September 2016

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Sep
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Benson volleyball team rallies for win over ACGC

Pictured: Danielle Himley (12) and Victoria Pagel (8) go up for a block attempt against Sauk Centre as Nicole Berens (left) looks on.

The Benson volleyball team had a busy week last week, splitting a pair of WCC matches last Tuesday and Thursday before going 1-3 to place sixth at the Minnewaska Area Tournament, Saturday.

The Braves opened up the week with a three-game loss to Sauk Centre last Tuesday night at home, but came back two nights later to win at ACGC in five games to improve its WCC record at 2-3.

On Saturday, Benson went 1-2 during pool play at Minnewaska Area, losing two matches by tiebreakers, before losing to Ortonville in three games in the fifth-place match.

Benson, 3-7 overall, has another busy week this week beginning with a home match against Montevideo, Tuesday (yesterday) and continuing with a match at Melrose, Thursday (tomorrow), and the Willmar Tournament, Saturday...

 

Wed
21
Sep
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Braves fall to Morris Area, 41-21

Layton Connelly (10) uses a block from Brett Sulier (behind Connelly) and others to pick up some yardage during Friday’s loss to Morris Area.  In the background are Cole Vergin (77) and Zack Sonnabend (52).

The Benson football team played with the visiting Morris Area Tigers for one half, Friday night on Brock Field, but the Tigers proved to be too much in the second half, outscoring the Braves 20-6 to earn a 41-21 victory.

Benson, which pulled to within 21-15 with a touchdown late in the first half, lost its top defensive player for the second half due to an injury.  Brett Sulier, who also starts at fullback, did not play the second half due to a hand injury.  His status for this Friday night was not known by presstime.

“We assessed the situation at halftime and in the best interest of the player and to not risk further injury, I opted to sit the player out the second half,” Benson head coach Scott Gonnerman said.  “We all want to win in the worst way, but I will always take and put the care and health of our players first.

Wed
21
Sep
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Future of Wildlife Programs Depend on Youth

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

After years of seeing t-shirts with sayings things like “I’d rather be...” with an illustration of a fish, pheasant, duck or deer, implying the person wearing it was an avid outdoor sportsman, we saw one this past weekend that gave insight into where too many young people’s passions are today. It said, “I’d rather be…” and was illustrated with video games.

Minnesota’s waterfowl season starts this Saturday. The archery deer season is already underway and the pheasant season starts in just a couple weeks. It’s a time of year those who love the outdoors and the challenge of hunting anxiously anticipate.

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20
Sep
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Helen Carlson

Helen Carlson
April 22, 1920 • September 12, 2016

Helen Carlson, 96, passed away September 12, 2016 with her loving husband, Carl, at her side, in Montrose, CO.

There will be a Memorial Service for Helen, October 4, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel, with burial at the Veterans Cemetery in Grand Junction, CO.

Helen was born April 22, 1920 to Martin and Genora Larson.  Helen spent her childhood in the Milan area and graduated from Milan High School before continuing her education at Lyn Business School.

Helen married the love of her life, Carl Carlson,  December 6, 1947 in Big Bend, Minnesota.

Helen was a member of Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson, Minnesota. Helen particularly loved crossword puzzles, reading and long walks, but more than those things she loved her grandchildren, great grandchildren, family and friends.

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19
Sep
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Phyllis Mae Smith Stone

Phyllis Mae (Smith) Stone

Phyllis Mae (Smith) Stone
November 17, 1924 – September 18, 2016
 
Phyllis Mae (Smith) Stone, age 91, of Colfax, WI, formerly of Benson, MN, died Sunday, September 18, 2016 at Colfax Health & Rehabilitation Center.  Visitation will be held from 4 – 7 p.m. Sunday, September 25, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson.  Visitation will continue from 10 – 11 a.m., followed by the funeral at 11 a.m., Monday, September 26, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church.  Interment will follow in the Benson City Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.
              
Phyllis Mae (Smith) Stone was born November 17, 1924 in Six Mile Grove Township in Benson, Minnesota. After a long and full life, she passed away peacefully on September 18, 2016 in Colfax, Wisconsin. She was 91 years old.

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Elaine Schwendemann

Elaine Schwendemann

Elaine Schwendemann
1928 – 2016
 
Elaine Genevieve Schwendemann, age 87, of Benson, died Friday in Golden Living Center –Meadow Lane in Benson.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, September 20th at 11:00AM, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson, officiated by Rev. Dennis McManus.  Visitation will be Monday from 4:30PM to 7:00PM at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Visitation will resume for one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.  Burial will follow in the Benson City Cemetery.
 
Elaine Genevieve Schwendemann was born November 21, 1928 at her Grandparents homestead near Glenwood Minnesota to Melvin and Leona (Foner) Cummins.  She grew up in the Glenwood area graduating from Villard High School in 1947.  She worked as a sales clerk in Benson at Ben Franklin and then Clark’s Drug until she was 80 years.
 

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Sep
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Joseph “Joe” Mary Abrego

Joe Abrego

Joseph “Joe” Mary Abrego

November 10, 1949 - September 14, 2016
 

Funeral services for Joseph Mary Abrego will be held at 10:30 on Monday, September 19, 2016 at the St. Theodore Catholic Church.  Father Russell Scepaniak will officiate.  Visitation will take place from 3 – 5 PM on Sunday at Bonnerup Funeral Chapel, Albert Lea, and again one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.  Interment will take place at St. Theodore Catholic Cemetery.

Joseph passed away on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at Thorne Crest Senior Living Community.  He was 66 years old.

Joseph “Joe” Mary Abrego was born on November 10, 1949 in Hayward, MN to Manual and Mathilda (Garcia) Abrego.  He was a lifetime member of the Albert Lea area.  On November 18, 1967, Joe was united in marriage to Joyce (Slinde) in Bricelyn.  To this union, three children were born.  Joe and his family were members of St. Theodore Catholic Church.

Fri
09
Sep
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Wentzel Family Farm named Outstanding Conservationists

Pictured are members of the Wentzel Family Farm.

The Swift County Soil and Water Conservation District has named Wentzel Family Farm as the 2016 Outstanding Conservationists. Wentzel Family Farm consists of Melvin and Elaine, Craig and Bonnie and Todd and Shari Wentzel of DeGraff.

The Wentzels farm about 2800 acres each year, which mainly consists of a corn and soybean rotation, with about 10% planted to wheat each year. Putting some wheat in the rotation enables them to more easily manage the weeds and pests that may be persistent in the fields.

The landscape that Wentzels farm is diverse and has a variety of soil types that require additional management to be able to maintain healthy soils while reducing erosion. Because of the diversity of soils and landscapes Wentzels will use less aggressive tillage equipment on lighter soils such as reduced tillage or no till in the fall. On their heavier flat soils a more aggressive tillage, like the use of vertical tillage, can be used for erosion and runoff control.

Fri
09
Sep
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Court rules in favor of GPC in long-running court battle

Corn field

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Monitor-News

After an eight-day court trial in Swift County 8th Judicial District Court Judge Charles Glasrud found decisively in favor of Murdock-based grain cooperative Glacial Plains Cooperative in his Aug. 16 decision.

He also sharply criticized the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company’s (CVEC) past general manager and management for the problems that have led to the persistent legal battles between the two companies.

The court found that CVEC was in breach of its grain handling agreement with Glacial Plains Cooperative (GPC) and ordering that it “shall continue to perform its duties and obligations under the terms of the grain handling agreement.”

Fri
09
Sep
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Saints top Benson and Minnewaska

Molly Jeppesen (16) had seven kills during the win over Benson.  Above, she spikes over Anna Gosson (16) and Sophie Ascheman (4).

The Saints are off and running!

The KMS volleyball team opened up the season with a 3-0 victory over Benson last Monday night in Kerkhoven, and then came back three nights later to sweep Minnewaska Area in another home match, 25-15, 25-7, 25-23.

The 2-0 start should give the Saints confidence as they head into a busy second-week of action this week.

“Against Minnewaska Area, the girls came out a little more relaxed with a match under their belts,” coach Joquel Molenaar said.  “We took advantage of a lot of mistakes by Minnewaska Area in the first two games, and then, after struggling a bit in game three, the girls were able to play disciplined and finish off the match win.”

KMS was set to open up the Camden Conference schedule with a home match against Renville County West, Tuesday (yesterday) followed by a match at Lac qui Parle, Thursday (tomorrow), and the Browerville Tourney, Saturday...

 

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