April 2019

Tue
23
Apr
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SCBHS moving ahead with CentraCare affiliation

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County’s Board of Commissioners and the Benson City Council gave their support Monday night to Swift County-Benson Health Services moving forward with affiliation with a regional medical group.

SCBHS is considering affiliation with CentraCare Health of St. Cloud, or Carris Health of Willmar. CentraCare owns Carris.

The decision to pursue affiliation is scheduled to take place at the SCBHS governing board meeting May 23. If approved, it will then begin negotiating with CentraCare on the terms of affiliation with a decision to approve the agreement later this summer. That agreement will either be for CentraCare to lease the local hospital and clinic, or take over ownership.

Tue
23
Apr
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Scandi Haven Village open house Sunday

Scandi Haven Village, the new facility for area senior citizens and people suffering from memory loss, is having an open house Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 “Scandi describes the new facility’s style and function,” a description of how the name came about states. It refers to the Scandinavian design both inside and out. “It references the bright, clean-and-simple, Scandinavian style of the building’s interior...
 

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Fri
19
Apr
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Janet I. Mattheisen

Janet I. Mattheisen

JANET I. MATTHEISEN
May 21, 1955 - April 16, 2019
 

Janet I. Mattheisen of Benson, Minnesota, died Tuesday evening, April 16, 2019, at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud.

Visitation was held Tuesday, April 23, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in Benson, and continued  Wednesday, April 24, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, at the Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in Benson.

Janet Idette Mattheisen was born May 21, 1955 in Benson, the daughter of Jerome “Jim” and Adeline (Reuss) Birch.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. Janet was raised in the Danvers area and graduated from Benson High School in 1973.  Following high school, she received training and was employed as a nurse’s aide at Benson and Morris area nursing homes.  She later attended Willmar Technical College where she studied bookkeeping.  

Fri
19
Apr
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Arlan Anderson

Arlan Anderson

ARLAN ANDERSON
July 19, 1957  •  April 16, 2019
 
Arlan Anderson,  61, of rural Murdock, Minnesota died Tuesday evening, April 16, at the Swift County-Benson Hospital in Benson.

Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, 2019, at Scandia Lutheran Church in rural Glenwood.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Interment will be in the church cemetery at a later date.  

Arlan Wilton Anderson was born July 19, 1957, in Benson, Minnesota, the son of Norine and Theodora (Gronseth) Anderson.  He grew up in rural Murdock and attended school in Benson.  Arlan worked at Die Cast in Starbuck and also assisted area farmers.  He was a member of Scandia Lutheran Church.  He was also a member of the Sunburg Trolls Car Club and enjoyed working on old cars.

Fri
19
Apr
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Jeanette R. (Regan) Langaard

JEANETTE R. (REGAN) LANGAARD

JEANETTE R. (REGAN) LANGAARD
October 13, 1926 • April 16, 2019

Jeanette Rose (Regan) Langaard, 92, of Eau Claire, WI area, (formerly of Minneapolis, Minnesota), peacefully went home to the Lord April 16, 2019.

A Visitation will be at 6 p.m. and a Memorial Service at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the Edina Cremation Society, 7110 France Avenue S, Edina, Minnesota.

Born on a farm October 13, 1926 just outside Benson, Minnesota, she was the sixth and youngest child of Jeremiah (Jerry) and Agnes (Quinn) Regan.

Fri
19
Apr
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Mark Douglas Welling

MARK DOUGLAS WELLING

MARK DOUGLAS WELLING
October 23, 1964 • April 16, 2019

Mark D. Welling, 54, of Montevideo, Minnesota, died unexpectedly Tuesday afternoon, April 16, 2019, at the Alomere Health Services in Alexandria.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., Monday April 22, at the Kviteseid Lutheran Church in Milan.  Burial was in Swenoda-Mandt Cemetery, Swenoda Township.  

Mark Douglas Welling was born October 23, 1964 to Vincent and Dianne (Bjornstad) Welling in Marshall, Minnesota.  He was baptized in November, 1964 at First English Lutheran Church in Marshall.  He confirmed his faith at Big Bend Lutheran Church in May, 1980.  

Mark was raised in the Big Bend/Milan area, graduating from Milan High School, Class of 1983.  After high school, he attended Willmar AVTI, where he graduated with a degree in Ag Business.  

Fri
19
Apr
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Adeline Frances Kahout

ADELINE FRANCES KAHOUT
April 14, 2019

Adeline Frances Weberg-Landmark-Kahout, passed away in her sleep at 7:30 a.m., Palm Sunday at the age of 87.

A graveside service will be 2 p.m., Saturday, May 4, at West Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery, 29050 357th Ave, Hancock, Minnesota.

She's preceded in death by her parents August & Marie (Knutson) Weberg; her older sisters: Irene, Pearl, Violet; and brother, Carroll; son,Carroll Landmark, spring of 2011, who had changed their name to Mykal Mitchell. She was the widow of David Sander Landmark from spring of 1976 and also the widow of Stanley Benedict Kahout from Autumn of 2007. Sisters-in-law: Angie, Lil Molitor & Ann Horejsi; brothers-in-law, Joe, Mike, Milo, Ben, Edward, & Bill, as well as some Knutson cousins.

Wed
17
Apr
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Dance brings out the smiles

Jazz-n-Pizzazz Dance Recital was held Saturday and Sunday in the senior high gym.

PICTURED: In front are Meridith Huston (left) and Halle Nash, while in back are Jessalee Payne and Sophia Suller, dancing with other members of the Twinkle Toes (kindergarten), performing "Smile" and instructed by Samantha Carlson and Taylor Samuelson.

Wed
17
Apr
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CareerForce seeks to meet needs of area workers, businesses

Any employer you talk with will likely tell you the same story when it comes to filling openings they have: They simply can’t find anyone to take the job, they can’t find employees that are qualified, or they can’t find people who are reliable.

The Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council (PIC) through the CareerForce program is trying to help employers overcome those challenges. CareerForce is the new name the program that has long been known as the Workforce Initiative.

 “Right now we have a significant labor shortage in our state, across the region and in the nation,” Executive Director Carrie Bendix told the Swift County Board of Commissioners at their April 2 meeting. “For every one job opening, there is a half a person. During the height of the recession, for every one job there were about nine people. So you can see we really are having a shortage. So our strategy is, ‘All hands on deck.’”

Wed
17
Apr
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School board cuts $541,832 from its 2019-20 budget

With nearly 30 faculty and school district residents at their meeting Monday at the Benson High School, the board of education approved $541,832 in cuts as it worked to balance its budget for the 2019-2020 school year.

The planned cuts are $105,612 lower than what were considered earlier by the board as it added back $10,000 for the marching band bus trip expenses, $58,630 for business office staff, and reduced the cuts in the agriculture department by $28,800.

It placed full-time agriculture teacher Nancy Loen and full-time English teacher Heidi Davis on unrequested leave while reducing science teacher Brian Edlund’s position to 58 hundredths of full-time.

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