April 2015

Thu
16
Apr
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Evelyn Bach Parker, 97, of Edina (formerly of Richfield)

Evelyn Bach Parker,  97, of Edina (formerly of Richfield)  passed away April 12, 2015.
A Memorial Mass will be held 11 a.m. Fri., April 17 at Assumption Catholic Church, 305 E. 77th St., Richfield. Visitation was one hour prior to the service.
Private interment will be in Danvers, Minnesota.
Evelyn was preceded in death by husbands, Walter Bach and George Parker; sons, Greg and Joe; granddaughter, Julie; brothers, Bill Granger and Dave Vollmer.
She is survived by children, Darrell Bach, Yvonne (Alan) Sothman and Marcel (Mary) Bach; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; sister, Vel Nelson; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Evelyn was loved and will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.

Wed
15
Apr
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Avian influenza claims 7th county turkey farm-May 12

While the pace of the spread of avian influenza seems to be slowing, it is now striking closer to home. The last two farms reported infected with the deadly virus have both been in Swift County.
They bring the number of infected facilities in the county to seven, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.
In all, 85 farms have now been hit by the avian influenza in the state with nearly 5.7 million turkeys now dead from the disease or euthanized because they were in barns that had been infected.
The number of turkeys lost at Swift County farms six and seven were still pending as of Tuesday morning.
The virus has also struck three Minnesota chicken farms killing 1.57 million layers. In Iowa, more than 25 million layer chickens are dead. That represents more than 40 percent of Iowa’s egg laying chicken population. There is already talk of a potential short-term egg shortage based on the losses in the two states.

Tue
14
Apr
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Eldon L. Grosse, 92, of Benson

Eldon L. Grosse, 92, of Benson, died on Monday, April 13, 2015, at the Glen Oaks Nursing Home in New London. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 16, at 2:00 p.m., at the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson. Visitation will be held on Thursday at the Zniewski Funeral Home from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Burial will be on Friday, April 17, at Rosehill Cemetery in Scotland, South Dakota.
www.zniewskifuneralhome.com

Tue
14
Apr
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Final lake service provider trainings before ice-out

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is holding the last round of 2015 aquatic invasive species (AIS) training sessions for lake service providers. The training is required for businesses that install, remove, rent or decontaminate water-related equipment such as docks, lifts, rafts, boats, or sprinkler systems from lakes and rivers in Minnesota.
Lake service providers such as dock and lift companies, marinas, resorts, boat hauling and storage companies, outfitters and irrigators must attend AIS training and acquire a permit before completing work in Minnesota waters. The $50 permit is valid for three years and must be in possession while providing services.

Mon
13
Apr
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Carol P. Hanson, 88, formerly of Benson

Carol P. Hanson, 88, formerly of Benson, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Walker Methodist Health Center in Minneapolis where she had resided for the past five years.
A memorial service in celebration of Carol’s life will be held  Thursday, April 16 at 2 p.m. at the Walker Methodist Chapel at 3737 Bryant Avenue South, Mpls, Minnesota, 55409.  
Visitation will begin at 1:30 with a reception to follow.  
Private interment.
Carol was born September 1, 1926 in Clinton, Minnesota, the daughter of Harry and Rosalie (Wallmann) Thompson.  She graduated from Ortonville High School in 1944 and worked at the dental practice of Dr. Alford Hanson.  She was united in marriage to Dr. Hanson’s brother, Stanley,  April 16, 1949 and they were blessed with two daughters.  They moved to Benson in 1956.

Fri
10
Apr
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LuVerne John Bangsund, age 80, of Benson

LuVerne John Bangsund, age 80, of Benson, died Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at home.  Funeral services will be 2:00 PM, Saturday, April 11, 2015, at the First Baptist Church in Benson.  Visitation will be held Friday, April 10, 2015, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson and for one hour prior to the service.  Interment will be in the Benson City Cemetery.
 
LuVerne John Bangsund was born on March 30, 1935 to Orvin and Ruth Bangsund.  He lived in Cashel Township most of his life and graduated from Benson High School.  On July 9, 1955 he was joined in marriage to Ramona Rasmussen at the First Baptist Church in Benson.  To this union was born four sons.  Together they shared 59 years of marriage.
 
LuVerne worked for Haugen & Johnson Implement for two years and in 1958 they started farming full time.  He and Ramona worked side by side in every aspect of farming.
 

Wed
08
Apr
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Agralite receives $1 million USDA loan

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a $1 million Rural Economic Development Loan for Agralite Electric Cooperative.
These funds will assist with construction of a railroad unloading facility and rail spur capable of supplying 1.5 million gallons of propane to the terminal just west Benson along U.S. Highway 12.
“This is great news that will help to ensure Minnesotans have access to the propane needed to heat their homes during the fall and winter months when people need it the most,” 7th District U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson said. “Making important infrastructure improvements is necessary to providing sufficient propane supplies for Minnesota communities.”
The $1 million loan will assist with the expansion of Alliance Midstream.

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Wed
08
Apr
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Planning commission delays action on shooting range

Landowners and residents near where a proposed shooting range would be located northeast of Benson showed up at Monday’s Swift County Planning Commission hearing to oppose the project.
An estimated 40 people filled the commissioners’ meeting room to raise objections about noise, safety, the impact on property       values, the impact of shooting noise on livestock in the area, concerns about drivers being distracted by the shooting, and property rights.
The planning commission tabled action on the Benson Sportsman’s Club conditional use permit and will do a site visit to assess the property, plans for the range and the proposed range’s proximity to area homes and farms.
Swift County’s Board of Commissioners was scheduled to act on the conditional use permit at its meeting Tuesday, but due to the planning commission’s tabling it board action has also been delayed.

Mon
06
Apr
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Audrey Ann Arneson, age 72, formerly of Benson

Audrey Ann Arneson, age 72, formally of Benson, passed away Saturday, April 4, 2015 at North Ridge Care Center, New Hope with her children around her.
Audrey was born on September 10, 1942, in Delano, the daughter of Edwin Kahlhamer and Martha (Albright) Kahlhamer.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith.  She grew up in Appleton and graduated from Appleton High School in 1960.
Audrey was united in marriage to Terry Arneson. Together they shared in 51 years of marriage.
Audrey worked in the office of Tylers Manufacturing - Case New Holland in Benson.  She worked there nearly 30 years before retiring in 1999.
Audrey is survived by three children, Philip Arneson, Lisa (John) O’Neil, Jon Arneson; five grandchildren, Maggie, Grace, and Riley O’Neil, Max and Mason Arneson and several nephews.
Audrey was preceded in death by her husband and sister Lucille Hering.

Mon
06
Apr
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Michael F. Gay, 52, of Murdock

Michael F. Gay, 52, of Murdock, passed away Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.  Funeral services (a small service for family and close friends)
will be Friday, April 10 at 10 a.m. in the Chapel at Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar.

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