August 2019

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Reaping What You Sow

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

“If I learned anything from 25 years in the F.B.I., including a stint as head of counterintelligence, it was to trust my gut when I see a threat unfolding,” Frank Figliuzzi, a former assistant F.B.I. director for counterintelligence, wrote in a piece published in the New York Times July 31 – four days before the shooting in El Paso.

“Now, instinct and experience tell me we’re headed for trouble in the form of white hate violence stoked by a racially divisive president. I hope I’m wrong.” He wasn’t.

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Motorcycle accident claims life of Benson woman

Doreen Touhey, 64, Benson died from injuries sustained Saturday when the motorcycle she was a passenger on struck a deer on Swift County Road 15 Saturday evening.

The Swift County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at 7:27 p.m. about a crash involving two motorcycles on Swift County 15 a half-mile north of Swift County 20 between Danvers and Clontarf.

Mike Touhey, 64, and Doreen Touhey, and Sylvia Bartells, 64, and Kenneth Bartells, 64, of Clitheral, were southbound on Swift County Road 15 when a doe and two fawns crossed the road, the sheriff’s office reported. The Touheys’ 2001 Honda motorcycle struck the doe and went into the ditch. The Bartells’ 2002 Harley tipped on its side avoiding Touhey’s motorcycle and the deer.

Mike and Doreen Touhey were transported to Swift County-Benson Health Services where Doreen Touhey was later pronounced dead. Mike Touhey and the Bartells were treated and released from the hospital.

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Civic center renovation to wait as city seeks answers

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Benson’s City Council wants additional questions answered before it agrees to invest $500,000 into improvements to the north of the civic center.

The funds would be funneled to the Benson Civic Center board, which would make the renovations, and then lease the facility to Benson Public Schools. The primary use of the facility would be for the school’s gymnastics program.

The work, if approved, would not be done in time for the 2019-20 gymnastics season, but would be in another year. Meanwhile, it would continue to use the Benson Armory.

There are two possible sources for the $500,000 needed for the loan that would finance the improvements to the north end of the civic center...

 

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Flodstrom may get one more month for repairs

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Homeowner Helen Flodstrom has been given until Aug. 29 to meeting to have a general contractor hired and building permits in hand to get a one-month extension on bringing her property up to city code.

Flodstrom appeared before the council Monday night for a continuation of a July 22 public hearing on the dilapidated home at 801 Kansas Avenue on the east side of Benson. Flodstrom had asked the council for the continuation to give her a chance to appear with her attorney.

While attorney Matt Franzese was scheduled to appear with Flodstrom Monday night, he was required to stay late for court in Traverse County, could not make the trip to Benson in time for the meeting. He requested that he be allowed to represent her by phone with the council agreeing.

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Crop development lags due to cool weather, late planting

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

As of July 31, the USDA’s Swan Lake Research Farm near Morris had recorded 890 growing degree days (GDDs) with a starting date of May 1. The average for the end of July is 1,467.5, which is 48.5 more than we’ve seen.

However, many of the crops in the area did not get planted until two to three weeks after May 1. Since May 15, only 1,279 growing degree days have accumulated, 188 fewer than the May 1 to July 31 average.

Growing degree days are a measure of heat accumulation during a growing season and an indicator of crop progress. Warm days speed growth along while cool temperatures can cause development to slow down. Those cool temperatures can have an impact on yield. When growing degrees days are behind average, farmers generally look for a late frost to allow their crops to reach full maturity....

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NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE

THE RIGHT TO VERIFICATION OF THE DEBT AND IDENTITY OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS ACTION.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that default has occurred in conditions of the following described mortgage:

DATE OF MORTGAGE:    November 2, 2006

MORTGAGOR: Jonathan A. Jones, an unmarried man.

MORTGAGEE: ERA Mortgage.

DATE AND PLACE OF RECORDING: Recorded November 3, 2006 Swift County Recorder, Document No. 222951.

ASSIGNMENTS OF MORTGAGE:   Assigned to:  Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc.  Dated January 5, 2007 Recorded February 20, 2007, as Document No. 223705.    And thereafter assigned to:  Bayview Loan Servicing, LLC.   Dated June 5, 2019 Recorded June 12, 2019, as Document No. 248546. 

          
TRANSACTION AGENT:  NONE

TRANSACTION AGENT'S MORTGAGE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER ON MORTGAGE:  NONE

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Dale Allan Burns

Dale Allan Burns
October 21, 1952 • July 24, 2019

Dale Allan Burns, 66, of Benson, Minnesota, died Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at his home. Visitation was one hour (12:30-1:30)  prior to the service held at Zniewski Funeral Home Chapel in Benson at 1:30 p.m. Monday, July 29, 2019. Interment was in the Swift Falls Cemetery in Camp Lake Township, Swift County.

Dale Allan Burns was born  October 21, 1952 in Benson and died July 24th, 2019, he was 66 years old. He was baptized at Swift Falls Lutheran Church (now Shepherd of the Hills) and confirmed at Our Redeemers Lutheran Church. He spent a great deal of his childhood on his grandparents’ farm in rural Swift Falls. He was a quiet child and very good sneak, so Uncle Milton gave him the nick name “Pussy Cat” and it stuck with him.

He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army 1971. He had a variety of jobs in his life and lived in California, Hawaii, Nevada, Florida, Oregon and Minnesota.

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Loran and Anita Matteson

Loran Cyril Matteson, 71, was born August 7, 1947 at Sisseton, SD to Myron and Mardella Bonzelet Matteson.

Anita Louise Matteson, 78, was born March 1, 1941 to Norman and Ellen Reddekopp in Tillamook, OR. 

Anita passed away July 15, 2019 from lung cancer at Chahalem Health and Rehab Center in Newberg, OR.  Loran passed away at the same facility eight days later, July 23, 2019, from a heart attack and lung cancer.  Loran and Anita resided in Salem, OR.

Loran attended Rosholt Public School, Rosholt, SD, from grades 1-9.  The family moved to Benson in 1962.  Loran graduated from Benson High School, Benson, Minnesota, in 1965. He served in the US Air Force from 1966-1969, where he was trained in crash and fire rescue control and jet mechanics. He served one year in Libya, Africa. He was a member of the reserves for two years.

 

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Archery proving to be a bullseye with local youth

Young shooters took aim at the target during a beginning archery class in downtown Benson recently.  An extra class had to be added due to the popularity of archery in the area.
After shooting several arrows, the participants checked out their accuracy.  Balloons were also hung on the targets to make it more fun for the participants.

Eight young participants took part in an archery class this summer at the shooting range along Pacific Avenue in Benson.  Several classes were offered this summer, but another had to be added due to the growing popularity.

Safety was always emphasized to the archery students.  In fact, the participants did not shoot any arrows the first day, but instead, the entire session was devoted to safety procedures.

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Kerkhoven Legion falls twice in “Final Four” Legion Tournament

The Kerkhoven Legion Baseball team lost both of its games at the “Final Four” district tourney at Minnewaska Area High School this past weekend.  Kerkhoven, seeded third, fell to second-seeded Osakis in the first game, Friday night, 2-1, and also lost by one run to fourth-seeded Morris, Saturday, 6-5.

The top seed of the “Final Four” was Breckenridge, which beat Morris in the other semifinal game, Friday.  The eventual champion of the tournament was not known by press time.

Kerkhoven, coached by Justin Johnson, closed out the season with a 5-6 overall record.

•  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...
 

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