May 2017

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May
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Benson golf teams host invitational

Will Enderson chips from just off the third green at the Benson Golf Club during the Benson Boys Golf Invitational last Wednesday.
Benson seventh-grader Alissa Maurer tees off on the 16th hole at the Benson Golf Course during the Benson Girls Invitational last Wednesday.

The Benson-KMS boys golf team dropped into sixth place in the overall WCC boys golf standings after placing fifth and seventh at a pair of meets last week at Melrose and Sauk Centre.

The Fighting Braves also hosted the Benson Boys Golf Invitational last Wednesday with Lac qui Parle winning the team title, and Friday, BKMS golfed at the NLS Little Crow Invitational, placing 11th of 14 teams.

The final regular-season competition of the year is set for Thursday when the WCC golf teams compete at Benson in the morning and at Montevideo in the afternoon.  Also coming up is the Section 3AA semifinals, Thursday, May 25 at the Oakdale Golf Club....

 

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Fri
19
May
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Bill to compensate Benson for loss of Benson Power, LLC; Dayton vetoes

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Publisher’s note: Early Tuesday morning Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed the bill that contained the langauge that would have provided Benson with compensation for the closing of Benson Power, LLC.
 

A 213-page omnibus jobs and energy bill passed the Republican-controlled Legislature Monday. It includes language to end the biomass mandate and compensate the City of Benson for the loss of Benson Power, LLC, and is now on its way to an uncertain future on the desk of Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton.

It passed the Senate 34-30 and the House 75-54; both votes were along party lines with few exceptions. Republicans control the Senate with a narrow 34-33 majority but have a commanding 77-57 majority in the House.

Fri
19
May
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Secretary of State Simon stops by Benson program

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon, accompanied by his director of communications Ryan Furlong, met with Swift County Safe Avenues coordinator and Safe at Home application assistant Christine Thompson last Friday.

Safe at Home offers a secure space

For those who have suffered mental, physical, or sexual abuse escaping from the person who has harmed them can be a real challenge. That is especially true in small, rural communities.

But through the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, the Safe at Home program offers victims a way to “disappear.”

Friday Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon met with Christine Thompson, coordinator for the Safe Avenues and Safe At Home program in Swift County.

Simon’s stop in Benson was part of a four-county swing through western Minnesota to meet with representatives from Safe Haven, a shelter and resource center that helps victims of domestic violence, representatives of the Safe at Home address confidentiality program, and with election officials to discuss replacing Minnesota’s aging election equipment. He had stops in Swift, Meeker, Kandiyohi, and Lac qui Parle counties.

Fri
19
May
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CNH donates $25,000 to BHS

Benson High School students and faculty pose with the staff of Case IH for a photo following the presentation of a $25,000 check. The funds will go to the machining and welding  programs.

In celebrating the 175 years of producing agricultural equipment for the nation and world this year, Case IH is making $25,000 donations to schools in the communities where they have manufacturing plants.

Benson High School was one of the schools that received a check from Case IH with the presentation ceremony taking place at the high school last Tuesday. It was attended by Benson Case staff, including Plant Manager Jason Hausauer, BHS students, and high school staff.

The $25,000 donation to BHS will go for the machining and welding classes. Case has a program through which it employs students at the high school, training them in welding and machining skills....

 

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Fri
19
May
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Parents Need To Know Vaccines Are Safe

Parents Need To Know Vaccines Are Safe
 

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

Too often these days the ridiculous is partnered with the thoughtful in debates with both given equal footing. It’s called a false equivalency. It is giving equal time and credence to a person who says the Earth is flat as to one who shows you the proof that the Earth, is in fact, round.

Creating false equivalencies, giving listeners or readers the idea that two points of view always have equal weight and value, is done out of a warped sense of “fairness” and certainly not out of any devotion to intellectual honesty.

Wed
17
May
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Hospital seeks county in-kind help with assisted living project

As Swift County-Benson Health Services tries to reduce the cost of building an assisted living/memory care facility on its campus it is looking for ways to reduce the costs of construction.

It has already reduced the price of the project to near $10 million by scaling down the size of the facility. But it is also hoping to get some help from Swift County. At the county board’s May 2 meeting, SCBHS CEO Kurt Waldbillig asked commissioners to consider providing in-kind work on site preparation this fall.

Commissioners listened to the request, but want to know more about the costs of providing the service, about potential liability, and whether helping out the hospital will interfere with other county projects that need to get done. They are also hesitant to provide services that could be done by private businesses in the county.

Wed
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May
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County to invest $92,000 more in GIS

While Swift County personnel and departments have become active users of the Geographic Information System (GIS) pictometry data that has been collected over the past three years, the county commissioners also want the public to eventually have access to it.

The county is looking at spending another $92,000 for updated aerial pictometry photos in 2018 to give it current data. The last comprehensive photo map of the county was taken in 2015 and cost $76,000.

Through the use of pictometry, Swift County has been developing a comprehensive inventory of the land and structures that cover its 752 square miles. Starting in 2015, the county contracted to have high-resolution aerial photos taken and then entered in to a computerized geographic information system (GIS) database.

Wed
17
May
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Gail & Steve Svor selected as band festival marshals

Gail and Steve Svor are this year’s Pioneerland Band Festival grand marshals.

Steve and Gail Svor have been selected as this year’s grand marshals for the Pioneerland Band Festival set for Wednesday, June 14.

With all the road construction going on downtown Benson this spring and summer some people have been wondering how much the band festival is going to be disrupted. While there will be a lot of orange cones around, some sidewalks torn up, and street work taking place, City Manager Rob Wolfington said Monday that the construction contract specifically says that work will stop for the band festival and Kid Day.

The parade route for the band festival should be the same as in previous years. It will start on west Minnesota U.S. Highway 12 by Runnings and Do-Mat’s Family Foods, proceed east on Minnesota Avenue (U.S. 12), then turn north on 14th Street North and go to the Benson High School.

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May
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Earl Stottler

Earl Lester Stottler

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May
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Americans Disconnecting Their Landlines

Americans Disconnecting Their Landlines

 

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

 

When we were very young the family would regularly go to the “family cottage” up on Lake Minnewaska during the summers. It was a small cottage on the south side of the lake sitting high on the hill that had been built in 1924 and was shared by the Johnson family relatives – our dad’s mother was a Johnson.

Each weekend when we would arrive at the lake we would have to run down to a mosquito-infested ravine to get several pails of water. It ran from a pipe that had been driven into the side of the ravine wall and had a steady flow of clear, cold water running from it. We would use that water to prime the hand pump in the cottage so that we would have running water for the weekend. There was an outhouse there in those early days as well.

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