June 2013

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Benson area cleans up after high winds and rain

by Peggy Cameron, with Associated Press

 

With winds reported near 90 miles per hour, the city of Benson is cleaning up debris, mostly tree branches, as they survey the estimated hundred trees that are down around the city.  About 1:15 a.m. the constant heat lightning gave way to a full blown severe thunderstorm, which lasted for about 45 minutes as the winds tapered off and moved out of the area.  Some homes on the fringes of Benson reported upwards of 3 1/2" of rain in the short downpour.

Many people were up in the middle of the night surveying damage and cleanup has been underway for hours.  Sirens and the buzzing of chain saws was heard throughout the morning hours.

Several large trees in the Swift County Courthouse yard are up ended.  This is the story around town as roads are continuing to be cleared.

Thu
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Pioneerland Band Festival set for Friday

6:30 p.m. PIONEERLAND Band Festival, central Benson

Date: 
Friday, June 14, 2013 - 18:30
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Wed
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Lake Oliver gives up walleyes to the Swift Fishing League

•  Week four report at Lake Oliver -- It was another evening with a cool east wind that made exposed hands feel like they were fishing in April.  The walleyes did cooperate by earning the teams 119 points for the 39 total walleyes measured.  The biggest fish was a 21” walleye caught by Bill Dineen, gaining his team 6 points.  No northerns were caught, as is normal for Lake Oliver.  Five teams brought in the league limit of 5 walleyes.  First place for the evening went to the Rod Busters (Tom Hollingsworth and Jeff Erickson), earning them 19 points.  They measured a basket of 5 walleyes ranging from 17.25 to 19 inches  Second place went to the team Googan with 18 points from 4 fish.  The third place team was the Sheepshead Slayers with 5 fish and 16 points.  The league leading team,  Quarter After, was on a fishing trip, so was not able to attend this event.  Even without attending, they retained first place in the overall stands as a result of the big lead they put up during the fir

Wed
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More state gold for BKMS track team!

3200 meter relay team edges Waseca by .29

by John Fragodt, Sports Editor

The Benson-KMS track and field teams came home with another gold medal following the State Track and Field Championships at Hamline University, Friday and Saturday.
Winning a gold medal was the 3200 meter relay team of juniors Leah Tessem, Emily Tostenson, and Bethany Rosemeier, and sophomore Jessica Goff, which ran a time of 9:38.56 to edge a team from Waseca by 29/hundredths of a second for the Class A gold medal.

Wed
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Stella J. Kalthoff, age 68, of DeGraff

Stella J. Kalthoff, age 68, of DeGraff, died Monday, June 10, 2013 at home.
 
Services:  Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 15, 2013, at the St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in DeGraff, with Father William Sprigler officiating.
 
Visitation: 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 13, 2013 at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson with a Parish Prayer Service at 6:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue at the St. Bridget’s Catholic Church for one hour prior to the service.
 
Arrangements are with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, MN.

Tue
11
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Audrey Wendland

Audrey Wendland passed away May 23, 2013 in Tallahassee, Florida.

A memorial service will be held in July at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Audrey was born Dec. 16, 1928 to Leonard and Florence Kvam in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Audrey’s mother Florence taught school for several years in Six Mile Grove, Swenoda, Sunburg area and Holloway area. Audrey’s father lived in Six Mile Grove area his early years.
Audrey published a book about her mother:  ‘Florence: The True Story of a Country Schoolteacher in Minnesota and North Dakota.’ The book is at the museum in Benson.

 

 

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Florence Eldora Slaughter

Florence went to her eternal home Wednesday, June 5, 2013 from “Harbor Care at Regency on Whidbey” on Whidbey Island, WA after complications from a recent fall and fractured shoulder.   

 
Florence Eldora Slaughter was born at home in Jackson County, Minnesota  April 2, 1925, the fifth of 12 children born to Rennie and Emma Slaughter.  

 
In August of 1945, she married LaVern Birch, from Danvers who was in the U.S. Navy.   Florence, LaVern and their four children left Minnesota in 1956 and moved to Seattle, WA.    LaVern and Florence’s fifth child was born in December of 1956.  

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Murien A. Sonsteng, age 85, of Benson

Murien A. Sonsteng, 85, of Benson, died Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at the Golden Living Center - Meadow Lane in Benson, Minnesota.  

          
Funeral services were 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 10, at the East Zion Lutheran Church in rural Starbuck, with Rev. Jacqueline Harvestine officiating.  Friends called for one hour prior to the service.  

Burial was in the East Zion Cemetery in Langhei Township, Pope County.  

Arrangements were with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.  

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Joan Mabel Arnold, 75, of Holloway

The funeral service for Joan Arnold, of Holloway, was held  Friday, June 7, 2013, at 10:00 a.m., at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton.  Pastor Michelle R. Rowell officiated at the service.  Pati Arnold was the organist and accompanied the congregation in the singing of the hymns.

Honorary Bearers were Joan’s grandchildren and the Western Prairie Farm Collectors Club.  Casketbearers were Donita Ascheman, Alison Harwood, Betty Lovett, Rebecca Martinka, Charles Munsterman, and Scott Munsterman.  Interment was at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Moyer Township.

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