January 2015

Thu
15
Jan
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Board of Education conducts public meetings for proposed facilities improvement project

The District 777 Board of Education held a pair of public meetings last week to discuss the proposed facilities improvement project. About 40 members of the community were in attendance during last Tuesday night’s meeting in the Junior High Auditorium, and a little more than that were there the next night.
The board has met several times already as it tries to narrow down options for the facilities improvement project, which will come before the district voters in the form of a bond referendum sometime this spring.
“No decisions have been made yet regarding facilities,” Supt. Dennis Laumeyer said many times at the meetings. “The school board is taking its time to look at all possibilities for facilities improvements and come up with a solid plan to present to the public.”

Thu
15
Jan
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Humane Society of Kandiyohi/Meeker and Swift Counties

Ring in the New Year with a new pet!  Meet Malcom, Malcom is a neutered male, adult, Siberian Husky. Here is his Petfinder bio:
Do you want to build a snowman?? Malcom would love to help you, and romp around outside while building snow forts, snowmen, snowball wars, and any other activity! He can’t get enough of the snow and needs something to occupy his time. Malcom came to us as a stray and it seems he has spent a fair amount of time outside, the tips of both of his ears are frostbit. Malcom will need an owner who has experience with his breed and knows what his needs require.
Bonnie is a beautiful blue cream calico kitty. She is spayed and front declawed. Her family sadly had to surrender her to the shelter as they developed allergies. She is a quiet kitty, but very affectionate. She loves to play with toys and unroll the toilet paper. She gets along with the family dog.

Thu
15
Jan
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Estate of William H. Wehrmacher

ESTATE OF WILLIAM H. WEHRMACHER

Thu
15
Jan
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Estate of Ben Hur Kepner

ESTATE OF BEN HUR KEPNER
STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF SWIFT    
EIGHTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
DISTRICT COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
Court File No. 76-PR-15-12

Tue
13
Jan
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Betty Jean (Sievert) Thompson, 80, of Woonsocket, SD

Betty Jean (Sievert) Thompson, 80, of Woonsocket, SD passed away December 24, 2014 at the Prairie View Care Center in Woonsocket, SD.
A Christian Burial was held Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. John Hansen officiating.
Pallbearers were Wayne Kluth, Marlo, Todd and Bradley Sievert, Kevin and Brian Mentele.
Interment was in Eventide Cemetery in Woonsocket.
Betty was born to John and Evelyn (Fouberg) Sievert March 16, 1934. She attended Woonsocket Country School.
She worked as a housekeeper until she married Ronald Thompson, Nov. 18, 1955 in Woonsocket. They farmed various places in the Woonsocket area for 40 years. They retired and moved to Benson, Minnesota.
Betty moved back to Mitchell, SD in 2011. She entered Prairie View Care Center in Woonsocket in 2012 due to health issues.

Tue
13
Jan
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Alice M. Larson, 98, of Benson

Alice M. Larson, 98, of Benson, passed away Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014 at the Swift County-Benson Hospital.
Funeral services were 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3 at Pilgrim Congregational Church in Benson. Interment was in the Benson City Cemetery.
Alice Mary Larson was born October 18, 1916, in Oak Grove Township, Anoka County, Minnesota the daughter of George and Mary (Wetherby) Hicks.  She was baptized in the First Congregational Church in Anoka  July 10, 1932, by Rev. Edward Wribitzky.  She grew up in Anoka County and attended grade school in District 27, Cedar, Minnesota, then Washington and Lincoln Elementary schools in Anoka, and graduated from Anoka High School in 1933.  Following her schooling, Alice worked in Anoka for Colonial Upholstering, Gillespie’s Shoes and Thurston & Sons.  

Mon
12
Jan
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Arnold Atchison, 89, of Benson

Arnold Atchison, 89, of Benson, died  Friday, Jan. 9, 2015  at Golden Living Meadow Lane in Benson.  
His funeral service was held  Tuesday, Jan. 13 at  2 p.m., at Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in Benson with Pastor William Warnock officiating. There was a visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.
Burial was in the Benson City Cemetery.
Arnold Samuel Paul Atchison was born September 10, 1925 at Hancock in Stevens County, the seventh child of Samuel and Mary (Wayne) Atchison.  He was baptized December 7, 1930 by Pastor K. Palmer and was confirmed October 24, 1943 by Pastor Palmer at West Zion Evangelical Church.  He attended school in Pope County through the eighth grade.
Arnold served in the Air Force from March 1943 to May 1946.  He trained at Sheppard Field, Texas and after that served in India for 25 months.  He served in the Pacific Theater Operations with the 3333rd Airborne Squadron as a sergeant.

Thu
08
Jan
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Below zero night gives way to sunny warmup

Despite a below zero night the next six days in our area will be blessed with a constant warmup.

There is a slight chance of precipitation (20%) Tuesday, then above zero temps both night and day through the weekend.

Sunday again brings a chance of snow.

Photo:  Winds are blowing around Benson despite the occasional sun.

Thu
08
Jan
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KMS wrestlers win another team title at BBE Tourney

The KMS wrestling team earned three individual titles on the way to winning its fourth tournament title of the season, Friday at the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Holiday Tourney.
The Saints totaled 166 points to beat BBE for first place by 22 points.
Winning titles for KMS were Jordan Engler at 152 pounds, Zach Carlson at 170, and Karter VanHeuveln at 195, while three others were second, three were third, and two were fourth.
This week, the Saints were set to wrestle at Wabasso, Tuesday (yesterday) before competing in the Osakis Tourney, Friday.  Also coming up is the KMS Tournament, Friday, Jan. 16.
 

Thu
08
Jan
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Benson wrestlers win team title at Braves Classic

The Benson wrestling team captured the team title at the Braves Wrestling Classic, Saturday, winning seven of the 14 individual titles in the process.
The Braves, who are 4-3 in dual meets, had 252.5 points to win first place by over 100 points over runner-up Fergus Falls (147.5), while Ortonville was third with 132.5 points, Minnewaska Area was fourth with 121, and Mahnomen-Waubun was fifth with 76 points.
Winning titles for Benson were Wyatt McGee at 120 pounds, Chase Young at 138, Grant Ascheman at 145, Matt Wieber at 182, Trevor Berreau at 195, Tyler Smith at 220, and Dakota Watkins at 285 pounds.
“It was a great team effort,” Benson head coach Randy Weber said.  “We thought if we wrestled well, we had a chance to win, and the guys really stepped up with great effort.

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