January 2017

Fri
13
Jan
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Lady Storm pick up first win of season

Hallie Watzke (7) weaves her way through the Worthington defense.  She had one goal and three assists during the 5-2 win, giving her a team-high nine points for the season.

The MBA Lady Storm picked up their first win of the season with a 5-2 home victory over Worthington, Saturday at the Benson Civic Center.  MBA scored three goals in the first period to go up 3-0 and held on for the team’s first victory of 2016-2017.

One night earlier, MBA fell to Luverne, 7-1, despite outshooting the Cardinals 29-25.  Overall, the Lady Storm are 1-9.

“The girls played an excellent last two periods against Luverne and carried that through to today’s win over Worthington,” coach Abby Daly said.  “We came out ready to play and put some pucks on the net, hammering two goals in within the first two minutes of the game with a third one following shortly after.

“After winning the game, the girls stayed humble and congratulated the other team on a well-fought game, knowing what it’s like to be on the end of a tough loss and having a young group of girls.”

The only game on tap for the Lady Storm this week is a game at Fairmont, Saturday....

Fri
13
Jan
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Gjerde’s 40 leads KMS to win over RTR

Samantha Gjerde (10) goes airborne before sending a pass to a teammate.  Gjerde had 40 points during the Saints’ 73-57 win over RTR, Thursday.

The Saints went 1-2 during a busy week of action last week.  KMS, which stands at 4-6 overall and 1-2 in the Camden North Conference, opened up the week with a 73-51 loss at Tracy Area.  The Saints came back a couple nights later to beat Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, 73-57, but then ended the week with a 44-40 loss at home to Hancock.

It was the low point total of the season for the Saints, who have been held in the 40s for three of the first 10 games.

The Saints have another busy week on tap with games at Minneota, Tuesday and at Prinsburg, Thursday followed by a home game with Yellow Medicine East, Friday....

 

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Fri
13
Jan
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MBA boys fall short vs. Worthington

Tony Bruns makes a stop for the Storm during a 3-2 loss to Worthington, Saturday, as Blake Engebretson (9) and Hunter Gades (20) help out.  Bruns had 24 saves during the loss to Worthington after stopping 59 shots during a loss to Redwood Valley earlier in the week.

The MBA boys hockey team fell twice last week in a pair of home games to Redwood Valley, Thursday (8-1), and to Worthington, Saturday (3-2).

The Storm fell to 0-9 overall with the two losses heading into Tuesday night’s game at Wahpeton.  MBA is also set to host Wadena-DC in Morris, Thursday before playing at Fairmont, Saturday....

 

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Pictured: Tony Bruns makes a stop for the Storm during a 3-2 loss to Worthington, Saturday, as Blake Engebretson (9) and Hunter Gades (20) help out.  Bruns had 24 saves during the loss to Worthington after stopping 59 shots during a loss to Redwood Valley earlier in the week.

Fri
13
Jan
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KMS boys fall by three to Tracy

Josh Peterson drives toward the basket for KMS during a loss to RTR, Thursday, as Weston Gjerde (13) and Brandon Rasmusson (23) look on.

The KMS boys had a good week of basketball, but still ended up on the losing end of three decisions.  The Saints opened up last week’s action with a 55-52 loss to Tracy Area, and then fell to Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, Thursday, 77-49, and to Hancock, Friday, 66-44.

The games against RTR and Hancock were part of a rare girls-boys basketball doubleheader in Kerkhoven.

KMS, which dropped to 1-8 overall and 1-5 in the Camden Conference, have another home game with Minnesota scheduled for Tuesday (yesterday) before the Saints go on the road for a game at YME, Thursday (tomorrow), and at Benson, Monday, Jan. 16....

 

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Thu
12
Jan
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Ellen M. Puchalski

Ellen M. Puchalski

Ellen M. Puchalski
December 7, 1951 – January 10, 2017
Funeral Notice
 
Ellen Marie Puchalski, age 65, died on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, Minnesota.

Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m., followed by the funeral at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 14, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.

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

Wed
11
Jan
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Darrel R. Miller

Darrel R. Miller
July 26, 1948 • January 7, 2017

Darrel R. Miller, 68, of Bemidji, Minnesota died Saturday, January 7, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family.

A Celebration of Life will be held 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the Bemidji Eagles Club.

Darrel Miller was born July 26, 1948 in Benson, Minnesota to Theodore and Ragna (Skarsten) Miller. He grew up in Benson and graduated in 1966 from the Benson High School. He graduated from the Minnesota School of Business in 1973 in Business Accounting. He lived in the Twin Cities and Maple Grove.

March 1, 1986, Darrel married Rebecca Doyle in Minneapolis. He worked as Internal Auditor for Pacific Gamble Robinson from 1973-1989. They owned and operated Miller’s North Country Resort from 1988-1998. Darrel drove school bus for ISD#31 from 1990-2010 and was an independent real estate developer for JayCari Ridge from 1998-2010 retiring in 2010. Darrel built the home they now live in.

Tue
10
Jan
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Lucas Olson elected to council

Candidate            Northside Southside  Total

Lucas Olson          31            64             95

Brad Johnson         27            20             47

Mike Fugleberg      20            22             42

Larry Smith           21            16             37

Totals                  99            122            221

 

Tue
10
Jan
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Lucas Olson wins special Benson council election

City Cleark along with election judges Susan Snow, Mary K.W. Langan, Pam Lawatch, and Jim Hilleren wait for voters to come in Tuesday morning. Voter turnout was very low partially due to a morning blizzard and cold, blustery conditions that continued thorugh the day.

Lucas Olson was elected Tuesday to complete the three years left in Jonathon Pogge-Weaver’s Benson City Council term. He received 95 vote beating out three challengers. Brad Johnson received 47 votes, Mike Fugleberg 42 and Larry Smith 37.

An early morning blizzard, with cold blustery conditions that continued through the day Tuesday, helped hold voter turnout down. Also, with the special council election the only race on the ballot, city officials were not expecting much of a turnout.

Total voter turnout was 222 votes with one ballot cast for a write-in candidate, but though the write-in box was checked, a name was not written in. In the 2015 Benson City Council election, there were 784 votes cast with 1,752 citizens registered. Voter turnout in 2015 was around 45 percent. Voter turnout for the special election is going to be under 15 percent.

Mon
09
Jan
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Nicholas Edwards

Nicholas Kyle Edwards

 

Nicholas Edwards
December 14, 1986 – January 4, 2017
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Nicholas Edwards, age 30, died on Wednesday, January 4, at the Swift County Benson Hospital.

Fri
06
Jan
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Benson Temperatures Reflect A Warming Climate

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

 

2016 made it three consecutive years that the Earth has broken its all-time heat record based on data that goes back to the 1880s. It also means that 16 of the 17 hottest years on record have occurred from 2000 to 2016.

More than 95 percent of the world’s climate scientists agree that there is one primary cause for the warming planet – heat trapping greenhouse gases that we pour into the atmosphere by burning of fossil fuels like oil and coal.

Climate scientists also say that as the Earth warms the atmosphere can hold more water vapor. That is going to mean more flooding downpours. The “Northeast, Midwest and Upper Great Plains have seen a 30 percent increase in heavy rainfall events,” Seth Borenstein, science writer for the Associated Press, reports. However, at the same time California and some other western and southwestern states have seen extended droughts.

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