April 2016

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Joel Taylor

Joel Taylor

Joel Taylor

Joel Taylor, was 73 years of age when he passed away very unexpectedly on Saturday, April 2, 2016 in Tucson, AZ.  A Celebration of Life service was held at Tucson Estates on April 10th. 

Joel Taylor was born on April 25, 1942 to Joel Richard and Delores (Weiss) Taylor in Clearwater, Florida.  He moved to Detroit Lakes, Minnesota with his mother at the age of 3.  He graduated from Detroit Lakes High School continuing on to Bemidji State where he received his teaching degree.   While student teaching in International Falls, he met Sharlyn Sampson.  They were united in marriage on August 1, 1964 and enjoyed 51 years together.  Joel was offered the teaching position in Benson, Minnesota where he taught art for 36 years until he retired in 2000.

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John E. Fahl

John E. Fahl

John E. Fahl

October 17, 1917 – April 14, 2016

Obituary

 

     John Edgar Fahl was born on October 17, 1917 in Benson Township, Swift County, Minnesota, the son of Henning George Walfred and Jenny Elisabeth (Johnson) Fahl. He was baptized on December 13, 1917 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson by Rev. Lindahl. In 1931, he was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson by Rev. Chell. He grew up in Benson Township, attended District #93 country school grades 1 – 8, and graduated from the West Central School of Agriculture in Morris.

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Donald A. Thompson

Donald A. Thompson

December 15, 1936 – April 20, 2016
 
Donald A. Thompson, 79, of Willmar, died Wednesday, April 20th at his home.  His funeral will be 11:00 am, Monday, April 25th at Vinje Lutheran Church with burial in Fairview Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4:00 - 6:00 pm at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar and continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.  www.hafh.org
 
Donald was born on December 15, 1936, in Benson, Minnesota, the son of Fred and Charlotte (Klyver) Thompson.  He grew up in Benson, where he was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith.  He graduated from Benson High School.  Following high school, Don worked at Farmer’s Produce in Willmar.
 

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Paul Chester Grube

 Paul Chester Grube

The Zahrbock Funeral Home of Madison announces the death of 48 year old Paul Grube of rural Marietta who passed away at his farm home on Monday, April 18, 2016.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 23, 2016 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Madison. Visitation will be after 3:00 p.m. Friday with a prayer service Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the Zahrbock Funeral Home in Madison. Visitation will continue before services on Saturday in the church.

www.zahrbockfuneralhome.com

 

 

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Floyd “Swanee” Swanberg

Floyd “Swanee” Swanberg

Floyd Swanberg
October 15, 1934 • April 13, 2016

Floyd “Swanee” Swanberg, 81, of Sunburg, Minnesota (formerly of Benson) died Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Rice Memorial Hospital.  Services will be private.  

Floyd Anthony Swanberg was born  October 15, 1934 in Clontarf, the son of Peter and Margaret (Langsdorf) Swanberg.  He grew up in Benson and graduated from Benson High School in 1954.  After his schooling, he entered the National Guard where he served for nine years.  In 1964, Swanee was united in marriage to Sharon Ness.  To this union a daughter was born. They later divorced. He made his home in Benson where he worked for the Benson Post Office as a postal carrier from 1960 until his retirement in 1991.  In 1986, he moved to Sunburg where he lived with his companion, Hazel Thonvold.  Swanee enjoyed watching the birds, sitting and looking out over the lake by his home, fishing, hunting and his hog roasts.

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Arnold R. Rode

Arnold R. Rode

Arnold R. Rode
June 21, 1934 • April 7, 2016
 
Master Sergeant Arnold Robert Rode, 81, of St. Francis, Minnesota, died  Thursday, April 7, 2016, at the Minnesota Veteran’s Home in Fergus Falls.

A Memorial Service was held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016, at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Fergus Falls. Pastor Timothy Vaughn officiated.

Arnold was born  June 21, 1934 to Rudolf and Martha (Papstein) Rode in Lynch, Nebraska. He graduated from Benson High School in 1951.

August 8, 1954, he was married to Claudia Elaine Pederson in Appleton.

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Carolyn N. Pederson

Carolyn N. Pederson

February 18, 1925 • April 12, 2016

Carolyn N. Pederson, 91, of Benson, Minnesota died  Tuesday afternoon, April 12, 2016, at the Glenwood Retirement Village.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m.  Friday, April 15, 2016 at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson. Visitation was  held from 7-9 p.m.  Thursday, April 14, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson and continued  Friday for one hour prior to the service at the church.

Carolyn N. Kjera was born February 18, 1925 to Johannes J. and Sophie Regina (Hippe) Kjera on the home farm in New Prairie Township, Pope County, just across the field from St. John’s Church; where she was baptized, confirmed and married by Rev. G. O. Forde. She attended District 74 country school, graduated from Starbuck High School, and earned a teaching certificate from Glenwood Normal Training.

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Emerald Eve raises $50,000

Some of the 222 people who attended Emerald Eve Friday night bid on items being auctioned by Bob Zielsdorf.
The Lloyd and Barbara Amundson Charity Foundation gave the SCBH Foundation $15,000 to be used toward its planned memory care and assisted living facility. Above, from left are, First Security VP Tom Jenson, Assistant Cashier/Loan Officer Maryls Boone, First Security President Brent Grube, Foundation President Jerry Peterson, Foundation Treasurer Jan Goff and Foundation Vice President Ron Laycock.
Lloyd and Barbara Amundson’s foundation gave $15,000 to SCBH for its assisted living-memory care facility. The Amundsons are the owners of First Security Bank in Benson.

Emerald Eve raises $50,000

With the help of a $15,000 donation from the Lloyd and Barbara Amundson Foundation Charity Foundation, the Swift County Benson Hospital Foundation raised over $50,000 at its Emerald Eve event last Friday evening.

The 222 tickets sold were the most in the 20-year history of the foundation and raised nearly $10,000 alone. The live auction conducted by Benson area auctioneer Robert Zielsdorf raised over $24,000. Funds were also raised from the more than 80 items on the silent auction.

Emerald Eve funds are going toward a planned assisted living-memory care facility that the hospital’s governing board and SCBH Foundation have been working on for the past couple years.

SCBH CEO Kurt Waldbillig told the crowd Friday night that the board of governors is still in the design phase of the project. The next step once the project design is in place is to send out for bids for construction, he said.

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County to sell $7.8 million in GO bonds for broadband

Swift County’s Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the sale of $7,805,000 of taxable general obligation tax abatement bonds at their April 5 meeting to finance broadband expansion in the eastern half of the county.

The motion simply set the terms of the sale of the bonds and a deadline for making a bid of 10:30 a.m., May 2. Action to award the bonds is scheduled to take place at the county board’s May 3 meeting.

Commissioners also voted to retain Northland Securities, Inc., of Minneapolis, as its financial adviser for the bond sale at the cost of $22,000.

While Swift County selling the bonds and its taxpayers will be backing them up, Federated Telephone Company will be making the payments over the next 20 years to retire the debt.

Last year, Swift County agreed to support Federated Telephone’s expansion of broadband services to the eastern half of the county by committing to $7.5 million in bonding for the $12.5 million project.

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Complacency, Resignation Are Our Emenies

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

“It is important, if you are going to ensure the death of your community, that you lose focus on your goals and become complacent, or support those who are complacent in their decisions and leadership roles within your community.”

-- 13 ways to kill your community, by Doug Griffiths and Kelly Clemmer

Complacency, the dictionaries say, is that feeling of being satisfied with the way things are and supporting the status quo. It is particularly destructive in that it is often accompanied by an ignorance of the dangers that stifle community growth.  Leaders dismiss challenges as temporary obstacles that will pass without any special attention needing to be paid to them and citizens go along with their assumptions.

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