November 2019

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KMS tops Benson in four games in section tourney

The Benson volleyball team won its first Section 5A match over Kaleidoscope Charter School, but the Braves’ season came to an end one night later with a 3-1 loss to KMS in the round-of-16, Friday night in Kerkhoven.

The Braves ended the season with a 9-16 overall record and 3-11 mark within the WCC, while KMS improved to 16-11 and was set to move on to face Browerville-Eagle Valley at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday (yesterday) at Long Prairie GE-High School.

Seniors lost to graduation from this year’s Benson volleyball team are Claire Ricard, Mariah Ahrndt, Kara Kannegiesser, Abby Lundebrek, and Abbie Mitteness.

The Section 5A Tourney continues Oct. 31 at LPGE and Little Falls, and the championship match is set for 7 p.m., Nov. 2 at Little Falls High School...
 

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Cross-country teams end season at sections

The Benson-KMS cross-country teams closed out the 2019 season by competing at the Section 6A Cross-Country Meet at Pierz, Thursday afternoon.

Staples-Motley won the girls title by 13 points over runner-up Albany, while the West Central Area boys were also victorious by 20 points over runner-up Staples-Motley.

Also advancing to state with the members of the first and second-place teams were the top eight runners from all the other teams.  Will Magaard missed out on a state berth by four places, or 25 seconds, while Natalie Jorschumb, who was 42nd in the girls meet and Allie Mitteness, who was 43rd, led the Benson-KMS girls team, but were over a minute off the state-qualifying pace.

The 2019 State Boys and Girls Cross-Country Meet is set for Saturday, Nov. 2 at St. Olaf College...
 

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Braves win 4A opener, but fall in semifinals

Mayer Lutheran scored 20 points in the first quarter on the way to a 39-14 victory over Benson in the Section 4A semifinals, Saturday at Crown College in St. Bonafacius.

The Braves stayed fairly even with Mayer Lutheran after the opening period, but the damage had already been done and Benson’s season ended with a 3-7 overall record...

 

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Braves upset USA in 4A opener, 35-12

In one of the most exciting Benson football games in the last decade, the Braves rallied from a 12-0 deficit to upset the third-seeded Upsala-Swanville Area Patriots last Tuesday night in Swanville, 35-12.

The Braves scored on two long touchdown passes from Will Enderson to Matthew Tolifson, but also scored on two long fumble recoveries by Abe Peterson and Adam Zosel, and tacked on a fifth touchdown late on a long run by Thomas Dineen.

Benson won despite running only 34 offensive plays and registering three total first downs compared to 13 first downs and 72 total plays for the Patriots.  The Braves did not have a first down in the opening half, but the defense shined on this night, taking advantage of the second-straight week where Benson was playing a team that lost its starting quarterback.

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Remembrances Of Yesterday; Fears For Tomorrow

By Reed Anfinson
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Some childhood memories are etched deeply into our psyche with their vivid recall, including sight, sound, and smell. For us, leaf piles burning in the fall is one such indelible memory. Today there are no leaf piles burning. It is illegal in most cities.

 “There are sound reasons for not burning leaves,” the late Hal Borland writes in his book Twelve Moons of the Year. “Their smoke adds to the urban smog, their smoldering flames create a fire hazard, and unburned leaves make good mulch and compost.

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Collins unopposed; four seek two Benson council seats

By Reed Anfinson

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Benson Mayor Terri Collins is running for a second two-year term and faces no opposition. However, Benson’s two incumbent council members up for election will face two opponents when city voters go to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Incumbent Council Members Lucas Olson and Jon Buyck have filed for re-election to four-year terms on the council and will face Larry Smith and Nathan Sullivan on the ballot.

Collins became Benson’s first woman mayor when she won last election in a landslide in the November 2017 election getting 626 votes to challenger Anita Flodstrom’s 76. Collins was serving as a member of the council at the time.

Olson won a seat on the city council in a special election Jan. 10, 2017, to complete the three years left in Jonathon Pogge-Weaver’s term. Pogge-Weaver had left Benson to move to Iowa.

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School sells $3.2 million in bonds for HVAC projects

By Reed Anfinson

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Benson Public Schools sold $3.07 million in Long Term Facilities Maintenance (LTFM) bonds Oct. 21 to finance heating, air conditioning and ventilation work at the high school.

 LTFM bonds do not require a vote of the district’s residents. The bonds will be paid off in 15 years.

Three bids were submitted to the district with the low bidder Northland Securities out of Minneapolis at 2.07 percent, Matt Hammer of Ehlers told the school board. During the presale discussions, Ehlers and the district were looking at 2.46 percent interest rate.

That is nearly 40 basis points lower than what the district was looking at in August, “which is really good,” Hammer told school board members at their Oct. 21 meeting. That translates into about $114,000 less in interest payments that the district was looking at earlier, he said...

 

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