February 2017

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Gladys "Mickie" J. Jensen

Gladys “Mickie” J. Jensen

Gladys “Mickie” J. Jensen
July 13, 1933 – February 21, 2017
Funeral Notice
 
 
Benson, Minnesota – Gladys “Mickie” J. Jensen, died on Tuesday morning, February 21, 2017, at the Gabriel House in Murdock, Minnesota. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, February 27, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson. Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 26, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson, and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Interment will be in the Benson City Cemetery. Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is assisting the family with arrangements.
   

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Deloris E. Herfindahl

DELORIS E. HERFINDAHL

DELORIS E. HERFINDAHL
AUGUST 16, 1926 – FEBRUARY 26, 2017
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Deloris Elverna Herfindahl, age 90, of Belgrade, Minnesota, formerly of Benson, died Sunday, February 26, 2017, at Glacial Ridge Health System Hospital.  Visitation will be from 3 – 5 p.m., Sunday, March 5, 2017, at Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.  Visitation will continue from 10– 11 a.m., followed by the funeral at 11 a.m., Monday,   March 6, 2017, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Interment will be in Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in Benson, MN.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home.
 
Deloris Elverna Herfindahl was born August 16, 1926, to Gilman and Elsie Devitt (Dahl) Rust in Glenwood,   Minnesota.  She was baptized September 24, 1926, by Rev. A.H. Belgum and confirmed September 7, 1941, by Rev. E.O. Barsness at the Chippewa Falls Lutheran Church.
 

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CRM products featured in SF and LA

Floodstops manufactured by Custom Roto-Mold of Benson were deployed in the Mission District of San Francisco. Photo from Channel 7 KGO.

Two products made by Custom Roto-Mold (CRM) of Benson have been featured in two very different ways in the past couple months.

In San Francisco, utilities crews used plastic flood barriers made by CRM to help channel floodwaters away from homes and businesses at intersections prone to flooding.

In Los Angeles, CRM’s hockey dasher boards were used at the 2017 National Hockey League’s All-Star Games Fan Fair events in late January. Dasher boards are the boards that surround the hockey rink.

CRM is an international manufacturer of rotational molded plastics serving a wide variety of industries from agriculture, amusement, to child safety, construction, marine, and recreational markets. It has even made tow targets for the U.S. Navy....

 

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Senator Lang immersed in his work during his first Legislative session

District 17 state Sen. Andrew Lang stands at his desk in the Minnesota Senate chambers where he will be casting votes on everything from education funding, to taxes, to transportation projects, to buffer laws, and, maybe, the Appleton prison.
Minnesota’s Legislature convened Jan. 3 and must adjourn by May 22. Beween those dates, it has work to do on transportation, taxes, education, buffers, health care, and more.

Seven weeks into his first term as a Minnesota State Senator, Andrew Lang is learning that serving the needs on the District 17 constituents is far more than a part-time job.

His days at the state Capitol can easily be nearly non-stop for more than 12 hours. When he is back in the district, there are people who would like some of his time to talk about the issues that are important to them. There never seems like there is enough time to return all the calls that come in as quickly as he would like to.

District 17 includes Swift, Chippewa, Kandiyohi and Renville counties.

Despite the pressures of the job, and learning just how the Legislature works, Lang seems to be enjoying his time in St. Paul and has immersed himself in the process. He also finds himself with added duties as a member of the majority party in the Senate.

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Braves suffer pair of three-point losses

Layton Connelly drives in for a layup during a game earlier this season against KMS as Nathan Habben (left) and Zack Sonnabend look for a rebound.  Shown for KMS are Regan Carlson (left), Josh Peterson, Brandon Rasmusson (23), and Weston Gjerde.

The Benson boys basketball team suffered a couple of three-point losses last week to Montevideo (50-47) and Morris Area (56-53), two teams that had defeated the Braves by much-wider margins earlier in the season.

That’s little consolation though for the Braves, who fell to 5-16 overall and 1-12 in the WCC with two more regular-season games to go.

Benson was set to close out the regular season this week with a home game against WCC-leading Melrose, Thursday and a game at Lac qui Parle, Friday.  The start of the Section 3AA playoffs is set to begin Saturday, March 4 and Benson appears locked in as the seventh seed and would open up the tournament at NLS, Montevideo, or Morris Area....

 

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Benson wrestlers fall to Paynesville in quarterfinals

Adam Zosel (top), who leads the Braves with 25 victories, is one of several Benson wrestlers who should have a shot at placing among the top two at the Section 5A Individual Tourney.

The Benson wrestling team was eliminated in the second round of the Section 5A Team Tournament last Tuesday night at BBE.

The Braves, seeded sixth in the 11-team tourney, topped Minnewaska Area in the first round last Tuesday night at Belgrade, 54-30, but then lost to third-seeded Paynesville later the same night in the quarterfinals, 57-21.

Moving on to the Final Four later in the week were the top four seeds, KMS, BBE, Paynesville, and LPGE-Browerville.

Benson, which ended the team portion of its season with an 8-9 overall record, now moves on to the Section 5A Individual Tournament, set for Feb. 24-25 at NLS High School.  The MN State Wrestling Tournament is set for March 2-4 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Top records for the Braves going into the section individual tourney are Adam Zosel (25-11), Aaron Zosel (24-12), Hunter Mondor (23-6), Ross Grussing (23-14), and Jared Knutson (14-10).

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Benson girls come up just short of picking up first win of season vs. KMS

Claire Ricard (right) tries to drive past KMS’ Katie Krieger as teammate Amanda Nissen (10) calls for a pass and KMS’ Sam Gjerde trails the play.

The Benson girls basketball team used a 24-8 run over the final nine minutes of the first half to tie up the game with KMS, Friday, 31-31, but the Saints came back to outscore the Braves in the second half, 23-18, to pull out the 54-49 victory, preventing Benson from picking up its first win of the season.

Earlier in the week, the Braves fell to Lakeview (56-34) and Minnewaska Area (63-22), putting Benson’s overall record at 0-22 and conference mark at 0-13.

Benson, which was set to close out the regular-season, Tuesday at Morris Area-CA, is also scheduled to open up the Section 3AA Tourney at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25 at NLS High School.

The Braves were seeded eighth in their half of the section, while NLS, which beat Benson earlier this season, 59-24, earned the top seed.  Minnewaska Area was seeded second in Benson’s half of the section, followed by Morris Area, Montevideo, Lakeview, YME, ACGC, and Benson.

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Gymnasts end season at Section 6A Tourney

Mariah Ahrndt and the Fighting Braves’ gymnasts closed out the season at the section meet, Saturday.

The season ended at the Section 6A Meet for the Benson-KMS-Montevideo gymnastics team, which placed fourth of nine teams in a meet won by Melrose Area.

The Fighting Braves totaled 133.4 points in the final meet of the season, while Melrose Area won the meet with 149.175 points, followed by Willmar (145.85), NLS (137.775), and Benson-KMS-Montevideo.

“We placed right where we expected in this talented section,” coach Kathy Ahrndt said.  “We were fourth behind Melrose, Willmar, and NLS, and Mariah (Ahrndt) placed seventh in the all-around against some of the toughest competition in the state.”

Ahrndt, a ninth-grader, was the only Fighting Brave to compete in the all-around and she placed seventh with a score of 34.9.  Only the top team, and top four individuals in each of the four events plus all-around qualify for the State Gymnastics Meet, set for Feb. 24-25 on the University of Minnesota campus.

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KMS earns return trip to state with 5A title

 Kyle Meyer (right) wrestles for the Saints against Osakis.  KMS earned a return trip to the State Wrestling Tournament with three wins last week.

The KMS wrestling team is headed back to the State Tourney!  The Saints won all three meets last week in the Section 5A Team Tourney, including a 34-33 win over LPGE-Browerville in the semifinals, to get back to the state team tournament for the fourth time in the last nine season.

KMS, which also beat Osakis in the quarterfinals, Tuesday, in Kerkhoven (47-21) and BBE in the finals, Friday at Holdingford (43-23), improved to 15-3 overall heading into the state meet, set for March 2-4 at the Xcel Center in St. Paul.

Ryan Torkelson’s 7-5 victory at 195 pounds gave KMS the winning margin during the victory over LPGE-Browerville and in the finals, the Saints took advantage, winning 10 of the 14 matches to win easily.

The Section 5A Individual Tourney is set for this Friday and Saturday, at NLS High School.  The top two wrestlers from each weight class will join the Saints at the State Wrestling Tournament.

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Trump's Presidency Demands A Vigilant Press

Trump's Presidency Demands A Vigilant Press

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

This past week’s attack on the news media wasn’t the first by a U.S. president, but it was what many consider to be the most disturbing.

It started last Thursday during an impromptu 75-minute news conference called by Trump at which he blasted the press, ridiculing its organizations, and treating its reporters with obvious disdain. Seven times during the press conference he claimed that some of the nation’s most respected news organizations were nothing but “fake news.”

“Much of the media in Washington, D.C. — along with New York, Los Angeles, in particular — speaks not for the people but for the special interests and for those profiting off a very, very obviously broken system,” Trump said. “The press has become so dishonest that if we don’t talk about it, we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people.”

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