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Joshua S. Orbeck

Joshua S. Orbeck

Joshua S. Orbeck, 36, of Richmond, formerly of Benson, died Thursday, July 27th, from complications of cancer, surrounded by his family, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.

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BHS graduate Andy Kjos oversees President Trump’s home golf course in West Palm Beach

1991 BHS graduate Andy Kjos has been the superintendent of Trump International Golf Club since February 2002.
Kjos said the landscaping is one of the primary sights that impresses people who come to the course.

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher

It’s a long way from working on the summertime grounds crew at the Benson Golf Club to being the Director of Agronomy and Course Superintendent at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Considering 1991 Benson High School graduate Andy Kjos didn’t intend to make that journey while attending Concordia College in Moorhead, it is even more of a surprise that he has spent the past 15 years overseeing one of now President Donald Trump’s premier golf courses.

The son of Jack and Jane Kjos of Benson, Andy was a tennis player in high school. His mother was the coach. After graduating from Benson, Kjos pursued a degree in organizational communications at Concordia while also playing tennis for the Cobbers.

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County approves $5.105 million bond sale, levy

Sussner $3.573 million bid accepted for courthouse work

 

On a 4-1 vote, Swift County’s Board of Commissioners approved a $5.105 million general obligation capital improvement plan bond sale to pay for renovations to the courthouse and the Countryside Public Health building last Tuesday.

It also approved the $3.573 million bid of Sussner Construction of Marshall for the courthouse renovations. That bid includes $24,000 for removing the awnings over courthouse windows and replacing them with shades in the windows to restore the original, historic look of the building.

In the motion, commissioners approved levying a tax on Swift County property to pay for the bond issue over the next 20 years.

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Landmark, Heinzig won’t seek re-election; city filings open Aug. 1

Benson Mayor Gary Landmark said Monday night that he would not file for a second two-year term. City Council Member Stephanie Heinzig also said she will not seek re-election to a second four-year term on the council.

Filings for mayor and council open Tuesday, Aug. 1, and close Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 5 p.m. Candidates can file at the Benson City offices.

Jack Evenson, who is also finishing his first term as a council member, said that he would be seeking a second term.

In the 2013 council election, Heinzig and Evenson finished first and second in a three-way race for two seats. Finishing third that year was Landmark who had served 24 years on the council prior to this defeat four years ago. He lost by only four votes to Evenson 499 to 495. Heinzig received 570 votes.

Landmark then ran for mayor in 2015 and narrowly defeated challenger Tara Ulmaniec by just eight votes, 394 to 386....

 

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Little Linkers Golf

Coach Anna Samuelson (back right) watches as Alex Claussen (left) and Cooper Koenig (middle) practice some short-range chip shots.  More pictures of Little Linkers golf can be found on page 8B.

Coach Anna Samuelson (back right) watches as Alex Claussen (left) and Cooper Koenig (middle) practice some short-range chip shots.  More pictures of Little Linkers golf can be found on page 8B.
 

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Swimming Lessons

Benson lifeguard Katie Samuelson (right) helps a young swimming lesson participant during an Introduction to Water Skills class last week at the outdoor pool.  The final session of swimming lessons is set to begin Monday, July 31.

Benson lifeguard Katie Samuelson (right) helps a young swimming lesson participant during an Introduction to Water Skills class last week at the outdoor pool.  The final session of swimming lessons is set to begin Monday, July 31.
 

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3rd Grade Baseball

  A member of the Benson 3rd grade baseball team pitches against NLS during a game in Benson earlier this season during the Willmar league.  Playing in the 3rd-4th grade league, the Benson 3rd graders went 3-5-1.

 A member of the Benson 3rd grade baseball team pitches against NLS during a game in Benson earlier this season during the Willmar league.  Playing in the 3rd-4th grade league, the Benson 3rd graders went 3-5-1.

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LeClair Wins Water Days Tennis Title

Peyton LeClair, a ninth-grader at Benson Schools this fall, participated in the Water Days Tennis Tournament at New London, July 14-16.

Peyton LeClair, a ninth-grader at Benson Schools this fall, participated in the Water Days Tennis Tournament at New London, July 14-16.  LeClair, a two-year letterwinner with the Benson boys tennis team, and son of Justin and Heather LeClair, took first place in the boys 14 and under singles division. 

 

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B.A.C.K Softball Game

Jeff Reuss pitches for the Benson Fire Department during a Kid Day game of softball against members of the Swift County Law Enforcement as shortstop Dave Tolifson and others look on.

Jeff Reuss pitches for the Benson Fire Department during a Kid Day game of softball against members of the Swift County Law Enforcement as shortstop Dave Tolifson and others look on.
 

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Benson Needs Leaders To Step Up

Benson Needs Leaders To Step Up
 

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

 

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
John Quincy Adams
Sixth U.S. President

When voters go to the polls in Benson this coming November they will be electing a new mayor and at least one new council member.

Mayor Gary Landmark and Council Member Stephanie Heinzig have announced they will not seek reelection in November. Council Member Jack Evenson is also up for re-election and has said he will seek a second term.

If Evenson were to lose, the council could see three of its five members new to city politics, but having a deciding vote in directing the city’s future for the next two years.

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