January 2018

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SCOTT A. MONSON

Scott A. Monson
d. January 29, 2018

 

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LOLA M. CLEMEN

LOLA M. CLEMEN
June 23, 1921 – January 30, 2018

Lola M. Clemen, 96, formerly of Benson, Minn. died Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at Bethesda Grand in Willmar.  Lola is survived by her two daughters, Peggy (Bill) Cain of Willmar and Carol Abelson of Crystal; 6 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-granddaughter; 2 sisters, Elenore Larson and Cecil Ellingson of Benson; 1 brother, Clifford Smith of Willmar; 2 sisters-in-law, Joyce Smith of Benson and Corinne Smith of St. Cloud; friend Arlene Clemen of Benson; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence in 1997; son, Jim in 2012; a son in infancy; her parents; 4 sisters; and 4 brothers.  At Lola’s request, a private family graveside service will be in the St. Bridget’s Catholic Cemetery in DeGraff at a later date. 

Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home.  www.zniewskifuneralhome.com

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KEITH DOUGLAS JOHNSON

Keith Douglas Johnson
Keith Douglas Johnson
August 25, 1953 - January 26, 2018
 
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MARION JANE BOMMERSBACH

Marion Jane Bommersbach

Marion Jane Bommersbach
March 13, 1939 – January 29, 2018

Marion J. Bommersbach, 78, died on Monday afternoon, January 29, 2018 at the Swift County Benson Health Services in Benson.

Visitation will be held from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, followed by a memorial service in the Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church Chapel at 1:00 pm, on Friday, February 2, 2018. Burial will be at a later date in Kindred, North Dakota.

Marion Jane (Dokken) Bommersbach, was born  March 13, 1939, in Benson, Minnesota, the daughter of Carl Melvin and Olive Louise (Halls) Dokken. She was baptized and confirmed at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church. She grew up in Benson and graduated from Benson Senior High School. In 1963, she was united in marriage to Bernard John Bommersbach in Minot, North Dakota. She owned and operated a beauty shop in Kindred, North Dakota. Marion moved back to Benson in 2012 to be closer to her family.

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REUBEN DAVID BECKER

Reuben David Becker
Reuben David Becker

Reuben David Becker
September 5, 1920 • January 27, 2018

Reuben David Becker was called to his heavenly home Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 12:45 a.m.

His Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m.  Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the Country Manor Chapel located at 520 1st St NE Sartell, Minnesota.  Review will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the chapel. Fellowship with lunch will follow the service. Burial is in the Benson City Cemetery in Benson, Minnesota at 3 p.m. Saturday.  

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ELEANOR HAGSTROM

ELEANOR HAGSTROM

ELEANOR HAGSTROM
October 11, 1927 - January 24, 2018

A funeral service will be held 11 AM Friday, February 2, 2018 at First Lutheran Church in Alexandria. Interment will follow in the White Garden Cemetery. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at church. Arrangements are with the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria.

Eleanor Jeanne Erickson was born October 11, 1927 in Watertown, SD, the daughter of Martin and Ella (Anderson) Erickson. Eleanor grew up in Willmar, MN.

Following high school, Eleanor worked for The Bank of Willmar as secretary and bookkeeper. She attended Luther College in Decorah, IA where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Parish Work. She was active in the Nordic Choir and excelled as a soloist.

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CRAIG RICHARD JOHNSON

CRAIG RICHARD JOHNSON

CRAIG RICHARD JOHNSON
July 17, 1965 - January 26, 2018

Craig Richard Johnson, 52, died Friday, January 26, 2018 at Swift County Benson Health Services in Benson, MN. Visitation will be from 4-7pm on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, with a time of sharing from 6:30-7pm, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson. Visitation will continue from 10-11am, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11am, Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Willmar, MN. Interment will be in the St. Pauli Cemetary, rural Swift Falls.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home.

Fri
26
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City looks ahead to challenges, opportunities

Members of the Benson City Council and staff meet with representatives of the Swift County-Benson Health Services, Benson Public Schools and Swift County as they plan for the coming year’s challenges as well as look to what the future may bring. The meeting took place Saturday morning as part of the council’s annual planning retreat.

County, school and SCBHS give Benson council insight into what they face

 

Each year the Benson City Council takes a Friday evening and Saturday morning to sit down and do an informal working session about the issues facing the city today and in the future.

During its Saturday morning planning session, City Manager Rob Wolfington pointed out that Benson doesn’t exist in a vacuum. It has partners that it works with in a number of areas. He said Mayor Terri Collins suggested it would be a good idea to sit down with those partners and have each present an overview of their goals and objectives, and the challenges that lie ahead.

Joining the council for its working session were Swift County-Benson Health Services CEO Kurt Waldbillig, District 777 Supt. Dennis Laumeyer and Swift County Administrator Kelsey Baker.

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26
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School needs input on building priorities

District is seeking volunteers for meetings that will start Monday to give input on the future building needs of Benson Public Schools.

Four committees are being formed consisting of school staff, landowners and farmers, business owners and community members at large.

“The Benson school board is seeking volunteers to serve on a school committee to analyze the school facilities,” the school board asks in a letter. “Each committee will work independently with the school architect and superintendent to analyze the current facilities and make a facilities improvement recommendation to the board.

“This is a grass roots effort where the community will help shape the direction of the district facilities by assisting the school board,” the letter says. “The school board is moving with maintenance projects as recommended by the Facilities Task Force so that focus will be on facility needs, beginning with the auditorium.”

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Swift County to provide police administration for Appleton

With the retirement of Appleton’s Police Chief Doug Moe Jan. 12, the city is now looking at the future of its local department.

For the short term, it is contracting with the Swift County Sheriff’s Office to provide administrative services. It will then be deciding what it wants to do for the long-term – contract for the county to provide services or continue to operate its own police department.

Prior to Moe retiring, the city had asked for a meeting with Sheriff John Holtz to discuss the options.

The priority at the end of the meeting was to come up with a short-term contract that extends through April 1, Holtz told the Swift County Board of Commissioners at their Jan. 16 meeting. The contract is for an interim chief’s position, which puts the sheriff’s office in

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