August 2018

Tue
28
Aug
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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING/WORK SESSION
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777,
Benson, Minnesota
Monday, August 6, 2018 - 5:30 p.m.
Swift County-Benson Health Care Conference Room

The meeting was called to order at 5:55 p.m. by Chair Chad Payne.  Members present:   Paul Carruth, Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Tammy Gunlogson, Mary Langan, Bill McGeary, Chad Payne and Gary Williams.
Members absent: None.  Also present:  Dennis Laumeyer, Mike Knutson, Brad Johnson and Dave Benson.

Tue
28
Aug
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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777,
Benson, Minnesota
 Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:30 p.m.
Benson High School Media Center

The meeting was called to order at 5:31 p.m. by Chair Chad Payne.  Members present:  Paul Carruth, Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Tammy Gunlogson, Mary Langan, Bill McGeary, Chad Payne.
Members absent: Gary Williams.  Also present:  Dennis Laumeyer, Mike Knutson, Brad Johnson, Dave Benson, Pam Anderson, Reed Anfinson and Mike Thompson.

Trades house was added to the agenda.
No Citizens Comments.
The board approved the consent agenda as presented.
Progress Reports were presented by the administrators.

Tue
28
Aug
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Who Will Look Out For Community Newspapers?

When a reporter covers a public body for a long time, he or she begins to know the issues as well as any elected official. Often that reporter will have seen council members, county board members, school board members and hospital governing board members come and go. Mayors and city managers change, as do superintendents and school board chairs. New county board chairs are named and administrators hired.

In many ways that change can be a challenge for the reporter. It takes time to create productive working relationships with new elected officials, chairs and administrators. Longtime working relationships are based on trust, which doesn’t come easy between a reporter and a public official.

Tue
28
Aug
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Leona Ann Reynolds

LEONA ANN REYONDS
         - August 20, 2018

Leona ‘Loni’ Ann Reynolds, 92, of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota passed away Monday, Aug 20, 2018.

Funeral Mass will be Wed., August 29 at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church (7025 Halifax Ave N, Brooklyn Center) at 11 a.m. with visitation at 10 a.m.

 

Mon
27
Aug
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Sylvester R. Muehlbauer

Sylvester Robert Muehlbauer

SYVESTER ROBERT MUEHLBAUER
December 31, 1921 - August 25, 2018
 
Sylvester Robert Muehlbauer, 96, of Danvers, Minnesota,  died Saturday, August 25, 2018, at home under Hospice care. Visitation was from 5-7 p.m., with a Rosary at 4:30 p.m. and Prayer Service at 7 p.m., Thursday, August 30, 2018, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson.  Visitation continued from 10-11 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., Friday, August 31, 2018, at Church of the Visitation Catholic Church in Danvers. Interment was in the church cemetery.  

Sylvester Robert Muehlbauer was born December 31, 1921 at the family home in Tara Township, Swift County, Minnesota, the son of Robert and Marie Hildegard (Zormeier) Muehlbauer. 

Mon
27
Aug
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Eight file for 777 board of education

When voters go to the polls to choose those they want to represent them on the District 777 Board of Education they are going to have choices.

Four people have filed for the three four-year terms that will be on the Nov. 6 ballot. Brian Samuelson, Tammy Gunlogson, James Berens, and Paul Carruth have all filed. Though they currently serve on the school board, both Carruth and Gunlogson were appointed to fill out the terms of board members who had resigned.

The three candidates of the four who get the most voters will win seats on the school board.

There were also four people who filed for the single two-year term that will also be filled in the November election. Eric Peterson, Ron A. Hanson, Chad Payne and Jodi DeJong-Hughes filed for the seat. Payne and DeJong-Hughes currently serve on the board. Payne is the chair.

The winners in the November election will join Mary K.W. Langan, Bill McGeary and Gary Williams on the school board in January.
 

Fri
24
Aug
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Scenes from the 2018 Swift County Fair

Want to see more from the 2018 Swift County Fair? Pick up a copy of the August 22, 2018 Monitor-News for our special Fair Section. It's filled with colored photos from every day of the fair!

 

Subscribe to the Swift County Monitor-News print edition or our PDF internet edition. Call 320-843-4111 and you can get all the local news and sports delivered to you!
 

Fri
24
Aug
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Gas line rupture prompts evacuation of several blocks

Center Point Energy crews worked to repair a ruptured gas line, Tuesday, Aug. 14, while the Benson Fire Department was on standby if needed. Fire department staff and city law enforcement assisted with traffic control and the initial evacuation of the area.

Early last Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 14, as Missouri River Energy Services workers employed by the City of Benson were boring a new underground electric line they struck a gas line.

Within seconds they could smell the gas and quickly evacuated the area, notifying law enforcement and the Benson Fire Department. A couple residential blocks and businesses around the site near the Shell gas station and Food Shop of Benson on Minnesota Highway 29 south (Church Street) were ordered evacuated by Swift County Emergency services shortly before 2 p.m.

City crews were able to shut off the gas line, stopping the release of gas shortly after the rupture.

Fri
24
Aug
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Digging in the Dirt

The DNR official explains the many different items that can be found in dirt and the importance of soil.  Later, the youth had the chance to dig in the dirt and sand to see if they could find anything.

A representative from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) gave a presentation to area youth Monday, Aug. 13 at the Benson Library.  The DNR has been giving presentations all summer and the topic of this visit was “dirt”.

Pictured: The DNR official explains the many different items that can be found in dirt and the importance of soil.  Later, the youth had the chance to dig in the dirt and sand to see if they could find anything.

 

Want more stories like this? Subscribe to the Swift County Monitor-News print edition or our PDF internet edition. Call 320-843-4111 and you can get all the local news and sports delivered to you!
 

Fri
24
Aug
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Cross-country teams opens up season Monday, Aug. 27 at Morris Invite

Allie Mitteness returns as the leading runner for the girls cross-country team.

The Benson-KMS boys and girls cross-country teams are set to open up the 2018 season Monday, Aug. 27 at the Morris Invitational.
Despite losing four seniors to graduation, the Benson-KMS girls and boys cross-country teams should both have improved seasons this year.

The boys team lost state qualifier Jon Tostenson to graduation, but the team does return six seniors, two juniors, and one sophomore who saw action last year, along with a promising group of ninth-graders.

The girls cross-country team meanwhile, lost three athletes to graduation, but does return a good corps of experienced runners, including junior Allie Mitteness, who led the team in every race last season.

Last year’s cross-country season ended on a high note as Jon Tostenson earned the program’s third-straight cross-country state trip, placing 49th at the State Meet at St. Olaf....

 

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