August 2017

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Upgrading courthouse windows will add to cost

When Swift County’s Board of Commissioners approved the $3.573 million bid of Sussner Construction of Marshall for extensive renovations to the courthouse, it was assumed that work on the windows was included.

But at a recent construction meeting on the work that is being done, County Board Chairman Eric Rudningen, District 5-Kerkhoven, learned that the windows weren’t included.

“We can’t spend $3 million on the courthouse and not have the windows…” done, Rudningen said at the county board’s Aug. 15 meeting at the Benson City Hall. Commissioners will be meeting at the city hall at least through the end of the year as work progresses on the courthouse.

As the county was looking at the renovation of the historic courthouse, it applied for a $170,000 grant for window replacement from the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS.) However, it was denied earlier this year.

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Benson schools seek lease of north civic center

Benson Public Schools is moving ahead with plans for leasing the north end of the Benson Civic Center.

Benson’s CNH Industrial has leased the space for years, but this past spring notified the city that it would be moving out. That opened the possibility for the school district to use the 14,000-square-foot area for its gymnastics program as well as other events. The gymnastics program would need about half the space.

Currently, gymnastics is housed in the Benson Armory. However, the space is barely adequate for competitive events and there are safety concerns with the cramped quarters.

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David Mitteness

David Allen Mitteness

April 23, 1946 – August 24, 2017

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Bike Winner at the Summer Reading Program Finale.

Blake Razink was one of the winners of a bike at the Summer Reading Program finale, Tuesday, Aug. 8, at the Library.

Blake Razink was one of the winners of a bike at the Summer Reading Program finale, Tuesday, Aug. 8, at the Library.

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23
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KMS volleyball team opens up season, Friday

Although Samantha Gjerde (4) is gone from the team, the Saints do return a number of letterwinners, including Mallory Rudningen (14) and Katie Krieger (back).

The KMS volleyball team is set to get off to an early start this year with a match Friday, Aug. 25 at home against Kimball Area.  The Saints are also set to play at Minnewaska Area, Monday, Aug. 28, and at Benson, Tuesday, Aug. 29.  The KMS volleyball team finished the 2016 season with a 13-18 overall record and were also 3-8 in the always-tough Camden North Conference.  However, you could also say the team finished 12-6, if you count the matches where the team played at full strength. 

KMS lost six seniors to graduation from last year’s team -- Riley Hart, Samantha Gjerde, Tori Everson, Alexis Lamecker, Molly Jeppesen, and Kaitlin Ilgen....

 

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23
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Braves open up season Aug. 29 versus KMS

Grace Lee is one of only four players who played for the Braves last year and return for 2017.

The Benson volleyball team is set to open up the season with a home match against KMS, Tuesday, Aug. 29.  The Braves, coached by Shannon Schmidt, are coming off a 4-20 record from a season ago, which also included a 3-11 mark within the WCC.

Benson lost nine members of last year’s team to graduation, including almost the entire starting lineup.  Gone from last year’s team are Nicole Berens, Megan Amundson, Sophie Ascheman, Amanda Nissen, Presley Gonnerman, Kaitlyn Knutson, Danielle Himley, Victoria Pagel, and Dana Rud.

Nissen, Ascheman, Amundson, Gonnerman, Pagel, and Himley were the top six hitters for the Braves last season, while Knutson had the second-most set assists, Amundson, Berens, Ascheman, and Nissen were the top four in digs and serve returns, Pagel led the team in blocks, and six of the top seven servers were Berens, Ascheman, Amundson, Nissen, Knutson, and Gonnerman.

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23
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Girls tennis team has first meet postponed

Gracie Lenz (background) returns a shot during preseason practices for the girls tennis team as Anna Samuelson waits at the net.

Girls tennis team has first meet postponed

 

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23
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Benson and KMS to meet in football opener, Sept. 1

Aaron Zosel leads the Benson football team through an agility drill during the opening day of practice last monday morning at the practice football fields.

The Benson football team is on the road for the season opener this year, but the Braves will have to travel only about 14 miles down Highway 12 to Murdock for the 2017 opener against the KMS Saints.

The Braves, coming off a 1-8 season from a year ago, are set to open up the season against the Saints at the Murdock field at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 1, the first of eight regular-season games for the Braves, who lost 13 key players from last year’s team.

Benson has only 23 players on the varsity football team in grades 10-12 (including two ninth-graders that will be playing varsity fulltime and another ninth-grader that will dress only on game nights).

Seniors lost to graduation from last year’s Benson football team are Ty Hedman, Max Peterson, Layton Connelly, Zach Burns, Justin Goossen, Anthony Johnson, Brett Sulier, Austin Whitcup, Zack Sonnabend, Matt Gandsey, Shawn Aarhus, Cole Vergin, and Ross Grussing.

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23
Aug
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Confederate Monuments Need To Come Down

Confederate Monuments Need To Come Down

 

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

 

The best description we’ve heard of what drives President Trump’s presidency and personality is that he is a tribal leader. His tribe is made up of the core of those who elected him to office. It is made up of the people fiercely loyal to him despite the outrageous things he says and does. He is loyal to his tribe because it worships him.

Most candidates for public office are tribal. They play to the base that will help them get elected, but they recognize once in office they represent every citizen of their district, state, or nation. Presidents in the past have always spoken inclusively of all Americans in facing divisive challenges. But Trump doubles down on division, relishing in the turmoil it creates, and the tighter bond it fashions with this core supporters.

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Aug
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Lucille Rutledge

Lucille Sarah Rutledge

Lucille Sarah Rutledge passed away peacefully on August 21, 2017 at the exact time of the total solar eclipse of the sun at the Gabriel House in Murdock, MN at the young age of 103 years, two months, and 17 days.

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