December 2013

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Dec
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Amundson Violin to be on Pioneer’s ‘Postcards’ program

Sunday at 7 p.m,  Pioneer Public Television will air the fourth installment of the fifth season of Postcards -- a weekly regional art, culture and history program.  
The episode will feature stories about an internationally recognized contemporary artist living in Spicer, a highly regarded violin maker and repairer in Benson, an up and coming filmmaker in Montevideo and a state wide Rural Arts and Culture Summit in Morris.
The 30-minute episode will be repeated Monday, Jan. 6th at 1:30 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 9 at 7:00 p.m. The program will also be available for online viewing after January 5th through the station’s web site:  www.pioneer.org/postcards.
Brian David Downs is the subject of the first segment of the Postcards program.  Downs is a contemporary artist with national clients living in the small town of Spicer, MN (pop: 1,180).  

Tue
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Dec
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Amundson Violin to be on Pioneer’s ‘Postcards’ program

Sunday at 7 p.m,  Pioneer Public Television will air the fourth installment of the fifth season of Postcards -- a weekly regional art, culture and history program.  
The episode will feature stories about an internationally recognized contemporary artist living in Spicer, a highly regarded violin maker and repairer in Benson, an up and coming filmmaker in Montevideo and a state wide Rural Arts and Culture Summit in Morris.
The 30-minute episode will be repeated Monday, Jan. 6th at 1:30 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 9 at 7:00 p.m. The program will also be available for online viewing after January 5th through the station’s web site:  www.pioneer.org/postcards.
Brian David Downs is the subject of the first segment of the Postcards program.  Downs is a contemporary artist with national clients living in the small town of Spicer, MN (pop: 1,180).  

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Dec
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We Need To Address Why People Don’t Move Here

by Reed Anfinson, Editor-Publisher

Tue
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Dec
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Highlights in sports from years gone by

by John Fragodt, Sports Director
(Thirty years ago -- 1983) -- The Benson boys basketball team lost its third-straight game with a 43-42 loss to Long Prairie.  Benson trailed 42-39 with 10 seconds left in the game when Greg Peterson went to the line for a one-and-one.  He made the first, but intentionally missed the second.  However, Long Prairie got the rebound and was immediately fouled.  Long Prairie made one free-throw to go up 43-40, offsetting Eric Peterson’s basket just before the buzzer.
James Thompson led the Braves with 12 points, while Eric Peterson had 10 points and Greg Peterson, held without a basket for the final 19 minutes, had nine points and six boards, Joe Hanson had five points, and Jim Lindahl had four.

Tue
31
Dec
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Braves go 1-1 at Willmar Holiday Tournament

The Benson boys basketball team finished third at the Willmar Bremer Bank Holiday Classic last Thursday and Friday.  The Braves fell to Willmar in the first game, Thursday, 76-45, but came back to rout New Century Academy of Hutchinson in the third-place game, Friday, 66-23.
The Braves are 6-5 overall heading into 2014.  Benson was set to play at Atwater-CGC, Friday, before hosting Yellow Medicine East, Friday, Jan. 10.

Willmar 76, Benson 45
Willmar shot over 50 percent and outrebounded Benson by a 40-16 margin on the way to a 76-45 victory in the semifinals of the Willmar Holiday Tourney, Thursday.

Tue
31
Dec
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Lady Storm top Lake of the Woods for second win

by John Fragodt

The MBA Lady Storm picked up their second win of the season last Friday at Lake of the Woods, 6-4.  The Lady Storm had scored just eight goals in their first eight games combined before erupting for six goals against Lake of the Woods.
Hanna Lindblad had two goals for MBA, while Hallie Watzke, Emily Walz, Kelsey Rajewsky, and Nicole Berens also scored for the Lady Storm.  MBA improved to 2-7 overall with the win and is also 1-1 in the Southwest Conference.
This week, MBA was set to play at Marshall, Thursday (tomorrow) and at Worthington, Saturday before playing at Detroit Lakes, Tuesday, Jan. 7.   The final five regular-season games for the Lady Storm are at home, including games in Benson Jan. 25 and Jan. 28.

 

Photo: Hanna Lindblad heads upice on a breakaway during a recent home game in Benson for the Lady Storm, who are set to play at Marshall, Thursday, Jan. 2, and at Worthington, Saturday.

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Ellsworth J. Stensrud, age 82, of Swift Falls

Ellsworth J. Stensrud, age 82, of Swift Falls, died Saturday, December 21, 2013 at the Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, TX.
 
Services are 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 03, 2014, at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Swift Falls, with Rev. Seth Novak officiating.
 
Visitation will be from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, January 02, 2014 at the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.  Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church.
 
Arrangements are with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, MN.

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Rodney Fossen, 67, of Benson

Rodney Fossen, 67, of Benson, died on Monday, December 30, 2013, at his home in Benson. 

Services are Friday, January 3 at 2 p.m. at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Benson with Rev. Dennis McManus officiating.

Visitation is Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at St. Mark's.  Visitation will also be one hour prior to the funeral service on Friday.

Arrangements are with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.

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Cold nights remain

While a trace of snow was predicted today, with Benson thought to be on the edges, a few inches of the powdery stuff fell in the city.  Benson shopowners cleared the walks as a balmy 3 degrees was reached this afternoon.

The evening, however, could again hold the chill that has had us in its grip for several days:

Tonight (Monday): Partly cloudy with chance of light snow. Lows around -18°F. Wind chill around -33°F. Northwest wind to 8 MPH. Chance of precipitation near 20%.

Tuesday, New Years Eve, Dec 31
Scattered Snow Showers    Day: Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers. Highs around -4°F. Wind chill around -14°F. North wind to 5 MPH. Chance of precipitation near 45%.
Scattered Snow Showers    Night: Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers. Lows around -9°F. Wind chill around -24°F. East wind to 8 MPH. Chance of precipitation near 50%.

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Debra L. Webber, 50, Hancock

Debra Lorraine Webber, Age 50, of Hancock, Minnesota, passed away on Sunday, December 29th, 2013 at Swift County Benson Hospital, after a courageous battle with cancer.  She was the beloved wife of Brian Webber.
Debra was born in Canby, MN, on April 13, 1963.  She grew up in Clarkfield, MN, till the age of 13 and then spent the rest of her childhood in Dawson, MN.  She was the daughter of Lonny and Lorraine Schwartz.  Besides her husband, Brian, Debra leaves behind her daughters Michelle (Troy) Nelson of Clontarf, MN, Miranda (Steven) Henriksen of Benson, MN, and Melanie Webber of Fargo, ND.  She also leaves behind a sister Dawn (Ryan) Madden of Benson, a brother Duane Schwartz of Dawson, and her cherished grandson Tanner Nelson, as well as numerous cousins and close friends.

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