March 2021

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Benson boys top MACCRAY and WHN

The Benson boys basketball team continued its recent winning ways with two more wins last week, giving the Braves four victories in their last five games.

The Braves, who improved to 6-8 overall, won at home against MACCRAY last Monday night, 67-57, but then lost at Melrose Area last Tuesday, 71-49, before closing out the week with a 72-60 home win against Wheaton/Herman-Norcross.

Benson, which is 2-7 in the WCC, has four regular-season games left on the schedule.  The Braves were set to play at Minnewaska Area, Tuesday (yesterday) and host Morris Area-CA, Thursday (tomorrow)...

 

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Another win and record for gymnasts

Benson sophomore Libby McGeary broke the all-around school record for the Benson-KMS gymnastics team during a win over Annandale last Tuesday night in the Benson Athletic Center.

McGeary, who broke the floor exercise record two meets earlier and tied the school record in the all-around during the previous meet, scored a 37.375 to break the old record of 36.9, which was also held by Sara Wilcox.

The Fighting Braves won the meet by a 138.4-129.8 score.  The Benson-KMS total score is among the top 10 team scores in program history.

Benson-KMS, which improved to 4-1 overall, was set to close out the regular-season Tuesday (yesterday) at home against Melrose Area...

 

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KMS edges Benson in 5A quarterfinal preview

The Benson wrestling team went 2-2 last week to give the Braves a 13-12 record with one week of the regular-season to go.  The Braves hosted two triangulars last week, beating Quad County (55-18) and losing to KMS (38-30) in a triangular at home last Tuesday, and then defeating Canby (42-30) and losing to Morris Area/Hancock/CA (48-34) in another home triangular, Saturday.

The Braves have an even busier week scheduled this week.  Benson was set to compete at Ortonville, Thursday (tomorrow) before hosting a triangular with Border West and Crosby-Ironton in the East Gym in Benson, Friday, and hosting United and Albany in another home triangular, Saturday in the main gym.

The start of the Section 5A Team Tourney is set for Wednesday, March 10 and right now, it appears Benson and KMS will square off in the quarterfinals at Long Prairie that night with the winner moving on to face top-seeded LPGE-Browerville...

 

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State Shouldn’t Tax Funds That Saved Businesses

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Minnesota received some very good financial news Friday with the new budget forecast. However, over the past several weeks, the news hasn’t been so good for some of the state’s business owners.

Minnesota was expecting to see a significant hit to its revenues due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s severe impact on the state’s businesses. But when the new budget forecast was released Friday, rather than the $1.3 billion deficit that some projected for the next two years, a surplus of $1.6 billion was forecast.

The increase in revenues is due to better than expected tax revenues and lower state costs of operations in some areas during the pandemic. Also, Minnesota avoided the post-holiday surge in COVID-19 cases allowing the gradual reopening of businesses giving the economy a boost.

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The Remember Project returns to Benson this month

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

Memory loss is one of the most painful afflictions suffered by families and individuals. To see a loved one’s memories slowly erased while there seems to the untrained eye and ear so little difference about them creates deep feelings of helplessness, stress and loss.

To help not only families with loved ones suffering from memory loss, but to help the community as well, the Benson Area Memory Loss Network is providing virtual performances of “In the Garden.” It is the second of three plays that make up the Remember Project.  

The plays are set for Monday, March 15, at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 16, at 9 a.m. and Tuesday, March 23, at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required.

Tickets are available through Eventbrite at:  https://benson-garden2021.eventbrite.com...

 

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Decades of clothing history is moved from the Benson Armory to new homes

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

Over the past couple weeks volunteers spent hours on the second floor of the Benson Armory sorting through a room densely packed with clothing.  In some ways, it was a trip through the area’s fashion history.

A constant figure among the piles of clothes, hanging hats, and racks of dresses, was Marti Benson. Over the past decades, she had been central to the gathering and storing many of the items now being packed away to be moved.

Some of the clothing was going into storage for future Benson High School plays. Other bits and pieces of apparel history were being donated to other schools or given away...

 

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February was the fifth coldest

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

It looked as if February 2021 was on its way to being the coldest on record after 15 straight days of below zero lows.

The eight days with below zero highs through the first 15 days of February also set a record. The most days with highs below zero between 1953 and 2020 was just four, recorded in both 1982 and 1988.

Four consecutive mornings where the temperature fell to between 22 and 29 below zero. The minus 29 reading Feb. 15 was the coldest low of the 2020-2021 winter season...

 

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Roselyn Skarsten Scott

Roselyn Skarsten Scott passed away February 18, 2021, at the age of 91. She was born March 5, 1929, in Benson township to C.K. and Rose Skarsten during a snowstorm.

Roselyn is lovingly remembered by niece Kay Schmitt (Michael) of Eagan, niece Karla Lapic (Stephan) of San Diego, nephew Roger Skarsten of Germany, niece Sarah Skarsten and sister-in-law Alice Skarsten of Benson, and great-nieces/nephews Lauren Schmitt, Eric Schmitt, Nathaniel Lapic and Katherine Lapic. She also is missed by step-children/grandchildren Troy Scott, Varhonda Smith, Derrick Scott and Renee Mitchell, as well as cherished cousins and dear friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Carl Scott, her parents, sister Genevieve Sandberg and brother-in-law Ken, brother Christ Skarsten, mother-in-law Virginia Carter and stepdaughter Michelle Gaut.

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