October 2013

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William D. Gades Jr., 82, of Benson

William D. Gades Jr., 82, of Benson died  Wednesday, October 2, 2013, at the Golden Living Center in Benson.  
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m.  Monday, October 7, 2013, at the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson, with Rev. Dennis McManus officiating.  
Burial  followed the service at the Benson City Cemetery.  Visitation was held for one hour prior to the service  Monday at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.  
Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson was in charge of the arrangements.  
William Darold Gades Jr., was born  July 15, 1931, in Tara Township, Swift County, the son of Frederick William and Viola Augusta (Hoffman) Gades.  He was baptized  August 2, 1931, at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairfield Township, and  May 13, 1945, he was confirmed at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Danvers.  He attended District #50 country school in Tara Township.

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Stars help community celebrate Northside’s success

It was a celebration that will be talked about in Benson for years to come. Star power came to the city to celebrate with the community with the Northside Elementary winning the nationwide “Give With Target” competition.
“I was kind of stunned for four days and it kind of felt like it never happened,” elementary teacher Roger Ebnet and the force behind Northside winning the Target competition, said of last week’s community celebration. “And now  it kind of feels like it happened two months ago.”
But there were plenty of reminders last week to keep him savoring the thrill of the community’s high-energy recognition by Target for being number one in the national in its “Give With Target” campaign.
“One girl in the school wore her Target glasses for the whole week,” Ebnet said with a laugh. Walking outside the school at noon hour later last week, he heard a group chanting “Target. Target. Target. The kids are still talking about it,” he said.

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Local federal employees furloughed; no crop reports coming

Every week during the growing season the United States Department of Agriculture’s Ag Statistics Service puts out a report on crop conditions and soil moisture levels. In the fall, they also give a report on the status of the harvest.
But if you go to the Ag Statistics web site now you get the message: “Due to the lapse in federal government funding, this website is not available. After funding has been restored, please allow some time for this website to become available again.” In other words, the harvest could be done by the time the next report comes out.
But, at least for this past week, not much happened in the fields around Minnesota. Four days of rain brought just over half an inch of rain to the area, but it was enough to bring the harvest to a halt.

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Benson-Andrew “Bud” L. Stone, 88, Benson

Benson-Andrew “Bud” L. Stone, died on Monday, October 07, 2013, at the Golden Living Center in Benson.  Funeral Services will be held on Friday, October 11, 2013, at 3:00 p.m., at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson.  Burial will follow the service at the Benson City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 10, 2013, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson, and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.  Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is in charge of the arrangements.  www.zniewskifuneralhome.com
Andrew LeRoy Stone passed away peacefully on October 7, 2013. A soldier, patriotic American, faithful church lover, and generous family man, he was a man of action, service and honor and will be sorely missed by all those who love him.
 

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Clontarf-Agnes Schirmer, 83, of Clontarf

Agnes “Aggie” Cecelia (Ascheman) Schirmer, age 83, of Clontarf, died on Sunday, October 6, 2013, at the Swift County Benson Hospital.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church in Clontarf.  Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, from4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a Rosary at 4:00 p.m. and a Parish Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m.  Visitation will also be held for one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.

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Karen Bonawitz, 77, of Benson

Karen Bonawitz, 77, of Benson died Friday, October 4, 2013 at her daughter’s home in Apple Valley.  
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 9, 2013 (today) at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church.  Burial will be at St. Bridget’s Catholic Cemetery in DeGraff.  Arrangements are with the Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar.
Frances Karen Bonawitz (Anderson) was born  August 24, 1936 in Benson, Minnesota, the daughter of Irvin B. and Eileen F. Anderson. Karen graduated valedictorian in 1954 from Benson High School, and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Minnesota in 1958.
Karen married Robert L. Bonawitz of Moorhead, Minnesota December 26, 1957. For the next 25 years, their family of six children resided in the state of Minnesota, briefly in the state of Virginia and most recently in Apple Valley, Minnesota.

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Donald E. Worden, age 84, of Kerkhoven

Donald E. Worden, 84, of Kerkhoven died  Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at his home in Kerkhoven.  
Funeral services were 3:00 p.m.  Sunday, October 6 at Kerkhoven Lutheran Church.  Burial was at Hillside Cemetery in Kerkhoven.  Visitation was from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Kerkhoven and continued one hour prior to the service at the church Sunday.
Donald Earl Worden was born  December 13, 1928 in Blowers Twp., Ottertail County, Minnesota, the son of Dell and Vernie (Gessner) Worden.  He grew up in the Verndale area where he graduated from Verndale High School in the class of 1946.  He moved to the Kerkhoven area and worked as a farm hand for Harley Denton before entering the United States Army in May of 1952.  He served his country as a mechanic during the Korean War stationed in Europe.  Don received an Honorable Discharge April 16, 1954.  He returned to the Verndale/Wadena area where he helped his father on the family farm.  

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING; IN THE MATTER OF: Cargill, Inc.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT:

There will be a meeting of the Swift County Planning Commission on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. in the Commissioner’s Room of the Swift County Courthouse, 301 14th St. No., Benson, MN to consider the following:

IN THE MATTER OF:  Cargill, Inc., 1721 Technology Dr. NE, 2nd Floor Willmar, MN  56201 (Owner)
    
REQUEST:  Conditional Use Permit for Cargill, Inc. to operate and agronomy center.  Cargill will be adding fertilizer and chemical tanks.  

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING; IN THE MATTER OF: Claussen Properties

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT:

There will be a meeting of the Swift County Planning Commission on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. in the Commissioner’s Room of the Swift County Courthouse, 301 14th St. No., Benson, MN to consider the following:

IN THE MATTER OF:  Claussen Properties, Inc., P.O. Box 978, Willmar, MN  56201 (Owner) and Wade Larson, 200 Hwy. 9 NW, Benson, MN (Purchaser).

REQUEST:  Conditional Use Permit for building a commercial powder coating facility.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING; IN THE MATTER OF: Claussen Properties

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT:

There will be a meeting of the Swift County Board of Adjustment on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. in the Commissioner’s Room of the Swift County Courthouse, 301 14th St. No., Benson, MN to consider the following:

IN THE MATTER OF: Claussen Properties, Inc., P.O. Box 978, Willmar, MN  56201 (Owner) and Wade Larson, 200 Hwy. 9 NW, Benson, MN (Purchaser)

REQUEST: Variance to allow a structure for a commercial powder coating facility to be built within the 100 foot centerline setback to U.S. Highway 12 and County Rd. 72.

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