September 2018

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June to August period 4th wettest

Thunderstorms rolling through western Minnesota Sunday morning brought nearly half an inch of rain bringing a temporary halt to the edible bean harvest now in full swing.

Then just as fields were drying out, Tuesday brought a wide spread steady rain and another soaking of fields.

June, July and August all saw above average precipitation in west central Minnesota. During the three-month period we saw 17.44 inches of rain, 6.07 inches above the average of 11.37 inches. It was the fourth wettest June to August period on record. The wettest was 1990 with 19.22 inches of rain. That year August saw 9.35 inches of rain, the most on record for the month.

Even as western and central Minnesota have seen abundant rainfall this growing season, northern and eastern parts of the state are in early drought stages. Drought conditions are also expanding in western South Dakota....

 

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07
Sep
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County approves $70,000 loan

Swift County’s Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a $70,000 loan at their meeting Aug. 21 from the Swift County Revolving Loan Fund for the purchase of assets of Appleton Hardware.

“Owners of Appleton Hardware are interested in leaving Appleton to return to their hometown and pursue other business opportunities,” a memo to the county board stated. “Appleton Power Equipment owners are willing to purchase the business assets – excluding the building of Appleton Hardware and continue to offer retail hardware in Appleton at their own Appleton Power Equipment location in the town.

The purchase does include the inventory, equipment and fixtures.

The loan will help the community retain four jobs, the county board was told. Shawn and Jill Swenson own Appleton Equipment.

Fri
07
Sep
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Ascheman, Mitteness lead Benson-KMS runners at Morris Area Invitational

Pictured are the medal winners for the BKMS team from the Morris meet -- Allie Mitteness (left), Brady Ascheman, Will Magaard, and JayEven McGee.

The Benson-KMS cross-country teams opened up the season last Tuesday at the Morris Area-CA Invitational at the Pomme de Terre Golf Course.  The Benson-KMS boys team finished fourth of 10 teams, while the girls team was ninth of nine teams.

The meet had been scheduled for Monday, but was pushed back a day due to rain.

Leading the way for the girls team was junior Allie Mitteness, who was 15th overall, while leading the way for the boys team was Brady Ascheman, who was 16th.
Back for her second year as the head coach of the Benson-KMS cross-country program is Samantha (Goff) VanHeuveln, a graduate of Benson High School, who was also a state relay gold medal winner in the 3200 meter relay for the BKMS track team.

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07
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Girls tennis team tops MACCRAY for sixth win

Gracie Lenz returns a shot during a second singles’ win against MACCRAY last Tuesday afternoon in Benson.

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team improved to 6-1 overall with a 6-1 victory over MACCRAY in the conference opener last Tuesday in Benson.

Olivia Hoffman and Hannah Andrews led a strong effort in doubles, while Sophia Curriel earned a 6-1, 6-0 win at first singles to give Benson-KMS another three points in the three singles’ matches.

The Fighting Braves, coached by Don Brehmer, were set to play at Morris Area/WCA, Tuesday (yesterday) before getting ready for a match at Minnewaska Area, Monday, Sept. 10 and a match at Montevideo, Tuesday, Sept. 11.

The Lakers are considered the WCC favorites this season, while Montevideo is also among the top teams in the conference.

Through seven matches, Hoffman and Andrews lead their team with perfect 7-0 records, while Gracie Lenz is 6-1, and four others have five victories....

 

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07
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KMS runs past Benson in opener, 26-0

KMS junior quarterback Austin Deike (left) picks up some good yardage thanks to the blocks of his linemen, including Chris Moist (68).  The Saints built a 20-0 halftime lead on the way to a 26-0 win in the opener.

Saints rush for 376 yards and hold Braves to 48 total yards

Dylan Rudningen ran for a 36-yard touchdown on the fifth play of scrimmage for the Saints, giving a glimpse of what was to happen over the next two hours of football during the season opener between KMS and Benson Friday night on Brock Field.  Rudningen went on to gain 220 yards rushing and score four TD’s as KMS won the opener, 26-0.

There was nothing complicated about the win by the Saints.  KMS ran 60 plays from scrimmage and 56 were run, including 24 to Rudningen.  The Saints ended the game with 377 yards of total offense, while Benson, which ran just 28 plays from scrimmage, had 48 net yards.

It was a quick and clean game by both teams as only four penalties were called, there were no interceptions or lost fumbles, and only four passes were completed all game.

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06
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Vernon Arnold

Vernon Arnold

VERNON ARNOLD
December 4, 1930 • September 1, 2018

Vernon Arnold, 87, of Holloway, Minnesota, died Saturday, September 1, 2018 at the VA Healthcare System in St. Cloud.  

Funeral services were held Saturday, September 8 at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton.  Pastor Roger Fears officiated.  Pati Arnold accompanied the congregation in the singing of the hymns.  Honorary Casketbearers were Vernon’s great-grandchildren and the Western Prairie Farm Collectors Club. Casketbearers were Vernon’s grandchildren: Jacob Munsterman, Joseph, Jennifer, Joshua, Matthew, and Mallory Arnold, Amber Tuff, Amanda Klein, and Alyssa Tosel. Military honors were provided by VFW Post #4955, AMVETS Post #151 and American Legion Post #156.  Interment was in St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery, Moyer Township.

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05
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Beth Pearson

Beth Viola Pearson

BETH V. PEARSON
August 8, 1916 • August 21, 2018

Beth Viola (Pederson) Pearson, 102, of Alexandria, Minnesota (formerly of Benson) died Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at Grand Arbor under Hospice care. Visitation was Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 from 10-11 a.m., followed by the Celebration of Life at 11 a.m., at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.   Interment was in the Our Redeemer’s Church cemetery.  

Beth Viola (Pederson) Pearson was born August 8, 1916, in Benson, Minnesota, to Leonard and Ella (Boyd) Pederson. She was baptized September 3, 1916 by her uncle, Rev. Christopher Pederson, and confirmed March 29, 1931, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Benson.

She attended Benson Public Schools and graduated from Benson High School in 1934. In 1936, she became Secretary for the Benson Superintendent of Schools, Walter K. De La Hunt.

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Penny Bertek

Penny Lee Elizabeth Bertek

PENNY L. E. BERTEK
May 17, 1950 • August 29, 2018

Penny Lee Elizabeth Bertek, 68, of Benson, Minnesota, passed away Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at her home under Hospice care.  Visitation was from 2-3 p.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 3 p.m., Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson.  Interment was in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 1:05 p.m.  

Penny Lee Elizabeth Bertek was born May 17, 1950, the daughter of Dory Gloria Helliksen and Lewjay Bertek in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith.  Penny grew up in Detroit Lakes and graduated from Detroit Lakes High School.  She lived in Arizona where she worked as a Flight Attendant.  She retired here in Benson.

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05
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SUMMONS

SUMMONS

STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF HENNEPIN
DISTRICT COURT
FOURTH  JUDICIAL DISTRICT
Court File Number: 27-CV-18-14075
Case Type: 11/Personal Injury
Judge Kristin Siegesmund
Rhonda Michelle Holbrook
    PLAINTIFF,
vs.
    
Nicholas Dion Aldridge
    DEFENDANT.
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THIS SUMMONS IS DIRECTED TO DEFENDANT NICHOLAS DION ALDRIDGE:

1. YOU ARE BEING SUED. The Plaintiff has started a lawsuit against you. The Plaintiffs  Complaint against you is attached to  this   summons. Do not throw these papers away. They are official papers that  affect your rights.  You must respond to  this lawsuit even though it may not yet be filed with the Court and there may be no court file number on this summons.

Wed
05
Sep
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Minnesotans Need Leadership on Climate Change

As we weigh the stands of candidates running for Minnesota governor, we see many issues dividing the electorate: taxes, gun control, health care, school funding, roads and bridges, immigration, and more. Yet we see one issue as meaning more to Minnesota’s future than any other - maybe not so much for each of us who will cast a ballot in November, but for future generations.

Today’s leaders must take a stand on climate change if we are to leave a habitable earth to our children and grandchildren. Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) candidate U.S. Rep. Tim Walz understands that imperative. Republican candidate Hennepin County Board Chair Jeff Johnson doesn’t. Apparently, Johnson’s position is: It doesn’t matter because Minnesota is just too inconsequential to make a difference.

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