November 2017

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Nov
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Peterson, Rasmusson, Rudningen earn All-District for KMS

Dylan Rudningen (right) runs for the Saints during an early-season game against Benson, getting great blocking from the rest of his teammates.  Rudningen was one of three Saints earning All-District honors this season and he was also selected as KMS’ Offensive MVP.

The KMS football team recently announced its season-ending awards following the 2017 season.  The Saints went 5-5 during the 2017 season, including a 3-4 mark within the Mid-State sub-district.

In the Section 4A Tourney, KMS was seeded sixth, but beat third-seeded Lester Prairie-Holy Trinity in the first round, 26-7, before losing to second-seeded Mayer Lutheran in the semifinals, 42-7.  

Mayer Lutheran went on to earn the section title and also won its first state tournament game to earn a semifinal game against undefeated Minneota, the winners of Section 3A.

BBE won  the Mid-State Blue sub-district with a 7-0 league mark, followed by Royalton at 6-1, Upsala-Swanville Area at 4-3, KMS, Parkers Prairie, and Browerville-Eagle Valley, all at 3-4, Kimball Area at 2-5, and New York Mills at 0-7.

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24
Nov
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Zosel earns All-District and All-Section for Braves

Pictured from left to right are Matt Tolifson, a member of the All-Section 5AA team, Aaron Zosel, a member of the All-Section and All-District teams, and Sam Lundebrek, selected All-District honorable mention and Academic All-State.

The Benson football team recently ended its season with a loss at Minnewaska Area in the Section 5AA quarterfinals.  Benson ended the season 0-9, losing a tough double-overtime game at KMS to open up the season.

BOLD dominated the Mid-State sub-district this year with a 7-0 record.  The Warriors reached the Section 3A finals before falling to undefeated Minnesota, 35-22.

Tying for second place in the sub-district were ACGC, Minnewaska Area, and Sauk Centre, each with 5-2 records, while Morris Area was fifth at 3-4, Montevideo was 2-5, Osakis was 1-6, and Benson was 0-7.

The Braves had seven seniors, six juniors, seven sophomores, and three freshmen on this year’s varsity team.

Seniors lost to graduation are Aaron Zosel, Shane Flower, Devin Vergin, Kaden Schmidt, Shane Grussing, Matt Connolly, and Sam Lundebrek.

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Nov
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Tostenson, Mitteness lead cross-country teams during 2017 season

Jon Tostenson (left) runs during the Benson Invitational in early October.  Tostenson went on to earn a state berth and place 49th at the state meet.
Allie Mitteness was the leader for the Benson-KMS girls cross-country team in 2017.

The Benson-KMS boys and girls cross-country teams recently held their season-ending banquet.  The Fighting Braves ended the 2017 season on a high note as Jon Tostenson earned the program’s third-straight cross-country state trip, placing 49th at the State Meet at St. Olaf, Nov. 4.

Coach of the cross-country team this year was Samantha (Goff) VanHeuveln, who graduated from BHS and was in her first year as head coach.  She earned a state track gold medal in the 3200 meter relay as a seventh-grader for Benson-KMS.

The Benson-KMS boys team had a great season, placing second at three meets (Lac qui Parle Invitational, Benson Invitational, and WCC Meet), and also placed third at the Melrose and Paynesville Invitationals, and fourth at two others.

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24
Nov
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Keith Cleo Moist

Keith Cleo Moist

Keith Cleo Moist
June 23, 1969 ~ November 21, 2017

Keith Cleo Moist, 48, of Murdock, died Tuesday, November 21st in rural Spicer. His funeral service will be at 3:00 pm, Saturday at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Kerkhoven. Visitation will be one hour prior to his service. Burial will in Hillside Cemetery in Kerkhoven. Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Kerkhoven. www.hafh.org

Wed
22
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ERNEST ANDERSON

ERNEST ANDERSON
OCTOBER 6, 1932 – NOVEMBER 22, 2017
FUNERAL NOTICE
 
Ernest Anderson, 85, died Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at Glacial Ridge Health System in Glenwood, Minn.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Monday, November 27, 2017, at Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.  Visitation will continue from 10-11 a.m., followed by the funeral at 11 a.m., Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at Glenwood Lutheran Church in Glenwood.

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

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Alfred E. Ostby

Alfred E. Ostby

Alfred E. Ostby
January 15, 1929 • November 7, 2017

Alfred E. Ostby, 88, of Fargo, ND, went to be with his Lord and Savior, November 7, 2017.

The memorial service was 2 p.m. Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home, Fargo.  Visitation was held one hour prior to the service.

Al was born January 15, 1929 in Benson, Minnesota to Ed and Amy Ostby.  Al was baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith at Immanuel Lutheran Church.  He graduated from Benson High School in 1946.  After high school graduation, Al enlisted in the U. S. Army for two years.  

Upon return from his service, he attended the University of Minnesota graduating in 1951 with a degree in Business Administration and Senior Accounting.

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22
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Verna Carrie Bertina Gomer

Verna Carrie Bertina Gomer

Verna Carrie Bertina Gomer
June 21, 1918 • November 20, 2017

Verna Carrie Bertina Gomer, 99, formerly of Benson, Minnesota, died Monday, November 20, 2017, at the Glenwood Retirement Village. 

Visitation is from 4-7 p.m., Friday, November 24, 2017, at Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.  Visitation will continue from 12-1 p.m., followed by the funeral at 1 p.m., Saturday, November 25, 2017, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson. Interment will be in Lake Hazel Cemetery, Benson Township, Swift County.

Tue
21
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Sharon M. Martinson

Sharon Marie Martinson

Sharon M. Martinson
February 20, 1946 • November 16, 2017

Sharon Marie Martinson, 71, of Alexandria, Minnesota, formerly of Benson, went to be with her Savior, November 16, 2017, surrounded by family.

Celebration of Life was 11 a.m., Monday, November 20, 2017, at Alexandria Covenant Church. Urnbearers were Jesse Ricke, Rob Deopre, Ronald Martinson and Jim Erickson. Burial took place at Pike Lake Cemetery in rural Kensington, following the luncheon.

Visitation was from 4-7 p.m.  Sunday at the Lind Family Funeral Home in Alexandria and continued one hour prior to the service at the church.

Sharon was born February 20, 1946, in Litchfield, to Delmar and Iona (Knutson) Ricke and was the youngest of three children.  Sharon’s family moved to Benson in 1947, and she attended and graduated Benson Public Schools in 1964, where she was involved in music, playing the saxophone.  She attended Willmar Technical College in 1988-1989, for accounting.

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21
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Linda Eleanor Walsh

Linda Eleanor Walsh

Linda Eleanor Walsh
September 7, 1942 • November 10, 2017

Linda Eleanor (Rice) Walsh, 75, formerly of Murdock, Minn., passed away Friday, November 10, 2017, at St. Anthony Care Center.  Visitation was from 9:00-10:30 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 18, 2017, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Murdock.  Interment was in Spring Creek Cemetery of rural Murdock.

Linda Eleanor Rice was born September 7, 1942, in Kerkhoven Township, Minnesota, the daughter of Millard and Gladys (Ronholdt) Rice.  Linda grew up in rural Sunburg and attended Country School in District 66 until the sixth grade.  She then attended and graduated from Kerkhoven High School in 1960.  Following high school, she moved to Minneapolis and worked for General Mills.  

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17
Nov
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Lightning protection essential to protect county courthouse

Can you guess what space this is in the Swift County courthouse? It is the gutted area that once housed the north and south courtrooms, the hallway, and judge’s chambers.  All the walls are gone now and the ceiling is opened up. But this view will soon be gone as the renovation project installs new walls and a new ceiling.

Sussner Construction, the company doing the $3.573 million renovation work at the Swift County courthouse, has recommended that it not install the lightning protection system saving the county $31,815.

However, Jonathon Loose of Wold Architects & Engineers says the county should reject that recommendation. Wold has worked with the county board on the redesign of the courthouse interior to improve its energy efficiency, safety for employees of the courts, and for its functionality in serving county residents.

“We recommend rejecting that offer being it is a critical building of a historic nature, it is taller than most other buildings around, knowing there have been lightning strikes to the building and it is a wood framed roof and attic structure,” Loose told commissioners at their Nov. 7 meeting. “We think it is a small investment to channel those potential lightning strikes down to the ground and not affect the building,” he said.

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