April 2018

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Koenen to run against Miller in 17A

Lyle Koenen

Former Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Minnesota state senator and representative Lyle Koenen has been endorsed in District 17A to run against incumbent Republican Tim Miller.

Koenen, 61, won unanimous support at the March 17 District 17A convention. District 17A includes all of Swift, Chippewa and Renville counties and the four southern Kandiyohi townships of Edwards, Holland, Roseland and Lake Lillian.

Koenen was elected to five two-year terms in the Minnesota House serving from 2002 to early 2012. He was elected to the state Senate in a special election April 10 following the death of Sen. Gary Kubly in 2012.

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Path is cleared for Xcel to purchase Benson Power

Two potential roadblocks to Xcel Energy purchasing Benson Power, LLC, were overcome in the past week clearing the way for its eventual shutdown.

A Cass County lawsuit brought by the Associated Contract Loggers & Truckers of Minnesota seeking a temporary injunction on the closure of Benson Power was dismissed. Second, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission published its order allowing Xcel to end the power purchase agreement with Benson Power, buy the plant, and close it.

Loggers and truckers had filed for the injunction stating that Xcel Energy knew that biomass was a more expensive source of power than other sources when it signed the contract to buy about 125 megawatts of green power in exchange for storing nuclear waste casks on Prairie Island. The “biomass mandate” deal was reached with the Legislature in 1994 and amended in 1996.

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Peterson works for rural Minnesota in D.C., but finds effort frustrating

Swift County-Benson Health Services CEO Kurt Waldbillig listens to U.S. 7th District Rep. Collin Peterson, DFL-Detroit Lakes, talk about trying to get things done in Washington, D.C., that protects rural hospitals and communities. Peterson was in town March 28 to meet with local leaders and businesses.

You think Washington, D.C., looks bad on television and in the news reports you read – it is actually much, much worse, U.S. 7th District Rep. Collin Peterson said during a trip to Benson last Wednesday.

Extreme positions on both sides are leading to nothing getting done in Congress, Peterson said. “Ideology run amuck” is preventing work on critical legislation, including a new farm bill.

The “Blue Dog” Democratic was in Benson to meet with local government and community leaders, and industry representatives. Peterson, one of the last of the conservative Democrats in the U.S. House who is willing to buck his party’s stands on issues, is running for his 15th term.

Peterson’s 7th Congressional District is considered a plus 13-point district for Republicans. No other district in the country comes close to supporting a Democrat in such red territory. The next nearest is a district that is plus 5 for Republicans.

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Marx H. "Max" Rethwisch

Marx Henry "Max" Rethwisch

MARX H. "MAX" RETHWISCH
October 28, 1925 - April 3, 2018

Marx Henry "Max" Rethwisch, 92, of Minnetonka, Minnesota passed away peacefully April 3, 2018.  A memorial service will be conducted at 11 am, Monday, April 9, at Mount Olivert Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Avenue South, Minneapolis.  A visitation is scheduled for the hour prior to the memorial service.

Max was born Oct. 28,1925, in Frazee, Minnesota, to Rudy and Tina Rethwisch. In his teens, he was an avid hunter and golfer (years later, when he was in his 70s, he would shoot two holes in one). He graduated from Frazee High School in 1943, having lettered in football, baseball and basketball.  After graduation, he spent four months in the United States Navy before returning to Frazee to work for the Post Office and for Rethwisch's Oil Company, the service station owned and operated by his parents.

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Former player speaks to Benson softball team

Kayla (Svor) Carlson (back row, far left), a 2004 Benson High School graduate and daughter of Steve and Gail Svor, spoke to members of the Benson softball recently during a team-building event.

Kayla (Svor) Carlson (back row, far left), a 2004 Benson High School graduate and daughter of Steve and Gail Svor, spoke to members of the Benson softball recently during a team-building event.  She spent time with the players, discussing goal setting and teamwork, being flexible with what you play, and being resilient in life, among other topics. 

Kayla was a three sport athlete at BHS, playing volleyball, basketball and softball and earning MVP honors in all three sports her senior year.  She went on to play middle hitter for the Concordia Cobbers volleyball team as well as outfield for their softball team.  She is currently married with two children, and is a kindergarten teacher in Rosemount. 

 

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2018 Benson Racquetball Tournament

From left to right in front are Wendy Wharem, Bob Erdman, and Joe Carruth.  Back -- Joe Langan, Ron Vadnais, Kent Bosch, Paul Beyer, Rob Hoffman, and Rex Ruppert.  Not pictured were Quinn Hoffman, Jamil Farhat, and Luke Kobbermann.

Pictured above are competitors of the 2018 Benson Racquetball Tournament, which took place Monday, March 12 at the Swift County Racquet and Fitness Center.  Winning the tournament was Bob Erdman, while Rob Hoffman was second and Ron Vadnais third. 

From left to right in front are Wendy Wharem, Bob Erdman, and Joe Carruth.  Back -- Joe Langan, Ron Vadnais, Kent Bosch, Paul Beyer, Rob Hoffman, and Rex Ruppert.  Not pictured were Quinn Hoffman, Jamil Farhat, and Luke Kobbermann.

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Spring sports to get late start

Shortstop Matt Tolifson touches second and then rifles a throw to first to complete a double play as centerfielder Aaron Zosel comes up to watch.  Both players are back as leaders for this year’s team.
Jon Tostenson (right) hands off to Jacob Stallings during the boys 3200 meter relay.  The track teams compete at Morris, April 10.

Pictured, top:  Shortstop Matt Tolifson touches second and then rifles a throw to first to complete a double play as centerfielder Aaron Zosel comes up to watch.  Both players are back as leaders for this year’s team.

Pictured, bottom:  Jon Tostenson (right) hands off to Jacob Stallings during the boys 3200 meter relay.  The track teams compete at Morris, April 10.

 

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Inaugural KMS golf teams to begin play Thursday, April 19

Alissa Maurer tees off for the girls golf team last year.  Benson and KMS went their separate ways this spring, and Maurer is one of six girls out for Benson golf in 2018.

The newest spring sports teams at Benson and KMS High Schools are the KMS girls and boys golf teams, which were set to open up the season with a Camden Conference meet hosted by the Willmar Community Christian School, Thursday, April 19.

The KMS golf teams, coached by Megan Amundson, will play in the Camden Conference and play meets at MACCRAY, YME, Lac qui Parle, Dawson-Boyd, RCW, and Marshall before taking part in the Section 5A Boys and Girls Golf Tournaments.

The BHS school board voted to drop KMS from the sports cooperative and Benson went from Section 3AA to Section 5A this spring.  However, that left Benson High School with only two boys and six girls out for golf this spring.

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Colleen J. Vergin

Colleen J. Vergin
October 13, 1932 - March 6, 2018
 
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CITY OF BENSON - BOARD OF REVIEW

Notice is hereby given that the Board of Review of the City of Benson, MN in Swift County will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 16, 2018, in the City Council Chambers at 1410 Kansas Ave. for the purpose of reviewing and correcting the assessment of said City for the year 2018. There will also be an informal review on April 16, 2018 from 4:30 p.m to 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers for any persons wishing to meet with the County Assessor. All persons considering themselves aggrieved by said assessment, or who wish to complain that the property of another is assessed too low, are hereby notified to appear at said meeting, and show cause of having such assessment correcte.
No complaint that another person is assessed too low will be acted upon until the person so assessed, or his agent, shall have been notified of such complaint.
 
Dated this 31st day of March 2018
/s/ Terri Collins           
Mayor

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