February 2016

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Karin Hartzell

Karin Hartzell, 48, of Minneapolis, Minnesota passed away Sunday, February 7, 2016 at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in the spring.

Karin is survived by her mother, Phyllis Hartzell of Benson; sisters: Kristin (Michael) Murphy and Kimberley (Damon) Edmond, both of Castle Rock, Colorado.

Karin was preceded in death by her father, Richard Hartzell.

 

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“The Harvey Girls” serving meals “All the way”

  “Harvey Girls” in 1918
   Fred Harvey (1835-1901) is the originator of restaurants in railroad depots along the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway railroad lines.
     “Harvey Girls” (shown above, circa early 1900s) that worked in the dining houses were all single, and required to sign a one year contract.

The following is an article written by Kathy A. Weckwerth for the "Then & Now" column from the Swift County Monitor-News January 27, 2016 Senior Living Special Edition.

The sky was bright blue with wisps of white clouds as Dean and I boarded the original old train in South Dakota that dated from the late 1800s. We gazed through open windows, breathed in fresh spring air, and relished the view of the countryside. I, of course, imagined that I was back in time, traveling to relatives, and stopping at some old hotel for dinner.   

 “If there would have been a Harvey restaurant that would have been perfect!” I exclaimed.

 “What’s a Harvey restaurant?” Dean asked.

 “Really? Let me tell you the story,” I said, as we settled into the old leather seats and prepared for the next two hours together.

Wed
03
Feb
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Spring fieldwork may have aided bird flu outbreak

Winds gusting to 44 mph April 20, 2015, raced across fields in western Minnesota lifting soil into the air - some of that soil may have contained the avian influenza virus spreading it to turkey and chicken barns.
Workers foam a turkey barn last spring to euthanize diseased birds.

April and May saw very strong winds while farmers worked their fields

Editor’s note: Information for this story is from Minnesota Public Radio and the Swift County Monitor-News.

Farmers who actively tilled fields near turkey barns in the early days of Minnesota’s avian influenza outbreak last year may have unwittingly helped spread the virus, a new University of Minnesota study says.

Soil in those fields may have been contaminated with droppings from migrating birds believed to be a source of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI.) The virus can survive cold temperatures in soil and tilling may have created “airborne particles that could carry the virus,” the university’s Center for Animal Health and Food Safety said in the report posted Thursday.

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Wed
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Snow Week Coronation Monday

Pictured are the 10 Snow Week royalty candidates for Benson High School’s 2016 Snow Week celebration.

Benson High School is set to celebrate its annual Snow Week the week of Monday, Feb. 8 through Saturday, Feb. 13.  The theme of this year’s Snow Week celebration is “Love is in the Air.”
Snow Week coronation is set for 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 8 in the Jr. High Auditorium, the Snow Week dance is set for Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Benson Bowler, and a pep fest will be held sometime during the week.

Pictured are the 10 Snow Week royalty candidates for Benson High School’s 2016 Snow Week celebration, set for Feb. 8-13.  The week includes the Snow Week coronation program at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 8 in the Junior High Auditorium, and the Snow Week dance at 9 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Benson Bowler.  From left to right are Connor Staton, Mitch Koosmann, Hanna Lindblad, Josh Manzke, Kaley Fieseler, Beau Norby, Kamri Kalthoff, Max McDonald, Ashley Tolifson, and Courtney Johnson.  The junior and sophomore Snow Week attendants are pictured on Page 2.
 

Wed
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Saints drop Camden game to MACCRAY

Weston Gjerde (13) brings the ball upcourt for the Saints during their game against Benson last Tuesday night in Kerkhoven as teammate Tanner Rohner races to get into position.

The KMS boys lost two games last week to drop to 2-18 overall.  Only six regular-season games remain on the schedule for the Saints.
KMS opened up action last week with a 75-62 home loss to Benson last Tuesday night.  A recap of that game can be found in separate story beginning on page 1B.

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Wed
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MBA boys still looking for much-needed win

Kevin Meixel (11) helps out goalie Tony Bruns by blocking a shot attempt by Marshall during a 7-1 loss last Tuesday night.

The MBA boys hockey team fell three times last week to extend its losing streak to eight games.  The Storm lost to Marshall last Tuesday night in Benson (7-1), at Breckenridge-Wahpeton, Thursday (6-2), and at Red Lake Falls, Friday (5-0).

The Storm have scored just 31 goals so far this season through 19 games, including seven in the last eight games, all losses.

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Wed
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Braves top KMS and YME

Braves boys basketball team tops KMS

The Benson boys basketball team picked up two non-conference wins last week to improve to 8-10 overall.

The Braves opened up the week with an 88-80 loss to ACGC, but Benson bounced back with a 75-62 win at KMS, last Tuesday Night, and a 75-52 home win against YME, Friday.

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Wed
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Lady Storm open up playoffs this Thursday

A Marshall skater (right) skates around the back of the net before being stopped on a shot by MBA goalie Abbey Hoffman as Nicole Berens (16) skates over to help out.

The MBA Lady Storm are set to open up the playoffs, Thursday (tomorrow) with a Section 6A quarterfinal game at Prairie Centre or Fergus Falls.

MBA fell to Marshall last Tuesday in Benson, 7-2, and was also set to close out the regular-season with a game at Northern Lakes (Pequot Lakes), but results of the that game and stats from the Marshall game were not available.
 

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Wed
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Saints edge Braves in non-conference clash

Ashley Just (14) defends against Benson’s Amanda Nissen during the Saints’ 61-51 victory, Thursday in Kerkhoven.

The Benson girls basketball team took KMS to the wire before losing a non-conference game at Kerkhoven, Thursday night, 61-51.  Earlier in the week, the Braves were routed by Sauk Centre (82-24) and one night after the loss to KMS, Benson was doubled up by BOLD, 60-23.
 

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Francis “Frank” E. Razink

Francis ‘Frank’ E. Razink
December 28, 1925 • January 29, 2016

Francis “Frank” Razink, 90, of Benson, passed away Friday evening, January 29, 2016, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

Funeral services were held 11 a.m., Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson. Visitation was held Tuesday, Feb. 2, from 5-7 p.m., at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. Visitation continued for one hour prior to the service at the church Wednesday.

Francis Edward Razink was born December 28, 1925 in Moore Township, Stevens County, Minnesota, the son of Edward Sr. and Ann (Schultz) Razink. He was baptized at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church in Clontarf February 28, 1926, by Fr. Lynch. Frank was confirmed at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church by Fr. Richard King and later in life he was confirmed in the Lutheran faith at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson July 10, 1955, by Rev. Herbert T. Wians.

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