June 2015

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Benson woman dies in accident

Two women in their 80s have died after their 2014 Buick LaCrosse collided with a 1984 Ford recreational vehicle at a rural intersection in western Minnesota.
The 87-year-old driver of the car, Jeanette Saunders, and her 84-year-old passenger Delores Olen, Long Lake, were both dead at the scene.
The Minnesota State Patrol says the crash happened about 9:20 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Minnesota Highways 40 and 29, about 15 miles south of Benson.

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SCBH taking steps to turn around financial slide

Monday night’s presentation of the Swift County-Benson Hospital audit for 2014 confirmed what governing board members already knew – the local hospital is in an unsustainable financial slide. And the slope of that fall is getting steeper in 2015.
The principle reason for the fall off in revenues can be tied directly to fewer doctors working out of the Affiliated Community Medical Centers (ACMC) clinic in Benson, people seeking care outside the community, and the resulting loss in use of ancillary services at the hospital.
Though May proved to be a better month than expected, the hospital has lost more than $654,000 through the first five months of 2015.

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Kenneth D. Feda, 88, Benson

Kenneth D. Feda, 88, died Tuesday, June 23 at the Golden Living Center in Benson, Minnesota.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, June 29 at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church. A visitation was held  Sunday, June 28 from 4:30-6:30 at the St. Francis Catholic Church  with a rosary prayer service at 5:30. Interment and lunch followed the services.
Ken was born November 22, 1926 in Muskegon, Michigan to Robert and Olga (Lund) Feda. In 1931, the family moved to Alexandria, Minnesota. Kenneth went to Central High School in Alexandria and graduated in 1945.
In 1945, he was drafted in the Army. He served in the Medical Corp and was stationed at 183rd General Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska.
Ken was married to Theresa Thoennes in 1952 and they were blessed with four children. In 1993, he married Linda Albright.

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Velma Ann Marie Amundson, 86, formerly of the Benson area

Velma Ann Marie Amundson, 86, formerly of the Benson area, died Sunday, June 28, 2015, at the Talahi Care Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota.  
Funeral services will be Tuesday, July 7, at 11 a.m., at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson.  Visitation will be held Monday, July 6 from 4-7 p.m., with a parish prayer service at 6 p.m., and for one hour prior to service at the church  Tuesday.  
Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, Minnesota. www.zniewskifuneralhome.com

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Bernice Loe, 90, of New Ulm, formerly of Ridgeway on German

Bernice Loe, 90, of New Ulm, formerly of Ridgeway on German, died Monday, June 22, 2015 at the New Ulm Medical Center in New Ulm.  
Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm with Father Sam Wagner celebrating the Mass.  
Burial followed in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery.  
Visitation was from 9 - 10:30 a.m.  Thursday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, north chapel, in New Ulm.  
Bernice is survived by daughters: Karen (Art) Forte of Glenwood, Lu Ann Peterson (special friend Tom Haas) of New Ulm, Susan Peterson of Mankato, Amy (Dennis) Jobgen of Danvers; sons: Gary (Jane) Peterson of Granada, David (Lilly) Peterson of Meade, Colorado, Danny Peterson of Dillon, Colorado; 12 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.  
She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Eldon Peterson, her second husband, Hollis Loe, and a brother, Nick Schuckert, Jr.

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Ret. Col. Paul S. Bjorngjeld, 81, Texas (formerly Danvers)

Ret. Col. Paul S. Bjorngjeld, 81, was reunited with his wife and best friend Donna in heaven on April 23, 2015 after both battling cancer.  Paul was born April 4, 1934 in Benson, Minnesota.  He was the son of the late Sidney and Alma (Pederson) Bjorngjeld of Danvers, MN.  

Paul attended St Cloud College and then the University of Minnesota where he received his doctorate degree in Dentistry in 1958. He married his wife Donna Nelson from Benson, MN on August 20th, 1958.  He initially practiced as a Dentist in Glenwood Minnesota for a brief time and then enlisted in the US Army where he served 20 years as an officer serving in areas including the Korean War and 3 years at SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe), Belgium where he provided dentistry to the then US Secretary of Defense, Alexander Hague.

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National Weather Service explains smoky sky

If you've wondered why the sky is such a strange color today, the National Weather Service in Grand Forks has an explanation:

"Smoke from fires in northern Alberta and Saskatchewan are filtering sunshine today. Temperatures will be held down into the upper 70s to near 80 for most areas. There will also be a few showers and storms mainly in the eastern part of Minnesota this afternoon."

(Please visit http://weather.gov/fgf for more information.)

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Orrin “Ray” Retrum, age 97, Benson

Ray Retrum, 97, died  Monday morning, June 29, 2015 at the Glenwood Retirement Village.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, July 3, at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in Benson. Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m.  Thursday, July 2, at the Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in Benson and also for one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial followed the service at the West Bank Cemetery.
Orrin Raymond “Ray” Retrum was born February 11, 1918 in West Bank Township, Swift County, on a farm northwest of Big Bend, Minnesota.  His parents were Nelvin and Magda Retrum. In 1920, he moved with his parents to a farm in section 14 of West Bank Township where he lived until he moved to Benson in 1989.
Ray was baptized and confirmed in West Bank Lutheran Church and graduated from the 8th grade at District #77, then started farming with his father and also working for the neighboring farmers.

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Gale W. Skold, age 87, Benson

Gale W. Skold, age 87, died on Sunday Morning, June 28, at the Glenwood Retirement Village. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, July 2, 2015, at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in Benson. Visitation will be held from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm on Thursday at the church. A private family burial will take place on a later date at the Benson City Cemetery. Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is in charge of the arrangements.

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Jeanette J. Saunders, age 87, Benson

Jeanette J. Saunders, age 87, died Saturday evening the result of an automobile accident in Chippewa County.
Funeral Services were Friday, July 3rd, 2015, at the Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ Church in Benson with Reverend William Warnock officiating.  Burial was in the Benson City Cemetery.
Jeanette was born in Elbow Lake, Minnesota on April 30, 1928, the daughter of Jay and Alice (Degendorfer) Henrichs.  She grew up in rural Stevens County and graduated from Hoffman High School.  She attended Normal Training in Glenwood, and taught in Stevens and Swift Counties.

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