June 2018

Fri
22
Jun
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31st Pioneerland Band Festival

The KMS Marching Band performs in the Pioneerland Band Festival last Thursday. It was a windy evening, proving a challenge for those who had to toss flags high into the air.
Members of the Benson High School Marching Band Allie Mitteness, Logan Johnson, Bella Wolter, Brenna Knutson, and Katelyn Tolifson perform in last Thursday’s Pioneerland Band Festival parade.

Pictured, top: The KMS Marching Band performs in the Pioneerland Band Festival last Thursday. It was a windy evening, proving a challenge for those who had to toss flags high into the air.

 

Pictured, bottom: Members of the Benson High School Marching Band Allie Mitteness, Logan Johnson, Bella Wolter, Brenna Knutson, and Katelyn Tolifson perform in last Thursday’s Pioneerland Band Festival parade. Benson’s marching band led off the the parade, but did not compete as the host of 12 other bands the came to the community.
 

 

To see more color photos from the Pioneerland Band Festival parade, pick up a copy of the June 20, 2018 edition of the Swift County Monitor-News!

Fri
22
Jun
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Meeting on school building levy Monday

Next Monday District 777 is hosting the first of three community informational meetings about its $26.3 million building bond levy to be voted on Aug. 14.

The meeting will take place in the Benson High School cafeteria starting at 6 p.m. and is scheduled to last until 7:30 p.m. Meetings are also planned for Wednesday, July 18, and Tuesday, Aug, 7, at the same times.

Those attending the meetings should be aware that road construction is underway that blocks off entering the school senior high parking lot from the east or south. To get to the parking lot, take either 15th Street North by St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, or Oregon Avenue from the west and then turn north on 15th Street North.

District 777’s Board of Education turned to a citizens group made up of people representing three groups in the district – farmers and landowners, business owners and people from the community at large, and school staff.

Fri
22
Jun
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Decision on Benson Power future delayed until June 27

A decision by the North Dakota Public Service Commission Xcel Energy (Northern States Power) ending its power purchase agreements with Benson Power, LLC, and Laurentian Energy Association (LEA) is on hold until June 27.

The commission met last week but was not prepared to address ruling against appeals from truckers and loggers seeking to delay the termination of agreements. Benson Power and LEA, which serves the cities of Hibbing and Virginia, use wood chips for a power source. Benson Power also uses turkey litter.

Benson City Manager Rob Wolfington told the city council Monday night that the North Dakota PSC would decide if the truckers and loggers have standing to bring a case to stop Xcel’s plans to buy Benson Power and shut it down. A decision is now expected at the commissions June 27 meeting.

Fri
22
Jun
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Two Braves earn All-WCC honors in baseball

Dan Lenarz, shown pitching during the 2018 season, earned All-Conference for the Benson baseball team this spring.

The Benson baseball team ended the 2018 season with a 2-16 overall record, which included a 2-12 mark within the WCC.  

Those were the exact same records the Braves had in 2017.  The only two wins for the Braves came against Montevideo during a 7-6, walkoff win in Montevideo, and an 11-9 victory at Morris Area in the regular-season finale.  The Braves were 0-13 before picking up their first victory this season.  

In the postseason tournament, Benson was seeded eighth in its half of the section and lost to top-seeded Paynesville in the first round, 10-0.  Paynesville went on to earn the Section 3AA title with a 7-4 victory over Luverne in the championship game.

BOLD won this year’s WCC title with a perfect 14-0 record in league games, while Sauk Centre and Minnewaska Area tied for second with 10-4 records, Melrose Area was fourth (6-8), ACGC and Montevideo (both 5-9) were tied for fifth, Morris Area-CA was seventh (4-10), and Benson was eighth (2-12)....

Fri
22
Jun
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Tostenson, Nagler, and Kallstrom earn 2018 BKMS boys track awards

Mike Nagler, running in the boys 1600 meter run, was selected for the Most Improved Award this year for boys track.

Jon Tostenson, senior from KMS, earned the Benson-KMS boys track MVP award for 2018, while junior Mike Nagler was selected for the Most Improved Award, and ninth-grader Brandon Kallstrom earned the Coaches’ Award.  It was the second-straight MVP honor for Tostenson, who qualified to state in the 800 meter run in 2015-2017, but came up just short this season.

He was a strong middle and long-distance runner for the Fighting Braves, and also ran on the 1600 and 3200 meter relays.

Nagler was also a strong middle-distance, pole vault and relay man for the Braves, while Kallstrom competed in the sprints, long jump, triple jump, high jump, and relays.

•  Seniors lost to graduation from this year’s team are Jon Tostenson and Oscar Padilla.

Wed
20
Jun
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Richard "Dick" Schirmer

Richard “Dick” H. Schirmer

RICHARD "DICK" SCHIRMER
August 29, 1943 • June 18, 2018

Richard “Dick” H. Schirmer, 74, of Fridley, Minnesota, formerly of Benson, died  peacefully Monday June 18, 2018, at the Benedictine Health Care Center at Innsbruck in New Brighton.

Visitation was held from 2-3 p.m.  Friday, June 22, followed by the funeral service at 3 p.m. at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church Chapel in Benson.   Interment was in the Benson City Cemetery.  

Richard was born August 29, 1943 in Benson, Minnesota, the son of Harold and Lila Schirmer. He attended school in the Benson area graduating from Benson High School in 1961. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Morris in 1964 and was accepted for post graduate work at the University of Iowa.

Wed
20
Jun
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Eleanor "Ellie" Jane Floan

Eleanor “Ellie” Jane Floan

ELEANOR JANE FLOAN
July 20, 1930 - June 9, 2018

Eleanor “Ellie” Jane Floan,  87, died Saturday, June 9, 2018 at her home in Benson.  

Visitation will be held 1-2 p.m. Friday, June 29, 2018, followed by the funeral service at 2 p.m., at West Zion Lutheran Church in rural Hancock.  Interment will be in the church cemetery.  

Ellie was born July 20, 1930 to Odin and Olga (Erickson) Floan in Langhei Township, Pope County, Minnesota.  She was baptized  August 10, 1930 at West Zion Lutheran Church. She continued to live on the farm with her parents until her mother’s death.  At that time, she moved into Swift County Homes Number 1 where she continued to live until the time of her death.

Ellie attended the Developmental Achievement Center in Benson for many years where she worked at various jobs and participated in many social activities.

Wed
20
Jun
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Diane Kay Ascheman

Diane Kay Ascheman

DIANE KAY ASCHEMAN
- June 17, 2018

Diane Kay Ascheman, 69, of Benson, Minnesota, died Sunday afternoon, June 17, 2018, at Homestead Place North in Benson. Visitation was held from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a 4:30 p.m. Parish Prayer Service, Wednesday, June 20 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson. A mass of christian burial was held Thursday, June 21, at St. Francis Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. Interment was in the Church of the Visitation Catholic Church Cemetery in Danvers.

Diane Kay (Sulier) Ascheman was born August 21, 1948, in Benson, Minnesota, the daughter of Richard and Viola (Hess) Sulier. She grew up in the Benson area and graduated from Benson High School.

November 19, 1966, Diane was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” Ascheman at St. Francis Catholic Church. This union was blessed with more than 51 years of marriage, four children, and five grandchildren.

Wed
20
Jun
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Gregory E. Fischer

Gregory E. Fischer

GREGORY E. FISCHER
June 5, 1960 - January 21, 2018

A Celebration of Life service for Gregory E. Fischer of Brighton, TN (formerly of the Benson-Willmar area) will be held July 3, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Spicer, Minnesota.  Greg will be laid to rest in Aitkin near his beloved grandparents, July 5, 2018.

Gregory Eugene Olson Fischer, 57, was born  June 5, 1960 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Sherman and LaVay Olson.

He was baptized at the EUB Church in Norcross and was confirmed at St. Mark’s Lutheran in Benson.  He attended elementary schools in Watertown, Willmar, New London-Spicer and Benson.  He graduated from Benson High School in 1978.  

Tue
19
Jun
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NOTICE AND ORDER FOR HEARING ON PETITION FOR DESCENT OF PROPERTY

NOTICE AND ORDER FOR HEARING ON PETITION FOR
DESCENT OF PROPERTY (MULTIPLE DECEDENTS)

STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF SWIFT
EIGHTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
DISTRICT COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
Court File No. 76-PR-18-295

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