June 2016

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Sonja K. Jossart

Sonja K. Jossart

Sonja K. Jossart
May 25, 1936 • June 14, 2016

Sonja “Toni” Karen Jossart, 80, Bismarck, North Dakota, died  June 14, 2016, from the progression and complications of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 20, at Faith Lutheran Church, Bismarck, with Rev. Jon Splichal Larson officiating. Visitation was held from 5-9 p.m.  Sunday, June 19, at Eastgate Funeral Service,  Bismarck.
Burial was held at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Bismarck.

Toni was born  May 25, 1936, in Benson, Minnesota.  She is the daughter of Ben and Ethel (Troy) Johnson.  She attended grade school through high school in Benson.  She loved music and participated in band, chorus, Triple Trio, Girls Quartet, and Girls Sextet.  She also participated in the Sr. Play, Jr. Play, Homecoming Committee and Royalty, Annual Staff, and Student Council.  After graduating high school in 1954, she attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD and studied business.

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Gwendolyn J. Grothe

Gwendolyn J. Grothe

Gwendolyn J. Grothe
April 30, 1933 • June 8, 2016
 
Gwendolyn Jorran “Gwen” Grothe, 83, of Fergus Falls, Minnesota died Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at PioneerCare in Fergus Falls.

Funeral services were 10:30  a.m. Monday, June 13, 2016 at the Olson Funeral Home Chapel in Fergus Falls. Visitation was from 2-4 p.m.  Sunday, June 12, at the Olson Funeral Home. Rev. Kate Bruns officiated at the service. Burial was in the Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery in Fergus Falls.

Gwendolyn was born  April 30, 1933, in Pope County to Martin and Gida (Nelson) Mikkelson. She lived and worked on the family farm as a child and attended District 14 Country School, and then she went to Glenwood High School and finished with a home course, graduating in 1951.

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Donald A. Hammer

Donald A. Hammer

April 19, 1932 • May 12, 2016

Donald A. Hammer, 84, died peacefully at his home  May 12, 2016 in Bemidji, Minnesota.

A funeral celebration was held Friday, June 17, at 1 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Bemidji, with a reception that followed. Visitation was from 12-1 p.m. prior to the celebration.   

Don is survived by his wife and caregiver of 62 years, Faye, three daughters: Colette (Bob) Erickson of Hayden Lake, ID, Larae (Roger) Peterson of Reardon, WA, Darcee Kissler of Winter Park, CO, and seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Donald was born  April 19, 1932 in Granite Falls.  He graduated from Benson High School in 1950. Don met Lovetta (Faye) at Concordia College where he later earned a teaching degree. They married in July of 1954. That fall, Don was drafted for the Korean War. His tour of military duty started at Guided Missile school in Huntsville, AL, and concluded at the White Sands Proving Ground in Las Cruces, NM.

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City working to reduce copper in drinking water

For a more than year now the City of Benson has been working to get the amount of copper in its drinking water down to a level that the Minnesota Department of Health says is safe under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

A study of the city’s water at 20 different sites found that at 10 of them copper levels were above federal standards. The most likely cause of high copper levels comes from corrosion of household plumbing systems.

The same study found that lead levels in the city’s water supply at all 20 testing sites were below the federal limits. A copy of that study can be found on Page 7B of this week’s Monitor-News.

Benson is actively taking steps to reduce the amount of copper in its water.

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Hoium and Habben earn All-Conference for boys tennis team

Eric Hoium took over the No. 1 singles position this season as a ninth-grader and still has three seasons of high school left.

The Benson boys tennis team ended the season with a 6-8 overall record, which included a 3-2 mark within the WCC to give the Braves third place in the six-team conference behind Montevideo (5-0) and Lac qui Parle-DB (4-1).

Benson’s season came to an end with a 7-0 first-round loss to St. Cloud Cathedral in the Section 6A quarterfinals. The Braves were seeded fifth and SCC fourth.

In the section individual tourney, Kyle Ruppert and Josh Clark lost their first round matches in singles, while Eric Hoium and Nathan Habben won their first match in doubles before losing 6-4, 6-2 in the quarterfinals, and Dylan McNeill and Kevin Johnson also lost in the first round.

Benson started the season out with a 3-2 record, but then lost four of its next five to fall to 4-6 before going on to go 2-2 over its final four matches, including a 4-3 win over Minnewaska Area in the regular-season finale and a 7-0 loss to St. Cloud Cathedral in the Section 6A opener.

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Lenarz, Goossen among leaders for Braves baseball

Dan Lenarz looks for the signal from the catcher as Adam Lindahl fakes a pickoff attempt in the background.  Lenarz was the top pitcher for the Braves this season, while Lindahl was the second-leading batter.

The Benson baseball team ended the 2016 season with a 5-15 overall record, which included a 2-12 mark within the WCC to finish tied with Montevideo for seventh place.  Melrose Area and Minnewaska Area tied for the league title this year with 11-3 records, followed closely by Sauk Centre at 10-4, Morris Area-CA at 8-5, BOLD at 7-6, and Atwater-CGC at 4-10.

The Braves ended the season with a 2-1, 8-inning loss to New London-Spicer in the first round of the Section 3AA Tourney at Paynesville, 2-1.  NLS lost the next round to top-seeded Paynesville, but has since won four-straight games to earn a return matchup with the Bulldogs for the section title.

Benson started the season out with an 8-4 victory over RCW, but then lost its next four games.  The Braves turned things around with a 20-2 win over Hancock followed three days later by an 11-1 victory over Lakeview to improve to 3-4 overall, but

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Tostenson 7th in 800 meter run at State Track Meet with personal-best time

Jon Tostenson, a sophomore from KMS High School, placed eighth at the State Class A Track and Field Meet in the 800 meter run, Saturday.  He ran a personal-best time of 1:59.06, which is within a second of the school record.  Photo courtesy of Brooke Kern, Morris Sun-Tribune.

Jon Tostenson, a sophomore from KMS High School, placed eighth in the boys Class A 800 meter run at the State Track and Field Championships, Saturday, with a time of 2:01.16.

Tostenson ran a time of 1:59.06 in a very fast preliminary, Friday, to go into the finals with the seventh-fastest time before placing eighth in the finals to pick up two points for the Fighting Braves team.

Tostenson, who also qualified to state last year in the 800 meter run but failed to place, was the only Benson-KMS track athlete to make it to the state meet.

Tostenson ran  in the first heat in the preliminaries and his time of 1:59.06 was third in his heat and seventh overall of the 16 runners to advance him to the nine-person finals.

The top times in the prelims were a 1:54.93 by Mitchel Acker of Pine Island, 1:56:17 by Connor Schank of HLWW, and 1:56.7 by Kurt TeBeest of Monte.

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We Need The Right Facts To Fight Terrorism

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

When faced with horrific tragedies we seem to seek convenient answers that focus our pain and fear. Answers that give us a convenient explanation of what happened and a source upon which we can build some understanding and perspective on how we can move forward. We want to feel safe. And, if the tragedy is manmade, we want someone at whom we can direct our outrage and retribution. We want to hold someone accountable.

These are natural reactions.

But to take the steps that make us safe we have to have the right set of facts.

Omar Mateen’s slaughter of 49 men and women in the gay Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, early Sunday morning was the worst mass shooting in American history.

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KMS softball team falls to Edgerton and BOLD

Andrea Olson bats for the KMS softball team, which was eliminated with two-straight losses last week.

The season came to a screeching halt for the KMS softball team last week.  The Saints, who had opened up the Section 3A Tourney with a 7-1 victory over MACCRAY, also beat Murray County Central last Tuesday night, 12-3 to reach the upper bracket finals against arch nemesis Edgerton-Southwest MN Christian.

That’s where things took a turn for the worse as KMS fell to Edgerton, 12-1, last Tuesday night in Cottonwood, sending the Saints into the loser’s bracket where it was eliminated by BOLD the next night, 6-2.

BOLD moved on to face Edgerton-SWC for the Section 3A title and a berth at state.

The Saints, who reached state three-straight seasons from 2011-2013, have now been kept from state action the last three seasons after losing in the section title game in 2014 and 2015, and a round earlier this season.

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Benson-Hancock ends season with loss to Windom

Addie Forbord pitches and Nicole Berens is at shortstop for Benson-Hancock, which was eliminated by Windom Area last week, 8-6.

The Benson-Hancock softball team was eliminated by Windom Area in the loser’s bracket of Section 3AA last Tuesday night in Marshall, 8-6.  The Brave-Owls committed six errors against Windom, leading to three unearned runs, and that proved to be too much to overcome for the Brave-Owls, who finished the season with a 6-14 overall record.

Benson-Hancock had opened up the Section 3AA Tourney with a 19-17 win over Minnewaska Area and a 14-9 loss to Montevideo the previous week.

Pipestone Area and Martin County West were set to play in the upper bracket finals, while Morris Area and Montevideo are left in the loser’s bracket.

Seniors lost to graduation from this year’s Benson-Hancock team, coached by Barb Schwarz, are Addie Forbord, Kayla Crowell, Kamri Kalthoff, and Brooke Johnson.
 

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