June 2018

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REQUEST FOR BIDS

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REQUEST FOR BIDS

BID OPENING
Contractor's sealed Proposals for the 2018 Benson Civic Center Alterations will be received by the Independent School District No. 777, Benson, Minnesota, until 2:00 pm, Thursday June 21, 2018 at the office of the Superintendent of Schools, in Benson, Minnesota, in accordance with the plans and specifications prepared by Architects Rego + Youngquist, inc., 7601 Wayzata Boulevard, St. Louis Park, Minnesota 55426.
Bids will be opened publicly and read aloud at the above time and place.  Bids received after 2:00 pm will be returned unopened.
A single bid will be received for all divisions of the Contract.
Envelopes containing bids must be sealed, marked on the lower left-hand corner "Sealed Bid Enclosed" with the name and address of the bidder and the date and hour of the opening and addressed to:

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ESTATE OF DENNIS W. JOHNSON

STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF SWIFT    
DISTRICT COURT
EIGHTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
Court File No. 76-PR-18-259

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06
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Craig & Keith Johnson Open House

Craig Johnson
Keith Johnson

CELEBRATION OF LIFE

Craig and Keith Johnson
Memorial Open House Gathering

An open house in memory of brothers, Keith and Craig Johnson, will be held Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Benson Golf Club. Keith passed away January 26, 2018 and his brother Craig passed away May 23, 2018.

The memorial gathering will be hosted by their families.

 

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Mervin "Merv" Swanson

Mervin Swanson

Mervin “Merv” Swanson
April 22, 1921 • May 31, 2018

Mervin Swanson, 97, of North Branch, Minnesota (formerly of Benson) passed away Thursday, May 31 at his home.
Funeral services were held at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson, Sat., June 9 at 1 p.m. Visitation was one hour before the service.  A private burial service will be at a later date.

 Merv was born April 22, 1921 to Gust and Martha Swanson at their home in rural Swift County. He was baptized, confirmed, and had religious training.  Merv graduated from Benson High School in 1939. When he was 21 years old, as World War II was starting, he was drafted into the Army.

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Honoring America’s Veterans

Pictured is Veteran Conrad Urke was honored as the “special veteran” in this year’s Memorial Day parade and service at the Benson City Cemetery.

Pictured is Veteran Conrad Urke was honored as the “special veteran” in this year’s Memorial Day parade and service at the Benson City Cemetery.

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May ending with record heat; six days in the 90s

With temperatures reaching into the 90s throughout the Memorial Day weekend, the Benson Swimming Pool was a popular place to cool off for kids, and adults.

Are we looking at a repeat of 1988?

 

Only one other time since the City of Benson started recording daily temperature records in 1953 has there been a May with more than three high temperatures in the 90s.

It was 1988, which saw six days in May with highs ranging from 90 to 94 degrees. They were the first of what would be 48 days of 90 or higher temperatures, including 11 days with highs reaching between 100 to 104 degrees that summer.

May 2018 has nearly equaled 1988’s mark with five consecutive days reaching into the 90 degrees – May 24 to May 28. The forecast for Tuesday was a high near 90, which would make it six, tying 1988. Whether or not this month was an anomaly, or if it signals a repeat of 1988 is a story that will play out in the coming months.

Fri
01
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County backs Appleton OHV Park

Swift County is backing the purchase of land for the Appleton Off-Highway Vehicle Park (OHV) with a $50,000 commitment. The action was approved by the board of commissioners at its meeting, Tuesday, May 15.

While the county has approved the funding, the motion was simply to indicate an “intent to buy” the additional land on the part county at this time.

Appleton’s Economic Development Authority (EDA) has committed $20,000 toward facilitating the purchase of the land and the Appleton Project $30,000. However, their commitment was dependent on Swift County reimbursing the Appleton Project and the EDA at a future date.

Fri
01
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Three file for Benson council

Three people have filed for the remaining 16 months in an open seat on the Benson City Council. Lynn Jacobson and Don Lenz are filing for the council for the first time. Larry Smith sought election to the council in 2015, in a special council election in 2016, and the city’s 2017 election, but lost each time.

The open seat was vacated Jan. 2 when Terri Collins was sworn in as Benson’s new mayor. The council chose to leave the seat open, filling it with a special election rather than appoint someone to fill the vacancy.

The special election will take place Tuesday, Aug. 14, which is also the date of the state’s primary election and the date set for the District 777 building levy referendum. The state’s general election is set for Tuesday, Nov. 5. Whoever is elected to the city council will join Mayor Collins and Council Members Mark Schreck, Lucas Olson and Jack Evenson. The person will serve from late August to Dec. 31, 2019.

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Saints claim Camden title and win first two 3A games

Cade Melin raps a hit for KMS during an early-season game against Benson as Josh Peterson watches from third base.  Melin went 5-for-6 during a pair of wins, Saturday.

It was an exciting week of baseball for the KMS baseball team last week.  The Saints won their final two regular-season games to finish the Camden Conference schedule undefeated and claim sole possession of the league title, and Saturday, the Saints opened up the Section 3A Tourney to up its record to 18-2.

KMS won at Yellow Medicine East last Tuesday night, 3-2, and then edged RTR, Thursday at Sunburg, 5-4.  It was the third and fourth one-run victories by the Saints this season.

The Saints earned the top seed in the Section 3A Baseball Tourney, and opened up the tournament with a 10-0, six-inning win over MACCRAY, Saturday at Sunburg.  In the second game, Saturday, KMS topped Canby (10-4), which had defeated RCW earlier in the day, 9-5.

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Benson-KMS competes at sub-section track meet

Claire Ricard earned the only title at the sub-section meet for the boys and girls teams, winning the 300 meter hurdles.

Minnewaska Area and Morris Area-CA claimed team titles at the Sub-section 6A-21 Track and Field Meet at Minnewaska Area High School, Thursday morning.

The Lakers won the girls title by 37 points over runner-up Osakis, while the Tigers won the 8-team boys title by 19.5 points over Minnewaska Area.

The Benson-KMS girls finish sixth with 30 points, while the Benson-KMS boys were also sixth with 34.5 points.

Winning the only title for the Fighting Braves was Claire Ricard in the 300 meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 49.41, while placing second was the boys 3200 meter relay, Jon Tostenson in the 800 meter run, and Brady Ascheman in the 3200 meter run.

The top place finishers will be back on the track this Thursday (tomorrow) for the Section 6A Track Meet at Fergus Falls.

The State Track and Field Meet is set for June 8-9 at Hamline University....

 

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