May 2017

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Donald Henry Ascheman

Donald Henry Ascheman

Donald Henry Ascheman
May 22, 1924 - May 5, 2017

The funeral mass for Donald Ascheman, of Morris, Minnesota will be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Assumption Catholic Church in Morris.  Celebrant for the mass will be Father Stan Wieser.  Visitation will be Tuesday, one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the Calvary Cemetery, Morris.

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Monday’s snow may have broken a record

Benson tied its all-time May snowfall record when at least 2.1 inches fell early Monday morning. It also snowed 2.1 inches May 3, 1954.

Officially, the city saw 2.0 inches by 7 a.m., but the snow was still falling when that measurement was taken at the city’s wastewater treatment plant by staff that provide the National Weather Service statistics. At least another tenth of an inch of snow fell after that reading.

Seeing snowflakes in May is not all that uncommon. It has happened 14 years out of the past 64 years. However, most of those years it is just a few snowflakes that briefly appear and are gone as they hit the ground. Only three times in those 64 years has snow accumulated to the point of turning the ground white – 1954, 1966 and now 2017.

What is even more rare is to see more snow fall in May than in April. This past April the area only received one-tenth of an inch of snow. Only twice now, 1954 and 2017, has May recorded more snow than April.

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Benson commits $10,000 annually toward daycare

Benson’s City Council agreed Monday night to commit up to $10,000 annually to support the daycare center for infants and toddlers being established by Benson Public Schools.

Supt. Dennis Laumeyer told the council that the District 777 Board of Education voted to submit an application to the State of Minnesota requesting permission to provide daycare for 16 infants and 28 toddlers. It has also agreed to subsidize the cost of the operation by up to $10,000 annually if it experiences a loss on the operation, he said.

It is not the intent of the school board to run the daycare at a loss, Laumeyer said, but the first year of operations will have upfront capital costs for equipment that could total around $50,000. It will also have costs associated with remodeling facilities to provide for the daycare operation that it plans to locate in the basement of the Junior High School.

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KMS has games postponed at Canby, BBE

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The KMS baseball team had both of its games postponed last week, the first two postponements of the spring for the Saints.  KMS had a game at Canby, Thursday, postponed due to cold and rain and that game will be made up Tuesday, May 23.  The Saints were supposed to play Hancock that day, but the Hancock game has been cancelled to make way for the conference game with Canby.

The Saints, who shared the Camden Conference title last year with Canby, also had a game at BBE, Friday, postponed due to weather.  No makeup date has been set.

This week, the pace of the season really heats up as KMS was set to play at Prinsburg CMCS, Tuesday (yesterday); host YME, Thursday (tomorrow); host ACGC, Friday; and host the KMS Invitational with CGB and Murray County Central, Saturday.

The Section 3A Tourney is set to begin May 27 and the State Baseball Tournament is set for June 15-16.
 

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Braves top Lakers for first victory

Matt Tolifson already has three multiple-hit games through the first seven games for the Braves.

The Benson baseball team earned its first win of the season with a 6-4 victory at Minnewaska Area, Friday night.  The two teams were supposed to meet for a doubleheader, Thursday, but cold and rain forced a postponement and instead of rescheduling a doubleheader, the two teams scheduled one game, Friday and the other game for Monday, May 1.

The Braves, who improved to 1-6 overall and 1-5 in the WCC with the win, were also supposed to host Montevideo last Tuesday night, but that game was also postponed and will be made up Thursday, May 4.

Benson has four games scheduled this week, including the game with Minnewaska Area, Monday, a home game with ACGC, Tuesday, and makeup game with Montevideo, Thursday, and a night game with Hancock, Friday....

 

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Tennis team tops MACCRAY, 6-1

Jonas Habben competes at third singles for the Braves during a 6-1 victory over MACCRAY, Friday night in Benson.

The Benson boys tennis team earned its second win of the season last week with a 6-1 rout of MACCRAY, Friday night on the local courts.

Three days earlier, the Braves lost a match to Mora, 4-1, that was shortened due to weather.  Benson was also supposed to play NLS the same day, but that match was postponed to Monday, May 8.

The match with MACCRAY was supposed to take place, Thursday, but was pushed back a day due to weather.  That meant Benson had to play two matches, Friday.  

After playing MACCRAY, the Braves hosted a strong Litchfield team and the Dragons handed Benson a 7-0 loss.

Benson, now 2-8 overall and 1-2 in the WCC, have four matches scheduled this week beginning with a home match against Minnewaska Area, Monday, and continuing with a match at St. John’s Prep, Tuesday, a match at home against YME, Thursday, and the WCC Individual Tourney, Saturday at Montevideo....

 

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Benson softball team falls to Minnewaska Area and Atwater-CGC

Mackenzie Kurkosky pitches for the Braves during a loss to Minnewaska Area in the first game of a doubleheader last Tuesday night.

The Benson softball team is still searching for its first win this season after going 0-3 last week.  The Braves were swept in a home doubleheader with Minnewaska Area last Tuesday night, 7-0 and 10-3, and Benson also lost at Atwater-CGC, Friday, 11-7, despite outhitting the home team, 17-16.

Grace Lee had three hits during the 10-3 loss to the Lakers, while Nicole Berens was 4-for-5, Presley Gonnerman was 3-for-4, and Megan Amundson had two homeruns and five RBI during the loss to ACGC.

The Braves, who fell to 0-6 overall and 0-6 in the WCC, have five more games scheduled this week.  Benson was set to host Montevideo, Monday before hosting a doubleheader with BOLD, Tuesday, hosting Melrose, Thursday, and playing a non-conference game at Redwood Valley, Friday....

 

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Jennie Judith Claussen

Jennie Judith Claussen

Jennie Judith Claussen
June 25, 1919 - May 3, 2017

Jennie Judith Claussen, age 97, of Benson, Minn., died Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at Bethesda Pleasant View Nursing Home.  Visitation will be from 5 – 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.  Visitation will continue from 10 – 11 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at Buffalo Lake Lutheran Church of Grace in Chippewa County.  Interment will be in the Buffalo Lake Lutheran Church of Grace Cemetery.

Jennie Judith Claussen was born June 25, 1919, to John and Anna (Halaas) Lee, on a farm on the north shore of Buffalo Lake in Louriston Township near Benson, MN.

Jennie attended country school at District 45 and graduated from Benson High School.

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Opal Pearson

Opal Pearson

Opal Pearson
December 28, 1920 - April 25, 2017 

Opal Pearson, 96, peacefully passed away at her home on April 25, 2017.

She was born in Benson, the youngest child of Alfred and Martha Gustafson.  After graduating from Benson High School and business school, she married Clarence (Kelly) Pearson and they had two children.  She remained in Benson until moving to Vancouver, WA in 2012 to be with family. 

Opal is survived by daughter Bev Ullman of Vancouver, WA ; son Rog (Wannie) of Gig Harbor, WA; six grandchildren; 11 great-grand children; 2 step-grandchildren; sister-in-law Beth Pearson of Alexandria and many nieces and nephews.

Interment will be at the Benson City Cemetery.
 

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Merl "Ivan" Emmert

Merl “Ivan” Emmert

Merl “Ivan” Emmert
June 30, 1940 - May 2, 2017

 

Merl “Ivan” Emmert was born on June 30, 1940 in Aitkin, Minnesota, the son of Clifford and Nota G. (Shanholtzer) Emmert. He was called from this life on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home in Starbuck, Minnesota. He attained the age of 76 years, 10 months and 2 days.

Ivan grew up in Aitkin until the age of 7 when his family moved to Hancock, Minnesota in the spring of 1948 to farm. Ivan attended rural school in Pope County and graduated from Hancock High School in 1958. In 1959, he married Sharon Petz and to this union 3 children were born, Robin in 1960, Sue in 1964, and Robert in 1965.

Ivan bought his farm in 1959.  In 1973, he married Teresa Marquardt and to this marriage 2 sons were born, Andy and Chris. They enjoyed more than 43 years of marriage together.

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