January 2017

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06
Jan
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2016 was sixth warmest year on record for Benson area

2016 will go into the records books as the sixth warmest on record for the Benson area despite no 100 degree days and just nine days that hit 90 degrees or higher.

However, from January to June 2016 every month saw above average temperatures and 10 of 12 months were warmer than average. March was the third warmest on record falling behind 2000 and 2012. March’s mean temperature was 9.4 degrees above average and saw five high temperature records broken.

November was also the third warmest on record with the mean 10.5 degrees above the average.

The warm March weather led to many area lakes setting record early ice-out dates and the Benson Golf Course opened for play March 12. It opened March 15 in 2015, another very warm March.

Fri
06
Jan
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Four candidates seeking Benson City Council seat

Four people filed for the seat and will be on the Jan. 10 ballot - Mike Fugleberg, Brad Johnson, Larry D. Smith and Lucas Olson.

Special election set for next Tuesday

Benson voters will go to the polls Jan. 10 to elect someone to fill the remaining three years in the city council term of Jonathon Pogge-Weaver. The person elected will start his term immediately.

Four people filed for the seat and will be on the Jan. 10 ballot - Mike Fugleberg, Brad Johnson, Larry D. Smith and Lucas Olson. The person elected to the seat will serve through Jan. 5, 2020.

Voting will be in the Benson Armory from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. City Clerk Glen Pederson has had no absentee ballot requests for the election and it likely that voter turnout could be very low. If it is, with a four-way race, anyone could win with a relatively few votes.

Fri
06
Jan
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KMS boys fall short of second win at tourney

Pictured are the two seniors on this year’s KMS boys basketball team, along with the head coach.  From left to right are Tanner Rohner, head coach Matt Fragodt, and Jorge Zaldivar.  The Saints have four-straight home games coming up over an 8-day span from Jan. 3-10.

The Saints missed out on a great chance to pick up win No. 2 at the Windom Area Holiday Tournament last week.  Instead, KMS fell to 1-5 overall with a pair of losses to Windom Area (64-43) and Heron Lake-Okabena (63-56).

In the other games of the tourney, Tracy routed Heron Lake-Okabena (85-53), but then fell to Windom Area in the title game, 53-47.  It was the first wins of the season for Tracy and HL-Okabena.

KMS is hoping to recharge during a four-game homestand coming up.  The Saints are set to host Tracy Area, Tuesday, RTR, Thursday, Hancock, Friday, and Minneota, Tuesday, Jan. 10....

 

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Fri
06
Jan
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KMS girls split games at Windom

Samantha Gjerde (left), who had 55 points during the two Windom Area tournament games, throws a pass to a teammate.

The KMS girls split their games at the Windom Area Tourney, Thursday and Friday.  The Saints opened up the tournament with a 67-57 loss to Fairmont, Thursday, but came back one night later to top Alden-Conger, 63-47.

In the other games, Windom edged Alden-Conger in the semifinals, 52-51, and Fairmont routed Windom Area for the title, 47-30.

The Saints, now 3-4 overall, have three games scheduled for the first week of 2017.  KMS was set to play at Tracy Area, Tuesday before hosting RTR, Thursday and Hancock, Friday....

 

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Pictured: Samantha Gjerde (left), who had 55 points during the two Windom Area tournament games, throws a pass to a teammate.
 

Fri
06
Jan
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Cold shooting leads to two losses for Braves at tourney

Max Peterson had a pair of good games for the Braves during the Redwood Valley Tourney.

The Benson boys basketball team fell to 1-6 overall with a pair of losses at the Redwood Valley Holiday Tournament, Thursday and Friday.

The Braves opened up the tourney with a 75-59 loss to the host Cardinals and then fell to Martin County West in the third-place game, 63-55.

Lakeview edged Martin County West in the other semifinals game, Thursday, 60-58, and Redwood Valley routed Lakeview for the title, 79-65.

Benson has two home games set for the first week of 2017.  The Braves were set to host Paynesville, Thursday (tomorrow) and ACGC, Friday....

 

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Pictured: Max Peterson had a pair of good games for the Braves during the Redwood Valley Tourney.

Fri
06
Jan
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Benson eighth at Braves Wrestling Classic

Adam Zosel went 2-1 to place second at 132 pounds for Benson’s top finish at the Braves Wrestling Classic.

The Benson wrestling team hosted the Braves Wrestling Classic, Friday, with 10 area teams taking part.  Tracy Area-Westbrook-Walnut Grove had just one individual champion, but added five runners-up, four fourths, four fifths and a sixth to place first with 202.5 points.

Canby, which had two champions and five third-place finishers, was second with 192.5 points, while Quad County was third with 167 points, and Benson was eighth with 109.5 points.

Adam Zosel had the top finish for Benson, placing second at 132 pounds, while Chase Young was third at 126 pounds, and four other Braves placed fourth.

The Braves are now set to compete at a triangular at BOLD, Thursday (tomorrow)  with Howard Lake-WW also competing, before preparing for a triangular at home, Tuesday, Jan. 10 with Paynesville and Minnewaska Area....

 

Fri
06
Jan
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MBA boys fall twice at invitational

MBA goalie Tony Bruns (30) makes a point-blank stop on a shot by Prairie Centre as Dylan DeToy (7), Mike Halvorson (10), and Logan Smith (3) help out during the Storm’s loss to PC during the Benson Invitational.

The MBA boys hockey team hosted Prairie Centre and Fairmont for a holiday tournament last week.  MBA fell to Prairie Center in the first game, Wednesday, 8-1, and also lost in a close game with Fairmont, Friday, 5-2.

In the other game, Prairie Centre won the three-team title with a 5-2 win over Fairmont.

MBA, 0-7 overall, has two more games scheduled in Benson this week, starting with a game against Redwood Valley, Thursday (tomorrow) and continuing with a game against Worthington, Saturday....

 

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06
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Mavis Lorraine Koenen

Mavis Lorraine Koenen

Mavis Lorraine Koenen
January 22, 1931 - December 31, 2016

Mavis Lorraine Koenen passed away December 31, 2016 at Luther Haven Nursing Home in Montevideo. Funeral services are Friday, January 6th at 11:00 a.m., with visitation for one hour prior, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Clara City followed by burial in Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Montevideo.  Arrangements were with the Wing-Bain Funeral Home of Clara City (www.wingbain.com).  

Mavis Lorraine Koenen was born January 22, 1932 to Vernon and Corintha (Spencer) Tangeman near Montevideo. She was baptized into the Lutheran Faith at Ocheyedan, Iowa, and confirmed at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Montevideo.

Mavis grew up and attended school in Montevideo graduating from Montevideo High School with the class of 1950.

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Bradley G. J. Nordby

Bradley G. J. Nordby

Bradley G. J. Nordby
June 9, 1959 – January 3, 2017
Obituary
 
Brad Nordby, age 57, died on Tuesday, January 3, at the Swift County Benson Hospital. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, January 6, at 10:30 am at the Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Zniewski Funeral Home – Vaala Chapel of Appleton is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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