August 2016

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Victoria “Vicki” Lee

Vicki Lee

Victoria ‘Vicki’ Lee
December 15, 1933 • August 29, 2016

Victoria “Vicki” Lee, 82, of Benson, Minnesota died Monday, August 29, 2016 at Gracewood in Champlin, Minnesota.  

A memorial mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 1, 2016 at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Clontarf.  Burial is in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church.  

Victoria A. (Reynolds) Lee was born December 15, 1933, in Clontarf, the daughter of James and Zelda (Chevalier) Reynolds. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Clontarf. Vicki grew up in the Clontarf area and graduated from Benson High School.

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Roger Martin John Pederson

Roger Pederson

The funeral for Roger Pederson, of Starbuck, Minnesota will be held on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Fron Lutheran Church in Starbuck, with Reverend Paul Johnson officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday, August 31 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Starbuck Funeral Home and on Thursday, one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be at Fron Lutheran Cemetery, Starbuck.

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GEORGE MICHAEL “MIKE” MCCARTHY

Mike McCarthy

GEORGE MICHAEL “MIKE” MCCARTHY
SEPTEMBER 30, 1942 – AUGUST 26, 2016
FUNERAL NOTICE
 
Starbuck, MN – George Michael “Mike” McCarthy, age 73, of Starbuck, MN, died Friday, August 26, 2016, at the Glenwood Retirement Village. 

Visitation will be from 5 – 7 p.m. Thursday, September 1, 2016 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson.  Visitation will continue from 10 – 11 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 2, 2016, at St. Francis Catholic Church. 

Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.  www.zniewskifuneralhome.com

 

George ‘Mike’ McCarthy
September 30, 1942 • August 26, 2016
 
George Michael “Mike” McCarthy, 73, of Starbuck, Minnesota, died Friday, August 26, 2016, at the Glenwood Retirement Village. 

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CHARLES “CHUCK” ANDREW GREEN

Charles “Chuck” Andrew Green
1952 – 2016
 
 
Charles “Chuck” Andrew Green was born August 13, 1952 in St. Cloud, Minnesota, the son of Berle and Darlene (Boyster) Green.  He was raised in the Kimball, Minnesota area.   Chuck worked as a heavy equipment operator for Amundson Construction in Benson until his retirement.
 
Chuck passed away August 27, 2016, in his home, at the age of 64. 

He is survived by his children: Logan (Kim) Green of Cold Spring, Adam Green of Rockville, and Katie Green of Cold Spring; grandchildren: Tyler, Devyn, Tavel, and Tayzin Green; mother, Darlene Green of Sauk Rapids; sisters: Beth Green of Woodbury, Laurie (Bill) Green-Quayle of St. Cloud, and Kelly (Jim Zwack) Green of Rice; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  Chuck was preceded in death by his father, Berle Green. 

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Roland E. “Rollie” Swenson

Roland E. “Rollie” Swenson

Roland E. “Rollie” Swenson

June 10, 1040 ~ August 25, 2016

 

Roland E. “Rollie” Swenson, 76, of Spicer, formerly of Willmar, died Thursday, August 25th as a result of complications from Parkinson’s disease, metastatic lung cancer and dementia.  A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 am, Thursday, September 1st at Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar.  Visitation will be from 4-7:00 pm, Wednesday and Harvey Anderson Funeral Home and on Thursday one hour prior to the service at the church.  Burial will be in Cloverleaf Cemetery, with Military Honors provided by American Legion Post #167.  Memorials are preferred to Rice Hospice and Bethesda Day Break.   www.hafh.org

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Price goes up for auxiliary gym floor; seven file for school board

While the mercury has been abated from the floor in the Benson High School auxiliary gym, the headaches it caused for the school district aren’t over.

When the school district constructed its auxiliary gym just north of the main high school gym, it installed a rubber-like floor. What it didn’t know at the time was that up until the mid-1980s during the manufacturing process mercury was added to them. It was later found that the floors would give off a potentially hazardous mercury vapor. Mercury was then removed from the process, but school districts around the country were stuck with the floors until they could afford to replace them.

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Decision on federal prisoners may help PCF effort

Members of the Legislature’s prison task force toured the Appleton prison last year.
Members of the Legislature’s prison task force toured the Prairie Correctional Facility last year as they considered its possible use by the State of Minnesota. Efforts to get the prison occupied again ran into opposition in Legislature as well as from Gov. Mark Dayton.

Just what the impact of the Obama administration’s announced phase out of the federal government’s use of private prisons will mean for the effort to re-open the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton is unknown.

But there is renewed hope that the state will consider buying the privately-owned Appleton prison, which could be for sale at a bargain price from owner Correction Corporation of America (CCA.) The corporation’s stock fell 35 percent last Thursday when the announcement was made. CCA owns 74 prison facilities and manages 11 government-owned facilities.

In a memo Thursday to the Bureau of Prisons, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates told the bureau to start reducing “and ultimately ending” the Justice Department’s use of private prisons. The announcement follows a recent Justice Department audit that found that the private facilities have more safety and security problems than government-run ones.

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Library hosts 100-year old letterpress

The Benson Library played host to a 100-year old Letterpress Wednesday, August 17.

The Benson Library played host to a 100-year old Letterpress Wednesday, August 17.  The letterpress was located outside and visitors could use the press to make free postcards, which they could bring home with them.

Pictured is the volunteer from Streetcorner Letterpress, who is helping two boys make their postcards.

 

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KMS football to open up season Friday, Sept. 2 at home versus YME

Rylan Hatlestad (27), one of nine players lost to graduation from the 2016 KMS football team

The KMS football team is set to get the 2016 season underway at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2 at home against Yellow Medicine East, followed by a game at Upsala-Swanville Area, Friday, Sept. 9.  

KMS is also set to take part in a four-team scrimmage in Benson at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 27.

The Saints are coming off an 1-8 season from a year ago and also lost nine players from last season.  However, the team does return a good nucleus of talent, giving coach Eric Kauffmann and his team a great chance to move up in the standings this year.

Among the returning players is senior runningback/linebacker Brandin Dahl, who earned the KMS Offensive MVP and Defensive MVP honors, and was also an All-District and All-Area selection.

KMS and Benson will be playing in the Mid-State District again this year with Benson a member of the Mid-State Sub-District 2, and KMS a member of Sub-District 3.

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Benson girls tennis team opens up season with two wins at triangular

Katie Samuelson, one of eight seniors on this year’s girls tennis team, competes at first singles against Parkers Prairie during the season-opening triangular.

The Benson girls tennis team opened up the 2016 season with a pair of dominant wins at a home triangular, Monday.  The Braves beat Parkers Prairie in their first match, 6-1, and followed it up with a 7-0 shutout of Wadena-Deer Creek in the second match.

Benson, coming off a 15-6 season from a year ago, return eight seniors from last year’s team.  Benson was also set to compete at the NLS triangular, Tuesday, Aug. 23, host another triangular in Benson, Thursday, Aug. 25, and host a match with Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Friday...

 

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