July 2017

Tue
18
Jul
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3rd-4th Grade Baseball

A young Benson player has to duck to avoid being hit by a pitch during a 3rd-4th grade baseball league game against NLS last week in Benson.  More pictures from the game will be featured next week.

A young Benson player has to duck to avoid being hit by a pitch during a 3rd-4th grade baseball league game against NLS last week in Benson.  More pictures from the game will be featured next week.

Tue
18
Jul
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18U Softball

Emily Miller pitches for the Benson 18U softball team last week during a game against Morris as centerfielder Kaitlyn Berreau looks on from behind.

Emily Miller pitches for the Benson 18U softball team last week during a game against Morris as centerfielder Kaitlyn Berreau looks on from behind.

Tue
18
Jul
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Public Hearing Notice

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
 
  Notice is hereby given that a public meeting and hearing of the Upper MN Valley Regional Development Commission will be held on Tuesday, July 25, 2017.  The hearing is to solicit public response and input on the FY2018 budget and tax levy for calendar year 2018.  The hearing will begin at 5:30pm at the Kerkhoven Community Center in Kerkhoven.  A copy of the budget is available at the Commission office in Appleton.  The regular business meeting will be conducted during the public hearing.
 
Dawn Hegland
Executive Director
7-19-1c
 

Tue
18
Jul
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Volunteers Make Kid Day, Band Festival Special

Volunteers Make Kid Day, Band Festival Special

 

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

 

Successful community events don’t just happen. They take a lot of hard work and dedication. They take people willing to sacrifice their free time for their community, often with very little thanks. While everyone else is sitting back and enjoying the day, they are scurrying around to make sure all the bases are covered and handling those inevitable little problems that pop up.

Fri
14
Jul
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Xcel officials explain how planned closing of biomass plant to proceed

District 17 State Sen. Andrew Lang, red shirt, and District 17A Rep. Tim Miller, center, met with the Benson City Council Monday night discussing their role in helping the city get compensation from the Legislature and Xcel Energy for the planned purchase and demolition of Benson Power, LLC. The city is scheduled to get $20 million for economic development over four years between 2018 and 2021.

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

With Xcel Energy’s filing with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission June 30 for approval to purchase the Benson Power, LLC, biomass power plant the next phase that could lead to its shutdown and demolition is underway.

The request also asks that the Power Purchase Agreement obligating Xcel to buy Benson Power’s electricity for the next 10 years be terminated. In addition, Xcel made four other filings with the PUC related to ending the state’s biomass mandate requiring it to buy power produced from wood chips, turkey litter and other biomass.

“The overall goal of all of these filings is the same: to lower customer costs while continuing to provide safe, reliable service,” it states in its PUC filing. “If approved by the Commission, these initiatives together will achieve over $531 million in total cost savings (nominally) for our customers over the next 10 years.”

Fri
14
Jul
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Sam Gjerde award winner

Sam Gjerde, pitching for the Saints during the Section 3A finals against Edgerton, was selected as the Hengstler-Ranweiler Awardwinner for 2017, the first KMS female athlete to earn the honor.

Sam Gjerde, pitching for the Saints during the Section 3A finals against Edgerton, was selected as the Hengstler-Ranweiler Awardwinner for 2017, the first KMS female athlete to earn the honor.

Fri
14
Jul
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Willmar Stingers in town

The Willmar Stingers’ players did a great job in taking the time to meet with the local youth and share a book.  This was just one of the many activities at the Library this summer.

The Willmar Stingers’ players did a great job in taking the time to meet with the local youth and share a book.  This was just one of the many activities at the Library this summer.

Fri
14
Jul
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18U Softball

Grace Lee (left) plays ready defense for the Benson 18U #1 softball team during a game in Benson recently against the Benson 18U #2 team.  The teams were set to play in Benson again this Tuesday (yesterday).

Grace Lee (left) plays ready defense for the Benson 18U #1 softball team during a game in Benson recently against the Benson 18U #2 team.  The teams were set to play in Benson again this Tuesday (yesterday).
 

Fri
14
Jul
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Benson Legion Falls to Willmar 10-0

 With coach Eric Hulterstrum and teammate Will Enderson looking on, Sam Grussing bats for the Benson Jr. Legion baseball team during a game in Benson earlier this season.

The Benson Legion suffered a 10-0 loss to Willmar last Thursday night in Benson.  Willmar scored at least one run in every inning, ending the game after five innings due to the 10-run rule.  Willmar’s two pitchers also combined to strike out 13 Benson batters.  Overall, 13 of Benson’s 15 outs on the night came via strikeouts.

Justin Goossen took the loss on the mound for Benson, giving up eight hits and eight runs (seven earned) with three walks and there strikeouts over four innings.  Danny Lenarz pitched the final inning, Benson Legion Falls to WIllmar, 10-0....
 

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Fri
14
Jul
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Tennis Camp

Gwendolyn Wilcox hits a shot over the net during a mini summer tennis camp, Monday, as Toby Dammeyer (far left), Blake Brehmer, Elle Kletscher, Joe Wilcox, Cooper Koenig, and Scarlett Tolifson (far right) look on.

Gwendolyn Wilcox hits a shot over the net during a mini summer tennis camp, Monday, as Toby Dammeyer (far left), Blake Brehmer, Elle Kletscher, Joe Wilcox, Cooper Koenig, and Scarlett Tolifson (far right) look on.
 

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