May 2018

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Mitteness earns first for track teams at YME Meet

Mariah Ahrndt competes in the triple jump for the BKMS girls team.

The Benson-KMS track and field teams competed at the YME Invitational, Thursday night at Granite Falls.

LQP-DB continued its dominant performance this spring in track competitions by winning both team titles, while Benson-KMS was fourth in both meets out of eight participating schools.

Allie Mitteness had the only individual first place for both teams as she won the 400 meter dash in 1:04.45.  Also winning a title was the girls 1600 meter relay of Allie and Abbie Mitteness, Claire Ricard, and Mariah Ahrndt.

Benson is set to host the WCC Track and Field Meet, Tuesday before getting ready for the sub-section meet at Minnewaska Area, Thursday, May 24....

 

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LQP wins Invitational title, while Benson is sixth

Katelyn Young chips from just off the 18th hole during the Benson Girls and Boys Invitational last Wednesday.
Ben Peterson watches his putt roll toward the par-3, second hole during the Benson Invitational.  LQP won the boys and girls team titles.

The Benson girls golf team competed at a pair of conference meets at Sauk Centre and Melrose Area last Tuesday night, placing fourth at both meets with totals of 205 and 200, respectively.

After four WCC meets, the Braves are in fourth place overall with 28 points, while BOLD and Minnewaska Area are tied for the lead with 38 points, Morris Area is third with 32, and Sauk Centre is fifth with 22.

The Braves also hosted the Benson Invitational last Wednesday at the Benson Golf Club.  Lac qui Parle won the 7-team title with a score of 342, while Benson was sixth with a 427 total.

This week, the team is set to compete in the final two WCC doubleheaders.  Benson is set to compete at Minnewaska Area and Morris, Monday, before competing in Benson and Montevideo, Thursday....

 

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May
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Braves still searching for first win with two weeks to go

Benson players look on during a pitching change in the rain last Tuesday against ACGC.  Warming up is Jared Kurkosky, while looking on are Dan Lenarz (left), Matt Tolifson, Sam Lundebek, and Brandon Osterbauer.

The Benson baseball team dropped five games last week to fall to 0-10 in the WCC and 0-12 overall.  The Braves, who have just five games left on the regular-season scheduled, opened up last week’s action with a 6-0, 11-1 doubleheader loss at home to ACGC.

Two days later, the Braves lost at BOLD, 11-1, and on Friday, Benson was swept in a doubleheader by Melrose, 9-3 and 9-3.  Results from the Melrose games were not available by presstime.

This week, Benson was set to play a doubleheader at Montevideo, Tuesday, and play at Minnewaska Area, Thursday.  The following week, the Braves host NLS, Monday, before closing out the regular-season with a game at Morris Area.

Coming up is the Section 3AA Tourney, Saturday, May 26.  Benson appears set to earn the eighth seed in its half of the section and will most-likely play at top-seeded Paynesville (11-1) in the first round....

 

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Another week, another three wins for Benson softball

Mackenzie Kurkosky pitches for Benson during the first game of a doubleheader with Montevideo last Tuesday as secondbaseman Maranda Wieber looks on.

The Benson softball team had a great week of softball last week despite having it end on a sour note.  The Braves went 3-2 last week to improve to 7-6 overall and 7-6 in the WCC.

The Braves opened up the week with a 6-4, 13-5 doubleheader sweep of Montevideo last Tuesday night in Benson, and then split a doubleheader at home against Minnewaska, Thursday, losing the first game, 5-1, but coming back to win the second game in extra innings, 7-2.

Liz Staton had at least one hit in every game last week and was 9-for-19 during the five games, while Kaitlyn Berreau had a hit in four games and had also had nine total hits for the week.

The week came to a close at home, Friday, against BOLD.  Benson took a 6-2 lead after three innings, but BOLD rallied for an 8-6 victory.

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Lawrence O'Malley

Lawrence “Larry” O’Malley

LAWRENCE  O'MALLEY
July 12, 1939 • May 14, 2018

Lawrence “Larry” O’Malley of St. Cloud, formerly of Benson, Minnesota, died Monday, May 14, 2018, at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center.  Visitation was from 10-11 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., Friday, May 18, 2018, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson.  Interment was in the St. Bridget’s Catholic Church Cemetery.

Lawrence Joseph O’Malley, 79, was born in Benson, July 12, 1939, the son of Joseph and Delvina Matthews O’Malley. He grew up and attended school in Benson. Larry was a Vietnam War Veteran who served his country proudly and honorably in the United States Army. He achieved the rank of Sergeant. During the Vietnam War, Larry was assigned to Company-D, 169th, Engineer Battalion 20th Engineer Brigade, and was stationed near Long Binh, Vietnam.

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NOTICE OF INFORMATIONAL MEETING

NOTICE OF INFORMATIONAL MEETING

In the Matter of the Swift-Chippewa-Kandiyohi County Judicial Ditch #18

9:00 am, May 21, 2018
Benson City Council Chambers
1410 Kansas Ave., Benson, MN

   The Joint Ditch #18 Drainage Authority will be holding an informational meeting items to discuss will be a proposed repair from Shakopee Lake and NE to the un-channelized portion of Shakopee Creek.  The Joint Board will consider hiring an engineering firm to determine the scope of the repair.  All persons interested in the Joint County Ditch #18 wanting to be heard should appear at this time.  
5-16-1c
 

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Our Community Is Looking For Leaders

People seeking election to the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, the state’s governorship, and the Minnesota House will be filing for election this coming Tuesday in hopes of winning election in November. But in many ways, those who seek to hold office in St. Paul or Washington, D.C., are not the ones whose actions will have the most significant impact on the future health and success of our community.

Rather it is those who will be filing for the Swift County Board of Commissioners, the Benson City Council, and the District 777 Board of Education who will most directly have a say on the quality and accessibility of our health care, the excellence or mediocrity of our school academic and athletic programs, the providing of local services, and the future economic successes or failures of our area.

It is these leaders who will shape policy, property tax levies, and oversee the performance of the administrative leaders of our local governments.

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Charlsie Rhea Reardon

CHARLSIE RHEA REARDON

CHARLSIE RHEA REARDON
January 15, 1928 • May 14, 2018

Charlsie Rhea Reardon, 90, of Benson, Minnesota, died Monday, May 14, 2018, at Glacial Ridge Health System.  

Visitation was from 10-11 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 17, 2018, at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Clontarf.  Interment was in the Church Cemetery.  

Charlsie Rhea (Pettigrew) Reardon left her earthly family May 14, 2018.  Born in Dallas, Texas she met her beloved husband Francis when he was stationed with the Air Force.  Together, raising six children, they led an adventurous life spanning the West from Texas to Alaska.  They returned to Fran’s hometown of Benson in 2015.

Charlsie is survived by her husband of 66 years and her children: Peter of Colorado, Quinn of Washington, Kathleen and Christina of Alaska, Cynthia of Arizona, and Shelley of Oregon.  She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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Mary Ann Grage

Mary Ann “MA” Grage

MARY ANN GRAGE
January 21, 1931 • May 10, 2018

Mary Ann “MA” Grage, 87, passed away May 10, 2018 after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer at St. Gabriel's Community, Bismarck, ND. Service for a celebration of life was held Monday, May 21 at 10:30 a.m. at Charity Lutheran Church, 120 Aspen Ave, Bismarck, ND.

She was born January 21, 1931 in Montevideo, Minnesota to Magna (Ingstad) & Gustav Carlson.  She was the youngest of five siblings.

She grew up in Aberdeen, SD, and graduated from Northern State College with a bachelor's degree in physical education and was crowned Gypsy Queen in 1952. She was married to Allan Grage in 1953. Together they raised four children.

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Dennis Wrobleski

Dennis LeRoy Wrobleski

DENNIS L. WROBLESKI
June 27, 1942  •  May 14, 2018
 
Dennis L. Wrobleski, 75, of Willmar, Minnesota, died Monday morning, May 14, at his residence in Willmar following an extended illness.

A Celebration of Life Service was held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 17, at East Norway Lake Lutheran Church in rural New London.  Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church.
 
Dennis LeRoy Wrobleski was born June 27, 1942, in Appleton, Minnesota, the son of Joseph and Lily (Gaulke) Wrobleski.  He grew up and received his education in the Benson community.  

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