September 2017

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Sep
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Three killed in Saturday morning accident

Three young adults were killed when their car collided with another vehicle two miles southeast of Benson early Saturday morning.

Austin Ardoff, 23, of Raymond, formerly of Clara City, died at the scene. He was a passenger in the car. Another passenger, Autumn McLain, 23, Willmar, and driver Dylan Peterson, 24, Benson, were transferred by ambulance from the scene to Swift County-Benson Health Services and then airlifted out for further care. Peterson later died at the Hennepin County Medical Center and McLain at St. Cloud Hospital. The accident happened around 5 a.m. Saturday.

According to the Swift County Sheriff’s Office report, 49-year-old Robert McGee, Benson, had entered the rural, gravel road intersection at 20th Avenue SE and 30th Street SE when his vehicle was struck by Peterson’s car.

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28
Sep
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Phyllis A. Curley

Phyllis A. Curley

PHYLLIS A. CURLEY

SEPTEMBER 15, 1925 – SEPTEMBER 26, 2017

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27
Sep
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Haylee Johnson returns a shot for the Saints

Haylee Johnson (right) returns a shot for the Saints as Katie Krieger (1) looks on.  The Saints went 1-1 last week and are 7-6 overall heading into the second half of the schedule.

Haylee Johnson (right) returns a shot for the Saints as Katie Krieger (1) looks on.  The Saints went 1-1 last week and are 7-6 overall heading into the second half of the schedule.

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27
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Girls tennis team wins pair of WCC matches

Olivia Hoffman returns a shot for the Braves, who improved to 7-5 last week.

Girls tennis team wins pair of WCC matches

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team pulled out a couple of big conference wins last week to raised its WCC record to 4-3 and its overall record to 7-5.  The Braves opened up last week’s action with a 4-3 win at YME, which included four matches of three sets or tiebreakers.
Two nights later, the Braves won at Melrose, 6-1, and Saturday, Benson-KMS took part in the Litchfield Invitational where Stacy Johnson and Amy Zniewski placed third at third doubles, Brenna Knutson and Anna Samuelson were fourth at second doubles, and Gracie Lenz was fifth at second singles.
This week, another busy week is in store for the Braves, who were set to host Sauk Centre, Tuesday (yesterday) and Milbank, Thursday (tomorrow) before taking part in the WCC Tourney, Saturday at Alexandria.

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27
Sep
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MACA Tigers run past Braves, 35-16

Aaron Zosel (right) has just enough extra effort to score Benson’s first touchdown against Morris Area, Friday night, putting Benson up early 8-7.  At first, Zosel appeared to be stopped at the two, but he somehow broke free before stretching the ball just past the goalline.  Also identified are Kaden Schmidt (middle) and Riley Grube (56)

The Benson Braves fell to 0-4 with a 35-16 home loss to Morris Area-CA, Friday night on Brock Field during the annual Mother-Jersey and Tackle Cancer Night.
Morris Area racked up 354 yards on the ground, including 239 yards by junior Camden Arndt, who took the first handoff of the game and went 70 yards for a touchdown.  He had 303 yards the previous week against ACGC.

“The Tigers first play from scrimmage really set the tempo and tone for Morris’ offense the rest of the night,” Benson head coach Scott Gonnerman said.  “Camden is one of the best running backs and overall athletes in the sub-district this year.  He has good size and speed, but also runs with power and cuts well.  He especially hurt us with his cut back ability as the game went on.”....

 

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Sep
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Shirley Ann Bailey

Shirley Ann Bailey

May 9, 1940 • September 25, 2017

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Lila V. Johnson

Lila V. Johnson

Lila V. Johnson
November 7, 1930 • September 20, 2017

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22
Sep
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BHS Homecoming Royalty for 2017

BHS Homecoming Royalty for 2017, front from left to right, are Kaden Schmidt, Shane Flower, Aaron Zosel, Matt Connolly, and Sam Lundebrek.  In back are Kelsey Gimberlin, Halle Hanson, Courtney McNeill, Anna Gosson, and Lizzie Staton.

Pictured: BHS Homecoming Royalty for 2017, front from left to right, are Kaden Schmidt, Shane Flower, Aaron Zosel, Matt Connolly, and Sam Lundebrek.  In back are Kelsey Gimberlin, Halle Hanson, Courtney McNeill, Anna Gosson, and Lizzie Staton. 

BHS Homecoming coronation is set for 7:30 p.m., Monday night in the senior high gym.  More information about BHS Homecoming can be found on Page 2 of the Sept. 20, 2017 edition of the Swift County Monitor-News.

 

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Fri
22
Sep
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Commission takes input on closing Benson Power

Members of the Legislative Energy Commission took testimony at the state Capitol last Thursday on the impact of closing Benson Power, LLC, will have on suppliers and the community.

Legislature to get DEED report on economic impact on businesses, community in February

When the Minnesota Legislature approved a deal to compensate the City of Benson with $20 million in payments over four years for the loss of Benson Power, LLC, it also wanted to know what the impact the plant’s closing would have on other businesses tied to its operation.

It set aside $150,000 and directed commissioner of the Department Employment and Economic Development (DEED) to conduct a study “to examine the economic impact of the closure of a biomass facility located in the city of Benson that uses poultry litter to generate electricity.” DEED is to report its findings to the Legislature by Feb. 15.

Fri
22
Sep
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Council updated on projects during Monday night tour

Benson Police Chief Ian Hodge gives members of the Benson City Council, city staff, and council candidates a tour of the new city police department. The city added on to the former Loen Electric building to create a facility with 5,357 square feet.

Police station to be ready in early November; cemetery expansion nearly complete
 

Benson City Council toured the new city police station during its Monday night meeting. This past February, the city agreed to buy the former Loen Electric building at the corner of Hall Avenue and 22nd Street South in southwest Benson.

The tour also took the council to the Heartland Girl’s Ranch where a new home is being built that will have room for 10 girls. It looked at the north end of the Civic Center that the Benson Public Schools is looking to rent for its gymnastics program as well as other programs and events.

Benson’s CNH currently leases the north end of the Civic Center. It had intended to be out by the end of the building by the start of October, but now it appears it won’t vacate later in November, City Manager Rob Wolfington said.

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