March 2018

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Constance "Connie" Sulier

Constance “Connie” Marie Sulier

Constance “Connie” Marie Sulier
June 7, 1947 –March 17, 2018

Constance “Connie” Marie Sulier, died Saturday, March 17, at St. Cloud Hospital. Visitation will be held 1-2 pm, followed by a memorial service at 2 pm on Friday, March 23, 2018, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson. Burial will be in the Benson City Cemetery. Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home.    

Connie Marie Sulier was born on June 7, 1947, in Benson, Minnesota, the daughter of Richard and Viola Mae (Hess) Sulier. She was baptized at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church on April 7, 1958 and later confirmed there on November 3, 1963. She grew up and attended school in Benson.

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Helen L. Svor

Helen Lucille Svor

HELEN LUCILLE BARBARA SVOR
JUNE 7, 1922 – MARCH 17, 2018

Helen Lucille Svor, 95, Benson, Minn., died Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Meadow Lane Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.  Visitation will be from 5–7 p.m., Thursday, March 22, 2018, at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Swift Falls.  Visitation will continue from 10–11 a.m., followed by the Funeral Service at 11 a.m., Friday, March 23, 2018, at the church.  Interment will be in the St. Pauli Lutheran Cemetery in Swift Falls.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home.

Helen Lucille Barbara (Strommen) Svor was born June 7, 1922 to Oscar and Mabel (Halvorson) Strommen on a farm in Pope County and Baptized Lutheran.  Helen attended country school until the 8th grade and then attended Glenwood High School thru the 10th grade.

On March 18, 1942 she was married to Walter Sydney Svor at the Rolling Forks Parsonage in Pope County.  They resided at the family farm their entire married life.

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Marjorie E. Friedlein

Marjorie Elaine “Maggie” Friedlein

MARJORIE E. FRIEDLEIN
MARCH 16, 1934 – MARCH 17, 2018

Marjorie Elaine “Maggie” Friedlein 84, of Murdock, (formerly Benson) passed away peacefully while surrounded by her family on March 17 at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar. Services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 24th at Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson. Visitation will be held on Friday March 23rd from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. and one hour prior to service.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home. 

Marge was born on March 16, 1934 in Pillsbury Township, Swift County to Wallace and Ella (Halverson) Loven. She attended school in Kerkhoven and graduated from Kerkhoven High School. She was united in marriage to Ralph Friedlein in 1955 and together they raised 6 children. Their union in marriage ended in 1998.

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Erik Petersen

Erik Peterson

ERIK PETERESEN
JANUARY 12, 1924 - MARCH 16, 2018

Erik Peterson, 94, of DeGraff, MN, died Friday, March 16, 2018, at Meadow Lane Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. Visitation will be from 12 - 2 pm followed by the Funeral Service at 2 pm, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in Benson. Interment will be in the Benson City Cemetery. Arragements are with Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson. www.zniewskifuneralhome.com

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Students airlifted after horrific crash involving van and semi, Monday

The Swift County Sheriff says there are no fatalities “as of right now” in a crash involving a school van and a semi in western Minnesota. The Swift County Sheriff’s Office says seven students and a van driver were injured in the crash at the intersection of 30th Street NW and 130th Avenue NW, about 12 miles south of Hancock.

Swift County Sheriff John Holtz said in a news conference Monday night that the Hancock Public School transport van was headed southbound and the semi was headed eastbound when they collided in a “T-bone-style crash.” He said the van may have had a yield sign, and the semi did not have a stop sign. “As of right now, there are no fatalities,” he said just before 9 p.m. Monday.

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Mental health drop-in site sought for county residents

Trudy and Jim are two friendly people you might run across in the community without knowing they both suffer from depression.

Rather than hide away from society as they fight the affliction, both have stepped into the public spotlight to raise awareness of a condition the affects the lives of many in the area as they seek to reduce the stigma of the diagnosis.

Both were at a recent meeting of the Swift County Board of Commissioners to tell their stories and seek county backing for a drop-in center in Benson. It would provide a safe place for people to come together to socialize where it is free, and they are free to join in and socialize, Leanna Larson, a social worker with Swift County Human Services, told commissioners.

It would be a place “where you are not going to feel judged or on the spot,” she said.

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Benson 8th grade girls win Pacesetter Basketball Tourney

In the bottom row from left to right are Alissa Maurer, Madi Wrobleski, Lexie Simmonds, and Mya Kurkosky.  Back -- coach Megan Steffen, Adysen Himley, Eleanor Habben, Anna McNeil, Marley Rush, and coach Jason Hausauer.  Submitted photo.

The Benson 8th grade girls basketball team won a Pacesetter Tourney at St. Ben’s and the St. Cloud Whitney Center, Sunday, March 4.  Benson topped Little Falls (19-13) and edged Dassel-Cokato (24-22) in its first two games.

That put Benson in the championship game where it beat Buffalo Lake-Hector (27-19) to win the title.

Pictured are members of the team.  In the bottom row from left to right are Alissa Maurer, Madi Wrobleski, Lexie Simmonds, and Mya Kurkosky.  Back -- coach Megan Steffen, Adysen Himley, Eleanor Habben, Anna McNeil, Marley Rush, and coach Jason Hausauer.  Submitted photo.

 

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Watzke, Picht, and Hoffman among leaders for Lady Storm in 2017-18

Taryn Picht (above) tied for the team lead in goals with Hallie Watzke.

The MBA Lady Storm hockey team closed out the 2017-18 season with a 1-17 overall record.  The team won at Park Rapids, 4-3, Dec. 7, and also lost by one to Park Rapids at home and to Fairmont twice, 4-3 and 3-2.

The Lady Storm were seeded seventh in Section 6A and lost at second-seeded Fergus Falls in the section opener, 10-0.  

Fergus Falls lost 3-2 in overtime to River Lakes in the semifinals, and top-seeded Alexandria won the section title with a 3-0 win over River Lakes.

Seniors lost to graduation from this year’s team, coached by Abby Daly, are Whitney Demarais, Megan Kirkeide, and three-year starting goalie Abbey Hoffman.

This was the 20th season of high school hockey for Benson or MBA with the program having seven winning seasons, 12 losing seasons, and one season of .500.  

The last winning season was in 2010-11 when the team went 21-4 to claim it fourth conference title (two in the Southwest Conference and two in the WCC)....

 

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Bruns leads MBA Storm in 2017-18

Morris freshman Zach Bruns (left) was a scoring machine for the MBA Storm this season.  He had 37 goals and 52 total points to lead the Storm, who went 7-14-1 during the 2017-18 season.

The MBA boys hockey team had only two wins in 2015-16 and one victory in 2016-17, but the team went 7-14-1 this season and hopes to carry that momentum into an even more successful next year.

The Storm were 7-9-1 at one point late in the season before losing their last five games, including a 7-0 loss to Prairie Centre in the Section 3A preliminary round.  MBA was seeded 10th in the section and Prairie Centre was seeded seventh.  

Still battling for the section title are top-seeded St. Cloud Cathedral, River Lakes, Sartell, which beat Prairie Centre 7-0 in the quarterfinals, and Alexandria.

The Storm, coached by Jeremiah Day and assistant Tony Schultz, will lose only two seniors to graduation from this year’s team -- Hunter Gades and Ashford Swenson.

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Ahrndt, Andrews, and Hanson earn BKMS gymnastics awards

Mariah Ahrndt highlighted a great season of gymnastics for Benson-KMS by earning a trip to the State Tourney.  She also earned her fourth-straight All-Conference honor and was recently selected as the team MVP.

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team held its season-ending banquet Sunday, Feb. 18 at McKinney’s in Benson.  During the banquet, the team recapped the successful 2017-2018 season, thanked all the team members, including seniors Ellie Schiller and Halle Hanson, and announced the season-ending awards.

The Fighting Braves went 4-3 overall this season and 2-1 in the WCC to place second behind Melrose.

Benson-KMS scored a season-high 138.85 points during the WCC Meet and then had its second-best team score of 136.725 points one week later at the Section 6A Gymnastics Meet, won by Willmar.

During the section meet, sophomore Mariah Ahrndt earned a state trip in the floor exercise, the first time since 2009 that Benson-KMS has sent a gymnast to state, while Ahrndt and Halle Hanson fell just short of qualifying to state on the beam.

During the banquet, senior Ellie Schiller and Halle Hanson were awarded six-year participation certificates.

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