August 2019

Wed
21
Aug
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KMS, Benson to take part in scrimmage, Saturday

The Benson football team is set to host a four-team scrimmage at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 24 on Brock Field. 

Also set to take part are KMS, Lac qui Parle Valley, and MACCRAY. 

The scrimmage is for varsity and 9th-10th grade teams...

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Wed
21
Aug
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Pushing Back Against Rural America’s Detractors

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

When you see a headline on a story like, “The Rural America Death Spiral,” it can be dismaying, make your blood boil, and create doubts about our future. Then you have to consider the source. Axios, the publisher of the story, is based in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., about as far removed from the extraordinary diversity of America’s rural landscape as you can get. Still, it stings.

“Many of the nation’s current pathologies are taking a heavy toll on the majority-white population living in rural America, which was severely impacted by the opioid crisis and has dealt with falling populations, job losses, and rising suicide rates,” Stef W. Kight and Juliet Bartz write for the news website Axios.

Wed
21
Aug
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FSA - 44,169 acres unplanted in county

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

It was one of the worst springs on record for planting crops in Minnesota and the Corn Belt states of America. With the release of the Farm Service Agencies figures on the acres farmers said they were unable to plant this year because of wet fields the reality of just how bad it was is evident.

In all, nearly 19.26 million acres didn’t get planted with crops this year.  Minnesota ranks sixth in the nation in prevented planting acres with 1,170,579. Most of the hard hit counties were in southwest Minnesota.

Swift County saw 44,169 acres go unplanted, a drastic increase from the fewer than 2,000 acres of prevented planting acres in 2018...

 

Wed
21
Aug
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Benson to share Xcel tax payments with county, school

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Benson will share the two payments Xcel Energy will be making to compensate for the loss of property taxes on Benson Power based on the current percentages of the Swift County tax statement.

It also voted at its meeting Monday night to agree to enter into a five-year lease agreement with the Benson Civic Center board and contribute $500,000 toward the renovation of the north end of the civic center.

Both actions are intended to give the Benson Public Schools Board of Education a commitment upon which it can make its decision on whether or not to sign a lease for the space with the civic center board.

Benson schools would use the renovated space for its gymnastics program and other school activities...

 

Wed
21
Aug
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Blasts last week take down Benson Power, stack

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

By Thanksgiving the remains of what was the generating facility for a 55-megawatt power plant fueled by turkey litter and wood chips should be gone and the portion of the site it sat on bare ground.

Last Wednesday morning, charges set over two months by Control Demolition from Phoenix, Maryland, exploded with a series of loud cracks as expectant watchers gathered for the demolition waited for the building and stack to fall. Those blasts were quickly followed by deeper, more powerful blasts that seemed to shake the ground...

 

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Tue
20
Aug
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Phyllis Flaten

Phyllis Flaten (Hammargren) passed away peacefully on Friday, August 16, 2019. 

Thu
15
Aug
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Dennis Roger Plucker, Sr.

Dennis Roger Plucker, Sr., 81, of rural Murdock, Minn., died Saturday, July 27, 2019, at his home. 

Wed
14
Aug
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SWIFT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES July 16, 2019

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

Chairman Hendrickx asked if there were any changes or additions to the agenda. There were no changes. 

07-16-19-01 Commissioner Fox moved and Commissioner Rudningen seconded to approve the agenda. Motion carried unanimously.
07-16-19-02 Commissioner E. Pederson moved and Commissioner P. Peterson seconded to approve the Consent Agenda items: (1) Approval of Minutes from the July 2, 2019 Regular Meeting, (2) Consider approval of County Policies (3) Consider approving Resolution 19-07-32 for appointing Joseph Tschida to a 4-year term as County Assessor for the remainder of Wayne Knutson’s term running until January 1, 2121. Motion carried unanimously.

Wed
14
Aug
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NOTICE AND ORDER FOR HEARING ON PETITION FOR DESCENT OF PROPERTY

TATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF SWIFT
EIGHTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
DISTRICT COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
Court File No. 76-PR-19-344
Estate of Linda Mae Hilleren,
   Decedent
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A Petition for Determination of Descent has been filed with this Court. The Petition represents that the Decedent died more than three years ago, leaving property in Minnesota and requests the probate of Decedent's last Will dated, if any, and the descent of such property be determined and assigned by this Court to the persons entitled to the property.

Any objections to the Petition must be filed With the Court prior to or raised at the hearing. If proper, and no objections are filed or raised, the Petition may be granted.

Wed
14
Aug
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Local youth competes at Drive, Chip, Putt contest

Arnold Stelzer, the 9-year old son of Justin and Beth Stelzer of Benson, placed second at the local qualifying event and sixth at the sub-regional tournament for the National Drive, Chip, and Putt golf contest at Augusta, GA.

Arnold placed second overall in the age 7-9 boys’ division and first in the putting category during the Drive, Chip, and Putt local qualifier event, July 9 at Eagle Creek Golf Course in Willmar. 

The top three overall winners from that event advanced to the sub-regional qualifying contest, which was set for Sunday, Aug. 11 at Braemer Golf Course in Edina.

At the sub-regional qualifier, in which the top two advance to the Regional contest, Stelzer placed sixth of 15 individuals.  He had a high individual finish of fourth in the drive portion of the contest...

 

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