February 2014

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Jean Helen (Ogren) Peterson, 86, formerly of Benson

Jean Helen (Ogren) Peterson, formerly of Benson, died Thursday February 6, 2014 at the Regina Senior Living Center in Hastings, MN.  Funeral Services will be held Thursday, February 13 at 11 a.m. at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Woodbury, MN.

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Ruby Simonson, age 84, of Benson

Ruby Simonson, age 84, of Benson, passed away February 6, 2014.  She was born on June 18, 1929 in Barsness Township, Pope County, MN, the daughter of Henry and Clara (Halvorson) Hagen.  Ruby was baptized at Barsness Lutheran Church and confirmed at Big Bend Lutheran Church.  She graduated from Benson High School in 1947.  On October 24th, 1947 Ruby was united in marriage to Reuben Simonson at Big Bend Lutheran Church.  Together they were able to share in sixty-six years of marriage and were blessed with four children.  Ruby’s faith and church were very important to her.  She enjoyed bible study, sewing, raising her family and helping others.  Ruby is survived by her loving husband, Reuben; children, Rebecca (Bob) Winge of West Fargo, ND, Renae (Kenny) Jacobson of Hopkins, Bob of Benson, Mona (Jon) Hilleren of Willmar; grandchildren, Sarah, Leah, Nathan, Michael, Ben, Amanda (Shawn), Joe and Greg; great-grandchildren, Sophia, Clara and Liam; and other family and friends. 

Thu
06
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Wrestlers run into section powers

The Benson wrestling team ran into three of the toughest teams in the section and the result was three losses for the Braves, who dropped to 4-13 overall and 1-6 in the conference heading into the final week of the regular-season.
Benson fell to Wabasso-RRC (63-14) and Minneota (73-0) during a triangular in Benson last Tuesday night, and then lost at Canby, Saturday, 66-6.
The Braves are set to close out the regular-season with a home match against Minnewaska Area, Tuesday (yesterday) and the Morris Invitational, Saturday.  Coming up the following week is the Section 3A Team Tournament, set to begin Thursday, Feb. 13.

Benson triangular
The Braves struggled at a home triangular last Tuesday night, losing to Wabasso-Red Rock Central (63-14) and Minneota (73-0) while winning just 3-of-28 overall matches.

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06
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Benson girls fall to NLS and BOLD

The Benson girls basketball team fell twice last week, lowering the team’s overall record to 0-17 and conference mark to 0-10.
The Braves fell to NLS last Tuesday night in a non-conference matchup, 67-34, and then were routed by league-leading BOLD, Friday in Benson, 73-43.
Benson has two games scheduled this season, including a game at Morris Area-CA, Monday, and a game at home against Melrose, Thursday (tomorrow).  The Braves then go on the road for a game at KMS, Monday, Feb. 10, and at Osakis, Tuesday, Feb. 11.

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Homeless

After the second or third polar vortex, I am getting tired of being inside, at home. But then I start thinking, that I must be grateful I have a home. There are, after all, many people, including families that are homeless.
When we were in Washington, school and offices closed due to a big winter storm. In the paper, we read about the homeless; families with children who lined up to get help in the cold only to find out the office for helping the homeless was closed due to the snow.  Some of them ended up sleeping on the floor in churches.
Duluth has more than 900 homeless people and was the first city in the US to pass a homeless bill of rights, although many states do have such a bill. This bill of rights is meant to draw attention to the plight of the homeless. The plan is to have the Human Rights Commission of the city take an in-depth look at the problem of homelessness and to find solutions. There is talk of having homeless people on the commission.

Thu
06
Feb
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SCBH hears report on OB services

By Reed Anfinson, Publisher
As the Swift County-Benson Hospital (SCBH) Board of Governors weighed the many challenges and requirements for reinstating the delivery of babies, it decided it needed guidance in how to proceed.
To that end, it contracted with Dr. Kathryn Duevel of Health Delivery Science and a long-time Affiliated Community Medical Centers (ACMC)-Willmar obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN) physician.
Duevel’s role was to not only help the governing board ask the right questions as it deliberates reinstating OB services, but the requirements and steps to follow if it does.

Thu
06
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Nelson seeking Republican endorsement

Retired MACCRAY High School teacher and coach Gary Nelson announced Monday that he would seek the Republican endorsement for the District 17A House seat.
District 17A is made up of Swift and Chippewa counties, most of Renville County, and the four southwestern Kandiyohi County townships of Edwards, Holland, Roseland and Lake Lillian.
If he gets the endorsement, Nelson will be taking on incumbent Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party incumbent Rep. Andrew Falk of rural Murdock. Falk is serving his third term in the state House.

Photo:  Nelson lives in Clara City and works as a bus driver during his retirement.

Thu
06
Feb
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The Benson-KMS gymnastics team won its seventh meet

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team won its seventh meet of the season, winning at Morris Area-CA, Friday night, 125.025-121.3.
The Fighting Braves closed out the conference schedule with a 3-1 record, losing only to Melrose, and are 7-2 overall heading into their final meet of the regular-season Monday at Ortonville.
Benson-KMS is also set to compete at the WCC meet at Morris, Saturday, Feb. 8, and then gets ready for the Section 6A meet, Saturday, Feb. 15.

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Daniel Paul Knutson, 53, Benson

Daniel Paul Knutson was born in Benson, MN, on November 15, 1960, the son of Gerald W. and Gloria H. (Nelson) Knutson.  He was baptized and confirmed at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Swift Falls.  Dan was raised in the Benson area and graduated from Benson High School in 1979.  After high school he attended Hennepin Technical College.  He worked as a welder for many years and thoroughly enjoyed his vocation.  
        
He was united in marriage to Helen “Sissy” Lageson on May 19, 1984 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson.  This union was blessed with two children: Samuel and Desiree.  Dan enjoyed NASCAR, football, hunting, fishing, music, welding, woodworking, and playing with his dog, Kojack.  He loved to spend time with family, especially his kids, Sam and Des.

Dan died at his residence on Thursday, January 30, 2014.  He had attained 53 years, 2 months, and 15 days of age.

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