February 2017

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Darold E. Mills

Darold E. Mills

Darold E. Mills
March 6, 1931 – February 16, 2017
Obituary

Darold E. Mills, age 85, died on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at the Golden Living Center in Benson, Minnesota. A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 18, at 1:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson. Visitation will be held from 12:00 pm to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. Interment will be in St. John’s Cemetery of rural Benson. Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is assisting the family with the arrangements.
   
Darold Edward Mills was born on March 6, 1931, in Holloway, Minnesota the son of Samuel and Helma (Siverus) Mills. He grew up in the Holloway area and attended school there until the 9th grade. Darold enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served our country during the Korean War from 1951 to May 1952. He earned two bronze service stars, a Purple Heart, and a Bronze Star with a V.

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Harlyn Elroy Saulsbury

Harlyn Elroy Saulsbury

Harlyn Elroy Saulsbury
July 17, 1949 – February 14, 2017

Harlyn Elroy Saulsbury was born July 17, 1949 in Appleton, the son of Herbert and Helen (Guse) Saulsbury.  He was baptized at Grace Lutheran in Correll and confirmed at St. Mark’s Lutheran in Benson, Minnesota.  He grew up in Benson, Minnesota with his parents and four sisters, attended school in Benson and graduated in 1967.   He then enlisted in the United States Army and served two tours of duty in Vietnam between 1967 and 1970.

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Two February record highs broken

Monday looked and felt more like a day in early April than mid-February as the high hit a record 52 degrees.

DNR warns of thin ice developing on some lakes

When the high hit 57 degrees Friday, Feb. 10, it blew by the old record high of 47 degrees set in 1977 and 2010. Last year the high Feb. 10 was 16 degrees. Back in 2008, the high Feb. 10 was a minus 11 degrees.

Monday another record high was set when the temperature hit 52 degrees, topping the old record for Feb. 13 of 46 degrees reached both in 1967 and 2002. Last year the high Feb. 13 was 12 degrees and the low a minus 9 degrees. The coldest Feb. 13 high on record is 5 degrees in 1975.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is warning of thin ice on some lakes due to the unusually warm weather that has persisted since Jan. 17. Over the past 28 days, highs have averaged 34.1 degrees – that is nearly 13 degrees above average. Lows have been 20.2 degrees – nearly 17 degrees above average.

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County Board approves Baker contract 5-0

Though Swift County’s Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to hire Kelsey Baker as the new county administrator, they were unanimous last Tuesday in approving the contract for her employment.

Baker has agreed to a salary of $89,627. She will be provided the same group hospital, medical, dental, life and disability insurance benefits as provided to all other non-union employees. She is being paid a moving allowance of up to $1,000.

It is anticipated that Baker’s first day on the job will be March 27. She is to be given an initial performance review after six months and then every six months after.

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Miller keeps a hectic schedule as he represents his constituents in St. Paul

District 17A state Rep. Tim Miller, R-Prinsburg, is serving his second two-year term in the Minnesota House. Swift County is part of his district. He is pictured above standing in the newly refurbished rotunda of the state Capitol.
Minnesota’s Capitol renovation is nearly complete. This photo is of the west end of the Capitol, which houses the governor and sectretary of state offices.

One thing you will notice when you walk into District 17A Rep. Tim Miller’s office in the State Office Building in St. Paul is that there is no desk. There are two small couches facing each other along the walls, a couple chairs, and a small high table.

There is no desk the Prinsburg Republican says because he is rarely in his office, and when he is, he is mostly meeting with constituents and lobbyists.

Miller was elected to his second two-year term in the Minnesota House last November defeating challenger and former state Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Rep. Andrew Falk.  District 17A includes Swift and Chippewa counties, most of Renville County, and the four southwestern Kandiyohi County townships of Edwards, Holland, Roseland and Lake Lillian.

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Digital Disconnected From The World Around Us

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

 

We fear for the creative spirit of our younger generations. They spend so much time constantly digitally engaged with their phones, iPads, and computers that they have little freedom or mental energy for creative thought.

Those very same tools that have opened up the world to them with unfathomable information at their fingertips is also being used to immerse themselves in the trivial. They endlessly check on the latest Facebook post, the text that arrived 2 seconds ago, an Instagram photo that was posted by a friend, or a Snapchat post. And, most certainly, this isn’t just an affliction of the young.

In a recent The New York Times column writer Jane E. Brody tells of an interview she read featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the Broadway musical sensation “Hamilton.”  In it he is asked where he finds the time to be creative.

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Benson boys drop to 5-14 with loss to ACGC

Max Peterson (middle) defends for the Braves during the most-recent home game for Benson against Minnewaska, as Justin Goossen (left) and Zack Sonnabend (right) look on.

The Benson boys basketball team fell to 5-14 overall and 1-10 in the WCC with a 68-61 loss at Atwater-CGC, Friday night.

The Braves have just four regular-season games left on the schedule before opening up the playoffs, March 4.  This week, Benson was set to host Montevideo, Tuesday and play at Morris Area-CA, Friday....

 

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Pictured: Max Peterson (middle) defends for the Braves during the most-recent home game for Benson against Minnewaska, as Justin Goossen (left) and Zack Sonnabend (right) look on.

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KMS boys fall in close games to Wabasso and Dawson-Boyd

Josh Peterson, shown shooting a free-throw during a recent game for the Saints, had outings of 17 and 18 points last week.

The KMS boys basketball team had a tough week, losing three close games to Wabasso, Monday (59-45); Dawson-Boyd, Thursday (59-53); and Renville County West, Friday (62-53) in a game rescheduled from Dec. 16.

The Saints, who dropped to 2-18 overall and 1-13 in the Camden North Conference,  have two games scheduled this week beginning Thursday (tomorrow) at Lac qui Parle Valley, and Friday at home against Clinton-GB.  The following week the Saints have three more games to close out the regular-season....

 

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!

Pictured: Josh Peterson, shown shooting a free-throw during a recent game for the Saints, had outings of 17 and 18 points last week.
 

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MBA girls fall to PC in 6A opener

MBA goalie Abbey Hoffman makes a pointblank save as teammates, Leah Thompson (17) and Megan Kirkeide (14) come back to help out.

The Morris-Benson Area Lady Storm ended the season with a 7-0 loss to Northern Lakes in the quarterfinal round of the Section 6A Tourney, Saturday at Pequot Lakes.

MBA, which was seeded sixth, ended the season with a 2-14 overall record.

The Section 6A Tourney continues Feb. 14 and 16, while the State Girls Hockey Tournament set for Feb. 22-25 at the Xcel.

The only senior on this year’s girls hockey team was Nicole Berens, a defenseman who was third on the team with six points....

 

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!

Pictured: MBA goalie Abbey Hoffman makes a pointblank save as teammates, Leah Thompson (17) and Megan Kirkeide (14) come back to help out.  The Lady Storm ended the season 2-14.
 

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Gymnasts place second at WCC Tournament

Mariah Ahrndt placed fourth in the all-around at the WCC Tourney.

Ninth-grader Mariah Ahrndt led the Benson-KMS-Montevideo gymnastics team to a runner-up finish at the WCC Meet, Saturday at Melrose Area.

Benson-KMS-M scored 136.025 points to place second behind WCC champion Melrose (150.825), the second-ranked team in Class A.  Morris Area was third with 131.375 points, while LPGE-Browerville was fourth with 128.5 points.

Ahrndt scored 36.175 points in the all-around to place fourth behind three athletes from Melrose, and also earned All-Conference honors again, placing second overall.  Halle Hanson earned honorable mention, just missing out on All-Conference.  More about the All-WCC team will appear in the coming weeks.

Coming up this week is the Section 5A Gymnastics Meet, set for Saturday at Willmar.  Melrose and Willmar are the huge favorites and it will be very tough for any Benson-KMS-M athlete to earn a spot at state....

 

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