August 2013

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Swift County Historical Society plans tour

The Swift County Historical Society is set to host a bus tour from the museum in Benson to the Long Prairie area Monday, Sept. 9.
Besides some “mystery shops”, the bus will stop at the Leatherwood Vinegary and Amish shops.  The day will also include midday and evening meals.  You can contact the society at 843-4467 or swiftmuseum@embarqmail.com for more information.
If you are interested in signing up, you are urged to contact the society as soon as possible as a minimum of 28 people are needed before final arrangements are made.

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Victor Walter Stiehm, 27, of Benson

Victor Walter Stiehm, 27, of Benson, passed away Sunday, August 11, 2013 in St. Cloud, Minnesota after a long and courageous battle with mental illness.
Victor was born November 27, 1985 in Anchorage, Alaska to Lynn M. Jacobson-Stiehm and Walter V. Stiehm.
Victor will be remembered for his abundance of kindness, willingness to help others and his love of hockey.
Victor is survived by his son, Dustin Victor Stiehm and his mother, Lynn M. Jacobson-Stiehm of Benson; father, Walter V. Stiehm of Roundup, Montana; half-brothers, David Stiehm and Christopher (Faye) Stiehm; along with many other family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Lowell “Spook” Jacobson, Lolly and Marv Fritz and Victor and Kathryn Stiehm.
A celebration of Victor’s life will be held at a later date.
 

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LeRoy E. Lietz, 86, of Benson

LeRoy E. Lietz, 86, of Benson, died Monday, August 12, 2013 at the Golden Living Center - Meadow Lane in Benson, Minnesota.
Services were 11 a.m. Friday, August 16 at  St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson with Rev. Dennis McManus officiating. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 at  St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson. Visitation continued for one hour prior to the service. Arrangements were with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.
LeRoy E. Lietz was born October 2, 1926 in Montevideo, Minnesota to Fred E. and Alma (Garbe) Lietz.  He grew up in Grace Township and attended District #90 country school.  LeRoy served his country in the United States Navy from 1944 - 1946 during WWII.    He then worked for the railroad for one year.  
May 11, 1947,  he was united in marriage to Vione G. Evanskass.  This union was blessed with more than 62 years of marriage, three children, five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.  

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Gloria M. Twitchell, 85, of Benson

Gloria M. Twitchell, 85, of Benson, died Sunday, August 11, 2013 at the Swift County Benson Hospital in Benson, Minnesota.
Mass of Christian Burial was held 10 a.m. Saturday, August 17 at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson with Father William Sprigler officiating.
Burial was in the St. Francis Catholic Church Cemetery.
Visitation was held 5-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16 at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson with a parish prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Visitation continued for one hour prior to the service.
Gloria M. “Pat” Twitchell was born  November 2, 1927 in Waite Park, Minnesota, the daughter of Anthony and Frances Blahosky.  She grew up in the Appleton and Holloway area where she attended country school.  

Thu
15
Aug
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Ronald Molden, 80, of Big Bend

Ronald Molden, 80, of Big Bend, died late Monday evening at his residence.  
Memorial services were held  Monday, August 5 at 1 p.m. at Big Bend Lutheran Church. Friends were to call one hour prior to services at the church for visitation. Military Honors were  provided by the Milan American Legion Post #359 Honor Guard.   Wing-Bain Funeral Home of Montevideo was in charge of arrangements. www.wingbain.com
Ronald Arthur Molden was born  November 28, 1932, in West Bank Township, Chippewa County, Minnesota, the son of Arthur and Agnes (Jacobs) Molden. He was baptized  December 21, 1932 in Big Bend Lutheran Church and confirmed in the Lutheran faith  June 22, 1947, also at Big Bend Lutheran Church. He attended country school in Swift County and later returned to school at the age of 35 to proudly earn his GED.

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Benjamin L. Wink of Aitkin, Minnesota

Graveside services for Benjamin L. Wink of Aitkin, Minnesota were held Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Lakeside Cemetery near Hancock.  Rev. Ginger Beck will be officiating.
Benjamin Lewis Wink, son of Steven & Sherry (Meierding) Wink, was born May 26, 1987 in Cambridge, Minnesota, where he was baptized  September 27, 1987 by Rev. Joe Ellenbaus at the United Methodist Church.  Ben was later confirmed  April 20, 2003 by Rev. Mark Bengtson at Cascade Methodist Church in Deerwood, Minnesota.  Ben grew up in Crosby, graduating from Crosby-Ironton High School in June 2006.  

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Mock disaster training at Benson High School provided information for local EMTs

Danvers First Responders, County Line First Resonders of Swift Falls, Boondocker First Responders (south of Benson), and the Benson Police, Fire and Ambulance crews participated in last week’s air ambulance training.

Flight paramedic Josh Hesse instructed the EMTs on specifics about the helicopter equipment.  The current air ambulances will be replaced with new ones in about 6 months and training will begin again.

Thu
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Aug
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Employee car show provides enjoyable break for CNH workers in Benson

Benson CNH employees had the chance last week to test drive Chrysler and Fiat cars, and even get an employee discount. CNH  and Chrysler are both owned by Fiat.  CNH has two locations in Benson and employs more than 300 workers.

 

PHOTO: This Dodge Challenger concept car has a 426 horsepower engine (like many of the muscle cars in the 50s and 60s), which was revved up for CNH employees.

Thu
15
Aug
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City seeks franchise extension

Every 10 years the City of Benson negotiates a new agreement with Charter Communications for its cable franchise in the community. The agreement allows Charter to use the city’s rights of way for its cable lines.
Negotiations on that new agreement were supposed to have started over a year ago so that the new one would be in place by the date the current document expires in October. To represent its interests, the city retained Twin Cities’ attorney Brian Grogan, a specialist in communications and technology.
Last summer, Grogan and City Manager Rob Wolfington thought the renewal process would be routine. In September, they sent a copy of the franchise agreement to Charter seeking input on any changes. Not less than six times the city sought a reply from Charter, but was met with silence. Finally, in early July, nine months after the city had tried to start a dialogue, Charter responded.

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Aug
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Swift County board to consider social host ordinance

by Reed Anfinson, Editor

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