December 2013

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Jason James Nordaune, 36, of Rochester, (formerly of Benson)

Jason James Nordaune, 36, of Rochester, (formerly of Benson) died Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at his home after a brief battle with cancer.
A private family service was  held Wednesday, April 10 at 11 a.m. at Calvary Evangelical Free Church in Rochester.
Jason was born April 6, 1976 in Benson, Minnesota. He graduated from St. John’s University in Collegeville with a B.A. in Studio Art. Jason ran his own marketing and design business, Brilliant Marketing, but most of all loved taking care of his three girls.
Jason is survived by his wife, Beth, and their two children: Ava (7) and Laurel (5 ½); his parents, Sandra and James Nordaune of Benson; his siblings, Adam and Trisha; and his grandmother, Bernice Nordaune.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Betty Lou and Donald Kepner; and Elvin Nordaune.

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Anna Mae Peterson, 85, of Willmar

Anna Mae Peterson, 85, of Willmar and formerly of Benson, died Monday, April 8, at Bethesda Pleasant View Nursing Home.
Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m.  Saturday, April 13 at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.
Interment was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at a later date.  
Memorials to Rice Hospice (www.ricehospice.com) or donor's choice are preferred.  
Anna Mae Backlund Peterson was born to Roy and Isabelle Rierson Backlund  October 8, 1927, in Litchfield, Minnesota.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in Kandiyohi and attended Whittier School in Kandiyohi through the 8th grade before graduating from Willmar High School in 1945.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, in 1949.  

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Loretta M. Jacobson, age 86, Benson

Loretta Marian Jacobson, 87, of Benson, died Saturday, December 7, 2013 at the Golden Living Center - Meadow Lane in Benson, Minnesota.
Funeral services were 11 a.m. Thursday, December 12 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson with Rev. Paul Idstrom officiating.
Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, December 11 at the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson and also for one hour prior to the service at the church Thursday.
Loretta Marian Jacobson was born  June 2, 1926, in Benson, Minnesota, the daughter of Henry and Stella (Ecklund) Schirmer.  She grew up in the Benson area and graduated from Benson High School.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.  

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Benson boys top Saints, 67-22, for 2-0 start

The Benson boys basketball team improved to 2-0 for the season with a 67-22 rout of KMS last Tuesday night in Kerkhoven.  The Braves, who opened up the season with a 53-43 win over Lac qui Parle, led 42-11 by halftime and cruised to the road win.
Benson was set to play at Minnewaska Area, Tuesday, Dec. 3; at Eden Valley-Watkins, Thursday, Dec. 5; and at Morris Area-CA, Friday, Dec. 6.
The Braves are set to return to the Benson gym for the Benson Boys Basketball Invitational, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 20-21 with MACCRAY, Breckenridge and Paynesville also set to take part

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DuWayne C. Halvorson, age 59, of Benson

DuWayne was born on September 15, 1954 and entered into his Lord’s arms on December 5, 2013 at the age of 59 years.
 
DuWayne was born to James and Cynthia (Craig) Halvorson in Benson, MN.  He was baptized at West Zion Lutheran Church; where he also was confirmed.  DuWayne attended the one-room schoolhouse in Clontarf, MN, for his early years of school and then went to public school in Benson.  He graduated from Benson High School in 1972.  He played some football in high school, but his favorite sport was basketball.
 
DuWayne farmed the family homestead in Clontarf with his family for all of his life.  He loved the farm and was blessed to always live and work on the farm.
 

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Deann Kay (Chamberlain) Johnson, age 73, of Clontarf

Deann Kay (Chamberlain) Johnson, age 73, of Clontarf, died Thursday, December 05, 2013, at home.
 
Arrangements are pending with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, MN.

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Winter storm creates hazardous driving conditions in some areas

With nearly 5 inches of snow on the ground and winds gusting to 30 dropping windchills to a minus 25 degrees, Benson Schools started two hours late Thursday.
Road conditions throughout the area were poor with pack snow and ice creating slick conditions. The Swift County-Benson Ambulance and Benson Fire Department were called to assist at the scene of an accident 3 miles east on U.S. 12 shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday. No report has been issued yet on the status of those in the vehicle.
With the temperature at 3 degrees and the wind gusting to 31 mph at the time, rescue personnel were enduring 20-below windchills.

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Margaret Walsh, age 95, Murdock

Margaret Walsh, age 95, died on Tuesday, December 03, 2013, at Bethesda Heritage Nursing Home in Willmar.  Margaret's home town is Murdock.  Funeral services are pending with the Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson.

 

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Benson-Vera Krattenmaker, age 85, Benson

Benson-Vera Krattenmaker, age 85, died on Sunday, December 01, 2013, at the Golden Living Center in Benson.  Funeral arrangements are pending with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.

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