March 2018

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Spring arrives with more snow

Spring arrived Tuesday with more snow.

It wasn’t much, just a half-inch or so, but it brings our total winter season snowfall to nearly 36 inches. March has now seen 8.5 inches of snow, which is just slightly above its average of 8.43 inches.

During an average winter, the Benson area gets 40.68 inches of snow. With more snow in the forecast for Friday night into Saturday, we could be getting close to that average.

Much of the snowfall the Benson area has seen has come in just the last month. Until Feb. 19, we had received just 11.5 inches of snow. Since Feb. 20, we have picked up an additional 23.3 inches.

While spring arrived with another snowfall, at least the temperatures were relatively warm with the overnight low 27 degrees – 4 degrees above the average low for March 20 of 23 degrees. Our highs now average 41 degrees.

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MBA Bantams, Pee Wees place third and fifth at state tourney

Pictured are members of the MBA Bantams hockey team, which placed third at the State Bantams B Tourney, Friday through Sunday at St. Cloud.

The Morris-Benson Area Bantams and Pee Wees Silver hockey teams competed at the State “B” Tourney this past weekend at St. Cloud.  The MBA Bantams went 2-1 to place third and the Pee Wees also went 2-1 to earn fifth.  For a story about each of the teams, turn to page 4B of the March 21, 2018 edition of the Swift County Monitor-News.

 

For complete coverage on both teams, and to keep up on all the latest in area sports, pick up this week's Swift County Monitor-News, or 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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Cub Scouts and Ducks Unlimited group combine forces for duck house build

Pictured are duck houses built during a recent get-together between members of the Benson Cub Scouts and Prairie Benson Ducks Unlimited Greenwings.  The kids got to keep a duck house (if they wanted) and the extra houses went to DU for use by their committee to continue with wildlife habitat preservation.

The Benson Cub Scouts and the Prairie Benson Ducks Unlimited Green-wings  got together recently for a duck house build project. This was a joint effort headed by Cub Master Jash Evans and DU Committee chair Brady Collins.  “We had parents help the kids build the duck houses at the ambulance garage in Benson, Sunday, March 11,” Evans said.  “The kids each got to keep a house and the extra houses went to DU for use by its committee to continue with wildlife habitat preservation.

“We would like to thank Hawley’s Inc, First Security Bank, Anderson Lumber, Swift County Monitor-News, E&M Electric, Collins Lawn Service, Grossman and Trump, Abner Sales, Swift County Real Estate, KMH Sales, Mike’s Guns, Darold’s SuperValu, Swift County Abstract and Title, Custom Roto Mold, Breen’s Pharmacy and Country Pet for their donations to help make this project possible, and for helping these kids learn and grow.”

 

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Ricard and Berreau earn All-WCC recognition for Benson girls basketball team

Claire Ricard (11), taking a shot against NLS, was named to the All-Conference and All-Area honorable mention teams for 2017-18.

The Benson girls basketball held its season-ending awards banquet, Sunday night, recapping the 2017-18 season in which the Braves went 5-22 overall and 2-12 in the WCC.

The Braves earned an early 59-36 victory over Paynesville, and then ended the season with four wins in its last 14 games.  The five victories is the most for the Benson girls basketball program since 2012-13 when the team went 7-18.

Benson will lose three players to graduation from this year’s team, Courtney McNeill, Grace Lee, and Jenna Smith, but the team does return seven juniors and five sophomores, giving it a great chance to win even more games next season.  During the season-ending banquet, the three seniors each received six-year senior awards.

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Magaard one of eight Saints with at least 20 wins this year

Will Magaard (left) became the sixth KMS wrestler to win a state wrestling gold medal.  He was also one of eight Saints this year with at least 20 wins.

Will Magaard’s state wrestling title capped another great season of wrestling for the KMS wrestling program.  The Saints went 14-6 this year, losing to LPGE-Browerville in the Section 5A finals, 42-15, but sending five wrestlers to the state tourney, including Magaard, who went 4-0 to claim the 106-pound gold medal.

Magaard was ranked first for most of the season at 106 pounds, but wrestled for most of the year at 120 pounds to accommodate a couple of younger wrestlers.

KMS had four wrestlers on this year’s team that have reached 100 career wins.  Seniors Caleb Collins and Jon Tostenson will graduate as members of the KMS 100-win club, while junior Dylan Rudningen and sophomore Will Magaard will return next season for the Saints.

Collins will graduate with 166 career wins, putting him seventh on the all-time list, while Tostenson will graduate with 155 victories, placing him 10th overall.

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Two state entrants highlights season of wrestling for Benson Braves

Aaron Zosel went 33-8 this season in his final year of high school wrestling and will graduate with the seventh-most wins among BHS wrestlers with 116 victories.

The Benson wrestling team had a successful season in 2017-18, going 9-13 overall and sending two wrestlers to the state tourney.  The Braves, who also went 1-5 in the WCC, were seeded sixth in the Section 5A Team Tournament, and were defeated by the third-ranked KMS Saints in the section quarterfinals, 48-24.

Advancing to state from the Benson wrestling team were juniors Hunter Mondor at 120 pounds and Dylan Stewart at 182.  Just missing out were senior Aaron Zosel, who was fourth at 145 pounds during the section meet, and Jared Knutson, a junior who was third at 170 pounds.

Two of the highlights of this season were Aaron Zosel and Jared Knutson joining the BHS 100-win club.  Zosel earned his 100th win during the Parkers Prairie Invitational, Jan. 13, and Knutson notched his 100th victory a few later at KMS, Feb. 1.

They became the 12th and 13th Benson wrestlers to reach 100 career wins.

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REQUEST FOR QUOTES

REQUEST FOR QUOTES
 
Clontarf Township Board will be accepting quotes for gravel, road blading, snow removal, and mowing until 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at its regular meeting at the new Fire Hall in Clontarf.  

Anne Schirmer, Clerk  
Clontarf Twp. Bd.   
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PUBLIC NOTICE

PUBLIC NOTICE

To the residents of Six Mile Grove Township - Anyone who would like chloride application may contact Steve Wersinger. 400 feet will be $245 and 600 feet will be $365. Payment must be made before chloride application. Contact Steve at 320-808-3299 by April 1.     
3-21-2
 

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NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE

NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE

THE RIGHT TO VERIFICATION OF THE DEBT AND IDENTITY OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS ACTION.

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Truth Can't Compete With Lies On Social Media

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

 

“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”

Mark Twain

Twain’s observation about how fast lies travel and how truth is left in the dust is truer today than during his life in the late 1800s. Today, those lies travel with the speed of electronic and social media communications reaching people in even the most remote corners of the world.

A deep, extensive study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) looked at more than 125,000 stories that had been shared by 3 million Twitter users over the decade between 2006 and 2016. It found that falsehoods, misinformation and outright lies traveled six times faster reaching far more people than the truth.

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