January 2017

Fri
27
Jan
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Anne Dolan Kelly

Anne Dolan Kelly

Anne Dolan Kelly
Oct. 20, 1920 - Jan. 26, 2017

Anne Dolan Kelly was born on October 20, 1920 and passed peacefully on
January 26, 2017 at St. Therese in New Hope.  She graduated from Benson
High School and the College of St. Catherine.   She began her career
with the United Way in St. Paul, but she spent the bulk of her career as
a very successful life insurance agent for the Penn Mutual Company.

Wed
25
Jan
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SUSAN RAE GENS

SUSAN RAE GENS
DEATH NOTICE
NOVEMBER 30, 1956 – JANUARY 24, 2017
 
Susan Rae Gens, age 60, of Benson, died Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at home under Hospice care. 

A memorial service will be held at a later date in South Dakota. 

Zniewski Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.  www.zniewskifuneralhome.com

Wed
25
Jan
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Curtis H. Pierce

CURTIS H. PIERCE

CURTIS H. PIERCE
JANUARY 20, 1922 – JANUARY 24, 2017
OBITUARY
 
Curtis Harry Pierce, age 95, of Benson, Minnesota died Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at Gabriel House Assisted Living.  Visitation will be from 4 – 7 p.m., Friday, January 27, 2017, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Visitation will continue from 10 – 11 a.m., followed by the funeral at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 28, 2017, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home.
 

Mon
23
Jan
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Caroline Delores (Motzko) Gulbranson

Caroline Delores (Motzko) Gulbranson

Caroline Delores (Motzko) Gulbranson
October 7, 1927 - January 22, 2017

 

Caroline Delores (Motzko) Gulbranson, age 89, of Grand Rapids, MN, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2017.

Preceding her in death is her husband, Gordon; son, Stephen; sisters, Alice, Darlene, Eleanor, Velma, Lillian; brothers, Leonard, Richard, Wilfred, and Carmen.

Caroline is survived by her six daughters: Mary (John) Phillips of St. Peter, MN; Evelyn (Marvin) Nelson of Grand Rapids, MN; Elisa (Tom) Hughes of Grand Rapids, MN; Kathleen (Roger) Byrd of Rose Hill, NC; Deborah (Mike) Clark of Houston, TX; Diane (Martin) Lowe of Live Oak, FL; one son, James (Carole) Gulbranson of Long Lake, MN; siblings, Edward, Jerome, Dennis, Viola; seventeen grandchildren and twenty-two great-grandchildren. 

Mon
23
Jan
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JEAN C. LONNEMAN

JEAN C. LONNEMAN

JEAN C. LONNEMAN
JANUARY 15, 1928 – JANUARY 19, 2017
OBITUARY
 
Jean Clare Lonneman, age 89, of Benson, MN, died Thursday, January 19, 2017, at Homestead North Adult Care in Benson, MN. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at the St. Francis Catholic Church Gathering Space in Benson. Visitation will continue from 12-1 p.m., followed be the Mass of Christian Burial at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, January 26, 2017, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson. Interment will be in the St. Francis Catholic Church Cemetery in Benson. Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.
 

Fri
20
Jan
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Talk of using Appleton prison underway at the state Legislature

Earlier this month the Swift County’s Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding with Goff Public to provide government and public relations services to help with promoting use of Appleton’s empty prison.

Their action came in anticipation that the Legislature could renew the conversation about the Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) using the vacant 1,600-bed prison to relieve overcrowding in state prisons.

It would also allow the DOC to take nearly 500 state prisoners sitting in county jails and place them in a facility where they would have access to state education programs. Those programs are aimed at teaching inmates skills that will help them avoid breaking the law again when they are out and ending up back in prison. County jails have no such programs.

Fri
20
Jan
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Do-Mat’s opens new Benson grocery store

The new Do-Mat’s Family Foods grocery store also houses Lewis Drug and Fischer Eye Center. It was a $3.5 million investment in the future of Do-Mat’s and the community.

Lewis Drug, Fischer Eye Center also in new building

“Wow!” is one of the most common expressions owners Tim and Carol Mattheisen, and store manager Matt Mattheisen, have heard as people walk through their new grocery store along the south side of U.S. 12 west in Benson.

It was just more than four months from when the first tree was removed Aug. 20 from the building site on which Do-Mat’s Family Foods now sits until the doors opened for business last Thursday.

“It looks like a Byerly’s or a Hy-Vee,” their customers are saying. “Like a store you would see in Minneapolis.”

Fri
20
Jan
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Administrator job offer delayed

After interviewing three candidates for the Swift County administrator’s position last Friday, the Swift County board of commissioners voted to postpone the discussion and potential job offer until its Tuesday, Jan. 17 meeting.

Commissioners interviewed Kelsey Baker who is the executive director of The Legends at Heritage Place in Sartell; Larry Timmerman who is the senior program evaluator for Ramsey County Health & Wellness/Economic Growth and Community Investment; and Bradley Alberts who was the the Pope County coordinator at the time the interview was scheduled.

However, ahead of the Friday interviews, the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood reported that Alberts had “abruptly” resigned his position during a performance evaluation. His resignation came during a Dec. 27 end-of-the year meeting.

The report gave no reason as to why Alberts had resigned. He had joined the county May 31, 2016.

 

Fri
20
Jan
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Minnewaska Area rallies in second half to hand Benson girls 63-29 loss

Megan Amundson (3), Victoria Pagel (left), and Danielle Himley (behind Amundson) play defense for the Braves during a loss to Minnewaska Area last week in Benson.

The Benson girls basketball team played a strong first half against Minnewaska Area, Thursday, before the Lakers came roaring back in the second half to win the game in Benson, 63-29.

The Braves traveled to Hancock, Friday,  and the Owls had four players score in double figures on the way to a 68-48 non-conference win.

Benson, which fell to 0-6 in the conference and 0-10 overall, have two games scheduled this week, beginning with a game at NLS, Monday, and continuing with a game at Montevideo, Friday....

 

For more on this story, and to keep up on all the latest in area sports, subscribe to the Swift County Monitor-News print edition or our PDF internet edition. Call 320-843-4111 and you can get all the local news and sports delivered to you!

Fri
20
Jan
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Benson wrestlers sixth at Parkers Prairie Invite

Jared Knutson (left) controls his opponent on the way to a recent win.

The Benson wrestling team placed sixth at the Parkers Prairie Invitational, Saturday, while also coming home without any individual titles.

Park Rapids Area won the meet with 208.5 points, followed by Bertha-Hewitt with 175.5, Alexandria with 165.5, LPGE-Browerville with 145, and Staples-Motley with 143.  Benson meanwhile, had 122 points to place sixth, and had two wrestlers earn runner-up finishes -- Hunter Mondor at 113 and Aaron Zosel at 145.

The pace of the schedule picks up big time from here on as Benson was set to compete at BBE, Tuesday (yesterday), host Atwater-CGC, Thursday (tomorrow), and host a triangular with Paynesville and Minnewaska Area, Friday.

 

For more on this story, and to keep up on all the latest in area sports, subscribe to the Swift County Monitor-News print edition or our PDF internet edition. Call 320-843-4111 and you can get all the local news and sports delivered to you!

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