April 2013

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Thomas Jefferson - ‘All Shall Become Wolves’

by Reed Anfinson, Editor, Publisher

Recently the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in the News Media came out with its annual report on the state of the media in America. Its findings don’t bode well for newspapers, but nor does it have good news for the citizens of this country.

We must first say that there is a vast difference between community newspapers in rural America and the big metropolitan dailies in this country. We are about community. We are the only ones interested in what is happening at the city council, school board and county commission meetings. We are the only ones who report about how our local sports teams are doing in detail, week after week. We are the only ones who report on the 90th birthdays, 60th wedding anniversaries, and the birth of the fourth generation in your family.

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New opener for track teams now April 16 at ACGC

by John Fragodt, Sports Editor

The Benson-KMS boys and girls track and field teams were set to get the season underway Tuesday, April 2 at the Benson Invitational, but that meet was cancelled a few weeks ago because of poor weather.  The Fighting Braves were then set to get going outside Tuesday, April 9 at the Morris Invitational, or Thursday at the Minnewaska Invitational.  However, the Morris meet has been postponed and the Minnewaska meet has been cancelled.  That means the “newest” opener for the track team is Tuesday, April 16 at the ACGC Invitational followed by the Benson Invitational Thursday, April 18.  

The girls team, coached by Lisa Manska and CeCe Terlouw, won three meets during the 2012 season (Benson Invitational, MACCRAY Invite, and Melrose Invitational), while the boys team, coached by Chad Carroll and Bob Jerdee, won the first meet at Benson.  

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Do you favor a referendum to support education at BHS schools?

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On the Road with the Benson Bakery

KSTP On the Road host Jason Davis was in Benson last week to do a story on the 80th year of the Johannessen family serving the people of the area the best in baked goods, cookies, candies and pies.

Three generations of the family have owned the business with a fourth generation coming up.  The story should air in the coming months.

 

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Hospital Foundation’s Emerald Eve Friday

by Reed Anfinson, Editor, Publisher

For over 100 years the Swift County-Benson Hospital has served the people of the area. Friday night the SCBH Foundation will celebrate that century of service at its annual Emerald Eve fundraising event.
The theme of the foundation’s 18th annual fundraising event is titled  “Celebrating a Century of Caring.” Proceeds from this year’s fundraiser will be used to purchase a replacement analyzer for the new laboratory, which is part of the hospital remodeling project underway, according to CEO Frank Lawatsch. The project includes construction of a new clinic.

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LaVerne Howard Neuhaus, Benson

LaVerne Howard Neuhaus was born in Pontiac, Michigan to Laura C. (Larson) and Emil J. Neuhaus on November 23, 1929.  He grew up south of Benson on the family farm and graduated from Benson High School.  LaVerne served during the Vietnam War, completed 28 years of active duty, and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force.  Upon retirement, he moved back to Benson and was a member of the VFW Post 1403.  He was called from this life on Thursday, April 4, 2013, at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN.  He attained the age of 83 years, 4 months and 11 days.  His funeral is Friday, April 12, 2 p.m. at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Benson.

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City gets input on proposed dike

By Reed Anfinson, Editor, Publisher

Nearly 50 people gathered in the Benson Fire Hall Saturday morning to learn about the proposed construction of a dike around the northwest corner of the city.

It was also the chance for citizens to ask questions about the dike plans as well as give the Benson City Council their thoughts about whether the $300,000 dike project was needed or an unnecessary expenditure of taxpayer money.

Based on the input it gathered Saturday, the council will be voting at its meeting Monday whether or not to proceed with a dike. That public meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers across from the utility billing counter.

Background on flood designation

In August 1984, FEMA placed Benson in what it then called its Flood Zone C.

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Gloria Constance Wigfield, San Diego, formerly Benson

Gloria Constance Wigfield was born June 21, 1926 to Sam & Alma Kjenstad. Gloria passed away Monday,  April 1, 2013.  She was raised in Norwegian tradition in South Minneapolis, along with five beloved siblings.

Gloria married George (Duke) in 1947 and moved to Benson in 1952.  Together, they ran Wigfield's Department  Store for over 30 years before retiring to San Diego in 1986.
Gloria is survived by her five children: David (Louise), John, Anna Brudvig (Jim), Adam (Linda), Mary Langan (Patrick); 13 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and her sisters-in-law, Norma Jean Wigfield and Milka Wigfield.   

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Mary Lou Beyer, Benson

The funeral service for Mary Lou Beyer was held  Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson.  Pastor Fred Morck officiated at the service.  Marge Friedlein was the organist.   Dan and Kristin Smith sang “In the Garden” and “On Eagles Wings”.  Congregational hymns were “My Faith Looks Up to Thee”, “Eternal Father, Strong to Save”, and “Here I Am, Lord”.
Casketbearers were Wayne Norby, Larry Pray, Gary Johnson, Eugene Johnson, Roger Johnson, Art Norby, and Al Norby.  The Honorary Bearer was Ronald Pray.  The interment service was at the Appleton City Cemetery with Pastor Michelle Rowell officiating.

Mary Lou Beyer was born December 11, 1929, in Kragero Township, Chippewa County, to Arthur E. and Inga M. (Canton) Norby.  She was baptized as an infant at Zion Lutheran Church, rural Watson.  She was confirmed April 23, 1944, at Kviteseid Lutheran Church in Milan.  Mary Lou graduated from Milan High School June 5, 1947.

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Joanne G. Grothe, 80, of Benson

Funeral services for Joanne G. Grothe, 80, of Benson, were held Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.

Interment followed the service at the Benson City Cemetery.  Joanne Gertrude Grothe, was born February 21, 1933, in Benson, the daughter of Oscar and Martha Foslien Vinge. She grew up in Langhei Township, Pope County, Minnesota. She was baptized and confirmed at West Zion Lutheran Church. She attended country school, grades 1-8, at District #51 in Langhei Township. She graduated from Benson High School and then enrolled at the Medical School of Technology in Minneapolis for one year.

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