November 2017

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Harry Sherman Klyve

Harry Sherman Klyve

Harry Sherman Klyve
March 30, 1919 • November 4, 2017

Harry Sherman Klyve, 98, of Benson, Minnesota, died Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System.

Visitation will be from 3-6 p.m., Sunday, November 12, 2017, at Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.  Visitation will continue from 10-11 a.m., followed by the Funeral Service at 11 a.m., Monday, November 13, at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Swift Falls. Interment will be in Rolling Forks Cemetery.

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William ‘Bill’ Anderson

William “Bill” Anderson

William ‘Bill’ Anderson
May 12, 1931 • November 3, 2017

William “Bill” Anderson, 86, of Glenwood, Minnesota died Friday, November 3, 2017 at the Glenwood Retirement Village.

A Memorial Service will be held Friday, November 10 at 11:00 a.m. at Glenwood United Parish. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will be in Benson City Cemetery.

William Marvin Anderson, the son of John and Amelia (Morton) Anderson, was born  May 12, 1931, at the family home, just outside of Benson, in Torning Township, Minnesota. He and his family were members of Pilgrim Congregational Church in Benson and he attended school in Benson.

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Alice E. Loen

Alice Elizabeth Loen

Alice E. Loen
November 11, 1921 • November 3, 2017  

Alice Elizabeth Loen was born November 11, 1921, in Kensal, North Dakota, the daughter of Samuel and Mary (Wayne) Atchison.  She was called from this life Friday evening, November 3, 2017, at Holly Ridge Manor in Starbuck, Minnesota.  Alice attained the age of 95 years, 11 months and 23 days.  

Alice grew up in the Benson area, receiving her education in the Benson and Bemidji schools.  She was baptized at West Zion Lutheran Church and confirmed into the Christian faith at St. Pauli Lutheran Church in Swift Falls.  

October 10, 1940, Alice was united in marriage to Stanley Loen in Benson.  They made their home on a farm near Benson.  To this union, seven children were born.  Together, Alice and Stanley were able to share in almost 64 years of marriage.  

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Benson man surrenders after several hour standoff

Thursday evening Benson police, with support from agents of the CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force and Swift County Sheriff’s deputies, attempted to serve an arrest warrant on Ryan Aust at a home on 18th Street North in Benson. Aust was wanted by the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

When officers entered the home, Aust barricaded himself in a locked bedroom and said he had a firearm.

Officers backed out of the residence, a report from the Benson Police Department released Friday said, and set up a perimeter around the house. A call was then made to the West Central SWAT team. It is made up of five area county and city law enforcement officers who receive additional training.

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SCBHS continues to work on assisted living financing

Swift County-Benson Health Services continues to wait to hear whether or not the United States Department of Agriculture economic development division will back its loan with Bremer Bank of Willmar.

That $7.352 million loan would provide the majority of financing needed to build an assisted living-memory care facility adjacent to SCBHS. If approved, the USDA would back 70 percent of the project financing. Its backing is essential to closing the loan with Bremer.

Bremer is only financing 80 percent of the appraised value of the project and the SCBHS assets pledged towards it. The gap between the bank loan and the project cost has to come from other sources.

The gap funding would come from Swift County, the City of Benson, equity SCBHS has invested in the project, land equity, grants from the Sonsteng Foundation and cash on its balance sheet. These sources total $2.33 million, bringing the total project cost to $9.682 million.

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Mayor, two council seats to be on ballot

Next Tuesday City of Benson voters will go to the polls to elect a new mayor and two members to the council.

Current Mayor Gary Landmark, who served 24 years as a member of the city council and is completing his first two-year term as mayor, is not seeking re-election. Also not seeking re-election is Council Member Stephanie Heinzig who was elected to her first four-year term in November 2013.

Council Member Terri Collins is running for mayor and is being challenged by Anita Flodstrom.

Five candidates seeking election to the council: Incumbent Jack Evenson, Mark Schreck, Brad Johnson, Terry Flodstrom and Larry Smith.

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Harvest nearly two weeks behind average

Minnesota’s corn harvest is 15 days behind the five-year average and 12 days behind last year. Just 38 percent of the crop has been taken in, though with each passing day farmers are making considerable progress.

Farmers were in the fields as snowflakes cruised through the air driven by winds gusting to 43 mph Monday. Cornhusks raced across country roads and drifted through the air.

With high temperatures in the low 30s, it looked and felt much more like late November than the last days of October.

Farmers have been working to catch up with the fall harvest that has been delayed by heavy fall rains.

Despite the weather, farmers were able to harvest nearly one-quarter of the corn for grain acreage this past week, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Still, farmers are bar behind the five-year with the corn harvest.

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Tostenson earns state berth in cross-country

Jon Tostenson earned a berth at the State Cross-Country Meet by placing fifth at the section meet.

Jon Tostenson earned his first-ever state berth to the State Cross-Country Meet by placing fifth at the Section 6A Meet, Thursday at Long Prairie-GE.

Tostenson ran a time of 17:19 during a cold and blustery day, giving the Benson-KMS cross-country program its third-straight season of sending at least one individual to state.

Josh Bailey earned state berths in 2015 and 2016, while Tostenson, a senior at KMS who has qualified to the State Track Meet three-straight springs, will compete at his first State Cross-Country Meet.

The Benson-KMS boys team placed 10th of the 21 teams, while the Benson-KMS girls, led by Allie Mitteness in 30th place, finished 21st.

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Braves fall to ACGC in 5A opener

Mariah Ahrndt (1) goes up for a block attempt against ACGC as Abbie Mitteness (3), Lizzie Staton (13), and Anna Gosson (10) look on.  The Braves ended the season with a three-game loss to ACGC, Thursday in Benson.

The Benson volleyball team was eliminated for the season with a 26-24, 14-25, 24-26, 24-26 loss at home to Atwater-CGC, Thursday night 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.

The loss ended the Braves’ season with a 6-19 overall record, which included a 3-11 mark in the WCC to tie with ACGC for sixth place.  ACGC moved on to the next round where it fell in three games to top-seeded BBE.

“This was truly a heartbreaking loss in every sense of the word,” Benson head coach Shannon Schmidt said.  “The match was back and forth all night with each team riding waves of momentum only to have the other team turn the tides moments later.  It was a great, close match; just like the four vs. five-seed is supposed to be.”

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Lakers run past Braves, 55-14, in first round of Section 5AA playoffs

Aaron Zosel (middle, with ball) and the rest of the Braves found the going rough up the middle of the Minnewaska defensive line, Friday.  Identified helping out with blocks are Devon Liles (back, left 62) and Hunter Gonnerman (44).

The Benson football team played the Minnewaska Area Lakers for the second time in seven days and the result was another dominating win by the Lakers in the first round of the Section 5AA Tourney.

Benson fell to Minnewaska Area in the regular-season finale, Oct. 18, in Benson, 35-14, but the Lakers turned it up a notch for the Section 5AA opener last Tuesday night at Minnewaska Area High School, winning 55-14.

Minnewaska Area scored on all six possessions of the first half to take a commanding 42-6 into halftime.  Benson’s only score came on an 89-yard kickoff return by Matt Tolifson.

The Lakers put things away early in the second half, scoring on its first possession of the third quarter and also returning an interception for a score to go up 55-6 after three quarters.

Benson, which ended the season 0-9 overall, added a touchdown late in the game on a 1-yard run by Aaron Zosel.

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