December 2018

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Lady Storm fall to 1-7 with 7-0 loss to Waseca

Chloe Zimmel (9) plays defense for the Lady Storm during an early-season game in Benson.

The MBA girls hockey team was shut out at Waseca, Thursday night, 7-0, lowering the team’s overall record to 1-7 early in the season.  The Lady Storm were also set to host Windom Area, Saturday in Benson, but that game was postponed due to a snowstorm in southern Minnesota.  A makeup date has not been determined.

The Lady Storm are set to host the next two games in Morris, beginning with a game against Park Rapids, Thursday (tomorrow) and a game with Crookston, Friday.  The next game in Benson is scheduled for 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15 against Fairmont...

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PICTURED: Chloe Zimmel (9) plays defense for the Lady Storm during an early-season game in Benson.

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The Amazing Hoopsters

Rachael Osmonson performs a high-level skill with hula hoops during a special program last week at the Meadow Lane Healthcare Center.

The Osmonson family of Hutchinson (Rachael, Tyler, Kristina, and Courtney), known as “The Amazing Hoopsters” gave a program for Meadow Lane-Healthcare residents and Discovery Kids last week.  The four family members were home-schooled and would get lesson breaks during the day to learn hula hoop moves taught by their mother.  Before long, the moves turned into routines that evolved into performances.  The three oldest siblings have earned college degrees, while the youngest is still in college.  They have performed at county fairs, nursing homes and other special events.

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Benson girls beat Ogilvie in CASE-IH

Claire Ricard (left) goes up for a shot against Ogilvie.  She had a great first week with 58 points and 20 rebounds in three games.

The Benson girls basketball team went 1-2 during the opening week of the 2018-19 season.  The Braves opened up the season with a 54-45 loss at Ortonville last Tuesday night, and then split a pair of games at the Benson Invitational, Friday and Saturday, losing to Morris Area in the first game, 60-43, but coming back to win the consolation championship game, Saturday over Ogilvie, 58-49. 

Morris Area routed MACCRAY in the title game, 67-34.

This week, the Braves were set to play at Paynesville, Tuesday (yesterday) and at defending Class AA champion Sauk Centre, Thursday (tomorrow)...

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MBA boys shut out by River Lakes in opener

The Morris-Benson Area boys hockey team kicked off the season with a 9-0 loss against River Lakes last Tuesday night in Morris.  The Storm were outshot 42-16 as River Lakes scored five goals in the first period and never looked back.

MBA, coached by Jeremiah Day, Tony Schultz, and Jeff DeHaan, were also set to play Windom Area, Saturday in Benson, but that game was postponed due to a snowstorm in southern Minnesota.

MBA has seven games in Benson this season and another seven in Morris.  All seven of the games in Benson are scheduled for Jan. 5 or earlier, and only two of the games at Morris are scheduled before 2019...

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A Good Economy Doesn’t Mean A Healthy America

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

Conservative columnist for the New York Times David Brooks made a few observations this past week about how strong the U.S. economy is today with all the signs pointing to a nation that should be feeling pretty good about itself.

Yet something is missing. American’s aren’t feeling better; they’re feeling worse.

Gross domestic product, a measure of a nation’s economic strength, is growing at near 3.5 percent creating one of the best economies in many people’s lifetimes, he points out. Our economy has been on a steady upward climb since the crash of 2007-08 and is enjoying the second longest recovery on record.

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