September 2020

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John Thomas Gill, Sr.

John Thomas Gill, Sr., 56, of Benson Township, Swift County, Minn. died Thursday, September 17, 2020, in Rolling Forks Township, Pope County.  A memorial service will be held Friday, October 2, 2020 at noon, 12 pm, in Assembly of God Church at 3821 Abbott Drive in Willmar, Minn.

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Paul D. Kittelson

Paul D. Kittelson, 83, of Benson, Minnesota, died Saturday morning, January 11, 2020 at Swift County Benson Health Services.

A funeral service for family and interment will be held Saturday, October 10th at West Lake Johanna Cemetery. 

A celebration of Paul’s life will be held on Saturday, July 3, 2021, at 2 pm in Roosevelt Park by the Court House in Benson. 

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LuJean Iversen

LuJean Carol (Eichner) Iversen, 73, of Eden Prairie, Minnesota  passed away August 29, 2020.  

A Memorial Service will be held 11 a.m.,  Saturday, September 19, 2020 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 16515 Luther Way, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55346, with a visitation starting at 10 a.m.  Interment ILC Columbarium.  In lieu of flowers, we kindly request donations instead to her grandkids’ college fund in the care of Anthony Iversen, 5220 Nolan Dr., Minnetonka, Minnesota 55343.

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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota Monday, July 13, 2020 - 5:30 p.m. Swift County Law Enforcement Center & 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.
Additions to the Agenda:  7.1.1 Roof Structure - Gymnastics/Activity Space Building.
Agenda approved.
Citizens Comments:  Mark Hughes asked for an update on how Distance Learning went.
Consent Agenda approved.
Progress Reports presented by the administrators.
Board Committee Reports:  The Food Service Committee met and their report will be presented under New Business.
Gymnastics Bids:  Approved bid categories 3, 4, 11, and 12 as presented for a total cost of $1,524,419.00.

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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota Monday, August 03, 2020 • 5:30 p.m. Swift County Law Enforcement Center and Virtual Meeting

The meeting was called to order at 5:44 p.m. by Chair Brian Samuelson.  Members present:  Paul Carruth, Mary KW Langan, Bill McGeary, Eric Peterson, Brian Samuelson, Gary Williams, James Berens.  Members absent:  None.
A tour of the construction progress at the high school was conducted at 4:30 p.m.
Addition to the Agenda:  Technology Plan.
Gymnastics Activity Facility:  The quotes for the playable floor are not in at this time and will be presented at the August 17, 2020 board meeting.  A motion was made to reduce the size of the gymnastics pit to bring the project closer to budget.  Motion not seconded; motion failed.
Technology Plan:  This is the first reading.
Coronavirus Update:  Approved a Resolution Adoption of Base Learning Model for the 2020-2021 School Year and Other Covid-19 Related Matters and open on September 8, 2020 in an in-person learning for all model.
A discussion was held on Strategic Planning.

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A look back at football seasons from years past

During the months of September and October we’ll be running weekly results of Benson and KMS High School football from years gone by.  It’s not the same as an actual season, but it will help provide a little football for BHS and KMS football fans to help them get by the fall season, while also giving people a chance to revisit the names of Saints and Braves who have played for the two schools in the past.

And so, enjoy a little football from the past.  We’ll try to mix up the years each week so that most of the graduating classes at Benson and KMS have their chance in the spotlight.  We’ll also include the final record for each season...

 

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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Girls tennis team picks up first two wins

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team earned its first two wins of the season last week, beating Lac qui Parle/Dawson-Boyd last Tuesday night in Benson, 6-1, and also shutting out Yellow Medicine East at home, Thursday, 7-0.

The Fighting Braves, coached by Coleton Anderson and Datriana Jensen, improved to 2-2 overall and 2-1 in the WCC with the two wins heading into this week’s matches at home Tuesday (yesterday) against Melrose and at Sauk Centre, Thursday (tomorrow).

“The girls had a great week,” coach Coleton Anderson said.  “We’re just excited to be playing and it was nice to pick up a few wins...”

 

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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Thompson and BKMS boys first at home meet

The Benson-KMS boys cross-country won a three-team meet in Benson last week, while the Benson-KMS girls team was second behind BOLD-BLHS.

It was the second meet of the season for the Fighting Braves, who opened up the season a week earlier at Minnewaska Area.  Benson-KMS is also set to host a meet at the Benson Golf Course, Thursday, Oct. 1.

“Overall the kids ran great; I was super surprised when we got the results back and it said we beat Monte on the boys varsity side,” head coach Samantha VanHeuveln said.  “Monte did a really good job of running in a pack so I thought for sure they were ahead of us, but our fourth, fifth, and sixth runners came in clutch finishing well ahead of Monte’s fifth guy...”

 

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Democracy Requires A Loyal Opposition

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

There is an old concept in politics called the “loyal opposition.” The party that is out of power is not seen as the enemy but recognized as made up of fellow citizens with a different point of view when it comes to governing. They share common goals with the  opposing party but see different paths for attaining them.

The role of the “loyal opposition” is to keep the party in power from overreaching and taking the country, state, or other units of government too far in one direction or the other. The majority party consults the leaders of the opposition party, allowing their input, as they craft legislation.
That’s not true anymore. Now the differences between the parties is a chasm. The span so great that compromise cannot bridge it.

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Ohana Foundation donates masks to BHS

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

First Security Banks, including the location in Benson, has donated facemasks to all students in the area it serves.

Overall, the Ohana Foundation has donated almost 10,000 reusable facemasks and other protective supplies to its 15 local public and parochial schools’ student and staff.  Each K-12 student and staff member will receive a reusable cloth face mask with their school logo on them.

“With locations spread throughout Minnesota, Iowa, and North Dakota, we knew we wanted to do more for our communications this school year,” said a press release highlighting the donation.  “At First Security Bank, we see ourselves as not just a location for business but a part of the communities that surround us.”

 

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