November 2016

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Roger D. Gilsrud

Roger D. Gilsrud

Roger D. Gilsrud
November 2, 1937 – November 11, 2016
Funeral Notice
 
Benson, Minnesota- Roger D. Gilsrud, 79, died on Friday evening, November 11, 2016 at the Swift County Benson Hospital.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 18, at 1:00 p.m. at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson. Visitation will be held from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, prior to the funeral on Friday. Interment will follow the service at the Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church Cemetery. Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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KMS falls in four games to Kimball in sub-section finals

Pictured: Halie Nichols comes up to bump a serve during Section 5A Tournament action in Kerkhoven as Tori Everson (9), Morgan Lesteberg, and libero Katie Krieger (1) look on.

The KMS volleyball team moved into the sub-section finals with a 25-22, 25-15, 25-20 victory over Browerville-Eagle Valley last Tuesday night at Little Falls.  The Saints had already opened up the Section 5A Tourney with a four-game win over ACGC and a three-game sweep of one of the four top-seeds in the section, BBE.

With the win over Browerville-EV, the Saints moved on to face second-seeded Kimball Area for the sub-section title.  Kimball Area upset top-seeded Verndale one round earlier.

In that match, KMS won the first set against Kimball, Thursday in Little Falls, but Kimball rallied to win the last three to earn a 20-25, 25-21, 25-21, 27-25 victory.  Kimball went on to sweep Braham for the Section 5A title and advance to the state tourney, set for this Thursday through Saturday.

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Bailey 71st at State Cross-Country Meet

Pictured: Benson senior Josh Bailey (front) competed in his second-straight State Cross-Country Meet this past Saturday at St. Olaf, placing 71st overall.

Josh Bailey competed at the Minnesota State Boys and Girls Cross-Country Meet at St. Olaf College, Saturday, placing 71st overall in a time of 17:24.

Bailey was competing in his second-straight state meet after also qualifying last fall as a junior.  He placed sixth at the previous week’s Section 6A Meet at New London-Spicer, and also placed second at four other meets for the Fighting Braves this fall.

Declan Dahlberg, of Mounds Park Academy, won the Class A boys title with a time of 15:56.9, edging the second place runner by two-tenths of a second, and the third-place runner by four-tenths of a second.

Mora won the boys team title by six points over Perham (93 to 99).  Perham’s last runner placed 36th, but with a time one  second better could have placed 32nd and moved up four points.  Mora’s last runner was 44th, but with a time 1.4 seconds slower, would have placed 47th, losing three points and giving Perham the title.

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Connelly, Sulier, and Peterson among stat leaders for Benson football team

Pictured: Layton Connelly (10) goes through a big hole provided by Shawn Aarhus (73), Brett Sulier (44) and others during a game against BOLD earlier this year.  The Braves finished 1-8 this year with Connelly, Sulier, and Aarhus among the leaders.

The Benson football team ended the 2016 season with an 1-8 overall record, which included a 1-7 mark within the Mid State White sub-district.

Benson opened up the season with a 49-0 loss to Eden Valley-Watkins, a team that has gone on to earn a berth in the State Class 2A Football Tourney.

The Braves came back the next week with a 28-26, triple-overtime victory at YME, but then lost the last seven games, only coming close twice to pick up win No. 2.

Benson lost at ACGC, 28-19 in the fifth week of the season, and also lost 30-27 at Sauk Centre in the regular-season finale.  The season came to an end with a 54-12 loss at Osakis.  Benson was the seventh seed in Section 5AA and Osakis was seeded second.

EVW went on to earn the section title with a victory over Osakis.

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City of Benson continues to work to reduce copper levels

Joint city-school board meeting set for Nov. 15

Over the past two years, the Minnesota Department of Health has been closely monitoring the City of Benson’s drinking water for levels of lead and copper.

While lead levels have never been a problem, copper content in the water continues to exceed levels at which the state requires corrective action. In late October, the department of health again notified the city that its copper levels were too high at 13 sites it tested in the community.

Just where those sites are is not made public under a state law that was passed back in 2004. However, law also requires that the homeowners at sites that test high for copper levels to be notified by mail or hand-delivered letter within 30 days of the test results coming back. The city must also provide information on the possible side effects of drinking water with higher levels of copper in it.

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$18.5 million in county highway work set for next five years with federal help

Swift County has nearly $18.5 million in roadwork planned for the next five years with one project set for next year accounting for one-third of that cost.

Swift County Highway Engineer Andy Sander presented the county board of commissioners with a five-year highway plan at their meeting Nov. 1.

The big project for 2017 is Swift County Highway 6 from Minnesota Highway 29 to Kerkhoven, which is just over 13 miles. It is a $6.8 million project with $4.5 million coming from state aid, $2.1 million from federal funds and $200,000 from municipal aid.

The roadway will be paved with concrete. Once it is paved, there will be no traffic on Swift County Road 6 for seven days as strength tests are conducted on the roadway, Sander said.

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Near record warmth through first week of November

Jase Messenbrink runs gleefully through a cloud of leaves tossed by his grandmother Susan Casey.  He is the son of Lindsey Erickson and Jake Messenbrink of Benson. Jim Maus watches with a smile.

Western Minnesota enjoyed a glorious first week of November with well above average temperatures and sunny skies dominating.

For the first times since weather records started being kept for the City of Benson in 1952, three consecutive days of temperatures reaching 70 degrees or higher were recorded in November.

When the high hit 73 degrees Friday it tied the record high for Nov. 4 set back in 1975. The high reached 72 degrees both Nov. 5 and Nov. 6, but both highs fell short of the records, which were 76 degrees in 1975 and 75 degrees in 2001 respectively.

Through the first seven days of November high temperatures averaged 66.4 degrees. That was 20.3 degrees above the average high for the first week of the month of 46.1 degrees and the highest average in city records. Lows averaged 37.4 degrees, which was 9.7 degrees above the average of 27.7 degrees.

There hasn’t been a temperature below 32 degrees since Oct. 24.

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County reaches contract with LELS

The Swift County Board of Commissioners approved a contract agreement with the Law Enforcement Labor Services (LELS) union at their Nov. 1 meeting. There are still three other unions with which the county is negotiating contracts.
All of the labor agreements expire as of Dec. 31. A tentative agreement has been reached with LELS Local No. 10.

The major changes in the contract includes:

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‘Government We Deserve’

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

“Every nation gets the government it deserves.”  -- Joseph de Maistre – 1811, French Philosopher

In today’s world, Joseph de Maistre ‘s observation is an indictment of our entire political system. It starts with citizens who tune out of the political process and are easily manipulated by slogans, inflammatory rhetoric, and impossible promises. Most of us don’t participate in the early stages of the campaigns when candidates for office are selected. As a result, the far right and far left set the foundation for what comes later as they choose our candidates and their platforms.

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Darlene T. Meyer

Darlene T. Meyer

Darlene T. Meyer
November 5, 2016

Darlene Theresa Meyer, 64, of Benson, Minnesota passed away Saturday, November 5, 2016 surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 at 3 p.m. with a visitation one hour prior at the Miller Funeral Home, 6210 Hwy. 65 NE., Fridley.    

She was preceded in death by parents, Henry & Cecelia Streich; brother, Earl Streich.

She is survived by husband of 46 years, Paul;  son, Jeremy (Tina) Meyer; daughter, Jill (Robert) Ferguson;  grandchildren, Alison & Karson Meyer, Kiera Ferguson; sisters, Patti Harrison, Mavis Kemnitz & Sherri (Jerry) Sellers; also many nieces and  nephews.  

Memorials are preferred to Knute Nelson Hospice in Alexandria, Minnesota.

Condolences: www.millerfuneralfridley.com

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