May 2016

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School board faces tough future spending questions

Early childhood class space, junior high, pool all part of discussion

As it refines its $11.5 to $14 million comprehensive maintenance and upgrade 10-year plan for District 777’s school buildings, three key questions will have to be answered by the board of education.

Does the district want to invest over $2 million in junior high classroom space that was constructed in 1928 and 1950, or tear it down and build new classrooms?

Does it want to invest in new early childhood classroom space at the Northside Elementary to meet the growing need for providing education to the youngest children in the community? Such an investment is seen as key to attracting, and keeping, young families in the community.

And, what does it want to do with an indoor swimming poor that is underutilized but expensive to maintain?

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Northside will see parking restrictions

Benson Northside in Benson, MN

To make picking up and dropping off children at the Northside Elementary School safer and easier, the City of Benson will be expanding the no parking area in front of the building as well as across the street.

Though the curb in front of the school is painted yellow, indicating that it is a no parking area, Chief of Police Ian Hodge to the city council Monday night that people would often leave their vehicles there for extended periods. Some people leave their cars for the day while others might be parked for 15 or 20 minutes.

When cars are parked across the street from the school, and others stopped for extended periods in front of it, it makes the lanes of traffic even more narrow and congested. It is a problem that is especially challenging in the morning hours when people seem to be in more of a rush, Hodge told the council.

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May
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Supporting Early Childhood Strengthens Schools

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

District 777 has been seeing declining enrollment for several decades now as family sizes have shrunk, as farm sizes get larger and there are fewer kids in rural areas, and as the populations of small towns shrink as older people die and not enough young people move in to replace them.

Unless we can do something to reverse those three primary causes of a declining rural population, our options on how we can repopulate the classrooms in our schools are very limited.

However, not all the losses we are seeing in our school enrollment numbers comes from a declining population. Other losses can be attributed to the loss of programs we offer students, the lack of daycare for young families that can have parents looking for places in other communities, and the lack of early childhood program space for young children.

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Ronald J. Janke

Ronald J. Janke

Ronald J. Janke
April 22, 1927 • April 20, 2016

Ronald J. Janke, 88, formerly of Benson, Minnesota passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2016 in Halstead, Kansas.

Ronald was born  April 22, 1927 in nearby Glenwood. He served in the Navy at the end of WWII. He owned Ronnie's Shoe Store in Benson for 30 years.

After operating a Dairy Queen in Blaine, Minnesota, he retired (while still working part-time) to his birthplace, before finally relocating to Kansas.

Ronald was preceded in death by his children:  Barry and Pam, and grandson Casey.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Donna; his daughter and son, Trisha (Gene) Sulier and Bruce (Cynthia) Janke, both of Halstead, Kansas; his daughter-in-law Judy Janke of Blaine; and his eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
 

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Gladys I. Wildeboer

Gladys I. Wildeboer

Gladys I. Wildeboer
October 7, 1919  •  April 25, 2016  
 
Gladys I. Wildeboer, 96, of Benson, Minnesota died Monday afternoon, April 25, 2016 at the Golden Living Center in Benson.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 28, at the Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in Benson.  Interment was in the Benson City Cemetery.  Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church.   

Gladys I. Wildeboer was born October 7, 1919, in Kensal, North Dakota, the daughter of Samuel and Mary (Wayne) Atchison.  She grew up in the Benson area, was baptized at West Zion Church, confirmed at St. Pauli Church in Swift Falls and received her education in the Benson schools.  

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Marion Jane Schliep

Marion Jane Schliep

Marion Jane Schliep
July 10, 1931 • April 23, 2016

Marion Jane Schliep, 84, of Appleton, Minnesota (formerly of Holloway)  died Saturday, April 23, 2016 in the Appleton Area Health Services - Care Center.  

Funeral services were Friday, April 29 at 10:30 a.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church- Fairfield Township, officiated by Rev. Donald Klatt.  Burial followed in the church cemetery.  

Marion Jane Schliep was born July 10, 1931 to the late Ingvald and Eleanor (Paulson) Tofte.

She was baptized August 9, 1931 and was confirmed November 11, 1945 at her childhood church, Drywood Lutheran.  

Marion was raised in the Holloway and Appleton area.  She attended country school District #30 and later attended Appleton High School.  Her love of dancing introduced her to a handsome young man at a dance in Holloway.  

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Norma Fox

Norma Fox

Norma Fox, age 85, of rural Appleton, died Sunday, April 24, 2016 in her home.  A memorial gathering was held Saturday, April 30th at Zniewski Funeral Home –Vaala Chapel in Appleton.  It was Norma’s desire to be cremated and not have a funeral.  We, her family, are honoring her request. 

Norma Jane Converse, daughter of Martha E & Elmer E Converse was born July 21, 1930 in Walnut Grove, MN.  She graduated from Walnut Grove High School.  She was united in marriage to Lloyd Fox in 1948.  They lived in Minneapolis a short time before moving to Revere, MN to take over the farm.  They relocated in 1957 to the current Fox farm by Appleton, MN where she resided until she passed away peacefully on April 24, 2016.

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Stanley H. Schliep

Stanley H. Schliep, age 86, of Appleton, formerly of Holloway, died Friday in Appleton Area Health Services –Care Center.  Funeral Services will be Wednesday, May 4th at 10:30AM, at Trinity Lutheran Church –Fairfield Township, officiated by Rev. Donald Klatt.  Visitation will be 5:00PM to 7:00PM, Tuesday, May 3rd, at Zniewski Funeral Home –Vaala Chapel in Appleton.  Visitation will resume for one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Rice Hospice.  A full obituary is pending.
 
Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home –Vaala Chapel in Appleton

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