January 2018

Fri
26
Jan
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BKMS gymnasts split home meets

With the Melrose Area gymnasts looking on after they had completed the balance beam, Mariah Ahrndt goes airborne on the floor exercise.

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team split a pair of conference matches last week against Long Prairie-GE-Browerville and Melrose.

The Fighting Braves topped LPGE, 136.6-124.6 last Monday night in Benson but three nights later, Benson-KMS fell to state-ranked Melrose 140.05-134.2
Benson-KMS, 4-1 overall in dual matches, was set to compete at NLS, Tuesday (yesterday).  The final home match is set for Friday, Feb. 2 vs. Hendricks....

 

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Pictured: With the Melrose Area gymnasts looking on after they had completed the balance beam, Mariah Ahrndt goes airborne on the floor exercise.

Fri
26
Jan
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Lady Storm fall to Windom Area, 5-0

MBA Lady Storm goalie Abbey Hoffman (right) tries to cover up the puck as two Windom Area skaters poke at the puck and Hallie Watzke (7) and Megan Kirkeide (14) help out for MBA.

The MBA girls hockey team fell to 1-13 overall with a 5-0 home loss to Windom Area, Saturday at the Benson Civic Center.  

Windom scored two in the first and three more in second period and handed the Lady Storm their third shutout of the season.

In the results that follow is a boxscore of the 3-2 loss at Fairmont, Saturday, Jan. 13, which was received too late for last week’s paper.  Eighth-grader Taryn Picht had both goals for MBA.

This week, the Lady Storm are set to host Crookston, Friday at the Lee Community Center in Morris.  The final home game in Benson is Saturday, Feb. 3 versus Worthington....

 

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Mon
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Jan
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‘People Get The Government They Deserve’

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

‘The tyranny of a prince is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy.’  Montesquieu - 1748

We hear there is a renewed interest in getting invovled in politics in America. We hope so. A healthy democracy demands an engaged citizenry.

Our democracy isn’t very healthy these days as vitriolic partisanship prevents those we elect from reaching consensus on legislation critical to our health, safety, economy, environment, national defense, immigration policy and judicial system.

How have we reached such a dysfunctional state in American politics? The vast majority of citizens don’t need to look very far to find the reason – it is just a mirror away.

Fri
19
Jan
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Dangerous wind chills dominate the week

Five of the past seven days have seen windchills fall to the range of a minus 30 to 36 degrees - cold enough to cause frostbite to exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.

With the National Weather Service issuing a Wind Chill Warning for Monday, parents were bundling their children up with extra layers of cloths. Winds out of the north gusting to over 30 mph Monday morning combined with the temperature at minus 8 degrees for wind chill was a minus 36 degrees.

Four times in the past week, the National Weather Service has issued Wind Chill Warnings for western Minnesota. A Wind Chill Warning means the combination of very cold air and the wind will create dangerously low wind chill values. Exposed skin can freeze in minutes and even hypothermia or death can result if precautions are not taken. Bundle up if headed outside and make sure to have winter clothes with you if traveling, it warns.

So far this month, we’ve seen 12 of 16 days with below zero low temperatures. Just another two days below zero and we hit the average of 14 days below zero for January.

Fri
19
Jan
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2018 county levy set at $10.398 million

Swift County has raised its levy by 2 percent for 2018 to $10,398,870 – an increase of $203,899. That levy will provide nearly half the revenue for its operations this year with the budget calling for $21.16 million in expenditures.

While the levy is going up, county overall spending is going down by $3.472 million. That big drop in spending can be attributed to one area of county expenditures – highways.

In 2017, the county highway budget was $11.29 million with revenues coming in from federal and state sources to help pay for work on a 13-mile stretch of Swift County Road 6. The work was done east of Minnesota 29 south with the road getting a new cement surface. It is now the third road in the county surfaced with cement.

This year’s county highway budget is $7.11 million, $4.18 million less, with no major road construction projects scheduled.

Fri
19
Jan
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Minnesota Supreme Court to decide fate of CVEC-GPC suit

Many members in the bitter legal battle between two local cooperatives are hoping the Minnesota Supreme Court’s hearing of the case Jan. 3 between the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) and Glacial Plains Cooperative will be the end of the road.

It could take several months before the Court’s opinion is released.

Since 2009, the case has gone from the Swift County 8th Judicial District courtroom in Benson, to the Minnesota Court of Appeals, and now finally to the state’s highest court. At both the local and Court of Appeals Glacial Plains won. That has not deterred CVEC’s board from continuing to pursue its cause.

Fri
19
Jan
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Saints top Benson in battle for Swift County

Brandon Rasmusson (23) goes up a shot insde as Noah Thorson (33), Jonas Habben (32), Weston Gjerde, Hunter Gonnerman (30), and others look on during the Saints’ 62-32 victory, Thursday night in Kerkhoven.
Matt Connolly (22) hauls down a rebound in front of teammate Sam Lundebrek and KMS’ Josh Peterson (35).

The Benson boys basketball team dropped two more decisions last week to fall to 0-11 overall.  The Braves, who are also 0-4 in the WCC, lost at Montevideo last Tuesday night, 55-29, and at KMS, Thursday, 62-32.

After scoring 50 and 59 points in back-to-back games in late December, the Braves have been held under 40 points in their last four games.

Benson has three home games scheduled this week, beginning with a game against Morris Area-CA, Tuesday, and continuing with ACGC, Thursday, and Sauk Centre, Friday....

 

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Fri
19
Jan
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Last-second shot gives Atwater-CGC Falcons 44-42 victory over Benson girls

Jenna Smith (25) and Claire Ricard battle for a rebound with several ACGC players during the Braves’ 44-42 loss at home last Tuesday night.

Atwater-CGC rallied from a 23-18 halftime deficit to edge the Braves in the finals seconds last Tuesday night in Benson, 44-42.  Three nights later, Benson trailed only 17-10 at halftime before losing at Morris Area-CA, 49-31.

Benson, which fell to 1-11 overall and 0-7 in the WCC, should have a good chance to pick up win No. 2 this week with a home game against Prinsburg CMCS (1-11 record), Monday, followed by a game at KMS (4-11), Tuesday, and a game at Lakeview (5-10), Friday....

 

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Pictured: Jenna Smith (25) and Claire Ricard battle for a rebound with several ACGC players during the Braves’ 44-42 loss at home last Tuesday night.
 

Fri
19
Jan
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Zosel reaches 100 career wins during Parkers Prairie Invitational

Aaron Zosel earned his 100th win, Saturday.  He is pictured with co-coaches Randy Weber (left) and Scott Thompson.
Adam Zosel (right) was back in action, Thursday night, for the first time since suffering a broken leg during the football season.  His brother, Aaron, reached 100 career victories two days later at the Parkers Prairie Invite.

Aaron Zosel became the 12th Benson High School wrestler to reach 100 career victories at the Parkers Prairie Invitational, Saturday.  

Zosel went 3-1 to place second at 145 pounds, earning his 100th career win in the quarterfinals earlier in the day.

Zosel, who improved to 18-4 for the season, joined Adam Zosel and Jared Knutson as runners-up for Benson, while Dylan Stewart was third at 182 pounds.

Benson, which placed fifth of 11 teams at the Parkers Prairie Invitational, lost two dual meets earlier in the week to drop to 2-5 overall.

Benson fell to ACGC last Tuesday night, 57-19, and also dropped a close decision at home to BOLD, Thursday, 38-36.

The Braves were set to compete at the Quad County triangular, Tuesday with Canby also competing, before wrestling at Minnewaska Area, Friday....

 

Fri
19
Jan
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ELSIE ELFRIEDA AHRNDT

Elsie Elfrieda Ahrndt

Elsie Elfrieda Ahrndt
May 7, 1920 - January 17, 2018
 
Elsie Elfrieda Ahrndt, 97, of Benson, died Wednesday evening, January 17, 2018, at the Gabriel House in Murdock.

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