March 2016

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Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade

Abby Saterbak and LuLu Bach carry the Sullivan family coat of arms banner in Saturday’s parade.
Jack and Denise Lundquist, bagpipers who live near Watertown, S.D., marched in the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Benson Saturday. Paul Estenson sponsored the bagpipers for the parade.

The St. Patrick's Day Parade was held in Benson on Saturday, March 19. The annual parade is sponsored by Patrick’s Pub & Grill. The parade included Jack and Denise Lundquist, bagpipers who live near Watertown, S.D. Paul Estenson sponsored the bagpipers for the parade.

More photos can be found in the March 23, 2016 edition of the Swift County Monitor-News. 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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Public hearings set on broadband bond sale for April 19

When Swift County agreed to aid Federated Telephone Company with the expansion of broadband services to the eastern half of the county, it committed to bonding for $7.5 million.

Overall, the project is expected to cost $12.5 million with a $4.95 million state Border-to-Border Broadband Grant covering part of the cost of the project, which is to start in the coming monthsl

The proposed tax abatement bond sale will actually be for $7.785 million, Swift County Administrator Mike Pogge-Weaver told the board of commissioners at their meeting March 15. The additional $285,000 is for the cost of issuing the bonds.

While the county will be conducting the bond sale, Federated Telephone has agreed to make the payments to retire the debt. The county and Federated Telephone are negotiating on how much of the bond sale costs will be covered by the county and how much by the company.

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Bill to reopen PCF gets first hearing in Legislature

Legislation has been introduced in the Minnesota House that would pave the way for reopening the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton.

The bill was scheduled for its first hearing before the House Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance Committee Tuesday morning. A delegation of Swift County, Appleton, and other area communities lobbying to get the Appleton prison opened with state prisoners was heading to St. Paul by bus early Tuesday morning to be on hand for the hearing.

House File 3223 is co-sponsored by more than 20 members of the state House including Republican Rep. Kurt Daudt, the Speaker of the House, and Republican Rep. Tony Cornish. Cornish chairs the Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance Committee.

District 17A Rep. Tim Miller, Republican-Prinsburg, is also a co-author. However, all the co-authors of the bill are Republicans.
 

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Ascheman, Mondor, Pierce, Evenson earn top awards for BHS wrestlers

Hunter Mondor went 23-16 this season for the Braves as a ninth-grader.  He earned the team’s Most Improved award.

The Benson wrestling team held its season-ending banquet recently, announcing the team awards and other postseason honors.

Captains for this season were seniors Grant Ascheman and Mitch Koosmann, and sophomore Aaron Zosel.  All three of the captains earned state berths this season along with 9th grader Jared Knutson.  Ascheman highlighted the state efforts by placing fifth at state with a 4-2 record.

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VanHeuveln, Rodriguez, Rudningen help lead KMS wrestlers in 2015-16

Karter VanHeuveln (left) has his hand raised after winning a match at the state tourney, while above right, Israel Rodriguez (top) controls his opponent during a match during the state team tournament.

The KMS wrestling team had another fantastic season of wrestling in 2015-2016, going 16-3 overall, winning the Section 5A Tourney, going 0-2 during the state team tourney, and qualifying six wrestlers to the state individual tourney, including Karter VanHeuveln, who went 3-1 at state to place second.

KMS only lost to Willmar during the regular season (33-28), and Willmar went on to place fourth at state.  At the state tourney, KMS ran into a couple of hot teams, losing to Pierz in the first round (44-22), and to Caledonia in the consolation round (37-18).

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Lindahls, Connelly, and Sonnabend among stat leaders for Braves

Layton Connelly (left) averaged 14.3 points this season and should become the sixth BHS boy to go over 1,000 career points next year.

The Benson boys basketball team ended the season with a 10-16 overall record, which included a 2-12 mark in the WCC to give the Braves a tie with BOLD for seventh place.

The Braves started out, losing close games to Hancock (74-66) and NLS (53-52) early in the season to start out 2-3.  Benson climbed to 6-6 with a 79-69 win over BOLD, but fell to 6-10 with a four-game losing streak.

The Braves played their best basketball of the season in winning four-straight games over KMS, YME, Paynesville and BOLD, but Benson ended the season with a six-game losing streak to finish 10-16 for the program’s fourth-straight losing season.

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Leonard G. Voorhees

Leonard G. Voorhees

Leonard G. Voorhees
April 9, 1925 - March 20, 2016
 
 
Leonard Gordon Voorhees, age 90, was born on April 9, 1925 on the family farm in Swenoda Township, Swift County, Minnesota, the son of Henry S. and Ethel B. (Huston) Voorhees. He was baptized and confirmed and grew up on the family farm near Danvers. He attended school at District #34 in Swenoda Township. Leonard served his country during WWII in the United States Army from May 14, 1945 to November 26, 1946.
 

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MBA Storm Pee Wees hockey team finishes sixth at 2016 State Tournament

Goalie Peyton LeClair, along with Tyler Hadfield (13), Reece Kuseske (43), Brett Hansen (7), and Hunter Blume (4) defend against an Edina player during state action.

The MBA Storm Pee Wees finished sixth at the Minnesota State Pee Wee Tournament at Moorhead last weekend.  MBA went 1-2 overall, losing to Champlin Park in its first game, 4-3, but coming back to beat Park of Cottage Grove in its next game, 3-0, before losing to Edina White in the consolation finals, 8-0.

MBA, which finished the season 37-6-1 overall, earned a berth at the state tourney after placing second at the Minnesota Hockey West Region Tournament, Feb. 26-28 at Red Lake Falls.  

Five of the team’s losses came against top-20 ranked teams.  MBA also won the District 15 regular-season title, Fergus Falls Tourney championship, and District 15 tourney title.

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Anderson, Just, Gjerde on All-Area girls basketball team

Samantha Gjerde (10) and Kallee Anderson were among three Saints earning All-Area honors this year.

KMS seniors Kallee Anderson and Ashley Just, along with junior Samantha Gjerde, were named to the Willmar West Central Tribune’s All-Area Girls Basketball Team for 2015-2016.  They were also recently named to the Camden North All-Conference team for this season.

Anderson, Just, and Gjerde were named to the 28-member All-Area honorable mention team, while players from Lac qui Parle, Montevideo, Minnewaska, NLS, and Willmar earned All-Area first-team honors.

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Disallusioned Electorate Wants Punches Not Plans

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

 

“We live in an era where trust has collapsed in every single institution in the country with the exception of the military and it is not without cause,” Republican Strategist Steve Schmidt said on Meet the Press Sunday morning. “An era of systemic fraud in business, in politics, in the culture, in sports, in religion, all of it accumulating to this moment in time where someone has come forward with profound communication skills offering easy answers to people who…have seen no changes.”
 

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