January 2017

Fri
20
Jan
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KMS boys miss out on great chance for win No. 2 with loss to YME Sting

Brandon Rasmusson (23) goes up before dishing off a pass to Weston Gjerde (13) during a recent home game for the Saints.

The KMS boys basketball team missed out on a great chance for its second win of the season during a game at Yellow Medicine East last week.  The Saints fell behind 25-20 by halftime and couldn’t quite catch up in the second half, losing the Camden Conference game in Granite Falls, 54-48.

“Sometimes, you just have those off nights and this was one of them,” coach Matt Fragodt said.  “We shot really bad, and this is one game I would love to have another shot at.  We just couldn’t find a way to put two shots together.  We would make a little run, but then miss our next four times down the floor.  It was just one of those nights.”

The Saints dropped to 1-6 in the Camden Conference and 1-10 overall with the loss.  KMS was also scheduled to host Minneota last Tuesday night, but that game was postponed to Thursday, Feb. 23 due to a winter storm that hit the state last week.

Fri
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Jan
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Gymnasts top Morris Area and Marshall

Benson 9th grader Mariah Ahrndt won the all-around in two meets last week with scores of 35.0.

The Benson-KMS-Montevideo gymnastics team continued its strong season this year with two more wins last week.  The Fighting Braves hosted Morris Area for the Parent’s Night meet, Thursday, winning by a 134.3-124.3 score.  The meet had been scheduled for last Tuesday, but was pushed back two days due to weather.

Benson-KMS traveled to Marshall, Friday, and scored 133.25 points to win a dual with Marshall, 133.25-118.25.  Winning the all-around title in both meets was Mariah Ahrndt of Benson-KMS-Montevideo.

Benson-KMS is set to entertain the second-best Class A team in the state, Thursday (tomorrow) when Melrose comes to the Benson Armory, and the Fighting Braves also are set to host Litchfield-DC, Tuesday, Jan. 24....

 

Fri
20
Jan
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Benson boys fall to three-point onslaught by Morris Area Tigers

Zack Sonnabend puts a shot up over Morris Area sophomore Camden Arndt as Morris sophomore Jarret Johnson and Benson’s Nathan Habben (behind Johnson) look on during the Braves’ 65-49 loss to the Tigers on the home court, Friday.

The Benson boys basketball team fell to Morris Area-CA in a key WCC game, Friday night in Benson, 65-49.  

The Braves led early 14-9, but Morris Area-CA came back to claim a 35-21 lead by halftime and then outscored the Braves 30-28 in the second half.

Benson, which fell to 1-4 in the conference and 2-8 overall, also had a game at Montevideo scheduled for last Tuesday night, but that game was postponed due to weather and will be made up Tuesday, Jan. 31.

This week, the Braves were set to host KMS, Monday, before going on the road to face the WCC leading Melrose Dutchmen, Thursday.  After that, Benson comes home to host Sauk Centre and Hancock....

 

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Thu
19
Jan
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Lillian H. Gilles

 Lillian Helen Gilles

Lillian Helen Gilles
September 9, 1911 – January 19, 2017
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Lillian Helen Gilles, age 105, formerly of Benson, died on Thursday, January 19, 2017, at the Fairfax Community Home in Fairfax, Minnesota.  Visitation will be from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 21, 2017 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson. Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.
 
Lillian Helen Gilles was born September 9, 1911 in DeGraff, Minnesota, the daughter of Frederick and Leah C. (Chevalier) Martin.  She was baptized September 12, 1911 by Fr. P. J. Lucey and confirmed May 5, 1926 at St. Bridget Catholic Church.  Lillian graduated from Murdock High School and the Brady & Rogers Minneapolis School of Beauty.  On August 4, 1932, Lillian was united in marriage to Paul J. Gilles and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1982.
 

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DONALD J. NAGLER

DONALD J. NAGLER

DONALD J. NAGLER
JULY 11, 1934 – JANUARY 18, 2017
OBITUARY
 
Donald Joseph Nagler, age 82, of Benson, formerly of Danvers, MN, died Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.  Visitation will be from 4 – 7 p.m. Sunday, January 22, 2017, at the St. Francis Catholic Church Gathering Space in Benson with a Rosary at 6:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue from 10 – 11 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., Monday, January 23, 2017, at the Church of the Visitation in Danvers.  Interment will be in the Church of the Visitation Catholic Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Church of the Visitation Catholic Cemetery Fund.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.
 

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Evelyn Oglesby

Evelyn Oglesby

Evelyn Oglesby
September 16, 1925 - January 3, 2017

Evelyn Oglesby, 91, formerly of Appleton, passed away on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, in Mayo Health System in Red Wing, Minnesota.  Funeral services were 10 am, Saturday, January 7, 2017 at Pilgrim Congregational Church in Benson, Minnesota, officiated by Rev. Herbert Rotunda.  Burial followed in the Appleton City Cemetery.

Evelyn was born on September 16, 1925, in Fairfield Township, Swift County, Minnesota, the daughter of Augusta C. (Thielke) Schliep and Christ Schliep.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Congregational Church.  Evelyn was raised in the Fairfield Township and Clontarf area, and graduated from Benson High School.

Fri
13
Jan
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Swift County drug court has first graduation

8th Judicial District Drug Court Coordinator Karon White and Judge Thomas Van Hon present Amy with her diploma on graduation during a ceremony Dec. 27 at the Swift County Courthouse.

Drug court breaks cycle of drug use

Late this past December Swift County 8th Judicial District Court saw its first graduate from the relatively new judicial program.

Started back in 2014, the drug court’s purpose is to break the cycle of drug and alcohol addiction, and the crimes that too often are committed by those trapped in that addiction. It is aimed at those perpetually in the criminal justice system who are considered at high risk to offend again despite the jail sentences they are given, and the fines and restitution they are ordered to pay.

But those court also sees in these offenders people who, given enough help and support, can free themselves from addiction and become law-abiding, productive citizens.

Fri
13
Jan
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Goff Public to assist county with Appleton prison lobbying again

Swift County’s Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding with Goff Public to provide government and public relations services in 2017 at their meeting Jan. 3. Retaining the company is related to 2017 economic development priorities, it said.

The St. Paul firm is helping the county with its efforts to get the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton housing prisoners again.

The 1,600-bed privately-owned prison has sat empty since February 2010 when owner Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) closed it. Last fall, CCA changed its name to CoreCivic. It is the country’s largest owner of private prison facilities.

It has been keeping a minimal staff on hand for basic maintenance at the facility. CoreCivic has also invested several million in upgrades to the facility over the past years ensuring that it is ready should the State of Minnesota be interested in housing prisoners in Appleton.

Fri
13
Jan
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Legislators - If You Want Our Support Do This

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

 

With the 2017 session of the Minnesota Legislature underway, Republicans control both the Minnesota House and Senate primarily for one reason – the voters in rural Minnesota. Republicans have a commanding hold on to the House with a 76-57 majority. In the Senate, Republicans took control away from the Democrats, but by the barest of margins – one seat. They have a 34-33 majority.

As you look at the Legislature, Republicans who have promised to look after rural voters to reward them for their support heavily represent rural Minnesota.

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton has another two years left in his term and will be butting heads with Republicans on much of what they propose. But Democrats also recognize that they need to do a much better job of connecting with rural voters if they want to win back the House and Senate in two years as well as hold on to the governorship.

Fri
13
Jan
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Braves top Paynesville for second win

Matt Connolly (right) plays defense for the Braves against Paynesville, Thursday night in Benson.  The Braves topped the Bulldogs, 54-41, for their second win of the season.

The Benson boys basketball team split a pair of games last week with Paynesville and Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.

The Braves, now 2-7 overall and 1-3 in the WCC, edged Paynesville in a non-conference game in Benson, Thursday, 54-41, but one night later, the Braves fell to ACGC at home, 87-50.

The 87 points was a season-high allowed by the Benson defense this year, and the Braves have also scored above 60 points in only two of the season’s first nine games.

This week, Benson was set to play at Montevideo, Tuesday (yesterday) before hosting Morris Area, Friday, and KMS, Monday, Jan. 16....

 

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