October 2016

Fri
21
Oct
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Braves snap losing streak with win over ACGC

Amanda Nissen (middle) returns a serve for the Benson volleyball team, which beat ACGC in four games last week, as Megan Amundson (left) and Nicole Berens (right) look on.

The Benson volleyball team played one of its best matches of the season during a four-game victory over ACGC last Tuesday night at home.

The win snapped a long losing streak for the Braves and could give them the boost of confidence they need heading into the Section 3AA Tourney, set to begin Friday, Oct. 28.

Later in the week, Benson was shut out by Montevideo, putting the Braves overall record at 4-18 and WCC mark at 3-10 heading into the final regular-season match at home against Melrose, Tuesday.

The Section 3AA Tourney begin Friday, Oct. 28 with sub-section quarterfinal matches.  The Braves look like they will be seeded seventh or eighth in their half of the section and would open up the tournament at top-seeded Morris Area, or second-seeded Litchfield.  

See this week’s Speaking of Sports column for more possibilities on the Section 3AA Tourney.

Fri
21
Oct
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Bailey, Berreau lead cross-country teams at home meet

Brady Ascheman (middle) and JayEven McGee (right) run together at the Benson Invitational last Monday night on the Benson Golf Course.

The Benson-KMS cross-country teams hosted the Benson Invitational last Monday at the Benson Golf Club.

The Benson-KMS boys placed second of the nine boys’ teams, while the Benson-KMS girls did not field a complete team.

Lac qui Parle/Dawson-Boyd dominated both meets, winning by 44 points (20-64) over Morris Area in the girls meet and by 40 points in the boys competition over Benson-KMS (39-79).

Josh Bailey had the high finish for Benson-KMS, placing sixth overall in the boys’ meet with teammate Jon Tostenson right behind in 11th, while Kaitlyn Berreau was the top finisher for the Benson-KMS girls, placing 40th.

Coming up is the WCC Meet at Melrose, Tuesday, Oct. 18 (yesterday) followed by the Section 6A Meet at NLS, Thursday, Oct. 27; and the Minnesota State Boys and Girls Cross-County Meet at St. Olaf College, Saturday, Nov. 5...

Fri
21
Oct
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Tennis team falls to Osakis in 6A semis

Olivia Hoffman (left) and Rose McDonald (right) compete at a recent home match for the Braves, who fell to Osakis, 4-3, in the Section 6A Team Tourney at Sartell.  Up this week is the Section 6A Individual Tourney.

The Benson girls tennis team was eliminated with a 4-3 loss to Osakis in the Section 6A semifinals last Wednesday at Fitness Evolution in Sartell.

The Braves closed out the team portion of their season with a 16-3 overall record, which included a 7-1 WCC record, good enough for second place.

Osakis also beat Benson in the regular-season finale one week earlier by a 5-2 score.  Two of Benson’s three losses this season were 4-3 decisions and the other was the 5-2 loss to Osakis.

Minnewaska Area, which edged Benson earlier this year (4-3) to win the WCC title, went on to earn its second-straight state tournament berth with a 6-1 win over Osakis in the Section 6A finals.

Fri
21
Oct
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Field goal and onside kick propel Minnewaska to 30-7 win over Braves

Brett Sulier (on ground) hangs on to a Minnewaska Area runner as Aaron Zosel (34), Ross Grussing (79), and Mason Abner (30) come up to halp out, and Sam Lundebrek (84) and others look on from at right.

The Benson football team is down to its final regular-season game after losing at home to Minnewaska Area, Friday night on Brock Field, 30-7, during the annual Senior Night and Parents’ Night.  The Braves showed a lot of promise when they pulled out a 28-26 triple-overtime victory at YME, but since that time, the Sting have gone on to go 4-1, while Benson has lost five in a row.  

Benson was tied with Minnewaska Area late in the first half, 7-7, after scoring a touchdown with 58 seconds left, but the Lakers raced down the field and kicked a field goal to go up 20-7, and then added 20 more points in the second half to win going away.

Tue
18
Oct
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Thomas “Tom” Graham

Thomas “Tom” A. Graham

Thomas A. Graham
May 29, 1930 • October 16, 2016

Thomas “Tom” A. Graham, 86, of Benson, Minnesota died October 16, 2016, at the St. Cloud Hospital.  Visitation was from 12 - 1 p.m., followed by the funeral at 1 p.m., Saturday, October 22, 2016, at Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in Benson.  Interment was in the Benson City Cemetery.  

Thomas “Tom” A. Graham was born May 29, 1930 in Benson to Thomas J. and Anna M. (Zengel) Graham. He was baptized and confirmed at the Pilgrim Congregational Church.  Tom grew up in Benson and graduated from Benson High School in 1948.  He joined the MN National Guard in 1947 and later served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict until his Honorable Discharge in 1951.  

Tue
18
Oct
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Jesse E. Pahl

Jesse E. Pahl

Jesse E. Pahl
October 22, 1912  • October 16, 2016

Jesse E. Pahl, 103, passed away Sunday, October 16, 2016 at the Golden Living Center in Benson. Visitation was from 4-6 p.m.  Thursday, October 20 and continued from 10-11 a.m.  Friday, October 21, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., all at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson.

Interment was in the St. Bridget Catholic Cemetery in DeGraff, MN.

Jesse Earl Pahl was born  October 22, 1912 in Fowlerton, Texas, the son of Otto and Mathilda Martha (Schmidt) Pahl. He grew up in the Chokio, Minnesota area and on many farms in western Swift County. He attended school at Artichoke Lake country school in Shible Township through the sixth grade.  As a teenager, he started working on farms to support his family.

Tue
18
Oct
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Agnes Karoline Sylte

Agnes Karoline Sylte

Agnes Karoline Sylte
October 17, 1924 • October 4, 2016

Agnes Karoline Sylte, 91, of Nashville, Tennessee died Tuesday, October 4, 2016, at Southern Hills Medical Center.  

Visitation was from 10-11 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m., Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson, Minnesota.

Agnes Karoline Hansen Sylte, the eldest of four children, was born in Brooklyn, NY to Wilhelmina Sandine Jødine Sommensen Hansen and Kristian Ulrickson Hansen  October 17 in the year of our Lord 1924. She was brought by God into His Kingdom through His Holy Baptism  November 13, 1925, and affirmed her Christ-Created Faith through her Confirmation in 1938, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Brooklyn, New York.

Tue
18
Oct
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Rose Mary Nokleby

Rose Mary Nokleby
October 5, 2016

Rose Mary Nokleby, 91, of Montevideo, Minnesota passed away peacefully October 5, 2016 in Hastings.

A Memorial Mass will be held 11 a.m. Saturday October 29, 2016 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church, 512 Black Oak Ave., Montevideo,  with a gathering of family and friends one hour  prior to Mass at church.

A private interment will take place at the Hillside Cemetery in Havelock Township. In lieu of flowers, memorials will be donated to the Red Wing Mayo Hospice, and the Regina Senior Living.

Rose Mary grew up on a farm in Swift County, went to country school, then high school in Benson. She married Vernal Nokleby and they farmed in Mandt Township. They semi-retired in 1976 and began many years of travel in Europe and the U.S., including camping and living in their trailer at the lake.

Tue
18
Oct
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Palmer R. Pederson

Palmer R. Pederson
October 27, 1922 • September 23, 2016

Palmer R. Pederson, 93, of Benson, Minnesota, died Friday, September 23, 2016 in the Swift County Benson Hospital.  Interment will be held at a later date in the Swift Falls Cemetery.

Palmer R. Pederson was born October 27, 1922 in Swift Falls, Minnesota to Peter Johan and Dena Marie (Amundson) Pederson.  He grew up and attended school in Pope County.  

September 24, 1947, Palmer was united in marriage to Eleanor C. Anderson by Pastor Rohne at St. Pauli Church.  This union was blessed with just one day short of 69 years of marriage.  They lived in Swift Falls, Pope County and he worked in farming and at Anderson Ready Mix Plant.  His interests included fishing, hunting, and woodworking.

Fri
14
Oct
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Pheasant numbers up from 2015, but still low

Pheasants like to escape the wet grass in the early morning hours.

Hunters going out for Minnesota’s pheasant season opener Saturday could get wet based on the current National Weather Service forecast for a rainy day. But it will also be warm, with a high forecast in the mid-60s.

And while the Department of Natural Resources says pheasant numbers are up in western Minnesota, they still are nowhere near what they were in the mid-2000s and far below what they were in the late 1950s and early 1960s.  

According DNR figures, roadside counts between 1955 and 1963 ranged between 275 to 400 birds per 100 miles driven during their annual survey. Those were years when hunters would flock to western Minnesota filling up motel rooms, packing local restaurants and bars, and shopping at local stores.

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