November 2020

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Adolf Leonard

Adolf “Buddy” Leonard, 88, of Benson (formerly of Belview) passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2020, at Scandi Haven Village in Benson, Minnesota.  Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Sunset Funeral Association, Echo, Minnesota.

www.sunsetfuneralassociation.com

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CITY OF BENSON TRUTH IN TAXATION HEARING

Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Benson, MN Truth in Taxation meeting will be held at 5:30 pm on Monday, December 7, 2020, in the City Council Chambers at 1410 Kansas Ave., and Telephonically as well.
 
Dated this 25th  day of November 2020.
 
/s/ Terri Collins          
Mayor
Attest: /s/Glen Pederson      
City Clerk
 

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ESTATE OF STEVEN D. SVOR

STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF SWIFT   
DISTRICT COURT
EIGHTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
PROBATE DIVISION
Court File No. 76-PR-20-455

Wed
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CITY OF BENSON TRUTH IN TAXATION HEARING

Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Benson, MN Truth in Taxation meeting will be held at 5:30 pm on Monday, December 7, 2020, in the City Council Chambers at 1410 Kansas Ave., and Telephonically as well.
 
Dated this 25th  day of November 2020.
 
/s/ Terri Collins          
Mayor
Attest: /s/Glen Pederson      
City Clerk

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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota Monday, October 12, 2020 - 5:30 p.m. – Northside Elementary School Cafeteria & Virtual Meeting

The meeting was called to order at 5:37 p.m. by Chair Brian Samuelson.  Members present:  Paul Carruth, Mary KW Langan, Eric Peterson, Brian Samuelson, Gary Williams. James Berens joined the meeting via zoom.  Members absent:  Bill McGeary.  Also present: Dennis Laumeyer, Mike Knutson, Garrett Schmidt, Katie Foley, Lori Eix, Ryan Breitbach, Anne Duncan, Reed Anfinson, Brennan Kent, Shelly Mikkelson, Jason Strand.
No Additions to the Agenda.
Agenda approved with a change of moving 6.4.1. Appointments of Fall Coaches to 9.2.1.
No Citizens Comments.
Consent Agenda approved.
Progress Reports presented by the administrators.
Construction Manager Ryan Breitbach provided a construction and budget update.
MSHSL Membership Fee:  Benson Public Schools will remain a member of the MSHSL and pay the additional fees.

Wed
25
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KMS sweeps RCW for sixth victory

Canceled due to COVID-19, the KMS volleyball team finally got in a match, Thursday, and the Saints took advantage of the opportunity with a quick three-game sweep of Renville County West, 25-17, 25-15, 25-16.  It was the third-straight win for the Saints, who improved to 6-3 overall and in the Camden North with the win over RCW. 

One night later, the Saints swept Prinsburg in the regular-season finale, earning the conference title for the second time in six seasons after also winning in 2015.  A recap of that match will be highlighted next week.

MACCRAY, which fell to KMS in five games earlier this season, is 4-3 in the conference, while Prinsburg is 2-7, Lac qui Parle is 2-7, Dawson-Boyd is 1-10, and Renville County West is 0-10.  In the Camden South, top-ranked Minneota leads the way at 11-0, followed closely by RTR (10-2), Tracy Area (9-2), Canby (9-3), YME (4-9), and Lakeview (2-4)...

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Benson volleyball team ends season with 4-8 record

The Benson volleyball team was hoping to close out the 2020 season with a victory after losing two more matches last week at MACCRAY last Monday, 3-0, and at home against BOLD, Thursday, 3-2.

The Braves started the season out 3-1, but fell to 3-8 overall and 3-6 in the conference with the two latest losses.  Benson’s victory over BOLD in game one snapped an 18-game losing streak for the Braves, who had lost six-straight matches by 3-0 scores before losing in five to the Warriors.

Benson was set to close out the regular-season this week, but a recent surge in COVID-19 forced the Minnesota State High School League to shut down the season Friday, meaning there will also be no section tourney.

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Braves fall in section opener to USA on last-second play, 22-15

Benson led 15-14 with 2:14 left in the game and Upsala-Swanville Area had possession of the ball at its own 10-yard line with only one timeout remaining.

Things looked good for the Braves, but the Patriots proceeded to go 90 yards in 12 plays before scoring the winning touchdown on an 11-yard pass from Carter Johnson to Levi Lampert.

The two-point conversion pass made it 22-15 and all that was left was the final kickoff.  The Braves tried some razzle-dazzle on the final kickoff, but the ball was recovered for a fumble as the final horn sounded to end the game...

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Our Elections Process Needs Reform

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Perception is reality. It doesn’t matter if the truth is on your side if you can’t convince others there is a shared truth. It takes mutual trust and faith in what we call facts for us to come together to a mutual understanding and then move forward.

As we all know, there is an ocean-wide chasm these days between what those on the right and left believe about each other, about their character, and their motives. Good people on both sides are quick to anger and quick to dismiss those who aren’t in their camp.
That is a serious problem for trust and faith in one of the most essential foundations of the American experiment in a representative democracy – our elections.

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Sen. Klobuchar connects with rural business via Zoom conference call

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Minnesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar conducted a Zoom call with five rural Minnesotans Monday, including Jessica Wrobleski of Stony Ridge Foods in Benson, to get an idea of how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their businesses.

Also on the call were Michelle Dagget, resident of Lakeshirts, in Detroit Lakes, Tyler Stilson of 3D CNC of Mankato and Hutchinson, with a facility in Colorado as well, and Dr. Randy Simonson, former CEO of Cambridge Technologies. Also on the call was Diane Anderson, president and CEO of the Southwest Initiative Foundation.

One of the reasons that she wanted to conduct the Zoom call with representatives of businesses in rural Minnesota was the challenges created by the resurgence of COVID-19. Businesses are again being shutdown to slow the spread of the deadly virus...

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