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NOTICE OF FILING DATES CITY OF BENSON GENERAL ELECTION

Notice is hereby given that affidavits of candidacy for the November 5, 2019 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 30, 2019 through and no later than, 5 p.m. Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
 
Dated July 1, 2019    
 
/s/  Glen Pederson                  
City Clerk
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Coastal Media Create False Image Of Rural America

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News

Rural America was labeled in the last presidential election as “Trump Country.” With that label came a pack of not-so-flattering characteristics and images applied to rural residents by many in the coastal press elites.

“Trump didn’t create the rural-urban divide…but he successfully exploited it,” Mike Cavender, the executive director of the Radio Television Digital News Association, says of our current president. That exploitation has accelerated the image of a rural-urban divide as the nation’s media avidly covers his rallies focusing on gun rights supporters, anti-immigration posters, combative personalities, and Make America Great Again hat-wearing acolytes.

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Demolition of 1928 auditorium underway

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Spectators drifted in and out of the parking lot Monday as they watched the gradual demolition of Benson High School’s 1928 auditorium, and what served as band and choir rooms for generations of area students.

It is expected that the gradual demolition of the building will take three days. When they reach the front of the auditorium, the demolition crew will be working to preserve the decorative features including the “19 – Benson High School – 28” limestone piece at the top of the building.

Frattalone Companies of Little Canada got the bid for the demolition for $511,522.

While the auditorium and band room come down this summer to make room for the new performing arts center, the junior high classroom area attached to the east will stay until the new classrooms are constructed...

 

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Agricultural land values in Swift County starting to fall

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

“This was the first year in a number of years that we did lower our ag values in the county,” retiring Swift County Assessor Wayne Knutson told the Swift County Board of Commissioners at their June 18 meeting.

“It amounted to about 5 percent,” he said of the overall lowering of agricultural land values. “I didn’t lower every township the same. There were four townships that I didn’t make any changes to. There were 12 townships that were lowered about 5 percent on the tillable value. And there were four townships that I lowered about 7 percent on their tillable value.”

Seven years of strong commodity prices pushed agricultural land sales recorded levels by 2013 with the sales values reflected in ever-higher market values for local taxes. Despite falling prices, sales of farmland remained strong in some areas for several more years.

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Dr. Isabelle Eid joins H&H vet clinic

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Dr. Isabelle “Issi” Eid has joined the team at H&H Veterinary Service in Benson bringing not only her skills as a small and large animal veterinarian to the community, but also a background in public health.

Eid earning her undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota, she attended the U’s College of Veterinary Medicine where she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. At the same time, she completed a Master’s in Public Health at the U of M. She got her undergraduate degree in 2015 and her graduated from veterinary school in May.

A native of rural Montevideo, Eid has been at H&H just over a month now.

Eid grew up on a crop farm and hobby farm with goats, horses, and rabbits. When she was in middle school, she started raising alpacas. She says she is also a big “4-H’er.” She still works with the goats and alpacas in her spare time.

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