December 2015

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Public meeting on railroad crossings Monday, Jan. 11

A Benson fire truck heads east to the 20th Avenue SE crossing as it responds to a call on the north side of the tracks. A stopped train blocked the three downtown crossings.

Monday, Jan. 11, the City of Benson is conducting an open house in the council chambers from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to take input on options for addressing railroad crossing problems in the downtown area.

At noon, 3 p.m., and 5:30 p.m., there will be presentations of the plans by city staff and engineers from Stantec Consulting Services. Stantec has put together the options along with the projected costs of implementing each one.

The city and Stantec will use the input they receive at the meeting to help make a decision on which option to pursue.

Developing plans for a solution to persistent delays caused when trains block the city’s three downtown crossings for extended periods, as well as to improve railroad safety, has been seriously pursued for more than a year now....

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Kirsten Ricke

Kirsten Ricke
November 11, 1918 – December 23, 2015
 
 
Kristen Ricke, 97, of Benson, died on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at Homestead Place North.  Funeral Services will be Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson with visitation for one hour prior to the service.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.  www.zniewskifuneralhome.com
 
 

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Henry M. Walsh

Henry M. Walsh
October 10, 1929-December 25, 2015
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Benson, MN- Henry M. Walsh, 86, died on Friday, December 25, 2015, at the Swift County Benson Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, December 29, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson. Visitation will be held on Monday, December 28, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a 6:30 p.m. Parish Prayer Service, at St Francis Catholic Church in Benson. Visitation will also be held for one hour prior to the funeral on Tuesday.  Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is in charge of the arrangements. www.zniewskifuneralhome.com
 

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Robert Sonsteng leaves Benson area 'transformational" gift

By Reed Anfinson

If you would have driven by Robert C. Sonsteng’s rural southern Pope County home you would have seen an old white 1930’s farm house with a well used pickup in the yard.  The farm buildings looked run down.

If you had seen him on the street, in the grocery store or at the Benson VFW playing pull-tabs, you wouldn’t have been impressed by the way he dressed.

But very quietly Sonsteng was a very wealthy man and he has left the community the largest charitable gift it has ever received.

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Ward Fennell

Ward Fennell

November 28, 1926 – December 20, 2015

 Ward Fennell, age 89, formerly of Benson, died Sunday, December 20, 2015, at his home in New Ulm, Minnesota.  A Memorial Service will be held in the spring.

Arrangements are pending with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, MN.  www.zniewskifuneralhome.com

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Donald Eldon Thompson

Donald Eldon Thompson, 84, of Murdock, died Thursday Dec. at Gabriel House in Murdock. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, December 21st at Kerkhoven Lutheran Church in Kerkhoven. Visitation will be from 4-6:00 p.m. on Sunday at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Kerkhoven and continue one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Rolling Fork Cemetery in Swift Falls. Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Kerkhoven. www.hafh.org

Donald was born on Dec.16, 1931 to Bernt and Ruby (Hanson) Thompson in Swift County. He was one of ten children who grew up on the family farm north of Murdock. He attended country school until graduating from Murdock High School in 1950. After his schooling, Don enlisted in the Army, where he served during the Korean War from 1951 to 1953. He was stationed on the Korean Peninsula.

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Ronald E. Swan

Ronald E. Swan

May 11, 1943 – December 17, 2015

 Funeral Services will be 1 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, with visitation from 11:30 AM – 1 PM at the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, MN.  Burial will be in the Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the Kerkhoven Ambulance or Minneapolis VA Healthcare Systems “Fisher Fund”.  www.zniewskifuneralhome.com

Ronald Eugene Swan was born May 11, 1943, in Slayton Township, Murray County, Minnesota, to Gordon Earl and Ada Luella (Indall) Swan.  He grew up in Slayton, Minnesota; Canton, South Dakota; and Milbank, South Dakota, graduating from Milbank High School in 1961. 

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NOTICE OF FILING for Camp Lake Town

NOTICE OF FILING
  NOTICE OF FILING for Camp Lake Township. Affidavits of Candidacy for the office of supervisor for a three year term and clerk for a two year term may be filed with the township clerk from Tuesday, December 29, 2015 until Tuesday, January 12, 2016. Filing hours on January 12 will be from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Filing fee is $2.00.
Pamela L. Baldwin, Clerk
Camp Lake Township
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Filing notice Swenoda Township

NOTICE OF FILING
  NOTICE OF FILING for township election.  Notice is hereby given to qualified voters of Swenoda Twp., Swift County, State of Minnesota, that filing for town officers for supervisor for 3 yr. term and clerk for 2 yr. term will be with the township clerk.  Affidavit of candidacy will be for a 2 week period beginning December 29, 2015 and closes on Jan. 12, 2016 at 5:00 PM.    Filing fee is $2.00.
Laurie Golden, Clerk, Swenoda Township
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