December 2020

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Kenneth ‘Butch’ Hoffman

Kenneth “Butch” Hoffman, 81, of Holloway, Minnesota passed away Monday, December 21, 2020, in Meadow Lane Health Care Center in Benson.  

Visitation was held from noon-1 p.m., followed by a funeral at 1 p.m., Monday, December 28, 2020, at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton.  Pastor Roger Fears officiated.  Burial was in Appleton City Cemetery.

Kenneth Raymond Hoffman “Butch” was born November 25, 1939, to Ray and Isabelle (Beyer) Hoffman.  He was born on his parent’s farm in Marysland Township, Swift County, Minnesota.  When he was just a toddler, one of his uncles (either Harold or Howard, maybe both) gave him the name “Butch” and it was his name for the remainder of his life!  Many friends never knew exactly what his name was.  All they may have known was “K. R.”

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Nature Energy steps up research of Benson plant site

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Danish firm Nature Energy has picked up the pace on its exploration of developing a biogas operation that could create enough gas to heat between 11,000 and 12,000 homes.

It would be constructed on the former Fibrominn, or Benson Power, site just west of Benson.

At Monday noon’s Benson Economic Development Authority (EDA) meeting, City Manager Rob Wolfington said he is now having frequent telephone conversations with the company and its representatives.

There was a conference call with the Minnesota Pollution Control on the kick-off of the process to obtain a permit. It involved people in Denmark, Minneapolis, Colorado and Benson, with about 20 people on the call. “It went flawlessly and lasted two-and-a-half to three hours,” he said...

 

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County gives over $300,000 in CARES funds to businesses

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County privided more than $424,000 from its $1.22 million CARES Act funds to help out local health providers answering the call to face the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It also provided nearly $303,000 to businesses in the county that lost significant income due to the coronavirus and the deadly disease it causes, COVID-19. These two categories account for nearly 70 percent spending of the funds the county received from the state through the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund and Economic Assistance (CARES) Act.

However, Swift County was one of 10 of the 85 Minnesota that received federal CARES Act money that sent some back. It sent $32,056 back to the state...

 

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COVID-19 vaccine arrives in very small amounts

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Pfizer and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines are now available in Swift County, however, at this point the number of doses are incredibly small and dedicated to frontline medical staff.

Additional doses will be coming in the next couple weeks but again, their numbers will be quite small and only given to those considered among the most essential medical staff and to vulnerable adults living in assisted living facilities.

To get a better understanding of where things stand with providing vaccinations to the public, what role each entity will play, and what facilities could be used if a mass vaccination is needed, the Benson City Council brought the key players together Monday night...

 

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Nichols, Krieger, Gjerde earn All-Camden honors

It was a short season for Minnesota volleyball this season, but the KMS volleyball team made the most of it.  The Saints were able to play just 10 matches before the season was cancelled, but KMS won seven of those matches to earn the league title. 

The Saints started out 3-0 and then fell to Camden powers RTR, Tracy, and Minneota by 3-0 scores before winning their final four to win the Camden North title with a 7-3 record.  After starting out with three 3-1 wins, all the other matches this season for KMS were decided by 3-0 scores, except for a 3-2 win over MACCRAY that ultimately decided the Camden North title.

It was the third-straight winning season for the Saints, who previously won the Camden North title in 2015 when the team went 20-10 overall.  MACCRAY was second in the Camden North with a 4-3 record followed by Prinsburg and Lac qui Parle (both 2-7), Dawson-Boyd (1-10), and RCW (0-11)...
 

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Highlights in sports from years gone by . . .

With the start of the winter high school sports season delayed by at least 3-4 weeks this winter, we’re bringing back the “Highlights from years gone by . . .” column for the month of December.

We hope you enjoy reading about the BHS and KMS student-athletes from the past in news stories taken from Monitor-News issues from one to 50-plus years ago.

I know it’s not quite the same as the actual competition this winter, but our hope is that Benson and KMS will be back competing on the basketball court, wrestling mat, at the gymnastics center, or on the hockey rink very soon.
Hang in there Benson and KMS student-athletes as well as coaches, parents and fans...
 

For more on this story, and to keep up on all the latest in area sports, 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!

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Berens, Cain, Doscher named to All-WCC team

The Benson volleyball team finished the 2020 season with an overall record of 4-8 after beating West Central Area in a three-game sweep at home to close out the season.  The Braves, who were 3-6 in the WCC,  started the season off 3-1, but then lost seven-straight matches before the season-ending win over WCA.

In the final WCC volleyball standings, only two teams finished the season with above-.500 records.  Sauk Centre finished as the top team with a 4-1 record, followed by Melrose Area (7-2), BOLD and Minnewaska Area (both 4-5), Morris Area-CA (4-6), Montevideo (2-3) and Benson (3-6).

It still hasn’t been decided whether Sauk Centre will be awarded the WCC title or not.  SC beat Melrose in their only meeting this fall, 3-0, while Melrose also lost a five-game match to Montevideo...

 

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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota Monday, November 09, 2020 - 5:30 p.m. Northside Elementary School Cafeteria

The meeting was called to order at 5:34 p.m. by Chair Brian Samuelson.  Members present:  Paul Carruth, Mary KW Langan, Eric Peterson, Brian Samuelson, Gary Williams. James Berens and Bill McGeary joined the meeting via zoom.  Members absent:  None.  Also present: Dennis Laumeyer, Mike Knutson, Garrett Schmidt, Katie Foley, Lori Eix, Ryan Breitbach, Brian Koehn, Reed Anfinson, Brennan Kent, Maggie Grothe, Melanie Wirth, Lexi Thompson, Gabby Miller, Amber Rosemeier, Maranda Wieber and others.
No Additions to the agenda.
Agenda approved.
No Citizens Comments.
Consent Agenda approved with a change to the October 12, 2020 Regular Meeting under Annual Approval of Coaches/Advisors Procedure:  The board directed the Activities Committee to meet with Activities Director Garrett Schmidt to bring a recommendation for timeline to bring coach and advisor hires to the board for approval. Motion carried (5-1).
FY20 Audit approved.

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MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota Friday, November 13, 2020 – 12:00 p.m. Benson High School Conference Room

The meeting was called to order at 12:04 p.m. by Vice Chair Gary Williams.  Members present:  Mary KW Langan, Bill McGeary, Eric Peterson, Gary Williams.  Members absent:  Paul Carruth, Brian Samuelson, Jim Berens.  Also present: Dennis Laumeyer, Lori Eix.
Canvass Election Results:  Adopted the Resolution Canvassing Returns of Votes of School District #777 General Election on November 3, 2020.
Future Meetings:
Special School Board Meeting – Monday, November 30, 2020, 5:30 p.m., Northside Elementary Cafeteria.
School Board Work Session - Monday, December 7, 2020, 5:30 p.m., Northside Elementary Cafeteria
Truth in Taxation Hearing - Monday, December 7, 2020, 6:00 p.m., Northside Elementary Cafeteria
Regular School Board Meeting - Monday, December 14, 2020, 5:30 p.m., Northside Elementary Cafeteria
Levy Certification - Monday, December 14, 2020 6:00 p.m., Northside Elementary Cafeteria
Meeting adjourned at 12:09 p.m.

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REQUEST FOR BIDS AGRICULTURAL LEASE AGREEMENT - CASH RENT

Issue Date: 12/16/2020
Closing Date: January 18, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

Summary

Swift County is accepting bids for a three-year lease on 78.6 acres of county owned agricultural land starting in the Spring of 2021 and terminating in early 2024 prior to the 2024 growing season. The property is located at the northwest corner of the intersection of State Highway 9 and County Road 29, and is legally described as the:

East Half of the Southeast Quarter (E1/2 - SE1/4) of Section Thirty-six (36), Township One Hundred Twenty-Two (122), Range Thirty-nine (39).

The property consists of 78.6 acres with approximately 56 acres of tillable land.

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