February 2020

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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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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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Gymnasts set another season-high

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team scored another season high point total during their final home meet of the season, a 138.275-93 victory over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville last Monday night at the Benson Armory.  Three nights later, the team closed out the regular-season with a 136.575-136.25 loss at Alexandria.

Next up for the gymnasts is the WCC Meet, set for Friday at Melrose.  The Section 6A Gymnastics Tourney is set for Saturday, Feb. 15 at Howard Lake-WW...

 

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Peterson leads Braves to victory over ACGC

The Benson boys basketball team won two more games last week to improve to 12-6 overall.  The Braves topped Ortonville last Monday night at home, 83-70, before losing at Minnewaska Area last Tuesday night, 80-48, and edging Atwater-CGC at home, Friday, 86-83.

The Braves, who are also 6-4 in the WCC to tie for third place, have two games scheduled this week.  Benson was set to play at Paynesville, Tuesday (yesterday) in a key section game, while Thursday (tomorrow), the Braves are set to host Montevideo...
 

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Benson girls top Trojans and Lakers

The Benson girls basketball team experienced both sides of a rout last week as the Braves routed Ortonville last Monday night (59-34) and Lakeview last Tuesday (66-27), but also lost by 37 points at home to Sauk Centre, Thursday (71-34).

Benson is 9-9 overall and 4-7 in the WCC heading into the final three weeks of the regular season.

The Braves have three games scheduled this week, including road games at Paynesville, Tuesday (yesterday) and at ACGC, Thursday (tomorrow) and a game at home against Minnewaska Area, Friday.

Claire Ricard could get her 1,000th career point on the road this week, while Kaitlyn Berreau should bet next to reach 1,000 points a game or two later...
 

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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‘We Come From All Divisions, Ranks, And Classes’

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

“But words are things, and a small drop of ink,
Falling, like dew, upon a thought, produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.”
Lord George Gordon Byron
British Poet

Lord Byron’s quote was the inspiration for the name of our column. We are not so naïve as to believe our words will go beyond the small-town community newspapers in which they are published, but it is our local readers we value. It is our local readers with whom we seek a conversation that we hope will expand their view of the diverse community in which they live.

Many community newspapers in America no longer carry editorial pages because they fear losing subscribers or advertisers – the revenue is too precious to jeopardize by taking stands on sensitive, or for that matter, any issues.

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County, city backing on revenue bonds could save SCBHS $250,000 a year

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County-Benson Health Services could improve its bottom line by as much as $250,000 annually through refinancing its debt. However, doing so is complicated and politically challenging.

Currently, SCBHS has $15.3 million in debt.  This past year, $7.3 million in debt was added with the construction of Scandi Haven Village. It added to the $2 million in bond debt it had from construction of the new clinic and physical therapy area in 2013. There is also $6 million in debt tied to bonds sold in 2007 for the surgical center and north entrance lobby remodeling that were refinanced in 2014 to get a lower interest rate...

 

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SCBHS reaffirms its commitment to CentraCare

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Saturday morning members of the Swift County-Benson Health Services Board of Governors sat down with CentraCare/Carris Health representatives to review just what had happened at its Dec. 12 meeting.

With the board and CentraCare/Carris representatives also discussing the future of health care, the meeting went on for over three hours.

As the board met in December, it was expecting to sign an operating agreement with CentraCare that would see the assets and operations of SCBHS become part of the St. Cloud based regional health care provider. However, rather than signing the agreement that had been developed over the past year, the board was told the deal was off...

 

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No dike to protect Hawleywood

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Due to a lack of interest on the part of a majority of residents of the Hawleywood subdivision in northwest Benson, the city will not pursue a permanent flood control solution.

The city had sent out surveys to gauge interest among the 28 homeowners who would be threatened by rising flood waters on the Chippewa River. Those surveys projected the costs for doing the project at just over $500,000. Homeowners would be assessed for half the cost with the city picking up the other half. The city would have also sought grants to lower the cost of the project...

 

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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Joyce Annette Merriman

Joyce Annette Merriman of Olathe,KS,  passed away on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at the age of 63 after a hard fought 11-month battle with cancer.  Joyce was born November 12, 1957 in Benson, MN the daughter of Marjorie B. Johnson and Gerhard C. Mitteness.  Services are pending at this time.

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