February 2018

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LaVayne Langan

LAVAYNE LANGAN

LAVAYNE LANGAN
October 27, 1928 - February 13, 2018

LaVayne Langan passed away on Tuesday, February 13th at her daughter’s home in Reno, NV with family by her side. She was 89 years old.

She was born on October 27, 1928, the daughter of Martin and Goldie Rovang. LaVayne grew up on the family farm in Bryant, South Dakota; she started her education in a one-room school house and graduated with a degree in teaching from Northern State Teachers College in Aberdeen, SD.

Teaching was more than an occupation for LaVayne, it was a passion. She started teaching in Watertown, SD and then moved to Benson, MN in her early 20’s to start the kindergarten program. She had countless wonderful memories of students and colleagues from her time teaching in the Benson school district. She taught for over 50 years and felt privileged to have been part of so many young lives. Multiple generations of families had Mrs. Langan as a teacher.

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Lisa Marie Bonebright

Lisa Marie Bonebright

Lisa Marie Bonebright
September 13, 1963 – February 15, 2018

Lisa Marie Bonebright, 54, of Mitchell, SD, formerly of Benson, Minnesota, died Thursday, February 15, 2018, at her residence in Mitchell, SD.  Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 24, 2018, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson.  Interment will be in St. Francis Catholic Church Cemetery in Benson.  

Lisa Marie Bonebright, 54, was born September 13, 1963 in Estherville, IA, the daughter of Dale and Rosemary Dahl (Soat). She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic Faith. She grew up and attended school in Appleton and Benson. She graduated from Benson High School in 1982, attended the Dental Assistant program at Canby Vo-Tech, and graduated in 1983.

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Caucuses see very low citizen turnout in county

DFL caucus goers gathered at the Northside Elementary School last Tuesday to consider resolutions and vote on a straw ballot for their gubernatorial candidate of choice.
Republicans met at the Benson High School. Caucus turnout was very low for both parties though DFLers had a slight edge.

Nearly 5,000 Swift County citizens voted in the presidential election in 2016. Total county turnout for last Tuesday’s precinct caucuses was 56.

The county’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party saw 31 people attend caucuses in Benson, Kerkhoven and Appleton while Republicans saw 25 people attend their three county caucuses.

DFLers chose District 1 U.S. Rep. Tim Walz of southern Minnesota as their top choice for governor in the straw poll that was conducted during its caucus. Walz received 10 votes to State Auditor Deb Otto’s seven. State Representatives Paul Thissen and Tina Liebling each received three votes and Rep. Erin Murphy got two.

Among the Republican candidates, Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson received 17 votes with the second place finisher Keith Downey far behind with just four votes.

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PUC asked to reconsider Benson Power closing vote

Vote sets stage for Xcel Energy to buy, close biomass power plant

 

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

Arguing that closing the Benson Power, LLC, biomass electric generation plant would adversely affect the environment and state economy, and violate guaranteed state contractual obligations, multiple petitioners are seeking to keep the facility open.

North American Fertilizer/Beaver Creek Transport, the Minnesota Timber Association, and the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, are asking the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to reverse its order allowing Xcel Energy to proceed with the purchase and closing of Benson Power.

North American Fertilizer (NAF) is the company adjacent to Benson Power that processes the ash from the plant’s burning a mix of wood chips and turkey into fertilizer.

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As interest rates rise, so do county interest earnings

Swift County earned $170,000 in interest income on its investments in 2017. The earnings are due to a combination of more funds to invest and interest rates that are starting to creep up.

In all, the county had $20,141,095 invested at the end of 2017. But not all of that is made up of funds the county has sitting in reserves for general operations.

Nearly $5.2 million of the investment funds were just added this past year in the form of a bond sale to pay for renovations at the Swift County courthouse and at Countryside Public Health in Benson. Those monies are already being paid out to contractors. Another $1 million in funds are in a reserve that has been built up over the past several years from the county’s self-insurance health plan. There is $3.3 million in the road and bridge fund.

There is $5.09 million in the general revenue fund reserve. Other investment funds are tied to economic development and human services.

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Three earn All-Conference as gymnasts place second at WCC Gymnastics Meet

Mariah Ahrndt, shown performing on the uneven bars, placed second in the all-around at the WCC Meet.  She also ended the season with the most points of any WCC gymnast.

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team recorded one of the best team scores in school history on the way to placing second at the WCC Gymnastics Meet, Saturday at Morris.  Benson-KMS recorded a 138.85 team total to place second behind Melrose, which scored 142.875.  

That is the best team score since the 2004-05 season when the Fighting Braves scored a school record 141.375.  In fact, that is the only season in school history when Benson-KMS scored better than the 138.85 team total, and this year’s WCC team total is unofficially the sixth-best team total in school history.

“It was great to have everyone back in the lineup, Saturday, and achieve a team high-score of 138.85,” coach Kathy Ahrndt said.  “Every team member performed outstanding routines on all four events to reach the season high.”

Mariah Ahrndt, Halle Hanson, and Makenna Kelley led the Benson-KMS gymnastics team at the WCC meet with top-five finishes in the all-around.  

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Benson claims two wins at home quadrangular

Mike Nagler (top) went 2-1 at the Benson quadrangular last week, including a 6-4 win over his Ortonville opponent above as the Braves also went 2-1 to improved to 9-12 for the season.

The Benson wrestling team ended the regular-season on a high note after winning 2-of-3 at the Benson quadrangular, Thursday night.  The Braves ended the season with a 9-12 overall record, but went 6-3 over their final nine matches.

The Braves topped Sauk Centre-Melrose (54-21) and Ortonville (48-30) in two of the matches at the quadrangular, but Paynesville edged Benson for the title, 42-39.

The Braves also earned the sixth seed in the upcoming Section 5A Team Wrestling Tournament.  Benson is set to face third-seeded KMS at 7 p.m., Tuesday (yesterday) in Kerkhoven.

“We are peaking at the right time,” Benson co-head coach Scott Thompson said.  “We have been focusing on basic positions and the guys are catching on. We’re very excited for Tuesday (against KMS).  We’ll need to flip a few matches and it’ll be a great dual.”

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MBA boys fall to WDC and Prairie Centre

A Prairie Centre skater gets ready to unload a shot on MBA goalie Chase Engebretson as Hunter Gades (20) tries to come out to block the shot.

The MBA boys hockey lost twice last week to drop to 7-11-1 overall.  The Storm lost a close game at Wadena-DC last Monday night, 7-5, ending a three-game winning streak for the Storm, and MBA also fell to Prairie Centre, 8-1, in a game played Thursday night in Benson.

Only two regular-season games remain for MBA, which is set to open up the Section 6A Boys Hockey Tournament, Saturday.

The Storm were set to play at Breckenridge-Wahpeton, Tuesday (yesterday) and host Marshall, Thursday (tomorrow) in Benson before opening up the section tourney Saturday against an opponent yet to be determined.

MBA will earn the 10th seed and is most-likely set to play at the seventh seed, which could be Wadena-DC, Fergus Falls, or River Lakes.  St. Cloud Cathedral (17-5) and Sartell-St. Stephen (16-7) are the top two teams in the section.

The Section 6A Tourney continues Tuesday, Feb. 20, Feb. 24, and Thursday, March 1 with the championship in St. Cloud....

 

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Benson girls lose to pair of area powers

Abbie Mitteness sets up the Benson offense while members of the student section look on from behind.  Benson has home games remaining Feb. 15 (Hancock) and Feb. 20 (Melrose).

The Benson girls basketball team played a couple of the top teams in the area last week, which should help it get ready for the upcoming Section 3AA Tourney, set to begin Thursday, Feb. 22.

The Braves lost at Yellow Medicine East last Monday night, 91-54, and also fell to the state’s top-ranked Class AA team, Sauk Centre, 72-35, in a game played Friday in Benson.

The Braves fell to 3-19 overall and 1-10 in the conference with the two losses.  Only four more games remain on the regular-season schedule, including three this week.  Benson was set to play at BOLD, Tuesday, host Hancock, Thursday, and play at Montevideo, Friday.

 

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Braves can’t hold lead as YME rallies for 48-44 win

Sam Lundebrek (middle) pulls down a rebound before going up for a shot and being fould during the Braves’ 48-44 loss to YME last week.

The Benson boys basketball team just missed picking up its first win of the season during a 48-44 home loss to Yellow Medicine East last Monday night.  The Braves held the lead several times during the game, including midway through the second half, but the Sting held off Benson to earn its second victory of the season.

The Braves also lost at ACGC, Thursday, 71-30, putting Benson’s record at 0-21 overall and 0-10 in the WCC.

Benson has four more regular-season games to pick up its first win.  The Braves were set to host Minnewaska Area, Tuesday  and Montevideo, Friday, before closing out the regular-season the following week with road games against Morris and Sauk Centre....

 

For more on this story, and to keep up on all the latest in area sports, subscribe to the Swift County Monitor-News print edition or our PDF internet edition. Call 320-843-4111 and you can get all the local news and sports delivered to you!

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