April 2016

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Anna Mary Carr

Anna Mary Carr

Anna Mary Carr
July 16, 1910 • April 5, 2016

Anna Mary Carr, 105, of New Hampton, Iowa died peacefully at the New Hampton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center early Tuesday morning, April 5, 2016.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m.  Saturday, April 9, 2016, at Holy Family Parish in New Hampton with Father Mark Osterhaus officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery with her grandsons, Bob Carr, Dave Carr, Dr. Pete Peraud, Dr. Dominic Peraud, Mike Carr and Dr. Mathew Luzum serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were her granddaughters, Dr. Barb Boeding, Jane Paulus, Sue Jennings, Ann Peraud Cooke, Dr. Cathy Bedford, Karen Southern, Michele Cameron, Elizabeth Luzum, Paula Sarsland, Dr. Amy Edman, Jennifer Dziedzic and Kathleen Catlett.

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Rebecca Jane Krei

Rebecca Krei

Rebecca Jane Krei

The memorial service for Rebecca “Becky” Krei, of Starbuck, Minnesota will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. at the Fron Lutheran Church in Starbuck. Reverend Paul Johnson and Reverend Todd Klemme will be officiating. Visitation will be on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Starbuck Funeral Home and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church. 

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“We Day fundraiser”

Adam Lindahl (pictured, middle) goes toward the hoop for the BHS Senior team during the annual We Day Seniors vs. Staff basketball fundraiser for the Swift County Food Shelf last Tuesday night in the BHS gym.  Playing for the BHS Staff team were Scott Lee (left) and Adam Foslien (right).  A total of $1,614 and 427 pounds of food was raised during the event and donated to the Swift County Food Shelf.

Members of the BHS Seniors team look on from the bench during the annual We Day basketball game (middle photo).

Some of the BHS students waited for the whistle to begin the paper airplane contest (bottom photo).

 

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Heavy, wet snow blankets Benson Thursday morning

Kids head to class at the Northside Elementary Thursday morning as a heavy, wet snow falls.

Large snowflakes came down heavily early Thursday morning turning the ground white in the Benson area as kids headed to school. With the temeprature hovering around 34 degrees, and expected to hit a high of 43 degrees, the snow was already melting away.

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Twyla Hinneberg

Twyla Hinneberg

Twyla Hinneberg
November 12, 1924 • March 26, 2016

Mundwiler and Larson Funeral Home announces the death of Twyla Hinneberg, 91, of Ortonville, Minnesota, who died Saturday, March 26, 2016, at Northridge Residence.

Funeral services were held at First English Lutheran Church  Saturday, April 2, 2016, at 11 a.m. Rev. David Tonn officiated and burial was in Mound Cemetery. Visitation was held Friday, April 1, from 5-7 p.m. at Mundwiler and Larson Funeral Home in Ortonville with a prayer service at 7. Visitation continued one hour prior to services at the church.

Music was provided by Marilyn Hanson, organist, and Nancy Hilleran, vocalist. Casket bearers were Dave Johnson, Doug Olson, Glenn Berdan, Steve Stern, Kevin Andreason, and Duane Stoddard. Honorary bearers included Mary Lou Olson, Patricia “Trish” Collins, and the staff and residents of Northridge Residence.

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David Loren Haukos

David Loren Haukos

March 29, 1942 • March 29, 2016

U.S. Veteran David L. Haukos, 74, of Apple Valley, Minnesota passed away  March 29, 2016.

Mass of Christian Burial was held 11 a.m. Friday, April 1, 2016 at All Saints Catholic Church, 19795 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville. Visitation was one hour prior to Mass at the church. Interment was at All Saints Cemetery.

David was born and raised in the Clontarf area.

David was preceded in death by his father, Ordeman Haukos, and a brother and sister in infancy.

He is survived by his children: Monique (Mike) Bombard and Joshua (Alicia) Haukos; grandchildren: Cole, Carson, Luke, Maxwell and Beau; mother: Rita Erdmann of Benson; sisters: Jeanette Gosson and Marlene Berens, both of Benson.
 

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Benson Council gets a demo on Prairie 5 Rides dispatch system

Benson Council gets a demo on Prairie 5 Rides dispatch system

Monday night Benson’s City Council got an overview of how a Prairie 5 Rides bus works with its electronic tablet that keeps track of who needs to get picked up, dropped off, where they are waiting and where they are going.

Prairie 5 Rides Manager Ted Nelson took the council aboard one of its busses to describe how the service works and answer questions. Bus driver Penny Schomaker assisted him.

Calls for pick ups and drop offs go to a central dispatching office in Montevideo and are posted to a drivers’ screen in the bus. The screen also lets the driver take care of payments from riders, keeping track of who has a punch card or pass, and who is paying in cash.

The computer-based rides program can also keep track of regularly scheduled rides, such as for those kids who use the bus to get to school every day.

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$12-$15 million needed for school building upkeep

Before the District 777 Board of Education sinks millions of dollars into upgrading the Junior High School, it wants to take a good look at the options as well as ways to finance those options. The auditorium, at left, will stay and get some improvements, but it is the classroom space to the right that poses the bigger issues going forward.

District 777’s Board of Education has developed a new facilities plan that is focused on maintaining and upgrading its current facilities to keep them up and running for the next 20 years.

It includes just over $5 million in architectural, mechanical and electrical work that it sees needing to take place over the next five years on the Northside Elementary, Junior High School and Senior High school buildings. There is another $7.37 million that is necessary within the next five to 10 years with $2.68 in optional work listed.

In all, the work the school board sees as necessary simply to maintain the facilities it has today over the next decade comes to $12.38 million - $15.059 million if the option work is included.

There are no new buildings planned in the facilities plan’s preliminary estimates. However, the school board does continue to discuss the possibility of an addition to the Northside Elementary to accommodate an expanded preschool program.

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Council Aims To Focus On Cleaning Up Benson

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

 
Driving into Benson from the west on Minnesota Highway 9 your first impression is that of a vibrant smaller community with expanding industry. Benson Power LLC and the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company, with their plumes of steam rising into the air, the Glacial Plains grain facility, and the other businesses in the area all are evidence of recent growth.

Then you go by Ambush Park, the Benson swimming pool with its tall water slide and then the 18-hole Benson Golf Course behind its decorative stone wall. Across the street from the clubhouse is the Benson Dairy Queen where kids coming from the pool are lined up for a treat.

Pretty good first impression as you pull into town.

But as you get into town a little farther, that first impression changes.

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School district will seek public input on arts, athletics, extra-curriculars

Henry Dammeyer performs a solo on the tenor saxophone during the Jazz n’ Stuff concert, Monday night in the Jr. High Auditorium.

When it conducted its comprehensive survey this past summer on what residents of District 777 thought needed to be done to improve not only facilities, but programs as well, they received a lot of feedback.

It led the school board and staff to take a deeper look at what it offers kids in the district from band and choir, to clubs like the Business Professionals of America (BPA) and National Honor Society, to girls and boys sports.

“The survey had positive and negative comments about what the district offered and about their quality,” Supt. Dennis Laumeyer said last week in an interview. Most of the comments had to do with sports, but some dealt with other activities as well. “They are all interconnected, however,” he added.

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