May 2018

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Verna Mae Skarsten

Verna Mae Skarsten

VERNA MAE SKARSTEN
March 28, 1937 - April 7, 2018

Verna Mae Skarsten (Hopewell), 81, of Plymouth, Minnesota  passed away April 7, 2018 at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park.  

A memorial service will be held at the Cremation Society of Minnesota Friday, May 11 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at 7110 France Ave. S., Edina.  Please consider memorials to the Twin Cities Habitat For Humanity.  A private interment will be held at a later date.

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Wet fields continue to delay planting

April ended with the warmest high of the spring when it hit 80 degrees, but the month’s legacy of very cold temperatures and near record snowfall has farmers waiting to get into their fields.

“Cool temperatures, muddy fields, and frost in the ground have delayed planting of spring crops,” according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service report released Monday.

“Snow has melted in most fields with frost still working its way out of the ground. Farmers that were able to work in the fields were busy with field preparation, spreading fertilizer, rock picking and planting,” the service reported.

April 2018 went down in the record books as the coldest for the area with a mean temperature of 34.6 degrees – nearly 11 degrees below average. Low temperatures for the month averaged 23.6 degrees, 10.5 degrees below their average of 34.1 degrees, ensuring the frost was very slow to leave the ground.

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Sonsteng gift paying dividends throughout community

Robert Sonsteng

Applications being sought for $26,000 in grants

When Robert C. Sonsteng left an estate worth nearly $10 million to the community his gift was called “transformational.” It is already living up to that billing through foundation grants awarded in the past year.

Sonsteng, a bachelor farmer who lived northeast of Benson in Langhei Township, died Sept. 21, 2014, at the age of 81. From the cash assets of his estate, $2 million was used to establish the Robert C. Sonsteng Foundation.

Another $1 million was given to the Southwest Minnesota Initiative Fund with investment earnings to come back to the Benson Area Community Foundation. An additional $500,000 was invested with Thrivent.

Last month, the Sonsteng Foundation donated $25,000 to the Benson Public School’s Discovery Kids program. It provides day care for children 33 months to sixth grade.

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Benson Power suppliers still hoping for help

While a bill in the Minnesota Legislature to provide financial compensation to fuel suppliers and haulers of Benson Power, LLC, has made it through committee hearings and now awaits approval on the Senate floor, a similar bill in the House is making little headway.

Sponsored by District 17 Sen. Andrew Lang, R-Olivia, the Senate bill sets aside $40 million for companies that have invested in supplying the Benson-based biomass power plant with turkey litter and wood chips.

However, after introduction by Rep. Tim Miller, District 17A-Prinsburg, March 21 the House version of the bill has failed to get a hearing. There was an informational meeting in the House Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance Committee Monday, but no action was taken on the bill.

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VFW Post 1403 donates to Legion baseball program

Pictured is Gary Klemm (right), from VFW Post 1403, presenting Benson head baseball coach Eric Hulterstrum a check for 1,500 to be used for expenses related to running the Legion and Jr. Legion baseball for the 2018 summer season.  Coaching the teams will be Josh Minchow, Mark Grussing, and Eric Hulterstrum (Jr. Legion Baseball, which covers grades 8-10), and Jim Lenarz and Steve Goossen (Senior Legion team).

Pictured is Gary Klemm (right), from VFW Post 1403, presenting Benson head baseball coach Eric Hulterstrum a check for 1,500 to be used for expenses related to running the Legion and Jr. Legion baseball for the 2018 summer season.  Coaching the teams will be Josh Minchow, Mark Grussing, and Eric Hulterstrum (Jr. Legion Baseball, which covers grades 8-10), and Jim Lenarz and Steve Goossen (Senior Legion team).

 

 

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Boys tennis team earns first win over MACCRAY

Taylor Duncan stretches to return a shot during a close loss at second singles against NLS last week in Benson.

The Benson-KMS boys tennis team earned its first win of the season, sweeping MACCRAY in a home match, Thursday, 7-0.  The Braves also hosted a triangular with NLS and Perham last Tuesday, losing both matches by 6-1 scores, and closed out the week with a 7-0 loss at Litchfield, Friday.

Benson-KMS, which is 1-5 overall and 1-1 in the WCC, has three more dates scheduled this week, beginning with a match at Foley, Monday, a home match with YME, Thursday (tomorrow), and a triangular at St. John’s University, Friday, with St. John’s Prep and Mora....

 

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Pictured: Taylor Duncan stretches to return a shot during a close loss at second singles against NLS last week in Benson.

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Benson baseball ends first week 0-4

Matt Goossen raps a hit for Benson during a game on Chiefs’ Field last week as Sam Lundebrek (on third base) and coach Eric Hulterstrum look on.

The Benson baseball team will have to wait until the second week of action to earn its first victory after losing its first four games last week.

The Braves opened up the season with a 6-3 loss to BOLD last Monday night and also fell to Minnewaska Area last Tuesday night, 5-4.  The week came to an end with a doubleheader loss to Sauk Centre, 11-1 and 11-0.

Benson has three more dates scheduled this week, beginning with a game at KMS, Monday, and continuing with a home game with Morris Area, Tuesday (yesterday) and ending with a night game at home with Hancock, Friday.

•  This year’s Benson baseball varsity roster includes seniors Aaron Zosel, Brandon Osterbauer, Dan Lenarz, Matt Connolly, Sam Lundebrek, and Kaden Schmidt; juniors Alex Wrobleski, Devon Liles, Hunter Gonnerman, Hunter Mondor, Jared Knutson, Jared Kurkosky, Matt Lenarz, Matt Ebnet, Matt Goossen, and Max Benson; and sophomores Matthew Tolifson and Will Enderson.

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Morris and Minnewaska win titles at opening track meet in Benson

Morgan Schmidt (middle) competes in the 100 meter hurdles for the Benson-KMS girls track team during the opening meet in Benson last Tuesday night.  Benson is set to host another meet this Tuesday.
Brady Ascheman, who later won the 3200 meter run, runs toward the finish line of the 3200 meter relay, helping his team earn second. The MAC-RCW runner (right) was being lapped, while the runner behind Ascheman placed third.

They’re off and running!

The Benson-KMS track and field teams were finally able to get their seasons underway at the Benson Invitational last Tuesday on the Brock Field oval.

Morris Area dominated the boys meet, winning by 50 points over runner-up Montevideo, while the Minnewaska Area girls also put on a dominating performance, winning by 77.5 points over the runner-up Tigers.

Benson-KMS was fourth in the boys meet, with Brady Ascheman winning the 3200 meter run for his team’s only points, and the Benson-KMS girls were fifth in the 8-team field with Mariah Ahrndt winning the Fighting Braves’ only title in the triple jump.

Benson-KMS was set to host another home invitational, Tuesday (yesterday) before competing at the Little Crow Invitational at NLS High School, Thursday (tomorrow), and some team members will also compete at Sioux Falls, Friday and Saturday....
 

 

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Europe Union Acts To Protect Its Pollinators

With increasing anxiety, we’ve read stories over the past years about the beehive colony collapses, the die-off of large numbers of bees of all kinds in the wild, and the threat to the future of many of our pollinators.

Why the anxiety?

A study by the European Union found that these pollinators, some wild, some commercially kept, are responsible for the development of plants that “provide almost all vitamin C, vitamin A and other micronutrients such as carotenoids, calcium, fluoride, folic acid and several antioxidants in human diets.”

According to the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research, “Insect pollinators contribute an estimated $24 billion to the U.S. economy annually. Honey bees specifically pollinate about 100 crops in the United States.”

What is killing off our pollinators and threatening our food supply? There are two primary culprits in this assault, one natural, one man-made.

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REQUEST FOR BIDS

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REQUEST FOR BIDS

BID OPENING
Contractor's sealed Proposals for the 2018 Benson High School Auxiliary Gym RTU Replacement will be received by the Independent School District No. 777, Benson, Minnesota, until 2:00 pm, Thursday May 17,     2018 at the office of the Superintendent of Schools, in Benson, Minnesota, in accordance with the plans and specifications prepared by Architects Rego + Youngquist, inc., 7601 Wayzata Boulevard, St. Louis Park, Minnesota 55426.
Bids will be opened publicly and read aloud at the above time and place.  Bids received after 2:00 pm will be returned unopened.
A single bid will be received for all divisions of the Contract.
Envelopes containing bids must be sealed, marked on the lower left-hand corner "Sealed Bid Enclosed" with the name and address of the bidder and the date and hour of the opening and addressed to:

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