December 2017

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Benson-KMS gymnasts top 130 points again during win over Litchfield-DC

Halle Hanson performs on the balance beam for the Benson-KMS gymnastics team as other members look on.

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team won its second dual meet in a row, winning at Litchfield-Dassel-Cokato last Tuesday night, 131.625-128.525.

The Fighting Braves have scored above  131 points in each of their first three competitions.

Mariah Ahrndt continued her strong showing early this season by winning all five individual events, including a 34.875 in the all-around, while Makenna Kelley was second in the all-around with a 33.7 total.

The gymnasts were also scheduled to compete at Redwood Valley, Friday, but that meet was postponed to a later date this season.

Benson-KMS was set to compete at Morris Area-CA, Thursday (tomorrow) before taking two weeks off from competition for the holidays....

 

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Storm hockey team tops Fairmont for second win

Pictured: Parker Klemm (3) goes all out to try and stop a Fairmont skater from getting into the MBA zone.

The Morris-Benson Area boys hockey team had a great week last week, earning a tie with Willmar last Tuesday night and also routing Fairmont in the home opener in Benson, Saturday, 9-4.

The Storm have already scored 22 goals through five games this season after scoring 24 total goals in 21 games last year.

MBA improved to 2-2-1 overall, giving the team twice as many wins as the Storm had last year in going 1-20 overall.

Zach Bruns leads the team with 12 points through five games, including nine goals.  Jack Riley had seven points, while Kolby Goff and Hunter Gades both have six, and Matt Tolifson has five.

The only game scheduled for this week is a game at Prairie Center, Thursday (tomorrow)....

 

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Team United uses seven pins to top Benson wrestlers in home opener

Brady Ascheman (top) works to control his United opponent during a loss by the Benson Wrestling team, Thursday night in the home opener.  Benson is set to host the Braves Wrestling Classic, Friday, Dec. 29.

The Benson wrestling team ran into a strong United team, Thursday in Benson, and the result was a 61-15 loss to the combined team of Lac qui Parle, Dawson-Boyd, and Montevideo.

The Braves won just three matches, including two by forfeit.  United meanwhile, won 11 matches, including seven by pins.

It was the first dual match for Benson, which was set top take part in a quadrangular involving another area school that has combined forces with other schools.

YME was set to host the quadrangular, Tuesday (yesterday), which also involves BBE and Luverne.  A few years ago, YME combined with MACCRAY and RCW to form Quad County for wrestling only.

After the Quad County quadrangular, the Braves will have off for a few days to get ready for the Benson Invitational, Friday, Dec. 29....

 

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JOHN RAYMOND WINKEL

JOHN RAYMOND WINKEL

JOHN RAYMOND WINKEL
AUGUST 13, 1941 – DECEMBER 16, 2017
FUNERAL NOTICE AND OBITUARY
 
 
John Raymond Winkel, 76, Benson, Minn., died Saturday, December 16, 2017, at home.  Visitation will be from 4–7 p.m., with a Rosary at 5 p.m., Wednesday, December 20, 2017, at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in DeGraff.  Visitation will continue from 10-11 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., Thursday, December 21, 2017, at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church.  Interment will be in the St. Bartholomew Catholic Cemetery in Villard, MN at a later date.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home.
 

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NORMAN JAMES COMMERFORD

NORMAN JAMES COMMERFORD

NORMAN JAMES COMMERFORD
JULY 20, 1943 – DECEMBER 16, 2017
OBITUARY
 
Norman James Commerford, 74, Danvers, Minn., died Saturday, December 16, 2017, at Rice Memorial Hospital.  Visitation will be from 4–7 p.m., Tuesday, December 19, 2017, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson.  Visitation will continue from 10–11 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., Wednesday, December 20, 2017, at St. Francis.  Interment will be in the St. Bridget’s Catholic Cemetery in DeGraff.  Memorials preferred to the Danvers Fire Dept., Rice Hospice, and St. Bridget’s Catholic Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home.
 

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Gloria C. Mortenson

GLORIA C. MORTENSON

GLORIA C. MORTENSON
SEPTEMBER 10, 1935 – DECEMBER 16, 2017
FUNERAL NOTICE AND OBITUARY
 
Gloria C. Mortenson, 82, Benson, Minn., died Saturday, December 16, 2017, at Rice Care Center.  Visitation will be from 4–7 p.m., Wednesday, December 20, 2017, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Visitation will continue from 9:30-10:30 a.m., followed by the Funeral Service at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, December 21, 2017, at the church.  Interment will be in Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in Benson.  Memorials are preferred. Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home.
 

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Thomas A. Juni

Thomas A. Juni

Thomas A. Juni
Jan. 5, 1957  -  Dec. 13, 2017
 
Thomas A. Juni, age 60, of Willmar, died peacefully Wednesday evening, Dec. 13, at Rice Therapy Suites in Willmar after a brief illness stemming from lifelong chronic conditions.
 
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 22, at the Word of Faith Church in Willmar.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21, at the Word of Faith Church and will also continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.  Interment will be at Spirit Hill Cemetery in Jordan.  Arrangements are with Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar.  www.petersonbrothers.com
 

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Leona Winkelman

Leona Winkelman

Leona Winkelman
January 9, 1926 – December 15, 2017
Funeral Notice
 
Leona Winkelman, 91, of Appleton, died on Friday morning, December 15, at the Appleton Nursing Home. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Wednesday December 20, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Appleton and continue from 1:00 to 2:00 pm, on Thursday, December 21 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson. A mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, December 21, at 2:00 pm at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson. Interment will follow the service at the St. Francis Catholic Church Cemetery. Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is assisting the family with the arrangements.  www.zniewskifuneralhome.com
 

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Threats cause evacuation at Benson High School during basketball game

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County board approves second reading of buffer law

Additional changes likely to local buffer law
 

Despite the need for wording changes in the months ahead, Swift County’s Board of Commissioners passed the second reading of its buffer law at its meeting last Wednesday.

With that second reading, the ordinance is now on a path to becoming law that will set down the rules for the installation of buffers on public waters and public ditches, the enforcement of the law, and the penalties for those who fail to comply.

While a small group of people showed up at the public hearing for the second reading Dec. 6, only Torning Township farmer Allen Saunders questioned its provisions.

Swift County Environmental Services Director Scott Collins told commissioners that he had not received any calls since the approval of the first reading of the ordinance at the Nov. 21 meeting and only a few comments from people.

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