November 2017

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Lightning protection essential to protect county courthouse

Can you guess what space this is in the Swift County courthouse? It is the gutted area that once housed the north and south courtrooms, the hallway, and judge’s chambers.  All the walls are gone now and the ceiling is opened up. But this view will soon be gone as the renovation project installs new walls and a new ceiling.

Sussner Construction, the company doing the $3.573 million renovation work at the Swift County courthouse, has recommended that it not install the lightning protection system saving the county $31,815.

However, Jonathon Loose of Wold Architects & Engineers says the county should reject that recommendation. Wold has worked with the county board on the redesign of the courthouse interior to improve its energy efficiency, safety for employees of the courts, and for its functionality in serving county residents.

“We recommend rejecting that offer being it is a critical building of a historic nature, it is taller than most other buildings around, knowing there have been lightning strikes to the building and it is a wood framed roof and attic structure,” Loose told commissioners at their Nov. 7 meeting. “We think it is a small investment to channel those potential lightning strikes down to the ground and not affect the building,” he said.

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Remembering Simpler Times

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

Last month we were in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the annual National Newspaper Association convention. With our duties taken care of for the day, we went on a tour of downtown Tulsa with an official guide.

Tulsa is known for its striking art deco architecture with many of its buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. The buildings and art deco designs were the result of tenacious competition between the oil barons who were making fortunes in the city that was known as the “Oil Capitol of the World.” Each wanted to have the tallest and most impressive building. It was the 1920s and 1930s, and Tulsa’s population was exploding.

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Parents seek answers on poor athletic team records

Persistent losing records affect not just the school but the whole community, school board told
 

Concerned about the persistent losing records of several of Benson High School’s major varsity sports, a group of parents came to the Oct. 16 Board of Education meeting looking for answers.

They told the board of education that the losing records were having a negative impact not just on athlete and student morale, but were also having an impact on the ability of businesses to bring employees to the community.

It has been leading some parents to consider leaving the Benson area to give their children a chance to play for schools with winning programs.

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CVEC named Ag Innovator of 2017 by state’s AURI

Ehtanol plant recognized for energy innovation and contribution to Minnesota’s rural economy
 

The Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) of Benson, was named the 2017 Ag Innovator of the Year by the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI).

The award, which has been given annually for the past 15 years, will be accepted by CVEC Board Chair, David Thompson and General Manager Chad Friese at the company’s board meeting next Monday in Benson.

AURI was created and funded by the Minnesota Legislature with three primary goals in mind:

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BHS presents SHREK, The Musical

Grace Lee, playing the role of Fiona, wonders when, if ever, her Prince Charming will come rescue her from the  castle tower.

BHS presented SHREK, The Musical.

Pictured: Grace Lee, playing the role of Fiona, wonders when, if ever, her Prince Charming will come rescue her from the  castle tower.
 

Performances took place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in the senior high gym.

 

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Lady Storm open up season with 2-1 loss to PR

Hallie Watzke (7), who led MBA in scoring last year, had an assist on MBA’s only goal during the season opener.

The Morris Benson Area Lady Storm opened up the 2017-2018 season with a 2-1 loss to Park Rapids, Saturday night at the Lee Community Center in Morris.

The game was the first of 16 games scheduled for the Lady Storm this season.  MBA went 2-14 last season, but lost just one player from that team (Nicole Berens).

Among the players back this season are junior Hallie Watzke, who led the Lady Storm in scoring last year with 12 points, senior Megan Kirkeide, who was second with eight points, and junior Abbey Hoffman, who returns as the starting goalie for MBA this season.

The Lady Storm scored first against Park Rapids, but PR came back with the tying goal 14 minutes later and then scored the only goal of the third period to claim the 2-1 victory.

Next up for the Lady Storm is the Marshall Tournament, set for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24-25.

There are only four games scheduled for Benson this year -- Dec. 16, Jan. 4, Jan. 20, and Feb. 3....

 

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Rudningen earns MVP for KMS volleyball team

Mallory Rudningen, who earned MVP honors for KMS this season, puts up a set for a teammate.

The KMS volleyball team finished the 2017 season with a 12-17 overall record after going 13-18 the season before.  The Saints were also 3-8 in the Camden North Conference for the second season in a row.  MACCRAY dominated the league race with an 8-3 Camden North mark, while KMS was tied with Dawson-Boyd for second, Lac qui Parle was fourth (2-9), and Prinsburg and RCW were tied for fifth (1-10).

The top three teams in the Camden South were Tracy Area (11-0), Minneota (10-1), and Canby (9-2), all ranked among the top 10 teams in state at least one time this year, including Minneota, which edged Tracy in the Section 3A championship to earn a berth at state.

KMS started out 7-5 with three-straight wins over RCW, LQP, and Dawson-Boyd, Sept. 12, 14, and 19, but then went 2-9 over its next 11 matches to fall to 9-14.  The Saints went 2-2 at the Underwood Tourney before going 1-1 in the Section 5A Tourney to finish 12-17.  

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Staton and McNeill earn All-WCC for Benson volleyball; Staton also MVP

Claire Ricard (right) and Mariah Ahrndt go up for a block against Melrose as Courtney McNeill (left) prepares for a possible play at the net.

The Benson volleyball team went 6-19 during the 2017 season, including a 3-11 mark within the WCC.  The Braves started out 1-5, but then went  5-7 over their next 12 matches to improve to 6-12 before losing their final seven-straight matches, including five by 3-0 scores and two by 3-1.

Benson’s season ended with a 26-24, 14-25, 24-26, 24-26 loss at home to Atwater-CGC, in the first round of the Section 5A Volleyball Tourney.  The Braves came into the match as the fourth seed in its “pod” of Section 5A, while the Falcons were seeded fifth.  The two teams split their regular-season matches.

Morris Area-CA won this year’s WCC title with a 13-1 record, followed by Melrose Area (12-2), Sauk Centre (11-3), Montevideo (8-6), BOLD (5-9), Benson and ACGC (both 3-11), and Minnewaska Area (1-13).  Morris Area came the closest to earning a state berth, losing to Marshall in five games for the Section 3AA championship.

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Zosel earns All-District for Braves

Aaron Zosel, shown picking up some big yards during a game in Benson this season, earned All-District honors for the Braves this season.  He led Benson in rushing yardage, scoring, and tackles.

The Benson football team ended the 2017 season with an 0-9 record after falling to Minnewaska Area in the Section 5AA opener at Minnewaska Area High School, 55-14.

This was the second time in the last four years the Braves have finished the season without a win.  Benson had its best chance at a victory in the opener at KMS.

The Braves led that game late, but the Saints tied it up to send it into overtime and then won in double-overtime, 34-28.

After the loss to KMS, the Braves played Sauk Centre tough before losing 34-14 and then it was four tough weeks against Osakis (27-6), Morris (35-16), BOLD (68-0), and ACGC (26-0) before Benson lost at Montevideo (35-12) and then ended the regular-season with a loss to Minnewaska Area (35-14) and a loss to the Lakers in the Section 5AA opener (55-14).

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Cecilia Margaret Kent

Cecilia Margaret Kent

Cecilia “Cele” Margaret Kent, 98, of Benson, Minnesota, formerly of Clontarf, died Sunday, November 12, 2017, at Southview Manor. 

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 16, with a Rosary at 5:30 p.m., at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Clontarf.  Visitation will continue from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m., Friday, November 17, 2017, at the church.  Interment will be in St. Malachy Catholic Church Cemetery. 

Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson.    www.zniewskifuneralhome.com
 

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