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LaVina Sellman

LaVina Sellman
March 14, 1941 • May 30, 2016

LaVina Lou Sellman, 75, of Kirksville, Missouri, formerly of Benson, Minnesota, passed away Monday, May 30, 2016, at the Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, Missouri.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 9 from 6-8 p.m. at the Benson Liquor Store.

LaVina was born  March 14, 1941, in Benson, Minnesota, the daughter of Leo and Dorothy Wilson Atchison. LaVina lived most of her life in Benson. She operated LaVina’s Café for a number of years and worked 35 years at the Benson Municipal Liquor Store. She moved to Kirksville, Missouri five years ago to be near her daughters.

She was a member of the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Benson and The Crossing in Kirksville, Missouri. She was also a member of the Moose Lodge in Kirksville. She enjoyed gardening, reading and working on word puzzles.

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Anita Tucker

Anita Mary Tucker

Anita Tucker
May 17, 1934 • May 27, 2016

Anita Mary Tucker, 82, of Willmar, Minnesota died Friday morning, May 27, 2016 at Copperleaf Senior Living Community in Willmar.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m.  Tuesday, August 9, at the Church of St. Mary in Willmar.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Interment will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Murdock.   

Anita Mary Tucker was born May 17, 1934,  in Clara City, the daughter of Frank and  Irene (Bailey) Schoen.  She moved with her family as a young child from Clara City to a farm south of Murdock, where she grew up.  She quit school just after starting the ninth grade to help care for her mother who was dying of cancer.  After her mother’s death, she helped take care of her nine brothers and sisters.

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Donna J. Janke

Donna J. Janke

Donna J. Janke

Cherished mother and grandmother, Donna J. Janke, 86, passed  away  May 23, 2016 in Halstead, Kansas. She was separated by death from her husband of 67 years, Ronald J. Janke (d. April 20th, 2016), for only a month.

Donna was born  May 15, 1930 in nearby Glenwood. She was a longtime resident of Benson, where Ronald ran a shoe store and she raised their four children. Having lived a while in the Twin Cities metro, she retired to Glenwood before ultimately relocating to Kansas to be near her eldest daughter.

She was preceded in death by her children, Barry and Pamela, and grandson Casey. She is survived by her brother, Harris Pederson of Glenwood; her daughter and son, Trisha (Gene) Sulier and Bruce (Cynthia) Janke, both of Halstead, Kansas; her daughter-in-law Judy Janke of Blaine; and her eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, to whom she gave endless love and affection.
 

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OLOF LEVERNE OLSON

OLOF LEVERNE OLSON

OLOF LEVERNE OLSON
DEATH NOTICE
OCTOBER 19, 1916 – FEBRUARY 24, 2016

Olof Leverne Olson, 99, of Benson, Minnesota (formerly of Murdock), died Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at Homestead Place North in Benson.  

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, June 10, 2016 with visitation for one hour prior at Bethesda Lutheran Church in rural Murdock.  

Olof Leverne Olson was born  October 19, 1916 on the family farm north of Murdock, the son of Olaf and Anna (Anderson) Olson. He was baptized and confirmed at Bethesda Lutheran Church. He grew up on the farm north of Murdock and attended Frank Lake Township Grade School and graduated from Murdock High School.

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Gay L. Amundson

Gay L. Amundson

Gay L. Amundson
March 23, 1951 – June 1, 2016
Funeral Notice
 
Gay Lynette Amundson, 65, was born  March 23, 1951 in Benson, Minnesota, the daughter of Jerome “Jerry” and Carol (Tollefson) Johannessen. She was baptized  July 12, 1951 at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church by her uncle Pastor Pete Reinhard and confirmed October 30, 1966 at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church. Gay grew up in Benson where she graduated from Benson High School and then moved to Hibbing where she attended Hibbing Community College.

She was married to Calvin Amundson September 15, 1979 at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson and this union was blessed with two children, Brooke and Dana.

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Benson-Hancock earns split of first two Section 3AA games

After having their action Saturday rained out, Addie Forbord (pitching), Lizzie Staton (right) and the rest of the Brave-Owls will be back in action this week during the Section 3AA Tourney.

The Benson-Hancock softball team came back from a 17-1 deficit to win its first section game and stay alive in the Section 3AA Tourney.  B-H rallied to beat Minnewaska Area in the opening round last Tuesday night in Montevideo, 19-17, before falling to the Thunderhawks later the same day, 14-9.

The Brave-Owls, 6-13 overall this spring, were scheduled to play against Windom Area in the loser’s bracket, Saturday, but that game was pushed back to Tuesday (yesterday) due to rain.

Benson-Hancock is now set to play Windom Area in an elimination game at 2 p.m., Tuesday (yesterday) in Marshall.  With a win, B-H would play again at 5 p.m., but with a loss, the Brave-Owls would be eliminated for the season.

Teams left in the winner’s bracket of Section 3AA are Morris Area, Pipestone, Montevideo, and Martin County West, while in the loser’s bracket are B-H, Windom Area, Jackson County Central, and NLS.

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Boys golf team shut out from finals

Abe Peterson tees off at the 8th hole of the Benson Golf Club during the final WCC meet of the season in Benson, May 19.  The boys team ended its season at the Section 3AA semifinals last week.

The Benson-KMS boys golf team was eliminated for the season at the Section 3AA semifinals, Thursday at the Oakdale Golf Club in Buffalo Lake.

Sixteen teams competed in the event, and the top five teams, along with the top 12 golfers from the other teams, advance to the Section 3AA finals, set for Tuesday, May 31 (yesterday) at the same course.

The State Boys and Girls Class AA Golf Tourney is set for June 14-15 at Ridges on Sand Creek in Jordan.

Seniors lost to graduation from this year’s boys golf team are Dylan Smith, Jeff Arnold, and Anikin Jorschumb.
 

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Track teams compete at sub-sections

Mariah Ahrndt (right) gets set to hand off to Carlie Lenz during the girls 800 meter relay at the sub-section meet in Morris last week.

The Benson-KMS boys and girls track and field teams competed at the Sub-section 21 Meet, Thursday at the University of Minnesota-Morris oval.

Minnewaska Area won both meets, edging Morris Area in the girls meet and easily surpassing runner-up West Central Area in the boys competition.

Jon Tostenson won the lone title for Benson-KMS, winning the boys 800 meter run in a time of 2:03.68.

The top place finishers from each event qualified for the Section 6A Track and Field Meet at Moorhead State University, Thursday, June 2.  The State Track and Field Championships are set for Friday and Saturday, June 9-10 at Hamline University.

 

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Honoring Our Veterans

Benson High School Senior Max McDonald delivered the Voice of Democracy message during the annual Benson Memorial Day service at the city cemetery on Monday, May 30.

 

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SCBH seeks ways to finance assisted living facility

Swift County-Benson Hospital would like to start work on a $12.445 million assisted living/memory care facility on land south of Scofield Place yet this fall.

It would also like to begin work on the $5.75 million restructuring project, changing the current layout of the hospital to better serve in-patient and outpatient clients, and provide for more efficient use of staff.

How to finance the projects has yet to be figured out. At the May 23 SCBH Governing Board meeting, CEO Kurt Waldbillig said the hospital is considering using Scofield Place with its 501c3 status and sound financial history to be the lead in seeking financing for the assisted living/memory care part of the project.
 

“Honestly, where the hospital is at financially for the last three years has been an issue,” Waldbillig said of its ability to go the market to seek a loan or bonding.
 

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