May 2019

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Airport building bid double the estimate

With the bid for the new Benson Municipal Airport arrival-departure building coming in at nearly double what they were estimated at, the Benson City Council voted Monday night to reject it and seek new ones.

The estimated construction cost was $450,000, but the lone bid the city received from Gopher State Contracting came in at $859,547.

City Manager Rob Wolfington told the council that he thinks the bid may reflect that contractors have all the business they want and that they are throwing out bids that are quite high as a result...

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Second Xcel check set to come in June

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

Two Minnesota legislative sessions over and, so far, there has been no concerted effort to undo the 2017 agreement that has the City of Benson being paid $20 million over four years for the loss of the Benson Power, LLC, power plant.

The city received its first $4 million payment last July. It is scheduled to receive another $6.5 million payment at the end of next month. A second $6.5 million payment is scheduled for payment June 30, 2020, and a final $3 million payment June 30, 2021.

Minnesota’s Legislature doesn’t officially adjourn until Thursday and no one who knows government ever assumes anything is set until the final gavels sound in both chambers.

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Braves split with ACGC

Patrick Minchow (left) catches a Melrose player in a rundown and eventually records the final out of the inning as centerfielder Matt Goossen (right) comes in to back up the play.

The Benson baseball team went 1-2 last week, splitting a doubleheader with ACGC (9-2 and 4-5) last Tuesday night and also losing at BOLD, Friday, 8-2.

The Braves, dropped to 5-6 overall and 3-6 in the WCC, have just two more weeks of the regular season before opening up the Section 3AA Tourney, May 25.

Benson was set to host Melrose, Monday, play at Montevideo, Tuesday (yesterday), and host Minnewaska Area, Thursday (tomorrow)...

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PICTURED: Patrick Minchow (left) catches a Melrose player in a rundown and eventually records the final out of the inning as centerfielder Matt Goossen (right) comes in to back up the play.
 

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KMS Saints sweep three Camden doubleheaders

Katie Krieger pitches for the Saints, who swept three Camden Conference doubleheaders last week.  KMS and Minneota-Canby both have two losses and the Saints have four more Camden games remaining.

The KMS softball team swept three doubleheaders last week to improve to 13-2 overall and 12-2 in the conference.  The Saints are currently tied for the Camden Conference lead with Canby-Minneota with four games to play.

The Saints swept RTR (11-0, 12-1), RCW (4-0 and 20-0) and Dawson-Boyd (7-2 and 15-0) last week, outscoring their opponents by a combined margin of 69-3.

This week, the Saints are set to close out the regular season with a home doubleheader against Lakeview, Monday, a doubleheader at home against YME, Tuesday (yesterday), and a non-conference game at home against ACGC, Friday...

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Kallstrom earns four firsts at YME Invitational

Brandon Kallstrom (right) had four firsts for BKMS at YME last week.

The Benson-KMS track and field teams both placed second at the YME Invitational, Thursday night in Granite Falls.  LQP-DB won both titles, but both competitions were very close as the Eagles edged the Fighting Braves by 1.5 points in the girls meet and by 32 points in the boys competition.

Brandon Kallstrom, Brady Ascheman, and Claire Ricard led the Benson-KMS track teams.  Kallstrom won four events (100 and 200 meter dashes, long jump, and triple jump), while Ascheman was first in the 800 and second in the 1600, and Ricard won the 300 hurdles and pole vault.

This week, Benson-KMS was set to compete at the WCC Track Meet at BOLD, Tuesday (yesterday).  The sub-section meet is set for Thursday, May 23 at Morris Area...

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LeClair wins third singles title at WCC Tourney

Peyton LeClair placed first at third singles during the WCC Tourney.

The Benson boys tennis team had a busy week, competing in four separate competitions over five days.

The Braves fell to Perham to open up the week last Tuesday night, 6-1, and Benson also lost to Litchfield in a tight match in Benson, Thursday, 5-2.  The Braves went 1-1 at the NLS triangular, Friday, beating Mora 4-3 in one match but also falling to the host Wildcats by the same score in the other.  The week came to a close at the WCC Individual Tournament, Saturday, where Peyton LeClair earned a title at third singles, and Eric Hoium (first singles) and Taylor Duncan (second singles) were both second.

This week, the Braves were set to open up the Section 6A Tournament with quarterfinal action, Thursday (tomorrow).  Right now, it appears Benson will be seeded fifth and will open up the section tournament at fourth-seeded NLS.

The Section 6A “Final Four” is set for Monday, May 20, while the start of the individual tourney is slated for Wednesday, May 22...

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Braves top Monte and Minnewaska

Rachel Berens (left) slides in safely for a run during the first game of a doubleheader at Minnewaska Area last week.

The Benson softball team earned two more wins last week to improve to 4-8 overall and 4-6 in the WCC.  The Braves pulled out a 7-6 win at Montevideo last Tuesday to get the week going, and then split a doubleheader at Minnewaska Area, Thursday, losing the first game 11-3, but coming back to win the second 7-5.

The week ended with an 8-2 home loss to ACGC, Friday.  Maranda Wieber had a great week for the Braves, going 9-for-14 during the four games, including a 3-for-3 effort during the loss to ACGC.

This week, the Braves go on the road for a game at Morris Area, Tuesday (yesterday) and a doubleheader at Melrose Area, Thursday (tomorrow).

The start of the Section 3AA Tourney is slated to begin Tuesday, May 21. 

Morris Area and Minneota-Canby are the top two seeds in Benson’s half of the section and the Braves will start the tournament at one of those two schools...

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JoAnn Fennell

JoAnn Fennell

“JoAnn” Josephine Ann Fennell, 90, of Benson, Minnesota, died Thursday, February 7, 2019, in Berwick, ME.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, May 23, 2019, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson.  Visitation will continue from 9-10 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m., Friday, May 24, 2019, at St. Francis Catholic Church.  Interment will be in the Church Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home.  www.zniewskifuneralhome.com
 
 

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Kenneth Wrobleski

Kenneth R. Wrobleski
August 22, 1954 • May 13, 2019

Kenneth R. Wrobleski, “Kenny Ray”, 64, of Benson, Minnesota died  Monday evening, May 13, 2019, at his home near Benson. Visitation was held Friday May 17, 2019 at the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Private interment was held at the Benson City Cemetery.

Kenneth Raymond “Kenny Ray” Wrobleski, 64, was born August 22, 1954, in Benson, Minnesota the son of Frank and Loretta (Kedrowski). He grew up in Benson and graduated from Benson Senior High School. He worked for Roger Olson Construction, Lor-al, CNH, and Hancock Concrete.  

February 7, 1997, Kenny was united in marriage to Linda Kay (Prekker Mathis) in Milbank, South Dakota.  They were blessed with 22 years of marriage. Kenny enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and playing softball. He loved old cars and his 1966 Chevy panel was his “Baby”.

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Mary Katherine Matthews

Mary K. Matthews
August 15, 1928 • May 11, 2019

Mary K. Matthews, 90, of Willmar, Minnesota passed away peacefully at her home May 11, 2019.

There was a Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 a.m at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Murdock, Minnesota, Monday, May 20, 2019 with visitation one hour prior to the service.  Private internment was at the Sacred Heart cemetery in Murdock.   In lieu of flowers, memorials were preferred to the American Cancer Society, Willmar hospice, or donor’s choice.

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