May 2019

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Braves split double- header with Montevideo

Matt Goossen (right) pitches for the Benson Braves during their loss to Melrose last Monday night on Chiefs’ Field in Benson.  The Braves are set to open up the playoffs, Saturday at Paynesville against Montevideo.

The Benson baseball team had three games last week, going 1-2.  The Braves fell to Melrose last Monday night at home, 10-0, but came back the next night to win at Montevideo, 11-6.  The Braves also hosted WCC-leading Minnewaska Area, Friday, and the Braves fell just short of the upset, losing 2-1.  Benson also fell to the Lakers earlier this year, 1-0.

Benson, which is 6-8 overall and 4-8 in the conference, has just one more scheduled date during the regular-season as the Braves were set to host Morris Area-CA, Tuesday (yesterday).

Benson is also set to take part in the Section 3AA Tourney openers, Saturday.  The Braves were seeded fifth and open up the tournament against Montevideo at 1 p.m. at top-seeded Paynesville.  The Braves beat Montevideo twice this season, 6-1 and 11-6.

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Elaine H. Becker

Elaine H. Becker
November 15, 1927 • May 18, 2019

Elaine Hope (Nelson) Becker entered Heaven to be with her Lord,  May 18, 2019, at the Good Shepherd Community in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota.

Her Celebration of Life was held at 11:00 a.m. May 25, 2019 at the Community Country Church in Holdingford, Minnesota. Reviewal was at the church one hour before the service, and visitation, with lunch, followed the service. Burial was in the City Cemetery in Benson.

Elaine Becker was born on a farm in Rolling Forks Township, during a historic snowstorm November 15, 1927, to Henry and Esther (Carlson) Nelson. She attended country school at Dist. #38.

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Fred Wrobleski

Fredrick Michael “Fred” Wrobleski, 80, of Cannon Falls, Minnesota died Saturday morning, May 18, 2019 at The View.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 22 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation from 9-11 a.m., at First English Lutheran Church, 511 W. Belle St., Cannon Falls. Interment followed at the Cannon Falls Cemetery.

Fred was born February 20, 1939 in Appleton, Minnesota, one of 15 children to Robert and MaryAnn (Eidenschink) Wrobleski. He farmed in the Clarkfield and Boyd areas before moving to Cannon Falls, where he farmed for George Conzemius. After 30 years of farming, he went to work at Cannon Equipment for 16 years. Throughout his life, his greatest enjoyment was working on cars.

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Donald A. Wilts

Donald A. Wilts
October 16, 1933 • May 16, 2019

Donald Anthony Wilts, 85, Benson, Minnesota, died Thursday, May 16, 2019, at his home.  Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson.  Visitation continued from 10-11 a.m., followed by the Funeral Service at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Trinity Lutheran Church.  Interment was in the Benson City Cemetery.  

Donald Anthony Wilts was born October 16, 1933 in Murdock, Minnesota, the son of Anthony Frederick and Ethel Louise (Lundberg) Wilts.  He was baptized August 5, 1934 at Clara City Reformed Church by Rev. Wildryer and was confirmed July 18, 1948 at Drywood Lutheran Church by Rev. William F. Peterson.  Don grew up in rural Appleton-Hegbert Township, Swift County, Minnesota and graduated from Appleton High School.  

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John J. “Jim” O’Connor

John J. “Jim” O’Connor
November 7, 1931 • May 14, 2019
 
John James “Jim” O’Connor, 87, of Benson, Minnesota, died Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in St. Cloud.  Visitation was from 5-7 p.m., Friday, May 17, 2019, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson.  Visitation continued from 10-11 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 18, 2019, at St. Francis Catholic Church.  Interment was in the church cemetery. 

John James “Jim” O’Connor was born November 7, 1931, in Benson, the son of John and Ethel (McQuaid) O’Connor. He grew up and attended grade school in Benson. He graduated from Benson Senior High School.  He served in the United States Army from May 28, 1953 to May 27, 1955.

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Robert Petersen

Robert Petersen
May 22, 1925 • April 30, 2019

Robert Petersen, 93, of Glenwood, Minnesota died Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at the Glenwood Retirement Village.

Robert was born May 22, 1925 in Montevideo, the son of Ludvig and Margarethe Petersen. He was baptized at home. The family later moved to Benson where Robert grew up and attended school. He later served his country during WWII in the United States Navy where he earned his GED while in the service. After his service, he attended trade school and then became a machinist.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT:

There will be a meeting of the Swift County Planning Commission on Monday, June 3, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. at the Law Enforcement Center (LEC) in the lower level of the Swift County Courthouse, 301 14th St. N., Benson, MN to consider the following:

IN THE MATTER OF:  Marie Commerford, 303 Liberty Circle, P.O. Box 34, Danvers, MN  56231 (Owner)
REQUEST:  Conditional use permit application for aggregate processing.
LOCATION: SW ¼ of the NE ¼ and the NW ¼ of the SE ¼ of Section 11, T-122, R-38, Camp Lake Township, Swift County, MN.

All interested persons may appear and be heard at said place and time.

Dated: May 21, 2019
Scott Collins, Director
Swift County Environmental Services
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Listening To Our Youth Could Bring Them Home

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

Too often, we define our efforts to attract people to the community by what we want when we should be defining it by what those we are trying to bring here are seeking.  In looking to fill our needs, we pass by the needs of those we want to keep or have return, to our rural town.

Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Kentucky and many other states with large rural areas are all trying to figure out a way to keep their young people around, as well as for ideas in bringing them home.

A recent study completed in New Hampshire spent 10 years following a group of nearly 900 young people from a small rural county, questioning them through the years about their attitudes toward their hometown. They watched how their answers evolved and at the common threads that ran through their replies.

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Wagon Parade set for Friday

The 28th annual Northside School Wagon Parade is scheduled for 11:15 a.m., Friday at the Northside Elementary.

The K-4 classrooms will pick their favorite books, dress up as the characters in the books, and decorate a wagon to showcase their selection.  This has become a favorite last-day tradition at Northside.

Leading the parade this year will be retiring staff members, Jon Ahrndt (4th grade teacher), Shelly Mickelson and Nathan Pederson (music teachers), and Patty Schreck (school nurse).
 
“It is our chance to honor them, recognize their contributions to our students over the years, and say a big ‘thank you!’,” school staff said.

Parents may pick up their child following the parade at their child’s classroom.

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Corn, soybean planting well behind five-year average

Soybean planting as of Sunday was 11 days behind the five-year average in Minnesota and four days behind last year.

Area farmers made good progress with planting early last week, where the soils weren’t too wet to work or plant, but still remain far behind where they should be by the third week in May.

Planting stopped as more rain fell on already saturated soils Saturday and Sunday. Benson officially had 1.82 inches of rain over the weekend bringing the month’s total to 4.35 – 1.20 inches above the average of 3.15 inches. More rain was forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday.

April saw 3.77 inches of precipitation, 1.27 inches above the average of 2.5 inches.

Minnesota farmers took advantage of the 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending May 19, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Planting progress was made for all crops in Minnesota...

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