April 2017

Wed
19
Apr
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Annual Meeting

ANNUAL MEETING
 
  The annual meeting of the West Bank Cemetery Association will be held on Wednesday, May 3rd 2017, in the Fellowship Cafe (room 107) at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church, Benson MN at 7:00 pm.
Any interested parties are welcome to attend.
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Wed
19
Apr
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A Dangerous Precendent Taking Root

A Dangerous Precendent Taking Root

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

 

 

There is a dangerous precedent taking root in Minnesota that is subverting the public’s right to assess the character, quality and statesmanship of its elected officials. It allows bickering elected representatives of local governments to go behind closed doors to apparently work out their differences in a group therapy session – all in the name of becoming more effective leaders.

Mon
17
Apr
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Delmont L. Dahl

DELMONT L. DAHL

DELMONT L. DAHL

Fri
14
Apr
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A mild winter means ice goes off Minnesota’s lakes early

Warmer than average temperatures throughout the month of March meant some early ice-out dates on area lakes. The ice on Lake Minnewaska officially was off March 30, 16 days ahead of the average ice off date of April 15.

Artichoke Lake at Swift County’s western border went off April 1, seven days ahead of the average ice off date of April 8. Norway Lake in Kandiyohi County saw the ice go off March 24, 15 days earlier than the average of April 8.

Early ice out dates in the state are the result of a very mild winter. The January to March period saw temperatures 7.5 degrees above average.

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. Five record high temperatures were broken during the month and three high low temperatures were either tied or broken....

 

Fri
14
Apr
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More options made available to buffer strip state requirements

More Buffer Law Options Available for Minnesota Landowners

Six alternative practices offer flexibility for landowners to meet water quality improvement goals
 

Implementation of Minnesota’s buffer law is well underway, and landowners around the state are making good progress ahead of the first compliance date set for Nov. 1.

To help landowners figure out the most effective way to comply with the buffer law, the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) released another set of tools last week to help soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs) and landowners identify alternative options. 

The Common Alternative Practices guidance provides water quality solutions for common situations where practices other than buffers may make sense.

Fri
14
Apr
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Miller enters race for 7th District congressional seat

Less than six months after winning his second two-year term in the Minnesota House of Representatives, District 17A Rep. Tim Miller, R-Prinsburg, has announced that he will seek his party’s endorsement to run for Congress in 2018.

Miller, 51, said last week that he will see the 7th District U.S. House seat held by conservative Democratic Collin Peterson since 1991. Peterson, 72, who is from Detroit Lakes, has not yet said whether he will seek a 15th term in Congress or retire.

If Miller gets the Republican endorsement to run for the 7th District seat next year, he would be giving up his state House seat. District 17A is made up of Swift and Chippewa counties, most of Renville County, and the four southwestern Kandiyohi County townships of Edwards, Holland, Roseland and Lake Lillian.

Fri
14
Apr
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House approves bill for lease or purchase of Appleton prison

Before going on its Easter break, the Minnesota House of Representatives approved a bill that calls for the state to either buy or lease the 1,600-bed Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton.

However, passage of the bill in the Republican-controlled House doesn’t mean it will eventually be approved. It now goes to a conference committee between members of the House and state Senate – which is also controlled by Republicans.

However, even if the bill comes out of the Legislature it still has to get signed by Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton. So far, Dayton has not favored the state’s purchase or lease of the privately-owned prison.

CoreCivic, formerly known as Corrections Corporation of America, is the owner of the prison. It has sat empty since February 2010. CoreCivic does keep a maintenance staff at the prison to keep it ready to use and has made significant investments in improvements over the past seven years.

Fri
14
Apr
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We Day basketball game raises over $1,300

The participants of the We Day basketball game between members of the Benson Schools’ staff and BHS seniors
Kaitlyn Knutson (left) tries to get past the defensive pressure put on by Laura Mitteness of the Staff team during the We Day Basketball fundraiser between the BHS seniors and staff.

Pictured (top) are the participants of the We Day basketball game between members of the Benson Schools’ staff and BHS seniors.  This year’s game was won by the staff.  In all, the fourth annual We Day basketball game raised $1,302 for the Swift County Food Shelf along with 87 pounds of food.

Pictured at bottom, Kaitlyn Knutson (left) tries to get past the defensive pressure put on by Laura Mitteness of the Staff team during the We Day Basketball fundraiser between the BHS seniors and staff.

 

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Fri
14
Apr
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BHS grad gets rare chance to meet Roger Federer

Jon Koenigs, a BHS graduate, had the chance to take a picture with Roger Federer during the Indian Wells Tourney in California about three weeks ago.

Jon Koenigs had the experience of a lifetime when he ran into Roger Federer at the Palm Springs Resort prior to the start of the Indian Wells ATP Tourney a few weeks ago in California, and Federer was nice enough to take a picture with him. Federer is off to a great start this year, having won the Australian Open, Indian Wells Tourney, and also the Miami Open this past Sunday.

Koenigs is one of the top tennis players in BHS history and his 135-36 career record is second all-time in BHS boys tennis history.  He qualified to state in 1991 with partner Andrew Kjos, and then qualified to state in singles in 1992 (placing fifth with a 33-4 record) and 1993 (second at state and 30-2 overall).  He was also a member of 1992 and 1993 teams that qualified to state.

Fri
14
Apr
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Track teams open up season at home meet

Zach Burns easily clears the bar during the high jump competitition at last week’s Benson Invitational.
Selena Morales (second from right) runs in the 100 meter dash for the Benson-KMS girls team during the opening meet in Benson last Tuesday afternoon.

The Benson-KMS boys and girls track teams opened up the season at the first of three Benson Invitationals scheduled this spring.  Both squads finished fourth of five teams with Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball Area winning both meets by wide margins.

Allie Mitteness, Max Peterson, and the boys 3200 meter relay team of Jon Tostenson, Josh Bailey, Mike Nagler, and Benji McGee had the only firsts for Benson-KMS.  Mitteness won the 800 meter run in 2:41.61, while Peterson won the long jump with a leap of 18-5 3/4.

Next up for the teams is the Morris Invitational, set for Tuesday, April 11, followed by the Minnewaska Invitational, Tuesday, April 18.  Results from the Montevideo Invitational last Thursday can be found on page 2B....

 

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