November 2019

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Arlys Mumm

Arlys Mumm
February 28, 1935 • November 26, 2019

Arlys Mumm, 84, died  Tuesday morning, November 26, 2019,  at the Chippewa County Montevideo Hospital in Montevideo, Minnesota. Visitation was held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Thursday, November 28, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson and continued from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday followed by a funeral service at 10:30 a.m.  Interment followed the service at the Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery in Horton Township.

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CITY OF BENSON TRUTH IN TAXATION HEARING

Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Benson, MN Truth in Taxation meeting will be held at 5:30 pm on Monday, December 2, 2019, in the City Council Chambers at 1410 Kansas Ave.
 
Dated this 25th  day of November 2019.
 
/s/ Terri Collins          
Mayor
Attest: /s/ Glen Pederson     
City Clerk
 

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SWIFT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES November 05, 2019

Chairman Hendrickx called the meeting to order at 9:00 AM. with all members present. Also present: County Administrator Kelsey Baker, County Attorney Danielle Olson, Terri Orr and other county employees.
Chairman Hendrickx asked if there were any changes or additions to the agenda. Commissioner Fox had one addition under Other Business, discuss fire numbers. There were no other changes.  
11-05-19-01 Commissioner Rudningen moved and Commissioner Fox seconded to approve the agenda as amended. Motion carried unanimously.
11-05-19-02 Commissioner P. Peterson moved and Commissioner Rudningen seconded to approve the Consent Agenda items: (1) Minutes from the October 15, 2019 Regular Meeting, (2) Approval of CliftonLarsonAllen engagement letter, (3) Approval of Human Service Policies, (4) Approval of Human Service Contracts. Motion carried unanimously.
Chairman Hendrickx requested removal of a check, Twin Valley Tire Inc., $972.00. 

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Benson’s Ricard and KMS’ Johnson named to All-Area honorable mention team for 2019

Benson senior Claire Ricard and KMS senior Haylee Johnson were both named to the All-Area honorable mention team for the 2019 season.

The West Central Tribune of Willmar puts out an annual All-Area volleyball team and seven athletes were named to the All-Area first team and another 11 were named to the All-Area honorable mention squad...

 

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Diederich, Tolifson earn All-Area recognition

Christian Diederich and Matthew Tolifson were among 24 area players recognized by the West Central Tribune of Willmar for its 2019 All-Area football team.

Diederich, a senior from KMS, was among 11 players named to the All-Area first team, while Tolifson, a senior at Benson, was among 13 area players named  to the All-Area honorable mention team...

 

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Ricard, Berreau lead Braves to opening win

Claire Ricard scored off an inbounds play underneath the Benson basket with about four seconds left in the game to give the Braves a thrilling 65-64 home win over Morris Area-CA in the season opener for both teams.

Benson trailed by as much as 18 points in the first half (37-19), but got the deficit down to 10 points by halftime and then outscored the Tigers 38-27 in the second half to open up the season with a win.

Kaitlyn Berreau had a game-high 29 points, including 23 points in the second half, while Ricard had 20 points and six rebounds, including 12 in the first half.

Benson did a great job of containing Morris Area senior Malory Anderson, who had 14 points in the first half, but only three in the second half...

 

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Informed Communities Are Healthy Communities

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

A recent University of North Carolina study found that since 2004 1,800 newspapers had disappeared in America – 1,700 of the community weekly newspapers.

In the metropolitan areas of America, there is a relatively rich media culture with commercial television stations, public radio and television stations, internet web sites devoted to covering the both the urban region and communities within it, and daily newspapers.

However, many of these dailies have seen their newsrooms gutted with the savings on reporter salaries going to pay investors of their hedge fund owners.

In many rural communities, the only source of the news is the local newspaper. The information we provide reaches deeply into the fabric of what makes a community connected, successful, inclusive and forward looking. When it disappears, the community’s health is threatened

In Healthy communities

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Swift County to take care of Thielkes’ Appleton fire bill

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Escaping with their three grandchildren and the clothes they were wearing the afternoon of Oct. 5, Randy and LuJean Thielke watched their home and a lifetime of memories go up in flames. It was heartbreaking.

Then the bills started coming in from the fire departments that had been called to fight the blaze. In all, they totaled over $21,000 with none more stunning that the $15,500 bill from the Appleton Fire Department.

Last Tuesday the Thielkes showed up at the Swift County Board of Commissioners meeting along with members of the Fairfield Township board of supervisors to challenge the bill. Also, at the meeting was George Duckwitz, a Fairfield Township farmer who lost a barn to a fire Nov. 12.

What Duckwitz had in common with the Thielkes is the confusion surrounding the 911 calls they made and who the responding fire department should have been.

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Commissioners want confusion over 911 calls fixed

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Just over a month after dispatching confusion left Randy and LuJean Thielke of Fairfield Township with a $15,500 Appleton Fire Department bill another fire call in the western Swift County township pointed to continuing problems.

George and Diane Duckwitz’s farm sits two miles west of U.S Highway 59 in Section 20 of Fairfield Township. November 12 one of Duckwtiz’s barns caught fire and burned to the ground.

 “When the fire erupted, I yelled to my brother and wife, ‘Somebody call 911!’” Duckwitz told Swift County’s Board of Commissioners at the Nov. 19 meeting. His wife ran to their house and called 911, contacting Swift County dispatch and giving it their address. The dispatcher told her that the Morris Fire Department was to be called. “As far as I know, that was the end of the discussion. I don’t know if the Swift County dispatch called the Morris Fire Department, or not.”

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DHS mistakes to cost Swift County thousands

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

“DHS made the top of the front page again,” Swift County Human Services Director Catie Lee told the board of commissioners at their meeting Nov. 19. “It’s like the tenth week in a row.”

Minnesota’s Department of Human Services isn’t getting front page headlines because of good things happening at the state agency. Rather, those headlines are about substantial financial errors that are going to cost counties a lot of money.

 “Counties will pay for some of growing financial failures at Minnesota DHS’ Lee said, quoting the headline in last week’s Star Tribune. “I think we are seeing the tip of the iceberg...”

 

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