March 2017

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Randy Twitchell

Randy Twitchell

Randy Twitchell, age 72, of Appleton, passed away Saturday, March 4th in his home.  Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 10, at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton, officiated by Rev. Linda Lagergren.  Interment followed at Appleton City Cemetery.

Randy Leon Twitchell was born October 21, 1944, in Appleton, Minnesota, the son of Wayne and Gladys (Blom) Twitchell.  He was baptized April 8, 1945 by Rev. Roger Schmuck and was confirmed on April 17, 1957 by Rev. Paul Hallett, both at Gethsemane Episcopal Church in Appleton.  Randy was raised in Appleton, graduating from Appleton High School in 1962.  After graduation, Randy attended Mayville State Teachers College where he earned his teaching degree.  On October 24, 1981 Randy was united in marriage to Julie Anne Stroebel by Rev. Lyle Rich at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  This union was blessed with over 35 years together.   

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Clarence "Butch" F. Higdon

CLARENCE “BUTCH” FRANKLIN HIGDON

Clarence "Butch" F. Higdon, 68, of Jackson passed away at his residence on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. A gathering of family and friends will be on Friday, March 17, 2017  from 5 to 7 PM at the Osterberg Funeral Home in Jackson.

Funeral Service will be on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 1:30 PM at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Benson with Rev. John R. Smith officiating. Military Rites will follow by the Benson American Legion and VFW Posts.

Burial will be at a later date in the Benson City Cemetery.

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Call For Quotes - Swenoda Township

CALL FOR QUOTES
SWENODA TOWNSHIP
SWIFT COUNTY

  Notice is hereby given that quotes are being solicited by Swenoda Township for the following at an hourly rate:  grading, mowing of road ditches, and snow removal for the 2017-2018 winter season.  Quotes are also being solicited for class 5 gravel on a per yard basis delivered anywhere in Swenoda Township.  Board reserves the right to reject any or all quotes, to waive any information therein and to accept quotes deemed most advantageous to the Township.
   Quotes should be received by April 1, 2017 along with Certificate of Insurance.  Remit to Laurie Golden 660 110th St SW, Danvers, MN 56231.
  Quotes will be opened at our regular monthly meeting in April 2016.
Laurie Golden, Clerk
Swenoda Township
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Indoor pool supporters seek to see facility open again

Group offers financial help, but school board says it needs to study building options further

Though a group of area residents said they were willing to raise funds to pay for some of the cost of keeping the Benson High School indoor swimming pool open, the board of education was reluctant to give them any encouragement.

The group also told the board at its meeting last Tuesday that they would be willing to boost the number of people who use the pool.

With a 5-2 vote last May, the school board voted to close the indoor swimming pool by June 1. It cited low utilization of the pool along with an annual cost of $37,210 to maintain in justifying its closing. The district was also looking at spending another $5,000 to $25,000 on work that included replacing the pool’s lighting.

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Wastewater plant, water tower need upgrading soon

Benson’s wastewater treatment plant is facing an estimated $2.9 million in major renovations to upgrade equipment that is operating well beyond its expected lifetime. Those repairs will need to take place in the next couple years.

The city’s 500,000-gallon water tower also needs work that includes painting both the inside and outside of the tank. But this isn’t any simple paint job. Painting of the water tower is an integral part of its integrity and upkeep, Benson City Manager Rob Wolfington told the city council at its meeting Monday night.

It could cost between $500,000 and $600,000 to have the water tower painted.

When it is being painted it will be out of service, which means the city’s drinking water system will have to provide the pressure needed for the homes and businesses in the community without the water tower.

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February second warmest on record

Ice went off the small lakes in the area this week and could set records for going out early on larger lakes.
When the high hit 73 degrees Monday afternoon it broke the record high tempeature for March 6. The day also saw tornadoes form in Minnesota, the earliest date for a tornado in state history. The previous record was March 18, 1968. How different Tuesday morning was with 2.5 inches of snow on the ground  and the temp falling to 25 degrees.

March 6 sees record high of 73 degrees

Monday the Benson area broke its sixth high temperature record of the year when the high hit 73 degrees. It broke the old record high for March 6 of 71 degrees set back in 2000.

Prior to Monday, the earliest the Benson area had seen the temperature hit 73 degrees was March 15 (2015 and 1968.)

Sunday’s high hit 66 degrees, and though it was 32 degrees above the average temperature for March 5 of 34 degrees, it fell 5 degrees short of the record high for the date. That record was set in 2000 when it reached 71 degrees.

In 2000, there were six consecutive days with record highs between March 3 and March 8 with three of those record highs at 71 degrees.

February 2017 went down as the second warmest on record for the Benson area and one of the warmest in the history of the State of Minnesota.

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Appleton prison bill waiting to be heard in state Legislature

A bill that could put the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton in a better position to house prisoners at some point in the future has been introduced in the Minnesota House by District 17A Rep. Tim Miller, R-Prinsburg. In the Senate, District 17 Sen. Andrew Lang, R-Olivia, is carrying the bill.

However, the bill has yet to have a hearing and with the deadlines rapidly approaching in the Minnesota Legislature for bills to be heard, time is running out for it to move forward this year.

The bill deadlines are:
  By March 10 committees must act favorably on bills in the house of origin;
  By March 17 committees must act favorably on bills, or companion bills, that met the first deadline in the other house; and,
  By March 31 committees must act favorably on major appropriation and finance bills.

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KMS boys top Wabasso in Section 3A opener; fall to Prinsburg CMCS

Tanner Rohner, shown dishing off a pass during a game earlier this season, had a team-high 14 points during his final game for the Saints.  The other KMS senior is Jorge Zaldivar.

The KMS boys basketball team opened up the Section 6A playoffs with a 57-47 victory at Wabasso, Thursday night.  It was the first playoff win for the KMS boys basketball program since 2010 when KMS beat Lakeview (64-49) in the first round of the Section 3A playoffs, Thursday, March 4, 2010, going 9-16 that season under coach Lucas Post.

With the win over Wabasso, the Saints avenged an earlier 59-45 loss to the Jackrabbits.

Two nights later, the season came to an end for KMS with a 57-36 loss to Prinsburg in the Section 6A round-of-16, Saturday at Montevideo.  The Bluejays were seeded first in KMS’ half of the section, while the Saints were seeded ninth.

KMS ended the 2016-17 season with a 5-22 overall record, which included a 2-14 mark within the Camden North Conference.

The Saints will lose just two seniors to graduation from this year’s team -- Jorge Zaldivar and Tanner Rohner.

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KMS girls upset East Central in opener, but then fall to BBE

Mallory Rudningen (3) and Madison Rohner (14) defend against Benson’s Danielle Himley during a game in Benson earlier this year.  KMS limited East Central to just four second-half points during the comeback win.

The KMS girls basketball team upset East Central during the first round of the Section 6A Girls Basketball Tournament, Thursday night in Finlayson, 46-31, but two nights later, the season came to an end with a 65-56 loss to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in the section quarterfinals.

The Saints ended the season with an 11-7 overall record after going 4-2 in their last six games.

KMS was seeded sixth in its 10-team half of Section 6A, but rallied from a 27-24 halftime deficit against East Central by holding the home team to just four points in the second half.

The sub-section championship game is set for 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 7, and the Section 6A title game is set for 7 p.m., Friday, March 10.

Kimball Area earned the top seed in KMS’ half of the section, followed by BBE, East Central and Swanville, while in the other half, the top four seeds are Cromwell-Wright, Menahga, Pine River-Backus, and Walker-Hackensack-Akely.

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Benson boys eliminated by Montevideo

Layton Connelly (right) gets a pick from Ty Hedman to dribble around Montevideo’s Riley Emery during the Braves’ 65-53 loss, Saturday night.

The Benson boys basketball team led Montevideo by 10 points (26-16) late in the first half of their Section 3AA quarterfinal game, Saturday night in Montevideo, but the Thunderhawks scored the first basket of the second half to claim a 29-28 lead and Montevideo never trailed again, eventually winning the game 65-53.

Benson ended the season with a 6-18 overall record, while Montevideo moved on to face NLS in the sub-section semifinals.

In two earlier meetings between the two teams, the Thunderhawks won at Montevideo, 58-22, but Benson played much better during a 50-47 loss at home two weeks later.

Seniors lost to graduation from this year’s Benson boys basketball team are Layton Connelly, who became the sixth BHS boy to reach 1,000 career points earlier this season, Zack Sonnabend, Chris Ebnet, Max Peterson, Cole Vergin, Justin Goossen, Nathan Habben, and Ty Hedman.

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