July 2014

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Beverly Home, age 71, of Montevideo

Beverly Home, 71 of Montevideo, died at her home on Tuesday, June 10th.  Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 10th at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Montevideo.  Visitation will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the church with Wing-Bain Funeral Home (www.wingbain.com) in charge of arrangements.

Beverly Ann (Mitling) Home was born May 20, 1943 in Montevideo, Minnesota to Bennie and Nettie (Christenson) Mitling.  She was baptized on June 16, 1943 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, confirmed on November 11, 1956 at Jevnaker Lutheran Church and attended public schools in Montevideo.

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Barry Francis Jungwirth, age 64, Benson

Barry Francis Jungwirth, age 64, died peacefully at his home, Wednesday, July 9, 2014.  
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 14, 2014, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson.  Burial will be in the St. Wilfrid’s Catholic Cemetery in Woonsocket, South Dakota on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
Visitation will be from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Sunday, July 13, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson with a Rosary at 7:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church.  Arrangements are with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, MN.

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Increased speed patrols on area roads, July 10-27

Summertime sees an increase in temperatures, as well as an increase in speeding motorists. The Atwater Police Department, Benson Police Department, Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office, Swift County Sheriff’s Office and the Willmar Police Department are conducting increased speed patrols, July 10-27, as part of a statewide speed enforcement effort. The campaign aims to combat a leading factor in deadly traffic crashes. The enforcement and education effort is coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety.
 Unsafe and illegal speed is the most commonly reported contributing factor in fatal crashes. During 2011–2013, speed was a contributing factor in 235 traffic deaths statewide.

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Swift County makes deep cuts to Youth Program’s budget

Editor’s note: This is the first of two stories about a proposal to eliminate or substantially reduce the expenditures associated with the Swift County program. This story focuses on the reasons why the elimination or significant reduction of the program was proposed. Next week we will publish a story on the testimony at the meeting.

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First sign of West Nile virus reported in state

So far, July has brought less than a half of inch of rain to the area and no one is complaining.
After 9.27 inches of rain in June and a record 19.78 inches of precipitation between April 1 and June 30, the Chippewa River had overflowed its banks in some places along its course through Swift County. Low lying areas of farm fields had turned into lakes and numerous basements were flooded.
But now the fields are drying out, leaving large bare dirt spots where crops should be growing. The Chippewa River has fallen below 11 feet at the U.S. Highway 12 bridge, down 3.5 feet from its near record height of 14.61 feet June 20.
The one “crop” that is thriving is the mosquito population. The abundance of breeding places for the pests was unlimited in June and still plentiful. The City of Benson is spraying for mosquitoes, but having a hard time keeping up with the booming population.

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Minnetta “Mae” Staton, 96, formerly of Benson

Minnetta “Mae” Staton, 96, formerly of Benson, died Monday, July 7, 2014, at the Rice Care Center in Willmar, Minnesota.  
Funeral services are 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 12, 2014, at the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  
Interment was held in the Benson City Cemetery.  Visitation is 5-7 p.m., Friday, July 11, 2014, at the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and for one hour prior to the service Saturday.
Minnetta Mae Staton was born January 24, 1918, in Aurelia, Iowa, to Homer Blaine and Dorothy Mae (Wade) Tiffany.  She grew up and attended school in Holloway, Danvers, Clontarf, and Benson.  Mae married Clifford Manska in 1934 and this union was blessed with five children.  In 1945, Mae married Robert Staton and this union was blessed with two children.  

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Frances M. “Frankie” (Marquardt) Stottler, 99 of Benson

Frances Stottler, 99, of Benson, died Saturday morning, July 05, 2014, at the Golden Living Center in Benson.  Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church, in Benson.  Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the church.   Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson is in charge of the arrangements. www.zniewskifuneralhome.com
 

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NOTICE OF FILING DATES FOR SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION

NOTICE OF FILING DATES FOR ELECTION
TO THE SCHOOL BOARD
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777
BENSON PUBIC SCHOOL
STATE OF MINNESOTA

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Berdina Svor, 95, of Benson

Berdina Olga (Pederson) Svor, 95, of Benson, passed away Sunday, July 6, 2014, at the Golden Living Center - Meadow Lane in Benson, Minnesota.  
Funeral services were held 10 a.m., Thursday, July 10, 2014, at the Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Interment was  in the Benson City Cemetery.  Visitation was held for one hour prior to the service at the church.  
Berdina Olga (Pederson) Svor was born July 6, 1919 to Oliver David and Bertha Adela (Hoff) Pederson in Camp Lake Township, Swift County, Minnesota.  She was baptized August 3, 1919 at the Swift Falls Lutheran Church and confirmed May 24, 1934, by Rev. Herman Jergenson, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Benson.  
She grew up on the family farm in Camp Lake Township and graduated from District #64 in Camp Lake Township.  

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Sylvara “Sally” O’Malley, 85, of Benson

Mass of Christian Burial for Sally O’Malley was held on Monday, July 7, 2014, at 11:00 AM, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Appleton.  Father William Sprigler was Celebrant of the Mass.  Organist was Della Conroy and Cantor was Sister Kay Fernholz.
 
Casketbearers were Jeremy Anspach, Jared O’Malley, Kristi Mesenbrink, Justin O’Malley, Amy O’Malley, and Jacob Mokszycke.  Honorary Bearers were all other grandchildren and great-grandchildren, St. John’s Altar and Rosary Society, and Home 2 Home Volunteers.  Interment was in St. Bridget’s Catholic Cemetery at DeGraff, Minnesota.
 
Sylvara Evangeline O’Malley was born April 24, 1929 in Benson to Henry and Estella (Ecklund) Schirmer.    She was baptized July 7, 1929 and confirmed May 28, 1944 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Sally attended country school at District #93 and graduated from Benson High School in 1947.
 

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