December 2014

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Dec
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Gymnasts place second at Morris Invitational

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team scored 123.975 points during a season-opening win at Marshall, Thursday night.  Benson-KMS also scored above 120 points in 10 of 13 meets last year, but lost three key gymnasts from last year’s team.
MiKaylie Hagen led the Fighting Braves with a 32.35 first-place all-around total that also included first on the vault (8.75) and uneven bars (7.55).  In addition, Sophie Ascheman won the balance beam for Benson-KMS (8.1), and ninth-grader Halle Hanson won the floor exercise (8.45).
Later in the week, the Fighting Braves competed at the Morris Area Invitational where Benson-KMS finished second behind Detroit Lakes, and Hagen was second in the all-around with a score of 33.475.

Wed
10
Dec
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Spring wild turkey hunters can apply for permits through Jan. 9

People can apply for early season spring wild turkey hunting permits now through Friday, Jan. 9, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
The spring season, which runs from April 15 to May 28, is divided into eight time periods. Only people age 18 and older who want to hunt during the first three time periods (A-C) need to apply for a spring turkey permit. Permits for the remaining time periods (D-H) can be purchased over-the-counter.
Permits for the last five time periods and youth licenses for any time period are sold over-the-counter starting March 1. Surplus adult licenses from the first three time periods, if available, are sold starting around mid-March.

Wed
10
Dec
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Santa Truck delights scores of youth

Thanks to a community effort led by the Benson Women of Today, the Santa truck was able to visit several communities in the Benson area.  Mrs. Claus and Santa visit with a young girl at the Santa Truck event, Saturday night at the Benson Fire Hall.  Santa visited with over 100 area youth in Benson alone, listening to their Christmas wishes and giving each a bag full of treats.  The Santa Truck also visited GLC-Meadow Lane, Clontarf, Danvers, and DeGraff.

Wed
10
Dec
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County approves funds for helipad

Swift County will contribute $13,333 toward the cost of constructing a helipad two blocks west of the Swift County-Benson Hospital.
The site is a vacant lot just to the east of the Civic Center and north of Swift County Human Services building. It is projected that constructing the helipad will cost $20,000, but planning costs will also be another $20,000. The City of Benson is picking up one-third of the  $40,000 cost with SCBH paying for the other one-third.
The city will also have to bury power lines at a cost of $75,000 to $80,000. Benson owns the land the helipad is to be constructed on and is donating for the project.
The helipad will include a 42-square foot concrete landing pad, lighting and a windsock. The city has engaged Landteam, Inc., of Alexandria to do the engineering for the site.

Wed
10
Dec
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Alliance receives loan from Agralite

Work to convert the former Kinder-Morgan propane tank facility from one that once supplied by pipeline to one supplied by rail has received critical funding through Agralite Electric Cooperative of Benson.
Alliance Midstream LLC, which was developed to keep the terminal operational, has received a $500,000 loan through Agralite to facilitate the acquisition of the longtime propane delivery terminal just west of Benson along U.S. Highway 12. Funds will also help with construction of the rail car offloading facility.
“We’re extremely pleased to be able to help Alliance Midstream keep what has long been an extremely critical propane terminal operating in our area,” Agralite Electric General Manager Kory Johnson said. “Agralite Electric members depend on this resource and it’s been an important piece of our community for decades.”

Thu
04
Dec
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After first-half tie, YME pulls away in second half

The Benson boys basketball team fell for the first time last Tuesday night with an 85-75 loss at Yellow Medicine East.  The Braves had started the season off with a pair of wins over Hancock (73-58) and KMS (67-27) and are now 2-1 heading into the Thanksgiving break.
The team kicked off the season with a pair of non-conference wins last week.   The Braves, coming off a 12-15 season from a year ago, beat Hancock to open up the season, Thursday night, 73-58, and then routed KMS one night later, 67-27.
Benson went 8-8 in the WCC South last year to place third, losing a key game to YME late in the season to miss out on a chance for the conference title.
Next up for Benson is a game at Ortonville, Tuesday, Dec. 2, followed by a game at BOLD, Friday, Dec. 5, and a game at Melrose, Tuesday, Dec. 9.

Thu
04
Dec
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Saints win Melrose wrestling Invitational

The KMS wrestling team opened up the  season with the team title at the 8-team Melrose Invitational.  The Saints had six firsts and three seconds on the way to the team title by 47.5 points over runner-up Osakis.  
The Saints, who finished 14-4 overall last year, were ranked 12th in the early-season Class A poll.  In addition, Zach Carlson, who has lost just one match in each of the last two seasons, is ranked first at 170 pounds in the state.
Next up is a triangular at Willmar, Tuesday (yesterday) followed by the Willmar Invitational, Friday.

Thu
04
Dec
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Lady Storm fall twice at Willmar Invitational

The Lady Storm ran into some tough teams at the Willmar Invitational, Friday and Saturday as MBA fell to Long Prairie-Grey Eagle-WDC in the first game, Friday, 5-0, and then lost to Austin in the third place game, Saturday, 9-1.
Willmar went on to win the four-team title, beating Austin in the semifinals and LPGE-WDC in the championship game.
MBA fell to 1-4 overall with the two losses and is 1-0 in the Southwest Conference after a 5-2 win over Worthington the previous weekend.
MBA is set to host Park Rapids, Thursday, Dec. 4 in Morris before hosting Litchfield-DC, Tuesday, Dec. 9 in Benson.  After that, the Lady Storm will play LPGE-WDC for the third time this season when they travel up north, Thursday, Dec. 11.

Photo:  Lady Storm in action.

Thu
04
Dec
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Benson High School awarded $25,000 from State Farm contest

Benson High School was awarded $25,000 from State Farm through the “Celebrate My Drive” contest.  In the picture above Mark Frank (back row, third from left) presented a check for $25,000 to BHS.  Ten percent of the money is designated toward safe driving, but the rest of the money will be divided among many different BHS organizations.  In the front row of the picture from left to right are Adam Foslien, Jonas Grossman, Trevor Berreau, Kathy Ahrndt, Shannon Schmidt, Kali Geyer, and Nicole Berens.  In back are Andrew Falk, Mayor Paul Kittelson, Mark Frank, Roger Ebnet, Scott Gonnerman, Brock Duncan, Barb Schwarz, Kendra Razink and Roger Lindahl.

Thu
04
Dec
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International snowmobile race to pass through county

February will see an international snowmobile race pass through northwestern Swift County as participants near the end of a 500-mile trek that takes them from Winnipeg, Canada, to Willmar.
Racers in the 2015 Seven Clans I-500 will enter the U.S. at Pembina, ND, crossing into Minnesota in the far northwestern corner of the state near Humbolt. They then travel southeast toward Karlstad, Thief River Falls, and Bemidji. From Bemidji racers head south and a little west toward Alexandria.
From Alexandria they go by Lowry, Starbuck and Swift Falls, where there will be a fuel stop for racers as they head to the finish line in Willmar at Robins Island.
Northern Lights Trail Snowmobile Club President Brent Hill, of Benson, said that the local club will be working with the race organizers and racers to ensure their trek through Swift County goes well.

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