February 2018

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LEGAL NOTICE - CLONTARF TOWNSHIP

The Clontarf Township Board will begin having its REGULAR MONTHLY meetings the 1st Tuesday of each month at the NEW FIRE HALL in Clontarf, MN. The annual Meeting in March will be the 2nd Tuesday of March.

Anne Schirmer, Clerk, Clontarf TWP Board

 

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Suzette Joan Kaercher-Blake

Sue Kaercher-Blake

Suzette Jone Kaercher-Blake

January 5, 1965 - February 5, 2018

Mundwiler and Larson Funeral Home announces the death of Sue Kaercher-Blake, age 53, resident of Ortonville, MN.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 10, at 11:00 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Ortonville.  Rev. Richard Larson will officiate.  Visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m.  Visitation will continue on Saturday, one hour prior to the service.

Ortonville and Big Stone County have lost one of their most optimistic personalities, community advocate, and longtime business promoter with the passing of Sue Kaercher-Blake, age 53, on Monday, Feb. 5th, 2018, Ortonville native and owner-publisher of The Ortonville Independent and The Northern Star weekly newspaper.

Suzette Jone Kaercher-Blake was born in Ortonville on January 5th, 1965, the daughter of James Kaercher and Jeanette (Buechler) Kaercher.

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Candidates For Governor Need To Grasp Rural Needs

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

Last Friday nine candidates running to be our next governor sat down to be questioned on rural issues at an event sponsored by the Center for Rural Policy & Development and the Minnesota Newspaper Association.

Though the November election is still months away, this is a crucial sorting out time in the election process.  Republican and Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) candidates have been traveling the state seeking support as the Feb. 6 caucuses draw near.

Those caucuses feature a non-binding straw poll where citizens vote their support for their favorite candidate. Those who make a strong showing get a boost propelling them ahead of the pack and toward endorsement at the state conventions in the first week of June.

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Swift County board weighs costs, needs for future building projects

As major renovations to the Swift County Courthouse and the Countryside Public Health buildings in Benson draw toward completion, the board of commissioners is looking at addressing the next phase of construction projects.

Those projects are aimed at meeting space and maintenance needs at the Human Services building, the Swift County Law Enforcement Center (LEC) and Jail, the county attorney’s office, the highway department, and the 6W Community Corrections office space in the basement of the LEC.

In July 2017, the county board approved a $5.105 million general obligation capital improvement plan bond sale to pay for renovations to the courthouse and the Countryside buildings. The new projects, which could be addressed in the coming years, would cost at least another $5 million.

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PUC issues order approving Benson Power closing

Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission’s issued an order Jan. 23 approving Xcel Energy’s purchase of Benson Power, LLC, ending the power purchase agreement that required it to buy the plant’s electricity through 2028, and shutting it down.

A 20-day process is now underway in which those opposed to the PUC’s decision ask it to reconsider its decision. If a request for reconsideration is filed, the PUC has 60 days to review the request and make a final decision.

“It affirmed exactly what the Legislature intended,” Benson City Manager Robert Wolfington said Monday of the PUC’s order. “Part of their intent was that their action be scrutinized by the PUC. The PUC scrutinized it, and they affirmed the Legislature’s intent.”

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Habben wins 34th annual Spelltacular Spelling Bee

Pictured are the participants of this year’s Spelltacular Spelling Bee, which took place Thursday night at the Northside Gym.  From left to right in front are Nick Bolduc, Jon Ilstrup, Hailee Ellingson, Amelia Hoffman, and Natalie Collins.  Second row -- Chaden Carroll, Jed Sherod, Taylor Duncan, Hunter LeClair, Blake Nagler, Eleanor Habben, and Katelyn Kobbermann.  Back -- Shukri Mohamed, Isabella Wolter, Azura Goodall, Kiara Schilling, Imani Brehmer, Olivia Kettner, and Kaitlyn Sondag.

Eighth-grader Eleanor Habben won the 34th annual Spelltacular Spelling Bee, which took place Thursday night in the Northside Elementary gym.  The daughter of Kentt and Emily Habben of Benson, she advances to the Regional Spelling Bee, set for Feb. 6 at Redwood Falls.  Placing second was Jed Sherod, the eighth-grade son of Jayson and Steph Sherod.  Twenty-six Benson 5th-8th graders qualified for the Spelltacular Spelling Bee, and 20 took part in the championship round, Thursday night.

Some of the final words used in this year’s competition were:  Chesapeake, segregation, defensiveness, vegetation, and hoarsely.  The local coordinator for the Spelling Bee is Cory Braaten, while this year’s pronouncer was Traci Pahl, and the judges were Kim Ulland, Rhonda Schwendemann, and Mary Weckwerth....

 

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Benson earns fifth at WCC Team Tourney

Mason Abner (right) tries to bring down an opponent as co-head coach Scott Thompson (left) looks on.

The Benson wrestling team had five matches last week, going 2-3 overall.  The Braves, who improved to 5-10 overall, lost both matches at the Osakis triangular, Thursday, falling to Border West (41-27) and Osakis (35-33).

Two days later, the Braves hosted the WCC Team Tournament, won by ACGC with a 34-24 win over Minnewaska Area.  Benson went 2-1, winning the consolation title with a 45-27 victory over Sauk Centre-Melrose.

This week, Benson was set to compete at the Barnesville triangular, Tuesday before competing at KMS, Thursday....

 

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Pictured: Mason Abner (right) tries to bring down an opponent as co-head coach Scott Thompson (left) looks on.
 

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KMS boys 8-8 after win over CGB

Weston Gjerde (middle) floats through the lane during a game earlier this season against Benson while being guarded by Matt Connolly (22), Jonas Habben (32) and Will Enderson.

The KMS boys basketball team split its two games last week, winning a non-conference game at Clinton-GB last Tuesday night, 67-59, but falling in a close game at Lac qui Parle, Thursday, 55-52.

The Saints are 8-8 overall and 4-7 in the conference heading into this week’s games, which includes a home game with Buffalo Lake-HS, Monday, and a game at Dawson-Boyd, Tuesday....

 

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!

 

Pictured: Weston Gjerde (middle) floats through the lane during a game earlier this season against Benson while being guarded by Matt Connolly (22), Jonas Habben (32) and Will Enderson .

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Gymnasts fall short vs. NLS

Torie Andrews performs on the floor exercise during a recent home meet against Melrose.

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team dropped to 4-2 overall with a 137.95-134.125 loss at New London-Spicer last Tuesday night.

It was the fourth-straight meet the Fighting Braves have scored above 130 points and the seventh time in eight meets, but it wasn’t enough to beat the Wildcats, who are also part of Section 6A.

Benson-KMS is set to host its final home meet in Benson, Friday, Feb. 2 versus Hendricks before getting ready for the WCC Meet, Saturday, Feb. 10 at Morris....

 

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Pictured: Torie Andrews performs on the floor exercise during a recent home meet against Melrose.

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Magaard reaches 100 wins during victory over NLS

Will Magaard (top) became the 36th KMS wrestler to reach 100 career wins last week against NLS.

The KMS wrestling team added another wrestler to the 100-win club last week as sophomore Will Magaard reached his 100th career win during a 50-22 victory over NLS last Tuesday night in Kerkhoven.

Magaard, who became the 36th KMS wrestler to reach 100 career wins, was also one of five KMS wrestlers earning championships during the Alexandria Wrestling Tournament, Saturday.  Just a sophomore, Magaard could have a chance to crack the KMS top-five by the time he graduates.

He was joined on the top stand of the victory podium by Jared Carlson, Jon Tostenson, Caleb Collins, and Ryan Torkelson.  The Saints placed third of seven teams at the Alexandria Tourney in a meet won by Detroit Lakes and the host team placing second.

KMS, which improved to 10-5 overall with the win over the Wildcats, is set to host Benson for a match in Kerkhoven, Thursday....

 

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