October 2020

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Benson football team opens up season with 35-20 loss to BOLD

The Benson football team opened up the 2020 season with a 35-20 loss at home to BOLD, Friday night on Brock Field.  The Braves played with the Warriors for most of the game, but two interception returns for touchdowns, along with a long touchdown run to open up the second half, were too much to overcome.

BOLD, which lost in last year’s Class A title game to Blooming Prairie, scored the first three touchdowns to go up 21-0 early in the third quarter, but the Braves would outscore the Warriors 20-14 the rest of the way as Benson’s offense found success in the second half.

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Girls tennis team to play for third place in section meet after falling to Osakis, 6-1

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team has one more match left this season after losing at top-seeded Osakis in the Section 6A semifinals last week, 6-1. 

The Fighting Braves have a chance to finish above .500 this season when they were set to face Morris Area/West Central Area in the Section 6A third-place match, Tuesday (yesterday) at Morris.  This will be the third meeting between the two teams this season with Morris Area winning the first two matches, 4-3.

Benson-KMS had opened up the Section 6A Tourney with a 7-0 win at home over MACCRAY.  The Fighting Braves were initially seeded fifth in the 8-team section field, but with Montevideo having to end its season due to COVID-19, Benson-KMS moved up to the fourth seed and hosted the fifth-seeded Wolverines instead...

 

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Boys cross- country team edges Melrose for WCC title

The Benson-KMS cross-country teams competed at the WCC Meet at Sauk Centre, Thursday, and both teams ran exceptionally well, according to their coaches, with the boys team winning the WCC team title by one point over Melrose in an exciting finish and the girls team placing in a tie for second in the girls competition.

“The WCC Meet went extremely well for both varsity teams,” said an elated coach Samantha VanHeuveln.  “We were missing our No. 2 guy (Jacob Gareis) due to an injury, but the team rallied together and did their part to bring home the trophy, and the girls also surprised everyone by tying for second behind a strong Minnewaska Area team.”

The Section 6A Boys Cross-Country Meet was set for Tuesday (yesterday) at LPGE, while the girls’ teams are set to compete at NLS, Thursday (tomorrow).  The MSHSL decided recently that there would be no state meet this fall...

 

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Saints manage just five first downs during 28-0 opening game loss at Kimball Area

Kimball Area scored early and often on the way to a 28-0 win over the KMS football team, Friday night in Kimball.

Kimball Area scored one touchdown in the first quarter, two more in the second, and then added a 34-yard pass for a fourth touchdown in the final quarter.

KMS meanwhile, generated just 62 yards of total offense on 39 plays,  compared to 17 first downs and 71 total plays by Kimball...

 

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Who Is The Best Candidate For Your Children?

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

If there is one consequence of the current elections that will have long-term implications for all Americans in the coming years it is climate change. It doesn’t have to be a Republican or a Democratic issue, but humankind’s concern.

It is already having an impact on all life around the globe. The depth of those impacts will become more severe in the coming decades. It will mean more children dying of starvation. It will see more refugees fleeing coastal nations where sea rise has flooded their homes. It will mean more refugees fleeing drought-stricken nations seeking food and security, more shortages of water for drinking and irrigation, and more political instability in nations around the planet.

Generations of our descendants will live with the choices we make today, as individuals, as communities, and as a nation.

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Swift County hires Laura Ostlie as new RDA director

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

Laura Ostlie has been hired as the new Swift County Rural Development Authority executive director.

Ostlie has been employed as a community development specialist with the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission (RDC). She started with the RDC as a loan officer for its revolving loan fund in 2015.

“She brings experience in grant writing, administering grants, collaborating with economic development partners at the state and local levels,” Administrator Kelsey Baker said of Ostlie. Based in Appleton, the RDC provides services to local units of government from townships to cities, to counties in Swift, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Big Stone and Yellow Medicine counties...

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New tobacco ordinance has stiffer penalties

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

Penalties for vendors violating Swift County’s new tobacco ordinance will go up substantially under a new ordinance approved by the board of commissioners Oct. 6.

Swift County’s ordinance will govern tobacco sales in Appleton, DeGraff, Clontarf, Swift Falls, Holloway, and the county’s rural areas. Murdock, Benson, and Danvers have their own ordinances, which take precedence over the county law.

In May, the Minnesota Legislature passed a law raising the legal age for buying tobacco products to 21. Its action came five months after Congress passed a law raising the legal age signed by President Trump. The federal law made it illegal for retailers to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21. It included products for e-cigarettes...

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City takes next step to demo Armory

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

With a unanimous vote at its Oct. 5 meeting, the Benson City Council agreed to move ahead with the demolition of the Armory building.

At the meeting, it accepted the project demolition documents submitted by Widseth, an engineering and architectural firm out of Alexandria.

Based on the current schedule, there would be a pre-demolition meeting Jan. 23 with bids for the demolition taken in March. The demolition would take place in May. The city has already submitted its application to the Minnesota Department of Transportation for work that would affect traffic on joint Minnesota Highway 29 and U.S. Highway 12. The highway is on the west side of the Armory...

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Jean Elizabeth Hoffman

Long-time Princeton, MN, resident Jean Hoffman (nee Carruth), age 90, passed away peacefully on October 7, 2020, at the Princeton Caley House. Jean was born on December 1, 1929, in Benson, MN, the first of three children to Clinton and Catherine (Monahan) Carruth.

Jean was married for 63 years to her loving husband, Lou, who passed away in 2017. She is survived by four sons, John (Brenda) of Stillwater, MN, Tom (Krista) of Brainerd, MN, Bill (Rebecca) of Amery, WI, and Jeff of Backus, MN. Jean was extremely proud that her legacy will live on through her nine grandchildren, Matt (Lori), Sarah (Karl), Robert, Quinn, Logan (Erin), Thea (Kevin), Jacob (Diana), Isaac (Elizabeth), and Madelyn. She also has five great-granddaughters and one great-grandson (Brooke, Lily, Amy, Sophia, Layla, and Cal).

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Michael R. Wente

Michael (Mike) Roy Wente, 67, of Porter, Minnesota  passed away Friday, October 9, 2020 at his home near Porter.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 17, 2020 at Lakeside Cemetery, rural Hancock, Minnesota with Rev. Levi Bollerud officiating. Visitation will be 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, October 16, 2020 at the Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel in Canby.
Mike was born October 19, 1952 to Eli and Alma (Reu) Wente in Appleton. He was baptized and confirmed at Fairfield Trinity Lutheran, Holloway. He was raised on a farm near Holloway with his three brothers. After high school Mike moved to Hancock and then shortly after that to Morris where he started his floor laying career.

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