December 2016

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Benson girls fall twice at CASE Girls Invitational

Megan Amundson (3) plays tough defense against Osakis’ Lauren Savageau during the season opener in Benson.

The Benson girls basketball team opened up the new season with three losses at home last week.  The Braves fell to Osakis in the season opener last Tuesday night, 64-30, and also lost twice at the CASE Invitational Girls Basketball Tournament, Friday and Saturday, losing to Morris Area in the first game (60-30) and also falling to MACCRAY in the third-place game (48-36).

Morris Area topped West Central Area in the CASE title game, 55-33.

This week, Benson has two more home games with BOLD scheduled to visit BHS, Thursday, and Atwater-CGC coming for a game, Friday....

 

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Lady Storm fall to Windom Area in home opener, 4-0

Hallie Watzke (7) skates upice with the puck during the home opener in Benson, Saturday against Windom Area.  The Lady Storm fell to 0-4 overall with the 4-0 loss.

The Morris-Benson Area Lady Storm were shut out for the third time in their first four games with a 4-0 loss to Windom Area, Saturday afternoon at the Benson Civic Center.

MBA is now set to host three-straight games at the Lee Community Civic Center in Morris -- Thursday against Park Rapids; Friday, Dec. 9 versus Crookston; and Thursday, Dec. 15 against Prairie Center, followed by a game in Benson, Saturday, Dec. 17 against Fairmont.

This year’s Lady Storm roster includes just 10 skaters:  senior Nicole Berens, juniors Whitney Demarais, Megan Kirkeide, and Abbey Hoffman; sophomores Hallie Watzke and Danielle Reuss; eighth-graders Rachel Berens, Libbey Pendill, and Leah Thompson; and seventh-grader Taryn Picht....

 

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Benson boys fall to NLS in season opener, 77-59

Layton Connelly drives on his NLS defender during the season opener for the Benson boys basketball team last week.

The Benson boys basketball team opened up the season with a 77-59 loss at home to New London-Spicer, Thursday night, Dec. 1.

NLS went on a big run midway through the first half to go from a tight 14-13 game to a 30-14 lead.  From then on, Benson kept pace with the Wildcats as NLS outscored the Braves only 47-45 from that point on.

The Braves are now set to play at Sauk Centre, Thursday, Dec. 8, followed by a game at home against BOLD, Tuesday, Dec. 13 and the Benson Boys Invitational, Dec. 16-17.

During the Benson Invitational, Breckenridge and MACCRAY are slated to meet in the first game at 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 16, while Benson and ACGC square off in the second game at about 7:45 p.m.  The game with ACGC will also count as a WCC contest.
The two losers will meet in the third-place game at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17, followed by the championship game...

 

Fri
09
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Search for county administrator is starting to narrow

Swift County’s search for a new administrator continues with the board of commissioners ready to view video interviews with up to eight candidates so that it can narrow its search to finalists who will be interviewed in person.

Former Administrator Mike Pogge-Weaver resigned his position in October to take the job of city manager in Carroll, Iowa. With his announcement that he was leaving, the county started an immediate search for a new administrator with the assistance of Twin Cities executive search firm Springsted. However, it isn’t expecting to have a new administrator on board until sometime in January.

It has hired Jan Fransen to be its interim county administrator. She has worked with county government for 24 years and served 18 years as the Jackson County coordinator retiring from the position last year.

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09
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Our World’s Animals Are Rapidly Disappearing

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

In an election year that was abysmal in tackling subjects of substantial importance there was one story that was entirely missed. A story with implications for the future of humankind. But instead, the nation’s media focused incessantly on Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails or Donald Trump’s outrage of the week.

Television, by far the biggest source of news for most people, did by far the worst job of giving us meaningful news. They sought ratings that would bring in advertising dollars. They didn’t seek to inform the electorate on critical issues.

What was this critical story that was missed?

Few people have probably heard of something called the “Living Planet Index.” It is a measure of the condition of biological diversity in the world. It is a look at trends within species of vertebrates around the globe. A vertebrate is an animal that has a backbone.

Fri
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Emily Rohloff

Emily Rohloff

Emily Rohloff, age 44, of Aberdeen, SD, died Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.  Inurnment will be in Graceland Cemetery, Madison.  Arrangements are with Weiland Funeral Chapel of Madison, SD.  Online condolences can be sent at www.weilandfuneralchapel.com.    

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Fire east of Kerkhoven results in total loss of barn, 1500 pigs

From the Swift County Sheriff's Office:

On December 6 at 1421 Swift County Dispatch received a 911 car of a barn fire located on Hwy 12 east of Kerkhoven. Kerkhoven Fire, Murdock fire, Degraff fire, Sunburg fire and Pennock fire responded along with Wilmar rescue and Ambulance and Kerkhoven ambulance and Swift County Sheriff's Office and Kandiyohi Sheriffs Office.

There were 1500 pigs in the barn which was a total loss. The Minnesota Fire Marshall has been contacted and the fire is is under investigation at this time.

 

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Enoch Gordon Lee

Enoch Gordon Lee
October 2, 1926 • November 27, 2016

Enoch Gordon Lee, 90, of Bothell, WA, passed away Sunday, November 27, 2016 at his home under hospice care.

Enoch was born October 2, 1926 in Swift County, Minnesota to Otto H. and Mathilda (Fugelseng) Lee.

A graveside service will be held at a later date in Indian Valley, Idaho.

Enoch is survived by two sons: Steven (Cathy) Lee and Terry Lee of WA, also a nephew, Ronald L. (Alta) Larson of Benson; step-children, many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Enoch was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Geraldine, his second wife, Norma and a son, Michael Lee; sisters: Pauline Lee, Mabel Larson, Irene Lee, Bertha Bainbridge and brothers: Roy Lee, Chester A. Lee, Luther Lee and Darrell Lee and a niece, Myrtle Holzheimer of Benson.
 

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FRED JOHN BARTH

FRED JOHN BARTH
MARCH 30, 1946 – DECEMBER 3, 2016
FUNERAL NOTICE
 

Fred John Barth, age 70, of Danvers, died Saturday, December 3, 2016, in Swift County Benson Health Services.

Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m., followed by the funeral at 11 a.m., Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Church of the Visitation in Danvers. Burial will be in Church of the Visitation Catholic Cemetery.

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Ronald Joseph Fernholz

Ronald Joseph Fernholz

Ronald Joseph Fernholz
October 6, 1948 • December 1, 2016

Ronald Joseph Fernholz, 68, of Hackensack (formerly of DeGraff) died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson. Visitation will continue from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., followed by the funeral service at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 7, 2016 (today) at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in DeGraff. Burial will be in St. Bridget’s Catholic Church Cemetery in DeGraff.

Ronald J. Fernholz was born  October 6, 1948 in Benson, Minnesota, the son of Christian and Marcella (Platt) Fernholz. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in DeGraff. He grew up on the family farm southwest of DeGraff, and attended country school in district number 28. He went on to attend school in Benson.

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