8:29 a.m
Mary K.W. Langan, Clerk

Wed
22
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Farmer's Market draws crowd

Benson held their first Farmer's Market Thursday, July 16 in the downtown railroad park.

Market Days are scheduled every Thursday afternoon in Benson, starting 3-5:30 p.m. They will continue every Thursday at the same time into October.  Market Days will take place in the downtown Railroad Park in Benson.

If anyone would like to be a vendor at the market, there is a $5 fee per week or they can pay $20 for the season.  If anyone has questions, please contact Rosy Petersen at 320-760-4517 and leave a message. “We always welcome new vendors,” Petersen said.

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22
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Coaches also affected greatly by missed season

The canceled high school spring sports season was tough on everyone, especially student-athletes and parents, but another group of people also missed out on another 2-3 month spring sports season; the coaches.

Until the season was officially called off, the coaches had to prepare for a season that never was.  Schedules were prepared, practices were planned, some opening practices were held, and contingency plans were developed.  All that work for nothing!

Some of the spring sports teams at Benson and KMS were expecting great seasons.  The Benson-Hancock softball team was set for a great year, while the Benson baseball team looked to be improved from last season, and a group of athletes on the Benson and KMS track and field teams also appeared set to earn berths at state.

Wed
22
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Benson Football Camp

Benson football players in grades 9-12 are taking part in a Varsity/JV Football Camp this week and next at the practice football fields.  Above, head coach Adam Foslien gives instructions to quarterback Ryan Tolifson and runningback Adam Zosel...

 

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