November 2016

Fri
04
Nov
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Osakis routs Braves in Section 5AA football playoff opener, 54-12

Members of the Benson defense -- Shawn Aarhus (73), Justin Goossen (21), Devin Vergin (70), and Zack Sonnabend (52) waited in the rain for the Osakis offense to come up to the line of scrimmage.

If you like football played on a wet, slippery field, with a cold, misty rain falling the entire game, then you enjoyed the Section 5AA playoff game between Benson and Osakis last Tuesday night in Osakis.

However, if you didn’t or if you were a Braves’ fan, you didn’t enjoy Benson’s season-ending 54-12 loss to the Silverstreaks.

There were 10 touchdowns scored in the game, including eight by Osakis and two by Benson.  Seven of the scores involved plays of 26 yards or more, including touchdown runs of 45, 50, 56, and 77 yards.

Benson, seeded seventh in the section, fell behind 28-0 as Osakis scored four touchdowns over a 5 1/2-minute span.  The Brett Sulier ran 45 yards for a Benson touchdown to cut the deficit to 28-6 heading into halftime, but Osakis scored two quick touchdowns to start the second half and the rout was on.

Thu
03
Nov
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Seven seek four school board seats

Seven candidates are seeking election to the District 777 Board of Education Nov. 8. There are only four seats open on the seven-member board. The four school board candidates who get the most votes will begin their terms in January.

The seven candidates are incumbents Gary Williams, Alan Pagel, Andy Abner, and Bill McGeary along with challengers Mary K.W. Langan, Larry Smith and Dave Nagler.

Benson’s schools face critical funding decisions in the coming years that will affect the number and variety of classes students will have available. District voters are also likely to make decisions on levy referendums that have an impact on the quality of the facilities in which students will be attending class.  

Thu
03
Nov
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City council orders Armory environmental study

Benson’s City Council and Chief of Police Ian Hodge (at left) toured the Armory building last Tuesday night trying to get an idea of how it would work for a new police deparment, city hall, or both.   From left are Hodge, City Manager Rob Woflington, Director of Finance Glen Pederson, Council Members Terri Collins, Stephanie Heinzig, Sue Fitz, Mayor Gary Landmark and Jack Evenson.
Fitz, at left, and Council Members Stephanie Heinzig, Mayor Gary Landmark, Terri Collins, and Jack Evenson were at a special meeting Tuesday night considering city hall and police building options.

Benson’s council faces multiple choices, none of them cheap, as it wrestles with how to upgrade or replace city hall as well as find a new home for the police department.

It is weighing options for housing city hall and the police department in the same building, as they are now, or having them in separate locations.

The costs, and they are very preliminary rough estimates, for the various options for city administration and police facilities are:
 

Thu
03
Nov
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We Endorse Falk, Koenen, Peterson

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

 

Republicans Endorse Clinton

We don’t expect that our Republican readers would give much weight to our words if we wrote about why Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was not qualified to be president of the United States. We know they expect us to give an endorsement of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, listing all the qualifications that make her best for the job despite obvious flaws.

But rather than make that case, we will let your fellow Republicans tell you why they are either voting for Clinton, writing in some other name, or simply not voting for a presidential candidate Nov. 8:
 

Former Minnesota two-term Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty

Wed
02
Nov
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Donald Johnson

Donald E. Johnson

Donald Johnson

Donald E. Johnson, 91, of Brockton, MT, died Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at Minot Health and Rehab, Minot ND. 

His funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM, (Mountain Time) Thursday, November 3, 2016 at Faith Free Lutheran Church, Brockton, Montana. Pastor Brandon Marchner will officiate.  Burial will be at Zion Cemetery, North of Brockton, Montana.

Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home of Williston, ND has been entrusted with services and arrangements. Friends may sign the on-line register and give their condolences at www.fulkersons.com

After years of a slow progressing cancer, Donald E. Johnson, age 91, passed away on October 26, 2016 in Minot, North Dakota. He was a man of many stories, friends and great wisdom.

Wed
02
Nov
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Hubert “Hub” P. Kelly

Hubert “Hub” P. Kelly

Hubert “Hub” P. Kelly, 100

August 18, 1916 – October 31, 2016

 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, November 3, 2016 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud for Hubert “Hub” P. Kelly, age 100, who passed away Monday.  Rev. LeRoy Scheirel will officiate and entombment will be in Assumption Cemetery.  Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.  Arrangements entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, St. Cloud.

Wed
02
Nov
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Diane Sherry

Diane Sherry

Diane Lynn (Martin) Sherry
December 25, 1953 – October 31, 2016
Obituary
 

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01
Nov
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Marianne Blasey

Marianne Blasey

Marianne Blasey
October 27, 1933 • October 27, 2016

A Memorial Service for Marianne Blasey of Starbuck, Minnesota (formerly of Benson), was held Monday, October 31, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson. Celebrant for the service was Father Mark Mallak. Visitation was held Sunday at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson from 4-7 p.m. with a rosary service at 7:00 p.m. Burial was in West Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Hancock.

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