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NOTICE OF THE SWIFT COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

NOTICE OF THE SWIFT COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, the Swift County Board of Commissioners will hold their annual road tour being conducted by the Swift County Highway Department.  The road tour is scheduled to start at 11:00 AM and run until approximately 1:00 PM on Tuesday, April 30th, 2019.  The road tour will start at the Swift County Highway Building located 1635 Hoban Avenue Benson, MN 56215 and they will travel to various road sites in the County.  The board will take no official actions during the road tour.  
Do not hesitate to contact the County Administrator Kelsey Baker at 320-314-8399 if you have any questions or need further information.

Kelsey Baker
County Administrator
Posted: April 24, 2019
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SWIFT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES

SWIFT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES
April 2, 2019

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SWIFT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES

SWIFT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES
Record of Executive Session
April 2, 2019
 
Date convened:    Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Time Convened:    11:05 AM
Time adjourned:    11:50 AM
Members Present: Commissioners Fox, Hendrickx, Edward Pederson, Peter Peterson, and Rudningen
Members Absent: None
Also Present: County Administrator Kelsey Baker and Amanda Ness, Employees of David Drown and Associates
Purpose: To consider strategy for labor negotiations, including negotiation strategies or developments or discussion and review of labor negotiation proposals, conducted pursuant to sections 179A.01 to 179A.25. (§13D.03)
Chairman Gary Hendrickx called the executive session to order at 11:05 AM with all members present as well as County Administrator Kelsey Baker and Amanda Ness. The Board discussed labor negotiation strategies.
The board took no actions at the meeting.

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Climate Change Should Be Taught In Our Schools

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

You can’t escape the stories of the impacts of climate change these days. It weaves its way, undeniably, into the extreme weather the world is now experiencing.

Wildfires are becoming more frequent and intense, such as the ones that ripped through California last year. Droughts are becoming more expansive and last longer, heightening fire dangers.

As the atmosphere warms, it holds more moisture, creating more downpours and flooding of “biblical” proportions. Minnesota has seen a 42 percent increase in the number of heavy precipitation events it records – rainfalls of 8, 10 and even 17 inches over just two days have been recorded.

High-temperature records are falling at twice the rate of low-temperature records.

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Player piano again making the music admirers can sing to

Steve Misener explains the insides of a player piano.

When Francis and Doris Halvorson donated their Farrand player piano to the Swift County Historical Society & Museum, it looked fine on the outside, but its playing mechanism had stopped working.

Hoping to hear it once again playing songs for people to sing along with, the staff and board at the museum contacted well-known piano and player piano restoration expert Steve Misener of Stockholm, S.D.  Saturday afternoon a small crowd gathered at the museum to hear the results of Misener’s work, for which $5,000 was raised.

“I came, I took it apart, and I left,” Misener told the expectant crowd. “And, one more thing, you wrote me a check. I took the money and the piano and I left – with a promise of coming back. It was a promise I gave and a promise I kept.”...

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Free trade is crucial to America ag

CNH Plant Manager Jason Hausauer explains why North American free trade is so important to his company. He was speaking to Angela Marshall Hofmann and Carrie Clark Phillips of Farmers for Free Trade, an organization traveling the country to promote the United States Mexico Canada Agreement. They are joined by Minnesota Farm Bureau Board Member and area farmer Nathan Collins.

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

As the summer nears America’s farmers, manufacturers of agricultural equipment and commodity groups are urging Congress to sign the United States Mexico Canada Agreement.

It is essential to the health of the American farm economy and the country, they say.

To gather congressional support for the USMCA a group called the Farmers for Free Trade has been traveling the country raising awareness of its importance. Last Friday they stopped in Benson.

Farmers for Free Trade says it is a bipartisan coalition supported by agriculture commodity groups from across the agricultural industry. Its tour is meant to highlight American farmers’ reliance on trade with Canada and Mexico, which they say “supports millions of jobs and nearly $40 billion in American exports each year.”

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Education will be key to accurate county census

If Minnesota loses one of its eight congressional seats due to a low Census count next year, the metropolitan areas of the state will have even greater influence over the political direction of all residents.

If Minnesota loses a congressional seat it loses a vote in the Electoral College, the body that actually casts the ballots for that president based on state election results.

Low Census participation would also lead to less federal and state money coming into Swift County for a host of programs the help out low-income families.

A low count could mean lost economic opportunities for the community as developers consider where to build and expand.

Swift County, and Minnesota are starting an all-out effort to make sure that every resident is counted when the 2020 Census gets underway April 1 next year. It is a much more difficult task than it first appears...

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