April 2013

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Apr
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Benson-Hancock falls twice in openers

by John Fragodt, Sports Editor

The Benson-Hancock softball team lost its first two games of the season last week.  The Brave-Owls were shut out by Sauk Centre in the opener, Thursday night in Benson, 12-0, and Benson-Hancock also lost a close game with Montevideo, Friday night in Benson, 6-5.
The Brave-Owls have four more games scheduled this week, beginning with a home game with Atwater-CGC, Monday, and continuing with a game at Minnewaska Area, Thursday (tomorrow), and a doubleheader at BOLD, Friday, May 3.

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DeWayne A. Rudningen, 86, of New London

DeWayne A. Rudningen, 86 of New London, formerly of Sunburg, died Friday, April 26, 2013 at GlenOaks Care Center in New London.  His funeral will be 11:00 am, Wednesday, May 1st at Hope Lutheran Church in Sunburg.  Burial will be at West Norway Lake Cemetery in Sunburg.  Visitation will be from 5-8 pm Tuesday, April 30th at the church and continue one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.  Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar. 
 
DeWayne was born on May 1, 1926 in Kerkhoven Township, Swift County, Minnesota, the son of Ingmar and Ida (Hollen) Rudningen.  He was baptized on May 30, 1926 and confirmed on May 5, 1940 at West Norway Lake Lutheran Church.  He grew up on the farm and attended District 63 for his schooling as well as Kerkhoven High School.
 

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Lucas John Wink, 23, Aitkin

Memorial services for Lucas Wink of Warroad will be held Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris. Reverend Ginger Beck will be officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Hancock.

Tue
23
Apr
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New Benson Chief of Police is Ian Hodge

Benson’s new Chief of Police Ian Hodge takes the oath of office Monday from City Manager Rob Wolfington while his wife, Linda, waits to pin his badge on. Linda is a Benson High School graduate and the daughter of Agnette Duncan of Benson.

 

Tue
23
Apr
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Running partners share ‘surreal’ experience in Boston

Editor’s note: Christine Fenske and Stacie (Smith) Lienemann trained for the Boston Marathon together for months, but nothing could have prepared them for what happened Monday, April 15, 2013.
Stacie is the daughter of Linda and Terry Smith of Benson. Her husband, Phil Lienemann, is the son of Steve and Barb Lienemann of Morris. They live in Cottonwood where Phil is the principal of Lakeview School and Stacie is also employed at Lakeview School as a paraprofessional. Stacie is a 1995 Benson High School graduate.

Tue
23
Apr
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Michael J. Commerford, 49, Danvers

Michael J. Commerford, 49, died on Friday, April 19, 2013, at the Swift County-Benson Hospital. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, April 24, at 1:00 p.m., at the Church of the Visitation in Danvers.  Friends may call on the family from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.  A Parish Prayer Service will be held at 4:30.  Visitation will continue   for one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.

Michael J. Commerford, 49, died on Friday, April 19, 2013, at the Swift County-Benson Hospital.
 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, April 24, at 1:00 p.m., at the Church of the Visitation in Danvers.  Friends may call on the family from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.  A Parish Prayer Service will be held at 4:30.  Visitation will continue   for one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.   

Tue
16
Apr
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City will not build dike

Large ice sheets passed through the Minnesota 9 and BNSF railroad bridge this spring without jamming up and forming a dam.

A proposed $300,000 dike to be constructed to protect northwest Benson from flooding was unanimously rejected by the city council Monday night.

It would have likely meant assessments against property owners in the Hawleywood addition whose homes were within the 100-year flood plain as designated by the Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) in 2008.

Half the cost of the project would have been paid by the assessment with the balance paid by a $150,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Those funds will now most likely be returned to the state.

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Power outage Monday

Icy conditions Sunday night caused a transformer on Utah Avenue across from the federal farm agency offices to catch fire, breaking the pole. The City of Benson will be shutting off power to the north side of Benson from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday to make repairs. The fire caused parts of north Benson to be out of power Monday morning.

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14
Apr
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April blizzard brings 6 inches of snow

Just as we were seeing brown lawns and black fields, just as a hint of spring was appearing, 6 inches of snow blanketed the Benson area. With high temperatures nearly 20 degrees below average, it feels more like early March than April.

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Gary Richard Trew, 54, Cape Charles, VA

Gary Richard Trew, 54, husband of Diane Patrice Trew passed away suddenly at Cape Charles Marina in Cape Charles,Virginia aboard the C.C. Rider on Sunday, April 7, 2013. He was a resident of Benson, MN but spent some of his retirement in Cape Charles as Captain of the C.C. Rider. He was born October 22, 1958 in Flint, Michigan and was the son of the late Burley William Trew and Eeva Heinonen Trew.

Other than his spouse he is survived by four sons, Shawn William Trew of Richmond, VA, Kyle Douglas Trew of Long Valley, NJ, Jacob Burley Trew of Alexandria, MN, David Marion Trew of Benson, MN; a daughter, Hillary Rose Trew of Long Island, NJ; two brothers, Mark William Trew of West Palm Beach, FL, Lee Stevens Trew of Raleigh, NC; a sister, Lea Suzette Trew Porter, of Raleigh, NC; also several nieces and nephews.

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