March 2017

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Theodore Jennings Torgelson

Theodore Jennings Torgelson

Theodore Jennings Torgelson, age 87, of Alexandria, MN, formerly of rural Appleton, died Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at his home surrounded by family. 

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Dorothy L. Hargreaves

Dorothy L. Hargreaves

Dorothy L. Hargreaves, age 90, died on Monday afternoon, March 6, 2017, at the Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am, on Friday March 10, 2017 at the St. Malachy's Catholic Church in Clontarf. Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson with a parish prayer service at 6:00 p.m. Visitation will continue from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Friday at the church prior to the service. Interment will follow the service at St. Malachy Catholic Cemetery in Clontarf.  Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Fri
03
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Benson man charged with swindling over $63,000 from friend

Andy Lynn Jaeger, 51, Benson, has been charged with one felony count of theft by swindle for allegedly taking a local friend for more than $63,000.

According to the complaint filed in 8th Judicial District Court in Benson, Jaeger played upon the emotions of his friend in claiming he had cancer, couldn’t afford the treatments, and would be cut off if he couldn’t come up with the money to pay his bills.

Jaeger was in court last Wednesday for an omnibus hearing on the charges with his next court date set for April 26. The maximum penalty for the crime is a $100,000 fine and 20 years in jail.

Fri
03
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House, Senate pass Sunday liquor bill

Rep. Tim Miller votes no, Sen. Andrew Lang yes

With both the Minnesota House and Senate having voted to approve a bill that would end the 159-year-old ban on Sunday liquor sales in the state, the law is the closest it has ever been to passing.

A conference committee of the House and Senate now needs to meet to work out slight differences in language in the two bills. Members must agree on what time they will allow stores to open on Sundays. The Senate bill would let the stores open at 11 a.m. while the House version allows for a 10 a.m. opening. Stores would close at 6 p.m. under both bills. Local governments are also given more power to opt out of Sunday sales as well as set hours under the Senate bill.

The House can take up the Senate-passed bill and pass it to bypass the conference committee process. If a revised bill is approved, or the House supports the Senate bill, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton has said that he will sign the legislation.

Fri
03
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Hospital votes to build assisted living facility

After more than two years of studying and debating how to move forward with building an assisted living and memory care facility, the Swift County-Benson Health Services governing board voted unanimously Monday night to move ahead with a project.

It is estimated the project will cost about $10.5 million and will be financed by revenue bonds. Those bonds will be paid off by hospital earnings and do not involve any general obligation bond backing from the City of Benson or Swift County.

The security for the revenue bonds will be the revenues earned by the hospital and its assisted living operation.

It is hoped that ground can be broken for the project by late July or early August.

Fri
03
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Day care discussions continue, but solution remains elusive

There are four options for adding day care for infants and toddlers to Benson Public Schools, Supt. Dennis Laumeyer told the board of education at its meeting Feb. 21.

It can build a new building, buy and renovate a current building in the community, lease a building, or remodel space it has in its buildings.

Adding six classrooms onto the west side of the Northside Elementary that would provide space for expanded day care classes would cost an estimated $3.2 million. However, another $2.1 million would need to be spent adding a new kitchen and cafeteria at the Northside. That cafeteria would free up the Northside’s gymnasium space, which is currently used for breakfast and lunch. It would also provide a multi-purpose community room that could be used for a variety of events.

The Running’s building, which used to house Do-Mat’s grocery store, could be leased for around $37,000 a year, but would require $500,000 in upgrade.

Fri
03
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MBA Storm eliminated by Redwood in section opener

Logan Smith (3) helps out MBA goalie Tony Bruns (30) during a home game for the Storm, who will lose seven seniors from this year’s team, including Smith and Bruns.

The Morris-Benson Area boys hockey team was eliminated for the season with a 6-0 loss at Redwood Valley in the preliminary round of the Section 3A Boys Hockey Tournament last Tuesday night.

MBA came into the tourney as the 11th seed, while Redwood Valley was seeded sixth.  Moving onto the quarterfinal round are top-seeded Luverne, Marshall, Litchfield, New Ulm, Hutchinson, Redwood Valley, Willmar, and Windom Area.

The Section 3A championship game is set for 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 1 (today) at Lund Arena on the Gustavus College campus, while the MN State Boys Hockey Tournament is set for March 9-11 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

The Storm ended the 2016-17 season with a 1-20 overall record.  MBA scored just 24 goals all season and was shut out seven times.

Seniors lost to graduation from this year’s team are Dylan DeToy, Logan Smith, Shawn Aarhus, Mitchell Dufault, Blake Engebretson, Anthony Johnson, and goalie Tony Bruns.

Fri
03
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Benson boys close out regular-season with win

Max Peterson (right) dribbles past a Melrose defense during the Braves’ loss to Melrose last Thursday night in Benson.

The Benson boys basketball team broke a five-game losing streak with a 59-47 victory at Lac qui Parle to close out the regular-season, Friday night.  One night earlier, the Braves lost a home game to state-ranked Melrose, 69-52.

Melrose won the WCC title this season with a 13-0 record, while ACGC is currently second at 9-4 with one game to go, followed by Montevideo at 8-5, Sauk Centre at 7-5, Morris Area at 7-6, BOLD at 5-9, Minnewaska Area at 3-11, and Benson at 1-13.

The start of the Section 3AA playoffs is set to begin Saturday, March 4 and the Braves were seeded seventh in their half of the section and will open up the tournament at second-seeded Montevideo at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 4.

The Section 3AA Tourney continues Thursday, March 9 and Saturday, March 11 with the championship game set for 5 p.m, Thursday, March 16 at SMSU.

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KMS wrestlers advance six to state, while Braves fall just short three times

Dylan Rudningen (right), shown during his championship victory at 138 pounds, is one of six Saints who qualified to the State Individual Tourney.
Aaron Zosel (right) wrestles during the third-place match at 145 pounds, which he eventually won on a pin.  Zosel missed out on a chance at true second with a 5-4 loss in the semifinals.

The KMS wrestling team qualified six wrestlers to the State Wrestling Tournament, set for this Thursday through Saturday at the Xcel Center in St. Paul.  

Earning state berths at the Section 5A Individual Tournament, Friday and Saturday at NLS High School were Will Magaard, Jared Carlson, Dylan Rudningen, Caleb Collins, Derek Krieger, and Brandin Dahl.

Rudningen, Krieger, and Dahl each placed first in their respective weight class, while the other three finished second.

The six individuals will join the entire KMS wrestling team, which also qualified to the State Tournament in team action, scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., Thursday with the Saints taking on second-seeded Pierz.

The Benson wrestling team failed to qualify any wrestlers to the state meet after sending two last year.

Aaron Zosel, Jared Knutson, and Ross Grussing each finished third for Benson, missing out on second place and a trip to state by a point or two in each case.

Fri
03
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Benson girls end season at NLS

NLS knocked off Benson in the opening round of the Section 3AA Tourney, Saturday at NLS High School.  Above, Kaitlyn Berreau (31) defends for Benson as Megan Amundson (3), Courtney McNeill (5), Danielle Himley, and Claire Ricard (30) all play defense for Benson, which ended the season 0-24.

Braves eliminated by Wildcats in Section 3AA opener, 67-23

 

New London-Spicer dominated the Benson girls basketball team during a Section 3AA first-round game at NLS High School, Saturday, winning 67-23 to eliminate the Braves for the 2016-17 season.

Benson fell behind 28-3 before pulling to within 33-9 by halftime.  The Braves trailed 53-22 midway through the second half before the Wildcats outscored Benson 14-1 the rest of the way.

Benson ended the season with a 0-24 overall record, the third time in program history the Braves did not win a game during the season (also in 1991-92 and 2013-14).

NLS moved on to the sub-section semifinals, Tuesday, while the sub-section championship is set for 8 p.m., Thursday, March 2 at SMSU, and the Section 3A championship game is set for 5 p.m., Friday, March 10 at SMSU in Marshall.

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