November 2017

Fri
17
Nov
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Lady Storm open up season with 2-1 loss to PR

Hallie Watzke (7), who led MBA in scoring last year, had an assist on MBA’s only goal during the season opener.

The Morris Benson Area Lady Storm opened up the 2017-2018 season with a 2-1 loss to Park Rapids, Saturday night at the Lee Community Center in Morris.

The game was the first of 16 games scheduled for the Lady Storm this season.  MBA went 2-14 last season, but lost just one player from that team (Nicole Berens).

Among the players back this season are junior Hallie Watzke, who led the Lady Storm in scoring last year with 12 points, senior Megan Kirkeide, who was second with eight points, and junior Abbey Hoffman, who returns as the starting goalie for MBA this season.

The Lady Storm scored first against Park Rapids, but PR came back with the tying goal 14 minutes later and then scored the only goal of the third period to claim the 2-1 victory.

Next up for the Lady Storm is the Marshall Tournament, set for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24-25.

There are only four games scheduled for Benson this year -- Dec. 16, Jan. 4, Jan. 20, and Feb. 3....

 

Fri
17
Nov
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Rudningen earns MVP for KMS volleyball team

Mallory Rudningen, who earned MVP honors for KMS this season, puts up a set for a teammate.

The KMS volleyball team finished the 2017 season with a 12-17 overall record after going 13-18 the season before.  The Saints were also 3-8 in the Camden North Conference for the second season in a row.  MACCRAY dominated the league race with an 8-3 Camden North mark, while KMS was tied with Dawson-Boyd for second, Lac qui Parle was fourth (2-9), and Prinsburg and RCW were tied for fifth (1-10).

The top three teams in the Camden South were Tracy Area (11-0), Minneota (10-1), and Canby (9-2), all ranked among the top 10 teams in state at least one time this year, including Minneota, which edged Tracy in the Section 3A championship to earn a berth at state.

KMS started out 7-5 with three-straight wins over RCW, LQP, and Dawson-Boyd, Sept. 12, 14, and 19, but then went 2-9 over its next 11 matches to fall to 9-14.  The Saints went 2-2 at the Underwood Tourney before going 1-1 in the Section 5A Tourney to finish 12-17.  

Fri
17
Nov
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Staton and McNeill earn All-WCC for Benson volleyball; Staton also MVP

Claire Ricard (right) and Mariah Ahrndt go up for a block against Melrose as Courtney McNeill (left) prepares for a possible play at the net.

The Benson volleyball team went 6-19 during the 2017 season, including a 3-11 mark within the WCC.  The Braves started out 1-5, but then went  5-7 over their next 12 matches to improve to 6-12 before losing their final seven-straight matches, including five by 3-0 scores and two by 3-1.

Benson’s season ended with a 26-24, 14-25, 24-26, 24-26 loss at home to Atwater-CGC, in the first round of the Section 5A Volleyball Tourney.  The Braves came into the match as the fourth seed in its “pod” of Section 5A, while the Falcons were seeded fifth.  The two teams split their regular-season matches.

Morris Area-CA won this year’s WCC title with a 13-1 record, followed by Melrose Area (12-2), Sauk Centre (11-3), Montevideo (8-6), BOLD (5-9), Benson and ACGC (both 3-11), and Minnewaska Area (1-13).  Morris Area came the closest to earning a state berth, losing to Marshall in five games for the Section 3AA championship.

Fri
17
Nov
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Zosel earns All-District for Braves

Aaron Zosel, shown picking up some big yards during a game in Benson this season, earned All-District honors for the Braves this season.  He led Benson in rushing yardage, scoring, and tackles.

The Benson football team ended the 2017 season with an 0-9 record after falling to Minnewaska Area in the Section 5AA opener at Minnewaska Area High School, 55-14.

This was the second time in the last four years the Braves have finished the season without a win.  Benson had its best chance at a victory in the opener at KMS.

The Braves led that game late, but the Saints tied it up to send it into overtime and then won in double-overtime, 34-28.

After the loss to KMS, the Braves played Sauk Centre tough before losing 34-14 and then it was four tough weeks against Osakis (27-6), Morris (35-16), BOLD (68-0), and ACGC (26-0) before Benson lost at Montevideo (35-12) and then ended the regular-season with a loss to Minnewaska Area (35-14) and a loss to the Lakers in the Section 5AA opener (55-14).

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Nov
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Cecilia Margaret Kent

Cecilia “Cele” Margaret Kent

Cecilia Margaret Kent
April 14, 1919 • November 12, 2017

Cecilia “Cele” Margaret Kent, 98, of Benson, Minnesota, formerly of Clontarf, died Sunday, November 12, 2017, at Southview Manor. 

Visitation was from 5-7 p.m., with a Rosary at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, November 16, 2017, at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Clontarf.  Visitation continued from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m., Friday, November 17, 2017, at the church.  Interment was in St. Malachy Catholic Church Cemetery.  

Cecilia “Cele” Kent was born April 14, 1919, in Wilmont, Minnesota, the daughter of John and Susie (Schwartz) Becker. She was baptized at Our Lady of Good Council Church in Wilmont by Father Steger and confirmed in 1930  at the same church.
Cele grew up in the Wilmont area where she attended Our Lady of Good Counsel School in Wilmont through the eighth grade. Her family moved to Clontarf in March 1939.

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Earl William “Bill” Orr

Earl William “Bill” Orr

Earl William “Bill” Orr
August 29, 1923 – November 10, 2017

Earl “Bill” Orr, 94, of Benson, Minnesota, died Friday, November 10, 2017, at Gabriel House in Murdock, Minnesota.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, November 14, from 4-7 p.m., at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church Wednesday afternoon. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 15 (today), at St. Francis Catholic Church. Interment will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Earl William Orr was born August 29, 1923 in Rice County, Minnesota, the son of Earl and Rose (Caron) Orr. He grew up and attended grade school in Dundas, Minnesota. He graduated from Faribault High School and worked at Rexall Drug. In 1942 Bill enlisted in the United States Navy and served his country during World War II from January of 1942 to May of 1946.

Fri
10
Nov
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ELAINE C. SCHULTZ

Elaine Clair Schultz

ELAINE C. SCHULTZ
SEPTEMBER 11, 1934 – NOVEMBER 8, 2017
FUNERAL NOTICE AND OBITUARY
 
Elaine Clair Schultz, 83, of Benson, Minn., died Wednesday, November 8, 2017, surrounded by family.  Visitation will be from 9 – 10 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m., Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson.  Interment will be in Benson City Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home.
 

Wed
08
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JAMES H. HOLTAN

James Harlan Holtan

JAMES H. HOLTAN
NOVEMBER 15, 1929 – NOVEMBER 7, 2017
FUNERAL NOTICE AND OBITUARY
 
James Harlan Holtan, 87, of Clara City, Minn., formerly of Montevideo, died Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at Clara City Care Center. 

Wed
08
Nov
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Charles Darrell Connelly

Charles Darrell Connelly

Charles Darrell Connelly
October 11, 1932 – November 7, 2017
Notice and Obituary
 
Benson, Minnesota – Charles D. Connelly, age 85, of Benson, Minn. died on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at Gabriel House in Murdock, Minn. 

Tue
07
Nov
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Collins, Schreck, Evenson elected to council; District 777 operating levy gets broad support

Terri Collins

Terri Collins was elected Benson’s next mayor in a landslide getting 626 votes to challenger Anita Flodstrom’s 76. Collins currently serves as a member of the city council.

Mark Schreck received the most votes in the race for two seats on the council with incumbent Jack Evenson finishing second with 450 votes.

Collins, Schreck and Evenson will be sworn into office Jan. 2.

District 777’s operating levy won decisively with 827 votes in favor and 150 votes against. In the City of Benson, the vote was 598 to 116 while among district voters not living in the city it was 229 to 34.

Residents of the city had a separate ballot since they were also voting for a major and two council members.

 

 

 

 

Benson Mayoral Race

 

Candidate         Precinct 1      Precinct 2          Total

Collins              338               288                   626

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