November 2013

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Lady Storm play Willmar tonite (Friday)

The MBA Lady Storm opened up the 2013-2014 season with a 9-0 loss to Park Rapids followed by a 6-3 loss to Long Prairie-GE-Wadena-DC.  The Lady Storm did not have any games last week, but were set to compete at the Willmar Invitational this Friday and Saturday.  MBA was set to take on host Willmar in the late game Friday at 8 p.m.
The next home game for the Lady Storm is Saturday, Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. vs. Windom.

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Benson and KMS football teams earn Silver academic awards; Goff named to individual All-State team

The Benson and KMS football teams both earned MSHSL Academic All-State Football Silver awards during the 2013 season.  KMS was one of nine winners in Class A, while Benson was one of eight winners in AA.  
KMS was coached this season by Eric Kauffmann and Benson was coached by Scott Gonnerman.  Area schools winning Gold Academic titles were Hancock in 9-man, Dawson-Boyd and MACCRAY in Class A, Minnewaska Area, and Minneota in Class AA, Montevideo and NLS in Class AAA, and Willmar in 5A, while also winning a Silver award was LQP in Class A.

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Kerkhoven ambulance gets cash infusion

Kerkhoven’s ambulance service will be getting a $102,698 check from Swift County for the purchase of a new ambulance. The board of commissioners approved the payment at its meeting Nov. 19.
Commissioner Eric Rudningen, whose District 5 includes the Kerkhoven area, abstained from the vote because he is currently the director of the ambulance service for the community.
Commissioner Gary Hendrickx, District 1-Appleton, moved that the county board approve the expenditure of $102,698 with a second by Commissioner Pete Peterson, District 3-south Benson. The motion passed with Peterson, Hendrickx, Commissioner Gary Klemm, District 2-rural north Benson, and Commissioner Joe Fox, District 4-Hegbert Township, voting in favor.
The expenditure for the ambulance was in the county’s budget and is part of a rotating program that helps the Kerkhoven, Appleton and Benson ambulance services with the purchase of new vehicles.

Fri
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Nov
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Then & Now

Kathy A. Weckwerth

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29
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Low temperatures hang around the area; portable houses on Lake Minnewaska

Saturday morning’s low of a minus 2 degrees tied the record low for Nov. 23, which was set in 1985. It fell to a minus 2 at about 5 a.m. and bounced between 0 and 2 below zero until 8:30 a.m. November 23, 1985, the high only reached 8 above; last Saturday’s high was 16.
It was the first time this late fall that the temperature has fallen below zero. Last year, the first minus temperature wasn’t recorded until Dec. 10 when it fell to 14 degrees below zero. In 2011, the first below zero reading came Nov. 20 when it fell to a minus 6 degrees, setting the record for the date.
While temperatures are forecast to be below average this week, there are no more below zero days in the forecast. There certainly aren’t any forecasts that would bring temperatures that would break any more record lows in the coming days. The average high this fourth week in November is 32 degrees with a low average of 17 degrees.

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School board vacancies filled

The District 777 Board of Education filled the two vacant seats on the school board during a regularly-scheduled meeting last Monday night.  The board has had three people resign from the school board in the last few months, including Jeff Guest, Shelly Vergin, and Stan Claussen.
Guest’s seat has already been filled by Andy Abner, who was appointed to serve the next year of his term, while the board was considering what to do with the remaining year of Vergin’s and Claussen’s terms.
Marlene Molden and Jodi DeJong-Hughes were appointed to fill the two open board seats.  The appointments are for one year each.  Since both seats expire December of 2014, both will be up for election in November of 2014.

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27
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MINUTES OF SPECIAL MEETING SCHOOL BOARD, Nov. 13

 MINUTES OF SPECIAL MEETING
SCHOOL BOARD
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777
Benson, Minnesota
November 13, 2013

The special School Board meeting was called to order at 11:38 a.m. by Chairperson Chad Payne.
The following members were present:  B. McGeary, A. Pagel, C. Payne, G. Williams and A. Abner.  Also present:  D. Laumeyer.  Absent:  None.    
Member Bill McGeary moved the adoption of the following resolution:
RESOLUTION CANVASSING RETURNS OF VOTES
OF SCHOOL DISTRICT SPECIAL ELECTION

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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING SCHOOL BOARD, Oct. 21

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
SCHOOL BOARD
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777
Benson, Minnesota
October 21, 2013

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MINUTES OF THE PUBLIC MEETING OPERATING LEVY REFERENDUM, Oct. 21

MINUTES OF THE PUBLIC MEETING
OPERATING LEVY REFERENDUM
SCHOOL BOARD
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777
Benson, Minnesota
October 21, 2013
5:30 p.m.
Lecture Room #330, Benson High School

The following board members were present:  A. Abner, S. Claussen, B. McGeary, A. Pagel, C. Payne, S. Vergin, Supt. Laumeyer
Members absent:  G. Williams.  Also present:  D. Benson.  Audience:  L. Noreen.  
Chair C. Payne called the public meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. in the Lecture Room #330 of the Benson High School.
The board conducted the public meeting to provide information to the public regarding the Operating Levy Referendum.  No action taken.
Motion by B. McGeary, seconded by S. Vergin to adjourn the public meeting at 5:45 p.m.

Shelly Vergin, Clerk
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MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL MEETING SCHOOL BOARD, Oct. 10

MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL MEETING
SCHOOL BOARD
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777
Benson, Minnesota
October 10, 2013

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