April 2021

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Dineen, Bolduc, Zosel, Syltie, Koosmann lead Benson wrestlers

Alden Syltie (top) wrestles against KMS’ Jason Jones during a late-season match for the Braves.

The Benson wrestling team had a great season this winter, winning 16 matches which could be a school record, and earning the program’s fourth gold medal at state when sophomore Thomas Dineen won the 195-pound, Class A title at the State Wrestling Tournament at St. Michael-Albertville.
Dineen had the best season of wrestling ever at BHS, going 38-0 overall and winning a state title.  He will go into his junior season of wrestling with a 107-14 career record and is within range of Ryan Thompson’s BHS career best of 170 victories....

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Benson softball should be strong

The 2019 Benson softball team ended the season with a 5-12 overall record, which included a 5-9 record within the WCC.  Benson had its season end with a 4-2 loss to New London-Spicer in the opening round of the Section 3AA Softball Tournament.
Benson was set to open up the season Thursday, April 8 at Sauk Centre, but that game was postponed to Monday, April 12.  The home opener is Tuesday, April 13 (yesterday) at home against Morris Area-CA followed by another home game with Melrose Area, Thursday, April 15.
“This year, we’ve had some really solid days of practice and the kids are looking very good,” coach Barb Schwarz said.  “We also have a great coaching staff with Jeff Guest as the JV coach, Mackenzie Jensen taking the lead at junior high, Maria Hanson helping out at all levels, and Melinda Wrobleski working with pitchers and catchers on varsity.”  ...
 

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Petersons and Hedman lead Benson boys basketball in 2020-21

Ben Peterson races across upcourt while being followed by Paynesville’s Corbin Froehlich.  Peterson went over 1,000 points this season as Benson went 8-11 overall.

he Benson boys basketball team had a good season, finishing the season 8-11 overall and 3-9 in the WCC.  The Braves started out 1-5 and 2-7 before coming back to win six of their final 10 games.
Benson was seeded sixth in its half of Section 3AA and the Braves lost to third-seeded Paynesville in the opening round, 80-56.  Paynesville fell to Redwood Valley in the next round and Morris Area eventually won the Section 3AA title before losing to Waseca in the first round of the State Tourney.
“I was really proud of how our guys played this year,” head coach Adam Jensen said.  “From the uncertainty of even having a season with COVID-19, then having it shortened, and with all the limitations; they never once complained.  I think everyone was grateful that we were able to be on the court this year.”

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Vaccinations increasing but so are COVID-19 cases

By Reed Anfinson

Publisher

Even as vaccinations steadily increase, with Countryside Public Health held out as an example of rapid progress in getting shots into the arms of its residents, worries are growing over the resurgence of COVID-19.

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the more infectious and deadly British variant of the coronavirus was now the dominant strain spreading in the U.S. It is reporting the upward trend of the Brazilian variant infections as well.

Countryside has done over 130 vaccination clinics in its five counties and has been giving 300 to 400 shots a day. It has given over 7,000 shots. In all, when clinics, hospitals and pharmacies are included, nearly 18,000 vaccinations have been given in the agency’s five counties.

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BHS wants to ensure its students can build memories

By Reed Anfinson, Publisher

As the spring sports get underway and the end of the school year approaches for students in Benson Public Schools, there are events ahead that no student will want to miss.

Prom, graduation, concerts, recognition events, dance recitals, that final day with fellow classmates, and competing in athletics – all are treasured moments no student wants to miss. Some teams and individuals many even make the playoffs and have a chance to advance to state competition are all on the calendar.

All the memories that will be cherished from these moments are at risk if a student comes down with COVID-19 or is exposed to someone who has.

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Public Spaces Vital To Community Attachment

By Reed Anfinson

By Reed Anfinson

“We come from all the divisions, ranks and classes of society…to teach and to be taught in our turn. While we mingle together in these pursuits, we shall learn to know each other more intimately; we shall remove many of the prejudices which ignorance or partial acquaintance with each other has fostered…. (so) we may return to our homes and firesides with kindlier feelings toward one another, because we have learned to know one another better.”

The Rev. Thomas Greene - 1829

New Bedford, Mass, Lyceum

In an intensive three-year study by the Gallup organization of 26 American communities, 10 areas were identified as essential to creating a sense of community. Can you guess which three were repeatedly found to be the most important?

The 10 areas were:

-      Basic services – community infrastructure

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BHS presents Broadway production in new Performing Arts Center

The Broadway concert produced by Benson High School last week was full of fun and entertaining musical numbers, including Bella Wolter (left) and Anna McNeil singing "Hakuna Matata" from "The Lion King."

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Effort underway to get courthouse clocks working

There is a move underway in Swift County to get the clock tower on the southeast corner of the courthouse working again.

“I have visited with quite a few residents of the county regarding the clock tower, and generally speaking, the feeling is that it should be restored,” Jim Hilleren told the board of commissioners at their meeting April 6.

Hilleren said there was one resident who made a comment about the clock tower that has stuck with him. “A working clock tower creates a positive image of the county and its residents,” the person told him.

“I thought that kind of hit the nail on the noggin,” Hilleren said. “Instead of having something up there that doesn’t work, this would be positive.”

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Merlin D Simonson

Merlin Dean
Simonson
May 27, 1940 • April 9, 2021
 
Merlin Dean Simonson died at home under Hospice care  Friday, April 9, 2021 after a battle with lung cancer.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 24, at 2:00 p.m. at Ambush Park in Benson. In Lieu of flowers,  memorials are preferred to the Disabled Veterans or the Carris Hospice of Benson.
He was born in Swift Falls  May 27, 1940, the son of Merle and Dora (Steen) Simonson. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith and graduated from Benson High School. He was honorably discharged from the U. S. Navy in 1963.
June 27, 1964 he was united in marriage to Marjon VanderWilt in Swift Falls. They were blessed with two children and over 56 years of marriage. They lived in Minnesota, Iowa and Michigan.

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Ronald Burnham funeral notice

Ronald Burnham funeral notice

 

Ronald E. Burnham, 86, of Starbuck, died on Sunday morning April 11 at his home near Starbuck. Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Thursday April 15, at the First Evangelical Free Church in Benson, and continue on Friday from 9:00 am to 10:00 am, followed by the funeral service at 10:00 am. Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is assisting the family with the arrangements.

 

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