August 2016

Thu
18
Aug
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Carlsons named 2016 Swift County Extension Farm Family of the year

Carlsons named 2016 Swift County Extension Farm Family of the year

JM Carlson Farms, of Murdock, has been named Swift County’s “2016 Farm Family of the Year” by the University of Minnesota.

Jim and his brother, Keith, started farming with their father, Ellert, while still in high school.  Years later, Jim’s two sons, Michael and Bobby, helped out during planting and harvest. Ellert Carlson died in 1999 and Jim’s brother, Keith, was killed in a farm accident in the spring of 2008.   

Now, Jim and his son, Michael, have formed a partnership known as JM Carlson Farms.  Jim and his son, Bobby, own and operate Carlson Blading.

Along with their wives, Nancy and Stephanie, Jim and Michael raise cows, feeder cattle, hay, wheat, corn and soybeans.  They also custom grind hay, straw, corn and bean stalks as well as custom chop hay, silage and earlage.

Thu
18
Aug
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Another Community Loses Its Newspaper

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

 

LAST ISSUE the headline in The Range Times read. After 109 years of brining the news to the community of Biwabik in northern Minnesota’s Iron Range, the newspaper printed its last edition Aug. 4.

“I’ve always said the weekly newspaper is the soul of the town,” publisher Gary D. Albertson told the nearby Mesabi Daily News in Virginia. “When you lose it, you lose your identity.”

No longer will a newspaper cover the city council, school board or county commission on a regular basis. Neighboring publications will give glimpses of the community, but won’t give the depth a local publication provides.

Thu
18
Aug
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Barbara J. (Payne) Cramlet

Barbara J. (Payne) Cramlet

Barbara J. (Payne) Cramlet (76) of Estero, FL (formerly of Delafield, WI) peacefully passed away at her Delafield home on Saturday, August 13, 2016 surrounded by her loving family after a long and courageous battle with cancer.  
Barb was born in a farming community of west central MN, the 2nd eldest daughter of 10. Barb entered into holy matrimony July 2, 1960 to her beloved husband of 56 years, Richard (Dick) Cramlet. Barb had a successful 40-year career as a hair stylist, owning and operating Special Effects in Hair Design in Delafield for many years.  

Tue
16
Aug
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Jerry Allen Clark

Jerry Allen Clark

Jerry Allen Clark
February 27, 1950 • July 16, 2016

Jerry Allen Clark was born February 27, 1950 in Benson, Minnesota to Richard and Deloris Burns. Jerry and his twin sister made local news tipping the scale at 16 pounds at birth. When the twins were 2-1/2 years old, their mother, Deloris, was killed in an auto accident. They were later adopted by Deloris’ sister, Helen, and husband Laury Clark.

The Clark family moved to Washington state in 1962 where Jerry attended culinary school, worked at several jobs before retiring from the Boeing Co. after 26 years of service.

Jerry married Susan Putich May 19, 1973. They were married 43 years and had a daughter, Maureen.

Jerry’s joy was basketball. He attended high school sports regularly. Near retirement, he became involved in the Burlington, WA horsehoe club, eventually winning tournaments.

Mon
15
Aug
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Trump Embodies The Definition of ‘Demagogue’

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

“A political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument.”  -Definition of a demagogue

We have heard the term “demagogue” used a lot in this election year by both opponents of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, and by political observers on the left as well as among mainstream Republicans. We have heard the word used regularly on television and radio, and read it in print. But what are all these people talking about when they refer to Trump as a demagogue and why is being one such an indictment of character?

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15
Aug
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Arthur O. Hulberg

Arthur O. Hulberg

Arthur O. Hulberg
July 5, 1915 – August 12, 2016

Arthur O. Hulberg, 101, Benson, died Friday, Aug. 12, in Golden Living Center. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m., followed by the funeral at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in Benson.  Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is in charge of the arrangements.

Arthur Oliver Hulberg, age 101, was born on July 5, 1915 in Langhei Township, Pope County, Minnesota the son of Christian and Julie Ostad Hulberg. He was baptized at the Lake Hazel Lutheran Church and confirmed at the Immanuel Lutheran Church by Pastor Strand.   He attended country school at District #62.

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Aug
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Sylvia A. O’Malley

Sylvia A. O’Malley

Sylvia A. O’Malley
August 20, 1916 • August 6, 2016

Sylvia Alvina O’Malley, 99, of Benson, Minnesota, passed away Saturday, August 6, 2016, at the Swift County-Benson Hospital, two weeks shy of her 100th birthday.  

A Memorial Service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, August 20, 2016, with visitation one hour prior to the service at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church, Benson.

Interment will be in the Benson City Cemetery.

Sylvia was born  August 20, 1916 in Camp Lake Township, Swift County, Minnesota, the daughter of Sivert and Lena (Anderson) Simonson. She was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Benson.

December 7, 1945, Sylvia was united in marriage to Fred O’Malley in Webster, South Dakota.

She worked at the Swift County-Benson Hospital for over 30 years.

Sylvia was a lifetime member of Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.

Fri
05
Aug
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SCBH explores USDA option for assisted living facility

With no clear direction on how to proceed with City of Benson or Swift County backing on an assisted living/memory care facility, the Swift County-Benson Hospital is taking a closer look at working with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Monday night SCBH Chief Financial Officer Dan Enderson told the council that City Manager Rob Wolfington, City Director of Finance Glen Pederson, Swift County Administrator Mike Pogge-Weaver and himself had met with the USDA’s representative Kevin Friesen of Willmar last week. They discussed financing options as well as what the impact on current design plans would be of going with the federal agency’s funding.

Further, SCBH is looking at the option of having the financing take place through its 501c3 non-profit Scofield Place arm. Enderson was presenting the same overview to the county board of commissioners at their Tuesday morning meeting.

Fri
05
Aug
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Missoula Children’s Theatre Presents: Peter & Wendy

Members of the cast of Peter and Wendy, produced by the Missoula Children’s Theatre using local talent, put on two shows this past weekend in Benson. The Missoula Children's Theatre brings its costumes and sets with it as it travels the country.

 

Pick up this week's Swift County Monitor-News for more photos from "Peter and Wendy."

 

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05
Aug
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July third wettest on record

July 2016 will go down as the third wettest in history for Benson and was the 10th wettest month on record. During the month 8.59 inches of rain fell – 5.03 inches more than July’s average of 3.56 inches.

Only 1994 with 9.57 inches of rain and 1962 with 8.97 inches of rain top 2016 for July rainfall.

July also became the 10th wettest month since local records started being kept back in 1952.

June 1952 saw 12.5 inches of rain, the most of any month in any year. Ten inches of the month’s total rainfall fell between June 22 and June 28 with 7 inches of that coming in just two days.

June 23 saw a cloudburst of rain that dropped 5 inches of rain in four hours, flooding streets and basements in Benson. In Swift Falls, the bridge over the Chippewa River was washed out. Farmland along the Chippewa was flooded as the river overflowed its banks.

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