June 2016

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29
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Telemedicine technology gives SCBH staff near instant access to ER doctors

Last week, the Swift County-Benson Hosptial received training in how the Avera telemedicine system works. Pictured is SCHB RN Katie Guse, and Avera’s Molly Johnson, RN Avera E-Care, who works in e-hub and the ER in Sioux Falls.
Director of Nursing Mellissa McGinty-Thomspon explains how the telemedicine system works. Pictured are SCBH Governing Board Vice Chair Patty Schreck and CFO Dan Enderson. The governing board received the demonstration during its meeting Monday night.

Swift County-Benson Hospital is now live with its telemedicine link to Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center’s eCare services in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Last Tuesday, the hospital conducted training for all its medical providers and nursing staff on how the system works, SCBH Director of Nursing Mellissa McGinty-Thompson told the governing board at its meeting Monday night. Hospital governing board members got a demonstration on how the system works during the meeting.

Last September, SCBH was notified that it had been awarded a $510,000 Helmsley grant to facilitate implementing the telemedicine service. Since then, cameras, microphones and screens have been mounted in its emergency room and its intensive care unit, which serves as its trauma 3 bed.

Wed
29
Jun
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Citizen’s group wants pool closing reconsidered

A citizen’s committee is hoping the school board will reconsider its decision in May to close the Benson indoor swimming pool.

Committee members met informally, Thursday, with Dennis Laumeyer, Superintendent of Benson Schools, and several school board members to express their interest in keeping the indoor swimming pool open, according to Dan Enderson, a member of the committee.  Enderson also said the group offered to take on the two challenges which are the main focus of the indoor pool issue; coming up with additional funding sources for the pool, and find ways to promote additional utilization of the pool.

The District 777 Board of Education voted to close the pool at its May 16 meet.  The board pointed to concerns about the costs of maintaining the pool, which was originally opened in 1976, and the limited use of the pool.

Wed
29
Jun
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Cooperating For A Better Future

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

In their book “13 Ways to Kill Your Community,” Doug Griffiths and Kelly Clemmer’s Chapter 7 is titled “Don’t Cooperate.”

“Almost everything takes cooperation to be successful. It doesn’t matter if it is your business, your marriage, or partnership, or even your sports team, cooperation is required,” they write. Cooperation creates a synergy – energy to get things done that leads to accomplishing more than people or organizations can on their own. Cooperation and increased energy give a project a better chance of success.

Not working together creates a waste of scarce resources, greatly extends the time it takes to accomplish your goals, or can cause you, your community, or your business to fail.

Tue
28
Jun
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John Christopher Greene

John Christopher Greene

John Christopher Greene, age 74, of Hutchinson, Minnesota, passed away on Friday, June 24, 2016, at his home in Hutchinson. A private family gathering was held Sunday, June 26, 2016.

John C. Greene was born on November 1, 1941, in Benson, Minnesota. He was the son of Christopher and Margaret (Christensen) Greene. He was baptized as an infant in 1941, and later confirmed in his faith as a youth, both at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Clontarf, Minnesota. He received his education in Benson, Minnesota, and was a graduate of the Benson High School Class of 1959.

On November 21, 1964, John was united in marriage to Joan Schlagel, in Hutchinson, Minnesota. This marriage was blessed with two children, Jean and Kristine. John and Joan resided in Danvers, Minnesota, and later moved to Hutchinson after his retirement. They shared 51 years of marriage.

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28
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Alvera Annetta Haugen

Alvera Annetta Haugen

Alvera Annetta Haugen

March 27, 1921- June 20, 2016

Obituary

Alvera Haugen, 95, of Benson, passed away on June 20, 2016 at the Swift County Benson Hospital in Benson, MN. Visitation will be held 10:00 – 11:00 A.M. followed by the Funeral Service at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Interment will be in the Benson City Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.

Alvera was born on March 27, 1921 to Elmer and Tillie (Thostenson) Flaten in Camp Lake Township near Swift Falls, MN. She was baptized at Our Savior’s Lutheran church in Benson on April 10, 1921 by Reverend O.J. Kvale. She was confirmed at St. Pauli Lutheran Church near Swift Falls. Alvera grew up in the Camp Lake and Murdock area. 

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23
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Madelyn Knutson

Madelyn Knutson

Obituary for Madelyn Knutson

Funeral Services celebrating the life of Madelyn Knutson, 94 of Benson will be Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. at East Zion Lutheran Church in rural Starbuck. Reverend Jackie Harvestine will officiate. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at the church. Interment will be in the East Zion Lutheran Cemetery.

Thu
23
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Perry H. Smith

Perry H. Smith

Perry H. Smith
October 21, 1923 – June 23, 2016

Wed
22
Jun
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Inclusion At Core Of American Values

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

In London members of the British Parliament mourned the loss of one of their own last week. Jo Cox was stabbed and shot by one of her constituents driven to an insane anger over her support for England remaining in the European Union and for its support of immigration polices that bring Muslim refugees to the country.

His anger was fueled by far right wing literature and web sites. “My name is death to traitors, freedom for Britain,” alleged murderer Tommy Mair said when asked his name in his court appearance. In his mind, anyone who thought differently, anyone who thought inclusively with a sense of compassion for people fleeing persecution and war, was a traitor.

Wed
22
Jun
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Community celebrates 29th Pioneerland Band Festival

BHS flutes
KMS flags
Litchfield HS flags

Benson High School’s Marching Band led the 29th annual Pioneerland Band Festival Flag Day Parade on June 14. Despite threatening weather that persisted through much of the day, weather that caused two bands to decide to not make the trip, the band festival started on schedule as the weather began to clear. Pictured above in the front row are flutists Hannah Hanson, Emma Heinzig, Madison Ziegler, Danielle Sondag and Grace Lee. Behind them are Olivia Hughes, Jenna Smith and Madisen Wieber. More photos can be found on Pages 6 and 7, and Page 12 (of this week's Monitor-News.)

These are just a few of the photos from the parade. To see more, and to get all the local news and sports delivered to you, subscribe to the Swift County Monitor-News print edition or our PDF internet edition. Call 320-843-4111 today!
 

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Seven KMS, B-H players earn All-Area

Samantha Gjerde was selected as the Camden Conference MVP for 2016, and also earned All-Area first-team honors.

The West Central Tribune of Willmar put out its annual All-Area Softball team last week and among the players making the team were several from Benson-Hancock and KMS.

Named to the 9-person All-Area first team were two members of the Saints, senior Andrea Olson and junior Samantha Gjerde.

They were joined on the first team by BOLD junior pitcher Morgan Flann; BOLD junior catcher Elsa Skeie; Litchfield sophomore shortstop Jasmin Estrada; MACCRAY senior catcher Emily Wrede; Montevideo junior catcher Ashly McKee; Morris Area junior pitcher Brooke Gillespie; and Willmar junior pitcher Lexi Kopacek.

Pictured: Samantha Gjerde was selected as the Camden Conference MVP for 2016, and also earned All-Area first-team honors.
 

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