October 2020

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Alwood ‘Woody’ Dokken

Alwood Noel “Woody” Dokken, 82, of Benson died Wednesday, October 7, 2020, at his home in Benson. A funeral service will be held at a later date. Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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Informed Electorate Is Democracy’s Foundation

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

An informed electorate is essential to the functioning of representative democracy. In small-town rural America, we hold those in power accountable through the reporting of our community newspapers. Citizens make informed decisions on tax levies, elections, bond sales, the quality of our schools and healthcare facilities, and our communities’ safety through the reporting of their local newspapers.

However, this fundamental underpinning of a democratic society is endangered.

To assess the growing threat and seek solutions, Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Brian Schatz of Hawaii and Michael Bennet of Colorado introduced the “Future of Local News Commission Act” last month. While the three are democrats, support for community news comes from both sides of the aisles.

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Dooley’s Petroleum proposes new building on its Shell station site

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

A public hearing scheduled for Oct. 13 on the rezoning of the southern end of the block on which the Shell station is located in Benson has been postponed.

Dooley’s Petroleum, the owner of the Shell gas station and convenience store, has purchased the two residential lots on Aldrich Avenue adjacent to its property. One house has already been removed and the trees cleared. The second house remains in place...

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In-person teaching remains in place in Benson schools

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Though COVID-19 cases have been increasing rapidly in Swift County over the past five weeks, with 33 new cases in the past 14 days, Benson Public Schools have not had to change their teaching model.

As of Friday, Benson Schools has had nine students test positive but no staff members, Supt. Dennis Laumeyer informed parents of students in a letter last Friday.

The last positive case in a student was Sept 22, 14 days ago as of Tuesday. Fourteen days is the recommended quarantine period for those exposed to COVID-19...

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September saw big jump in county’s COVID-19 cases

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

September wasn’t a good month for stopping the spread of COVID-19 in western Minnesota. In fact,  Swift, Stevens, Lac qui Parle and Big Stone counties all saw their number of cases more than double.

That doubling wasn’t just from the number posted the previous month; it was from the number recorded in the previous seven months.

It is not an encouraging sign for what could lie ahead as the weather turns colder and people are forced inside. It is not encouraging for keeping area schools providing in-class education to students. It is not encouraging for parents, students and fans who want to see a fall and winter sports season...

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED RE-ZONING AND CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT OF PROPERTY WITHIN THE CITY OF BENSON

**CANCELLED  

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 beginning at 12:00 o’clock P.M. at the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 1410 Kansas Avenue, Benson, Minnesota.  The purpose of this hearing is to take public comment either for or against rezoning the following properties from Low Density Residential (R-1) to General Business (B-2):
 
1310 Aldrich Avenue & 612 Church Street, Benson, MN
 
  The Planning Commission will also review a Conditional Use Permit for the expansion of an “Automobile & Truck Service Station, Car Wash & Convenience Store” at 1331 Minnesota Avenue which is required by City ordinance.
 
/s/ Terri Collins      
Mayor
/s/ Glen Pederson       
City Clerk
 

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Benson football team opens up season Friday

After going over a month thinking that high school football would start in mid-March, the Benson Braves were very happy to receive word from the Minnesota State High School League that the season would start Friday, Oct. 9 instead.

The current schedule calls for six regular-season games, followed by at least a full section tourney.

Adam Foslien is back to lead the Braves in 2020 and he and his players are very excited to begin the season Oct. 9 at home against the always-strong BOLD Warriors...

 

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Tennis team falls twice to finish fourth in WCC

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team opened up the WCC Team Tournament with a 4-3 loss at league champion Montevideo last Tuesday night.  The two teams did not play during the regular-season as Montevideo opened up the school year with distance learning, meaning the Sept. 3 scheduled contest between the two teams was canceled.

Montevideo went on to win this year’s WCC title, followed by Minnewaska Area, Morris Area/WCA, and Benson-KMS.

With the loss to Montevideo, Benson-KMS played Morris Area/WCA in the third-place match at Morris Thursday, losing by a 4-3 margin...

 

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Boys team wins fourth-straight meet

The Benson-KMS cross-country teams hosted a second meet of the fall season, Thursday, at the Benson Golf Club.  Landon Thompson led a one-two-three finish for the boys team, which won its fourth-straight title, while Isabel Wirth was fifth for the girls team, which placed third of three teams.

“The boys varsity team won the meet and ran phenomenally well despite missing our No. 2 guy (Jacob Gareis) due to an injury,” head coach Samantha VanHeuveln said.

The meet last week was also Parents’ Night for the Benson-KMS team, and the parents and athletes were honored prior to the start of the varsity races...

 

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Eugenie L. Boese

Eugenie L. Boese, 95, died at her home in Holloway, Minnesota, Wednesday, September 30, 2020.

Visitation was held Monday, October 5, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., followed by the Funeral Service at 2:00 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Holloway. Interment followed the service at the church cemetery.

Eugenie Boese was born May 13, 1925 in St. Paul, Minnesota, the daughter of Walter and Olga Kroening Walther. She was baptized  June 1, 1925 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Eagan and was confirmed May 28, 1939 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rabbit Lake. She attended K-5 elementary school in Minneapolis, 5-8 in Iron Hub Country School, graduated from Aitkin High School, and attended teacher’s training in Madison, Minnesota.

Eugenie was united in marriage to Leo V. Boese,  December 30, 1945 in Holloway. They spent their lives together on the family farm north of Holloway where she and her husband raised their five children.

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