December 2020

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Four earn All-WCC honors for Benson-KMS girls tennis team

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team recently released its All-Conference honorees for the 2020 season.  The Fighting Braves finished 7-6 this season, including a 5-2 mark in the WCC to finish third behind Minnewaska and Montevideo (both 6-1).

Earning All-Conference for the team were seniors Stacy Johnson, Susan Knutson, and Halle Bundy.  Johnson played first singles for the Fighting Braves and Knutson and Bundy teamed up at first doubles.  In addition, ninth-grader Elise Duncan, who played second singles all season, was named to the honorable mention team for 2020.

Coaching the team this year was first-year head coach Coleton Anderson.  He was very happy with the way his first year as head coach went and was satisfied with the way the season went...

 

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KMS ends season with victory over Prinsburg

The KMS volleyball team swept Prinsburg CMCS in the season finale Friday, Nov. 20 at Prinsburg, 25-19, 25-16, 25-15.The win pushed the Saints’ final record to 7-3 overall and in the Camden North, giving KMS the unofficial conference 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, which fell to KMS in a five-game thriller, Nov. 2, 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).

In the Camden South, Minneota won the title with a perfect 11-0 league mark, followed by RTR (11-2), Canby and Tracy Area (9-3), YME (4-10), and Lakeview (3-4).  Key to the Saints winning the conference title was a 3-1 win over Canby in the second match of the season...

 

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Benson volleyball team closes out season with win over West Central Area

The Benson volleyball team closed out the 2020 season with a three-game sweep at home over West Central Area, Friday.  The win snapped a seven-match losing streak for the Braves, who ended the season with a 4-8 overall record and 3-6 within the WCC.

The Minnesota State High School League canceled the remainder of the 2020 fall season due to COVID-19 concerns.  That means there will be no section volleyball tournament this season.

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)...

 

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Rural America Needs A Cabinet Post

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Rural Rural America can be disappointed with both Democrats and Republicans when it comes to developing and implementing programs that address its most pressing challenges. Election year after election year, we hear the promises and plans for rural renewal only to see those promises unfulfilled.

Each election year, the media assess the urban-rural divide and the root causes behind it. Each time the questions are asked, with each study that is completed, the answer is the same: There is a growing gap in economic prosperity and opportunity between rural and urban areas. We out here in the sticks are being left behind.

It’s a gap that leaves rural Americans resentful and distrustful of government, with both sentiments quickly capitalized upon by the political parties.

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Swift County stays with 1% levy increase for ‘21

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Later this month, the Swift County Board of Commissioners will approve the 2021 budget and levy. As it is currently proposed, it would see a 1 percent levy increase raising taxes by about $100,000 over 2020. However, the board can reduce it to zero when it finalizes the budget and levy.

When they approved the preliminary budget in September, commissioners were looking at drawing about $150,000 from reserves because expected revenues did not cover projected expenses. However, in a line-by-line review of the proposed budget, Administrator Kelsey Baker found $48,983 in expenses for board of commissioners’ insurance and bond that shouldn’t have been there. With it removed the expected budget deficit has fallen to $104,130...

 

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Dooley’s two lots rezoned for business

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Benson’s City Council approved the second reading of an ordinance to change the zoning of two lots on the south end of the Shell station block from residential single family housing to business use.

It also approved a conditional use permit (CUP) that details a set of conditions for development of the block by Dooley’s Petroleum. And it approved a site plan for the new operation based on drawings that have been supplied by Dooley’s.

Approval of the zoning change required a four-fifths vote of the council, which wasn’t an issue. Council Members Jack Evenson, Lucas Olson, Mark Schreck and Jon Buyck supported the zoning change as did Mayor Terri Collins...

 

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Dec
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Still no resolution on sports cooperative

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

While one significant hurdle in the negotiations with the Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (KMS) school district on the cooperative sports agreement it has with Benson was settled, new points of contention and new questions were raised.

Benson pairs with KMS in girls and boys’ track, tennis, cross country, and hockey, and in girls’ gymnastics. When the sports cooperative was formed more than 30 years ago, Benson had considerably more students involved in the programs than KMS. However, now the numbers are consistently just about even.

Benson has been asking KMS for an additional $34,500 contribution to help cover the costs of  maintaining facilities at BHS.

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Orville Swenson

Orville Swenson, 88, of Appleton, Minnesota passed away Friday, November 27, 2020, in the Appleton Area Health-Hospital.  

A private memorial service will be held.  Pastor Roger Fears will officiate.  Burial will be in Appleton City Cemetery at a later date.  

Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home - Vaala Chapel in Appleton.

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