April 2016

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PETER D. HANSON

Peter David Hanson

Peter D. Hanson
August 28, 1942 • March 27, 2016

Peter David Hanson, 73, died Sunday, March 27, 2016 at St. Catherine’s Living Center in Wahpeton, North Dakota.  

A Memorial Service will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Zniewski Funeral Home Chapel in Benson with visitation held for one hour prior to the service.  

Burial will be in the Benson City Cemetery.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to your memorial of choice.

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PAUL M. DIEDERICH

Paul M. Diederich

Paul M. Diederich
February 12, 1957 • April 21, 2016

Paul M. Diederich,  59, died Thursday, April 21, 2016 at Golden Living Center - Meadow Lane in Benson, Minnesota.  

A Mass of Christian Burial was held 11 a.m., Monday, April 25, 2016 at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson with Father Jeremy Kucera officiating.  Visitation was held one hour prior to the service.  Burial was at 1:30 p.m. in the St. Bridget’s Catholic Cemetery in DeGraff.  

Paul Michael Diederich was born February 12, 1957 in Benson, Minnesota, the son of Cletus Matthew and Doris Louise (Matter) Diederich.  He was baptized and confirmed at St. Francis Catholic Church and graduated from St. Francis Catholic Grade School and Benson High School.

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Saints improve to 7-0 with two sweeps and win over B-H

Pictured are KMS head softball coach Eileen Suter (left) along with senior captains Taylor Rasmusson, Andrea Olson, and MiKaylie Hagen.

The KMS softball team earned five victories last week, sweeping doubleheaders at Lakeview last Tuesday night (14-1 and 6-0) and at RTR, Thursday (16-0 and 19-1) before coming home, Friday and beating Benson-Hancock in a non-conference game, 8-2.

KMS, now 7-0 overall, has two more doubleheaders this week and both are at home.  The Saints were set to host Lac qui Parle, Tuesday before entertaining MACCRAY, Thursday.

Through the early portion of the season, KMS is the only undefeated team in the Camden Conference, while LQP and MACCRAY are the only teams with only one loss....

Pictured are KMS head softball coach Eileen Suter (left) along with senior captains Taylor Rasmusson, Andrea Olson, and MiKaylie Hagen.

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KMS baseball opens up season with three wins

Pictured are KMS senior baseball captains Rylan Hatlestad (left), Nathan Torkelson, and Ian Caldwell, along with head coach James Cortez.

The KMS baseball team has started the season off just as hoped.  The Saints, who had their first game postponed due to weather, opened up the 2016 schedule with three victories last week, including two Camden Conference games.

The Saints beat MACCRAY in the season opener last Monday night at Clara City, 5-1, and then shut out Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, Thursday, 13-0, before ending the week with a 12-2 home win over Hancock, Friday.

The Saints have two road games scheduled this week beginning with a game at Tracy Area, Monday, and at Lakeview, Thursday (tomorrow).

Pictured are KMS senior baseball captains Rylan Hatlestad (left), Nathan Torkelson, and Ian Caldwell, along with head coach James Cortez.  The Saints have opened up the season 3-0.

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Braves fall to Melrose Area and Sauk Centre

Andrew Lindahl pitches for Benson in the early innings.

The Benson baseball team lost two conference games last week after opening up the season April 5 with a win over RCW.  The Braves, now 1-2 overall, lost at Melrose Area last Tuesday night, 7-2, and also fell to Sauk Centre in Benson, Thursday, 12-2.

The Braves are set to play a doubleheader at Morris Area-CA, Tuesday (yesterday) before hosting Hancock, Friday, during the annual “Burger Grill” game sponsored by the Benson Baseball Association.

Members of this year’s Benson baseball team, coached by Adam Foslien with help from assistant coach Eric Hulterstrum, are seniors Adam Lindahl, Andrew Lindahl, Connor Staton, and Max McDonald; juniors Brett Sulier, Chris Ebnet, Justin Goossen, Shawn Aarhus, Ty Hedman, and Tywon Begger; sophomores Danny Lenarz, Lane Geyer, and Brandon Osterbauer; and freshman Jared Knutson.  Geyer and Osterbauer will also be playing primarily on the JV team.

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April’s quick warmup gets spring planting underway in Minnesota

Area farmers were out doing fieldwork and planting prior to Monday’s rain as April’s temperatures went from very cool to nice and warm.

After a very cool start to April, temperatures warmed up dramatically the past week allowing farmers to start spring planting.

Through the first 12 days of April, highs averaged just 45 degrees, but between April 13 and Monday, April 18, highs averaged 75 – 30 degrees warmer. Lows during the first 12 days of April averaged 23 degrees, but over the past week they have averaged 47 degrees – 24 degrees warmer.

Those higher temperatures have warmed the soil considerably over the past week. At the Swan Lake Research Farm in Stevens County the average soil temperature from April 1 to April 12 was 37 degrees at both 2 inches and 4 inches. As of Monday, the soil at 2 inches had warmed to an average of 53 degrees and at 4 inches to 50 degrees.

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Fewer blocked crossings promised

BNSF double train engine in Benson, MN

For well over a year Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railway has been working to install automatic switching gear on the tracks that run through Benson. The goal was to eliminate the need for manual switching – requiring a person to physically throw the switch – a process that slowed down how quickly trains could move through the community.

Last week Amy McBeth, with BNSF public affairs, informed City Manager Rob Wolfington that it was putting its new power switch into operation in Benson.
“This means that trains can pass through town and won’t have to stop and hand throw the switch,” she told him in an email. “It should help to reduce the time trains are there and alleviate some of the issues we’ve had there with motorists trying to traverse the crossings.”

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It’s Hard To Keep An Open Mind To Learning

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

We read a fascinating story written by National Public Radio’s Anya Kamenetz last week about the importance of teachers knowing the most likely wrong answer a student is likely to give in response to a question.

In her story, titled “Why teachers need to know the wrong answers,” she follows the research of professor of astronomy and director of the Science Education department at Harvard University, Philip Sadler. He says “that cognitive science tells us that if you don’t understand the flaws in students’ reasoning, you’re not going to be able to dislodge their misconceptions and replace them with the correct concepts.”

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Robert A. Wallin

Robert A. Wallin

Robert A. Wallin
November 28, 1930 • April 16, 2016

Robert A. Wallin, 85, of Stillwater, Minnesota and formerly of Duluth and Asheville, NC, died  Saturday, April 16, 2016.

Funeral services were held at Valley Grove Church, Nerstrand,  Friday, April 22, 2016.

Robert Alger, the son of Roy and Mae (Plackner) Wallin, was born November 28, 1930 in Benson.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Robert married Gladys L. Hope on June 9, 1955 in Faribault and she preceded him in death  July 21, 2004. He was previously employed as a high school teacher in Wadena and Duluth and as a housing inspector for the City of Duluth.

He is survived by two children, Janna (and Pastor Arden) Haug of Minneapolis and Kurt (and Tammy) Wallin of Auburn, WA; five grandchildren, Vitali (and Gina) Haug, Alexei Haug, Brennan, Deneille and Cierra Wallin; great grandson Ivan Haug; and a sister, Donna Anderson of Willmar.

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Glenn K. Rood

Glenn K. Rood

Glenn K. Rood
January 20, 1939 • April 13, 2016

Glenn K. Rood, 77, of Sunburg, Minnesota died Wednesday afternoon, April 13, 2016, at his farm in rural Sunburg.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m.  Monday, April 18, 2016 at Hope Lutheran Church in Sunburg. Visitation was held from 3-5 p.m.  Sunday, April 17, at Hope Lutheran Church and continued Monday for one hour prior to the service at the church.

Glenn Kenneth Rood was born January 20, 1939 on the family farm on the shores of Monson Lake near Sunburg, the son of Elmer and Clara (Ellingson) Rood.  He grew up and attended Sunday school in Sunburg and attended country school and school in Kerkhoven. He was confirmed at West Norway Lake Lutheran Church.

In 1968, he married Linda Thorson and they were later divorced. He worked on gas lines in Shakopee, built silos for Hanson’s Construction in Canada.

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