December 2017

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Dec
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Safety, insurance concerns table OHV Park expansion

Appleton’s 330-acre Off-Highway Vehicle Park has proven popular with those who like four-wheeling, dirt bike racing, and off-highway vehicle challenges.

It features 10 miles of off-road vehicle trails, 5 miles of ATV and off-highway motorcycle trails, 1.5 miles of off-highway motorcycle practice tracks, and three endure bike tracks. It has jumps, a water hole, dunes, hill climbs, and rock crawls.

Now the Swift County Parks, Drainage and Wetlands office is applying for a conditional use permit to expand into the nearby pit owned by Larson Gravel.

There is one hitch to the permit’s approval to address before the gravel pit becomes part of the OHV Park. Just to the east of the OHV park is the Appleton Sportsmen’s Club, which includes a shooting range for rifles and pistols, as well as a trap range for shotguns. High school youth leagues also use the trap range.

Fri
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Dec
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Benson girls snap losing streak with 59-36 win over Paynesville

Abbie Mitteness (right) drives around a Minnewaska Area defender during the Braves’ 55-44 loss to the Lakers last week in Benson.  Benson came back three nights later to claim a 59-36 win over Paynesville on the home court.

The Benson girls basketball team snapped a long losing streak with a 59-36 victory over Paynesville, Friday night at home.  The Braves had opened up the week with a 55-44 loss to Minnewaska Area last Tuesday night and also lost to BOLD, Thursday, by a 73-43 score, but that was all forgotten after Benson dominated the Bulldogs to snap a 30-game losing streak.

Benson, now 1-5 overall and 0-3 in the WCC, played its first six games at home but now goes on the road for two games this week at ACGC, Tuesday (yesterday) and at Sauk Centre, Friday.  The Mainstreeters are the No. 1 ranked team in state Class AA....

 

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
15
Dec
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Benson-KMS gymnasts top Marshall in home opener

Makenna Kelley twists and flips her way over the vault during a home meet in Benson last week.  Kelley, a ninth-grader from KMS, placed third in the all-around with a score of 33.475 and was also fifth on the vault.

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team continued its strong start to the 2017-18 season with a 131.675-121.975 victory over Marshall during a home meet at the Benson Armory, Thursday night.  Mariah Ahrndt won four of the five individual titles and teammate Makenna Kelley added a tie for first in the bars and a third-place in the all-around.

The Fighting Braves had opened up the season with a 133-point effort at the Marshall Invitational, winning the overall team title as well.  This week, the gymnasts have two meets, including one at Litchfield, Tuesday (yesterday) and another meet at home, Friday against Redwood Valley....

 

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
15
Dec
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Hunter Dennis Schweer

Hunter Schweer

Hunter Dennis Schweer
March 26, 2003 - December 12, 2017

 

Mundwiler Funeral Home announces the death of Hunter Schweer, age 14 of Milbank who died December 12, 2017, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 18, at 2:00 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church in Milbank.  Rev. Dr. DeVern Schwenn will officiate and burial will be in the Milbank City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Sunday at Central United Methodist Church from 4 – 6 pm.  A prayer service will be held at 6 p.m.  Visitation will continue at the church on Monday, one hour prior to the service.

Casket bearers will be: Phillip Kellen, Josh Kellen, Andrew Weber, Larry Trapp, Garry Trapp, and Brad Kaus.
 
Honorary bearers will be many of Hunter’s close friends as well as fellow classmates of the Milbank High School Class of 2021.
 
Music will be provided by Jacob Ebsen and Bobbi Jo Meyer.

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13
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Alfred O. Urke

Alfred O. Urke
Funeral Notice
 
Murdock, Minnesota – Alfred O. Urke, 87, of Murdock died on Monday December 4, 2017, in Benson.

A private burial service will be held at a later date. Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson in assisting the family with the arrangements. www.zniewskifuneralhome.com

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JOSEPH WILHELMY

JOSEPH WILHELMY

JOSEPH WILHELMY
SEPTEMBER 28, 1939 – DECEMBER 3, 2017
FUNERAL NOTICE AND OBITUARY
 
Joseph Wilhelmy, 78, of Beverly Hills, FL, formerly of Hancock, MN, passed away Sunday, December 3, 2017, in West Palm Beach, FL.  Visitation will be from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., followed by the Funeral Service at 12 p.m., Saturday, December 16, 2017, at West Zion Lutheran Church in Hancock.  Interment will be in West Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson.
 
Joseph Wilhelmy, 78, of Beverly Hills, FL, passed away Sunday, December 3, 2017.  Joe was the loving husband of Oronah (Kamrud) and loving father to Ann (Roger) of Lindstrom, MN and Tim (Kendra) of West Palm Beach, FL.  He was also the proud grandfather to Jack, Taylor and Matthew and he cherished the time he spent going to all of their events.    
 

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Dec
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Worker dies in industrial accident at Benson Power

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04
Dec
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ADELINE SOPHIE OSTBY

ADELINE SOPHIE OSTBY

ADELINE SOPHIE OSTBY
OCTOBER 8, 1927 – DECEMBER 3, 2017
FUNERAL NOTICE AND OBITUARY
 
Adeline Sophie Ostby, 90, of Glenwood, Minn., formerly of Benson, died Sunday, December 3, 2017, at Glenwood Retirement Village.  Visitation will be from 10 – 11 a.m., followed by the Funeral Service at 11 a.m., Thursday, December 7, 2017, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Interment will be in Our Redeemer’s Church Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson.
 

Fri
01
Dec
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Swift County passes first reading of buffer ordinance

Buffers protect waters from chemical runoff and sediment that accumulates due to erosion. Swift County is working on its buffer ordinance that will put it in compliance with state law.

Swift County’s Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the first reading of a county proposed buffer ordinance at its meeting Nov. 21.

A second reading of the proposed law is set for the county board’s Tuesday, Dec. 5, meeting, which will be in the Benson City Council chambers starting at 5:30 p.m.

A new ordinance must be approved at two public meetings and then published in the county’s legal newspaper, which this year is the Appleton Press. Thirty days after publication the proposed law becomes effective unless challenged by petition.

Minnesota’s buffer law is being implemented in two stages. Buffers of at least 30 feet wide, and an average of 50 feet wide were to be installed by the state’s public streams, river, lakes, and wetlands by Nov. 1. Starting Nov. 1, 2018, 16.5-foot buffers must be installed on public ditches.

Fri
01
Dec
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Fair sees a record gate, but needs more funds for bathroom project

Swift County 4-H youth are a big part of the future of the Swift County Fair.

Swift County’s Fair has been improving every year as it becomes one of the premier county fairs in western Minnesota.

By some accounts, 2017’s fair was the best in years featuring what might have been one of the biggest crowds ever as an estimated 5,000 to 6,000 fans packed into and around the Chuck Brown building to hear country western star Marty Stuart perform.

“The fair had an awesome year as you can see,” Fair Board President Jon Panzer told Swift County commissioners at their meeting Nov. 21. “We had a record at the gate.” Attendance was over 20,500.

General fair revenues were up nearly $15,000 over last year due to an increased gate, carnival, rentals, and camping income. Fair operation expenses were up, too, but it still saw a net profit of  $784. The fair sees plus or minus $3,000 or $4,000 at the end of the fair; that is typically how the fair turns out, Panzer said.

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