March 2020

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PUBLIC NOTICE

The Clontarf Township Board will accept quotes until 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, 2020, for gravel, road blading, snow removal, and mowing. Regular monthly meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Fire Hall on Main St./Grace Avenue. The board reserves the right to reject any and all quotes.
Anne Schirmer, Clerk

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Zosel and Dineen lead Benson wrestling team in 2019-20

The Benson wrestling team announced its season-ending awards recently and among the awardwinners for the 2019-20 season were Adam Zosel, Thomas Dineen, Nathan Bolduc, Teegan Hogrefe, Alden Syltie, and Eh do la Wah.  The Benson wrestling team closed out the recently-completed season with a 7-18 overall record, which included a 1-5 mark within the WCC.

The Braves started out fast, going 3-2 in their first five matches, but injuries and illnesses took a toll over the final two months of the season as Benson lost six-straight matches to drop to 3-8 overall and then went 4-10 over its final 14 matches.  Benson earned the seventh seed in the 10-team Section 5A Tourney and beat 10th-seeded Ortonville in the first round (54-21) before losing to second-seeded BBE in the quarterfinals (71-9).

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Bruns, Engebretson are MVP’s for MBA

The MBA boys hockey team finished the season with the most wins in school history.  The Storm went 20-6 this season, including a 12-1 start.  This is the first time in 25 seasons the Benson, or MBA, boys hockey team has finished the season with at least 20 victories.

The Storm recently had their season-ending banquet at which time the team announced the season-ending awards.

Junior Zach Bruns earned the Offensive Player of the Year award, while senior goalie Chase Engebretson was selected for the Defensive Player of the Year award.

Bruns had a team-best 60 points this season and also surpassed 100 career points this season.  He will go into his senior season with 115 career points, which ranks him ninth on the all-time points list headed by Tanner Picht with 203 points.

Engebretson has been the starting goalie for several years and was in net this year for 22 games, going 19-3 overall.

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Enderson earns MVP for Braves

The Benson boys basketball team had one of the best seasons in the last decade, going 15-12 overall, including a 7-7 mark within the WCC.  The Braves started out fast and loud, going 3-0 to start the season, including big wins over Sauk Centre (77-69) and Minnewaska Area (68-61), and were 9-3 after the first dozen games.

However, the schedule got a lot tougher in the second half of the season as Benson went 6-9 to close out the year, including losses in five of the last six games and a 73-63 home setback to Paynesville in the Section 3AA opening round.

Paynesville fell to the Lakers in the next round and Minnewaska Area also beat Redwood Valley in the sub-section finals before losing to Jackson County Central in the Section 3AA finals.  Benson was seeded fourth in its half of the section tourney, while Paynesville was seeded fifth, Minnewaska was first, Redwood Valley was third, and Jackson CC was first in the south half of the section.

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Vulnerability To The Coronavirus And Political Party

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

There are consequences for political actions that diminish support for science and health research.

In a study titled “Red State, Blue State, Flu State,” Harvard’s Matthew Baum looked at our politically divided society and its impact on attitudes and policies in states around the country involving healthcare. His specific focus was on the 2009 “Swine Flu” (H1N1) and vaccinations.

“Even seemingly non-partisan political issues like public health are increasingly characterized by partisan polarization in public attitudes,” he wrote. He partially attributed the increasing polarization to our loss of a common source of news that pervaded society until advent of the internet in the 1990s.

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County still debating on how to help SCBHS

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County, the City of Benson and the governing board of Swift County-Benson Health Services will conduct a joint meeting Monday on refinancing for the healthcare facility’s debt.

It has been estimated that with county and city stepping into help with refinancing bond and loan debt at lower interest rate, that SCBHS could save nearly $300,000 annually and $5 million over the life of its debt payments.

Where and how that meeting will take place has been changing as the three public bodies try comply with social distancing mandates from the state government as well as comply with the Minnesota Open Meeting law...

 

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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County passes emergency declaration

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

At an emergency meeting Friday morning the Swift County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution declaring a state of emergency due to the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus.

Swift County Emergency Manager Bill McGeary told the board that while it did not appear that the emergency declaration was necessary at its March 17 meeting, that new guidance from the Department of Homeland Security now required the declaration.

The emergency declaration allows the county to track the steps it is taking to deal with the spread of COVID-19. “It will allow you to keep track of what we are doing…but as this thing gets bigger and the county takes a more aggressive role, it will allow you to free up some funds that will probably be reimbursable.”

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Benson schools supplying food to students

Benson area youth have been taking advantage of free meals being dropped off each day at various sites in Benson and the surrounding area.  All they have to do is stop by one of the convenient meal sites and pick up the meals each morning at the designated time.

The USDA Meal Program is for anyone 18 years old and under.  They do not have to live in the school district, or attend Benson Schools to participate.  Everyone qualifies for the program as long as they are 18 years or younger.  Each day, a breakfast and lunch is delivered.

The meal program encourages people to register each day, but they can also just show up since extra meals are prepared at each site, just in case.

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3 counties propose using PCF as COVID-19 hospital

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Four area hospitals are pursuing a plan to turn one pod of the Prairie Correctional Facility (PCF) in Appleton into a COVID-19 medical center with an initial cost of $1 million.

Called the Tri-County Covid Medical Center it would serve Chippewa, Lac qui Parle and Swift counties. The costs would be split based on county population.

The proposal was presented by Appleton Area Health Services (AAHS) CEO Lori Andreas and Swift County-Benson Health Services Co-CEO Melissa McGinty-Thompson at an emergency meeting of the Swift County Board of Commissioners Friday morning. The other two hospitals involved are Montevideo and Dawson.

County    Population    Contribution
Chippewa    12,010    $425,977
Swift    9,411    $333,794
Lac qui Parle    6,773    $240,228
Total     28,194    $1,000,000

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Counties propose using Prairie Correctional Facility as COVID-19 hospital

Appleton Area Health Services CEO Lori Andreas and Swift County-Benson Health Services Co-CEO Melissa McGinty-Thompson propose using the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton to treat COVID-19 patients. The Swift County Board of Commissioners will consider funding the request at their Tuesday morning special meeting.

By Reed Anfinson

Publisher

Swift County Monitor-News

Four area hospitals are pursuing a plan to turn one pod of the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton into a COVID-19 medical center with an initial cost of $1 million.

Called the Tri-County Covid Medical Center it would serve Chippewa, Lac qui Parle and Swift counties. The costs would be split based on county population.

 

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