December 2020

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Mary Ann Larson

Mary Ann Larson, 96, of Benson, Minnesota died December 17, 2020, at Bethesda Grand in Willmar.

Interment will be in the Swenoda Cemetery, Swenoda Township with a celebration of life to be held at a later date.

Mary Ann Genevieve (Goulson) Larson was born at home  September 9, 1924 in Swenoda Township, Swift County, Minnesota to Thomas and Mathilda (Oddan) Goulson.  She was baptized October 12, 1924 and confirmed May 8, 1938 at Mandt Lutheran Church.  She graduated from Milan High School in June 1942 and graduated from Montevideo Teacher Training in June 1943.  She graduated with distinction from the University of Minnesota, Morris on August 21, 1970 with a degree in elementary education.

She married Lawrence Larson September 29, 1945 at Mandt Lutheran Church, and they were married 74 years.  They lived and farmed in Swenoda Township until moving to Benson in 1990.

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Eugene ‘Gene’ Sell

Eugene “Gene” Sell, 98, of Willmar, Minnesota (formerly of Murdock) died Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at Copperleaf Senior Living in Willmar.

Mass of Christian Burial was 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 18, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Murdock with visitation one hour prior to the Mass in the church sanctuary.  Interment with military honors was in the church cemetery.  Current guidelines were followed and masks and social distancing were mandatory.  A recording will be available on the funeral home website after the Mass.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred and will be given to the Diocesan Mission at San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala.

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Monday brings winter solstice, very rare astronomical event

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Monday we not only welcome winter with the solstice but also a very rare astronomical event.

“This year December belongs to Jupiter and Saturn,” Deanne Morrison writes in the University of Minnesota’s Starwatch column. “The two giant planets put on a show just before they drop over the horizon, on their way to the morning sky.

“And what a show it is. On the 21st, Jupiter and Saturn make their closest approach since 1623. Jupiter, with its higher orbital speed, glides just 0.1 degrees—about one-fifth of a moon width— below Saturn. Because this happens in early morning, when Jupiter and Saturn aren’t visible, the evening of either the 20th or the 21st will be the best time to look. The two planets will be so close that through a small telescope they, along with many of their moons, will fit into a single field of view.”

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City’s $1.4 million grant request moving ahead

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Benson’s application for $1,413,684 in federal Economic Development Administration disaster grant funds has been “selected for further consideration” the city was notified Monday.

“Subject to the availability of funds, your proposed project, estimated to cost $ 1,767,106, will be considered for up to $ 1,413,684 in EDA funding.” The funds would come from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration under the Economic Adjustment Assistance Program, authorized under the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965.

The federal EDA is now asking the City of Benson for additional information as the application moves to the next step in the process...

 

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Countryside working on vaccine distribution plan

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

With the first shipment of COVID-19  vaccine doses across the United States Sunday, there is finally good news is the fight against the deadly disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Those first doses will go to the medical staffs that are fighting to save lives as COVID-19 cases overwhelm America’s emergency rooms and intensive care units.

Monday morning Minnesota received its allotted doses of the vaccine, just 183,000 for the month of December out of the nearly 3 million being disbursed around the U.S. Many more doses will be coming in the next couple months as production of the vaccine ramps up and as vaccines made by other drug makers are approved.

Friday drug makers Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine became the first to be approved the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the United States. Moderna’s vaccine could get emergency authorization Thursday...

 

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Two Benson players earn All-Area football recognition

Two members of the 2020 Benson football team were recently honored by the West Central Tribune of Willmar by being named to the All-Area football team for 2020.  Sophomore fullback/defensive end Thomas Dineen was named to the 11-player All-Area team, while senior wide receiver/defensive back Abe Peterson earned recognition on the 11-member honorable mention team.

Both Benson players also earned All-District and Dineen was named the MVP Defensive Lineman in the district, and Peterson was named the MVP Defensive Back.

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Call earns MVP quarterback, while two other Saints earn All-District

Six members of the KMS football team earned recognition on the All-District team for 2020.

Alex Call, Isaac Call, and Isaac Rudningen all earned placement on the All-District team for 2020, while Wylee Lottman, Rick Jones, and Brody Forsell were recognized on the honorable mention team.

In addition, Alex Call was also selected as the sub-district Quarterback of the Year.  He was 52-for-86 passing this season for 657 yards with five touchdowns, three interceptions, and was sacked eight times...

 

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Seven Braves earn All-District for 2020

The Benson football team recently released its awards for the 2020 season.  The Braves closed out the fall season with a 4-3 overall record after going 4-2 in the regular-season and losing their first playoff game to Upsala-Swanville Area.

Benson did win the Mid State Blue sub-district with a perfect 3-0 record, beating BBE (48-12), Browerville-EV (45-6), and USA (20-18 in overtime).  The Braves did not play KMS or Parkers Prairie due to COVID-19 protocol.

The first-place finish gave Benson 10 total All-sub-district selections as seven players earned All-sub-district and another three were selected to the honorable mention team...

 

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!

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COVID-19 Vaccine Result Of Years Of Work

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

A moment we’ve waited for so anxiously for nine months arrived this past Friday with the emergency approval of Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA.) Moderna’s vaccine could get emergency authorization from the FDA Thursday.

Medical staff and residents in long-term care facilities will start getting the vaccine within the next week. Essential workers, including teachers, first responders, law enforcement, firefighters, and those working in the food and transportation industries, will be next. Then people with preexisting conditions and those over 65.

After that, the general U.S. population will be getting the COVID-19 vaccine. It won’t be until spring that most Americans have had the opportunity to be vaccinated.

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Kevin W. Clark

Kevin W. “Casey” Clark, 66, died at his ranch home in rural Ben Wheeler, Texas Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. A celebration of his life will be held in 2021.  Arrangements are pending with Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, Minnesota.

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