April 2021

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Swift County adopts new logo on 4-1 vote

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Since the centennial of Swift County back in 1970, the county has used a specifically designed seal as its official symbol. It has, from time to time, also served as the county’s logo used on a variety of items from stationary to clothing.
Now a majority of county commissioners and administrative staff have agreed it is time for a new logo that is simpler that could be used county wide.
In the old design, the courthouse is dominant in the background. In front of it are cattle, corn, wheat, and a single-blade hand-plow to symbolizes the county’s agricultural roots. It has railroad tracks to symbolize the importance of the railroad in the commerce of the county. And, it has a manufacturing plant to symbolize the importance of business and industry in its growth....

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Dokken to perform during Benson Kid Day

Lori Dokken to perform to celebrate Kid Day and grand opening of the new BHS Performing Arts Center
Though the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t over the growing number of people who have been getting vaccinated is making community celebrations possible again – Benson’s Kid Day could be one of them.
Benson’s 90th Kid Day celebration was called off in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But now plans are underway for the 2021 Kid Day.
“Exciting things are being planned for the 2021 Kid Day celebration set for July 16 to 18,” Committee Member Shelly Mikkelson said.
The committee, chaired by Roger Ebnet, is moving forward with plans for this year’s celebration: “Hometown Fun – Kid Day ‘21.”

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BHS celebrates Prom 2021

Marissa Connelly and Adam Zosel pose for a picture in the foreground during the BHS Junior-Senior Prom Grand March, Saturday, as emcees Lauren Schmidt and Ryan Tolifson introduce another couple on stage.  Over 60 couples took part in the event, which took place in the PAC and senior high gym. Last year's Prom was postponed until the summer and took place in Roosevelt Park.

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$32,750 in grants funds available to area organizations

Area non-profits and charitable organizations are eligible to apply for funds from a pool of $32,750 that is being made available through the Benson Area Community Foundation, the Dr. R. Galen Hanson Donor-Advised Fund and the Robert Sonsteng Donor-Advised Fund.
The grant monies must be used to promote education; quality of life; arts and humanities; recreation; community parks; the environment; and the general improvement in the greater Benson area.
Applications must specify how grant award funds will help the organization applying improve the community at large. Organizations must also be a non-profit charitable organization designated as a 501c3 by the Internal Revenue Service or have a secure fiscal agent.
The grant application submission deadline is May 31. It is anticipated that grant award decisions and notification to award recipients will be made on June 9.

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Swift County COVID-19 cases reach 1,000 mark

By Reed Anfinson, Publisher
Swift County passed the 1,000 COVID-19 case mark Saturday as a spring surge in cases continues in western Minnesota.
The county recorded its first case of the deadly disease caused by the coronavirus April 6, 2020. Through the summer and early fall months of 2020, case numbers were relatively low. Then came the late fall with a massive surge in cases. The county recorded a record 368 cases, more than 12 a day, in November.
As of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) COVID-19 report Monday, Swift County had seen 57 cases as of April 19. It saw just 64 cases in March and 18 in February. At the current pace, the county could see 90 cases by the end of the month.

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BHS Prom Saturday

In 2020, the Benson HIgh School Prom was delayed until July and then the grand march took place in Roosevelt Park due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year it will be in the high school, though pandemic safety precautions will be taken.

Benson Schools is set to host the 2021 BHS Junior/Senior Grand March at 7:30 p.m., Saturday in the Performing Arts Center and Senior High gym.
Last year, the BHS Prom was postponed until July and then conducted in Roosevelt Park due to the expanding COVID-19 pandemic.
A limited number of tickets were available for the public to purchase starting Wednesday, April 21.
The theme of this year’s Grand March is “Puttin’ on the Ritz”.
An Afterbash and dance is planned following the Grand March, but no other information was available.  The co-chairs of the Prom Afterbash are Jill Gunderson and Sarah DeHaan.

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Funeral services for Gary Marquart, of Hancock, MN Sunday

Gary Marquart Obituary

Funeral services for Gary Marquart, of Hancock, MN will be held on Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church - Fairfield Township with Reverend Donald Klatt officiating.  Visitation will be on Saturday, from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and for one hour prior to the services at the church on Sunday.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.   

There will be a live stream of Gary's service starting at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 25, 2021.  To view the service on the Pedersen Funeral Home website, scroll to the bottom of Gary's obituary page and click the link. 

**Please note - The use of face masks by attendees is required, and social distancing will be followed. For those who prefer or require continued precautions, webcasting and/or livestreaming is available in most situations.

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Track teams open up season at Minnewaska

Libby McGeary (left) placed second in the 100 meter dash, just hundredths of a second back from the winning runner (right).

The Benson-KMS track and field teams opened up the 2021 season at the Minnewaska Area Invitational, Thursday.  The girls team placed third, while the boys team was fourth in the five-team field.
Benson-KMS will not have any home meets this season due to a new track being constructed this spring and summer.
Next up for the track teams is a meet at BOLD, Thursday (tomorrow), followed by a meet at Morris Area, Thursday, April 29.
The track teams failed to send any athletes to the state meet for the second year in a row in 2019, and there was no track season in 2020 due to COVID-19.

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Benson baseball team wins first two games

The Benson baseball team opened up the season in impressive style, beating two strong area teams during the season openers, Thursday and Friday.  The Braves, coming off a 6-11 season from two springs ago, shut out Morris Area-CA, 13-0, during the season opener at Morris, and then rallied to edge Lac qui Parle in the home opener one day later, 6-5.
Benson, coached by Mark Grussing, Tom Foley, and John Reardon, was set to host Melrose Area, Tuesday (yesterday) before competing at West Central Area, Friday, and playing a doubleheader at Minnewaska Area, Tuesday, April 27.
Benson 13, Morris 0
The Benson baseball team opened up the season with a 13-0 rout of Morris Area-CA, Thursday night in Morris.  Sam Lenarz and Cole Hedman combined for a one-hitter on the mound, while Patrick Minchow led the defense, going 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI.

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Benson softball team falls to Melrose Area in opener, 14-13

Members of the 2021 Benson Braves softball team are pictured above.  From left to right in the front row are Zoe Doscher, Kaitlyn Hippe, Ellie Moesenthin, Marissa Connelly, Lexie Simmonds, Madi Wrobleski, and Adysen Himley.  Back row -- Bella Wolter, Rachel Berens, Sarah Brandt, Audri Buboltz, Leah Thompson, and Torie Andrews.  The Braves are coached by Barb Schwarz, Jeff Gueset, Mackenzie Jensen, Maria Hanson, and Melinda Wrobleski.

A late rally by the Benson softball team ended one run short as the Braves opened up the 2021 season with a 14-13 home loss to Melrose Area, Thursday night.
The Braves fell behind 12-1 before mounting a strong rally.  Bella Wolter took the loss on the mound for Benson, coached by Barb Schwarz.  She pitched all seven innings.
Offensively, Benson had a lot of players with big games....

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