June 2016

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KMS one of three teams left in Section 3A

Rylan Hatlestad pitches for the Saints during a Section 3A Tournament game in Sunburg, helping the Saints move to within one win of a state berth.  KMS is set to play Thursday (tomorrow) for the Section 3A title.

The KMS baseball team fell into the consolation bracket after losing to Canby in the Section 3A upper-bracket finals, Saturday at Milroy, 4-2.  The Saints had won their first three section games, including a pair of wins over Dawson-Boyd (3-0) and RCW (11-0), Saturday, May 28 at Sunburg, and an 10-0 victory over Murray County Central in the semifinals last Tuesday night.

The loss to Canby came despite the Saints outhitting the Lancers, 4-2.  KMS starter Rylan Hatlestad issued six walks and his defense committed five errors, leading to three unearned runs.

Through four games of the Section 3A Tourney, KMS has given up just seven total hits.

KMS, which improved to 16-7 overall, also tied with Canby for the Camden Conference title after both teams went through the 11 league games with 9-2 records.

Fri
10
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Tostenson earns return trip to state in 800 meter run

Jon Tostenson will be back at the State Track Meet after placing second at the Section 6A Meet in the 800 meter run.

The Benson-KMS track and field teams competed at the Section 6A Track and Field Meet last Thursday at Moorhead State University.  Perham won the 21-team girls title by six points over runner-up Pequot Lakes (98-92) in a tight two-team battle, while Pequot topped Ottertail Central for the 26-team boys title (88-71).

Benson-KMS placed 14th in the girls competition with 11 points, but failed to send any individuals to state, while the Benson-KMS boys team was 17th with nine points, but will send Jon Tostenson back to state again in the 800 meter run after the KMS sophomore placed second with a time of 2:00.56, just .24 from first.

Just missing out on state was Benson senior Courtney Johnson, who placed third in the long jump with a leap of 15-10 1/4, which was less than two inches from a state-qualifying berth.

Fri
10
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Healthy Hospital Essential To Community

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

For more than a year now the Swift County-Benson Hospital’s (SCBH) Governing Board and CEO Kurt Waldbillig have been steadily moving toward a plan that would significantly turn around the financial position of the hospital. It would not only reverse the losses of the past two years, but put the hospital on track to becoming financially strong within three years.

That financial strength will be essential to ensuring the hospital can modernize its care in coming years as well as weather the ever-changing medical reimbursement systems it must rely on form both the federal government’s Medicare and Medicaid systems, as well as private medical insurance providers.

Fri
10
Jun
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Graduation for BHS Class of 2016

Benson High School the Class of 2016

During the 126th commencement exercises at Benson High School the Class of 2016 graduated 69 students.  More pictures of BHS graduation can be found on Page 12.

Immediately following the graduation ceremony, graduates of the Benson High School Class of 2016 celebrate their graduation by throwing their hats into the air (pictured).

 

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Fri
10
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25th Annual Elementary Wagon Parade

teachers in the first wagon parade 25 years ago
Joey Wilcox and Graham Quintana.

Pictured are Kelly Crabb, Sue Hopp, Donna Tatge, Loretta Burns, Kathy Berens, Roger Ebnet, Lori Klose, Cindy Upton, Rhonda Schwendemann, Lori Martin, Kathy Arhdt and Ann Duncan; they were teachers in the first wagon parade 25 years ago.

Students pull a wagon in the the 25th Anniversary Elementary Wagon Parade while a large crowd gathered at the Northside Elementary in Benson watches. More photos can be found on Page 11. Elementary classes in kindergarten through fourth grade illustrate books they have read, and pull their creations in the parade.

Fri
10
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Vacation leads to Ascheman’s building successful business that grew through 50 years

Ron Ascheman, left, stands with Fred Barth at the old station in Danvers back in the late 1960s.

Fifty years ago Ron and Donna Ascheman packed up their kids in the car and headed out of Minneapolis for a week’s vacation back home in the Holloway area. A stop for gas in Danvers changed their lives.

While filling up, Ron Ascheman talked with Clinton (Short) Carruth who told him that he was looking to retire after 40 years as a bulk agent for Mobil Oil gas sales. He asked Ascheman if he would be interested in taking over for him.

At the time, he had a good job working for a construction company in the Twin Cities. “Donna and I went home and gave it some thought and decided to give it a try,” Ron Ascheman said.  

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10
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CVEC celebrating 20 years helping farmers, area

CVEC’s board of directors

It started as the dream of a farmer and rural electric co-op manager. One wanted to see a better corn price for the region’s farmers while the other was looking to stabilize his company’s electric sales. Both were looking to improve the economic strength of the area.

John Carruth was a crop and dairy farmer living south of Danvers while the late Ray Millett was the general manager of Agralite Cooperative. With Millett and Carruth leading the effort, a group of area farmers formed a board in 1995 to begin exploring construction of an ethanol plant near Benson. Their dream was realized a year later when in 1996 the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) began producing ethanol.

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09
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Dann Michael Moesenthin

Dann Michael Moesenthin, age 60 of Virginia died Friday, June 3, 2016 at Essentia Health – Virginia. He was born April 22, 1956 in Virginia the son of William Frederick and Margaret Gail (Granros) Moesenthin. Dann grew up in Virginia, and lived in Chicago, Toledo, and Phoenix prior to returning to Virginia. He was employed as a millwright in bulk materials handling.

Dann is survived by siblings: James (LuAnne) Moesenthin of Virginia, Richard F. Moesenthin of Benson, MN, William C. Moesenthin of Toledo, OH, Barbara Carlson of Eveleth, Jerry Moesenthin  of Gilbert, Joan Braun of Minneapolis, Jane Moesenthin of Buhl and Jack Moesenthin of Virginia; numerous nieces nephews, extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister-in-law: Sandra Lee (LoPresti) Moesenthin and niece Stephanie Moesenthin.

Tue
07
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Ardell Rodrick Olson

Ardell Rodrick Olson

Ardell Rodrick Olson, 84, of Murdock, passed away at home on June 5, 2016, with his family present. Funeral services will be Thursday, June 9, at 10:30 am at Bethesda Lutheran Church of Murdock with Pastor Dan Croonquist officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday, 5pm-7pm and one hour before the service. Burial will be at Bethesda Cemetery.

 

Ardell was born April 20, 1932 on a farm north of Kerkhoven to Ole and Ada (Wall) Olson. He was baptized and confirmed at Bethesda. He grew up on a farm north of Murdock and was in 4H and Rural Youth. He attended District #5 country school and graduated from Murdock High School in 1950. He went to the U of Morris for ag school, then enlisted in the Army, serving in the Korean War. He farmed north of Murdock, working some winters at Tylers in Benson.

 

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Leo M. Hughes

Leo Michael Hughes

Leo M. Hughes
April 4, 1927 • May 30, 2016

Leo Michael Hughes, 89, died at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota  Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016, from injuries sustained in a May 21 farming accident.  

Funeral Mass of Christian Burial was 10 a.m., Friday, June 3, 2016, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Chatfield with Father Thomas Loomis officiating.  Visitation was from 4:00 - 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church  Thursday, June 2, and concluded  with a Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m.   Visitation continued one hour prior to the Mass at the church  Friday.   The Rite of Committal followed the Mass  Saturday at Calvary Cemetery, also in Chatfield.  Military honors were accorded by the Chatfield VFW Post 6913.

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