February 2020

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12
Feb
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Voters Have The Right To A Secret Ballot

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Among the most fundamental of rights in our democracy is the right to a secret ballot. Minnesota’s current law upends that right. We have talked to a good number of people  who regularly vote in Minnesota’s elections who now say they won’t vote in the March 3 Presidential Nomination Primary.

Why won’t they vote? Because under state law, Minnesotans are required to identify the party in which they are voting and request either a Democratic Farmer Labor Party (DFL) or Republican ballot at their polling place. Who they vote for remains private, but their party preference goes to the state’s four major political parties: Republican Party of Minnesota, the DFL, the Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party, and Legal Marijuana Now Party.

Wed
12
Feb
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County approves perpetual easement

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

A perpetual easement for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in Benson Township was approved by Swift County’s Board of Commissioners at their Feb. 4 meeting.

It includes about 32 acres of the property in Section 17 of Benson Township. Derek and Tom VanderWeyst were at the meeting representing the land’s owners. It is just northeast of Lake John on the south side of Swift County Road 22.

 

This easement allows him to hay the property after July 15, but the property has to maintain the vegetative cover and the wetland is protected. It has historically been a pasture with some agricultural uses, Blake Knisley, real estate specialist with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, told commissioners. 

The landowner will retain primary responsibility for weed control, recreational use, access, and will continue to be responsible for the payment of property taxes...

 

Wed
12
Feb
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SCBHS updates county on need for debt refinancing

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Saving $250,000 in interest payments every year would significantly improve the bottom line of Swift County-Benson Health Services.

To get that savings, SCBHS would have to refinance its $7.5 million debt associated with construction of Scandi Haven Village, the $6 million general obligation bonds from 2014 and the $2 million in general obligation bonds from 2013.

At the Swift County Board of Commissioners meeting Feb. 4, Co-SCBHS Administrators Melissa McGinty-Thompson and Dan Enderson explained how refinancing the $15.3 million debt could then greatly reduce the interest on those loans.

CentraCare Health, which through its affiliate Carris Health is now managing SCBHS, has said that it would come back to the governing board at its Feb. 24 meeting with possible options for refinancing the debt. It has not said how that refinancing would take place...

 

Wed
12
Feb
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Countryside prepared if coronavirus diagnosed in area

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

For the first few weeks that the coronavirus was making headlines, the stories of the new deadly virus were limited to the fight in China; then it began spreading around the world including to the United States.

In early February, a case of coronavirus was confirmed in neighboring Wisconsin as the total number of cases in the U.S. rose to 12. One U.S. citizen has died from the virus, but she was in China at the time.

Monday it was reported that 97 people died in China on Sunday alone from the respiratory disease, which causes pneumonia like symptoms.

While Minnesota has yet to see a case of the new coronavirus, its state and local medical agencies are gearing up to address the disease should it spread here.

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Ronald Eugene Houde

Ronald Eugene Houde, 71, of Benson, Minn., died Saturday, February 1, 2020, at Swift County Benson Health Services.  A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held Saturday, February 29, 2020, from 1-5 p.m., at Hanny’s Bar & Grill in Benson.  Opening Prayer will be held at 1 p.m. followed by a time of sharing. In lieu of flowers, Memorials are preferred to Kids Fishing Foundation, 31258 600th Street, Millville, MN 55957.

Wed
05
Feb
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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota Monday, January 6, 2020 – 5:30 p.m. Benson High School Media Center

The organizational meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m. by Brian Samuelson.
Members present:  Paul Carruth, Mary KW Langan, Bill McGeary, Gary Williams, Brian Samuelson, James Berens and Eric Peterson.  Members absent:     None
Approved Agenda.
Organization of School Board:  Brian Samuelson elected Chairperson; Gary Williams elected Vice-Chair; Mary KW Langan elected Clerk.; Bill McGeary elected Treasurer.
School board meeting schedule approved as presented for 2020, second Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m.
Swift County Monitor-News designated the official newspaper. 
All Minnesota Depositories plus PMA Financial, TD Ameritrade and Minnesota Liquid Asset Fund, or successors, designated the Depositories. 
Authorized the Director of Finance to make electronic funds transfers and the Superintendent and Director of Finance to apply for Federal, State and other grants and programs. 

Wed
05
Feb
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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota Monday, December 16, 2019 – 5:30 p.m. Benson High School Media Center

Meeting called to order at 5:30 p.m. by Chair Brian Samuelson.  Members present:  Jim Berens, Mary KW Langan, Eric Peterson, Gary Williams, Bill McGeary, Brian Samuelson.  Members absent:  Paul Carruth.
Added to the Agenda:  Proposed 2020 School Board Meeting Dates.
Agenda approved.
Citizens Comments:  The board took comments and questions from community members.
Consent Agenda approved.
Progress Reports presented by the administrators.
Ryan Brietbach, Construction Manager, provided a construction update including a financial update and stated the project continues to be under budget and on schedule, despite the cold temperatures.
Approved Payable 2020 Levy is $3,927,887.27, a 15.96% increase compared to Payable 2019.
All options were explained regarding a City-School Lease of the Civic Center, Gymnastics Facility Details and Gymnastics Options and discussion took place.

Wed
05
Feb
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NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that default has occurred in the conditions of the following described mortgage:
DATE OF MORTGAGE: October 03, 2014
ORIGINAL PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF MORTGAGE: $104,025.00
MORTGAGOR(S): Dean G. Christenson, a single man
MORTGAGEE: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as mortgagee, as nominee for Quicken Loans Inc., its successors and assigns
DATE AND PLACE OF RECORDING:
Recorded: October 03, 2014 Swift County Recorder
Document Number: 239832
ASSIGNMENTS OF MORTGAGE:
And assigned to: Quicken Loans Inc.
Dated: December 02, 2019
Recorded: December 26, 2019 Swift County Recorder
Document Number: 249667
Transaction Agent: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc.
Transaction Agent Mortgage Identification Number:
     100039033310059609
Lender or Broker: Quicken Loans Inc
Residential Mortgage Servicer: Quicken Loans Inc.

Wed
05
Feb
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

The Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Swift County, MN (Swift County HRA) hereby submits for public comment the Annual Plan for the years 2020-2025.
A copy of the plan and supporting documents are available at the HRA office at the Swift County Courthouse (301 14th St. N.) during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All persons are welcomed to review the proposed plan and make written comments to the Swift County HRA.
A public hearing for the plan will be held at the regular board meeting of the HRA Monday, March 30, 2020 at 5:45 p.m. at the Swift County Courthouse. The plan will be submitted for approval to the HRA Board of Commissioners following the public hearing and will be submitted to HUD prior to March 30, 2020 and after approval by the HRA Board of Commissioners.

Vicki Syverson
Executive Director
Swift County HRA

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05
Feb
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KMS boys top Camden North leader MACCRAY

The KMS boys basketball team knocked off league-leading MACCRAY, Thursday night at home, 71-55.  The win was the sixth in the last 10 games for the Saints, who improved to 6-10 overall and 5-7 in the conference.  Earlier in the week, the Saints fell to Lakeview, 69-57.

Three games are on tap this week beginning with a game Monday at Prinsburg CMCS, now tied with MACCRAY for the Camden lead at 10-2, followed by home games with BLHS, Thursday (tomorrow) and Renville County West, Friday...

 

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