January 2014

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George W. Claussen, age 95, of Benson

George W. Claussen, age 95, of Benson, died Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at the Golden Living Center, Meadow Lane Nursing Home in Benson, Minnesota.
 
Services are at 11:00 AM, Saturday, February 1, 2014, at the Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson, with Rev. Gary Brandenburg officiating.
 
Visitation is at 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Friday, January 31, 2014 at the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.  Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the service.
 
Arrangements are with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, MN.

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Ethel N. Krupke, 92, Benson

Ethel N. Krupke, 92, died Saturday January 25, 2014 at Bethesda Nursing Home in Willmar.
Services are at 11:00 A.m., Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson.
Visitation will be held on Monday, January 27, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Benson.  Visitation will continue for one hour prior to services at the Church on Tuesday.

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22
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Justin A. Jeffery, 77, of Benson

Justin A. Jeffery, 77, of Benson, passed away Monday, January 6, 2014 at a family member’s home in Wisconsin. “Just Jeff” as he was known, was born August 3, 1936, the son of Lena and Paul Jeffery of rural Benson.
A Celebration of Life with family and friends will be held at a later date.

Wed
22
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Robert A. Thompson, 72, of Milan

Robert A. Thompson, 72, of Milan, passed away Sunday, January 12, 2014 at the Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital.  
Funeral services were 10:30 a.m.  Saturday, January 18  at Kviteseid Lutheran Church in Milan.  A Celebration of Bob’s life and visitation with his family was held at the church from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Friday with a prayer service at 7:00 and also one hour prior to services  Saturday.  Interment was with Military Honors at Kviteseid Lutheran Cemetery.
Robert Allen Thompson was born July 23, 1941, in Milan, Minnesota, the son of Alfred and Inez (Lovehaug) Thompson.  He was baptized and confirmed in Kviteseid Lutheran Church and graduated from Milan High School in 1959.  

Wed
22
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Lady Storm top Lake of Woods for third win

The MBA Lady Storm picked up their third win of the season, beating Lake of the Woods for the second time this season, 2-1, in a game played Friday night in Morris. The Lady Storm, who improved to 3-10 overall, also had a game scheduled for Saturday against Worthington, but that game was postponed due to weather and the new makeup date was not known by presstime. This week, MBA is set to host Luverne in Benson, Saturday.   The Lady Storm also have another game in Benson, Tuesday, Jan. 28 against Marshall.

 

Photo: Nicole Berens (16) chases after a loose puck for the Lady Storm as Kayla Benson (2) tries to catch up.  The Lady Storm topped Lake of the Woods last week, 2-1, for their third win of the season.  Berens and Benson had the goals for MBA.

Wed
22
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Benson basketball teams have tough season

The Benson boys basketball team dropped to .500 for the third time this year, losing a 66-48 decision at Paynesville last Tuesday night, putting the team’s overall record at 7-7.  The Braves, who started out 3-0, have also been 5-5 and 6-6.  
Benson was also set to host ACGC, Thursday, but that game was postponed due to cold and snow.  The game will be made up as part of a girls-boys doubleheader, Friday, Feb. 14 in Benson.  On that day, the B-squad teams will take to the court at 4:30 p.m., followed by the girls varsity game at 6 p.m. and the boys game at about 7:45 p.m.
On tap this week for the Braves is a game Thursday (tomorrow), when the Braves are set to host Hancock.  Friday, Benson entertains Montevideo.

GIRLS BASKETBALL - Tough season

Wed
22
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KMS wins Braves Classic as Benson finishes second

The Benson wrestling team had a great week, going 2-1 at the Osakis quadrangular, Friday night, and then placing second of six teams at the rescheduled Braves Wrestling Classic, Saturday.  At the Benson Tourney, senior Bryce Goff notched his 75th career win with a first-round win over a wrestler from KMS.
The Saints team won the overall title at the Benson Tourney, earning 10 individual championships on the way to the team title.
The Braves, who improved to 4-7 overall with the two wins at Osakis, were also set to compete at a triangular at Paynesville last Thursday, but that meet was postponed to Thursday, Jan. 23, making for a very busy week for the Benson wrestlers.

Photo: Bryce Goff (left) wrestles against KMS’ Alex Froehlich during the Benson Tourney.  Goff placed second for Benson, which was also second in the team compeittion, while Froelich was fifth wrestling independently.

Mon
20
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No school in Benson today - Monday (again); wind chill warning

...DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS EXPECTED 
TODAY THROUGH MIDDAY
TUESDAY...

.A WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT 
FOR THE ENTIRE COVERAGE AREA THROUGH TUESDAY 
MORNING. TEMPERATURES HAVE NOW FALLEN BELOW
ZERO AND WILL STAY THERE UNTIL AT LEAST MIDDAY 
TUESDAY. DURING THIS TIME WINDS WILL REMAIN 
MAINLY ABOVE 10 MPH...ALLOWING FOR
DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS FROM 35 TO 50 BELOW 
ZERO TODAY THROUGH
TUESDAY MORNING.

IN ADDITION...THIS MORNING...NORTHWEST 
WINDS WILL CONTINUE TO GUST TO AROUND 
30 MPH IN THE MINNESOTA RIVER VALLEY. 
THESE WINDS WILL CONTINUE CREATE AREAS 
OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW FROM WEST
CENTRAL INTO SOUTH CENTRAL 
MINNESOTA THROUGH THIS MORNING.

Here's the current weather outlook:

 

Mon
20
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David Joseph Griffin, 67, Cold Spring

David Joseph Griffin, 67, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep Saturday, January 4, 2014 at his home in Cold Spring, Minnesota.  
David was born to Richard and Florence Griffin at San Diego Naval Hospital  Valentine’s Day 1946. He was the eldest of 11 children.
Dave graduated from Benson High School. He studied biology at St. John’s University where he was an All-American football player, having played on the 1965 national championship team. From 1970 to 1976, he worked at the St. Cloud Children’s Home as a counselor, after which he became a self-taught cabinetmaker, gardener, winemaker, and fruit tree farmer.  With endless curiosity, he explored the world of Minnesota peach and apricot propagation, and worked passionately toward developing cold hardy fruit varieties.  

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Benson grad gets on set of ESPN GameDay

ESPN’s College GameDay show is the country’s premier college football program. It travels the country each fall following the big name teams and key matchup among teams vying for a national Division I championship.
But last September the GameDay show made an appearance in Fargo, N.D., to highlight the nation’s best small college team – the Bison of North Dakota State University (NDSU). It was just the fourth time, and first since 2008, that the GameDay show traveled to a city to feature a FCS game.
Ranked number one in the nation in their division and looking for a third consecutive national championship, the Bison were becoming a national story.

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