July 2021

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Philip B. Manska

Philip Blaine Manska, 79, of Benson, Minnesota died  Saturday morning, July 24, 2021, at Homestead Place North in Benson.

Visitation was held from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, August 1, at the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson. Visitation continued Monday, August 2, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. followed by the funeral service at 1:00 p.m.  at St. Mark’s. Interment was in the Benson City Cemetery.

Philip Blaine Manska was born March 18, 1942 in Benson, the son of Clifford and Minnetta Mae (Tiffany) Manska. He grew up in Benson, Clontarf, and Hinckley, Minnesota. He was baptized August 19, 1956 by Rev. O. P. Kuehl at the home of Robert Staton. He was confirmed June 3, 1956 by the Rev. O. P. Kuehl at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kroschel, Minnesota. He attended kindergarten through fourth grade in Clontarf and grades 5 through 7 in country school near Hinckley, grades 8 through 10 at Hinckley High school, then grades 11 through 12 at Benson High School.

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Mary Ann Larson and Lawrence Larson

Join us Saturday, August 14, 2021 to celebrate the lives of Mary Ann and Lawrence Larson. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. followed by the Celebration of Life Service at 11:00 a.m. at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson, Minnesota. At 12:00 p.m. a luncheon will be served in the Fellowship Hall.

Go to www.facebook.com/orlc.benson for a live stream.

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Lynn Le Roy Knode

Lynn Le Roy Knode, 79, passed away July 24, 2021, after a short battle with brain cancer.

Lynn was born February 23, 1942, in Benson, Minnesota, the son of Arthur Ray and Hilda Knode. He lived near Benson until age four  when the family moved to Brainerd. The family returned to Benson when Lynn was in 9th grade. He graduated from Benson High in 1960 and from the University of Minnesota in 1966 with a business degree. He married his high school sweetheart Betty in 1964. He served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army from May 1966 to February 1969, stationed mostly in NY City. Lynn and Betty moved to Phoenix, AZ, in 1969. The bulk of Lynn’s career was spent selling residential real estate and doing property management.

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Margaret Ellingson

There will be a Celebration of Life for Margaret Ellingson Saturday, August 7, 2021 at Ambush Park in the Lion’s Shelter. It will take place at 12:00 p.m. with a lunch to follow. Everyone is welcome.

   In case of very inclement weather, it will be moved to the Pilgrim Congregational Church basement in Benson.

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Edward C. Mitteness

Edward C. Mitteness, 89, of Hendricks, Minnesota passed away Sunday, July 25, 2021 at the Hendricks Hospital in Hendricks.

Funeral Services were 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 30, 2021 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks with Rev. Levi Bollerud officiating. Burial was in the Wood Lake Lutheran Cemetery, rural Astoria, SD. Visitation was held from 5 - 7 p.m. Thursday, July 29, 2021 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks and resumed Friday one hour prior to the service.

Edward Charles Mitteness was born April 18, 1932, on the family farm in Camplake Township of rural Benson,  to Martin and Emma (Lyslo) Mitteness.  He was baptized and confirmed at Swift Falls Lutheran Church of rural Benson.

August 15, 1965, Edward Charles Mitteness married Eveline Caroline Nesheim at Wood Lake Lutheran Church of rural Astoria, SD.

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NOTICE OF FILING DATES CITY OF BENSON GENERAL ELECTION

Notice is hereby given that affidavits of candidacy for the November 2, 2021 City General Election for Mayor and two Council Member positions may be filed in the Office of the City Clerk located at 1410 Kansas Ave, Benson, MN. Affidavits will be accepted beginning Tuesday, July 27, 2021 through and no later than, 5 p.m. Tuesday, August 10, 2021.
 
Dated: July 28, 2021
/s/  Glen Pederson                   
City Clerk

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Plowboys end regular-season with win

The Benson Plowboys ended the regular season with an 8-6 victory at Cottonwood, Sunday, July 18.  One day earlier, the Plowboys fell at home to Ortonville during Benson’s Kid Day, 12-4.

Benson, which ended the regular season with a 2-10 overall record, was set to play Appleton in the opening round of the County Line playoffs, Saturday.  However, Appleton did not have enough players so was forced to forfeit the game.  

Benson advanced to face fifth-seeded Dumont and the Plowboys lost that game, 3-2.  Benson next plays in the double-elimination tourney at 7:30 p.m., Saturday against the loser of third-seeded Madison and 11th-seeded Dawson in Madison.  The 13-team tournament was set to end Aug. 14 in Rosen...

 

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Kid Day alumni softball game

Katie (Razink) Hauge pitches to Molly (Monson) Verhelst as centerfielder Mackenzie (Jensen) Dokkebakken looks on and catcher Danielle Himley gets set to receive the pitch.  Coaching the teams were current coach Barb Schwarz and former coach Ken Grunig.  “We all had a great time and the players who took part would like to do it again next year,” said Schwarz.  “These ladies are ambassadors of girls and women in sports.  Their presence in athletics while in high school and beyond sets a positive example in their communities.”

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Benson Legion ends year 8-4; Kerk Legion ends season at “Final Four”

The Benson Express Legion baseball team lost its first two playoff games during Kid Day weekend in Benson and ended the season with an 8-4 overall record.

The Legion, coached by Mark Grussing, started off 8-0 before losing their final two regular-season games to Marshall (10-4) and Granite Falls (10-0).

Before that, Benson outscored its opponents 66-27 in starting out 8-0.

In the playoffs, Benson fell to Morris Area in the first round (8-4) and Hancock in the consolation bracket (6-4)...

 

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Newspapers, Government Have Vital Partnership

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

It wouldn’t be surprising if most people thought of newspapers and those serving in government, whether elected or appointed, as natural adversaries. Often, we are portrayed that way in film and books. The press seeking to uncover incriminating evidence of wrongdoing by the government officials is a common theme.

It’s true that at times public officials hide information.  Perhaps, they’ve done something foolish, or criminal, that they don’t want the public to find out about. It’s our job to expose wrongdoing, whether intentional or not. Only through our reporting can the public judge the honesty and competency of their elected officials, then hold them accountable. Their informed judgment helps citizens decide whether someone deserves another term or should be replaced.

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