July 2014

Wed
02
Jul
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MSHSL adopts District Football plan for 2015 and beyond

Minnesota State High School League schools should no longer have a reason to travel far out of state to find football opponents or play less than an eight-game regular season football schedule. The League Board of Directors unanimously adopted a plan that places all member schools with football programs into Districts.
The members of each district will divide the district into sub-districts, and then create a full schedule for each team. In nearly all cases the placement of schools will not negatively affect traditional rivalries or preferred opponents.
Benson and KMS have been placed in the Mid State district, one of 18 districts set up by the MSHSL, and two of 24 schools placed in the district.

Wed
02
Jul
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Thursday gathering at Swift County Historical Society

The Swift County Historical Society invites everyone to join them at the museum in Benson at 1 p.m., Thursday, July 10 for the Thursday Gathering.  The topic will be “Water, Water Everywhere”.  The event will include talk about the importance of water in all of our lives and the fact that there is water in so many things that we don’t even realize or think about very often.
Guests will be invited to share in the discussion.  The program is free and refreshments will be served.

Wed
02
Jul
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Marble Eyes claims title after final fishing league night

The last event of the season was held on Camp Lake.  As teams were putting boats in the water, the weather didn’t look like it was going to let the event get underway.  The lightning and most of the rain missed the area, so fishing was able to stay on schedule.  There were only 9 walleyes and 1 northern brought to measure, so the race stayed very tight until the last fish was measured.  Only one team brought 2 fish to measure; the other teams had zero or one fish each.  The fish caught were large ones, however.  Six of the nine walleyes were over 20”.  All of those large walleyes were released back to the lake in good shape.  The largest walleye was a 28” beauty caught by Tom Hollingsworth.  Largest northern at 24.5” was brought in by Nathan Thompson.  For this event, Rod Busters took first place at 9 points with that big walleye.  Second place went to White Fins with two walleyes 16.75” and 18.25” earning 8 points.  Googan took third place for the evening at 7 points with a big 25”

Wed
02
Jul
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Area sees wettest first six months on record

Despite 9.27 inches of rain falling in June, the month will only go down as the fourth wettest on record.  June 1952 saw the most rain with 12.5 inches followed by 1952 with 10.45 and 9.35 in 1983.
However, the area has now seen the wettest first six months of the year and the wettest April through June period.
Benson saw 19.78 inches of precipitation between April 1 and June 30, shattering the 1953 record for the three-month period of 16.79 inches by nearly 3 inches.
The city has now seen 21.98 inches of precipitation through the first half of the year, which beat the old record for the January to June period of 21.85 inches. That old record was also from 1953.

Wed
02
Jul
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Law enforcement seeing increase in scams in area

The Swift County Sheriff’s Office has received several calls regarding a common scam.  In this scam, people are receiving phone calls with the caller telling them that they have won a new car and all they have to do is pay them $500 to receive it. 
This is a scam - so do not send or give the caller any information, the sheriff’s office strongly advises.   The caller will even go as far as saying he is going to meet you at the bank, but he never shows.  Unfortunately, with the phone number cannot be traced.  Trying to call the number on your caller ID back is fruitless.
Another scam the sheriff’s office is the “Grandparent or Family Member Scam.”  This is when a caller tells you your grandchild or child is in trouble in another country and you need to wire money to them to help them out. 

Wed
02
Jul
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Two men face felony burglary charges

Two men face felony charges after being arrested Thursday in an action that involved both the Swift County and Pope County sheriffs offices as well as the West Central SWAT team.
Just before 7:30 Thursday morning, June 26, the Swift County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a residence just across the Pope County line on the east side Minnesota Highway 29 north.
The caller told the dispatcher that her step grandson, as well as others at her house, had said they had just robbed a place and had taken guns. Swift County dispatch transferred the call to Pope County Sheriff’s Office. The West Central SWAT Team was called as law enforcement prepared to enter the property at  
33576 St Hwy 29 N, Benson. There are two farm homes located close to each other on the property.

Wed
02
Jul
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New royalty selected; Kid Day is July 19

Benson is set to celebrate its annual Kid Day the weekend of Saturday, July 19.  The theme of this year’s Kid Day is “Imagine Benson”.
Kid Day King and Queen Selection Night took place Sunday at the First Evangelical Free Church in Benson.  At that time, five girls and one boy were selected for the new 2014 Kid Day Royalty and will reign over this year’s Kid Day celebration.
This year’s Kid Day royalty includes Jy West, Elizabeth Skarsten, Arianna Nagler, Alissa Maurer, Abbey Brown, and Isabella Alsaker.
Outgoing royalty from 2013 include Allie Mitteness, Mariah Ahrndt, Kaitlyn Berreau, and Blake Nagler.
Kid Day royalty was open to all kids ages 8-12, and the royalty members take part in several area parades to promote Benson’s Kid Day.

Tue
01
Jul
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Area sees wettest first six months on record - 21.98 inches

Despite 9.27 inches of rain falling in June, the month will only go down as the fourth wettest on record.  June 1952 saw the most rain with 12.5 inches followed by 1952 with 10.45 and 9.35 in 1983.
However, the area has now seen the wettest first six months of the year and the wettest April through June period.
Benson saw 19.78 inches of precipitation between April 1 and June 30, shattering the 1953 record for the three-month period of 16.79 inches by nearly 3 inches.
The city has now seen 21.98 inches of precipitation through the first half of the year, which beat the old record for the January to June period of 21.85 inches. That old record was also from 1953.

Tue
01
Jul
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Local news shorts; meetings and camps

Weather Watchers Day Camp set for July 8 at Ambush
A fun filled day is planned for Tuesday, July 8th for youth who have just completed grades 3-6. Camp will be held at Ambush Park in Benson from 9:00am-3:00pm. The event is sponsored by Swift County 4-H. All area youth are encouraged to attend even if they are not a 4-H member.
Activities planned for the day include making creative crafts, playing fun games, and many more activities. The cost of the day camp is $5 per person for materials and snack. The youth are also asked to bring a sack lunch for the day.
Pre-registration is required and will be taken at the University of Minnesota Extension Office, Swift County at 843-3796 before noon on July 3rd 2014.

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