July 2018

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It’s been 87 years since Ardis Just’s first Kid Day

Ardis (Plackner) Just with her doll buggy. She was in the first Benson Kid Day parade in 1931. She plans to be in the 88th Kid Day parade Saturday.

Ardis (Plackner) Just participated in her first Benson Kid Day parade when she was only four years old – that was 87 years ago and was the city’s very first Kid Day celebration.

Born in 1927, Just’s mother decorated her doll buggy and made an outfit to go with it for the 1931 inaugural Kid Day. In the years that followed, her mother would come up with new designs for her to wear in the parade.

She’s not sure if the photo of her posed with the baby carriage was her first parade entry, but it was somewhere between 1931 and 1933, Just says. “I know there were a couple of them where I wore little pink outfits. One of them, mother had made a doll buggy with a doll in the middle and then made petals out from the face to make it look like a rose,” she recalls.

She continued to participate in the parade every year until she was old enough to be playing in the band. “Of course, I had to march in the band in high school.”

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State seeing near record growing season

Minnesota has been experiencing one of the warmest growing seasons on record, according to Michelle Margraf of the NOAA-NWS Office in Chanhassen.

For agricultural statistics keepers, the growing season starts May 1. But for many farmers, the near record cold and snowy April kept them out of the fields because of cold soils and wet conditions.

Less than 35 percent of the state’s corn crop was planted in the first 10 days of May and less than 10 percent of the soybean crop. But rapidly warming temperatures in May allowed farmers to make rapid progress with planting. Soils warmed quickly and crop development took off.

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School board approves civic center work bids

With a new Benson Civic Center appraisal coming in at $1.56 million, District 777’s Board of Education voted Monday night to proceed with $581,500 in renovations for the facility.

It approved the $493,000 base work bid of Kranz Construction of Milan as well as its $88,500 alternate bid for fire protection work. It left out Kranz’s alternate bids for a gymnastics pit for $130,000 and its alternate bid of $146,800 for ceiling insulation and protection.

It did agree to seek bids from local contractors on the gymnastics pit.

Because the facility is in a flood plain, under state law and local ordinance the school board couldn’t spend more than half the value of the building on improvements.  With a previous assessed market value of $822,000 improvements were limited to $411,000 - $82,000 below even the lowest base bid the board had received.

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Summer leagues coming to a close

Adrian Young pitches for the Benson Gold (3rd grade in 2017-18) baseball team during a 4-0 loss to KMS White, Thursday night at the Northside Rec Area as umpire Matt Laumeyer gets ready to call the next pitch.
Members of one of the two Benson Chippewa Valley Softball teams compete against the other Benson team during an early-season game.

The summer softball and baseball leagues are coming to a close soon....

 

 

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Pictured, top: Adrian Young pitches for the Benson Gold (3rd grade in 2017-18) baseball team during a 4-0 loss to KMS White, Thursday night at the Northside Rec Area as umpire Matt Laumeyer gets ready to call the next pitch.

 

Pictured at bottom, members of one of the two Benson Chippewa Valley Softball teams compete against the other Benson team during an early-season game.

 

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Mini-Tennis Camp takes place in Benson

Blake Brehmer stretches to return a shot during a net drill at a mini tennis camp last week on the high school courts.

Thirty-two young tennis players in grades 2-9 (for 2018-19 school year) took part in a three-day mini tennis camp last Monday through Wednesday at the high school courts in Benson....

 

 

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Pictured: Blake Brehmer stretches to return a shot during a net drill at a mini tennis camp last week on the high school courts.  Thirty-two local youth took part in the camp.  More pictures and a list of awardwinners can be found inside.
 

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Kerkhoven Legion shuts out Benson

Sam Lundebrek (left) comes up to retrieve a throw at second base during a game against the Kerkhoven Legion team earlier this summer in Benson.  The two teams met again last week at Kerkhoven.

The Kerkhoven Legion baseball team split a pair of games last week with Benson and Montevideo.  Kerkhoven opened the week with a 10-0 shutout of Benson last Monday night, but then lost at Montevideo last Tuesday, 6-2.

Kerkhoven is 5-5 overall with only one game left on the regular-season schedule.  Kerkhoven was also set to host Eden Valley-Watkins, Thursday, but that game was canceled.

This week, Kerkhoven was set to close out the regular-season with a home game against Granite Falls, Monday.  The opening round of the district tourney is set for Thursday and the district playoffs are set for this Saturday and Sunday at Granite Falls....

 

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CVEC Now Hiring Maintenance Manager in Benson, MN

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Geraldine (Nordgren) Quick

 Geraldine (Nordgren) Quick

GERALDINE (NORDREN) QUICK
March 31, 1930 • July 17, 2018

Geraldine (Nordgren) Quick passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 17, 2018.

Private services will be held. Memorials are preferred to the family: c/o Crescent Tide Funeral Home, 764 Transfer Road, St. Paul, MN 55114.

Geraldine was born March 31, 1930.   

She is survived by nieces: Candee Elder, Lucinda Brophy, Cheryl Jones and Connie Bonk.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Quick; parents: John and Ruth Nordgren and brother, Ralph Nordgren.

 

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Marie C. Blair Austin

Marie C. Blair Austin

MARIE C. BLAIR AUSTIN
May 24, 1919 • July 17, 2018

The funeral service for Marie C. Austin of Morris, Minnesota (formerly of Hancock) was held  Friday, July 20, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris, with Deacon Stan Hennen officiating. Visitation was one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial was at St. Malachy Catholic Cemetery, Clontarf.

Marie Henning, daughter of Carl and Rosa (Metz) Henning was born in Adrian, Minnesota May 24, 1919. She grew up and was educated at St. Adrian’s School.

Marie was married to Jack Blair November 10, 1936 in Adrian. The couple lived in Adrian before moving to Hancock in 1957. Jack died in 1964. She married Harold Austin in 1965. Marie continued to live in Hancock before moving to Morris; most recent she was a resident at West Wind Village.

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Lola M. Kennedy

Lola M. Kennedy

LOLA M. KENNEDY
June 16, 1925 • July 15, 2018

Lola M. Kennedy, 93, of Murdock, Minnesota died Sunday, July 15 in her home.  Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 20 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Murdock.  Fr. Steven Verhelst officiated.  Burial was in the church cemetery.  

Lola Maria (Rosemeier) Kennedy was born June 16, 1925 in Murdock, Minnesota, the daughter of Ernest Rosemeier and Mary (Krattenmaker) Rosemeier. She died July 15, 2018 at her home in Murdock surrounded by her children and grandchildren.  

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