October 2016

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BHS Hall of Fame induction ceremony

The inaugural Benson High School Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place Saturday night at the Benson Bowler.  Above are four of the inductees along with representatives for the other two.  From left to right in front are Scott Wordelman, Mary Ann Grage (representing her husband, Al Grage), and Jeena (Lamppa) Hughes (representing her brother, Ryan Lamppa).  In back are Wayne Baker, Gary Williams, and Jerry Dahl.  About 75 people attended the event.  The inductees were also recognized at halftime of the Benson and Montevideo Homecoming football game, Friday night.

 

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BHS Homecoming Parade

Pictured, the parade begins its journey south from the high school.

The BHS Homecoming parade included entries from the Benson wrestlers, BPA club, junior class, gymnastics team, BHS secretaries, school board, and much more.  The Homecoming parade was a new addition to this year’s Homecoming celebration at Benson High School.

Pictured, the parade begins its journey south from the high school.

 

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Montevideo dominates second quarter on way to 27-7 victory over Braves

Brett Sulier (44) goes up the middle of the Montevideo defense for some hardearned yardage during the Braves’ 27-7 loss, Friday.  Identified for Benson are Matt Gandsey (58), Shawn Aarhus (73), and Zack Sonnabend (far right).

The Benson football team missed out on a great opportunity to move up in the Section 5AA standings, losing at home to Montevideo in the annual Homecoming game for BHS, 27-7.

The Braves and Thunderhawks both came into the contest with 1-4 records, but Montevideo dominated from the start, going up 27-0 before Benson finally scored in the fourth quarter.

Benson is now tied with Sauk Centre, Paynesville, and Minnewaska Area for fourth place in Section 5AA with 1-5 records.  The Braves are set to host Minnewaska Area at 7 p.m., Friday, before playing at Sauk Centre in the regular-season finale, Wednesday, Oct. 19.
EV-Watkins (5-1), Osakis (4-2), and ACGC (3-3) will be the top three seeds in the section, but the other four teams are battling for the fourth seed and a home playoff game, Tuesday, Oct. 25.

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Cross-country teams compete at Monte

Members of the Benson-KMS boys cross-country team take off at the start of the Benson Invitational, Monday in Benson.  Identified for Benson-KMS from left to right are JayEven McGee, Jacob Stallings, Jon Tostenson, Josh Bailey, and Brady Ascheman.  The boys placed second behind LQP-DB.  Complete results will appear next week.

And now, the real season begins!

The Benson-KMS cross-country teams competed at the Montevideo Invitational last Tuesday afternoon, with the boys team placing second behind Marshall, and the girls team running sixth in a meet dominated by Marshall, which had its top five runners place first through fifth.

Only one regular-season meet remains for the Fighting Braves; the Benson Invitational, which was set for Monday at the Benson Golf Course.

After that is the WCC Invitational, Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Melrose; 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...

 

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Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Lageson

Elizabeth “Betty” L. Lageson

Elizabeth “Betty” L. Lageson
June 01, 1930 – October 09, 2016
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Elizabeth “Betty” L. Lageson, age 86, of Benson died on Sunday evening, October 9, 2016, at the Bethesda Grand in Willmar, Minnesota.

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Saints fall to Parkers Prairie, 14-12

Caleb Collins (left) has to go low to grab a snap from center.  Collins completed 3-of-10 passes and ran for 33 yards during a 14-12 loss to Parkers Prairie, Friday.

The Saints came within three points of winning their third-straight game, but instead, KMS fell to Parkers Prairie, 14-12, in the Saints’ annual Homecoming game, Friday night in Murdock.

Both teams had two touchdowns, but Parkers Prairie added two extra-point kicks, while the Saints went empty on their two conversion attempts.

KMS, which falls to 2-3 overall and 2-2 in the Mid-State District, held a 13-6 edge in first downs and 256-182 in total yards, but the Saints hurt themselves with nine penalties and one lost fumble.

“The story of this game was too many penalties, including many on mental mistakes, along with some close spots that didn’t go our way,” KMS head coach Eric Kauffmann said.  “This is a hard one to swallow.  We had two close short-yardage plays near our end zone that really cost us, both coming up short of a first down by an inch.  This a game of inches and it proved that again tonight.”

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SYLVESTER “OLLIE” MOIST

SYLVESTER “OLLIE” MOIST

Sylvester ‘Ollie’ Moist
August 24, 1929 • October 7, 2016

Sylvester “Ollie” Moist, 87, of Willmar, Minnesota (formerly of Benson) died Friday, October 7, 2016  in the St Cloud Veterans Hospital Community Living Center.  

Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, October 12, 2016 (today) at 11 a.m., at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson with Father Jeremy Kucera officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church, with the Rosary starting at 10 a.m.

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Tennis team 15-1 with one regular-season match to go

Olivia Hoffman returns a shot at the net during a third-doubles’ win over YME last week in Benson as Rose McDonald looks on from behind.

The Benson girls tennis team is 15-1 overall heading into its final regular-season match of the season against Osakis, Monday in Benson.

The Braves beat Yellow Medicine East (6-1), Milbank, SD (5-4), and Lac qui Parle (5-2) last week to raise their record to 15-1 overall and 7-1 in the WCC to finish second behind Minnewaska Area (8-0).

The match against Osakis will also determine the second seed in the upcoming Section 6A Tourney, set to begin Monday at Fitness Evolution in Sartell.

Benson also competed in the WCC Individual Tourney, Saturday, and earning championships for the Braves were Sophia Curriel at fourth singles, and Grace Ricard and Olivia Hoffman at second doubles...

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Last of Benson grain elevators coming down

Benson’s last elevator sitting along side the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks

Benson’s last elevator sitting along side the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks could be coming down yet this fall.

Monday night the Benson City Council voted to purchase the concrete elevator and surrounding property that sits between the tracks and Minnesota Highway 9 west for $190,000. That purchase price includes the demolition of the elevator and its side buildings, and removal of debris from the site. It also includes covering the site with dirt and leveling it.

While owner Northern Ag Services (NAS) has 12 months to demolish the elevator, City Manager Rob Wolfington told the council that work could begin this fall...

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Pogge-Weaver resigns council seat; special election Jan. 10

Jonathan Pogge-Weaver submitted his resignation from the Benson City Council Monday night.

Jonathan Pogge-Weaver submitted his resignation from the Benson City Council Monday night with his fellow council members accepting it with regret.

Pogge-Weaver (pictured) was elected to a four-year term last November and had served just nine months. However, his husband Swift County Administrator Mike Pogge-Weaver has accepted the job of city administrator for Carroll, Iowa. He has also submitted his resignation and will be leaving Oct. 21.

A special election has been set for Jan. 10 to fill the remaining three years in Pogge-Weaver’s term.

Benson’s council has five members, four council members and the mayor. With Pogge-Weaver leaving, there would be just four until the special election to decide his replacement is conducted. With Mayor Gary Landmark expected to be gone for two weeks before the special election, council members were concerned that they might not be able to get a quorum should an emergency arise.

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