December 2016

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Gymnasts fall short vs. Redwod

The Benson-KMS-Montevideo gymnastics team scored above 130 points during its meet at Redwood Valley last Tuesday night and a lot of times, that’s enough to earn a victory.

However, Redwood Valley scored 133 points to edge the Fighting Braves, while also placing first and second in the all-around.

Benson-KMS was set to host Paynesville, Thursday, Dec. 22 to close out the 2016 portion of its schedule before getting ready for 2017....

 

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Pictured: Mariah Ahrndt had the top score for the BKMS gymnasts during a meet at Redwood Valley last week.
 

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Braves fall to BOLD 3-point onslaught

Max Peterson (31) weaves his way through a maze of BOLD players on the way to a layup during a loss to the Warriors last week on the home floor.  In the background is Zack Sonnabend.

The Benson boys basketball team had one bad stretch during a home game with BOLD last Tuesday night, and it was just enough to give the visiting Warriors a 77-69 victory over the Braves.

Benson trailed by 15 points late in the first half (33-18), before outscoring BOLD 51-44 the rest of the way, including a 9-4 edge to close out the first half and 42-40 margin in the second half.

Benson, which fell to 0-3 overall, was also set to host the CASE IH Boys Invitational Friday and Saturday with Breckenridge, ACGC, and MACCRAY, but the tournament was canceled due to a winter blizzard.

The game with ACGC, that was set to open up the tournament Friday, will be made up as a conference game, Friday, Jan. 6 in Benson....
    

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A visit from the Santa Truck

With all the kids patiently waiting, the Santa Truck rounds the corner and heads toward the Benson Fire Hall.
Mrs. Claus (Shirley Manska) and Santa (Karl Manska) pose with a young child during the Santa Truck’s visit to the Benson Fire Hall, Monday.  All the kids had a great time visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus and each received a bag of treats.

Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their friends visited the Benson Fire Hall to meet with all the kids in Benson.  They were originally set to visit the community Saturday night, but that visit was postponed to Monday due to weather.  The Santa Truck made stops at Danvers, Clontarf, the Golden Living Center-Meadow Lane, and DeGraff before arriving at the Benson Fire Hall.

 

Pictured, top: With all the kids patiently waiting, the Santa Truck rounds the corner and heads toward the Benson Fire Hall.

Pictured, bottom: Mrs. Claus (Shirley Manska) and Santa (Karl Manska) pose with a young child during the Santa Truck’s visit to the Benson Fire Hall, Monday.  All the kids had a great time visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus and each received a bag of treats.
 

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NW Benson loses power durng Sunday’s frigid cold

On the coldest morning in nearly seven years the power in northwest Benson went out. It would stay out from around 8:30 Sunday morning until nearly 6 that night.

At the time the power went out, the temperature in Benson was near a minus 25 degrees after hitting a low of 28 below zero. The wind chill was a dangerous 40 and 45 below. While temperatures “warmed” through the morning to a minus 8 degrees by noon, the temperature never got above zero as city electric crews worked into the late afternoon to find out what was causing the outage.

As soon as the power went out, the city’s on-call electric crew responded, City Manager Rob Wolfington told the Benson City Council Monday night. As the crew tried to fix what it thought was causing the problem things continued to go wrong. A burned out transformer was replaced, but there were other problems down the line that caused fuses, some the size of a baseball bat, to blow, he said.

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Area sees coldest temps in seven years

When the temperature fell to a minus 28 degrees in Benson early Sunday morning it was the coldest temperature the area has seen in nearly seven years. Back in January 2010 it fell to 35 below zero Jan. 2 and 31 below Jan. 3.

The National Weather Service had issued a winter storm warning for western central Minnesota Friday with 3 to 6 inches of snow forecasted. But as the snow moved eastward, the NWS issued a wind chill warning as temperatures fell below zero Saturday and winds picked up gusting to 25 mph. Wind chills Saturday night fell as low as a minus 37 degrees.

Through the night the temperature continued to fall Saturday reaching a minus 24 degrees before midnight.

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Study says renovate Armory and build new city hall

A study of Benson’s 1927 Armory building recommends tearing off the two-story office space, adding a new entry and bathrooms, and building a new city hall/police department.

Armory main floor, gymnasium safe for public use
 

A structural and environmental study of the Benson Armory building shows that for the most part it is safe for the public to use.

However, it also says that the two-story front office space on the 1927 building should be removed and replaced. Engineering and architectural firm Widseth, Smith and Nolting (WSN) of Alexandria, did the study, with architect Reed Becker overseeing it.

Benson’s City Council had been exploring the possibility of remodeling the Armory for use as a new city hall, police department, or possibly both. However, during a tour of the building in October, it found mold growing in the basement, paint peeling off the walls, and pipes wrapped with a material that likely contained asbestos.

It led the council to order the environmental study to ensure the building was safe for the Benson High School gymnastics program use, for roller skating, walkers, and for events.

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MICHAEL R. FENNELL

Michael Robert Fennell

Michael Robert Fennell, age 57, of Benson, died Sunday, December 18, 2016. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.
 
Michael Robert Fennell was born on May 28, 1959 in Owatonna, Minnesota, the son of Robert and Mary (Klucas) Fennell.  He was baptized on June 14, 1959 by Father Jewison at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Owatonna.  Mike was confirmed on June 8, 1969 by Bishop Schladweiler at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Clontarf.  He graduated from Clontarf Grade School and Benson High School and then attended Alexandria Technical College.
 
Mike lived in Benson and worked at Custom Roto-Mold.  Among the many things he enjoyed were hiking at Glacial Lakes State Park, canoeing, camping, bon fires, woodworking, carpentry, Mountain Dew and Snickers.  Mike passed away December 18, 2016.  He attained the age of 57 years, 6 months and 20 days.
 

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ROGER H. MARQUARDT

ROGER H. MARQUARDT
APRIL 8, 1951 – DECEMBER 19, 2016
DEATH NOTICE
 
Roger Harold Marquardt, age 65, of Benson, Minnesota died Monday, December 19, 2016 at his home.  A private family burial will be held in the Belview City Cemetery at a later date.

Roger is survived by his siblings: Janet (Dwayne) Ousky of Belview, Viola (Murlin) Buske of Waseca, Shirley (David) Williamson of Appleton, and Ronald Marquardt of Burnsville; and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.  www.zniewskifuneralhome.com

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Wilfred “Willie”A. Holm

Wilfred “Willie” A. Holm

Wilfred “Willie” A. Holm
February 09, 1924 –December 19, 2016
Obituary
 
Swift Falls, Minnesota – Wilfred “Willie” A. Holm, age 92, died on Monday, December 19, at the Appleton Nursing Home.

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John “Jack” E. Kennedy

John “Jack” E. Kennedy

Jack E. Kennedy
April 27, 1948  -  December 18, 2016

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