June 2018

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More than 70 show up to hear about school building proposal

Absentee ballots available for levy, statewide elections, starting Friday
 

 

More than 70 people attended the first meeting sponsored by Benson Public Schools to inform the public about the purpose of the proposed $26.3 million building levy referendum to be voted on Aug. 14.

On hand to outline the project’s scope and cost were Supt. Dennis Laumeyer, architect Paul Youngquist of Architects Rego + Youngquist of St. Louis Park, and Andrea Uhl of Ehlers, a Roseville public finance advising company that has put together information on the financial impact of the proposed levy on taxpayers.

Also speaking at the meeting were Eric Peterson, Jesse Hughes and Tim Nagler, three citizens who have been deeply involved throughout the whole process of developing the proposed building project. Peterson is in the farm implement business; Hughes is a real estate agent and farmer; Nagler farms.

School board members attended the meeting as well....

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Swift County considers affiliation with PrimeWest

Multi-county group works with Medicaid population

With an upfront cost of nearly $1 million, Swift County is now looking at affiliating with PrimeWest Health to provide Medicaid recipients health care coverage.

Payment into the system would be made in 2019 and 2020, but the county board is hoping that the payment period can be extended to three or four years for the unexpected expense.

When Swift County joined 11 other counties in forming the Southern Prairie Community Care cooperative more than seven years ago, it was looking to change the model for providing care to the region’s 27,000 Medicaid patients. It was also looking for savings over what Medicaid programs cost through UCare and Blue Cross Blue Shield.

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SCBHS accepts CEO Waldbillig’s resignation

Swift County-Benson Health Services CEO Kurt Waldbillig (in blue long-sleeved shirt speaking) submitted his resignation to the governing board at Monday night’s meeting. He has taken a job at the Meeker County Hospital.

Kurt Waldbillig, Swift County-Benson Health Services CEO, has accepted a job in Litchfield and will be leaving at the end of August.

Since arriving in Benson early in 2015 he has been instrumental in guiding significant changes at the hospital and clinic that are expected to turn the operation from that was losing hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to one that is profitable.

The groundbreaking ceremony for Scandi Haven Village, a 46-unit assisted living facility with 18 units dedicated to memory care, this past April was a major achievement he helped guide. He was also instrumental in SCBHS taking over clinic services in Benson from Affiliated Community Medical Centers (ACMC).

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Pre-Team Gymnastics Camp

Young gymnasts took part in a grades 6-8 Pre-Team gymnastics camp last week in the Benson Armory.

Young gymnasts took part in a grades 6-8 Pre-Team gymnastics camp last week in the Benson Armory. It is one of six different gymnastics’ camps offered this summer for youth in grades K-12.
 

 

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Emlyn Frazeur

Emlyn Frazeur

EMLYN FRAZEUR
October 8, 1922 • June 25, 2018

Emlyn Frazeur, 95, of Canby, Minnesota passed away Monday, June 25, 2018 at Sylvan Court Nursing Home in Canby.  

A Memorial Service was held 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 29, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church in Canby. Burial was in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, rural Canby. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the church Friday, June 29, 2018.

Emlyn L. Frazeur was born Oct. 8, 1922 to Sam and Emma Knutson in rural Canby,  Yellow Medicine County. Her grandparents all emigrated from Norway and Norwegian was spoken at home while she was young. She was active in First English Lutheran Church in Canby throughout her childhood years. When her mother became sick and passed away in 1935, Emlyn was just 13. The Knutson siblings helped take care of Emlyn as well as Sam and delayed their own schooling to take care of the Knutson home. Emlyn was the youngest of seven children.

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“Gold vs. Maroon”

Pictured above are members of Benson’s two Chippewa Valley softball teams (just completed grades 4-6) for 2018.  The teams are using the same jerseys, which were donated by Stony Ridge Foods, and they are also wearing socks donated by First Security Bank.  Members of the Benson Maroon team are coached by Theresa Klassen and Dan/Caryn McGeary, while members of the Benson Gold team are coached by Shari Swanberg and Jessica Wrobleski.
Pictured, bottom: Benson Gold shortstop Presley Nygaard throws out a Benson Maroon runner at first base during the win by the Benson Gold team.

Pictured above are members of Benson’s two Chippewa Valley softball teams (just completed grades 4-6) for 2018.  The teams are using the same jerseys, which were donated by Stony Ridge Foods, and they are also wearing socks donated by First Security Bank.  Members of the Benson Maroon team, coached by Theresa Klassen and Dan/Caryn McGeary, are Julia Claussen, Kaylin Grube, Amelia Hughes, Miranda Klassen, Kaitlynn Lysen, Mya McGeary, Leah Olson, Madison Osterbauer, Sadie Reich, Jordan Schmidt, Sofia Schwiderski, and Megan Wrobleski, while members of the Benson Gold team, coached by Shari Swanberg and Jessica Wrobleski, are Dallas Carey, Addison Fennell, Molly Gunderson, Victoria (Tori) Hermes, Sophia Krusemark, Lillian Miller, Presley Nygaard, Lilly Ostlie, Elena Rodriguez, Kyndall Swagel, Elsie Tolifson, and Paige Wrobleski.

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Krieger earns MVP for KMS softball team

Katie Krieger earned MVP honors for the KMS softball team this year.

The KMS softball team had another great season in 2018, finishing fourth in the Section 3A Softball Tourney, placing second in the Camden Conference, and also finishing the season with a 19-4 overall record.  The Saints went 3-2 during the section tourney, but had their season end with a 7-2 loss to Lac qui Parle in the third-fourth place game.  LQP went on to lose to Wabasso (2-1) in the next round and Wabasso fell to Edgerton-SWC in the championship game, 4-3.

Tracy Area won this year’s Camden Conference title after edging KMS late in the season, 17-7 and 9-8.  The Panthers however, were upset in the first round of the Section 3AA Softball Tournament.  KMS went 16-2 in the conference this year, giving the Saints a 210-16 record against conference opponents over the last 16 years combined.

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Kerkhoven tops Benson Legion, 5-3

Benson Legion pitcher Matt Tolifson fires a pitch during a 5-3 loss to Kerkhoven last week as secondbaseman Sam Lundebrek looks on.

The Kerkhoven Legion baseball team topped Benson last Monday night, 5-3, and also won at Eden Valley-Watkins, Thursday, 5-1 to earn its first two victories of the season.  Kerkhoven had opened up the season with losses to Madison (3-1) and NLS (11-1) before playing at Benson.

Ryan Torkelson had a great week, going 5-for-7 over the two games, while Brandon Rasmusson and Dylan Rudningen earned pitching wins.

Coming up this week is a game at home against Tri-Town, Thursday (tomorrow) and a game at Willmar, Saturday.  Kerkhoven also is set to host NLS, Monday, July 2 and play at Litchfield, Tuesday, July 3 before taking some time off for the Fourth of July....

 

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Building A Better Future For Our Children

In May 2015, following the decisive loss of the Benson Public School’s levy referendum we wrote, “Goodwill, low negatives, and
a good initial impression are necessary to
win over voters, but so is a well prepared and thought out presentation of the value of what you are offering the voter for his or her support.” All of those essentials were missing in 2015.

What we see now, as do many in the community, is a complete turnaround with things done right. People who were adamantly opposed to the $18.7 million building levy referendum in 2015 are enthusiastically supportive of the new $26.3 million proposal.

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Rev. Charles L. Gunderson

Rev. Charles L. Gunderson

Rev. Charles L. Gunderson
February 15, 1930 • June 21, 2018

Rev. Charles Laverne Gunderson, 88, of Northfield, Minnesota, passed away peacefully  June 21, 2018 at the Northfield Retirement Center with loving family by his side.

Funeral services were held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1321 North Ave., Northfield.  Visitation was at the church  Monday, June 25, 2018, from 4-7 p.m. and continued  Tuesday one hour prior to the service.  Interment with Military Honors took place at Oaklawn Cemetery in Northfield.  Pallbearers were his grandchildren.

Charles was born  February 15, 1930, the youngest of Elmer and Inez (Hermanson) Gunderson’s seven children.  He was baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith at Trinity Lutheran Church in Madison, WI.

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