January 2018

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KMS wrestling tops list of Top Stories of 2017

The KMS wrestling team’s state tournament trip last season was selected as the Top High School Sports Story of 2017.

KMS High School dominated the list of the Top High School Sports Stories of 2017.  The KMS wrestling team was selected as the top story, followed by the KMS softball team, Sam Gjerde winning the H-R award, Jon Tostenson earning state berths in track, cross-country, and with the KMS wrestling team, and the recent terrorist threat at the CASE-IH Holiday Boys Basketball Tournament.

Following is a look at the top-five stories, followed by other memorable stories and events from the past year.

#1-KMS wrestlers back to state
The KMS wrestling team’s trip to the state tourney was selected as the top sports story of the year again as the Saints qualified to their second-straight state tourney last year, going 1-2 at state to place sixth.  KMS lost to Pierz in the first round (44-19), but came back to edge Pipestone (37-36) before losing to Kenyon-Wanamingo in the consolation finals (37-19).

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Zosel, Knutson, Evenson lead Benson to fifth place at Braves Wrestling Classic

Preston McGee (right) competes for the Benson wrestling team at the Braves Wrestling Classic last week.

The Benson wrestling team hosted the Braves Wrestling Classic, Friday, placing fifth of 10 teams.  Tracy Area won the overall title with 237 points, edging Canby  by 20 points for the team title.

Aaron Zosel, Jared Knutson, and Grant Evenson led the Braves at the tournament with third-place finishes, while Adam Koosmann and Mike Nagler were  both fourth, and Brady Ascheman and Dylan Stewart were both fifth.

Zosel went 3-1 at 145 pounds and is now five wins away from reaching 100 victories for his career.  Knutson (13-2) and Zosel (12-3) lead the Braves in wins this season.

Next up for Benson is a match at Morris Area-CA-Hancock, Friday, Jan. 5....

 

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School could set levy referendum for May

Funds raised would go to facility improvements

Benson Public Schools could be going to the voters in May asking them to support a levy referendum for basic maintenance and upgrading of district buildings. Just what the projects would be and what they would cost has to be decided yet.

School board members are going to rely on input from a cross-section of district citizens for direction on the scope of a building renovation project. Those citizens will be brought together for several meetings, given a tour of facilities, told what problems each has and the challenges the problems present. They will then be asked to come up with a list of recommendations for a referendum.

By getting citizen input, the school board is hoping to go to voters with a project that already has broad community support.

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Following Through On Commitments

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

 

We’ve become quite cynical over the years about conducting studies. That cynicism is based on repetitive experience. A need is identified, there is considerable sincere discussion about the challenges and opportunities, a study is commissioned, citizens are invited to give input, the findings of the study are presented and, finally, a set of goals and objectives identified.

What we have repeatedly seen is that the study is shelved. Its demise doesn’t happen overnight but is inevitable. There may be a price tag to implement the recommendations; so elected leaders are hesitant to act. Those charged with implementing it are too distracted by their daily responsibilities resulting in no dedicated follow through. What were once weekly discussions become monthly discussions and then periodic discussions until the study is one more binder on a shelf gathering dust.

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Viola Mary Corneliusen

Viola Mary Corneliusen

Viola Mary Corneliusen
January 28, 1926 – January 1, 2018

Viola Mary Corneliusen, age 91, of Benson, Minn., died Monday, January 1, 2018, at St. Cloud Hospital.

Visitation will be from 5–7 p.m., Thursday, January 11, 2018, 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., Friday, January 12, 2018, at the church. Interment will be in the St. Francis Catholic Cemetery in Benson.

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