May 2016

Fri
20
May
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Boys golf 11th at home invitational

Gunnar Abner (left) putts on the 9th hole at the Benson Golf Club during the Benson Boys and Girls Invitational Golf Tournament last Wednesday.  The golfers and coaches waited a couple of hours for the rain to somewhat stop before heading out on the course for 18 holes at about 11 a.m.  It was misty for most of the day before things cleared up later.  BOLD won the team title, while Abner had a 98 for Benson-KMS’ second-best score of the day.

The Benson-KMS boys golf team finally got in its Benson Boys Golf Invitational last Wednesday.  The meet had been scheduled for April 27, but was pushed back to May 11 due to rain and cold.
Well, things weren’t much better when the golfers arrived at the Benson Golf Club early in the morning with wind and driving rain, but after a two-hour wait, things settled down enough where the 14 teams headed out to begin the 18-hole competition.

Although it was still cold and the rain fell for most of the morning, the scores were pretty good as BOLD won the meet with a 325 total, followed by Lac qui Parle in second (348), Dawson-Boyd in third (355), Morris Area-CA in fourth (357), and Benson-KMS in 11th (393).

Next up for the boys golf team are the final two WCC meets of the season at Montevideo and Benson, Friday.
 

Fri
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May
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Catherine “Cady” Kennedy

Catherine “Cady” Kennedy

Catherine “Cady” Kennedy
April 30, 1923 - May 18, 2016
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Benson, Minnesota – Catherine “Cady” Kennedy, age 93, of Benson, died Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at Richfield Health Center in Minneapolis.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 26, 2016, at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson, with Father Jeremy Kucera officiating.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson, with a Rosary at 4:45 p.m.  Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the service on Thursday.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.  www.zniewskifuneralhome.com
 

Wed
18
May
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Republicans Warming Up To Climate Change

Trump Going in Wrong Direction

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

Just when it appeared that Republicans were coming around to the reality of a changing climate and the role we all play in its devastating impact on our world, the party’s presumptive nominee Donald Trump chooses a climate skeptic as his new energy advisor.

Trump named North Dakota’s Republican U.S. House Rep. Kevin Cramer to advise him on energy issues. Cramer has been a strong backer of oil and gas drilling. He has also been a big supporter of coal. When the Bakken oil was flowing, North Dakota saw substantial financial benefit from the unchecked expansion of wells across its northwest corner.  He supports repealing President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which is aimed at reducing America’s use of fossil fuels.

Wed
18
May
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Ward Fennell

Ward Thomas Fennell

Ward Thomas Fennell
November 28, 1926 • December 20, 2015
 
Ward Thomas Fennell, 89, currently of New Ulm, Minnesota, formerly of Benson, passed away at his residence  December 20, 2015.  Visitation will be held Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 5-7 p.m. at Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.  Visitation will continue at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church  Friday, May 27, 2016 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m.  Burial is planned for the St. Francis Xavier cemetery at a later date.  

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Paul David Mahoney

Paul David Mahoney

Paul David Mahoney
December 5, 1938 • May 11, 2016

Paul Mahoney, 77, of Appleton, Minnesota died Wednesday, May 11 in the St. Cloud Hospital.  

Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, May 19 at 10:30 a.m., at St. John’s Catholic Church in Appleton, officiated by Fr. Bill Sprigler.  Burial followed at the Appleton City Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Appleton Area Health Services –Dialysis Unit.

A loving husband, father, brother, son and faith-filled servant of the Lord, Paul was born December 5, 1938 to William and Ann (Muehlbauer) Mahoney in Morris, Minnesota. He grew up at the home dairy farm in Hegbert Township and attended grade school at District 29 Synnes Township, District 35 Hegbert Township and Appleton High School.  

Thu
12
May
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KMS softball team improves to 15-0 overall

Andrea Olson bats for the Saints during a recent home game.  The Saints have scored 203 runs in 15 games, averaging about 13.5 runs per game with season highs of 30, 28, and 19.

The Saints moved ever so closer to another Camden Conference title with a 10-4, 12-3 doubleheader sweep of Minneota-Canby last Tuesday night in Murdock.

KMS, now 15-0 overall and 14-0 in the Camden, has two conference doubleheaders left the next two Tuesdays before ending the regular-season with a game at Willmar, Thursday, May 19.

This week, the Saints were set to host Renville County West, Tuesday before playing at Tracy Area, Tuesday, May 17.  Tracy, which is 11-3 in conference play, is the only team with a chance to still catch the Saints.

For more on this story, and to keep up on all the latest in area sports, subscribe to the Swift County Monitor-News print edition or our PDF internet edition. Call 320-843-4111 and you can get all the local news and sports delivered to you!
 

Thu
12
May
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Boys tennis tops YME to finish 3-2 in WCC

Kevin Johnson (right) returns a shot at the net during first doubles action earlier this season in Benson as teammate Dylan McNeill looks on from behind.

The Benson boys tennis team had a very busy week of action last week, playing four matches over four days.  The Braves opened up last week with a 7-0 shutout of MACCRAY last Monday night before losing two matches at a triangular at Foley last Tuesday to Foley (7-0) and Pine City (6-1).  The week ended on a good note as Benson won a couple of tight matches on the way to a 6-1 victory at Yellow Medicine East, Thursday.

Benson closed out the WCC portion of its schedule with a 3-2 record and third place, and the Braves are 5-6 overall heading into their final three regular-season matches.

Benson was set to host Minnewaska, Monday, but that match was pushed back to Monday, May 16 due to rain.  The Braves were also set to play at Milbank, SD, Tuesday (yesterday) and compete at Litchfield, Thursday (tomorrow) before playing in the WCC Tournament at Montevideo, Saturday.

Thu
12
May
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Rajewsky, Burns, and boys 3200 relay win titles at Benson Invitational

Sophie Ascheman (left) takes off after receiving the baton from Carlie Lenz (middle) during the girls 400 meter relay.  The Benson-KMS team went on to place fifth at the last home meet of the season.

Montevideo dominated both meets during the second Benson-KMS Invitational of the season last Tuesday night on the Brock Field oval.

Benson-KMS was a distant second in the girls competition (225.5-96.5), while LQP-DB was second in the boys meet behind Montevideo (273.5-111) with Benson-KMS fourth with 95 points.

Winning titles for Benson-KMS were Kelsey Rajewsky in the girls shot put, Zach Burns in the boys pole vault, and the boys 3200 meter relay team.

The track and field team were set to compete at the Ortonville Invitational, Friday before getting ready for the WCC Meet at Sauk Centre, Tuesday, May 17...

For more track and field results, and to keep up on all the latest in area sports, subscribe to the Swift County Monitor-News print edition or our PDF internet edition. Call 320-843-4111 and you can get all the local news and sports delivered to you!
 

Thu
12
May
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B-H rebounds from tough week with 13-1 victory

Addie Forbord pitches for the Brave-Owls against ACGC as teammate, shortstop Nicole Berens, looks on from behind.

The Benson-Hancock softball team played five games last week on four separate days, going 1-4 overall to put its record at 4-9 overall and 2-8 in the WCC with four regular-season games to go.

The Brave-Owls opened up last week with a 9-4 home loss to ACGC last Monday night before losing 10-0 and 2-0 at BOLD last Tuesday.  Benson-Hancock lost at Melrose, Thursday, by a 4-1 score before turning things around one night later with a 13-1 victory at home over Redwood Valley.

This week, B-H was set to host a doubleheader with Sauk Centre, Tuesday before playing at Montevideo, Thursday...

 

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12
May
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Braves swept in double-header by Atwater-CGC

Andrew Lindahl (middle) charges in from first base as an ACGC batter gets ready to lay down a bunt during a game last week in Benson.

Four twos can win you a lot of money at Las Vegas, but in the sport of baseball, four twos won’t get you much and that’s what the Benson baseball team found out last week when it scored two runs in all four games it played.  

The results were a doubleheader loss at ACGC (6-2 and 4-2), a pair of losses at the Montevideo Invitational, Friday, to the host Thunderhawks (8-2) and Lakeview (8-2).

The Braves fell to 3-8 overall and 0-7 in the WCC with the four losses heading into another busy week of play this week.  Benson was set to play at Minnewaska, Monday, but that game was pushed back for a second time this spring to May 23.  The Braves had a game with LQP scheduled for May 23, but that game is now canceled.

Weather permitting, the Braves will host BOLD for a doubleheader, Tuesday before entertaining Melrose, Thursday...

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