October 2016

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Pardoning Edward Snowden

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
-- Benjamin Franklin

New attention is being paid to American exile Edward Snowden these days with the release of a movie by filmmaker and screenwriter Oliver Stone. Titled “Snowden,” it looks into what drove the National Security Agency (NSA) contract worker to take top secret documents from his workplace.

More attention to Snowden is also being generated with the calls by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union for President Barack Obama to pardon him.

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DAVID OWEN JOHNSON

DAVID OWEN JOHNSON

DAVID OWEN JOHNSON
FEBRUARY 11, 1939 – OCTOBER 23, 2016
FUNERAL NOTICE
 
David Owen Johnson, age 77, of Benson, died Sunday, October 23, 2016, in Gabriel House. 

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson.  Visitation will continue from 9:30-10:30 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, October 27, 2016 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson. 

Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.  www.zniewskifuneralhome.com

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CHESTER SVEA

CHESTER SVEA

CHESTER SVEA
DECEMBER 4, 1919 – OCTOBER 20, 2016
 
Chester Svea of Benson, Minnesota died on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at Swift County Benson Health Services.
 
Chet was born in Benson, Minnesota to Albert and Gina (Haugen) Svea on December 4, 1919.  Chet served his country during WWII with the United States Army in India, Burma, and China.
 
He is survived by daughters Jo (Tim) Hanson of East Lansing, Michigan and Jill (Bill) Wargin of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
 
Chet is also survived by grandchildren Loralee (Tom) Deschane, Stephanie (Brett) Vander Bloemen, Brent Yates, Brooke (Bob) Bakken, Lauren Trimble, Mark (Molly) Wargin, Eric (Jenny) Wargin, and Lisa (Steve) Hartzfeld; and great-grandchildren Tony Deschane, Matt Deschane, Samantha Vander Bloemen, Lily Vander Bloemen, Avery Wargin, Parker Hartzfeld, Maxwell Hartzfeld, John Yates, Victoria Yates, Sam Bakken, and Ben Bakken.
 

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Duane John Baker

Duane Baker

Duane Baker, age 76, of Glenwood, MN, died October 20, 2016, at Glacial Ridge Hospital in Glenwood. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, October 25th, at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Swift Falls, with Rev. Ron Knutson officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. on Monday at the funeral home in Brooten, and will continue at the church on Tuesday, one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Rolling Forks Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home of Glenwood.

Duane John Baker, son of Frank and Clara (Anderson) Baker, was born on February 13, 1940, in Benson, MN. He was baptized and confirmed at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church and raised on a farm near Swift Falls with his three brothers, Gene, Gary, and Norman. Duane first attended country school before graduating from Benson High School in 1958.

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Steven G. Smith

Steven G. Smith

Steven G. Smith
December 30, 1971  ~ October 21, 2016
 
Steven G. Smith, 44 of Kerkhoven, died peacefully at his home on Friday, October 21, 2016.  His memorial service will be 1:30pm on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at the Kerkhoven Evangelical Free in Kerkhoven.  Burial will be at Our Redeemer Church Cemetery in Benson.  Visitation will be from 5-7:00pm on Friday at the Kerkhoven Evangelical Free Church and will continue one hour prior to the service.  Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home, Kerkhoven.  www.hafh.org
 

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Dennis A. Daniels

Dennis Arthur Daniels

Dennis Arthur Daniels was born on May 30, 1942 in Primghar, Iowa to Arthur and Mabel (Richter) Daniels, their only son. Dennis attended school in Missouri and then graduated high school from Sheldon, Iowa.

Married on May 10, 1963 to Sherry Anderson of Sheldon, Iowa. The daughter of John and Margaret Anderson. Dennis and Sherry were married for 53 years and had three children. Todd Mitchel Daniels currently living in Grand Forks, North Dakota; Terry Lee Daniels currently living in Warsaw, New York; Tami Joy Boe currently living in Saint Michael, Minnesota. Dennis and Sherry have five grandchildren, Avery John Arthur Boe, 12 years old, Jaxson Daniels Boe, 11 years old, Courtney Lee Daniels, 11 years old, Carson Patrick Daniels, 9 years old, Bellamy Durham Boe, 6 years old.

Dennis in his early years enjoyed such hobbies as gunsmithing. He bought and traded guns, enjoyed trap shooting, rode motorcycles and snowmobiles and also had his pilot license.

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Kathleen H. Diederich

Kathleen H. Diederich

Kathleen H. Diederich, 92, of Kerkhoven died Thursday, October 20, 2016, at Centra Care Center in Sauk Centre.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 am, Wednesday, October 26th, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Murdock.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be 5-7:00 pm, Tuesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Murdock and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.  Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Kerkhoven Funeral Home.  www.hafh.org
 

Fri
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Simon seeks to make Minnesota first in voter turnout this year

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon, center, was in Benson at the Prairie 5 Community Action office, talking about ways to improve voter turnout in November. Meeting with him were, from left, Debra Larson, Praire 5 Executive Director, Angela Zielsdorf of the Benson Prairie 5, Simon, his staff person Daniella Filardo, and from Prairie 5’s regional office Erick Hedman.

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon was in Benson last Thursday meeting with staff at Prairie 5 Community Action office on ways they can help turn out voters for the Nov. 8 election.

Simon is seeking to return Minnesota to the number one spot in voter turnout in the nation.

An August Pew Charitable Trusts’ Election Performance Index ranked Minnesota second in the country for its overall election performance, including being named the number one state for having the least amount of registration or absentee ballot problems.

Minnesota, along with Wisconsin and North Dakota, has ranked among the top four states for each election year measured (2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014).

“Minnesota’s election system has been and continues to be a role model for the nation and that’s in large part due to the great work done by Minnesotans at the county and local levels,” said Secretary Simon

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Warm, dry fall days push area harvest

Warm, dry weather has helped farmers make considerable progress with the fall harvest in the past 10 days. While the first week of October brought 1.52 inches of rain, just 3 hundredths of an inch has fallen since.

Almost one-quarter of the soybean acreage was harvested in Minnesota during the week ending Oct. 16, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Eighty-seven percent of the soybean acreage has now been harvested, slightly ahead of average but one week behind last year.

There were 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork, the most days suitable since the first week of August. While the drier weather allowed harvest in most areas, there were reports of fields or spots in fields still too wet to harvest.

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Goose fall migration tells story of warming climate

It is hoped that the $9.5 million Marsh Lake restoration project will restore waterfowl numbers coming to the Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area in coming years.

Detailed, long-term global studies of the Earth’s temperatures point to a steady warming that has been going on for at least a couple decades. But in western Minnesota nature has been telling wildlife biologists that things are warming just by their changing habits.

“You could look at your calendar and on Sept. 13 the first migratory geese would come down from Canada,” Department of Natural Resources Regional Wildlife Manager Dave Trauba told the Swift County Board of Commissioners at their Oct. 4 meeting. But, now, that has changed.

Trauba wasn’t at the meeting to talk about geese or the climate. Rather he was momentarily sidetracked from a conversation about the need for an additional land acquisition for the Marsh Lake restoration project when he was asked about current waterfowl numbers at the WMA. Trauba served 24 years as manager of the Lac qui Parle WMA before being named to his regional job with the DNR.

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