August 2016

Fri
26
Aug
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Braves to host scrimmage Saturday on Brock Field

Pictured are the captains and coach for this year’s Benson football team.

The Benson football team is set to host a four-team scrimmage with Lac qui Parle, KMS, and Ortonville at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 27.  The Braves are set to open up the 2016 season at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2 at home against Eden Valley-Watkins, followed by a game at YME, Friday, Sept. 9. 

The Benson football team, coached for the 16th-straight season by Scott Gonnerman, began practices Monday, Aug. 15.  The Braves lost eight key players from last year’s team, including Josh Manzke, Adam Lindahl, Connor Staton, Mitchell Koosmann, Grant Ascheman, Andrew Lindahl, Everett Lee, and Max McDonald.

However, the team does return a good nucleus of talent, including starting quarterback Layton Connelly, fullback Brett Sulier, wide receiver Max Peterson, linemen Shawn Aarhus, Zack Sonnabend, and Devin Vergin, and linebacker Aaron Zosel.

Head coach Scott Gonnerman lists 14 seniors, nine juniors, 11 sophomores, and 10 freshmen out for football this season...

 

Thu
25
Aug
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County Fair A Great Asset Of Rural Life

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

In this day of electronic gadgets that keep people constantly connected, where people seem addicted to their cell phones, compulsively making calls and texting, attending the Swift County Fair can be a throw back to a time before the Internet. The experience isn’t entirely free of people with phones to their ears, or fingers flying over their screens typing out messages, but it seems a break from its pervasiveness in everyday life.

We attended all four days of the fair this year, taking photos, talking with people, and observing those who came to enjoy the quality free music, the carnival rides, 4-H animal competitions, the rodeo, eat the fair food, walk through the barns, and see the winners in the many garden, canning, and craft competitions. What we saw was a way of life that is missing from too many of our daily routines these days.

Thu
25
Aug
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Suspect wanted on three felony warrants arrested

Benson police and Swift County sheriffs deputies outside the Nevada Square Apartments unit where Henderson was arrested.

 

Law enforcement officers surrounded the Nevada Square Townhomes in Benson shortly before 10 Thursday morning as they searched for Jerrell Henderson, 26, a potentially dangerous person with three felony warrants outstanding.

 

One charge involved felony possession of a firearm and two charges of fifth degree controlled substance possession, according to Benson Chief of Police Ian Hodge. The crimes were not committed in the Benson area.

 

Donyelle Vaneshia Cotten, 23, was arrested at the scene and charged with harboring a fugitive from the law, Hodge said in a news release.

 

Officers from the federal Bureau of Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Minneapolis Police Department, the Swift County Sheriff’s Office, the CEE-VI Drug Task Force and the West Central SWAT team were involved in the search and arrest.

 

Tue
23
Aug
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Gloria A. Christenson

Gloria A. Christenson
February 18, 1929 • August 17, 2016

Gloria Audrey (Kittelson) Christenson, 87, passed away August 17, 2016, at the Golden Living Nursing Home in Benson, Minnesota.  

A memorial service will be held Sunday, August 28, 2 p.m. at Jevnaker Lutheran Church, rural Montevideo, Minnesota.  

Gloria Kittelson was born February 18, 1929, on the family farm north of Montevideo in Mandt Township.  She was one of five children born to the marriage of Willie and Della (Christenson) Kittelson. She was baptized and confirmed at Jevnaker Lutheran Church.

Childhood days were spent attending country school and working on the family farm.  Gloria attended school in rural District 64 (north of Montevideo) through the 8th grade, and then continued to work on the farm.

Mon
22
Aug
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JAMES M. LANGAN

JAMES M. LANGAN

JAMES M. LANGAN
NOVEMBER 9, 1928 – AUGUST 20, 2016
Obituary

James Matthew Langan, age 87, of Danvers, died Saturday, August 20, 2016, at his home under Hospice care.  Funeral Services will be held 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24, 2016, with Visitation for one hour prior, at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Clontarf.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.

James “Jim” Langan passed away on Saturday, August 20th with family by his side. He was 87 years old.

Fri
19
Aug
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MARVIN M. MAUCH

Marvin M. Mauch

Marvin M. Mauch
June 20, 1917 – August 18, 2016
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Marvin M. Mauch, age 99, of Lowry, formerly of Benson, died Thursday, August 18, 2016, at Glacial Ridge Hospital in Glenwood, Minnesota.  Visitation will be held 5 – 7 p.m. on Monday, August 22, 2016, at Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.  Visitation will continue on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, from 9 – 10 a.m., followed by the Funeral Service at 10 a.m., at the Glenwood Retirement Village Chapel.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.  www.zniewskifuneralhome.com

Fri
19
Aug
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Derek J. Fath

Derek J. Fath

Derek J. Fath, age 29 of Belle Plaine, died on Sunday, August 14, 2016 in Belle Plaine.

He was born on November 30, 1986 in St. Cloud, the son of James and Deborah (Gunderson) Fath.

He was a 2005 graduate of Jordan High School and received an Associates of Arts Degree from Rosemount Technical College. Derek enjoyed time with his family, especially his son Tucker, who brought great joy to his life. He was an outdoorsman who liked hunting, fishing and paintball. He was employed as a computer engineer at Systems Maintenance Services in Prior Lake.

Derek is survived by his son, Tucker James; parents, Jim and Deb Fath; sister, Sarah (Russell) Graham; niece, Hazel Graham; Tucker's mother and Derek's girlfriend, Ashley Hiemstra; grandparents, Joe and Donna Fath; aunts, uncles and many cousins.

Thu
18
Aug
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SWCD working buffers with 740 property owners

Letters have been sent out to 740 property owners in Swift County who own approximately 1,100 parcels of land that will have to comply with Minnesota’s new buffer law.

“The hardest thing at this point is just making sure the landowners are aware of the law, and at that point, trying to get them into the system and explain to them what their options might be for getting compensated,” Swift County SWCD Conservation Technician Andy Albertsen said Monday.

Those options include getting compensation for land taken out of production and entering it into the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP.)

Letters were sent out all the landowners who were going to see an impact from the new law. Articles have also been running in the Monitor-News about the program. “We have really tried to emphasize an outreach prior to these deadlines so people can be a little proactive in getting their land compliant.”

Thu
18
Aug
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Few voters cast ballots in primary

It was no surprise that voter turnout was very, very low in last Tuesday’s Minnesota primary election.

Only two races were on the ballot for Swift County voters: a choice between two candidates seeking the Republican slot in the 7th District U.S. House race against Democrat incumbent Rep. Collin Peterson; and, a choice of the two candidates who will face off for a Minnesota Supreme Court seat.

Peterson will face Republican Dave Hughes in November after he won Tuesday’s GOP primary against Amanda Lynn Hinson 8,769 to 6,104. Peterson, who had no primary challenger, received 16,253.

In all, 31,126 votes were cast in the primary in the 7th Congressional District. That compares to 327,267 that were cast in the 2012 7th District general election (a presidential election year) and the 240,492 that were cast in the 2014.

Hughes won in Swift County getting 134 votes to Hinson’s 94. Peterson received 378 votes.

Thu
18
Aug
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Library hosts U.S. Fish and Wildlife program

Styron Bell (pictured), a wildlife manager from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Styron Bell (pictured), a wildlife manager from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, gave a free presentation for children on mammals and birds of the prairie last Tuesday afternoon during a special program at the Benson Public Library.

The presentation included a number of stuffed birds and ducks, which were available to the youth to be passed around for closer viewing and touching.

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