January 2020

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LEGAL NOTICE

Notice is hereby given to qualified voters of Hoff Township, Pope County, Minnesota that filing for town office will be held for a two-week period beginning January 2 through January 16, 2020.  Affidavits of Candidacy shall be filed with the town clerk at her home from 9:00 a.m-5:00 p.m.  Please call in advance at 320-392-5926.  1 Supervisor Position-3 yr. term; 1 Clerk position-2 yr. term.  Filing fee is $2.00.  Regular monthly meetings are the first Monday of the month at 4:00 p.m.  If the first Monday is a legal holiday the meeting will be the first Tuesday.  Meetings are at the home of Terry Meierding, 32605 300th St., Clontarf, MN 56226                                                                                
Joanna Rustad,
Hoff Township Clerk

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ESTATE OF PAMELA ANN BORSTAD

STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF SWIFT   
DISTRICT COURT
EIGHTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
PROBATE DIVISION
Court File No. 76-PR-19-576
In Re:  Estate of Pamela Ann Borstad,
            Deceased.
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ORDER AND NOTICE OF HEARING ON PETITION FOR
ADJUDICATION OF INTESTACY, DETERMINATION OF
HEIRSHIP AND  APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL
REPRESENTATIVE IN SUPERVISED ADMINISTRATION
AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS
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TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS AND CREDITORS:

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ESTATE OF DALE GESKE

STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF SWIFT   
DISTRICT COURT
EIGHTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
PROBATE DIVISION
Court File No. 76-PR-19-575
In Re:  Estate of  Dale Geske,
            Deceased.  
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ORDER AND NOTICE OF HEARING ON PETITION FOR
PROBATE OF WILL AND APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL 
 REPRESENTATIVE IN SUPERVISED
ADMINISTRATION AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS
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TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS AND CREDITORS:

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Zosel, Dineen win titles at Monticello

The Benson wrestling team had a very busy week before Christmas, wrestling in four dual matches and also competing at the Monticello Invitational.

The Braves went 2-1 at the Tuesday, Dec. 17 quadrangular in Benson, including a 48-21 victory over Ortonville, a 42-38 win over BOLD, and a loss to EV-Watkins.

Benson rallied for a 43-30 victory at Osakis, Thursday, Dec. 19 before placing fourth of 17 teams at the Monticello Invitational, Saturday, Dec. 21 with Adam Zosel and Thomas Dineen winning titles for the Braves.

Benson was set to host the Braves Wresting Classic, Saturday, Dec. 28 before preparing for a quadrangular at Paynesville, Friday, Jan. 3, which also includes Howard Lake-WW and KMS...

 

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Storm pull out close wins over PC and Luverne

The MBA boys hockey team is one of the hottest teams this winter.  The Storm, who haven’t had a winning season since 2012-2013, improved to 8-1 overall with a pair of wins last week in Benson.

The Storm beat Prairie Center at home, Thursday, Dec. 19, and also won at home, Friday, Dec. 20 over Luverne, 4-3 in overtime.

The Storm were set to host the MBA Invitational in Morris, Dec. 27-28, but results of that competition were not available by presstime.

This week, MBA was set to skate at Windom Area, Friday, and at Worthington, Saturday.

Zac Bruns continues to lead the Storm with 19 goals and 27 points, while Jack Riley has 20 points, including a team-high 13 assists, Will Breuer has 17 points, and Tim Blume had nine...

 

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Gymnasts having great season; next home meets Jan. 21 and 27

Libby McGeary has been a key addition to the Fighting Braves varsity gymnastics team this year. 

She and KMS junior Makenna Kelley have placed first in the all-around in all three meets for the Benson-KMS gymnastics program with at least eight more competitions scheduled in 2020. 

The team has scored above 130 team points in two of its three meets this year with a high total of 135.675 at home, Dec. 19 versus Morris Area-CA. 

Next up for the gymnasts is the Marshall Invitational, Saturday, Jan. 4...

 

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We Must Retain Our Progressive Spirit

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

When we look at the now vacant lot where the Benson Power electric generation facility once sat, it’s easy to think about the loss. A 12-year-old $230 million energy facility employing more than 45 people and paying $832,000 in real estate taxes to local governments has been dismantled.

But there is encouragement future in the words of the state’s leaders who came to Benson 12 years ago to celebrate the grand opening of what was then known as Fibrominn.

“There is a long tradition in this part of the world of progressive politics and progressive leaders. It is appropriate that this would be the place where we would have this kind of revolution,” U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson said at the grand opening.

 “Benson is a pretty remarkable town,” then U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman said. “Here in the heartland of western Minnesota, you are at the forefront of energy innovation.”

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DU, DNR is acquiring land, water around Lake John

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Through the Minnesota Ducks Unlimited organization two wetland parcels in are being purchased and will then be donated to the Department of Natural Resources.

Representatives of Ducks Unlimited and the DNR explained the purchases at the Swift County Board of Commissioners’ meeting Dec. 17.

The first parcel covers 71.65 acres to the north and east of Lake Johnson (Lake John) north of Benson on Minnesota Highway 29. Part of the purchase also includes the north half of the slough area to the east of Lake John on the south side of Highway 29. The purchase will connect with the Henry X State Wildlife Management Area...

 

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County still considering GROW building as new Prairie 5 space

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Bids have been received for the renovation of the GROW building in downtown Benson, however, before work takes place there is the question of who will own the building yet to be resolved.

It has been proposed that the former Clark’s Rexall and Lewis Drug building on Atlantic Avenue be the new home for Prairie 5 Community Action’s food shelf and clothing facility. Before it would move in, a good deal of remodeling work is needed. Just who will pay for that work depends on who the owner of the building is when the work is done.

If a government entity owns it, the building is not eligible for the Small Cities Development Program grant funds the City of Benson has available.

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City is now the owner of the Benson Power site

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

As of Dec. 19, the City of Benson is the owner of the former Benson Power (Fibrominn) site.

It paid $1,304,712 for the 77-acre site, which also includes the large fuel hall building, the administration building, the road infrastructure and the weigh scale.

The city also will be writing a $450,000 check to Missouri River Energy Services as part of a contractual agreement that was in place with the City of Benson, Benson Power and Xcel Energy.

Funds for the $1,754,712 purchase will come from the $10.5 million the City of Benson has already received from Xcel Energy as part of an agreement worked out between the city, Xcel and the Minnesota Legislature that led to the closing of the plant. Another $6.5 million payment is expected at the end of June with a final $3 million in 2021 bringing the total to $20 million.

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