November 2018

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Rudningen, Krieger, Wagner among KMS awardwinners

Haylee Johnson (12) and Mallory Rudningen go up for a block against Benson as Maret Gjerde looks on from behind

The KMS volleyball team finished the season with a 16-13 overall record, the second-most wins for the Saints volleyball program since 2008.  MACCRAY won the Camden North title this season with an 8-3 record, followed by KMS (5-6), Prinsburg, RCW, and Dawson-Boyd (all 2-9), and Lac qui Parle Valley (1-10).  Minneota, which won the Class A title this season, was 35-1 overall and 11-0 in the Camden South to win the title.  They were followed by YME (10-1), Canby and Tracy Area (both 7-4), RTR (6-5), and Lakeview (5-6).

The Saints were consistent all season, never losing more than two matches in a row and never falling below .500 for their overall record.  KMS went 2-2 to place fifth at the Browerville Tournament, went 3-2 to win the championship of its “pool” at the SMSU Tournament, and 3-2 to finish as the gold runners-up at the Underwood Tourney...
 

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Lenz earns MVP for girls tennis team

Gracie Lenz was selected as the MVP for the Benson-KMS girls tennis team after leading the team with a 19-4 record playing mostly at second singles and some first doubles.

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team had a great season in 2018, finishing the year with a 14-4 overall record, which included a 7-1 mark within the WCC to finish second behind Minnewaska Area (8-0).

Sauk Centre was third in the WCC (6-2), followed by Montevideo (4-4), LQP-DB, Morris Area-WCA, and Melrose Area (all 3-5), YME (2-6), and MACCRAY (0-8).

In the Section 6A Tourney, the third-seeded Fighting Braves shut out Yellow Medicine East in the first round, 7-0, before being blanked by second-seeded Osakis in the semifinals, 7-0.

Osakis went on to beat Minnewaska Area for the section title, 4-3, before going 1-2 at the state tournament to finish sixth overall.

“Osakis is a very good team and they were just better than us despite the fact that we played as well as we have all year,” Benson-KMS coach Don Brehmer said.  “Osakis really came on strong this season and that showed when they upset Minnewaska Area in the team finals, 4-3.”...
 

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Lady Storm tops Park Rapids for first win

Karlie Bruns (7) tries to bat the puck away from an opponent as goalie Leah Thompson and defenseman Chloe Zimmel look on.  The Lady Storm topped Park Rapids, Saturday for their first win of the season.

The Morris-Benson Area girls hockey team picked up its first win of the season with a 3-2 victory at Park Rapids, Saturday night.  The Lady Storm fell behind 1-0 after one period, but Taryn Picht scored two goals and Kortney Sanasack had one goal to put MBA up 3-1 before PR scored once more with 2:48 left in the game.

The Lady Storm also lost at Minnesota River last Saturday, 12-1, and at River Lakes last Tuesday, 13-0, putting the team’s record at 1-3 through the first two weeks of the season.

This week, MBA was set to play at Litchfield-DC, Tuesday (yesterday) before playing in a tournament at Marshall, Friday and Saturday.

The next home game is set for Saturday, Dec. 1 against Windom...

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Tue
20
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Gonnerman, Tolifson, Goossen earn All-District recognition for Braves

Hunter Gonnerman (44) and Matt Tolifson (2) were both named to the All-Section 5AA football team for 2018.

The Benson football team held its season-ending banquet Thursday night in the senior high cafeteria, recapping the 2018 season and announcing the postseason awards and honors.

Benson had eight seniors on this year’s Benson football team, and six of them earned 6-year football medals -- Matthew Goossen, Riley Grube, Cole Petrick, Hunter Gonnerman, Devon Liles, and Matthew Ebnet.
In addition, Grube, Goossen, Gonnerman, and Ebnet earned Gold Senior Academic Awards (for a g.p.a. of 3.4 or above), while Petrick, Liles, and Alex Wrobleski all earned Silver Senior Academic Awards (for g.p.a. of 3.0-3.39).

•  The entire Benson team Academic Silver Award (g.p.a. of 3.0-3.25) from the MSHSL for its 3.11 team g.p.a. this season...
 

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Braves in new sub-district next season

Will Enderson (9) flips a pitch to Adam Zosel during 2018 football action for the Benson Braves.

Now that the 2018 football season is done for Benson High School, it’s time to look forward to 2019 when the Braves change sub-districts, moving from the Mid-State II (or White) to the Mid-State III (or Blue) sub-district.
There are 24 teams in the Mid-State Football District, and they are broken up in three 8-team “sub-districts” or “conferences” for the regular-season to help with scheduling.

Benson was joined by Sauk Centre, Osakis, Morris, BOLD, ACGC, Montevideo, and Minnewaska Area the past few years in the sub-district, and also played KMS in “non-conference” games to fill out the 8-game regular-season schedule...
 

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Tue
20
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MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota
Wednesday, October 30, 2018 - 5:30 p.m.
Benson High School Media Center

The meeting called to order at 5:33 p.m. by Chair Chad Payne.  Members present:  Paul Carruth, Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Tammy Gunlogson, Mary Langan, Bill McGeary, Chad Payne, Gary Williams.
No members absent.  Also present:  Dennis Laumeyer, Brian Jans, Ryan Breitbach.

Additions to the Agenda:  Civic Center Fire Suppression
Brian Jans, President of Jans Construction, presented information about construction management services.
Ryan Breitbach, President Breitbach Construction, presented information on general contractor services.
Discussion on services of construction manager and general contractor.

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20
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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, October 15, 2018 - 5:30 p.m.
Benson High School Media Center

Vice-Chair Gary Williams called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.  Members present:  Paul Carruth, Tammy Gunlogson, Mary Langan, Bill McGeary, Gary Williams.
Members absent:  Chad Payne, Jodi DeJong-Hughes.  Also present:  Dennis Laumeyer, Brad Johnson, Dave Benson, Pam Anderson, Robert Neuman, Chris Bartosiewski, Reed Anfinson.
Additions to the agenda:  Move FY18 Audit to beginning of Old Business.

Approved agenda.
No citizens comments.  
Approved consent agenda items.
Progress reports by administrators.

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Fundamental Changes In Economic Development

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

 

Who would have imagined 20 years ago, maybe even only three, that quality, affordable and readily available daycare would be the key to economic development and a city’s growth?

Since the start of the Industrial Revolution economic development has been about bricks and mortar. It has been about the “build it and they (workers) will come” philosophy.

It is a philosophy so ingrained in our thinking and approach to economic development that it takes a profound reordering of traditional principles enshrined in a community’s playbook for creating jobs and drawing workers to fill them.

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Nov
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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.

Chadwick Phaen Marquardt, 45, was born November 25, 1972, at the Swift County Benson Hospital. He passed away November 12, 2018, at the Swift County Benson Hospital.

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