May 2018

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Marjorie Ann Cannon

MARJORIE ANN CANNON

MARJORIE ANN CANNON
April 28, 1933 - May 18, 2018

Marjorie Ann Cannon, 85, Benson, MN, died Friday, May 18, 2018, at Meadow Lane Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Monday, May 21, 2018, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Murdock.  Visitation will continue from 10-11 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at the church.  Interment will be in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home.  www.zniewskifuneralhome.com

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School to seek approval of $26.3 million building bond

Levy request to be on August 14 ballot

With a unanimous vote Monday night, the District 777 Board of Education approved going to the voters Aug. 14 for a $26.3 million building bond levy.

Key features of the proposed project include construction of new classrooms at the Northside Elementary School to house a centralize day care and pre-kindergarten program, the construction of a new performing arts center, and renovating the Senior High School to meet 21st Century collaborative education design needs.

Another key aspect of the proposed facilities is that they would give Benson Public Schools the ability to compete with neighboring school districts for students, Supt. Dennis Laumeyer said. Currently, Benson loses kids to surrounding school districts with the condition of the school’s aged facilities among the reasons for students leaving.

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City keeps wary on Minnesota Legislature

In the last days of its 2017 session, Minnesota’s Legislature passed the Omnibus Jobs & Energy bill including language that would see the City of Benson paid $20 million for economic development to compensate for the loss of Benson Power, LLC.

Though the payments were written into legislation passed by the Republican-controlled state House and Senate, and signed by Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, nothing is written in stone and can be undone by succeeding Legislatures.

That is the reason Benson City Manager Rob Wolfington has been making frequent trips to St. Paul to monitor legislation that could have an impact on the city’s promised compensation. Benson’s first $4 million payment is scheduled to come by June 30 this year with $6 million payments coming in both June 2019 and June 2020. A final $3 million payment is to be made in June 2021.

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Public office filings open next Tuesday

Tuesday filings open for those interested in seeking election to local, state and federal offices in Minnesota.

Filings for one Benson City Council seat, four District 777 Board of Education seats, two Swift County Board of Commissioners seats, the county treasurer, sheriff and attorney, all open Tuesday, May 22 and close at the end of the business day Tuesday, June 5.

Filings for state and federal offices also open May 22....

 

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Farmers pushing to get crops planted

At 40-percent complete Sunday, corn planting in Minnesota was eight days behind the five-year average. However, farmers were making rapid progress prior to Monday afternoon’s rainfall and will be back in the fields as clear skies dry out the fields.

Despite it seeming like there wasn’t a lot of farm equipment in area fields over the past few days, farmers were making progress after delays caused by lingering frost, wet fields and cold soils.

Corn planting was 40 percent completed, five days behind last year and eight days behind average, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service report released Monday.  There were a few reports of corn emerging in the southern half of the state.

Last year at this time, 77 percent of the corn crop was planted with the five-year average for corn planting progress for May 13 65 percent.

Soybeans were 11 percent planted, four days behind last year and nine days behind average. As of May 13 last year, 41 percent of the soybean crop was planted. The five-year average for the date is 37 percent.

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Mitteness earns first for track teams at YME Meet

Mariah Ahrndt competes in the triple jump for the BKMS girls team.

The Benson-KMS track and field teams competed at the YME Invitational, Thursday night at Granite Falls.

LQP-DB continued its dominant performance this spring in track competitions by winning both team titles, while Benson-KMS was fourth in both meets out of eight participating schools.

Allie Mitteness had the only individual first place for both teams as she won the 400 meter dash in 1:04.45.  Also winning a title was the girls 1600 meter relay of Allie and Abbie Mitteness, Claire Ricard, and Mariah Ahrndt.

Benson is set to host the WCC Track and Field Meet, Tuesday before getting ready for the sub-section meet at Minnewaska Area, Thursday, May 24....

 

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LQP wins Invitational title, while Benson is sixth

Katelyn Young chips from just off the 18th hole during the Benson Girls and Boys Invitational last Wednesday.
Ben Peterson watches his putt roll toward the par-3, second hole during the Benson Invitational.  LQP won the boys and girls team titles.

The Benson girls golf team competed at a pair of conference meets at Sauk Centre and Melrose Area last Tuesday night, placing fourth at both meets with totals of 205 and 200, respectively.

After four WCC meets, the Braves are in fourth place overall with 28 points, while BOLD and Minnewaska Area are tied for the lead with 38 points, Morris Area is third with 32, and Sauk Centre is fifth with 22.

The Braves also hosted the Benson Invitational last Wednesday at the Benson Golf Club.  Lac qui Parle won the 7-team title with a score of 342, while Benson was sixth with a 427 total.

This week, the team is set to compete in the final two WCC doubleheaders.  Benson is set to compete at Minnewaska Area and Morris, Monday, before competing in Benson and Montevideo, Thursday....

 

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Braves still searching for first win with two weeks to go

Benson players look on during a pitching change in the rain last Tuesday against ACGC.  Warming up is Jared Kurkosky, while looking on are Dan Lenarz (left), Matt Tolifson, Sam Lundebek, and Brandon Osterbauer.

The Benson baseball team dropped five games last week to fall to 0-10 in the WCC and 0-12 overall.  The Braves, who have just five games left on the regular-season scheduled, opened up last week’s action with a 6-0, 11-1 doubleheader loss at home to ACGC.

Two days later, the Braves lost at BOLD, 11-1, and on Friday, Benson was swept in a doubleheader by Melrose, 9-3 and 9-3.  Results from the Melrose games were not available by presstime.

This week, Benson was set to play a doubleheader at Montevideo, Tuesday, and play at Minnewaska Area, Thursday.  The following week, the Braves host NLS, Monday, before closing out the regular-season with a game at Morris Area.

Coming up is the Section 3AA Tourney, Saturday, May 26.  Benson appears set to earn the eighth seed in its half of the section and will most-likely play at top-seeded Paynesville (11-1) in the first round....

 

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Another week, another three wins for Benson softball

Mackenzie Kurkosky pitches for Benson during the first game of a doubleheader with Montevideo last Tuesday as secondbaseman Maranda Wieber looks on.

The Benson softball team had a great week of softball last week despite having it end on a sour note.  The Braves went 3-2 last week to improve to 7-6 overall and 7-6 in the WCC.

The Braves opened up the week with a 6-4, 13-5 doubleheader sweep of Montevideo last Tuesday night in Benson, and then split a doubleheader at home against Minnewaska, Thursday, losing the first game, 5-1, but coming back to win the second game in extra innings, 7-2.

Liz Staton had at least one hit in every game last week and was 9-for-19 during the five games, while Kaitlyn Berreau had a hit in four games and had also had nine total hits for the week.

The week came to a close at home, Friday, against BOLD.  Benson took a 6-2 lead after three innings, but BOLD rallied for an 8-6 victory.

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Lawrence O'Malley

Lawrence “Larry” O’Malley

LAWRENCE  O'MALLEY
July 12, 1939 • May 14, 2018

Lawrence “Larry” O’Malley of St. Cloud, formerly of Benson, Minnesota, died Monday, May 14, 2018, at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center.  Visitation was from 10-11 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., Friday, May 18, 2018, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson.  Interment was in the St. Bridget’s Catholic Church Cemetery.

Lawrence Joseph O’Malley, 79, was born in Benson, July 12, 1939, the son of Joseph and Delvina Matthews O’Malley. He grew up and attended school in Benson. Larry was a Vietnam War Veteran who served his country proudly and honorably in the United States Army. He achieved the rank of Sergeant. During the Vietnam War, Larry was assigned to Company-D, 169th, Engineer Battalion 20th Engineer Brigade, and was stationed near Long Binh, Vietnam.

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