June 2019

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Five earn All-Conference for boys tennis team

Taylor Duncan returns a shot at second singles for the Benson boys tennis team.  Five members of the team earned All-Conference.

Five members of the Benson-KMS boys tennis team earned All-Conference honors for the 2019 season.  The Fighting Braves went 6-8 overall this season, including a 4-1 record within the WCC.

Minnewaska Area won this year’s conference title with a 5-0 record, beating the Braves in an early-season match, 5-2.  Benson-KMS was second (4-1), while LQP/Dawson-Boyd was third (3-2), Montevideo was fourth (2-3), YME was fifth (1-4), and MACCRAY-RCW was sixth (0-5).

Earning All-Conference for the team were Eric Hoium, Taylor Duncan, Peyton LeClair, Kyle Reese, and Matthew Thompson, while selected to the honorable mention team was Hunter LeClair.

Highlighting this year’s season was Eric Hoium earning the Section 6A singles title and qualifying to the state tournament where he went 1-1 to tie for fifth.

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Peterson earns All-WCC for boys golf team

Ben Peterson putts from just off the green in Benson.  He averaged 41.8 this year in WCC meets to earn All-Conference.

Ben Peterson, a sophomore on the Benson boys golf team this spring, earned All-Conference for the Braves during the 2019 spring campaign.

Peterson led the Braves this spring, missing out on a trip to state by two strokes this spring after shooting rounds of 92 and 92 at the Section 5A Tourney at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Willmar.

Peterson, who had a low of 38 at Atwater this spring during 9-hole meets and an 86 at the 18-hole Benson Invitational, placed seventh overall this spring and the top 13 golfers earned All-Conference.  Those were also the low rounds for the entire Braves’ team.

There were eight conference meets and the golfers used their top six scores to determine All-Conference.  Peterson had a 41.8 strokes per nine holes average this year.

He averaged 46 strokes per nine holes last year and the last All-Conference qualifier from last spring averaged 43.2.

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Kriegers, Nichols, Lesteberg, Hauge, and Rudningen among KMS awardwinners

Claire Hauge pitches for the Saints during a game in Benson.  She earned this year’s Saints’ Award.

The KMS softball team had its 25th-straight winning season this year, finishing the 2019 season with an overall record of 21-4, including a 16-2 mark in the Camden Conference to win another league title. 

KMS finished third in the Section 3A Softball Tournament after losing in the consolation round to Lac qui Parle Valley, 8-1.  Earlier in the tournament, KMS beat RCW (15-0), Dawson-Boyd (10-4), and Wabasso (3-2) before losing its first game to Edgerton-SWC in the upper-bracket finals last Saturday at Marshall.  That sent the Saints into the consolation round where they fell to Eagles, who went on to hand Edgerton-SWC its first loss in the postseason, 1-0, before losing in the eventual section championship, 9-0.  

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Mike Heinzig

Michael C. Heinzig
August 10, 1969 • June 25, 2019

Mike Heinzig, 49, passed away June 25, 2019, at home under Hospice care. Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 10, 2019 from 4-6 p.m., followed by the Funeral Service at 6 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson.

Michael Christopher Heinzig was born August 10, 1969 in Gibson City, Illinois, the son of Rev. Harold Frederick and Irene Ruth (Niebergall) Heinzig.  He was baptized by Rev. William Heinzig and confirmed by Rev. Harold Heinzig at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. He grew up in Crescent City, IL and completed his Associates Degree in Radiologic Technologies in 1990. 

June 15, 1996, Mike was united in marriage to Stephanie Ann Twait.  They were blessed with 23 years of marriage and a daughter, Emma.  Among the many things he enjoyed were music, woodworking, stained glass, gardening, golfing, playing dice with the guys on Tuesdays, and spending time with family.

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Patrice Caleen Bass

  Patrice “Sis” C. Bass, 64, of Onamia, Minnesota died Thursday, February 14, 2019 in the Mille Lacs Health System.

Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Saturday, July 6, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Murdock, followed by the memorial service at 12:00 p.m.

Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home. www.zniewskifuneralhome.com

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Eleanor C. Pederson

July 8, 1929 • November 6, 2018

Eleanor Corrine Pederson, 89, of Benson, Minnesota died Tuesday, November 6, 2018 in the Meadow Lane Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.

Visitation will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Saturday, June 29, 2019, at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Swift Falls, followed by a memorial service at 1:30 p.m. Interment will be held in the Swift Falls Cemetery. 

She was born July 8, 1929 in Camp Lake, Minnesota to Edward Odin and Cora Matilda Louise Anderson. She grew up and attended school in Swift Falls, Minnesota.

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Ronald J. Tucker

July 8, 1926  •  June 19, 2019
 
   
Ronald J. Tucker, 92, of Willmar, Minnesota died Wednesday morning, June 19, 2019 at Bethesda Grand Nursing Home in Willmar.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11:00 a.m.  Monday, June 24, at the Church of St. Mary in Willmar. Visitation was two hours prior to the service at the church,  Monday. Interment was  at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Murdock.

Ronald James Tucker was born July 8, 1926 in Dublin Township, near Murdock, Minnesota to James and Nora (Barrett) Tucker. He grew up in the Murdock area and graduated from Murdock High School in 1945. In 1952, Ronald married Anita Schoen at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Murdock. They resided north of Murdock, where they farmed for 43 years. In 1994, they moved to Willmar.

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Gary Lee Malland

November 29, 1942 • June 10, 2019

Gary Lee Malland, 76, of Watertown, South Dakota, died peacefully June 10, 2019 surrounded by family at Prairie Lakes Hospital from complications due to lung cancer.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 22, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cyrus, Minnesota.

The eldest child of Athel and Florence Malland, Gary was born November 29, 1942. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cyrus. He graduated from Cyrus High School in 1960. As a youth, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and trapping.

He met the love of his life, Pamela Kay Dunnihoo, and married her June 4, 1982. Together they made a commitment to sobriety that was never broken – a 37-year promise he took great pride in having kept.

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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 5:30 p.m. Benson Senior High Media Center

Meeting called to order at 5:30 p.m. by Chair Brian Samuelson.  Members present:  James Berens, Paul Carruth,  Mary Langan, Bill McGeary, Eric Peterson, Brian Samuelson and Gary Williams. Also present:  Dennis Laumeyer, Mike Knutson, Brad Johnson, Katie Foley, Pam Anderson, Jeanine Bowman.

Approved agenda and consent agenda.

Progress reports by administrators.

FY20 Preliminary Budget: Reviewed FY20 Preliminary Budget with reductions of $541,000 and approval in June.

ARY Invoice:  Approved paying ARY architectural bill for the north end of civic center building, $51,990. 

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ESTATE OF ARLENE IDA ULSTAD

STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF SWIFT
EIGHTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
DISTRICT COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
Court File No. 76-PR-19-261
Estate of Arlene Ida Ulstad, Decedent
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NOTICE AND ORDER OF HEARING ON PETITION FOR PROBATE OF WILL AND APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS
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