December 2019

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Karen Marie Mooberry Mills

Karen Marie Mooberry Mills, 77, of Chickamaw Beach, Minnesota, passed away unexpectedly December 25, 2019 at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd, Minnesota.

Karen was born November 12, 1942 to Bernard Mooberry and Marie Larsen Mooberry in Benson, Minnesota. Karen helped to work on the family dairy farm until she left for nursing college in Minneapolis. It was there that she met the love of her life Michael Mills and the two were married June 27, 1964. She became a mother to daughter Sandra Marie Mills March 14, 1965. Karen spent over 20 years as the spouse of a US Naval officer and traveled the states and beyond in this role until settling down in retirement in Chickamaw Beach.

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SWIFT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES December 3, 2019

Chairman Hendrickx called the meeting to order at 5:00 PM. with all members present. 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. Chair Hendrickx had one addition after citizens comments, request approval for the appointment of an Eligibility Worker to step 3. There were no other changes.  
12-03-19-01 Commissioner Fox moved and Commissioner P. Peterson seconded to approve the agenda as amended. Motion carried unanimously.

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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 5:30 p.m. Benson High School Media Center

The meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m. by Chair Brian Samuelson.  Members present:  James Berens, Paul Carruth, Mary KW Langan, Eric Peterson, Brian Samuelson, Gary Williams.
Members absent:  Bill McGeary. 
Additions to the Agenda:  Move audit to 7.1.1; Move tour of Civic Center before adjournment. 
Approved Agenda.
Approved Consent Agenda.
Progress Reports were presented by the administrators.

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Benson boys suffer first loss versus BOLD

The Benson boys basketball team lost its first game last Tuesday night at BOLD, 89-66.  The Braves trailed 45-35 at halftime before being outscored 44-31 in the second half.  BOLD was recently ranked second in Class A and is 2-0 in the WCC.

BOLD had four players score in double figures, including Jordan Sagedahl with 26, while Will Enderson and Cole Hedman led the Braves with 19 and 18 points, respectively, but Benson was kept from having four players score in double figures for the first time this season.

The Braves were also set to host the Benson Invitational, Friday and Saturday, but results of the tournament were not available by presstime.

Coming up this week is the Redwood Valley Tournament, Friday and Saturday...
 

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Benson girls fall to SC and Melrose

The Benson girls basketball team fell below .500 for the season with a pair of conference losses last week.  The Braves, now 3-4 overall and 2-3 in the WCC, lost to state-ranked Sauk Centre last Tuesday night, 61-41, and also lost at home to Melrose Area, Thursday, 55-42.

The Braves have a couple weeks off to prepare for their next game, Thursday, Jan. 2 at home against Clinton-GB...

 

For more on this story, and to keep up on all the latest in area sports, subscribe to the Swift County Monitor-News print edition or our PDF internet edition. Call 320-843-4111 and you can get all the local news and sports delivered to you!

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Benson wrestlers edge BOLD for first victory

The Benson team split a pair of matches at the Benson quadrangular last Tuesday, edging BOLD on the first match, 42-38, but falling to a strong Eden Valley-Watkins team in the other match, 48-30.

EVW beat Ortonville (59-16) and BOLD (57-21) to claim the four-team title, while BOLD also beat the Trojans (51-27) and Benson and Ortonville did not wrestle.

The Braves were also set to wrestle at Osakis, Thursday and at the Monticello Tournament, Saturday, but results of those two competitions were not received by presstime and will be highlighted next week.

Coming up this Saturday is the annual Braves Wrestling Classic...

 

For more on this story, and to keep up on all the latest in area sports, subscribe to the Swift County Monitor-News print edition or our PDF internet edition. Call 320-843-4111 and you can get all the local news and sports delivered to you!

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Peterson’s Impeachment Vote Fits His District, But...

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Our 7th Congressional District made the national news frequently this past week. As our readers are well aware, that attention was brought from the halls of the U.S. House in Washington, D.C., to the small towns and rural reaches of our district due to a couple votes of Rep. Collin Peterson. 

He was one of only two Democrats in the House to vote against impeaching President Donald Trump on the charge of abuse of power and one of only three to vote no on the charge of obstruction of justice. With the Democrats’ majority in the House, both motions passed, the president was impeached, and now we wait for the U.S. Senate to act.

Because of the historic nature of the House vote and Peterson’s role, we would be remiss not to comment on it. But first, let’s hear from Peterson in his own words.

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AAH expanding mental health care to area

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Imagine a young man faced with a mental health crisis being dropped off at the local hospital by law enforcement in hopes that he will receive the care and attention he so desperately needs.

After an initial assessment, the staff knows that he needs care at a facility specialized in mental health care – that’s when they start making phone calls to the facilities they know all too well around the region. If they are lucky, the first one will take him, if not they will be making more calls.

Three months ago, a 19-year-old with a mental health crisis was dropped off at an area hospital’s emergency room. The last place they were hoping to get him admitted said because he didn’t have a high school diploma, it wouldn’t take him, Sheriff John Holtz told the Swift County Board of Commissioners at their Dec. 17 meeting...

 

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County says ‘no’ to paying DHS reimbursement

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County will follow the lead of the Association of Minnesota Counties and say that it does not plan to pay the Minnesota Department of Human Services back for billing errors it made.

It is estimated that the errors would cost Swift County nearly $21,000.

After conducting a review of its programs through which it reimburses counties for costs incurred providing services, the DHS found that it had wrongly made over $61 million in payments to substance abuse providers, a welfare assistance program, and for child foster care services. Last May, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services told the state’s DHS to stop making the payments immediately.

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Flu hitting some rural areas hard

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

So far, Benson Public Schools students have not been hit by a widespread outbreak of influenza; students in some nearby schools haven’t been so fortunate.

“Over the past couple of weeks, influenza has reached high levels in both the Dawson/Boyd and Lac qui Parle Valley school districts causing cancellation of sporting events and practices,” Dawn Bjorgan, a registered nurse with Countryside Public Health, said. Other schools in the area are also seeing increasing cases.

Countryside serves Swift, Lac qui Parle, Chippewa, Yellow Medicine and Big Stone counties.

The Minnesota Department of Health does not recommend schools close to prevent infectious disease transmission, however, schools may choose to close if there are not enough staff to function normally, she said.

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