July 2016

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Teaching Civic Responsibility

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

Starting with the 2017-2018 school year, students in Minnesota schools will have to take a civics test on their knowledge of America’s history as well as on how our government works. They can start taking the test in 9th grade and have four years to get 30 out of 50 answers right – just 60 percent right for a passing grade.

While some wanted passing the test a requirement for graduation, that stipulation didn’t last long in the Minnesota Legislature as it considered the bill earlier this year. So, while students are required to the take the test, in the end it doesn’t matter if they pass or fail. 

However, it is hoped that studying for it will provide students with a basic knowledge about civics.

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Patricia “Pat” Anne Thelen

Patricia “Pat” Anne Thelen

Patricia “Pat” Anne Thelen, age 79, of Park Rapids, MN, formerly Benson, MN, peacefully went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 3, 2016 at Sanford Hospital, Fargo, ND. A mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday. July 8, 2016, at 10:30 am, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson. Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 7, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. In Lieu of Flowers the family prefers memorials to St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital. Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is in charge of the arrangements.

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Bernice Benham

Bernice M. Benham

Bernice M. Benham

October 23, 1920 – July 1, 2016

 

Benson, Minnesota – Bernice M. Benham, 95, of Benson, died on Friday, July 1, 2016, at Homestead Place North in Benson. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, July 7, at 11:00 am, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 6, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 3:45 pm and a Parish Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m., and for one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in St. Francis Catholic Church Cemetery. Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is in charge of the arrangements.

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Gerald “Jerry” Koosmann

Gerald “Jerry” Koosmann

Gerald “Jerry” Koosmann
1943 – 2016

Gerald “Jerry” Koosmann, age 73, of Appleton, died Saturday, June 25th in Courage Cottage in Morris.  Funeral services were Thursday, June 30th at 2:00PM, at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton, officiated by Rev. Michelle Rowell.  Burial was at the Appleton City Cemetery.

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Francis J. ‘Frank’ Simmonds

Francis J. ‘Frank’ Simmonds

Francis J. ‘Frank’ Simmonds
May 24, 1925 • June 1, 2016

Francis J. Simmonds, 91, of Rochester, Minnesota died Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at Seasons Hospice.

A Memorial Mass for Francis J. “Frank” Simmonds was held  at 11 a.m. Monday, June 6, 2016 at Resurrection Catholic Church in Rochester officiated by the Revs. Kevin Connolly and Shawn Haremza. Visitation was one hour prior to the Mass at the church.  Burial was at 1:30 p.m. at Oakwood East Cemetery with Military Honors provided by American Legion Post 92.

Francis James Simmonds was born May 24, 1925 at Benson, Minnesota to Francis Joseph and Margaret (Bouta) Simmonds. He grew up in DeGraff  and graduated from Benson High School.

Frank served in the United States Coast Guard from 1943 to 1946.

January 25, 1947, Francis married Gladys I. Gauthier. She passed away July 27, 2008.

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Benson Youth Baseball

Benson Youth Baseball

Pictured are members of the Benson 13U baseball team, which won first place at the Maple Lake Pot O’ Gold Classic recently. 

Benson beat Maple Lake (13-7) in the opening game, and then beat Litchfield (13-1) in the semifinals before scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh to beat Annandale with an exciting 6-5 walk-off win in the title game. 

From left to right in the front row are Josh Norby, Patrick Minchow, Corbin Holmquist, Austin Grube, and Isaac Minchow (batboy).  Second row -- Zach Rosen, Sam Grussing, Brett Nissen, Matt Laumeyer, and Cole Hedman.  Not pictured were Kellen Schmidt and Sam Lenarz.  Submitted photo.
 

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Swift Fishing League has great night at Lake Reno

Pictured above are Scott Lee (left) and Jon Gades holding the top walleye during last week’s Fishing League competition at Lake Reno.

The Swift Fishing League met at Lake Reno, Thursday, June 23 for the sixth of eight weeks of competition this fishing season.  Expectations were high because the league usually does well on this lake with numbers of fish and large fish.  At the 6 p.m.

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Manzke is MVP of boys track team

Josh Manzke (center), shown running the 100 meter dash during a meet in Benson, was named the team’s MVP.

Josh Manzke was named the MVP of the boys track team this spring.  Manzke, a senior from Benson, was a top sprinter, jumper, and relay member for the Fighting Braves during 2016.

Manzke was sixth in the 200 meter dash at the section meet this season after placing in four events at the sub-section meet, including a third in the 100, a fourth in the 200, a fourth in the long jump, and a second with the 1600 meter relay team of Sam Rosemeier, Jon Tostenson, and Max Peterson.

Benson senior Zach Burns earned the Most Improved award.  He was a consistent performer for the Fighting Braves in the hurdles, relay, pole vault, and all three jumps.

In addition, KMS senior Jon Tostenson, and Benson juniors Max Peterson and Josh Bailey shared the Coaches’ Award.

In total individual points earned this season by the boys track team, only one point separated the first three finishers -- Josh Manzke with 88.5, Zach Burns with 88.1, and Jon Tostenson with 87.5.

 

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Summer gymnastics

Volunteer coach Caitlin Flower (right) helps a young gymnast learn some moves on the bars as two other gymnasts work on a skill in the background during the Twisters gymnastics camp for youth in grades 3-6.
Benson-KMS head gymnastics coach Kathy Ahrndt helps a young gymnast do a handstand.

Pictured, top: Volunteer coach Caitlin Flower (right) helps a young gymnast learn some moves on the bars as two other gymnasts work on a skill in the background during the Twisters gymnastics camp for youth in grades 3-6.

Pictured, bottom: Benson-KMS head gymnastics coach Kathy Ahrndt helps a young gymnast do a handstand.

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