June 2021

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ESTATE OF MARIE J. JOHNSON

STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF SWIFT
DISTRICT COURT
EIGHTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
Court File No. 76-PR-21-215:

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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota Monday, May 10, 2021 – 5:30 p.m. – Northside Elementary School Cafeteria

The meeting was called to order at 5:31 p.m. by Chair Brian Samuelson.  Members present:  Paul Carruth, Mary KW Langan, Brian Samuelson, Bill McGeary, Eric Peterson, Gary Williams and James Berens.  Members absent:  None.  Also present: Dennis Laumeyer, Mike Knutson, Garrett Schmidt, Katie Foley, Lori Eix, Julie Loen, Amanda Carruth, Kendra Razink, Shelly Vergin, Reed Anfinson.
No additions to the agenda.
Agenda approved.
No Citizens Comments.
Consent Agenda approved.
Progress Reports presented by the administrators.
No Board Committee reports.
Finance Director Katie Foley shared the preliminary FY22 budget.
Facility Use Agreement approved.
500 Series Policies 514, 515, 515 FRM,516, 517, 518, 519, 520 approved based on changes recommended by MSBA to meet law.

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SWIFT COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT Benson, Minnesota 56215 -Request for Bids-

NOTICE TO BIDDERS –

The Swift County Highway Department is requesting bids for the following items until:

10:00 AM on Wednesday July 14th 2021

Item:  Annual – Roadway Maintenance Striping.  

Swift County has designated (some – centerline only) approximately 77 miles of road throughout the County.  

Bidding documents, quantities, and a map of various roads/locations can be obtained by contacting the Swift County Highway Department at:

Address:  1635 Hoban Ave, PO Box 241, Benson, MN 56215
PHONE:  320-842-5251
FAX:  320-843-3543
EMAIL:  paul.petrick@co.swift.mn.us

Bids must be returned SEALED.
They will then be publicly opened and read at the address & time posted above.
 

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SWIFT COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT Benson, Minnesota 56215 -Request for Bids-

NOTICE TO BIDDERS –

The Swift County Highway Department is requesting bids for the following items until:

10:00 AM on Wednesday July 14th 2021

Item:  Annual – Road Ditch Weed Spraying.  

Swift County has designated approximately 124 Road Miles (248 Lane Miles) to be sprayed throughout the Northeastern portion of the County for weed control.  A map will be provided.

Bidding documents, quantities, and a map of various roads/locations can be obtained by contacting the Swift County Highway Department at:

Address:  1635 Hoban Ave, PO Box 241, Benson, MN 56215
PHONE:  320-842-5251
FAX:  320-843-3543
EMAIL:  paul.petrick@co.swift.mn.us

Bids must be returned SEALED.
They will then be publicly opened and read at the address & time posted above.
 

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER MOVING MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS FROM ODD YEARS TO EVEN YEARS

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held on Monday, July 19, 2021 beginning at 5:30 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 an amendment to the City Charter and Ordinances moving municipal elections from odd years to even years.
 
Those wishing to attend may do so in person or virtually by phone by dialing 425-436-6384, code 457987# . Please put your device on mute during the call unless you are speaking.
 
 
Dated:  June 30, 2021

/s/ Terri Collins       
Mayor
/s/ Glen Pederson       
      City Clerk
 

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Connelly earns MVP award for Benson softball team

The Benson softball team finished second in the Section 6A Softball Tournament after losing to Browerville-Eagle Valley in the championship game, Thursday at Browerville, 9-0.  The Braves, coached by Barb Schwarz, went 5-2 during the section tourney, winning four games by one run including a 2-1 victory over Hancock in the game right before the championship, Thursday.  Benson, which earned the top seed in its half of the section, finished the year with an 18-8 overall record and tied for second in the WCC.  Morris Area-CA won this year’s league title at 12-0, followed by Benson and Sauk Centre (both 8-4), Melrose (7-5), Montevideo (5-7), Minnewaska Area (2-10), and BOLD (0-12).

Benson will lose eight seniors to graduation from this year’s team; Rachel Berens, Kaitlyn Hippe, Ellie Moesenthin, Zoe Doscher, Leah Thompson, Sarah Brandt, Marissa Connelly, and Adri Buboltz...

 

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Minchow, Laumeyer, Grussing, Lenarz earn All-WCC for Benson baseball

The Benson baseball team ended the 2021 season with a 12-10 overall record, which included a 7-5 mark within the WCC to tie for third with Minnewaska Area.  Benson was 11-2 at one point in the season before going 1-8 down the stretch, including three one-run losses and another loss in extra innings.

BOLD, which swept a doubleheader from Benson in the regular-season finale, won the league title with a 10-2 record, followed by Melrose Area (9-3), Benson and Minnewaska (both 7-5), Morris Area-CA (6-6), Sauk Centre (3-9), and Montevideo (0-12).

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Four golfers earn All-WCC for boys golf team

Four members of the Benson boys golf team earned All-Conference for the 2021 season, while two others just missed out on joining them.

The Benson boys golf team, coached by Roger Lindahl, had a great season in 2021, finishing second in the WCC behind Minnewaska Area, and going on to win the Section 5A Boys Golf Tournament and a berth at state.

•  Earning All-Conference for the Braves were seniors Abe Peterson and Ben Peterson, junior Brady DeHaan, and sophomore Ryan Tolifson...

 

For more on this story, and to keep up on all the latest in area sports, subscribe to the Swift County Monitor-News print edition or our PDF internet edition. Call 320-843-4111 and you can get all the local news and sports delivered to you!

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Identifying Our Most Pressing Challenges

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

When you think about your life in rural Minnesota, what would you say are the most challenging issues your community faces? What would make your life better?

Of course, your answers are going to depend on whether you have a young family in need of a daycare, a business that desperately needs new workers, someone looking to buy a home, a business owner who sees his community shrinking, or a public official worried about crumbling infrastructure.

School superintendents worry about falling enrollment and the declining state funding that results. Businesses, educators, and families all are frustrated by the lack of internet broadband connections. Suppose you are a senior citizen who seeks an assisted living facility for yourself or a spouse. Is there one in your community?

Newspaper publishers see fewer advertisers and subscribers.

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90th annual Kid Day set for July 15-18

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

After taking a year off in 2020 due to COVID-19, the Benson community is set to celebrate its 90th annual Kid Day, Saturday and Sunday, July 17-18 with a number of activities also taking place in the days leading up to Kid Day weekend.  The theme of this year’s Kid Day is “Hometown Fun” and the featured event of Kid Day, the Kid Day Parade, is set for 10 a.m., Saturday, July 17.

•  The Kid Day Medallion Hunt is set to begin Monday, July 12 and continue each day through Friday, July 16, or until the Medallion is found.  The clues will be available daily on the front door of the Library, on KSCR from 7-9 a.m. each day, and on the Benson Kid Day Facebook page.  The top prize for the youth who finds the Kid Day Medallion is $100.

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