October 2018

Fri
26
Oct
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Wind, harvest activity increases fire danger

Area firefighters have been busy this past week responding to a grass fire, a combine fire and a rural garbage fire that threatened a nearby corn field.

Windy conditions along with clear skies over the past 10 days have helped dry out crops and soils allowing the fall harvest to progress rapidly.

However, one danger has been steadily increasing with the dry, windy days – the chance for a fire to start in a field or in a piece of machinery.

Benson’s Fire Department has responded to three fires in four days and has been joined by fire crews from Danvers and Clontarf.

Monday a John Deere combine that had been harvesting soybeans in Section 27 of Pope County’s Langhei Township north of Benson caught fire. By the time the fire department arrived, it was engulfed in flames. The black smoke billowing from the charred combine was flattened out in a long trail rushing to the southeast pushed by a northwest wind gusting to 30 mph.

Earlier Monday the fire departments had been called to a fire near Danvers. A garbage fire had gotten out of control and was threatening a nearby corn field.

Fri
26
Oct
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Eight candidates seeking four seats on District 777 school board

Editor’s note: See Pages 8 and 9A for candidate profiles.

When District 777 voters go to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 6, they will find eight residents seeking a seat on the board of education.

Four are seeking a four-year term with three seats up for election. The candidates are Brian Samuelson, Tammy Gunlogson, James Berens, and Paul Carruth. The three candidates getting the more votes will win seats.

Carruth and Gunlogson are incumbents, however, both were appointed to their terms to fill seats following resignations.

There are four people seeking one seat that lasts just two years. Only the top vote getter in this group will win election to the school board. The candidates are: Eric Peterson, Ron A. Hanson, Chad Payne and Jodi DeJong-Hughes. Payne and DeJong-Hughes currently serve on the board and are seeking re-election.

Fri
26
Oct
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KMS continues hot play with runner-up at Underwood Tourney

KMS players celebrate a point during a recent win in Kerkhoven.

The KMS volleyball team is peaking at the right time after 3-2 at the Underwood Tournament, Thursday, to place second of seven teams.  The Saints improved to 16-12 overall with the tourney results, and KMS also finished the Camden North Conference schedule with a 5-6 record to place second behind MACCRAY (8-3).

The Underwood Tourney was the final regular-season event for the Saints, who now look forward to the Section 5A Tourney.

The Saints earned the second seed in its “pod”, giving KMS a first-round playoff match at home at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26 against the third-seeded Benson Braves.

If the Saints can win that match, they would play again at 6 p.m, Tuesday, Oct. 30 at Long Prairie against most-likely Royalton.  The Section 5A semifinals are set for 6 p.m, Thursday, Nov. 1 at Little Falls and the championship match is slated for 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3 at Little Falls....
 

Fri
26
Oct
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KMS tops Royalton 29-8 to earn title and top seed

Dylan Rudningen (22) picks up some big yardage during the 2018 opener against Benson.  The Saints beat Royalton last week to earn the sub-district title and top seed in Section 4A.  Also identified for KMS are Regan Carlson (64), and Chris Moist (68).

The KMS football team earned co-share of the Mid-State Blue sub-district title after knocking off previously-unbeaten Royalton, Friday night in Murdock, 29-8.  The Saints and Royalton both finished the sub-district schedule with 6-1 records and KMS also improved to 7-1 overall to claim the top seed in the upcoming Section 4A Football Tournament.

Dylan Rudningen ran 40 times for 171 yards and four touchdowns, giving him 1,762 yards for the season and 28 touchdowns.

The Saints surprisingly dominated the Royals, despite going into halftime tied at 8-8.  KMS held a 276-105 edge in total yards and 20-6 in first downs, keyed most by a 4-0 advantage in turnovers.

Finishing third in the sub-district were Upsala-Swanville Area and Kimball Area (both 4-3), while Browerville-Eagle Valley and Parkers Prairie were tied for fifth with 3-4 records, New York Mills was seven at 2-5, and BBE was 0-7.

Fri
26
Oct
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Braves top Montevideo in regular-season finale

Claire Ricard (left) had 14 kills and two blocks during the Braves’ win over Montevideo.  Above, she pounds a ball over the net as teammates Mariah Ahrndt and Ellie Moesenthin look on.

The Benson volleyball team closed out the regular-season with one of its best matches of the season.  The Braves won their second-straight match last Tuesday night in Benson with a 25-21, 25-15, 23-25, 25-15 victory over Montevideo, putting the Braves in sole possession of fifth place in the final WCC volleyball standings.

It was also Senior Night during the Montevideo match and Paige Cain, Maranda Wieber, and Matilyn Short were recognized as seniors for the Braves before the match.

“We finished strong on our home court tonight,” coach Shannon Schmidt said.  “Rachel Berens had a career high 12 kills tonight, with six of them coming in the first set, and Claire Ricard had 14 kills and two blocks.  It was really a great team effort and a great win to cap off our regular season.  We have just the momentum we need heading to playoffs. And a lot of our players are peaking at the right time.”

Fri
26
Oct
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Braves close out regular-season with 45-0 loss to Minnewaska Area

Cole Hedman (81) tries to evade a would-be Minnewaska Area tackler after hauling in a pass.  Identified from left to right in back of Hedman are Adam Zosel (32), Alden Syltie (77), and Alex Wrobleski (65).
Hunter Gonnerman (44) rambles around left end during the Braves’ loss to Minnewaska Area last Wednesday night.  The two teams were set to be back at it Tuesday (yeserday) for the first round of the Section 5AA playoffs.

The Benson football team ended the regular-season with an 0-8 record after losing by a shutout at Minnewaska Area in the regular-season finale last Wednesday night, 45-0.

The Braves will travel back to Minnewaska Area this week for the start of the Section 5AA Tourney as Benson earned the seventh seed and Minnewaska Area was second, meaning the Braves open up sections at 7 p.m., Tuesday (yesterday) at Minnewaska Area High School.

This is the second-straight season Benson has closed out the regular-season and opened up the section tourney in back-to-back weeks against Minnewaska Area.

“Minnewaska proved they deserved the second seed in our section, and the Lakers also finished second behind BOLD in our sub-district,” Benson coach Scott Gonnerman said. 

Wed
24
Oct
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Rodney Dale Gilsrud

Rodney Gilsrud

RODNEY DALE GILSRUD
August 8, 1964 • October 17, 2018

Rodney Gilsrud, 54, of Santiago, passed away suddenly Wednesday, October 17, 2018 in Clear Lake, Minnesota.  Memorial services for Rodney were 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at the Foley Funeral Home.  Rev. Timothy Wittwer officiated.  Visitation was one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.  Burial will be at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Cemetery in Benson, Minnesota at a later date. 

Wed
24
Oct
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NOTICE OF ADOPTION

NOTICE OF ADOPTION
  City of Clontarf is adopting an ordinance to amend the Clontarf city code to eliminate the municipal liquor dispensary and to permit the issuance of on and off sale liquor licenses within the city of Clontarf and to add chapter titled: Tobacco possession sale and use.  This ordinance will allow private party owners to apply for liquor and tobacco sale licenses in the City of Clontarf.  These licenses will be issued on a yearly basis once an applicant has completed the application process and is approved.  Anyone issued liquor and tobacco licenses will be required to follow state, county, and local laws and guidelines.  A complete copy of this ordinance is available at the Clontarf Fire Hall,  131 Grace Ave. Clontarf, MN 56226.
Belinda Brandt, Clontarf City Clerk
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Wed
24
Oct
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NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION

NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION

   Notice to West Bank Township voters.  A general election will be held at the West Bank Township Hall on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 for the purpose of electing federal, state, judicial, county and school district offices.  The polls will open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m.
Linda Styrbicky, Clerk
West Bank Township
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Tue
23
Oct
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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota
Monday, September 17, 2018 - 5:30 p.m.
Benson High School Media Center

The meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m. by Chair Chad Payne.  Members present:  Paul Carruth, Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Tammy Gunlogson, Mary Langan, Chad Payne and Gary Williams.

Members absent:  Bill McGeary.  Also present:  Dennis Laumeyer, Brad Johnson, Mike Knutson, Dave Benson, Pam Anderson, Kendra Razink, Reed Anfinson and Mike Thompson.

No additions to the Agenda.
The agenda was approved as presented.
No citizens comments.
The board approved the consent agenda items as presented.  
Progress Reports were presented by the administrators.

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