February 2017

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Hon. Richard A. Bodger

The Honorable Richard A. “Dick” Bodger

Hon. Richard A. Bodger
February 4, 2017

 

The Honorable Richard A. “Dick” Bodger, retired. Age 91 of Edina passed away Feb. 4, 2017 at home with his wife, Jeri, by his side.

Preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Pat; brother, James; son-in-law, Rich Nieland. Survived by wife, Jeri; children, Suzanne (Michael) Anderson, Jacqueline Nieland; four grandchildren, three great grandchildren; brother, Donald (Helen); sister-in-law, Laura; nieces and nephews; Jeri’s children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Dick proudly served in the US Navy during WWII. He was a 1951 graduate from the University of Minnesota Law School. Dick practiced law in Benson, MN for 16 years before becoming a judge. He served as a judge for 23 years until his retirement as Chief Judge of the 8th Judicial District. 

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Gymnasts set another season high

Mariah Ahrndt is pictured on the floor exercise during the home finale last week against Litchfield-DC.

The Benson-KMS-Montevideo gymnastics team put on another great show last Tuesday night during a Senior Night home meet with Litchfield-DC.  The Fighting Braves scored a season-high 137.875 points during the meet to easily beat the visiting Dragons, and give them back-to-back 137 point efforts after BKMS had scored 137.375 points the previous meet during a loss to Melrose Area.

“We finished our home portion of the season with another team high last night with a 137.875 score; it was a great team effort,” coach Kathy Ahrndt said.  “Everybody is doing their job right now for the team, and the girls are all very supportive of each other.”

Just how good is 137.875 points.  Well, unofficially of course, only seven times in school history has a Benson, or Benson-KMS gymnastic team scored more than that; and six of those came during the 2004-2005 season when the gymnasts set the school record with a score of 141.375 points, Feb. 19, 2005 at the section meet.

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MBA Storm down to final six games after losses to Willmar and B-W

MBA goalie Tony Bruns makes a point-blank save against Willmar with the help of Mitchell Dufault (12) and Blake Engebretson (9).

The MBA is down to its final six regular-season games to earn its first victory of the season.  Last week, the Storm fell to Willmar (6-1) and Breckenridge-Wahpeton (6-0), putting their overall record at 0-14.

The Storm, who have scored just 14 goals all season, will have their best chance to pull out a victory this week.  MBA was set to host Little Falls in Morris, Friday, before traveling to Worthington, Saturday.

Earlier this season, MBA fell to Worthington at home, 3-2, in its closest game of the season.  Dylan DeToy leads the Storm with nine points this season, while Kolby Goff and Logan Smith have six points each....

 

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Connelly goes over 1,000 points during Braves’ win over Hancock

Layton Connelly (middle) became the sixth Benson boy to reach 1,000 career points during a win over Hancock, Thursday.

The Benson boys basketball team had a 1-2 week, beating Hancock in a non-conference game in Benson, Thursday (71-56), but also losing at home to Sauk Centre last Tuesday night (58-44) and at BOLD, Friday (80-72).  The Braves dropped to 4-11 overall and 1-7 in the WCC after last week’s action.

During the game with Hancock, Layton Connelly became the sixth boy at BHS to reach 1,000 career points, joining Aaron Lindahl (1,658), Daniel Fragodt (1,466), Adam Jensen (1,330), Sam Peterson (1,315), and Jacob Fahl (1,126).

This week, Benson has three more games scheduled beginning with a game at Montevideo, Tuesday (yesterday) and continuing with a game at YME, Thursday (tomorrow), and at Minnewaska Area, Friday.  After that, only five more games remain on the regular-season schedule....

 

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Maintenance budget for schools being readied for February meeting

Over the next few weeks, the Benson Public Schools administration will be preparing its recommendation for priorities on an estimated $14.2 million facilities maintenance plan to be implemented over the next 10 years.

It will also further research the role the school district could play in establishing expanded child care programs for the community. It will bring its proposals back to the school board at its Tuesday, Feb. 21, meeting.

As it looked at the amount of work needed simply to maintain the Benson High School, the Junior High School, and the Northside Elemetnary School, the school board formed a facilities task force to look into the work required. It was formed to give district residents input into the proposals that would eventually be put before the school board and taxpayers.

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County board votes 3-2 to offer administrator’s job to Baker

Swift County’s Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 in a special meeting Friday to offer the position of county administrator to Kelsey Baker after its first choice for the job turned it down.

Larry Timmerman, the senior program evaluator for Ramsey County Health & Wellness/Economic Growth and Community Investment, turned the job down last week after the county board voted 3-2 to offer him the administrator’s job.

In a letter to the board, Timmerman said that at this time the offer was not in the best interests of his family, the most important people to him. He added that knowing at least two of the commissioners preferred Ms. Baker he hoped that the entire board would

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Breen’s fountain sees booming business in its final days

Breen’s fountain coffee regulars, from left, Paul Gandrud, Don Wilcox and Mark Kettelkamp play “the numbers game” for who will pay the bill.
Laree and Vyke Breen struggled with the decision to close the Breen’s fountain for a decade, but in the end it came down to the need for more space for the pharmacy and a steadily declining clientele.

The era of the ‘Big Brave’ comes to an end

Monday afternoon Florence Griffin, the wife of the late Dr. Richard Griffin of Benson, and son Tim were having one last lunch at Breen’s Pharmacy. They had come from Cold Springs to take in a nostalgic moment at the Breen’s Fountain before it was set to close at the end of the day Tuesday.

They, like many others over the past two weeks, since the advertisement ran in the Swift County Monitor-News Jan. 18 announcing the fountain was closing Jan. 31, made a special trip for a last visit to the fountain. But there were plenty of local people filling the booths, seated at the tables, and perched on blue stools as well.

Last Saturday the fountain was full of people visiting for one last Big Brave (burger, fries and a thick made-from-ice-cream shake), or Little Brave (burger, fries and a pop,) or just one last chocolate shake all by its delicious self.

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