March 2018

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NOTICE OF ELECTION

NOTICE OF ELECTION

 The Annual Election of Town Officers and Annual Township Meeting for Benson Township, Swift County will be held Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at the Town Hall in Section 10.  The Annual Meeting will begin at  4:00 p.m.     Election poll hours will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., at which time the voters will elect a supervisor for a three-year term and a Clerk for a two-year term.  In case of inclement weather, the meeting and election may be postponed until March 20.    The Board of Canvass will meet Thursday, March 15, 2018 to certify the election results.
 Grant Herfindahl, Clerk
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HOFF TOWNSHIP NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS

HOFF TOWNSHIP NOTICE OF
ANNUAL MEETING AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Notice is hereby given to the qualified voters of Hoff Township, County of Pope, State of Minnesota that the annual election of town officers and annual town meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at West Zion Church. Offices open for election are: One Supervisor - 3 year term. One Clerk - 2 year term.  The annual meeting will be from 4:00-5:00 p.m. The tax levy and mail-in ballots will be discussed. Election polls will be open from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Board of Canvass will meet immediately after the polls are closed and the votes are counted. In case of inclement weather, the meeting and election will be held on March 20, 2018 at the same location and times.  
Joanna Rustad, Hoff Town Clerk
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Muriel Della Meichsner

Muriel Della Meichsner

Muriel D. Meichsner, 82
Sauk Rapids
July 31, 1935 – March 5, 2018
 
Muriel Della Meichsner, 82, of 520 6th Avenue North, Sauk Rapids, returned to her heavenly home Monday, March 5, 2018 at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids. Her devotion to family and her firm belief in Jesus as her Savior supported her in illness and ultimately gave her peace.

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Rose Anne Wogan

Rose Anne Wogan

Rose Anne Wogan
June 25, 1939 – March 5, 2018

Rose Anne Wogan, age 78, of Benson, died Monday, March 5, 2018 at Rice Memorial Hospital.  Visitation will be held 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson.  Visitation will continue 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., Friday, March 9, 2018, followed by the Funeral Service at 1:30 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church.  Interment will be held at a later date in the Benson City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred

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James Willard Murray

James W. Murray

James W. Murray
October 25, 1927 - March 5, 2018

James W. Murray, age 90, of Benson, died Monday, March 5, 2018 at Swift County Benson Health Services.  Visitation will be held 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 9, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson.  Visitation will continue 10 – 11 a.m., Saturday, March 10, 2018, followed by the Funeral Service at 11 a.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church.  Interment will be in the Benson City Cemetery. 

Fri
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Group looks for ways to make BHS sports more competitive

Sticky notes stating good things about BHS and its challenges were sorted into categories at a Feb. 19 meeting attended by parents, grandparents, coaches, teachers, and interested District 777 residents. The primary objective of the meeting was to look for ways to improve the competitiveness of the high school’s athletic programs.

A group of 45 Benson Public Schools residents attended a two-and-a-half hour meeting Feb. 19 hoping to find solutions for improving the performance of athletic programs that have been struggling for years now.

It’s not all about winning, those at the meeting agreed, but Benson High School sports must become at least competitive in its sports. For that to happen, tthere has to be accountability from what is seen as the pyramid of authority.

It starts with citizens who are the voters. Then goes to their elected representatives on the board of education – Chair Chad Payne, Gary Williams, Bill McGeary, Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Mary Langan, Tammy Gunlogson, and Paul Carruth.  They want leadership from Supt. Dennis Laumeyer, who answers to the school board. From there it goes to the activities director and the coaches.

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School board reviews its safety, security measures

Locked facilities during the day, school police officer, awareness of potential problems keys

With each school shooting that happens in America, thousands of schools around the nation reexamine their active shooter drills and facility security. Benson Public Schools is no exception.

Following the killing of 14 students and three faculty Feb. 14 at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in south Florida, District 777 Board of Education chair Chad Payne called Supt. Dennis Laumeyer.

“I don’t think either one of us slept much that night,” he told fellow school board members at their Feb. 20 regular meeting. Payne said he was looking for an update on where Benson Public Schools were as far as student safety and security.

“It isn’t right,” he said of the murder of the school children, choking up as made the statement.

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Financing signed for assisted living - memory care facility

With United States Department of Agriculture economic development assistance in hand, Swift County-Benson Health Services signed the financing deal with Bremer Bank of Willmar Friday that will fund construction of a new assisted living-memory care facility.

Bremer is lending $7.352 million toward a project with a total cost around $10 million. A $750,000 loan from the Sonsteng Foundation to SCBHS is helping with the project financing. The Sonsteng Foundation had also committed earlier to making a $50,000 annual donation to SCBHS for 10 years.

The SCBHS Foundation has committed around $300,000 toward the project. Past and future cash contributions from SCBHS are also counted as part of the financing package.

The financing leads the way to construction getting underway on a 46-unit assisted living facility of which 18 units will be dedicated to memory care. It is being constructed adjacent to the south side of Scofield Place and east of the SCBHS....

 

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Benson boys end regular-season 0-25

Will Enderson tries to drive past KMS’ Brandon Rasmusson during a game at KMS earlier this season.

The Benson boys basketball team ended the regular-season with an 0-25 record after falling to Morris Area-CA (62-38) and Sauk Centre (62-32) last Thursday and Friday, respectively.

The Braves now get set for the start of the Section 3AA Tournament.  Benson was seeded eighth and was set to play at top-seeded Minnewaska Area at 7 p.m., Saturday.

The Section 3AA Tourney continues March 8, 10 and the 3AA title game at 8 p.m., Saturday, March 15 at SMSU in Marshall.

Following Minnewaska Area in the north half seedings are NLS, Redwood Valley, Morris Area, ACGC, Paynesville Area, Montevideo, and Benson.

The top teams in the other half of the draw are Fairmont (17-6) and Pipestone Area (14-10)....

 

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Five Saints and two Braves qualify to State Wrestling Meet

Dylan Stewart (right) came back to win a true-second match at 182.
Caleb Collins (top) earned KMS’ second section title at 145 pounds.

Mondor, Stewart qualify for Braves
 

The Benson wrestling team competed at the Section 5A Individual Wrestling Tournament, Saturday at Minnewaska Area, and two Braves went on to qualify for this week’s State Wrestling Tourney by placing second.

Junior Hunter Mondor went 2-1 at 120 pounds to place second, and he will be joined at state by junior Dylan Stewart, who went 4-1 at 182 pounds, earning a true-second victory.

The opening round of the Class A Tourney is set for 1 p.m., Friday at the ExCel Centre in St. Paul.

Just missing out on a state berth were Aaron Zosel and Jared Knutson.  Zosel lost by one point in the semifinals and went on to place fourth, while Knutson lost by two points in the semifinals and, after coming back to place third, missed out on a chance for a true-second match by one point.

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