June 2019

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SWIFT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES June 04, 2019

Chairman Hendrickx called the meeting to order at 9:01 AM with all members present with the exception of Commissioner Rudningen. Also present: County Administrator Kelsey Baker, Terri Orr, other county employees and members of the public.

Chairman Hendrickx asked if there were any changes or additions to the agenda. Chairman Hendrickx added a Chippewa River Watershed invoice to be discussed prior to warrants. There were no other changes or additions requested.

06-04-19-01 Commissioner Fox moved and Commissioner E. Pederson seconded to approve the agenda as amended. Motion carried unanimously.

06-04-19-02 Commissioner E. Pederson moved and Commissioner Fox seconded to approve the Consent Agenda: (1) Minutes from the May 21, 2019 Regular Meeting, (2) Approval of tobacco licenses for the following businesses: Holloway Hideout, Dollar General # 17229 and Dooley’s Petroleum dba Handi-Stop of Kerkhoven. Motion carried unanimously.

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It’s Getting Much Harder To Have A Civil Talk

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

We were once told that you had to get the reader to agree with you three times before he or she would be willing to read the rest of what you had written. You had to create common ground to build mutual respect for a civil conversation. As a country, it appears our common ground is disappearing.

Political conversation in America is becoming more difficult. It doesn’t mater whether that conversation is with friends and family, acquaintances we meet from time to time, or a group of strangers.

Based on a recent survey by the Pew Research Center those conversations are becoming stressful “experiences that they prefer to avoid.” Pew also found that “large majorities say the tone and nature of political debate in the United States has become more negative in recent years – as well as less respectful, less fact-based and less substantive.”

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City asked to develop more detailed flood plan, costs

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Residents of northwest Benson would like to see the Benson City Council develop an updated flood protection plan to give them a better idea of what it might look like and what it would cost them.

The council conducted a special meeting at the Benson Golf Club last Wednesday night with 28 residents of the area. City Manager Rob Wolfington gave a brief history of past flood threats and efforts to address them, talked about the flood this spring, and outlined the flood control plan that was rejected by area residents in 2013.

He also explained the background on how the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood plain maps in force today were developed and the number of homes that potentially would be affected by a 100-year flood event.

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Farmers set to see bigger savings on school building levy

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

In their recent legislative session, Minnesota lawmakers continued efforts to help out farmers who are burdened with an inordinate amount of property when school districts pass building levies.

They have also helped rural school districts that find it increasingly difficult to pass much-needed building levies to upgrade their schools, but face stiff opposition because of the burden farmland owners and a poor agricultural economy.

Benson Public School’s $26.3 million building bond levy that passed last August was helped by a law passed by the Minnesota Legislature in 2017. The law provided for the state to pick up $4 of every $10 in additional property tax on farmland when a school district passed a building levy.

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SCBHS board approves ‘dyad’ for new administrators

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County-Benson Health Services voted Monday night to name Chief Nursing Officer Mellissa McGinty-Thompson and Chief Financial Officer Dan Enderson as co-CEOs effective July 1.

They will take over for Interim CEO Mary Ellen Wells, though Wells will continue working with SCBHS in the coming months as a consultant as it moves toward affiliation with CentraCare Health of St. Cloud, or Carris Health of Willmar. CentraCare owns Carris.

Wells was hired last September to replace Kurt Waldbillig, who had taken a job in Litchfield. Part of her job was to guide the governing board through the process of deciding to remain independent or affiliated with another health care provider.

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Partial agriculture, English jobs are added back at high school

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

When Benson High School’s Board of Education cut its agriculture teacher position as it worked to balance its budget this spring, it received criticism from the farming community.

It also got input from people who were upset that cutting the ag position could also mean the loss of The National FFA Organization program at BHS. FFA stands for Future Farmers of America.

At its meeting June 17, the board of education voted to add back a 0.1 ag teacher position at a cost of $7,000 with the position offered to teacher Nancy Loen. Thirty-two students have signed up for the class.

In order for students to join FFA they have to take an agriculture class, Secondary Principal Mike Knutson said. “The kids who are already in, can take the class if they want, those who want to get into FFA have to take the class,” he said.

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Knutson and Ebnet earn All-WCC for Benson

Earning All-Conference for the Braves this year were Jared Knutson (left) and firstbaseman Matt Ebnet.

The Benson baseball team ended the 2019 season with a 6-11 overall record and 4-10 mark within the WCC under the guidance of first-year head coach Mark Grussing.   

 

The Braves were 5-5 at one point in the season before losing six of their final seven games, including a 3-2 loss to Montevideo in the opening round of the Section 3AA Baseball Tournament.

Benson, which beat Montevideo twice during the regular-season (5-3 and 11-6), was seeded fourth in its half of the section while the Thunderhawks were seeded fifth.  Paynesville went on to earn the section title with a 4-0 victory over Luverne in the finals, while Fairmont was third and ACGC fourth.

Minnewaska Area won this year’s WCC title with an 11-3 league record, followed by BOLD (9-5), Melrose and Sauk Centre (both 8-6), ACGC (7-7), Morris Area-CA (5-9), and Benson and Montevideo (both 4-10).

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Maurer places 24th at state golf

Alissa Maurer is pictured at the Pebble Creek Golf Club with her father and volunteer assistant coach Mitch Maurer (left) and head coach Adam Jensen.

Alissa Maurer, a ninth-grader from Benson, competed at the State Class A Girls Golf Tournament last Tuesday and Wednesday at Pebble Creek Golf Club near Becker.

Maurer shot a 91 on the first day and added a 96 on the second day of competition to place 24th with a 187 total among the Class A golfers.

She started her first day with a bogey on the 10th hole and triple bogey on the 11th, but rallied with three pars to make the turn with a 13-over 49.  On her second nine, which was actually the front nine of the Pebble Creek course, she had four pars over her first six holes and was just three over through seven before going four-over on the par-4, 320-yard 8th hole. 

She came right back with her only birdie of the day on the final hole for a 42 on the second nine and a 91 total for her first 18 holes.

During her second round of 18 holes last Wednesday, Maurer shot a 96 total to give her a 187 total for the tournament.

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Saints finish fourth at state after losing heartbreaker in semis

With head coach James Cortez looking on from behind, Regan Carlson goes around the Randolph catcher to score a run during the Saints’ 10-0 victory to open up the state tourney.  It was a close play, but the ball also popped out of the catcher’s mitt as he was trying to apply the tag.

The KMS baseball team finished fourth at the State Class A Baseball Tournament last week at the Mini Met in Jordan. 

 

The Saints, who finished the season with a 21-4 record, opened up the state tourney with a 10-0 victory over Randolph, Thursday, but then lost a heartbreaker to BOLD in the semifinals, 7-6 in eight innings, before ending the season with a 13-3 loss to Sacred Heart in the third-place game. 

 

The final two games were both played Friday.

BOLD, which scored three runs in its last at-bats to edge the Saints by one, moved on to face New York Mills in the state championship this week at the Target Center.

The Saints reached the state tourney by winning the Section 3A title.  KMS beat Dawson-Boyd (13-1), YME (4-1), Adrian (7-0), and Minneota (10-1), lost to Lac qui Parle (2-1), and then beat the Eagles in the championship game (4-1).

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Americans Turning Off The News

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

“Who will govern the governors? There is only one force in the nation that can be depended upon to keep the government pure and the governors honest, and that is the people themselves. They alone, if well informed, are capable of preventing the corruption of power, and of restoring the nation to its rightful course if it should go astray. They alone are the safest depository of the ultimate powers of government.

Thomas Jefferson
Third U.S. President

Thomas Jefferson, along with his co-author of the U.S. Constitution James Madison, would be dismayed if they saw the state of citizen participation and interest in their government today. They would be fearful for the future of the Founders’ experiment in self-government.

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