August 2018

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Jane Ellen Dehne

Jane Ellen Dehne

JANE ELLEN DEHNE
June 29, 1929 • August 10, 2018

Jane Ellen Dehne, 89, of Glenwood, Minnesota (formerly of Benson) passed away at Glacial Ridge Health System in Glenwood.  Visitation was from 10-11 a.m., followed by the Funeral Service at 11 a.m., Friday, August 17, 2018, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson.

Jane Ellen Dehne was born June 29, 1929, the daughter of Albert and Blondina Thielke Melchert.  She was born in the family home in Tara Township, Swift County, Minnesota.  She graduated from West Central School of Agriculture.  

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Lynn Marie Reich

Lynn Marie Reich

LYNN MARIE REICH
July 9, 1976 - August 9, 2018
 
Lynn Marie Reich, 42, of Benson, Minnesota passed away peacefully while surrounded by her family August 9, 2018, at home under Hospice Care. 
Visitation was from 4-7 p.m., with a Prayer Service at 3:30 p.m., Friday, August 17, 2018, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson.  

Fri
10
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Ron Hanson files for two-year term on school board

Benson resident and retired school teacher Ron Hanson has filed for the District 777 Board of Education for the two-year term. Filings for four seats on the school board opened last Tuesday and will run through Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 5 p.m.

Three of the four seats up for election in November will be for four-year terms and one is for two years. Those school board members whose seats are four-year terms are Chad Payne, Jodi DeJong-Hughes, and Paul Carruth. Tammy Gunlogson’s seat is a two-year term.

When a person files for the school board, he or she will have to indicate whether or not they are seeking a two-year or four-year term.

School board members are paid $1,700 annually and get mileage for meetings they attend.

In the November election, the two candidates who receive the most votes for the two-year and four-year terms will be elected to office. They will join Mary K.W. Langan, Bill McGeary and Gary Williams on the school board in January.

Fri
10
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Voters to decide Tuesday on Benson school building levy

This photo of the new auditorium at the Dassel-Cokato school shows what the new Benson High School performing arts center could look like if voters approve the Aug. 14 District 777 building bond levy. Photo courtesy of Architects Rego + Youngquist, Inc.

$26.3 million proposal inlcudes new auditorium, space for childcare services
 

Next Tuesday voters in District 777 will decide the future of the quality of the educational facilities for Benson Public Schools, and many supporters say, the future of the area.

Tuesday, Aug. 14, voters will cast their ballots on a $26.3 million building bond levy with these key features:

Fri
10
Aug
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City reps impressed with California biogas facility

As the City of Benson explores potential replacement industries for Benson Power, LLC, it has been talking with Brightmark Energy about locating a methane digesting facility at the site.

Benson Power, a 55-megawatt power plant that produced power from woodchips and turkey litter, has been purchased by Xcel Energy and shut down. It employed 45 people fulltime and provided jobs to more than 100 other people in the region who provided its supply and service needs.

Xcel says the shut down of the power plant will save its customers $350 million in energy costs over the next decade. Benson Power’s electricity was far more expensive to produce than the rapidly growing wind and solar energy sources it is turning to for electricity.

Fri
10
Aug
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Best of Show winner from Car Show

The winner of Best of Show was Annie Danielson, with a 1956 Chev 3100 pick-up.

A total of 85 cars registered for the Kid Day Car Show this year, including cars from Erhard, Monticello, St. Joseph, Montevideo, and many from Benson, Danvers, Clontarf and the surrounding area.

The winner of Best of Show was Annie Danielson, with a 1956 Chev 3100 pick-up (pictured). 

The “Spectators Choice” winner was Keith Evenson with a 1955 Chev 210 Gasser.  According to organizers, this was the largest Benson Car Show held on Kid Day with many spectators from all around the area, beautiful weather and a great location at Ambush Park.  There were also about 50 cars taking part in the Kid Day car cruise, which lasted an hour.

 

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Fri
10
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Coed softball makes a return

In a close play at second, Adam Nokleby (left) arrives at second base just ahead of the throw to the Schwieter’s Ford secondbaseman.

After a few years off, the coed softball league is attempting a comeback this season.
 

Pictured: In a close play at second, Adam Nokleby (left) arrives at second base just ahead of the throw to the Schwieter’s Ford secondbaseman.
 

 

For more stories like this, 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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10
Aug
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Time for football

Helping out with a runningback drill in the picture above were volunteer coaches Hunter Gonnerman (left) and Adam Zosel.

Players in grades 1-4 met from 8-9 a.m. and participants in grades 5-8 went from 9-10:15 a.m. four days last week during the annual summer football camp put on by Benson head football coach Scott Gonnerman.  Helping out with a runningback drill in the picture above were volunteer coaches Hunter Gonnerman (left) and Adam Zosel.

The elementary and junior high football camp gave participants a great chance to get an early jump on the 2018 football season.

 

For more stories like this, 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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08
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Alvin Nissen Sr.

Alvin "Short" Nissen Sr.

Alvin C. H. Nissen Sr.
August 14, 1925 • August 6, 2018
 
Alvin "Short" Nissen Sr., 92, of Benson, Minnesota died Monday, Aug. 6, 2018 in the St. Cloud Hospital. Visitation was from 10-11 a.m., followed by the funeral at 11 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 9, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Benson. Pastor Jason Wolter  officiated. Burial was in the Benson City Cemetery.

Alvin Charles Henry Nissen Sr. was born August 14, 1925, at home, in Hoff Township, Pope County, Minnesota, the son of Nicholas and Elsa (Schutt) Nissen.  He was baptized October 25, 1925 by Pastor W.F. Sprengeler at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hancock.  Alvin “Short” was confirmed  April 10, 1938 by Pastor E.A. Hempeck, also at St. John’s Lutheran Church.  He was raised on the home farm in Hoff Township and attended school at District 89 in Pope County.  

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Dorothy Coy

Dorothy Coy

Dorothy Coy
March 8, 1921 • August 6, 2018

Dorothy Coy, 97, of Benson, Minnesota (formerly of Danvers), died Monday, August 6, 2018, in her home under Hospice care. Visitation was from 9:30 - 11 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., Saturday, August 11, 2018, at Church of the Visitation in Danvers. Interment was in the church cemetery.
 
Dorothy (Amundson) Coy was born March 8, 1921, the daughter of Edwin and Mabel (Thompson) Amundson in Starbuck, Minnesota.  She was baptized March 10, 1921, by Pastor H.O. Koefod and confirmed March 14, 1935, by Pastor Casper Johnshoy at Fron Lutheran Church in Starbuck.  Dorothy grew up in Starbuck and graduated from Starbuck High School in 1938 and St. Cloud State Teacher College in 1941.  She completed her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota in 1973.

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