March 2018

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Crash Involving Van/Semi Monday - UPDATE

On March 12, 2018 at 3:42 pm Swift County Sheriff office received a 911 call of a two vehicle crash at County Road 20 and County Road 63 NW, Danvers, MN.  While responding, deputies were notified that it was a crash involving a van carrying school children and a semi-truck.  The Sheriff’s Office also paged out for Appleton Ambulance & Fire, Benson Ambulance & Fire, Stevens County Medical Ambulances, Danvers First Responders and Fire, and Holloway First Responders.  MN State Patrol, Benson and Appleton police departments also responded.  Arriving at the scene, responders found there was an adult driver of the van and seven school children along with one semi-truck driver.   Fire and Ambulances transported parties involved to the Swift County-Benson Hospital and the Appleton Hospital.  Life Link also responded to the scene to assist with transports.  The incident is still under investigation by the Swift County Sheriff’s department and the MN State Patrol.

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Irena F. Canon

Irena F. Canon

Irena F. Canon
November 22, 1920 - March 11, 2018

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Clara M. Brandt

CLARA M. BRANDT

CLARA M. BRANDT
MAY 19, 1921 – MARCH 10, 2018

Clara M. Brandt, 96, of Clontarf, Minn. died Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Meadow Lane Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Benson.  Visitation will be held 5-8 p.m., with a Rosary at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church in Clontarf.  Visitation will continue from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 15, 2018, at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson. 

Clara Mae Brandt was born May 19, 1921 in Hoff Township, Pope County, Minnesota, the daughter of Thomas J. and Edith (Goulet) Bouta.  Clara lived in Clontarf area her entire life.  She was a lifetime member of St. Malachy parish and St. Malachy CCW.  She was a lady of great faith and very devoted to attending mass and praying the rosary.

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Earl D. Hillerud

EARL D. HILLERUD

EARL D. HILLERUD
NOVEMBER 21, 1926 – MARCH 10, 201

Earl D. Hillerud, 91, of Benson, Minn., died Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Swift County Benson Health Services in Benson, MN.  Visitation will be from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., followed by the Funeral Service at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, March 15, 2018, at Big Bend Lutheran Church in Big Bend, MN.  Interment will be in the Appleton City Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson.

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Joyce Darlene Eckhoff

JOYCE DARLENE ECKHOFF

JOYCE DARLENE ECKHOFF
JUNE 8, 1931 – MARCH 10, 2018

Joyce Darlene Eckhoff, age 86, of Benson, died Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Swift County Benson Health Services in Benson, Minn.  Visitation will be from 5–8 p.m., Monday, March 12, 2018, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Visitation will continue from 10–11  a.m., followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.  Interment will be in the Benson City Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home.

Joyce Darlene Eckhoff was born on June 8, 1931 in Tyler, Minnesota, the daughter of William and Borghild (Kvaale) Jorgensen. On March 10, 2018, she died peacefully at the Swift County Benson Hospital, surrounded by her family. She attained the age of 86 years, 9 months, and 2 days.

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Warren Paul Johnson

Warren Paul Johnson

Warren Paul Johnson

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Michael J. Mathis

Michael J. “Mike” Mathis

Michael J. Mathis
June 17, 1940 - March 9, 2018

Michael J. “Mike” Mathis, 77, of Kerkhoven, died on Friday, March 9 at Swift County-Benson Hospital in Benson.  His funeral service will be 1:30 pm, Tuesday, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in rural Murdock.  Burial will be at Hillside Cemetery in Kerkhoven.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home, Kerkhoven.  www.hafh.org

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The March ‘Lion’ shows up with a winter storm; closed schools

Minnesota was hit by a major winter storm Monday and into Tuesday, giving the area another big dose of snow.  Schools throughout the state were called off Monday and most also had a late start, Tuesday.

“In like a lion, out like a lamb.” It is one of the most well known of weather proverbs. We can only hope the adage is true.

Monday schools closed throughout much of Minnesota as a winter storm moved across the state. It started with rain and sleet late Sunday. Rains, sleet and snow hit the area Monday, creating treacherous driving conditions.

March started with the first two days seeing the low fall to a minus 2 degrees bringing the total number of below zero days this winter season to 41. That is more than both the past two winter seasons combined. There were only 21 in the winter of 2016-17 and just 14 in the winter of 2015-16. Our 41 days of Arctic cold this winter is seven more than the average of 34.

Neither March 2016 nor March 2017 saw a below zero day. But frigid temperatures in March are not uncommon as winter can linger. The Benson area has seen the temperature fall below zero all the way up to March 31 when it fell to a minus 3 degrees in 1969.

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Andy Jaeger sentenced on felony swindle charge

Andy Lynn Jaeger, 52, Benson, pled guilty to felony theft by swindle and was sentenced in Swift County 8th Judicial District Court Feb. 28 to 21 months at the state prison in St. Cloud.

He was also sentenced to 75 days in Swift County Jail and ordered to pay $63,361 in restitution to those from whom he swindled.

The sentence to prison in St. Cloud was stayed for 20 years on the following conditions:

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School plan aims to measure program performance

At its meeting Feb. 20, the District 777 Board of Education adopted a plan it hopes will establish a process for evaluating the performance of its arts and activities program.

It hopes the plan will give it a way to set expectations and hold those responsible for meeting those expectations accountable. It also would be a way for the district to ask what more it needs to do to help its coaches and advisors become more successful.

In 2016, the board of education authorized moving with developing a strategic plan, for its arts and activities program, Supt. Dennis Laumeyer said. Activities Director Shannon Schmidt has been working with him since last November to work on the plan to reexamine the district’s efforts to improve activities and athletics.

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