March 2015

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Snow delays spring; lessens fire threat

After seeing a stretch of nine days in the middle of March where high temperatures averaged nearly 60 degrees, including a high of 73 degrees March 15, it seemed the area was well on its way into spring. But winter has made a return visit.
Four inches of snow fell Sunday covering ground that had been snow free since March 8.
More snow was forecast to fall Tuesday into Wednesday though how much the area will get depends on how warm it is when the precipitation falls. Highs are forecast to be around 40 Tuesday and Wednesday, which means some of the precipitation could come as rain.
March is the snowiest month of the year averaging 8.55 inches. It has the record for the most snow in any single month of the year with 37.2 inches in 1965.

Photo:  The Heike family in Benson hated wasting "perfectly good snow" today and expressed their un-spring-like sentiments in an upside down snowman.

Tue
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Waldbillig hired as new chief executive officer of Swift County-Benson Hospital

Kurt Waldbillig has been hired as the new chief executive officer of Swift County-Benson Hospital following a nationwide search.
While his hiring was approved by the hospital’s governing board, Waldbillig is an employee of Rice Memorial Hospital working for SCBH through a management contract.
Waldbillig takes over for Frank Lawatsch who served as the hospital’s CEO from August 1997 to February this year.
As the search for Lawatsch’s replacement started over 90 applicants submitted their resumes. That number was pared down to eight with those candidates reviewed by the hospital governing board’s search committee. Five of the candidates were brought to Benson for on-site interviews with three selected for second interviews with Waldbillig eventually offered the job. Waldbillig’s first day on the job was Monday.

Fri
20
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BHS “We Day” group to host Staff vs. Student fundraiser basketball game, March 24

The Benson High School “We Day” group is set to host a fundraiser basketball game between BHS staff and current seniors Tuesday, March 24.
Pre-game activities are set to begin at 6:15 p.m. with the tip-off of the game set for 7 p.m.  Admission is $2 for all ages, but $1 with a food shelf donation.
All proceeds from the event will be donated with the majority of the donations going to the Swift County Food Shelf.

Fri
20
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Ascheman, Berreau, Wieber, Zosel and Koosmann top Benson wrestling team

The Benson wrestling team announced the season-ending awards at its annual wrestling banquet Sunday at the Benson Bowler.  The Braves went 8-13 this season, earning the second-most wins for the program in last 10 years and most since a 9-8 record in 2008-2009.
The Braves picked up wins over Prairie Valley, Minnewaska Area, Ortonville twice, Paynesville twice, Howard Lake-WW, and BOLD, while also losing close matches to Sauk Centre-Melrose, and Morris Area-CA.  
Benson also picked up two tournament wins, placing first at the five-team Braves Wrestling Classic and the 11-team Parkers Prairie Invitational.
“We had an improved season with a great core of returning wrestlers, including five seniors that went a combined 86-87,” said head coach Randy Weber.  “Special thanks to our managers for doing all the behind-the-scenes work to keep the team running smoothly; Kali Geyer, Brayden Haugen, Madisen Wieber, and Mackenzie Kurkosky.”

Thu
19
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Shirley Anne Heinecke, 77, Denver, formerly of Benson

Shirley Anne Heinecke, 77, died Monday, March 9, 2015, in Denver, Colorado.  
Shirley was born  April 30, 1937, in Wisner, Nebraska, to Henry and Hulda (Baer) Heinecke as the fifth of six children.
In 1950, the Heinecke family moved to a farm in Cashel Township, Swift County, Minnesota.  
In 1954, Shirley graduated from Benson High School, Benson, Minnesota.  During the 1960’s and 1970’s in Benson, Shirley was a devoted mother of three to Daniel, Jerome and Jacqulynn Larson.   She loved watching her children play sports and participate in many other activities.  
She worked in Benson banking for many years until she moved in 1980 to the Denver, Colorado area.  She continued working in banking until her retirement in 2004.  

Thu
19
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Gerald “Jerry” Rodger Giese, 76, of Appleton

Gerald “Jerry” Rodger Giese, 76, of Appleton, Minnesota died  March 4, 2015, at his home.  
Funeral services were Wednesday, March 11 at 10:30 a.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Shible Township with Pastor Donald Klatt officiating.  Burial followed in the church cemetery.  
Gerald was born September 7, 1938 in Moyer Township, Swift County, Minnesota, the son of Carl and Stella (Mulvihill) Giese.  Jerry was a member of the First Baptist Church in Appleton and was baptized  July 17, 1955 by Pastor Ed Koph.  He was raised in the Appleton area and attended country school, District #43 through grade six and then attended Appleton High School where he graduated in 1957.
Jerry enlisted in the Minnesota National Guard until his honorable discharge in 1964.  

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Dorothy D. Lansverk, 84, of rural Murdock

Dorothy D. Lansverk, 84, of rural Murdock, died Sunday evening, March 8, 2015 at the Belgrade Nursing Home in Belgrade.
Funeral services were 1 p.m. Friday, March 13, at Hope Lutheran Church in Sunburg.  Interment was at the Spring Creek Lutheran Cemetery near Sunburg.  Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at Peterson Brothers Sunburg Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church.
Dorothy Delores Lansverk was born October 23, 1930 in Starbuck, Minnesota, the daughter of Henry and Josephina (Hendrickson) Olson.  She grew up on the family farm on Lake Johanna near Brooten and attended country school.  Following her schooling, she began working on the farm.  
October 17, 1953, she married Clarence I. Lansverk in Benson.  They made their home in Coon Rapids and Dorothy worked at Pilgrim Cleaners.

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Dennis Radtke, 77, Morris

The funeral for Dennis Radtke of Morris, Minnesota was held   Friday, March 13, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Faith Lutheran Church in Morris with Rev. Dell Sanderson officiating.  Visitation was Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and  Friday one hour prior to the service at the church.  
Burial was at the Summit Cemetery, Morris.
Dennis Lyle Radtke, son of Arthur and Josie (Beyer) Radtke was born  February 25, 1938 in Marysland Township in Swift County Minnesota.  He grew up in the Danvers area attending school; before graduating from Benson High School, Benson, in 1957. Dennis excelled in high school football, receiving All Conference and All State Honors; which lead to a scholarship to play football at the University of Minnesota.  Dennis attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, before entering the United States Army.  

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Harlan Long, 84, of Glenwood

Harlan Long, 84, of Glenwood, Minnesota died Monday, March 9, 2015 surrounded by his family in Glenwood.  
A memorial service was held  11 a.m. Saturday, March 14 at Glenwood Lutheran Church.  Visitation was Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home in Glenwood continued one hour prior to the service at the church  Saturday.  
Harlan “Huey” Wayne Long the son of Forrest “Fay” and Emma (Elness) Long was born September 2, 1930 on his grandparents farm in Christiania Township, Jackson County, Minnesota.  He grew up in Windom, Minnesota and graduated from Windom High School.  
January 11, 1952 Harlan entered the United States Marines.  He served his country and was honorably discharged  January 10, 1954.  After his discharge, Harlan returned to Windom to help care for his mother who had cancer.

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Call for Quotes - Swenoda Township

CALL FOR QUOTES
SWENODA TOWNSHIP
SWIFT COUNTY
Notice is hereby given that quotes are being solicited by Swenoda Township for the following at an hourly rate:  grading, mowing of road ditches, and snow removal for the 2015-2016 winter season.  Quotes are also being solicited for class 5 gravel on a per yard basis delivered anywhere in Swenoda Township.  Board reserves the right to reject any or all quotes, to waive any information therein and to accept quotes deemed most advantageous to the Township.
Quotes should be received by April 10, 2015 along with Certificate of Insurance.  Remit to Laurie Golden 660 110th St SW, Danvers, MN 56231.
Quotes will be opened at our regular monthly meeting in April 2015.
Laurie Golden, Clerk
Swenoda Township
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