July 2019

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Ruby Fern Mazurek

Ruby Fern Mazurek
April 29, 1923 • July 13, 2019
 
Ruby Fern Mazurek, 96, of Benson, Minn., died Saturday, July 13, 2019, at Meadow Lane Nursing Home in Benson.  Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Clontarf.  Interment will be in the Church Cemetery.

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

Ruby Fern (Jensen) Mazurek age 96 of Benson, Minnesota. Died Saturday July 13th, 2019 at Golden Living Center in Benson, Mn. Ruby was born April 29, 1923 to Anna and Jacob Jensen in Pope County. She was united in marriage to Albert Marion Mazurek on October 1st 1944 in Clontarf Mn. She worked at the Clontarf Club for 25 years.

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Benson Jr. Legion still tied for second after splitting with Kerkhoven

Brad Wilke (right) tries to lay down a bunt for the Kerkhoven Jr. Legion team as Benson catcher Sam Lenarz gets ready to field the ball, which eventually rolled foul.

The Benson Jr. Legion split a pair of league games last week to put its overall record at 8-4 and league mark at 5-3 for the summer.

Benson beat Kerkhoven last Monday night at home, 7-2, and also lost at ACGC last Tuesday, 10-8.  Patrick Minchow and Cole Hedman had four combined hits each for the Bandits during last week’s action, while Sam Grussing earned the victory on the mound against Kerkhoven.

Benson, coached by Mark Grussing, was set play at NLS, Tuesday (yesterday) and at Kerkhoven (Sunburg), Friday at 4 p.m. to close out the regular-season.  The playoffs are set to begin July 23.  League standings can be found on page 3B.

Benson 7, Kerkhoven 2

Benson scored two runs in the first inning and, after Kerkhoven tied it up with single runs in the second and fourth innings, the Bandits scored the gamewinner in the fifth and added four more runs in the sixth.

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Kerk Legion splits with Benson and EVW

With Isaac Minchow looking on from second base, Benson Legion pitcher Will Enderson unloads a pitch during a game against Kerkhoven last Monday night in Chiefs’ Field.

The Kerkhoven Legion split a pair of games last week, winning at Benson last Monday night, 7-2, but also falling at Eden Valley-Watkins, Thursday, 6-5.

Weston Gjerde and Cade Melin had two hits each during the win over Benson, while Christian Diederich was 2-for-4 with three RBI against EVW.

Kerkhoven improved to 2-4 overall with the win and loss with the playoffs set to begin this week.

•  This year’s Kerkhoven Legion baseball roster, coached by Justin Johnson, includes Wylee Lottman, Dylan Rudningen, Alex Call, Hunter Wilts, Brett Brendemuehl, Isaac Call, Brody Forsell, Brad Wilke, Cade Melin, Weston Gjerde, Devon Swanson, Christian Diederich, Chris Moist, Regan Carlson, Noah Thorson, and Levi Sweere.

Kerkhoven 7, Benson 2

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Pledge Debate A Time For Reflection

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

 

Few issues separate people’s core beliefs as to what defines patriotism at a visceral level than the subjects of burning an American flag, not standing for the National Anthem, or a city council deciding to drop the of Allegiance from the start of its meetings.

The St. Louis Park City Council learned this first hand in the past few weeks after considering dropping the Pledge of Allegiance from its meetings. Some citizens were outraged; others shrugged. But fueled by President Trump’s input, the outraged let loose on the council.

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Julie Urke and ‘Smackers’ honored for therapy work

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

For Benson resident Julie Urke the benefits of working with her dog Smackers in canine a therapy program has been “unreal. It has filled a void in my life that I didn’t even know existed.” If Smackers could talk, he would he would echo her heart-felt sentiments.

Those she and Smackers work with see it the other way around - the two are filling voids in their lives, easy pain and loneliness, calming anxiety and fear, and providing companionship.

Her work with the Carris Health Rice Hospice Training program, and her outreach to others who need a therapy dog, earned Urke the 2018-2019 Outstanding Hospital Volunteer of the Year award from the Minnesota Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Auxiliary Department. It was presented at the at the VFW State Convention June 14 for her devotion to veterans.

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Benson celebrates 89th annual Kid Day this weekend

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Benson’s 89th annual Kid Day officially takes place this Saturday and Sunday, however, activities for the community event are also planned throughout the week.

The theme of this year’s Kid Day is “Celebrating Kids”.

•  The Kid Day Medallion Hunt started Monday and continue each day through Friday,or until the medallion is found.  The clues are available daily on the front door of the Benson Library, on KSCR from 7-9 a.m. each day, and on the Benson Kid Day Facebook page.  The top prize for the youth who finds the Kid Day medallion is $100.

•  Krazy Daze in Benson is set for Thursday with local businesses offering sidewalk sales and special offers.  Look for ads in this week’s Monitor-News for great Krazy Daze deals.

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500 cyclists coming to Benson July 25

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

An estimated 500 bicyclists and 125 support people raising money for the fight against Multiple sclerosis (MS) are expected to be staying overnight in Benson, Thursday, July 25.  Most of the bikers and their support teams will be camping out at Ambush Park.

The City of Benson agreed last year to host the bikers and is looking for the community to extend a welcome during an evening of entertainment and camaraderie at the park. There will be a beer garden sponsored by the Benson Golf Club, singing groups, city bus rides around the community, “people mover” wagon rides and food provided.

The community is asked to join the bikers to extend its local hospitality.

The bikers will be coming in from Ortonville between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Many will visit the downtown area, shopping in local stores...

 

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Value of county townships falls with lower ag land prices

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

When Swift County farmland was reaching its peak value in 2015 15 of its 21 townships had assessed market values of over $100 million and one, Dublin, had reached the $200 million mark. Swift County’s total assessed value had reached $2.665 billion.

In 2012, only six townships had a market value of $100 million or more with Dublin Township leading the way at a value of $130.5 million. The other five were Pillsbury, Torning, Cashel, Swenoda and Tara. By the next year, Dublin saw a 52.2 percent increase in its valueto $199.9 million and the number of townships with a value over $100 million had jumped to 11 with Fairfield, Kildare, Marysland, Hayes and West Bank added to the $100 million-plus club.

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