May 2016

Wed
11
May
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BHS students win national BPA title

Benson High School students Courtney Johnson (second from left), Krista Hilleren, Hanna Lindblad, and Ashley Tolifson (second from right) on the awards podium after being announced as the National BPA champions.

Benson High School won another National BPA title during the National BPA Leadership Conference, May 5-9 at Boston, MA.

Winning a national title this year was the Administrative Support Team of Krista Hilleren, Ashley Tolifson, Courtney Johnson, and Hanna Lindblad (pictured).

Benson High School also had a second-place winner in Olivia Vergin, who placed second in the Integrated Office Applications contest, and a few more top-10 finishes, including Anneka Duncan in Fundamental Accounting; Erin Dubbels in Intermediate Word Processing; Rachel Ecklund in Advanced Word Processing; Marta Zurn in Integrated Office Application; Jaydon Smith in Advanced Spreadsheet Applications; Elizabeth Langan in Administrative Support Research Project; and Beau Norby in Digital Publishing.  

A complete recap of the BHS students’ success at the National BPA contest will appear in next week’s Monitor-News.

Wed
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May
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Taking Responsibility For Today’s Needs

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County, the City of Benson, District 777 schools, and the Swift County-Benson Hospital face a daunting array of financial challenges to address delayed maintenance on buildings, upgrade facilities to meet today’s and future needs, and adapt to changing technology.

Operating out of a 1940s building that isn’t handicapped accessible, the City of Benson has four key management personnel who are not easily accessible - the city manager, director of finance, public works director and building inspector are all on the second floor.  

Tue
10
May
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Maurice Telford Knutson

Maurice Telford Knutson

Maurice Telford Knutson
April 13, 1921 - May 7, 2016

Funeral Services celebrating the life of Maurice Telford Knutson, 95 of Benson will be Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at East Zion Lutheran Church in rural Starbuck. Reverend Jackie Haverstine will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Interment will be in the East Zion Cemetery.

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May
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Karin Ruth Hartzell

Karin Ruth Hartzell

Karin Ruth Hartzell
May 28, 1967 • February 7, 2016

Karin Ruth Hartzell was born May 28, 1967 to Richard and Phyllis Hartzell in Benson Minnesota. She grew up in Benson and attended Benson High School. Karin played saxophone in the band, played on the volleyball team, was a cheerleader, played piano, sang in the choir, and life guarded and taught swimming lessons at the Benson pool. Karin also worked in her dad’s print shop doing special projects with her sisters. She graduated in 1985 from Benson High School. Karin attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota for one year, then she transferred to Mankato State University where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business marketing in 1990.

Fri
06
May
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Tennis team falls to Monte

Eric Hoium, a ninth-grader playing first singles for the Braves, returns a shot during a match against Monte last week.

The Benson boys tennis team fell to Montevideo, 6-1, in a WCC matchup last Tuesday night in Benson.  The Braves dropped to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in the conference with the loss.

The Braves were also set to play at MACCRAY, Thursday, but that match was postponed due to weather and was reset for Monday, May 2 at 3:30 p.m.

This week, the Braves were also set to compete in a triangular at Foley, Tuesday (yesterday) that also includes Pine City.  Benson is also set to compete at Yellow Medicine East, Thursday (tomorrow) before coming home again for a match with Minnewaska Area, Monday, May 9, which will not count in the conference standings.  Benson edged the Lakers earlier this season, 4-3.

Montevideo 6, Benson 1

The Braves fell 6-1 to one of the conference favorites last Tuesday night in Benson as Montevideo swept the four singles’ matches, giving up just four total games.

Fri
06
May
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Minnewaska wins both titles at Benson Invitational

Max Peterson competes in the long jump for the Benson-KMS boys track team last week during the Benson Invitational.
Sam Rosemeier (left) takes off after receiving the baton from Jon Tostenson during the 3200 meter relay, won by the Benson-KMS boys in 9:14.93.

Minnewaska Area edged Morris Area-CA for both titles at the Benson-KMS Track and Field Invitational last Tuesday night, while the Benson-KMS girls finished third of seven schools, and the boys team was fifth of eight teams.

Winning titles for Benson-KMS were Ashley Just in the girls 1600, Kelsey Rajewsky in the shot put, Josh Bailey in the boys 1600, and the 3200 meter boys relay team of Bailey, Brady Ascheman, Jon Tostenson (pictured), and Sam Rosemeier (pictured).

The track teams have their busiest week of the season this week with another Benson Invitational, Tuesday, the NLS Little Crow Invitational, Thursday, and the Sioux Falls Invitational, Friday and Saturday...

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Fri
06
May
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Braves rout Lakeview for third win

Danny Lenarz, shown pitching during a game in Benson earlier this season, pitched a complete-game win against Lakeview last week.

The Benson baseball team won its second-straight game with an 11-1 victory at Lakeview last Tuesday night.  The Braves, who improved to 3-4 overall, scored at least one run in four of its five at-bats to end the game early due to the 10-run rule.

Benson, which is 0-4 in the WCC, was also set to host Minnewaska Area in a doubleheader, Thursday, but those games were postponed due to cold and snow.  They will be rescheduled as single games with one game at Minnewaska Area, Monday, May 9 at 4 p.m. and the other in Benson at 5 p.m., Monday, May 16.

This week, Benson is set to host Atwater-CGC in a doubleheader, Tuesday before playing at Montevideo, Friday.

Benson 11, Lakeview 1

The Braves won their second-straight game with an 11-1 win at Lakeview last Tuesday night in Cottonwood.

Danny Lenarz (pictured) picked up the win with a complete-game two-hitter, while Ty Hedman and Lenarz both had two hits to lead the offense.

Fri
06
May
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Stanley Harold Schliep

Stanley Harold Schliep

Stanley Harold Schliep, age 86, of Appleton, formerly of Holloway, died Friday, April 29th in Appleton Area Health Services –Care Center.  Funeral Services were Wednesday, May 4th at 10:30AM, at Trinity Lutheran Church –Fairfield Township, officiated by Rev. Donald Klatt.  Burial followed in the church cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Rice Hospice.

Fri
06
May
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Pearl Ruby Gorvin Hanson

Pearl Ruby Gorvin Hanson

Pearl Ruby Gorvin Hanson, 79, passed away May 3, 2016 in Ogallala, NE, after a courageous battle with cancer.
 
Pearl was born June 30, 1936 in Lesterville, SD, to Roy and Alta Hermann. She graduated from Scotland (SD) High School and attended Ancker Hospital School of Nursing in St. Paul, graduating in 1957 as a Registered Nurse. She married Bernard Gorvin in 1958 and moved to Minneapolis where they were parents to 3 children. In 1974, they bought the Gambles Store in Kasson, MN., then moved to Northfield, MN., in 1980 where they owned Biagio’s deli until 1985, when they bought Let’s Party!, a party supply store in Owatonna, MN. Pearl also helped found the Steele County Hospice chapter.
 

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May
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Beatrice L. Pearson

Beatrice L. Pearson

Beatrice L. Pearson, 95

St. Augusta

January 13, 1921 - May 4, 2016

 

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 9, 2016, at Calvary Community Church, 1200 Roosevelt Road, St. Cloud, for Beatrice L. Pearson who died early May 4, 2016, of natural causes at Quiet Oaks Hospice House, St. Augusta.  Pastor Steve Eckert will officiate. Private burial at Assumption Cemetery will follow. Visitation will be Sunday, May 8, 2016, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Calvary Community Church and again 1 hour prior to services.

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