June 2018

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Benson enforcing ordinance governing backyard pools

Last year five residents of Benson bought and installed above ground pools in their backyards thinking they would provide a place to cool off on a hot summer’s day and be great for kids to play in as well.

There was just one problem with all the pools – their installation didn’t comply with the Benson city ordinance. If the residents couldn’t comply with the law, they had to remove the pools.

Now, two more cases of people putting in backyard above ground pools have come up this spring. And, again, those installing them were not aware that the city had a law governing their use, City Manager Rob Wolfington told the Benson City Council at its meeting Monday night.

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Harriet Mortenson

 Harriet Mortenson

HARRIET MORTENSON
January 28, 1926 • June 4, 2018

Harriet Mortenson, 92, of Marshall, Minnesota (formerly of St. Louis Park) died  Monday, June 4, 2018, at Morningside Heights Care Center in Marshall. Visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, 2018, with the Funeral service 10:30 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden Valley.  Following a reception, Interment is at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis at 1:15 p.m.

Harriet Marion Flaten was born January 28, 1926, in Camp Lake Township, Swift County, Minnesota, to Elmer and Tillie (Thostenson) Flaten.  She grew up near Benson and after grade school she helped on the family farm and caring for neighboring households.

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07
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Girls golf team finishes fourth at Section 5A Tourney

Alissa Maurer, who earned All-Conference for the girls golf team this spring, hits a chip shot for the Braves.

Lac qui Parle followed up its 340 first-day total with a 336 during the finals last Wednesday 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.

Earning state berths were 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).

There were a total of 48 golfers during the Section 5A semifinals, May 23, and 30 qualified to the finals last week....

 

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07
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KMS softball team finishes third after loss to Lac qui Parle

Katie Krieger pitches for the Saints during a game this season in Murdock.  KMS went 3-2 during the Section 3A Tourney to place third.  Edgerton-SWC topped LQP in the title game.

The KMS softball team was eliminated for the season with a 7-2 loss to Lac qui Parle last Wednesday night in the consolation bracket of the Section 3A Softball Tournament.

The Saints, who were seeded first in their half of the draw, opened up the tourney with a 10-2 win over YME and 12-2 victory over Dawson-Boyd, Tuesday, May 22 before losing for the first time to Wabasso (10-7), May 26.

That sent the Saints into the consolation bracket where they stayed alive with a 9-8 win over BOLD, May 26, but the season came to an end one game later with the loss to LQP.

LQP went on to lose to Wabasso, 2-1, later the same day, and Wabasso advanced to the finals to face SWC-Edgerton.

KMS, which finished the season with a 19-4 overall record, continued its mastery of area competition over the past 15-plus seasons.  It was the 24th straight winning season for the KMS softball team, which is 199-13 in the Camden Conference over the last 15 seasons and 305-52 overall.

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07
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Saints still in contention for 3A title

Dylan Rudningen pitches for the Saints during a 10-4 win over Canby during the second round of the Section 3A Tourney.  Last week, Rudningen also had two hits during an 8-0 win over Minneota, but KMS was sent into the consolation bracket in the next game, a 5-0 loss to Wabasso, Saturday.

The KMS baseball team lost for the first time in the Section 3A Baseball Tournament, Saturday, but the Saints are still one of three teams still in contention for the section title of the double-elimination tourney.

The Saints, seeded first in their half of the section, opened up the tourney with a 10-0 win over MACCRAY and 10-4 victory over Canby.  

KMS continued its run last week, blanking Minneota, 8-0, last Wednesday night in Milroy, before falling 5-0 to Wabasso, Saturday at Milroy.

The Jackrabbits were also seeded first in their half of the section and will now wait to face the winner of the Lac qui Parle and KMS game, set for 6 p.m., Tuesday (yesterday) at Granite Falls.

The Section 3A championship game is set for 5 p.m., Thursday (tomorrow) at Milroy, and whoever wins between LQP and KMS will need to beat Wabasso twice.

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07
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Track teams fail to qualify any athletes to state at Section 6A Meet

Claire Ricard clears a hurdle at the Minnewaska Area track complex.  Ricard placed third in the 300 hurdles, missing state by a half-second.

The Benson-KMS boys and girls track and field teams competed at the Section 6A Track and Field Meet, Thursday at Minnewaska Area High School.

The Benson-KMS track teams were shutout from any state berths for the first time in four years as Claire Ricard was third in the 300 meter hurdles to lead the girls team, and Jon Tostenson was fourth in the 800 meter run to lead the boys.

Pequot Lakes dominated the Section 6A girls meet to win the team title, while Perham was the top team in the boys meet, despite winning just two of the 18 events.

Benson-KMS had five entrants in the girls meet and five in the boys.

The top two in each event qualified to the state track meet, along with others that meet a pre-determined state standard.

Closing out their track and field careers at Benson and KMS are Jon Tostenson, Oscar Padilla, Ellie Schiller, Chasey Ahrndt, Amiah Akerson, and Dacotah Rohner.

Wed
06
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A Growing Distortion In America's Politics

As America becomes more urban and rural areas are unsettled, a growing disparity in our nation’s power structure is becoming more evident with each passing year. It is a disparity that has profound meaning for how this country governs itself; an imbalance that lends excessive power to an increasingly small percentage of our citizens.

It is an inequality that gives an outsized voice to a conservative, rural minority that at times can thwart the will of the vast majority of Americans.

What is this mechanism that so distorts the will of Americans? It is a part of our national Constitution adopted in 1787 – the establishment of the U.S. Senate based on statehood rather than population.

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06
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NOTICE OF CALL FOR BIDS

NOTICE  OF  CALL  FOR  BIDS

CITY OF BENSON

Project Location:    Benson Municipal Airport
Project Name:       Above-Ground Dual Fuel System Installation
FAA  AIP No:         3-27-0011-10-2018
State Project No.:  A7601-35
Bids Close At:       11:00 AM on June 26, 2018

NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS:
Sealed Bid Proposals for Above-Ground Dual Fuel System Installation, at the Benson Municipal Airport, Swift County, Minnesota, will be received by the City of Benson at the office of the City Administrator, Benson City Hall, 1410 Kansas Avenue, Benson, Minnesota 56215, until the date and hour indicated above.  The bids will be publicly opened and read aloud immediately thereafter in the City Council Chambers.  The work, in accordance with drawings and specifications prepared by TKDA, 444 Cedar Street, St. Paul, Minnesota 55101, consists of the following major items of work:

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ESTATE OF ARLENE MAE NORBY

STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF SWIFT    
DISTRICT COURT
EIGHTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
PROBATE DIVISION
Court File No. 76-PR-18-257

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06
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ESTATE OF JOYCE ECKHOFF

STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF SWIFT    
DISTRICT COURT
EIGHTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
PROBATE DIVISION
Court File No. 76-PR-18-250
In Re: Estate of Joyce D. Eckhoff, Deceased.
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ORDER AND NOTICE OF HEARING ON PETITION FOR
PROBATE OF WILL AND APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE IN
SUPERVISED ADMINISTRATION AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS
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TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS AND CREDITORS:

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