July 2018

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Remember Who The School Building Levy Is About

Over the past few weeks, we have heard people talking about reasons why they will not support District 777’s proposed $26.3 million building levy. They say that if the school board is going to get rid of the indoor swimming pool, they won’t support the referendum. Some say they don’t like some members of the school board. Other people say they dislike the administration. Some have a generally poor attitude toward our schools.

For these people, we have a couple simple questions: Is this levy vote about you rather than the future of the education of our children? Are your grievances more important than our community’s educational and economic health for years to come? If you answered, “Yes” to both those questions, we would advise against reading the rest of this column. However, for our readers who are sitting on the fence with their decision, we would very much like for you to consider just what we are voting for Aug. 14.

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Winifred D. Erdman

WINIFRED D. ERDMAN

WINIFRED D. ERDMAN
October 18, 1925 • July 8, 2018

Funeral services for Winifred Erdman of Benson, Minnesota (formerly of Holloway) were held Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairfield Township, near Holloway with the Rev. John Ramsbacher officiating. Visitation was Thursday, one hour prior to services at the church. Burial was at the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, near Holloway.

Winifred Delores Schlieman, daughter of Alfred and Dora (Mecklenburg) Schlieman was born October 18, 1925 in Fairfield Township in Swift County, Minnesota. She was baptized in 1925 and confirmed  April 4, 1939 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairfield Township. Winifred grew up on a farm 15 miles north of Appleton, Minnesota. She attended the one room country school District #43 through the 8th grade. 

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Marlin Larry Ellingson

MARLIN LARRY ELLINGSON

MARLIN LARRY ELLINGSON
April 27, 1948 • July 11, 2018

Marlin L. Ellingson, 70, of Benson, Minnesota died Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at his home under Hospice care. 

Visitation was held 3-5 p.m., Sunday, July 15, 2018, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Visitation continued from 10-11 a.m., followed by the Funeral Service at 11 a.m., Monday, July 16, 2018, at the church.  Burial was in the Benson City Cemetery. 

Marlin Larry Ellingson was born April 27, 1948 in Barrett, Minnesota, the son of Burtland and Ella Amelia (Achterberg) Ellingson.  He was confirmed at First Lutheran Church. Marlin grew up in Elbow Lake and attended Elbow Lake High School.  In 1967, he was married to Arlene Winter and they had four children, Lisa, Theresa, Rick, and Chad. 

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Community to celebrate 88th annual Kid Day July 21-22

2018 Benson, Minnesota Kid Day poster

Benson is set to celebrate its 88th annual Kid Day Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22 with a number of activities also taking place in the days leading up to Kid Day weekend.  The theme of this year’s Kid Day is “Celebrating Kids!”.

•  The Kid Day Medallion Hunt is set to begin Monday, July 16 and continue each day through Friday, July 20, or until the Medallion is found.  The clues will be available daily on the front door of the Library, on KSCR from 7-9 a.m. each day, and on the Benson Kid Day Facebook page.  The top prize for the youth who finds the Kid Day Medallion is $100.

•  Krazy Daze in Benson is set to take place Thursday, July 19, and local businesses will be offering sidewalk sales and special offers.  Look for ads in the Monitor-News for great Krazy Daze deals.

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Peace run torch carriers pass through Benson last Friday

Putu from Indonesia, Nayaja from Italy, and Kshema from Ukraine run with the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run torch as they pass through Benson last Friday.

Last Friday, the women runners participating in the local leg of the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run passed through Benson on the way to Willmar with the eventual goal of making it to New York City.

It was in New York City where the run started April 10. Since then torch carried by runners participating in the peace run has been carried through Atlanta, GA, Santa Fe, NM, San Diego, CA, up through Seattle, WA, and to Vancouver, British Columbia. From there it headed back east going through Bowman, MT, Lemmon, SD, and Benson.

The three runners passing through Benson were from the Ukraine, Indonesia and Italy....

 

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Swift County stands by $50,000 pledge to Monte veterans home

Swift County remains committed to its promise of $50,000 to help with the construction of a veterans home in Montevideo made in February 2014 .

Backers of the project were at the Swift County board meeting Tuesday, July 3, to update commissioners on the project status and to say they would like to receive the county’s funds by Nov. 1.

“It may be a home run for Montevideo, but it is also a base hit for us because we just can’t live within county lines anymore,” Commissioner Pete Peterson, District 3-south Benson and Torning Township said. “This is something that is going to be a benefit to our citizens.” He added that it is important for the county to stand by its commitment of $50,000.

Swift County has around 900 veterans, Veterans Service Officer Dave Barrett says. Many local veterans, however, don’t use those homes because they are so far away from their families.

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McGee qualifies to compete at world’s largest rodeo

Pictured above is Wyatt McGee competing in the steer wrestling competition at the MN High School Rodeo Finals. Submitted photo.

Wyatt McGee, the son of Jess and Angie McGee and an upcoming senior at Benson High School, has earned a position on the Minnesota National High School rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Rock Springs, WY, July 15-21 to compete at the 70th annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) in the steer wrestling and bull riding competitions.

Wyatt was the reserve champion for the state of Minnesota in both these two events.  “Wyatt had an excellent finals and we couldn’t be more proud of him in the steer wrestling, as he worked his way up from the bottom after missing most of the fall with a broken ankle,” his parents said.  “He also has had some really great bull rides this season.”

The NHSFR features more than 1,650 contestants from 43 states, five Canadian provinces, Australia, and Mexico.  It is the world’s largest rodeo....

 

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Summer Rec Morning baseball and softball

Summer Rec helper Kaitlyn Hippe pitches to a participant of the Summer Rec morning softball league during the final week of the 2018 season.
Carter LeClair goes after a ball that rolls into foul territory as Graidy Zimmerman and Brady Jobgen look on.

Pictured, top: Summer Rec helper Kaitlyn Hippe pitches to a participant of the Summer Rec morning softball league during the final week of the 2018 season.
 

Pictured, bottom: Carter LeClair goes after a ball that rolls into foul territory as Graidy Zimmerman and Brady Jobgen look on.
 

 

 

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Benson pool reopens Monday

Benson’s outdoor swimming pool was open Monday and packed with children swimming, diving, getting drenched by waterfalls, and going down the giant slide.

Monday the pool cleared all of the Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) requirements for addressing the potential for cryptosporidium having entered the pool.

Benson’s outdoor swimming pool was closed Thursday after the city received a call from the MDH saying an individual suspected of being involved in a cryptosporidium outbreak in the Twin Cities had been in the pool.

“We have no confirmation that it (the parasite) is there, but because it is a potential risk the city decided, along with my input, to close the pool as a precautionary measure, and to go ahead and disinfect,” Suzanne Paulson with Countryside Public Health’s environmental health department, said Friday.

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NOTICE OF FILING DATES FOR ELECTION

NOTICE OF FILING DATES FOR ELECTION
TO THE SCHOOL BOARD
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777
BENSON PUBIC SCHOOL
STATE OF MINNESOTA

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