November 2018

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Margaret Ann Diederich-Lee

Margaret “Margo” Ann Diederich-Lee

MARGARET ANN DIEDERICH-LEE
April 9, 1950 • November 12, 2018

Margaret “Margo” Diederich-Lee, 68, of Benson, Minnesota died Monday, November 12, 2018, at Meadow Lane Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.  

Visitation was from 12-1 p.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m., Friday, November 16, 2018, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson.  Interment was in St. Bridget’s Catholic Church Cemetery.  

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Chadwick P. Marquardt

Chadwick Phaen Marquardt

CHADWICK P. MARQUARDT
November 25, 1972 • November 12, 2018

Chadwick Phaen Marquardt, 45, of Benson, Minnesota died Monday, November 12, 2018, at the Swift County Benson Healthcare Services.  A private family Interment will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home.

Son, Brother, Uncle…Of all the many blessings however great or small…To have had you for a Son, Brother, Uncle…Was the greatest one of all…The family chain is broken now…And nothing seems the same…But when God take's us one by one, The chain will link again...We Love you Chad.
 
 

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Marie Jane Welker

Marie Jane Welker

MARIE JANE WELKER
July 12, 1927 • November 3, 2018
 
Marie J. Welker, 91, of Willmar, Minnesota died Friday, November 3, 2018 at Bethesda Grand in Willmar.  Her funeral was held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 10 at Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar.  Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church.  Burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Willmar.  

Marie Jane Welker was born July 12, 1927, in Appleton, Minnesota, the daughter of Thiedeman and Hattie (Nordby) Barduson.  She grew up in the Appleton area, where she graduated from Appleton High School with the Class of 1945.  

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Area baseball players having success with MN S.W.A.T. teams

Patrick Minchow (front, holding plaque), and Sam Lenarz (back row, second from left) were members of the 16U Minnesota S.W.A.T. team, which won the Triple Crown Sports Tourney.  Submitted photos.

Three local students are having a lot of success with the Minnesota S.W.A.T. baseball teams, which includes players from around the west central area.

Patrick Minchow and Sam Lenarz, of Benson, are members of the 16U team, coached by past Major League player Mike Kingery and Todd Reid, which recently placed first at the Triple Crown Sports Tournament at Kansas City, MO.

In addition, Isaac Minchow is a member of the 15U Minnesota S.W.A.T. purple team, coached by Rich Schieck and David Kingery, which placed second at the Triple Crown Tournament.

The 16U team had to win five games at Kansas City, winning in the finals, 2-0, while the 15U team played six games, losing in the championship game, 3-0.

All three players won huge rings, similar to what winners of the Super Bowl (minus the diamonds) win each year...
 

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Five earn All-WCC for BKMS

Pictured above are members of the Benson-KMS boys cross-country team.  In front from left to right are Devin Lee, Jack Helgenset, Isaac Wirth, Taylor Duncan, Brandonn Traut, Matthew Kallstrom, and Jacob Stallings.  Back row -- Ethan Peters, Mason Larson, Mike Nagler, Will Magaard, Brady Ascheman, and JayEven McGee.  Not pictured were Dylan Stewart, Landon Thompson, William Jorschumb, Thomas Hansen, and Jaron Furney.

The Benson-KMS boys and girls cross-country teams ended the 2018 season at the Section 6A Cross-Country Meet at NLS.  As expected, Staples-Motley and West Central Area dominated the meets, while Benson-KMS placed 10th in the boys competition and 18th in the girls.

Just missing out on a state berth was Benson senior JayEven McGee, who ran a time of 17:05 over 5,000 meters (about 3.1 miles), which placed him 15th overall, just one place and eight seconds away from qualifying to state.

McGee, who had the top time in six of nine meets for Benson-KMS this season, had a season-best 17:36 earlier this year before bettering that by 31 seconds at the section meet.

The top two teams and top eight individuals from the other teams qualified to the State Cross-Country Meet, set for Saturday, Nov. 3 at St. Olaf College.

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Ahrndt and Mitteness earn All-WCC for volleyball team; Ricard earns MVP

Benson juniors Mariah Ahrndt and Abbie Mitteness both earned All-Conference honors this season for the Braves.

The Benson volleyball team went 8-15-1 during the 2018 season, including a 5-9 mark within the WCC to place fifth overall.  Benson started out 1-5, but then went 4-4-1 over their next nine matches to improve to 5-9-1 overall before going 3-6 the rest of the way.  Included in the 3-6 record to close out the season were three-straight victories as Benson topped ACGC (3-1) and Montevideo (3-1) to close out the regular-season before beating KMS in five games in the Section 5A opener.  

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Lady Storm shut out by Luverne in season opener

MBA Lady Storm goalie Leah Thompson (18) stops a point-blank shot by Luverne during a season-opening loss as Karlie Bruns (7) looks on.

The Morris-Benson Area girls hockey team opened up the 2018-19 season with an 11-0 home loss to Luverne, Friday night at the Benson Civic Center.

Luverne outshot the Lady Storm 37-9, scoring two goals in the first period and adding eight more in the second period before settling for one goal in the final period.

The Lady Storm, coached by Abby Daly and Mitch Bruns, went 1-16 last year, beating Park Rapids for their only win of the season.

MBA was also scheduled to play at St. Peter, Saturday, but results of that game were not available by presstime.

This week, the Lady Storm are set to play at River Lakes, Tuesday (yesterday) and at Park Rapids, Saturday.

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Gonnerman, Enderson, Tolifson among Benson 2018 stat leaders

Riley Grube (56) helps force a fumble, which was recovered by Devon Liles (62).  Liles had two fumble recoveries and an interception this season for the Braves.

The Benson football team ended the 2018 season with a 33-13 loss at Minnewaska Area in the Section 5AA quarterfinals, Oct. 23.  The Braves were seeded seventh in the 7-team section, and the Lakers were seeded second.  The Braves closed out the season with an 0-9 overall record, which included an 0-7 mark within the Mid State White sub-district.

The Braves had at least two good chances to earn a victory.  One was a 60-56 loss at Sauk Centre in which Benson fell one-short of a game-winning touchdowns in the final two plays of the game.

The other was a 35-34 overtime loss to Montevideo in which Benson led 28-14 at halftime and also was tied at 28-28 late in the game with the Braves having possession at the Monte 7-yard line with 23 seconds left.

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The Waning Influence Of Rural Minnesota

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

 

When Swift County voted for Donald Trump for president in 2016, it was only the fourth time in 100 years that it has not voted for a Democrat and the first time in 60 years it had gone Republican.

It voted for Republican Dwight Eisenhower in 1956, Progressive Robert La Follette in 1924, Republican Warren Harding in 1920 and Republican Charles Evans Hughes in 1916.

Based on last Tuesday’s elections, it now appears that Swift County, along with much of rural Minnesota, is turning Republican. Unless the Democrats run a candidate with wide personal appeal to voters, such as Rep. Collin Peterson in the 7th Congressional District, or Sen. Amy Klobuchar for the U.S. Senate, it is going to go Republican.

Based on the changing demographics in the state that does not bode well for rural Minnesota’s influence in state government.

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Doris Jean Lansverk

Doris Jean Lansverk

DORIS JEAN LANSVERK
August 17, 1934 • November 7, 2018

Doris Jean Lansverk, 84, of Benson, Minnesota died Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at Gabriel House in Murdock.  Visitation was from 9:30-11 a.m., followed by the Funeral Service at 11 a.m., Monday, November 12, 2018, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Interment was in Spring Creek Cemetery in Kerkhoven Township.  

Doris Jean Lansverk was born August 17, 1934 in Sacred Heart, Minnesota to Bennie and Alma (Stavne) Bredeson. She was baptized at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Sacred Heart by Rev. T.H. Rossing. In 1941, she moved with her family to Terrace, Minnesota. She was confirmed at the Chippewa Falls Lutheran Church in Terrace by Rev. Leonard Thompson. She graduated from Glenwood High School in 1952.

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