November 2017

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ERNEST ANDERSON

Ernest E. Anderson

Ernest E. Anderson
October 6, 1932 • November 22, 2017

Ernest Edward Anderson, 85, died Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at Glacial Ridge Health System in Glenwood, Minnesota, after 13 years of living with cancer. Visitation was from 5-7 p.m., Monday, November 27, 2017, at Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.  Visitation continued from 10-11 a.m., followed by the funeral at 11 a.m., Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at Glenwood Lutheran Church in Glenwood.

Ernest Edward Anderson, the son of Edward and Cora Anderson, was born October 6, 1932, in Camp Lake Township, Swift County. He was baptized and confirmed in the St Pauli Lutheran Church of rural Benson by Rev. Bieto and Rev. Rohne.  

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Alfred E. Ostby

Alfred E. Ostby

Alfred E. Ostby
January 15, 1929 • November 7, 2017

Alfred E. Ostby, 88, of Fargo, ND, went to be with his Lord and Savior, November 7, 2017.

The memorial service was 2 p.m. Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home, Fargo.  Visitation was held one hour prior to the service.

Al was born January 15, 1929 in Benson, Minnesota to Ed and Amy Ostby.  Al was baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith at Immanuel Lutheran Church.  He graduated from Benson High School in 1946.  After high school graduation, Al enlisted in the U. S. Army for two years.  

Upon return from his service, he attended the University of Minnesota graduating in 1951 with a degree in Business Administration and Senior Accounting.

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Verna Carrie Bertina Gomer

Verna Carrie Bertina Gomer

Verna Carrie Bertina Gomer
June 21, 1918 • November 20, 2017

Verna Carrie Bertina Gomer, 99, formerly of Benson, Minnesota, died Monday, November 20, 2017, at the Glenwood Retirement Village. 

Visitation is from 4-7 p.m., Friday, November 24, 2017, at Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.  Visitation will continue from 12-1 p.m., followed by the funeral at 1 p.m., Saturday, November 25, 2017, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson. Interment will be in Lake Hazel Cemetery, Benson Township, Swift County.

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Sharon M. Martinson

Sharon Marie Martinson

Sharon M. Martinson
February 20, 1946 • November 16, 2017

Sharon Marie Martinson, 71, of Alexandria, Minnesota, formerly of Benson, went to be with her Savior, November 16, 2017, surrounded by family.

Celebration of Life was 11 a.m., Monday, November 20, 2017, at Alexandria Covenant Church. Urnbearers were Jesse Ricke, Rob Deopre, Ronald Martinson and Jim Erickson. Burial took place at Pike Lake Cemetery in rural Kensington, following the luncheon.

Visitation was from 4-7 p.m.  Sunday at the Lind Family Funeral Home in Alexandria and continued one hour prior to the service at the church.

Sharon was born February 20, 1946, in Litchfield, to Delmar and Iona (Knutson) Ricke and was the youngest of three children.  Sharon’s family moved to Benson in 1947, and she attended and graduated Benson Public Schools in 1964, where she was involved in music, playing the saxophone.  She attended Willmar Technical College in 1988-1989, for accounting.

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Linda Eleanor Walsh

Linda Eleanor Walsh

Linda Eleanor Walsh
September 7, 1942 • November 10, 2017

Linda Eleanor (Rice) Walsh, 75, formerly of Murdock, Minn., passed away Friday, November 10, 2017, at St. Anthony Care Center.  Visitation was from 9:00-10:30 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 18, 2017, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Murdock.  Interment was in Spring Creek Cemetery of rural Murdock.

Linda Eleanor Rice was born September 7, 1942, in Kerkhoven Township, Minnesota, the daughter of Millard and Gladys (Ronholdt) Rice.  Linda grew up in rural Sunburg and attended Country School in District 66 until the sixth grade.  She then attended and graduated from Kerkhoven High School in 1960.  Following high school, she moved to Minneapolis and worked for General Mills.  

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Lightning protection essential to protect county courthouse

Can you guess what space this is in the Swift County courthouse? It is the gutted area that once housed the north and south courtrooms, the hallway, and judge’s chambers.  All the walls are gone now and the ceiling is opened up. But this view will soon be gone as the renovation project installs new walls and a new ceiling.

Sussner Construction, the company doing the $3.573 million renovation work at the Swift County courthouse, has recommended that it not install the lightning protection system saving the county $31,815.

However, Jonathon Loose of Wold Architects & Engineers says the county should reject that recommendation. Wold has worked with the county board on the redesign of the courthouse interior to improve its energy efficiency, safety for employees of the courts, and for its functionality in serving county residents.

“We recommend rejecting that offer being it is a critical building of a historic nature, it is taller than most other buildings around, knowing there have been lightning strikes to the building and it is a wood framed roof and attic structure,” Loose told commissioners at their Nov. 7 meeting. “We think it is a small investment to channel those potential lightning strikes down to the ground and not affect the building,” he said.

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Remembering Simpler Times

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

Last month we were in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the annual National Newspaper Association convention. With our duties taken care of for the day, we went on a tour of downtown Tulsa with an official guide.

Tulsa is known for its striking art deco architecture with many of its buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. The buildings and art deco designs were the result of tenacious competition between the oil barons who were making fortunes in the city that was known as the “Oil Capitol of the World.” Each wanted to have the tallest and most impressive building. It was the 1920s and 1930s, and Tulsa’s population was exploding.

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Parents seek answers on poor athletic team records

Persistent losing records affect not just the school but the whole community, school board told
 

Concerned about the persistent losing records of several of Benson High School’s major varsity sports, a group of parents came to the Oct. 16 Board of Education meeting looking for answers.

They told the board of education that the losing records were having a negative impact not just on athlete and student morale, but were also having an impact on the ability of businesses to bring employees to the community.

It has been leading some parents to consider leaving the Benson area to give their children a chance to play for schools with winning programs.

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CVEC named Ag Innovator of 2017 by state’s AURI

Ethanol plant recognized for energy innovation and contribution to Minnesota’s rural economy
 

The Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) of Benson, was named the 2017 Ag Innovator of the Year by the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI).

The award, which has been given annually for the past 15 years, will be accepted by CVEC Board Chair, David Thompson and General Manager Chad Friese at the company’s board meeting next Monday in Benson.

AURI was created and funded by the Minnesota Legislature with three primary goals in mind:

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BHS presents SHREK, The Musical

Grace Lee, playing the role of Fiona, wonders when, if ever, her Prince Charming will come rescue her from the  castle tower.

BHS presented SHREK, The Musical.

Pictured: Grace Lee, playing the role of Fiona, wonders when, if ever, her Prince Charming will come rescue her from the  castle tower.
 

Performances took place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in the senior high gym.

 

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