August 2014

Wed
27
Aug
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Cross-country teams open up season

The Benson-KMS boys and girls cross-country teams are set to open up their seasons Monday, Aug. 25 at the Morris Invitational followed by the Lac qui Parle Invitational, Thursday, Aug. 28.  Coming up later in the year is the Benson Invitational, set for Monday, Oct. 6 on the Benson Golf Course.
The cross-country teams are coached by CeCe Terlouw and volunteer assistant, Micah Driscoll.  This year’s boys cross-country roster includes seniors Taner Gimberlin, Matt Hoffman, and Nick Turnquist; junior Samuel Rosemeier; sophomores Devin Bundy, Jacob Webster, Josh Bailey, Philipp Weber, and Riley Johnston; ninth-grader Jacob Narragon; and eighth-graders Brady Ascheman, Dylan Stewart, Ethan Peters, Henry Dammeyer, JT Driscoll, and JayEven McGee.
The boys team lost four members of last year’s team -- Grant Molden, Isaac Zurn, Zach Maurer, and Joe Eix -- but should still have a chance to place high at meets thanks to the return of its top runner, Josh Bailey.

Wed
27
Aug
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Braves sweep LQP in volleyball opener

The Benson volleyball team opened up the 2014 season with a three-game sweep over Lac qui Parle, Monday night in Benson.  
The Braves, coached by Shannon Schmidt, Sarah Lundebrek, and Miranda Bonk, are coming off a 10-16 season from a year ago that included a 6-7 mark within the WCC South to give Benson a second-place finish in the conference behind BOLD, which finished 11-2 in league competition.
The Braves struggled early in the first game, falling behind 10-6 and 16-13, but Benson regrouped to take command of the match, winning in three games, 25-21, 25-18, 25-22.
This week, Benson is set to host BOLD, Thursday (tomorrow) before taking a week off to prepare for a home match with Atwater-CGC, Thursday, Sept. 4.  
A match with Montevideo, that was previously scheduled for the first day of school, Tuesday, Sept. 2, has been moved back to Tuesday, Oct. 7.

Wed
27
Aug
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Braves kick off season Friday at Montevideo

The Benson football team is ready to kick off the 2014 season with a game at Montevideo at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 29.  The Braves are coming off a 1-8 season from a year ago.  Benson lost 14 players from last season, including its top linemen, its punter and kicker, five of its top six receivers, and its top eight leading tacklers.
However Benson, coached by Scott Gonnerman, Roger Lindahl, Mark Grussing, Jonas Grossman, Dan Stiel, Chad Carroll, Matt Larson, Adam Foslien, and volunteer coaches, Tom Foley, Andrew Rustad, and Adam Nokleby, does have four returning starters on offense and only one on defense.
The Braves are playing in the 10-team WCC again this year for football.  Benson plays Montevideo, Sauk Centre, ACGC, BOLD, Morris Area, YME, Paynesville, and Melrose Area, but does not play Minnewaska Area.
The home opener for the Braves is set for 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 5 against Sauk Centre, which is also Father-Son Night.

Tue
26
Aug
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Sept. 15

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT:

There will be a meeting of the Swift County Planning Commission on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. in the Law Enforcement Center in the basement of the Swift County Courthouse, 301 14th St. No, Benson, MN to consider the following:

IN THE MATTER OF:  Gerald Osterbauer, 390 80th Ave. SE, DeGraff, MN  56271 (Owner) & AT&T Mobility, % Velocitel, Inc., 8000 Regency Parkway, Ste. 430, Cary, NC  27518 (Lessee).

REQUEST: Amendment to Conditional Use Permit recorded on November 15, 2013, Swift County Land Records, as Document #238317.  Amendment to modify existing conditional use permit to allow for six new antennas and ancillary equipment including remote radio heads surge suppressors, 7/8” power cables and 3/8” fiber cables.

Tue
26
Aug
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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING, Aug. 11

MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota
 Monday, August 11, 2014 - 5:00 p.m. – Benson Golf Club

Tue
26
Aug
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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING, July 21

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota
 Monday, July 21, 2014 - 6:00 p.m.
Danvers Village Hall, Danvers, MN

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25
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Charles Savig, age 57, of rural Granite Falls

Charles Savig, age 57, of rural Granite Falls, died Saturday at Fairview-University Hospital in Minneapolis. 

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, August 27 at 10:30 AM at Granite Falls Lutheran Church.

Fri
22
Aug
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Crop sprayer escapes injury

Crop sprayer escapes injury when plane crashes
Shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, the Swift County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an airplane crash, south of U.S. Highway 12 near Swift County Road 39 outside Kerkhoven. The airplane was being flown by the owner, Douglas Jackson, of Benson.  He was not injured in the accident.
The initial investigation shows that Jackson, 54, was spraying a soybean field when it hit a guide wire for a power pole causing the motor of the plane to shut off.  Jackson told officials that he did not see the guide wire.  When the engine stopped, he attempted to land on the road, but ended up crash landing in a cornfield.

Wed
20
Aug
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Eda Kalb-Bachmann of Pine City

Eda Kalb-Bachmann of Pine City passed away Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the Lakeside Medical Center in Pine City at the age of 91.
Eda’s funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 20 (today) at Zion Lutheran Church in Pine City with Rev. Glenn Kleppe officiating. Visitation and reviewal will be Tuesday evening from 4-7 p.m. at the Swanson Chapel in Pine City.
Eda Kalb is survived by her children: Marie (Norman) Commerford of Danvers, Rudy (Linda) Kalb of Alexandria, Richard (Teresa) Kalb of Hinckley, six grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren; sister-in-law Adelia Hauff, son-in-law David Odendahl of Pine City, many nieces and nephews; step daughters: Darlene (Jarrod) Christen of Detroit Lakes, Colleen (Kenneth) Sazama of Dent, step-sons: LeRoy (Eileen) Bachmann of Alexandria, Roger (Diane) Bachmann of Solway, Charles (Sue) Bachmann of Brainerd, several step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren.

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20
Aug
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Opal Cramlet Selix, 85, of Benson

Opal Cramlet Selix, 85, of Benson, died Thursday, August 14, 2014, at the Glenwood Retirement Center in Glenwood, Minnesota.  
Funeral services were 11 a.m., Monday, August 18, 2014, at the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Visitation was held for one hour prior to the service at the church.  Interment was  in the Benson City Cemetery.  
Opal Cramlet Selix was born September 3, 1928, in Swift County Minnesota, to Frank James Polk and Ida Bertha (Schwartz) Cramlet.  She grew up and attended country school in Swift County.  

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