July 2020

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Twitter And Social Media’s Unreliability

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

Twitter was hacked July 15.
It’s old news already in our society with its limited attention span and lack of any real concern for what happens on the internet. It’s an intangible thing that can’t be felt physically so it lacks a degree of reality. But this attack on the security and sanctity of Twitter’s trust worthiness could come back to haunt us in the days before the Nov. 3 general election.

President Barack Obama’s Twitter account was taken over. So was that of former Vice President and now presidential candidate Joe Biden.  Billionaire and former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Tesla CEO Elon Musk had their Twitter accounts hijacked. Each of these accounts has millions of followers.

It was considered one of the most severe attacks on the security of an internet social media company in years.

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City of Benson focuses its $237,774 CARES funding on municipal needs

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

As its share of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act the City of Benson received $237,774 from the State of Minnesota.

These funds can only be used for very specific purposes tied to addressing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the community and must be spent by Nov. 15.

At the Benson City Council meeting Monday night City Manager Rob Wolfington presented the council with a list of proposed uses for the funds. Except for one of the proposals, the list was approved unanimously by the council...

 

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EDA: Benson needs economic development director

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

Benson’s Economic Development Authority unanimously recommended the Benson City Council consider funding the hiring of a full-time economic development director.

EDA Member Pat Hawley made the recommendation at Monday afternoon’s meeting with a second from EDA Member Stephanie Heinzig. The subject was not on Monday night’s Benson council agenda and was not discussed.

Benson needs an economic development director for the city, Hawley said. “I would like the council to investigate that to find out if it is feasible? Is it affordable to do that? Does it make sense to do that? But at least check into the possibility.”

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Benson will wait for direction on mask mandate

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

With Minnesota seeing a record number of COVID-19 cases Monday, the state may be one step closer to issuing a mask mandate. What role the City of Benson would have to play in enforcing the mandate is unknown at this point.

At its meeting Monday night, the Benson City Council agreed it didn’t want to take action to issue its own mask requirement as some cities, mostly in the metropolitan Twin Cities area, have been doing. Rather, it will ask citizens to wear masks in public places voluntarily.

However, citizen concern about the local spread of the deadly COVID-19 has been growing as the number of cases diagnosed in Swift County has risen quickly in recent days.

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Allan Bjorklund

Allan Bjorklund, age 81 of rural Lake Lillian died Monday, July 20, 2020 at St. Cloud Hospital.

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Lois H. Winkel

Lois H. Winkel, 76, of Paynesville, Minnesota (formerly of Benson) died Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at her daughter’s home surrounded by her children in Paynesville, under hospice care.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 11 a.m. at St. Bartholomew Cemetery, 160th Ave. and Hwy. 28, Villard, MN. A light lunch will be served at the Villard Community Center following the service.

Family has requested social distancing and masks. 

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Warren C. Suckow

Memorial Services for Warren C. Suckow will be held at the United Methodist Church in Slayton, Minnesota, Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 10 a.m. with Rev. Ethanie Schmidt officiating. The organinst will be Janet Voges.  The honorary pallbearers are Warren Hanson, Bryon Gades, Scott Suckow, Jody Suckow, Russel Gades, Kent Gades, Larry Mesenbrink and Walter Halberg.  Interment will be at St. John’s Cemetery in Holloway. 

Warren Suckow was born April 22, 1939 on the family farm near Holloway, Minnesota to Gerhardt and Mildred Mesenbrink Suckow.  He grew up on the farm and graduated from Benson High School in 1957.  Following high school, Warren remained in Holloway.  Warren was  a member of the Minnesota Army National Guard from November 1956 to January 1965. 

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Sister Shawn Carruth

Sister Shawn Carruth, Prioress of Mount St. Benedict Monastery, Crookston died unexpectedly March 26, 2020. 

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held August 6, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Mount St. Benedict Monastery chapel, Crookston, Minnesota. Attendance will be limited to her family, designated clergy, and the Sisters of Mount St. Benedict Monastery due to COVID-19.

A video of the Mass will be available at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception’s website, www.crookstoncathedral.com

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Phyllis Ann Blakely

Phyllis Ann (Hanson) Blakely, 54, of Rochester, Minnesota passed away July 20, 2020.

Internment will be at the Swift Falls Cemetery with a graveside service at a later date.

Phyllis was born in Benson, Minnesota.  She graduated high school from The Faribault School for the Blind in 1985.  Phyllis was married and divorced from Phillip Streng and David Blakely.  Phyllis resided at the Vila Haven Group Home in Rochester until her death. 

Phyllis is survived by her sisters, Carol Leaders and Nancy Dresser.  She was preceded in death by her parents Arnold and Pearl Hanson and two brothers Dale Hanson and Thomas Hanson.

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes is in charge of the arrangements.  www.ranfranzandvinefh.com

To leave a condolence or special memory please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com

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Philip H. Syverson

Philip H. Syverson, 87, of Clive, Iowa went to be with his Lord and Savior in the late evening of Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at Walnut Ridge Senior Living Community where he resided.

A private family committal service with military rites will be held at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery near Van Meter.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date at Zion Lutheran Church, 4300 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines, with Pastor Tina Rasmussen and Pastor Bev Modlin officiating.

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