August 2017

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Cross-country teams set to open up this week

Pictured above from left to right are the captains and coach of the Benson-KMS cross-country teams.  From left to right are Jon Tostenson, Amiah Akerson, coach Samantha VanHeuveln, Megan Tollefson, and JayEven McGee.

Cross-country teams set to open up this week

The Benson-KMS cross-country teams are set to open up the 2017 season Monday, Aug. 28 at the Morris Invitational. The Fighting Braves are also set to compete at the Lac qui Parle Invitational, Thursday, Aug. 31, while among the other major meets of 2017 is the Benson Invitational, Monday, Oct. 9, the Section 6A Meet at Long Prairie-GE, Thursday, Oct. 26, and the State Boys and Girls Cross-Country Meet at St. Olaf College, Saturday, Nov. 4.
Besides the fact that the cross-country teams lost four boys and four girls from last year’s team due to graduation, the program will have a new coach this year after the co-coaches both resigned last year.
Taking over as the new coach is Samantha (Goff) VanHeuveln, a graduate of Benson High School and Jamestown College.
VanHeuveln won a gold medal in the.........

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Saints fall to Kimball in opener

Haylee Johnson, who had a team-high nine kills during the opening match, pounds a spike across the net as Morgan Lesteberg (left) and Katie Krieger (behind) prepare for a return.

Saints fall to Kimball in opener
 

The KMS volleyball team opened up the season with a 3-1 loss at home to Kimball Area, Friday night in the Kerkhoven gym.
The Saints also ended the 2016 season against Kimball, losing to the Cubs in the Section 5A Tourney semifinals in four games.
“Overall, it was a good start,” KMS head coach Joquel Molenaar said.  “We definitely didn’t play clean; had lots of unforced errors on our part, which killed our momentum throughout each game and made it more difficult to win.  If we clean up our game and find a way to score, this will be a strong volleyball team.”
The Saints lost several key starters from last year’s team, but does return a good........

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Saints, Braves to open up season, Friday in Murdock

KMS quarterback Caleb Collins tries to get off a pass while evading a couple of Lac qui Parle defenders during a four-team scrimmage in Benson, Saturday morning.

Saints, Braves to open up season, Friday in Murdock

The Benson Braves and KMS Saints are set to meet up in the 2017 high school football opener at 7 p.m., Friday in Murdock.  The Saints are coming off a 5-5 season from a year ago, while the Braves were 1-8 last year.
Both teams play in the Mid-State sub-district, with the Saints playing in the red division and the Braves playing in the white.  KMS lost five seniors to graduation from last year’s team, while the Braves lost 13 key seniors.
This will be the second-ever meeting between the Swift County schools.  The first took place in........

 

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2017 Benson Football Team

Pictured above are members of the Benson football team, set to open up the 2017 season this Friday at 7 p.m. at KMS (Murdock).

Pictured above are members of the Benson football team, set to open up the 2017 season this Friday at 7 p.m. at KMS (Murdock).

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Tennis team opens up season with 2-2 record

Emma Heinzig (right) gets ready to hit a smash at the net as first doubles’ partner Olivia Hoffman looks on from behind.  The Braves have opened up the season with a 2-2 record and are set to host Minnewaska, Thursday

Tennis team opens up season with 2-2 record

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team opened up the season last week with a 2-2 record.  The Fighting Braves, coming off a 16-3 season from a year ago, opened up the new season with a 4-3 loss at NLS last Tuesday.
Benson-KMS was supposed to open up the season last Monday with a home triangular, but that event was rained out and a new date has not been set yet.
The Fighting Braves did host a triangular, Thursday, shutting out Morris Area in one match, 7-0, but also losing the other to Annandale by the same score.
The week came to a close with a 6-1 win at Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Friday.........

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Claudia E. Rode

Claudia Elaine Rode

Claudia E. Rode

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Antifa Tactics Hurt More Than Help

Antifa Tactics Hurt More Than Help                                                                                                                                                                                             

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

                                                                                                                                                                                                   Strength does not come from
                                                                                                                                                                                    physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

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Chester "Chet" Lee

Chester Arlon Lee

Chester A. Lee, age 97, of Benson, passed away on Monday, August 28, 2017, at Gabriel House in Murdock.  Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, August 31, 2017, at Assembly of God Church in Benson.  Visitation will continue from 10-11 a.m., followed by the funeral at 11 a.m., Friday, September 1, 2017, at the church.  Arrangements handled through Zniewski Funeral Home, Benson.

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George Ervin Clemens

George Ervin Clemens

George Ervin Clemens
1932 – 2017

George E. Clemens, age 85, of Appleton, formerly of Holloway, died Tuesday, August 22, 2017 in Appleton Area Health Services –Hospital.  Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, August 25th at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Holloway, officiated by Pastor Donald Klatt.  Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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Mae Gades never runs out of ideas for her new quilts

Mae Gades sits by her yellow quilt that won a grand championship ribbon at the Swift County Fair. She makes all kinds of quilts for all kinds of seasons and events.

Photos and Story by Peggy Cameron

 

In 35 years she’s created 43 full size quilts, 58 crib quilts and 16 wall hangings.

“I’ve added to that number recently, but haven’t kept track,” says Mae Gades of Benson.

The assessment of her heart-felt work was tallied in 2014 and her quilting has continued at a steady rate.  

“I never run out of ideas,”  she claims.

This year Mae took a “basket” design quilt to the Swift County Fair, one which she says was a real challenge because the design was on a diagonal.  It also featured her first try at machine designs….the flowers you see in the corners of the quilt design.  Daughter-in-law Amy Jobgen helped her download the floral designs into her sewing machine and she’s proud of that accomplishment for an 85 year old woman in a computer-savy world.

Recent estimates put Mae among the 21 million quilters in the U.S., most of whom are female.  The average age is 62....

 

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