September 2019

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Dawn F. Meyer

Dawn F. Meyer
August 23, 1976 • September 17, 2019

Dawn F.  Meyer, 43, (daughter of Jerome and Beth Schlangen) formerly of Benson, Minnesota, passed away Tuesday, September 17, 2019, as a result of an automobile accident in Watertown, SD.

Visitation was from 2-4 p.m., with a prayer service at 2:30 p.m.  Saturday, September 21, 2019 at the Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel, Watertown, SD. Rev. Elmer Brinkman officiated.

Memorial services will be held at a later date in Minnesota.

Dawn Florina Meyer, daughter of Jerome and Beth (Benzing) Schlangen was born  August 23, 1976 at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, Minnesota.  She grew up in rural Willmar, Appleton and Benson. While living in Benson, Dawn worked at Perkins, Hardees and Country Inn & Suites. Dawn graduated from Benson Christian School in 1994.

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Ralph Hoffman

Ralph Hoffman
February 15, 1938 • September 15, 2019

Ralph Hoffman, 81, of Appleton, Minnesota (formerly of rural Danvers) died Sunday, September 15, 2019 in Appleton Area Health Services - Care Center.  Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 21 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Holloway.  Pastor Donald Klatt officiated.  Burial was in the Appleton City Cemetery.

 
Ralph Raymond Hoffman was born February 15, 1938, in Tara Township, Swift County, Minnesota to parents, Verner and Alvina (Giese) Hoffman.  He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairfield Township.  Ralph was raised near Danvers and attended school at District #50 through the eighth  grade.  He then attended Holloway High school, graduating in 1956. 

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Edith E. Dolan

Edith E. Dolan
April 2, 1924 • September 15, 2019
 
Edith Elizabeth Dolan (Betty) was born April 2, 1924, and passed away peacefully Sunday, September 15, 2019. She was a resident of St. Therese of New Hope.

Reviewal was at Gill Brothers Chapel, 5801 Lyndale Avenue South, Mpls.,  Monday, September 23, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial was at the Church of the Visitation in Danvers, Tuesday, September 24, at 11:00 a.m. with visitation beginning at 10:30 am. Interment was in the Church of the Visitation Cemetery.

Betty Dolan was born in Benson, Minnesota and grew up on a farm near Danvers. She graduated from Benson High School in 1941 and St. Catherine’s University in 1945 with a major in chemistry and library science. Betty worked at 3M for more than 40 years, retiring in 1988. Betty had many interests: travel, reading, bridge, golf and gardening.

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Braves win consolation title at Lakeview Tournament

The Benson volleyball team lost two conference matches last week, but came back Saturday to go 3-2 to earn the consolation championship at the Lakeview Tourney.  The Braves, who are 7-9 overall and 2-5 in the WCC, lost at Minnewaska Area in four games last Tuesday and also lost in a four-game battle in Benson against Morris Area-CA, Thursday.

The Braves lost their first two matches at the Lakeview Tourney to BBE (2-0) and Lakeview (2-0), but came back to beat Montevideo (2-0) in their final pool play match and then won both of their consolation bracket matches against Edgerton (2-1) and RCW (2-0) to earn the consolation title.

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Girls tennis improves to 9-6 with three-win week

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team had a 3-1 week last week, winning Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday before losing to a very strong Litchfield team, Saturday.  The Fighting Braves improved to 9-6 overall, including a 5-2 record in the WCC after beating Melrose Monday (4-3), Sauk Centre Tuesday (7-0), and MACCRAY Thursday (6-1).

The meet Saturday was scheduled as the Litchfield Invitational, but due to rain, it was shortened to just one match against Litchfield at the indoor courts at Sartell...

 

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After leading early 14-6, Braves fall to Browerville-Eagle Valley, 36-14

For one quarter, it looked like the Benson football team would end its long losing streak and leave the Browerville-Eagle Valley football field with its first win over three years.

However, after scoring on its first two possessions, the Braves would not score again as Browerville-EV rallied from early deficits of 7-0 and 14-6 to beat Benson in a Mid-State Blue division game, Friday night, 36-14.

The loss lowered the Braves’ overall record to 0-4, while Browerville-EV improved to 3-1 overall. 

“You couldn’t script a better start to the game offensively,” coach Adam Foslien said.  “Our first two drives resulted in touchdowns and we got the momentum early.  We continued to move the football the rest of the game, but we just missed on some other big scoring chances (including a fumble) that could’ve have had a big impact on the result.”

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3 Billion Birds Gone - Do We Care?

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

Nearly 3 billion birds have disappeared from the U.S. and Canadian avian populations since 1970. It is a stunning number and one that should give us a sense of shame, dread and motivation.

We’ve always heard about the species that go extinct  - the dodo and the passenger pigeon being among the most well-known. Now a study published by the journal “Science” brings light to a disturbing tragedy unfolding in plain sight, but so slowly that we don’t really notice.

Using past research, counts provided by bird enthusiasts, the Christmas Bird Count, the North American Breeding Bird Survey, and 143 NEXRAD weather radars spread out across the U.S., researchers looked at what was happening with most of our common bird species. The weather satellites not only capture rainfall, but flocks of migrating birds as well.

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September may be first month with above average temps

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

If September’s warmth continues for the rest of the month, it will become the first month of 2019 with above average temperatures.

In the Benson area, during the period from Sept. 14 to Sept. 21 highs averaged 83.3 degrees and lows 58.4. Highs were more than 13 degrees above average and lows 10 degrees above the average. Both Sept. 17 and Sept. 20 the high hit 88 degrees –the average high for the 20th is 70 degrees. The high for the month of August was 85 degrees...

 

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County sets preliminary levy raise at 5 percent

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County’s Board of Commissioners voted unanimously at its Sept. 17 meeting to adopt a 5 percent increase in the general operating levy raising a projected $5,992,702 for 2020. It is an increase of just over $285,000 from the 2019 levy.

Commissioners were required under state statute to adopt the preliminary levy before the end of September. However, the final levy does not have to be approved until the end of the year. While the county board can lower the proposed levy between now and then, it can’t raise it.

Whether or not the full 5 percent levy will be implemented depends on whether or not the county receives a grant for its sheriff’s office radio system...

 

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Stricter laws on parking, fences proposed

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

Parking and fences would be more tightly regulated if two amendments to City of Benson ordinances are adopted in the coming weeks.

At Monday night’s city council meeting it was proposed that new language be added to the city parking restricting where vehicles can be parked. The goal of the new language is to end the spreading practice of vehicles parking in residential yards. It would also address the storing of fish houses, trailers, campers and other things that can be pulled behind a vehicle.

Some people park vehicles in yards for convenience, others to get them off the street during snow emergencies, and some because it is a place to store a vehicle they aren’t using. A few park near their front or side stairs because they have difficulty walking...

 

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