December 2016

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Turkey Trot raises food, funds for Food Shelf

Sponsored by Bluestem Dental, the annual Turkey Trot Thanksgiving morning raises money and food that is donated to the Food Shelf.

Sponsored by Bluestem Dental, the annual Turkey Trot Thanksgiving morning raises money and food that is donated to the Food Shelf. Runners, walkers and bikers enjoyed a little warmer weather this year with temperatures in the 30s, with foggy but relatively warm conditions.

Turkey Trot was started by now retired Benson dentist Dr.  Dean Erickson and continued by Drs. Tony Hilleren and Marissa Goplen.
 

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“A Jazzin’ Holiday Concert”

Elizabeth Langan (left) sings “Santa Baby”, while members of the Jazz I group perform in the background during the BHS “A Jazzin’ Holiday Concert,” Monday night in the Junior High Auditorium.  In the background are trumpet player Gracie Grussing, and trombonist Nathan Habben (right).
The saxophones are featured during one of the songs by the Jazz I group.  From left to right are Dana Rud, Erin Dubbels, Mariah Ahrndt, Abbie Mitteness, Benji McGee, and Gracie Lenz.

The “A Jazzin’ Holiday Concert” took place Monday night in the Jr. High Auditorium.

Pictured, top: Elizabeth Langan (left) sings “Santa Baby”, while members of the Jazz I group perform in the background during the BHS “A Jazzin’ Holiday Concert,” Monday night in the Junior High Auditorium.  In the background are trumpet player Gracie Grussing, and trombonist Nathan Habben (right).  Other groups performing during the concert were the Jazz II group, the Jr. High Percussion Ensemble, and the Senior High Percussion Ensemble.

Pictured, bottom: The saxophones are featured during one of the songs by the Jazz I group.  From left to right are Dana Rud, Erin Dubbels, Mariah Ahrndt, Abbie Mitteness, Benji McGee, and Gracie Lenz.

More pictures from the concert can be found in this week's Monitor-News.

 

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New buffer maps reflect input from state’s land owners

Updated Minnesota buffer maps have been released by the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) as it moves to implement a law passed by the Minnesota Legislature last year.

The original maps were released last July, but have were updated to include new data and changes that have occurred with land and water use over the years. Another update is planned before the maps are finalized.

The map shows public waters and public ditches requiring permanent vegetative buffers or alternative water quality practices to help reduce nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment runoff.

The update is also based on comments and change requests from landowners and drainage authorities to ensure the map accurately shows where buffers are needed, the DNR says. The update includes 645 changes.

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November 2016 is on pace to become one of the warmest

Late Sunday night the temperature began a steady rise as a low pressure system moved up from the south bringing heavy rain to western Minnesota.

By shortly after 3 a.m. Monday the high had reached 48 degrees. Then it gradually fell into the upper-30s as the rain began to tapper off. But out to the west the lower pressure system was drawing down cold Canadian air to mix with another wave of moisture headed this way, turning it to snow and ice.

The relatively warm rain melted what snow was on the ground from the nearly 6 inches received Nov. 18. Most lawns were green and free of snow Monday afternoon.

So far this November the area has received 1.73 inches of precipitation. That is 51 hundreds of an inch above the average for the month of 1.22 inches. It also brings the year’s total precipitation to 30.41 inches – 3.11 inches more than the annual average for the Benson area of 27.3 inches.

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Rural employers stress need for providing adequate day care facilities

Editor’s note: This is the second part of a two-part story on a joint meeting of the District 777 Board of Education and Benson City Council on areas in which the two could possibly cooperate to serve the community.
The first story dealt with the reason for the meeting as well as the financial challenges the two public bodies face. This story addresses what became the primary foc us of the discussion – the pressing need for day care facilities in not just Benson, but Swift County.

Next week the Monitor-News will report on options for day care facilities.

As they discussed common challenges in search of ways the City of Benson and the Benson Public Schools could work together, sharing financial resources, members of the two governing bodies focused in on the lack of day care available locally.

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Time For Action On Rural Policies

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

Since the Nov. 8 presidential election a lot of stories, columns and editorials have been written about how starkly the lines of support for Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump were drawn throughout America. But the lines they all focus on aren’t the ones between liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans, but between rural Americans and big city Americans.

Rural America is less educated, more down and out, losing the promise of the American dream, more white, older, less diverse, less tolerant, more prejudiced, and less accepting of change. The list goes on.

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King Salmon in Alaska

Keith Skarsten (right) and his daughter, Kaely (left) caught a 24.8-pound King Salmon in May of 2016 while fishing near Ketchikan, Alaska.

Keith Skarsten (right) and his daughter, Kaely (left) caught a 24.8-pound King Salmon in May of 2016 while fishing near Ketchikan, Alaska.  “I very much enjoy fishing and spending time with my Dad anytime I can, and it was a great memory to catch this King Salmon with my father during a trip to Alaska,” Kaely said.  (Submitted photo.)

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KMS boys should be much improved

Tanner Rohner (with ball) and Brandon Rasmusson (right) return as two of the leaders for the KMS boys basketball team this season.

The KMS boys basketball team is primed for a breakout season this year after winning just two games last season and one in each of the two previous seasons before that.

The Saints were set to open up the season Friday, Dec. 2 at MACCRAY, followed by a game at Prinsburg CMCS, Tuesday, Dec. 13 and the home opener with Renville County West, Friday, Dec. 16.

Seniors lost to graduation from last year’s team are Preston Mahlum, Ian Caldwell, Vincent Tillman, and Alexander Holtberg.  Back to lead the Saints again this year is head coach Matt Fragodt, who will be assisted by Justin Johnson, James Cortez, and Joey Bauman.

This year’s KMS boys varsity roster includes seniors Tanner Rohner and Jorge Zaldivar; juniors Brandon Rasmusson,  and Josh Peterson; and sophomores Regan Carlson and Weston Gjerde, Cade Melin, Connor Carlson, Coy Norton, David Finberg, Ethan Hauge, JT Driscoll, Kolby Lindquist, Noah Thorson, and Regan Carlson.

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Benson girls to host invitational

Amanda Nissen is back as the starting point guard for the Benson girls basketball team.

The Benson girls basketball team was set to get the season underway Tuesday, Nov. 29 at home against Osakis followed by the Benson Girls Invitational this Friday and Saturday.  The Benson girls have six home dates to open up the season before going on the road to start 2017.

The Braves went 1-25 last year, including an 0-14 mark within the WCC.  Benson’s only win last year was a 67-64 overtime win over Paynesville in the second-to-last game.  

West Central Area and MACCRAY are set to get the Benson Invitational underway at 6 p.m., Friday, followed by Benson versus Morris Area at about 7:45 p.m.  The game against Morris will also count as a WCC game.

The JV teams are also set to play with the WCA and MACCRAY JV teams meeting at 4 p.m. in the auxiliary gym and Benson and Morris Area playing at 6 p.m.

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Lady Storm fall twice at tournament

Pictured: Nicole Berens (16) is the only senior on this year’s MBA girls hockey team, which fell twice at the Marshall Invitational, Friday and Saturday.

The Morris-Benson Area Lady Storm fell to Fargo Davies in the first game of the Marshall Invitational, 6-0, Friday, before also losing to Marshall in the third-place game, Saturday, 5-0.

Minnehaha United edged Marshall in the other semifinal game, Friday, 1-0, and Fargo Davies edged Minnehaha United for the Marshall Tourney championship, 3-2.

MBA is now ready to come home for seven of the next eight games, including four at the Benson Civic Center and three at Morris.  The home opener in Benson for the team, coached by first-year head coach Abby Daly and assisted by former head coach Jim Berens, is set for Saturday, Dec. 3 against Windom Area.

MBA then gets set to host Park Rapids, Thursday, Dec. 8, and Crookston, Friday, Dec. 9 at the Lee Community Civic Center in Morris.

MBA lost four seniors from last year’s team and all were leaders for the team in a variety of ways -- Hanna Lindblad, Kelsey Rajewsky, Kayla Benson, and Kamri Kalthoff.

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