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SWIFT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES

SWIFT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES
Record of Executive Session
April 16, 2019

Date convened:    Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Time Convened:    10:28 AM
Time adjourned:    11:10 AM

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SWIFT COUNTY BOARD ROAD TOUR MINUTES

SWIFT COUNTY BOARD ROAD TOUR MINUTES
April 30, 2019

Date convened:    Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Time Convened:    10:51 AM.
Time adjourned:    2:22 PM.
The purpose was a County Road Tour.

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SWIFT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES

SWIFT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES
April 16, 2019

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SWIFT COUNTY BOARD SPECIAL MEETNG MINUTES

SWIFT COUNTY BOARD SPECIAL MEETNG MINUTES
April 22, 2019

Date convened:    Monday, April 22, 2019
Time Convened:    5:33 PM.
Time adjourned:    7:03 PM.

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Rural America Needs Investment To Stop Polarization

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

America is becoming ever more polarized. We see it in the dysfunction in Washington and St. Paul. Moderate elected leaders are rare as the fringes of their parties control elections by dominating candidate selection in primaries while the majority of the electorate sits on the sidelines.

The internet, with is ability to learn what we like and don’t like in the news, feeds us with information that reinforces our prejudices. Rather than a source of trusted news, it is known for spreading rumors and intentionally false and misleading information.

Social media that consumes our online time end up not being very social at all. In fact, they have us in bitter disputes, raging at one another with diminished tolerance for those with differing opinions. Rather than unite us, it divides us.

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County appoints Community Perspective Committee

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

With the naming of 10 Swift County residents to the newly formed Community Perspective Committee, May 7 the county board has taken the next step in deciding how the county should address its building needs is underway.

The committee is scheduled to conduct its first meeting May 20 where it will get an overview of the project ahead of them, get an introduction the people working on plans for a new justice center, and elect a chair who will communicate its progress to the board of commissioners.

Commissioners created the committee at their April 2 meeting in response to persistent public expression at their meetings in opposition to the proposed $17.5 million justice center. Citizen ire had been raised when the county board voted 3-2 to proceed with a $162,000 study of a justice center schematic design to get a more detailed design and cost for the project...

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School board looks at new gymnastics option

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

At a special meeting Monday morning, the District 777 Board of Education agreed to consider an agreement with the Benson Civic Center Board that could lead to the gymnastics program having a larger place to practice and perform in for the next five years.

Board Chair Brian Samuelson proposed that the civic center board consider a five-year lease from the school board for use of the north end of the Benson Civic Center. During that time, the school board would be able to see how the costs of its $26.3 million building project came in over the next couple years.

If there were substantial savings over the projected costs, some of those savings might be able to go toward a new gymnastics area while also reducing the costs of a levy for $2.1 million in heating, cooling, and air conditioning improvements needed at the Senior High School.

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School project bids for first phase come in low

Benson’s Junior High School’s 1928 auditorium will be torn down this summer. Bids for the first phase of a $28.6 school building project came in more than $360,000 below budget.

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Bids for the first major phase on the Benson High School work has come in substantially lower than budgeted.

The budget estimate for the work was $1,874,000, but the bids came in at $1,512,077, $361,923 lower.

“Considering the bid climate, I am very happy with this,” Construction Manager Ryan Breitbach of Breitbach Construction Co., of Elrosa, told the school board during a special meeting Monday morning. “It is a good start.”

Among the bids was the demolition of the Junior High School Auditorium and the attached band room. That work will likely start in June in hopes that the work will be done before school starts in mid-August.

Five contractors expressed interest in the demolition portion of the project, but in the end only one ended up bidding it, Breitbach said...

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CNH, Ridgewater partner to train welders to meet area job demand

Welding students spent four weekends at CNH learning welding methods and safety.

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Just over a month ago a group of people looking to learn a new skill and improve their chances to earn a good income began taking welding classes at CNH in Benson. Sunday they graduated after having their skills and knowledge tested.

The welding course was sponsored by CNH and Ridgewater College in Willmar. It was free to people from 18 years old and up. It was training that could lead some of the participants to a starting pay of $21.62 an hour along with full benefits.

It was also sponsored through the Swift County Rural Development Authority with a grant from the Blandin Foundation. Basically, the only thing students had to provide was steel-toed boots.

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Abner M. Jacobson

Abner M. Jacobson
June 14, 1925 • May 7, 2019

Abner Melborne Jacobson, 93, of Benson, Minnesota passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at Homestead North in Benson, Minnesota under Rice Hospice Care and the caring staff at Homestead North.

A Celebration of Life will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 18 with a visitation two hours prior to the service at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church, 800 10th Street South, Benson. A reception will follow.  Interment will be at Rolling Forks Cemetery.

Abner was born June 14, 1925 in Rolling Forks Township, Pope County, the son of Peter and Nanna Jacobson.  He was Baptized July 12, 1925 at Rolling Forks Lutheran Church by Rev. GG Betto and Confirmed June 25, 1939 at Chippewa Falls Lutheran Church in Terrace by Rev. GG Betto.  

He attended school in District 14, Rolling Forks Township and briefly at the West Central School of Agriculture in Morris, Minnesota.

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