June 2019

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Palmer L. Slaughter

Palmer LeRoy Slaughter, 88, of Glenwood, Minnesota, formerly of Benson, died Sunday, June 2, 2019 in the Glenwood Retirement Village Care Center. Visitation was from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson. Visitation continued from 12:30-1:30 p.m., followed by the memorial service at 1:30 p.m., June 6, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson.

Palmer LeRoy Slaughter was born March 25, 1931, in Trimont, Minnesota, the son of Rennie and Emma (Hanson) Slaughter.  Palmer grew up in Rolling Forks Township in Pope County, around the Swift Falls area.  He left home and worked for area farmers at a young age, until he was drafted into the Korean War at the age of 21. 

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Wendell F. Bausman

Wendell Floyd Bausman, 91, of Benson, Minnesota, died Friday, May 31, 2019, at his home under the care of Hospice.  Visitation was from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Visitation continued from 9:30-10:30 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 6, 2019, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church.  Interment was in the Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in Benson. 

Wendell Floyd Bausman was born April 5, 1928 in Kasson, Minnesota, the son of Floyd and Edna (Olson) Bausman. He was baptized in Kasson and was confirmed at the Milan Methodist Church October 5, 1941 by Pastor Gustor A. Eckhoff. He grew up in the Milan area and graduated from Milan High School in 1946. He farmed with his father and worked for Larson Gravel after high school.

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Hoium to compete at state, Thursday

Eric Hoium is set to begin State Tournament play, Thursday.

 

Eric Hoium became the ninth boy to earn a berth in the State Boys Tennis singles tournament by winning the Section 6A Individual Tournament, Thursday, May 23 at Fitness Evolution in Sartell.

Hoium was seeded first and earned a first-round bye before winning three-straight matches, including his final two in three sets.

Hoium was the top seed and only senior on this year’s Benson-KMS boys tennis team.  He goes into the State Tourney with a 17-2 record this season and 82 career victories.

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Maurer earns state berth for Benson girls golf team

Alissa Maurer, shown putting from just off the 15th green in Benson, earned a trip to the State Tourney.

Alissa Maurer overcame a tough first day during the Section 5A Girls Golf Tournament by shooting a 93 on the second day and earn the final state tournament berth by one shot.

Maurer had a 110 the first day and sat in 21st place before shooting the fourth-best score of the second day to climb into eighth place overall.

Maurer became the fifth girls’ golfer to reach state in BHS history, joining Jenny Sullivan (1992), Chelsa Dooley (2004 and 2005), Abby Fragodt (2008 and 2009), and Lauren Alsaker (2009 and 2010).

Lac qui Parle easily won the Section 5A title with a 720 score, but Benson placed second overall with a 840 total, followed by Lakeview (888) and West Central Area (890).

LQP sends its entire team to state along with the top five golfers from the other teams -- Jessica St. Martin of West Central Area (187), Ella Mork of Dawson-Boyd (194), Makayla Rasset, of Ortonville (195), Rachel Lund of Dawson-Boyd (196), and Alissa Maurer (203).

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Saints one win from state tourney

Alex Call pitches for KMS during the section tourney.  Call is 8-0 this year and 3-0 during the Section 3A Tourney for KMS, which is set to play in the section championship game, Thursday.  In the background is Weston Gjerde.

The KMS baseball team is one win away from the state tournament after winning its first four games to open up the Section 3A Baseball Tournament.

The Saints, who won the Camden Conference with a perfect 10-0 league mark, were one of two seeds in the Section 3A Tourney.  KMS topped Dawson-Boyd (13-1) and YME (4-1) during the opening two games in Sunburg, Saturday, May 25, and also beat Adrian last Tuesday (7-0) and Minneota, Saturday (10-1), at Milroy.

KMS, now 19-1 overall, has given up just 22 total runs this season.  Murray County Central scored four runs during a 10-4 KMS win earlier this season, but no other team has scored more than two and the Saints have seven shutouts.

“I think our key so far in the postseason, as it has been all season, is our pitching,” coach James Cortez said.  “We only give up about a run a game and we are only giving up three hits a game so it makes it tough on other teams to keep up.”

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LQP Valley eliminates KMS softball team, 8-1

Annika Smith (14) bats for the Saints with a runner on third base.  Also looking on is coach Eileen Suter.

The KMS softball team finished third in the Section 3A Softball Tournament after losing in the consolation round to Lac qui Parle Valley last Tuesday night in Marshall, 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 LQP.  The two teams split their Camden Conference games earlier this spring with KMS losing the first 7-3, but coming back to win the second game, 15-11.

The Saints closed out the 2019 season with a 21-4 overall record...

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Bilingual Means A Better Opportunity For Students

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

Among the regrets we have when we travel around America, or to foreign countries, is that we don’t know a second language. We’ve picked up a smattering of words to get by in Spanish, but the ability to converse is far beyond our skills.

In Benson High School, we took a couple years of French, which was followed by three quarters of college French. We still recognize words, but the verbal skills have faded away. It is difficult to maintain knowledge of a language when no one around you speaks it. Inevitably, what was learned fades from disuse.

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A Benson hero’s remains confirmed on eve of D-Day

By Reed Anfinson
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And Paul Stouffer
Bill McGowan nephew

Seventy-five years after allied forces stormed the beaches at Normandy, France, by air and sea, the family of Lt. Bill McGowan finally knows for certain that he died D-Day, June 6, 1944.

 “Last week I was advised that remains recovered in Normandy during the summer of 2018 have been confirmed as those of Lt. McGowan,” his nephew Paul Stouffer of Montana wrote the Monitor-News May 28. “We finally have closure on this – and something for almost 75 years my grandparents, his then wife Suzanne, my mother (Mary Jo McGowan Stouffer) and Aunt Pat McGowan, now deceased, never heard confirmed.”

Near the small village of Moon Sur Elle in France, not far from the beaches of Normandy, there is a monument recognizing Lt. McGowan’s sacrifice. It reads:

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Pioneerland Band Festival set for Friday, June 14

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

Benson’s 32nd annual Pioneerland Band Festival is scheduled for Friday, June 14.

President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation May 30, 1916 establishing a national Flag Day to be celebrated each June 14. It honors the American flag, which was adopted June 14, 1777, by the Second Continental Congress when it passed the Flag Resolution stating: “Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”

While the stripes have remained the same, the flag now has 50 stars representing the 50 U.S. states.

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‘Better late than never’, maybe, as farmers get crops in the ground

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

For the first time since late March the Benson area went seven straight days without measurable precipitation. Thunderstorms rolling through western Minnesota late Friday evening provided a spectacular lightening show and thunder that rattled windows in the area, but just 7 hundredths of an inch of rain.

The dry weather has allowed farmers to rush to get in crops where the soil is still not too wet to work.

Soil temperatures have also been warming, though it wasn’t until the last day of May, Friday, that they warmed to 60 degrees at both the 2- and 4-inch depths at the Swan Lake Research Farm near Morris. The high of 84 Thursday and a high of 88 Friday, with sunny skies both days, help warm soil temperatures.

Soil temperatures reached 50 degrees May 14, but slipped back into the 40s May 18 to May 20 before finally starting a steady rise through the 50s.

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