June 2018

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Jun
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Supreme Court rules CVEC-GPC grain contract can end

Since it was constructed in the mid-1990s, the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company has received its grain from Glacial Plains Cooperative, which constructed its grain handling facilty adjacent to the plant. The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled that CVEC can end what GPC thought was a permanent contract.

Minnesota’s Supreme Court ruled June 6 that the contract for corn supply between the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) and Glacial Plains Cooperative (GPC) is not of perpetual duration, overturning an earlier ruling from both the 8th Judicial District Court and state Court of Appeals.

It has remanded the case to the district court to now determine what is a “reasonable” amount of time for notice to end the grain handling contract.

“CVEC argues that given the 20-year length of the contractual relationship thus far, ‘as a matter of law’ the contract must have already lasted a reasonable time. We disagree,” the Court stated in its findings.

Fri
15
Jun
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Ricard, Schiller, Ahrndt earn BKMS girls track awards

Claire Ricard earned MVP honors for the girls track team in 2018.  She is pictured above competing at the sub-section meet at Minnewaska Area two weeks ago.

The Benson-KMS girls track and field team recently announced its season-ending awards for 2018.  Seniors lost to graduation from this year’s girls track teams are Ellie Schiller, Chasey Arndt, Amiah Akerson, and Dacotah Rohner

•  Selected as MVP of the girls’ track team for 2018 is sophomore Claire Ricard, who competed in the 300 meter hurdles, pole vault, discus, and relays this season.
She had her hand in all of her team’s points at the section meet this season, including a third-place finish in the 300 meter hurdles with a time that was a half-second away from qualifying to state.

Earning the Most Improved Award was Ellie Schiller, who competed in the shot put and discus, and selected for the Coaches’ Award was Mariah Ahrndt, who competed in the high jump, long jump, triple jump, and relays.

Fri
15
Jun
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Maurer earns All-WCC in girls golf

Pictured from left to right at the Section 5A Golf Meet at Eagle Creek were Benson girls golf coach Adam Jensen, Katelyn Young, Danielle Reuss, Stacy Johnson, Alissa Maurer, Anna Samuelson, and Ben Peterson.
Alissa Maurer, an eighth-grader, earned All-Conference for the girls golf team in 2018.

Lac qui Parle followed up its 340 first-day total with a 336 during the Section 5A Finals, Wednesday, May 30 at Eagle Creek Golf Course in Willmar to win the Section 5A girls golf title by 65 strokes over runnerup BBE.

Minneota finished third with an 809 total, while Benson was fourth with an 841 total on rounds of 413 during the semifinals and 428 during last week’s Section 5A finals.

Lac qui Parle qualified its entire team to the June 12-13 State Class A Golf Tournament, while also advancing to state were the top five golfers from all the other section teams -- Sirada Chithong of Lakeview (84-78--162), Jacqueline Gossen of BBE (85-85--170), Jaden Gossen of BBE (83-92--175, Mikayla Rassett of Ortonville (91-86--177), and Abbi Morris of Canby (6-89--185).

Lac qui Parle also had the top two medalists as Rachel Halvorson was first with a 157 on rounds of 77 and 80, and Abby Stender was second on rounds of 82 and 79 for a 161 total.

Fri
15
Jun
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Wabasso shuts out KMS again in 3A final, 5-0

Dylan Rudningen pitches for the Saints during action in 2018 as secondbaseman Ryan Torkelson looks on.  The Saints came up two wins short of reaching the State Baseball Tournament.

Saints end season with 20-4 record and perfect record in Camden Conference
 

The KMS baseball team ran into a very strong pitcher during the Section 3A Baseball Tournament and the results were two losses to Wabasso, including a 5-0 loss to the Jackrabbits in the section title game, Thursday at Milroy.

KMS went 4-2 overall during the tournament to place second.  The Saints fell to Wabasso in the upper bracket finals a week earlier by the same 5-0 score, but KMS stayed alive with a thrilling 5-4 win over Lac qui Parle last Tuesday night at Granite Falls.

That put the Saints in the title game against Wabasso, Thursday, but Nick Altermatt struck out 10 KMS batters on the way to the 5-0 complete-game, three-hit masterpiece.  One week earlier, Altermatt also struck out 10 KMS batters over 6 2/3 innings, giving up five hits.

Fri
15
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Hoium, Habben, Reese named All-WCC in tennis

Eric Hoium led the Braves in wins and also was one of three Benson-KMS players named to the All-Conference team for 2018.

The Benson-KMS boys tennis team ended the season with a 2-11 overall record, which also included a 2-3 mark within the WCC.  Minnewaska Area won the WCC title this season with a 5-0 record, followed by YME (4-1), LQP-DB (3-2), Benson-KMS (2-3), Montevideo (1-4), and MACCRAY (0-5).

Junior Eric Hoium highlighted the season by placing fourth at the Section 6A Individual Boys Tennis Tournament and will go into his final season of high school tennis with a career record of 65-27 after going 15-5 this season to lead the Braves.

Hoium, the second seed, won his first two matches, but then lost a 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-2) marathon match with third-seeded Josh Proehl, of NLS, in the semifinals before also losing in the third-place match.

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Gladys Ilene Lysen

Gladys Ilene Lysen

GLADYS ILENE LYSEN
September 20, 1924 - June 14, 2018

Gladys Ilene Lysen, 93, of Benson, Minnesota, died Thursday, June 14, 2018, at Gabriel House in Murdock.  
Visitation was from 5-7 p.m., followed by a Prayer Service at 7 p.m., Monday, June 18, 2018, at Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in Benson.  Visitation continued from 1-2 p.m., followed by the Funeral Service at 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at the church.  Interment was in the Benson City Cemetery.  

Gladys Ilene Lysen was born September 20, 1924 to Ernest and Mayme (Gainey) Gunderson in Benson.  She was baptized and confirmed at the Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ.  Gladys grew up in Benson Township and attended country school through the eighth grade.

Wed
13
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Water Wars On the Horizon

Today’s U.S. Drought Monitor shows a growing area of deep brown covering portions of New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah. It indicates an area suffering an exceptional drought – the worst possible. Spots of brown also appear in Oklahoma, west Texas and southwest Kansas.

Areas suffering an exceptional drought experience water emergencies, water rationing, the loss of cropland and pastures. They see streams and small bodies of water drying up. Their reservoirs fall to dangerous levels. Wildfires become a persistent hazard. Livestock herds have to be reduced or sold off.

Surrounding the brown areas is an even larger area of deep red indicating extreme drought conditions. Farmers in these areas also find it impossible to grow crops. There are widespread water shortages; surface waters are disappearing.

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13
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SUMMONS AND NOTICE

SUMMONS AND NOTICE
CHILD IN NEED OF PROTECTION OR SERVICES MATTER

STATE OF MINNESOTA
SWIFT COUNTY    
DISTRICT COURT
EIGHTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
Court File No. 76-JV-18-181
Case Type: Juvenile

Fri
08
Jun
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After five years, restored jukebox returns to bakery

Toby Johannessen, owner of the Benson Bakery, holds up the jackets of two records that were on the Seeburg jukebox when it was shutdown in the 1980s: “Islands in the Stream,” by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, released in 1983, and Willie Nelson’s “City of New Orleans,” released in 1985. This photo was taken in 2013, when Kenny Amundson was talking with Johannessen about taking on the Seeburg’s restoration.

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher

 

This story starts with a quarter at the Benson Bakery, an old jukebox, and a child’s memory of great times growing up in the city.

“When I was a kid here in Benson more than just a few of us would go the bakery like big shots and order something and turn the jukebox on,” Kenny Amundson recalls. “You didn’t see the jukebox because it was in the basement. But we could put a quarter in the slot (of the player) on the wall and get three songs. I really remember that.”

Born at the Swift County-Benson Hospital in 1945, Amundson lived on a farm between Clontarf and Hancock. When he was five the family moved to Benson and when he was 14 years old, the Amundsons moved to the Twin Cities.

Fri
08
Jun
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Last hurdles to the purchase, shutdown of Benson Power closer to being cleared

Last Friday Benson was scheduled to get its first $4 million payment from the settlement with Xcel Energy and the Minnesota Legislature that will lead to the closing of Benson Power, LLC, later this summer.

The payment is to be followed by $6 million payments in 2019 and 2020, with a final $3 million payment coming in 2021, bringing the total to $20 million.

However, City Manager Rob Wolfington told the Benson council Monday night that there are two hurdles still to clear before the payments can start.

First, the North Dakota Public Utilities Commission has to give its approval of the purchase and closure of the 55-megawatt biomass power plant in Benson.

A work session of the North Dakota PUC was set for June 11, at which time it was going to determine whether or not it would conduct a public hearing to listen to appeals by workers at Laurentian Energy Authority (LEA) and suppliers working with Benson Power.

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