November 2021

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Henry Rand April 5, 1932 • November 27, 2021

Henry Rand
April 5, 1932 • November 27, 2021

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Douglas Bosch

Douglas Bosch, of Grace Twp. died Sunday, November 28, 2021 at his home at the age of 82.

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Douglas Bosch

Douglas Bosch, of Grace Twp. died Sunday, November 28, 2021 at his home at the age of 82.

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Henry Rand

Henry Rand, of Murdock, Minnesota died on Saturday afternoon, November 27, 2021, at the Rice Care Center, in Willmar, Minnesota. Visitation will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Murdock, from 9:30 am to 10:30 am on Saturday, December 4, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am. Interment will be in Clara City, Minnesota. Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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Joshua L. Jurek

Joshua L. Jurek, 42, of Kerkhoven, died on Saturday, morning, November 27, 2021, at his home in Kerkhoven. Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, on Thursday, December 2, at the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, and continue on Friday, December 3, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at the Kerkhoven Lutheran Church in Kerkhoven, followed by the funeral service at 11:00 am. Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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Adolph Munsterman January 23, 1937 • November 17, 2021

Adolph Munsterman, 84, of Appleton, Minnesota passed away Wednesday, November 17, 2021, in the Appleton Area Health-Hospital.  Visitation was held 10-11 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m., Monday, November 29, 2021, at Word Fellowship Church in Appleton.  Pastor Troy Bates officiated.  Burial was in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Shible Township.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to AMVETS Post #151 were preferred.
Adolph Wayne Munsterman was born January 23, 1937, in Shible Township, Swift County, Minnesota, the son of Adolph Frederick and Augusta Louise (Stock) Munsterman.  He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Shible Township.  Adolph was raised in the Appleton area and graduated from Appleton High School, Class of 1956.  He joined the Minnesota National Guard in 1950’s and retired from the guard in 1993.  

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County delays making treasurer appointed job

By Reed Anfinson
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No one showed up at the Swift County Board of Commissioners meeting last Tuesday for the public hearing on making the county treasurer’s position appointed rather than elected.
No one wrote the county board with an opinion taking the county voters out of the picture on the treasurer’s position.
 “Are there any comments?” Commissioner Gary Hendrickx, District 1-Appleton, asked.
“I don’t think so,” Chair Joe Fox, District 4-Hegbert Township, replied.
Hendrickx then moved to close the public hearing with a second by Commissioner Pete Peterson, District 3-south Benson and Torning Township.
With no further discussion, the motion passed with Hendrickx, Fox, Peterson, Commissioner Ed Pederson, District 2-north Benson and Benson Township, and Commissioner Eric Rudningen, District 5-Kerkhoven, voting in favor of closing the hearing.

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Teach Your Children The Joy Of Reading

Children are reading less for fun these days, a trend that doesn’t prepare them for the future or to be a part of civil society.
“The shares of American 9- and 13-year-olds who say they read for fun on an almost daily basis have dropped from nearly a decade ago and are at the lowest levels since at least the mid-1980s, according to a survey conducted in late 2019 and early 2020,” Katherine Schaeffer of the PEW Charitable Trust writes. The study was done by the National Assessment of Educational Progress. It looked at reading for fun among both age groups for the 2019-20 school year.
While the falloff in reading for fun is compared to the mid-1980s, it has likely fallen off for decades longer. The surveys started in the 1980s. Go back to the time before the proliferation of televisions in homes, and you would likely find many more children reading.

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Construction of new Danvers Fire Hall underway

A construction crew from Morton Builders was working to complete the framing of the new fire hall in Danvers Monday. Fire Chief Russ Kalthoff said steel would be going on the building this week with an early spring completion date. For six years, the community has been working to raise funds for the new fire hall.

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COVID streches SCBHS staff, care to their limits

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County-Benson Health Services (SCBHS) saw a positivity rate among those it tested for COVID-19 last week at 34.4%, an extraordinarily high percentage.  The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) say the positivity rate should be 5% or less to slow the spread of COVID-19.
At the same time, the number of people it is testing for COVID-19 has shot up.
“Our testing has increased to 120 to 150 people per week right now,” Chief Nursing Officer and Co-CEO Melissa McGinty-Thompson told the Swift County Board of Commissioners at their Nov. 16 meeting. “That is just our curbside testing. It does not include anyone tested inside the hospital or the clinic.”
SCBHS is continuing to offer testing twice a day but many times it has had to add on a third time just because of access and the sheer volume of testing, McGinty-Thompson said.

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