October 2020

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Braves scored 42 points in first half on way to 48-12 win over BBE

The Benson football team had an offensive explosion Friday night, scoring 48 points and totaling 484 yards of total offense on the way to a 48-12 rout at Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Friday night.

The Braves scored 42 of their points in the first half and didn’t turn the ball over all game.

The dominating victory evens Benson’s record at 1-1 heading into this Friday night’s home game at 7 p.m. at Hinckley-Finlayson.  Benson thought it was hosting Parkers Prairie this week, but PP had some COVID-19 issues so the game was called off and Benson scheduled the game at the H-F Jaguars instead...
 

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Settling for Herd Immunity ‘Total Nonsense’

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

As many in America become increasingly impatient with social distancing, mask-wearing, bars and restaurants operating at reduced capacity, and postponements of weddings and funerals, some argue for letting the coronavirus run its course.

If we just get back to pre-COVID-19 life, we will create herd immunity to the virus, they say. Now, these same people have a supporter in the White House.

“Herd immunity occurs when a large portion of a community (the herd) becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely,” the Mayo Clinic says. “As a result, the whole community becomes protected — not just those who are immune.” Herd immunity creates enough dead ends for the virus that it can’t find another host.

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James A. Johnson, political, financial power, dies at 76

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

James A. Johnson, a 1961 Benson High School graduate who rose to the pinnacle of political and financial power in Washington, died Sunday morning at his D.C. home.

Johnson is survived by his wife, Heather Muir Johnson, a managing director at Deutsche Bank in New York. He is also survived by his son Alfred Isaacs Johnson, his wife Emily, and their son Ray Arthur Johnson. Alfred Johnson is his son from his marriage to Maxine Isaacs. Isaacs was Mondale’s press secretary when he was vice president. He is also survived by his sister Marilyn Johnson LaMourea and her husband, Andre, of Duluth.

When it is safe to conduct an in-person memorial for Johnson, the Kennedy Center has offered to host it. In the meantime, the family is planning a virtual memorial for friends and family...

 

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Benson to hire CEDA for economic development

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Benson’s City Council voted unanimously Monday night to go with the non-profit Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA) of Chatfield to coordinate its fulltime economic development efforts.

CEDA Senior Vice President Cris Gastner and Vice President of Marketing and Business Development Joya Stetson spent the day in Benson Monday. They toured the community, met with the Benson Economic Development Authority, and the Benson Industrial Development Corporation prior to the council meeting.

More than 50 communities in Minnesota are now using CEDA for their economic development efforts including Montevideo. Most of the communities are in the southeastern part of the state, but CEDA’s services have been expanding over 30 years. They now extend assistance to communities in Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin, as well as Minnesota...

 

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Benson, KMS at impasse on sports collaboration

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

While there is a desire to continue the high school sports cooperative built over the past more than three decades with Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg Schools, District 777’s Board of Education says a more equitable sharing of expenses is required.
Benson and KMS boys and girls’ sports pair in tennis, track, and cross country. They also pair in gymnastics.

Representatives of the Benson and KMS school districts have been meeting to try reach an agreement that would facilitate continuing with the cooperative sports agreement. However, so far, the two sides appear significantly at odds over what a fair sharing of expenses would involve. Those differences now threaten the future of the cooperative agreement.

At the heart of the differences, is the Benson Public School’s request that KMS begin picking up some of the long-term maintenance costs of facilities in Benson...

 

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City to pursue taking down elevator

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

Benson will seek legal and engineering advice on how to best proceed with the demolition of the large concrete unused grain elevator at the western edge of its downtown.

“We need to do something to get rid of that elevator,” Council Member Jack Evenson said at Monday night’s Benson City Council meeting. The city can’t wait until someone falls off the building, intentionally or accidently, to take it down.

Graffiti on the metal structure at the top of the elevator is a sign that people have made it to the top of the building despite the city’s effort to secure the structure. This past week, the Benson Police Department and a teacher from Benson High School helped talk a young person off the edge of the top of the building...

 

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Burdette M. Kraft

Burdette M. Kraft, 91, of Benson, passed away on Monday morning, October 12, 2020, at the Gabriel House in Murdock. Visitation will be held from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Hancock, on Monday, October 19, followed by the funeral service at 11:00 am. Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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CITY OF BENSON NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Planning Commission of the City of Benson, Swift County, Minnesota,  will hold a public hearing at Benson City Hall, 1410 Kansas Avenue in Benson, on Monday, October 26th, 2020 at 12:00 pm to consider an amendment to the City Plan to change the land use from Low Density Residential to General Business at 612 Church Street (PID 23-0873-00) and 1310 Aldrich Avenue (PID 23-0874-00).
Those wishing to be heard on the above item should attend the meeting or attend virtually via Free Conference Calls.com, 425-436-6384, Code 457987#. Written comments may be submitted to the City no later than 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 24, 2020; or e-mailed to rob.wolfington@city.co.swift.mn.us. Materials regarding the above item are available for review at City Hall.

Rob Wolfington,
City Administrator
Glen Pederson, City Clerk
Published October 14, 2020

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PUBLIC ACCURACY TEST

The Public Accuracy Test for the following precincts will be held Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.   Testing will be held in the Auditor’s Office - Swift County Courthouse located at 301 14th Street North, Benson, MN 56215 for the General Election on November 3, 2020.  The precincts being tested are the Townships of:  Appleton, Benson, Camp Lake,  Clontarf, Cashel, Dublin, Edison, Fairfield, Hayes, Hegbert, Kerkhoven,  Kildare, Marysland, Moyer, Pillsbury, Shible,  Six Mile Grove, Swenoda, Tara and Westbank; and the Cities of:  Clontarf, Danvers, DeGraff, Holloway, and Murdock.  The Public is invited to attend. 

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NOTICE OF POSTPONEMENT OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE

THE RIGHT TO VERIFICATION OF THE DEBT AND IDENTITY OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS ACTION.

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