March 2021

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Lenora Margaret Heideman

Lenora M. Heideman, 88, of Benson, Minnesota, died Saturday, March 27, 2021 at Scandi Haven Village - Senior Living and Memory Care in Benson. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., followed by the Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 30, 2021, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson.
   Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home.  
   www.zniewskifuneralhome.com

 

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John L. Knutson

John Lynn Knutson, 70, of Willmar, Minnesota, passed away Wednesday, March 24, 2021 under hospice care at Courage Cottage in Morris, Minnesota.  
A private, family interment will be held at the Benson City Cemetery.  In lieu of cards and flowers, memorials preferred to Stevens Community Medical Center Courage Cottage of Morris.
John Lynn Knutson was born July 12, 1950 in Benson, the son of LeRoy and Lorna (Ahrndt) Knutson.  He was baptized and confirmed at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  He grew up on Pleasant Hills Farm near Danvers, Minnesota and graduated from Benson High School in 1968.   He attended Willmar Vocational Technical School and  served eight years in the Army National Guard in Benson.

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Audrey Dahl Fennie

udrey Dahl Fennie died Saturday, March 27, 2021.
Due to Covid-19, services will be held at a later date and will be announced.  Audrey will be interred next to Joe in Oakwood Cemetery, Red Wing. Memorials are preferred to   St. Peter’s Lutheran Church or the donor’s choice.
She was born December 23, 1929 at Spring Grove Hospital in Spring Grove, Minnesota, to Elvin and Marie (Jameson) Dahl. Audrey was baptized and confirmed at Highland Prairie Lutheran Church.

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Denise ‘Dee Dee’ K. Hess

Denise "Dee Dee" Hess

January 16, 1961 •  March 19, 2021

 

Denise “Dee Dee” Kay Hess, 60, of Benson, Minnesota  died Friday morning, March 19, 2021 in Benson. Visitation will be held Saturday, March 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am. Interment will follow the service in the St. Francis Catholic Church Cemetery.

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It's lambing season on the Syverson farm

Josie Syverson poses with her children Ole, Justine, and Oscar, and with their lamb "Moon Pie" at the Richard (Swede) Syverson farm north of Clontarf.

By Reed Anfinson

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It’s spring in Minnesota and for those who raise sheep it is also “Lambing Season.” On the Richard “Swede” and Vicki Syverson farm it is a hectic time of year with dozens of little lambs to be delivered.

They aren’t doing it alone, however. They are in the sheep business with their son Paul and his wife Josie – when they are free from their “day jobs.” Josie is a family physician at Swift County-Benson Health Services and Paul a veterinarian with H&H Veterinary Service in Benson. There are also Paul and Josie’s three children who are more into hugging the lambs than working with them at this stage of their young lives....

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McGeary wins all-around at 6A Gymnastics Meet

Libby McGeary placed first in the Section 6A all-around, Saturday, to earn her second state berth.

Libby McGeary is headed back to the State Gymnastics Meet after winning the all-around title at the Section 6A Gymnastics Meet, Friday at New London-Spicer High School.
McGeary, a sophomore who has set two new school records this year, had a 36.625 total in the all-around at the section meet to win the title by under a half-point.
Last year, she also qualified to the state meet in the all-around, placing 19th overall in the State Class A competition.
Benson-KMS scored a 137.025 team total to place third behind section champion NLS (142.0) and runner-up Willmar (140.475).  The 137.025 team score is the third highest for the team this season.
“We had a great meet as a team and Libby also won the all around to advance to the state meet,” coach Kathy Ahrndt said.  “Elise Duncan was just .05 away from advancing on the beam.”  The State Gymnastics Meet is set for this Friday and Saturday

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Dineen places first at State 5A-6A Wrestling Prelims

Thomas Dineen wrestles in the 195-pound championship match at the State Prelims, Saturday.  Dineen will go into the state tourney 35-0.  Photo courtesy of Jakki Wehking, Parkers Prairie Independent.

Five members of the Benson wrestling team competed at the State 5A-6A Prelims, Saturday at Long Prairie.  Earning a berth in this Saturday’s State Class A Wrestling Tournament was Benson sophomore Thomas Dineen, who placed first at 195 pounds to earn his third-straight state tournament berth.
Dineen went 3-0 to win the 195-pound title and will go into the state meet with a perfect 35-0 record and ranked first in state.

 

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Benson schools celebrate Music in the Schools Month with concerts

Music in the Schools Month
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Ice could be going out early this spring

By Reed Anfinson

Publisher 3-24-21

While it may not seem that March has been unusually warm, temperatures have been consistently well above average through the first 22 days of the month. Eighteen of 22 days have seen temperatures above average.

Highs have averaged 47.2 degrees, 10.6 degrees higher than the average of 36.6 degrees. Low at 26.6 degrees are 7.5 degrees above the average.

Those warm temperatures have meant that smaller lakes in the area are opening up and ice the larger lakes is becoming dangerously unpredictable.

Even though the next few days will be cool and wet, with a good chance of snow, the temperatures are still forecast to be above average. Highs are predicted to be in the mid to upper 40s with lows in the upper 20s to mid-30s. As of March 24, the average high is 42 degrees and the average low 24 degrees.

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COVID-19 cases rising in western Minnesota

By Reed Anfinson

Publisher 3-24-21

Just over 33 percent of Swift County’s residents had been vaccinated as of Monday, according to the Minnesota Department of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard. MDH reported 3,101 vaccinations administered, an increase of 497 over last Monday’s report.

Nearly 20 percent, 1,841 county residents, have now been fully vaccinated, having either received their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. That is an increase of 246 over March 15.

While the number of people vaccinated against the deadly disease continues to grow, so do the number of new cases.

Swift County has seen 34 new COVID-19 cases in the first 22 days of March, more than double the number it saw in February. However, the number is still well short of the 73 cases recorded in January and far from the peak of 368 cases in November.

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