July 2016

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Gladys V. Paulson

Gladys Verone Paulson

Gladys Verone Paulson, age 95, was born on September 30, 1920, in Hayes Township, rural Kerkhoven, Minnesota, the daughter of John and Alice (Lindgren) Johnson.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith.  She grew up on the farm in Hayes Township in the Kerkhoven area and attended country school and graduated from Kerkhoven High School.  On September 7, 1940, she was united in marriage to Walter Paulson at her parent’s farm.

Gladys and Walter farmed near Kerkhoven and raised chickens, pigs, cows, and sheep.  In 1977, they moved to Benson.  She was a member of the Monson Lake Lutheran Church and was active in the Ladies Aid.  Gladys enjoyed gardening, playing cards, bingo, cooking and baking, sewing, attending quilting parties, and spending time with her family.  She was called from this life on Sunday morning, July 17, 2016, at the Golden Living Center in Benson.

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Task force exploring day care options for Swift County

Adequate daycare is seen as essential to bringing young families to the area to fill the jobs employers have open. It is seen as necessary to keeping young families enrolling their children in local school districts and keeping them there.

A lack of daycare options also keeps some people out of the labor force who could otherwise be employed.

The challenge of finding daycare is particularly hard for parents of newborns to two-year-olds. It is also a challenge for those who do shift work who need daycare services outside the 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. time period as well as for those who need weekend daycare.

To address the shortage of daycare and lack of flexible hours in the area, a group of government, local foundation, and area schools representatives met at the end of June to discuss options for providing daycare services in Swift County.

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More than 6 inches of rain falls in one week

Monday saw nearly 3 inches of rain fall between 7:15 a.m. and 9 a.m. causing flooding of city streets as well as in farm fields in the area.
Puddles hold an enduring fascination for children.

Just a week ago concerns were growing about spreading drought conditions in western Minnesota. But a series of heavy thunderstorms over the past seven days have emphatically brought an end to those worries.

The Benson area received 6.37 inches of rain between July 5 and July 11. Some areas around Benson have seen more than 8 inches of rain.

July 2016 is now the 10th wettest on record with 6.37 inches of rain and there are still 18 days left in the month. The month’s record is 9.57 inches in 1994. July averages 3.56 inches of rain.

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Shamrock-Hest Riding Club Competition

Jake Goff and niece Adisyn wait their turn to participate in Saturday’s Shamrock-Hest Riding Club’s events.
Miranda Nelson rides her horse around a barrel as she tries to set the winning time.

Saturday was a day for members of the Shamrock-Hest Riding Club, young and old, to participate in a club competition. It is the oldest riding club in the state.

Pictured, top: Jake Goff and niece Adisyn wait their turn to participate in Saturday’s Shamrock-Hest Riding Club’s events.

Pictured, bottom: Miranda Nelson rides her horse around a barrel as she tries to set the winning time.

 

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An Opportunity For Input On Rural Policy

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

Those who read this column know we have a passion for community newspapers and believe strongly they remain essential to an informed and healthy community. We’ve backed that commitment up in the past by serving on the boards of both the Minnesota Newspaper Association and National Newspaper Association, working to promote and support community newspapers.

We also have a passion for encouraging local leaders and citizens to do what it takes to ensure we have a vibrant community that is always looking forward, not looking back. Our community leaders need to be innovative and willing to take chances to spur economic development and community growth.

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Googan holds off White Fins and Hot Shots to win Fishing League title

Jon Dale holds the top walleye for the final week at Camp Lake, a 23.25” beauty.

The Swift Fishing League held its final event of the 2016 season at Camp Lake, Thursday, July 7.  It was an 80 degree afternoon with some rain and thunderstorms in the area.  Shortly before the 5:30 p.m. start, the rain quit and the sun came out.  Water temp was 78 degrees, and the wind was NW at 5 mph.  Each of the teams were excited to have this last chance to move up in the standings, or hold their current position.  Also at stake was the “big fish” pot for the year, where the largest walleye and northern of the entire season are paid out.  

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Benson Junior Legion Bandits close out regular season

The Benson Junior Legion Bandits

The Benson Junior Legion Bandits finished their inaugural season in impressive fashion, going 7-1 during eight league games against KMS, Montevideo, Granite Falls, and ACGC, losing only to Granite Falls on a hot steamy evening earlier this summer.  The playoffs were set to begin soon and the Bandits were guaranteed one of the higher seeds and a first-round game on Chief’s Field in Benson. 

In the picture are, in the front row from left to right: Lane Geyer, Jacob Fath, Jared Knutson, Gavin Larson, Matthew Goossen, and Matthew Tolifson.  Middle -- Alex Wrobleski, Aaron Zosel, Max Benson, Hunter Gonnerman, and Matthew Ebnet.  Back row -- assistant coach Aaron Schmidt, Sam Lundebrek, Will Enderson, Brandon Osterbauer, Danny Lenarz, Kaden Schmidt, Matthew Lenarz, Devon Liles, and coach Eric Hulterstrum.

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“Boys of Summer”

Summer Rec director Tim Essig (right) tries to put the tag on a young runner during Summer Rec morning baseball...

Pictured, Summer Rec director Tim Essig (right) tries to put the tag on a young runner during Summer Rec morning baseball for the Jr. Pee Wee League (3rd-4th grade) last week.  The morning baseball and summer leagues were all set to end last week after four weeks of action this summer.

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BONNIE MAE (GEREAUX) GUEST

Bonnie Guest

BONNIE MAE (GEREAUX) GUEST
MAY 8, 1935 – JULY 13, 2016

 
Bonnie Mae Gereaux was born May 8th, 1935 at Doland, South Dakota to Floyd and Marion (Hofma) Gereaux.  Bonnie was baptized at Doland Methodist Church.  She was raised on the family farm and attended first grade at a country school before finishing school at Doland Public Schools.  She graduated from Doland High School in 1953, achieving the honor of Valedictorian.

Bonnie was united in marriage to Robert W. Cook at Webster, South Dakota on June 30th, 1953.  This union was blessed with three sons.  Robert W. Cook passed away on April 5th, 1961.

Bonnie married Richard E. Guest on July 18th, 1964 at the Methodist Church in Clark, South Dakota by Reverend Kenneth Voas.  The family moved from Clark, South Dakota to Benson.  One son was born to this union.  Richard E. Guest passed away on October 23rd, 1983.

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Clara Mae (Fennell) Brown

Clara Mae (Fennell) Brown

Clara Mae (Fennell) Brown, 79, of Cambridge, formerly of Danvers, MN passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at her daughter’s home in Andover.

She was born March 11, 1937 in Marysland Township, MN to Edmund and Margaret (Peerboom) Fennell.  Clara grew up on a farm south of Danvers, MN until 1951 when the family moved into Danvers. She was baptized and had First Communion on July 9, 1944, she also was confirmed at Church of The Visitation at Danvers.  She attended Danvers public school through 8th grade and later graduated from Benson High School.  When Clara was in high school, her dad would just holler for her from the Mobil Station and she would run to help pump gas.

On November 17, 1975 she married James Brown.  They would live in Ramsey, Cedar, Rush City and Cambridge until 2004, when they moved to Alabama.  In January 2016 they returned to Cambridge.

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