October 2016

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First rain since Oct. 7 slows the fall harvest

The area harvest and field work has been progressing steadily this month as rains held off. That changed Tuesday as a storm system moved into Minnesota.

After 17 days with no rain a low pressure system moved into western Minnesota Tuesday morning slowing down what has been an excellent, but long, fall harvest. The rain was forecast to continue into Wednesday morning.

The rainless spell from Oct. 8 to Oct. 24 allowed fields to dry out and corn to dry down. Through the first 24 days of October the Benson area received 1.55 inches of rain, most of it Oct. 4 when 1.2 inches fell.

The National Weather Service was predicting one-half to three-quarters of an inch of rain for the area Tuesday night.

Benson saw its coldest low of the fall season when it dropped to 23 degrees Monday morning. While quite chilly, the low was still 4 degrees above the record low for Oct. 24 of 19 degrees set back in 1957. October’s record low is 12 degrees set Oct. 27, 1976.

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Hospital waits for USDA word on financing options

As the Swift County-Benson Health Services works to secure United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding for construction of an assisted living/memory care facility, it is exploring several options.

Those options center on ways to get around covenants attached to the issuance of its 2014 bonds that restrict its ability to issue new debt for the project.

In 2014, the hospital refinanced its 2007 bonds, which were used to build the surgical center and new emergency room. While refinancing allowed it to get a lower interest rate it also triggered rules that don’t allow it to pay off the bonds early without substantial penalty. It is estimated that paying off the remaining $5.9 million bond balance prior to 2022 could cost it around $600,000.

Paying off those 2014 bonds is required prior to arranging any new financing because USDA will not take a second position to the bondholders of the 2014 issuance.

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CNHI celebrates 25th Anniversary of Patriot sprayer

An oringal Patriot sprayer sits next to the modern version in front of the CNHI plant on west U.S. Highway 12 in Benson.

Last Friday afternoon CNHI celebrated the 25th anniversary of the production of the Patriot sprayer with employees past and present, members of the Benson area business community, city leaders, and U.S. 7th District Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Detroit Lakes.

CNHI is one of the premier manufacturing plants in Minnesota, Peterson told the crowd of nearly 200 people.

One of the reasons manufacturing plants are so successful in western Minnesota is the people they have working for them, he said. There are a lot of farm kids who have gone to work for manufacturers like Case who have worked hard on the farm and bring a good work ethic with them. They also have a lot of knowledge about how things work because they have been around machinery on the farm, he said.

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Trick-or-Treating hours are 6 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, October 31

Halloween is set to be celebrated from 6-7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31, in Benson.  Parents and adults are reminded that the safety of our children should be the primary concern during this holiday, the Benson Police Department says.

It offers the following tips and suggestions, to keep kids safe:

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Indoor Marching Band Concert

Members of the Benson Marching Band perform during the Indoor Marching Band Concert

Members of the Benson Marching Band perform during the Indoor Marching Band Concert, including clarinet player Gracie Lenz, who was modeling a BHS band uniform from the 1960s.

BHS Band Director Brock Duncan lead members of the BHS Marching Band during its Indoor Marching Band Concert last Monday night in the Jr. High Auditorium.

 

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Braves fall to Melrose in final home match

Pictured: Presley Gonnerman hammers down a spike during the regular-season finale against Melrose.

The Benson volleyball team fell to Melrose Area in the regular-season finale last Tuesday night in Benson, 25-15, 25-9, 25-13.  The Braves closed out the regular season with a 4-19 overall record, which included a 3-11 mark within the WCC.

The only wins for Benson this year were against ACGC twice, Minnewaska Area once, and LPGE during the Minnewaska Tourney.

Next up is the Section 3AA Tourney, and the Braves were seeded seventh in their half of the section and were set to play at Litchfield at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28 in the first round.

Morris Area earned the top seed in the section, followed by Litchfield, NLS, Paynesville, Montevideo, Minnewaska Area, Benson, and Eden Valley-Watkins.

The Section 3AA Tourney continues Nov. 1, 3 and 5 with the Section 3AA championship at SMSU in Marshall at 7:30 p.m..

 

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RUSSELL L. PAYNE

Russell Luverne Payne

RUSSELL L. PAYNE
AUGUST 28, 1924 – OCTOBER 27, 2016
FUNERAL NOTICE
 
Russell Luverne Payne, age 92, of Benson, Minnesota died Thursday, October 27, 2016 at Gabriel House. 

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Visitation will continue from 10-11 a.m., followed by the funeral at 11 a.m., Wednesday, November 2, 2016, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church.  Interment will be in the Benson City Cemetery. 

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

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Ricard-Vergin place fourth at section individual tourney

Olivia Vergin (right) returns a shot during a recent home match.  Vergin and partner, Grace Ricard, placed fourth at the section individual tourney.

The season came to an end last Tuesday for the Benson-KMS girls tennis team at the Section 6A Tournament at Fitness Evolution in Sartell.

The Braves, who ended the team portion of their season the previous week with a 4-3 loss to Osakis, competed in the Section 6A Individual Tourney last Monday and Tuesday.

Benson finished 16-3 overall this season, which included a 7-1 mark in the WCC, good enough for second place behind undefeated Minnewaska Area (8-0).

Minnewaska Area, which edged Benson earlier this year (4-3) to win the WCC title, went on to earn its second-straight state tournament berth with a 6-1 win over Osakis in the Section 6A finals.

In the individual tourney, Kellie Enderson went 1-1 and Rose McDonald 0-1 in singles, while Katie Samuelson and Gracie Grussing went 1-1 in doubles, and Grace Ricard and Olivia Vergin went 2-2 to finish fourth overall....

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Bailey, Peters, Tostenson earn All-Conference for BKMS cross-country team

Josh Bailey (second from right) and Jon Tostenson (middle) run with the lead pack during the opening mile of the Benson Invitational, Monday, Oct. 10 at the Benson Golf Course.

The Benson-KMS cross-country teams competed at the WCC Meet at Melrose last Tuesday with the Benson-KMS boys placing fourth and the girls team placing fifth.

Leading the way for the Fighting Braves were Josh Bailey and Libby Peters, who both placed fourth in their respective races.

Coming up is the Section 6A Meet at NLS, Thursday, Oct. 27; and the Minnesota State Boys and Girls Cross-County Meet at St. Olaf College, Saturday, Nov. 5.

Last year, Josh Bailey became the third Benson-KMS runner in the last 10 years to qualify to the State Cross-Country Meet, joining Ben Murphy (2008) and Bethany Rosemeier (2013).

The top 15 runners in the girls and boys varsity races also earned All-Conference meaning Josh Bailey, Jon Tostenson, and Libby Peters all earned All-Conference for Benson-KMS....

 

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Braves rally falls short during 30-27 loss to Sauk Centre; open up playoffs at Osakis

Matt Connolly (80) and Justin Goossen (21) come up to tackle Sauk Centre’s Kyle Froseth after a short gain following a pass reception during the Braves’ 30-27 loss last Wednesday.  In the background is Layton Connelly.

Benson outscored Sauk Centre 21-11 in the second half, but it wasn’t enough as the Mainstreeters went into halftime with a 19-6 lead and held off a late charge by the Braves for a 30-27 victory last Wednesday night at Sauk Centre.

The two teams combined for 39 first downs and 872 yards of total offense during the three-hour game in frigid temperatures, but it all came down to the final minute as Sauk Centre was able to hang on to an onside kick attempt by Benson with 2:16 left in the game, and then picked up a key first down by inches to run out the clock.

The loss lowered the Braves’ season record to 1-7 and Mid-State White mark to 1-6.   Benson earned the seventh seed in Section 5AA and was set to play at second-seeded Osakis at 7 p.m., Tuesday (yesterday).

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