August 2018

Fri
24
Aug
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Benson to host 4-team scrimmage

Two players you’ll be hearing a lot about this season for the Benson football team are returning starting junior QB/safety Will Enderson (left) handing off to sophomore runningback/linebacker Adam Zosel, who started for Benson last year, but was lost to a season-ending injury in week two.

Benson is set to host a four-team scrimmage at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 25 on Brock Field.  Also set to take part are KMS, Lac qui Parle Valley, and Ortonville.  The scrimmage is for varsity and 9th-10th grade teams.

Scott Gonnerman, back for his 18th year as head coach of the Braves this fall, will be assisted this fall by Roger Lindahl (defensive coordinator), Jason Wolter (offensive coordinator), Jonas Grossman (9th-10th), Mark Grussing (9th-10th), Adam Jensen (7th-8th), Tom Foley (7th-8th), and Adam Nokleby (volunteer coach).

The Benson football team is set to open up the 2018 season at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 31 at home against the Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg Fighting Saints.  It will also be Father-Son Night for the Braves.

The Benson football team has 42 players listed on its varsity roster for grades 9-12.  That number includes eight seniors, seven juniors, 14 sophomores, and 13 freshmen....

 

Fri
24
Aug
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Girls tennis team opens up season with home triangular

Amy Zniewski returns a shot at third doubles during the Braves’ opener, Monday morning.
Stacy Johnson returns a backhand during fourth singles’ action against Parkers Prairie, Monday morning.

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team opened up the 2018 season with a home triangular Monday, Aug. 20 against Parkers Prairie and Wadena-Deer Creek.  Results of the matches were not available by presstime.

Benson is also set to compete in three other competitions the first week, including a triangular at NLS, Tuesday, Aug. 21 (with Pipestone), a home triangular with Annandale and Morris Area-CA, Thursday, Aug. 23 (tomorrow); and the LPGE triangular (with Parkers Prairie), Friday, Aug. 24.  That gives Benson a potential eight matches before the start of school.

The girls tennis team is coming off a 10-7 season from a year ago, and the team should win even more matches this season despite losing two players from last year’s team.

Benson-KMS, coached by Don Brehmer and Mary Weckwerth, returns eight of the 10 starters from last year’s team, which also went 5-3 during the WCC schedule.

Wed
22
Aug
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

STATE OF MINNESOTA
BEFORE THE
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES REGULATORY BOARD

In the Matter of the License                
Application of Children’s Minnesota     
Minneapolis, Minnesota                    

1. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a public hearing has been scheduled In the Matter of the License Application of Children’s Minnesota.  The Honorable Jessica A. Palmer-Denig, Administrative Law Judge, will preside.  The hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. on September 24, 2018, and continue through September 28, 2018, at the Office of Administrative Hearings, 600 North Robert Street, St. Paul, Minnesota 55101.

Wed
22
Aug
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
PUBLIC LAND USE
 
Notice is hereby given that the Planning Commission of Benson, Minnesota will meet in the Council Chambers of City Hall at 12:00 p.m. on September 10, 2018 to consider granting a conditional use permit to have an archery range on City property at the west end of Pacific Ave., and on personal property at 1215 Pacific Avenue, Benson, Minnesota.
All interested persons are invited to attend the hearing or submit written comments to the office of the City Manager, 1410 Kansas Ave., Benson, MN  56215, or by calling 320-843-4775 prior to the hearing.
 
Dated:  August 20, 2018
/s/ Terri Collins         
Mayor
Attest: /s/ Glen Pederson                    
City Clerk
8-22-1c
 

Wed
22
Aug
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Community Pursuing a Vibrant Future

There is a changing mood in our community. Pessimism is shifting to optimism.

Without a doubt, the energy for that feeling was provided by last week’s passage of a $26.3 million Benson Public school’s building bond levy referendum. Yet it is more than that.

Instead of losing a significant employer and local real estate taxpayer in Benson Power, LLC’s closing with nothing but a hulking, empty plant sitting at the city’s western edge reminding us of the lost vitality, we have hope. That hope comes in the form of $20 million that will be paid to the community over the next four years for economic development efforts. The first $4 million is in the bank.

Wed
15
Aug
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Milton Turnquist

Milton Turnquist

MILTON TURNQUIST
May 9, 1929 • August 12, 2018

Milton Turnquist, 89, of Benson, Minnesota died Sunday, August 12, 2018 at Meadow Lane in Benson.  
Funeral services were 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 21 at Sunburg Free Lutheran Church with burial in Frank Lake Covenant Cemetery.  Visitation was from 5-7 p.m., Monday at Harvey Anderson Kerkhoven Funeral Home in Kerkhoven and continued for one hour prior to the service at the church.

Wed
15
Aug
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Attacks On Journalists Will Lead To Violence

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

 

It was Feb. 17, 2017, less than a month after President Donald Trump was sworn into office and had taken an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States that he began calling the nation’s press “the enemy of the people.”

In a Tweet he said, “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!”

That Tweet was preceded by an extended blasting of journalists at a news conference Feb. 16, 2017. “The press has become so dishonest that if we don’t talk about it, we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people.” Both Republicans and Democrats immediately chastised Trump for his attacks.

Tue
14
Aug
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Buyck wins Benson City Council seat

 

Jon Buyck received 576 votes for the open seat on the Benson City Council, easily winning the seat.

He will now fill out the remaining 16 months in the Benson City Council seat vacated by Terri Collins when she was elected the city’s mayor in November 2017.

Candidates Larry Smith received 138 votes, Lynn Jacobson-Stiehm 124 votes and Don Lenz 114 votes.

Tue
14
Aug
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District 777 $26.3 million building bond levy passes with strong support

With all the votes in, District 777’s $26.3 million building bond levy passed with overwhelming support. The final vote was 1,356 to 620, a margin of victory of 736 votes. Sixty-nine percent of the district’s voters favored the levy to 31 percent against it.

It was a complete reversal of the May 2015 vote when an $18.6 million building levy went down with 67.5 percent of the district’s voters casting ballots against it. The vote was 1,354 against to 651 in favor in 2015, a loss by 703 votes.

Voters in the City of Benson cast 828 votes for the referendum to 246 against, a margin of victory of 582 votes.

Overall, the cities of the school district cast 910 votes for the levy and 276 against, a margin of 634. Nearly 77 percent of city voters favored the Benson Public Schools’ levy.

In the townships, 446 voted for the levy and 344 against, a margin of 102 votes in favor. Of the rural/farm voters, 56.5 favored the levy.

 

 

Mon
13
Aug
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Ann M. Schaffer

Ann M. Shaffer

ANN M. SCHAFFER
March 10, 1932 • August 11, 2018

Ann M. Shaffer, 86, of Fridley, Minnesota passed away August 11, 2018.

Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Sunday, August 19, 2018 at Sunset Kapala-Glodek Funeral Home, Minneapolis. Visitation was from 1p.m. until the time of service.

Ann Mildred Payne was born  March 10, 1932 to Clarence and Mildred (Anderson) Payne, at their home south of DeGraff. She was baptized and confirmed into Christian Faith. She attended grade school at District 56 until the seventh grade. Her parents purchased a newer home in Benson and she finished her seventh   and eighth grades in the Benson school system.

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