July 2016

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Jul
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County, city split on financing for SCBH project

Members of the Swift County Board of Commissioners, Benson City Council and SCBH Governing Board met Monday night  to discuss financing for the hospital’s proposed $12.5 million assisted living/memory care facility.

City for backing assisted living/memory care facility financing now; but county against it

Though the Benson City Council voted to proceed with general obligation bonding backing for the Swift County-Benson Hospital’s (SCBH) proposed $12.5 million assisted living/memory care project, the County Board of Commissioners declined to give its backing.
Benson’s council, the county board and the SCBH governing board met in a joint session Monday night at the hospital to try to reach consensus on project financing. Members of both the council and county board are sharply divided in how SCBH financing for the facility should be handled.

Fri
29
Jul
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New bike fleet launched on Kid Day

Countryside Public Health, SHIP (Statewide Health Improvement Program), Benson Schools, and Benson Community Education are teaming up to start a bike fleet in Benson called “Benson Bikes! Stay Fit, Have Fun! Bike. Walk. Run.”.  

The effort, which will help promote safe biking and active living in Benson, launched on Kid Day, and is currently available at Pilgrim Congregational Church in Benson; just south of Roosevelt Park in Benson.

There will be two kids’ bikes and one adult bike located at Pilgrim Congregational for kids and adults to freely use on an honor system.  SHIP bikes and the SHIP bike rack will be turquoise. The “Benson Bikes” bike rack will have a sign attached in English on one side and Spanish on the other.  

Fri
29
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2016 Relay-for-Life

The cancer survivors congregated around the start of the path at Roosevelt Park before taking off for the Survivor Lap at the Relay-for-Life event.

The Relay-for-Life is a great time for socializing, reminiscing, and rejoicing another year of life.  A total of 420 luminaries were sold for this year’s event, which raised $24,000. There was plenty of entertainment also taking place during this year’s event, including a Silent Auction, games, food, the Steffl Sisters, and more.

The Team Lap gave the Relay-for-Life teams a chance to be recognized for all their hard work throughout the year.  The four Relay-for-Life teams this year were C.A.S.E., “Rebels for a Cause”, Team Cluever, and a Munstermann Reunion virtual team.

Pictured: The cancer survivors congregated around the start of the path at Roosevelt Park before taking off for the Survivor Lap at the Relay-for-Life event.

 

Fri
29
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Swimming Lessons

Swimming instructor Natalie Mikkelson worked with a Level 1 swimming lesson student (Introduction to Water Skills) during a recent summer morning at the Benson Outdoor Swimming Pool.

The timing was right for this year's swimming lesson students - they got to learn while keeping cool in the Benson Outdoor Swimming Pool. Swimming lessons are offered each summer by Benson Community Ed.

Pictured: Swimming instructor Natalie Mikkelson worked with a Level 1 swimming lesson student (Introduction to Water Skills) during a recent summer morning at the Benson Outdoor Swimming Pool.
 

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29
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Eleanor (Larson) Anderson

Eleanor (Larson) Anderson

Eleanor (Larson) Anderson
October 19, 1916 • July 15, 2016

Eleanor (Larson) Anderson was born October 19, 1916 in Artichoke Township, Big Stone County, to Michael and Minda (Stenstuen) Larson. Eleanor was baptized and confirmed at Drywood Lutheran Church, where she later sang in the choir, attended the Ladies Aid Society, served at church suppers, and taught kindergarten children in the Bible school.  Eleanor graduated from a one-room rural school, District 65.

October 21, 1937, Eleanor was married, at her parents’ home, to Willard Anderson. They had two children, Myron and Marsha.  Eleanor and Willard farmed one of the original Anderson homesteads at Artichoke Lake, and for several years during the heyday of fishing on Artichoke Lake, they also ran a boat rental business.

Fri
29
Jul
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Anita Mary Tucker

Anita Mary Tucker
 
Anita Mary Tucker, 82, of Willmar, died Friday, May 27, 2016 at Copperleaf Senior Living Community in Willmar.

Mass of Christial Burial will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9 at the Church of St. Mary in Willmar. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Murdock.

Arrangements are with Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar.  www.petersonbrothers.com

Full obituary is here.
 

Wed
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Hospital Deserves City, County Support

by Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

 

Swift County-Benson Hospital has experienced substantial losses on its operations in the past two years and faces another big loss in 2016. To turn those financial losses into profits, SCBH’s governing board and CEO Kurt Waldbillig have been working on a three-fold plan that is now being implemented. It projects that by 2019 net revenues could reach nearly $1 million.

Tue
26
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Allen E. Berens

Allen E. Berens
July 28, 1949 • July 19, 2016
 
Allen Edward Berens, 66, of Pequot Lakes, Minnesota, passed away July 19, 2016. Allen was born to Olive (Halvorson) and Roy Berens at the hospital in Starbuck, July 28, 1949.

Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Saturday, July 23 at St. Alice Catholic Church, Pequot Lakes. Visitation was one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be at St. Francis Cemetery, Benson, at a later date.

Allen was baptized and confirmed at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Benson and attended the Catholic school there and then attended Benson High School.

After high school, Allen married Patricia (Heike) Anderson and worked with his father at Berens Trucking and owned a truck repair shop. He later moved with his family to Brainerd and then Pequot Lakes while he worked at various development and sales positions. He was an avid sportsman and loved the beauty of nature.

Tue
26
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Kathleen Lagred

Kathleen Lagred
September 19, 1934 • July 19, 2016

Memorial services for Kathleen Lagred of Benson, Minnesota  were held Monday, July 25, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Scandia Lutheran Church, rural Glenwood. Rev. Ronald Knutson officiated. Visitation was one hour prior to services at the church  Monday. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Kathleen JoAnn Kolstad, daughter of Simon and Eunice (Peterson) Kolstad, was born September 19, 1934 in Camp Lake Township in Swift Falls, Minnesota. Kathleen grew up in the Benson area, where she attended country school and in 1952, she graduated from Benson High School. She continued her education at the Willmar School of Practical Nursing, graduating on June 30, 1953, with an LPN degree.  Following her schooling, Kathleen worked as a nurse in Willmar, St. Paul and Florida, eventually making her home in Swift County, Minnesota.

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Linda Kay Larson

Linda Kay Larson, 66, of Willmar, died Sunday, July 24 at her residence in Willmar.

Her graveside service will be at 1:00 p.m.  Wednesday, July 27 at Big Bend Lutheran Cemetery in Milan.

Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar.     www.hafh.org
 

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