February 2016

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SpecSys meets needs of nine different industries

A railroad crane completed at the Benson SpecSys plant was bound for the Hawaiian Islands. It was being shipped from Benson to the West Coast where it was to be loaded on a ship.
SpecSys owner Kevin Wald spends 100 days a year on the road finding customers

Kevin Wald (pictured) spends 100 days a year on the road.

“It’s not a life for everybody, but it works for me right now,” Wald the owner of SpecSys in Benson said last week in an interview.

But Benson’s SpecSys facility is just one of the 11 facilities he is involved in in seven different communities. Finding jobs for those businesses and keeping his nearly 250 employees working is the reason Wald spends so much time in the air and on the road.

Today Wald’s businesses are involved in nine different sectors of the economy, which provides diversity for the company that keeps it going when there are economic downturns.

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Benson girls fall two points short of first win

Amanda Nissen goes up for a shot during the Braves’ loss to Montevideo last Tuesday night.  Two nights later, Benson fell by two to Melrose, 35-33.

The Benson girls basketball team came within a few points of picking up its first win of the season, but ended up losing a close game to Melrose, Thursday night in Benson, 35-33.  The Braves also fell to Montevideo last Tuesday night in Benson (66-32) and at Morris Area, Friday night (62-18).

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Big run by Minnewaska gives Lakers 65-52 win over Braves in 3AA opener

Adam Lindahl tries to find a path to the basket, but has it blocked by a couple of Lakers during a 65-52 win by Minnewaska Area over Benson in the Section 3AA opening round. Lindahl had 20 points to lead the Braves.

Minnewaska used a 23-5 run toward the end of the first half and into the second half to beat the Benson boys basketball team in the Section 3AA opener, 65-52, Saturday night at Minnewaska Area High School.

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MBA PeeWees win District 15 title to advance to regions

MBA PeeWee Hockey Team

The MBA PeeWees competed in the District 15 Tournament, Feb. 12-14 in Long Prairie.  MBA entered the tournament as the top seed and lived up to its ranking by winning three-straight games to win the district title and one of two region berths.

MBA is set to open up the tourney against Crookston at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26 at Red Lake Falls...

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Six Saints and four Braves earn trips to State Wrestling Meet

Mitch Koosmann (top) has been ranked all season and is currently ranked 10th in state at 170 pounds.  Koosmann won the 170-pound section title this year, beating Brandin Dahl of KMS in the finals, 1-0.
Karter VanHeuveln had little trouble in winning the 220-pound section title and earn a second-straight trip to state.  VanHeuveln (35-4 record) won all three section matches by pin.

A week after earning a berth in the “final four” teams of the section wrestling tournament for the first time in 22 years, the Benson wrestling team will send four wrestlers to the State Wrestling Tournament, set for this Thursday through Saturday at the ExCel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Advancing to the state tourney by virtue of placing in the top two of the Section 5A Individual Wrestling Tournament this past Friday and Saturday at Long Prairie-GE High School, were Jared Knutson at 138 pounds, Grant Ascheman at 145, Aaron Zosel at 152, and Mitch Koosmann at 170.

Mitch Koosmann (pictured, top) has been ranked all season and is currently ranked 10th in state at 170 pounds.  Koosmann won the 170-pound section title this year, beating Brandin Dahl of KMS in the finals, 1-0...

KMS meanwhile, will send six wrestlers to the individual state tourney in addition to sending the entire team for the Class A State Team Tourney, set to begin Thursday (tomorrow).

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Paulus commission wins Grammy; Piece was performed by Holtan’s group True Concord

1989 Benson High School graduate Eric Holtan, conductor of Paulus commission

Stephen Paulus’ Prayers & Remembrances won a Grammy Award Monday for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. Sitting in the audience at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles during the ceremony where the early Grammy Awards were presented was 1989 Benson High School graduate Eric Holtan.

His Tucson, AZ, group True Concord Voices and Orchestra, recorded Prayers & Remembrances as part of a larger work entitled Far in the Heavens. Holtan was the conductor and worked closely with Paulus on the piece.

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Pearl E. Palmer

Pearl E Palmer

Pearl E. Palmer
March 11, 1920 – February 18, 2016
 
Pearl E. Palmer, age 95, died Thursday, February 18, 2016 at Golden Living Center – Meadow Lane in Benson, Minnesota.  Funeral Services will be 11:00 A.M., Friday, February 26, 2016, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson with visitation for one hour prior to the service.  Burial will be at the Benson City Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Rice Hospice, Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church, or Prairie 5 Food Shelf.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, MN.   www.zniewskifuneralhome.com
 

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Velma ‘Val’ Gunderson/Nelson

Velma ‘Val’ Gunderson /Nelson

Velma ‘Val’ Gunderson/Nelson
May 2, 1928  • January 28, 2016

Velma was the third child to Frieda (Gaas) and Herman Vollmer, German immigrants who homesteaded their farm in Holloway, Minnesota. She graduated from Benson High School in 1946, and moved to Chicago, IL for two years to live with her maternal aunt, Martha, while working as a bookkeeper.

She returned to Minnesota to marry Sylvester (Skip) Gunderson from DeGraff (the man her brother Bill introduced her to when she was 14 years old). After Skip’s discharge from the Navy, following WWII, they settled in Bloomington, built their home and raised their three children. Val remained in the family home for 65 years until her death.

Val worked as a property manager in the 1950’s giving her the experience she needed to maintain their house and duplex (income property) Skip built before his death in 1966.

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Evelyn Sylvina Ellison

Evelyn Sylvina Ellison

Evelyn Sylvina Ellison
September 27, 1922 • January 26, 2016

Evelyn Ellison, 93, formerly of Swift County, died Tuesday, January 26, 2016, at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego, California.

She was born  September 27, 1922, the daughter of Albert and Hannah (Roget) Thompson.

Evelyn is survived by a sister, Delores Roehl, of Apple Valley, Minnesota; sisters-in-law, Bonnie Thompson of Benson, Minnesota and Betty Thompson of Bloomington, Minnesota; sons, James (Margery) Ellison of Goodyear, AZ, Kenneth Ellison of Arkansas City, KS, and Stanley Ellison of Elk River, Minnesota; daughters, Doreen (Brad) Meyers of Dayton, Minnesota, Deborah Vail of Indio, CA, Julie (Shawn) Halvorson of San Diego, CA, and Cynthia Ellison of El Cajon, CA; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

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Karen Kay Mellgren

October 14, 1941 – February 14, 2016
 
Karen Kay Mellgren, 74, of Murdock, died Sunday, February 14th at her home surrounded by her family.  Her funeral will be 11:00 am, Thursday, February 18th at Kerkhoven Lutheran Church in Kerkhoven.  Spring interment will be in West Norway Lake Lutheran Cemetery, Sunburg.  Visitation will be from 5-7:00 pm, Wednesday at Harvey Anderson Kerkhoven Funeral Home in Kerkhoven and continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.   www.hafh.org
 
Karen was born on October 14, 1941, near Murdock, Swift County, Minnesota, the daughter of Orville and Adora (Rice) Quale.  She grew up in Swift County, and graduated from Kerkhoven High School in 1959.
 

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