March 2020

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Lending funds from Swift County reserves could be win-win move

 

By Reed Anfinson

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Swift County Monitor-News

As Swift County’s Board of Commissioners debated ways in which it could financially assist Swift County-Benson Health Service with restructuring its debt to possibly saving $300,000 annually, an idea was suggested that could be a win-win for both entities.

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Benson, county consider SCBHS financing options

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

The potential options for Swift County and the City of Benson providing financial assistance to Swift County -Benson Health Services to potentially save it $300,000 in annual interest payments is an evolving story.

March 2 the SCBHS governing board, the city council, and county board met in a joint special meeting to discuss financing options for SCBHS and the debt associated with the construction of Scandi Haven Village. County commissioners also discussed the issues at length at their March 3 meeting.

Since then, City Manager Rob Wolfington, County Administrator Kelsey Baker and SCBHS Chief Financial Officer and Co-Administrator Dan Enderson have had multiple meetings on new proposals....

 

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Is Our Reaction To Coronavirus Overblown?

During the 2017-2018 flu season, more than 61,000 people died in the United States – that is an average of 167 every day for 365 days. Few of our readers will remember any screaming headlines or endless television coverage of the flu season a couple years ago. There weren’t that many.

With each passing day the numbers of deaths attributed to the coronavirus is rising in the U.S. As of Monday morning, it was 27. The total number of cases was rapdily climbing toward 800. Sunday night a second case of the virus was confirmed in Minnesota.

If this virus is so much less deadly and pervasive than the seasonal flu, why so much hype about it? Why are public health agencies in full mobilization mode? Why are people being quarantined? Why has the reaction been so over-the-top that it is tanking the U.S. and world economies, with economists now saying there is a good chance of a recession ahead?

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C. Howard Peterson

Carl Howard Peterson, age 98, of Willmar and formerly of Benson, died Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at Bethesda Grand in Willmar. 

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Mavone O. Floan

Mavone O. Floan, 85, died on Friday, March 6, 2020 at the Swift Co Benson Hospital surrounded by her family.  Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 13, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. at West Zion Lutheran Church, rural Hancock, MN with visitation on Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Zniewski Funeral Home and continuing from 12:30-1:30 at the church on Friday.

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Braves fall to Bulldogs in 3AA opener

The  Benson boys basketball team fell to Paynesville in the Section 3AA Boys Basketball Tournament opener in Benson, Saturday night, 73-63.

The Braves ended the season with a 15-12 overall record after losing for the second time this season to the Bulldogs, who moved on to face top-seeded Minnewaska Area in the sub-section semifinals, Thursday (tomorrow) in Willmar.

Benson was seeded fourth in the section tourney, while Paynesville was seeded fifth.

“It was a tough loss, that’s for sure, but the guys had a great season and Paynesville just played a little better than us tonight,” coach Adam Jensen said...

 

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 girls end season vs. NLS

The Benson girls basketball team was eliminated for the season with a 63-27 loss to New London-Spicer in the sub-section semifinals, Thursday at Minnewaska Area High School.

The Braves, seeded fourth in its half of Section 3AA, had defeated fifth-seeded Minnewaska Area in the opening round in Benson, 39-38, but they were not match for the top-seeded Wildcats.

Benson had led the Lakers, 28-21 at halftime before scoring only 11 points in the second half.  Against NLS, the Braves cold shooting continued as Benson scored just seven points in the first half before adding 20 more points in the second half.

NLS, which improved to 26-1 overall, advanced to play EV-Watkins for the sub-section title.

Benson will lose five seniors to graduation, Claire Ricard, Kaitlyn Berreau, Abbie Mitteness, Abby Lundebrek, and Hannah Andrews...

 

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Benson and KMS wrestlers come home with medals

Thomas Dineen and Adam Zosel competed at the State Wrestling Tournament for the Braves, Friday and Saturday at the Excel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Dineen, a freshman, went 3-2 to place fifth at 182 pounds, while Zosel, a junior, went 0-1 at 152 pounds and was eliminated after the person he lost to fell in the quarterfinals.

Zosel went over 100 career wins this season and ended his junior year of wrestling with a 33-4 record.  He goes into his senior season with an unofficial 103-42 career mark, currently the 12th most wins for the Braves among the 14 100-win wrestlers.

Dineen meanwhile, finished 41-3 this year and will go into his sophomore season with an unofficial 59 career victories with an outside shot of reaching 100 career wins during his sophomore season.

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Only a handful of people show up for school levy meeting

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Only 11 people showed up Tuesday evening, Feb. 25, for the first public meeting on the proposed $1.5 District 777 levy to build new activities building. The primary occupant of the new facility will be the joint Benson High School and Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg High School gymnastics program.

The school board is asking voters to approve a $1.5 million bond levy April 14 to pay for a new multi-purpose activity space, Supt. Dennis Laumeyer told those who showed up. Absentee balloting on the levy has already started...

 

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Countryside: Prepare now for the coronavirus

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

While there are currently no cases of Coronavirus (Covid19) in Minnesota, now is the time to prepare for a possible outbreak, Countryside Public Health’s Gloria Tobias stresses.

Tobias is the Disease Prevention & Control Coordinator, and the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, for Countryside. Countryside provides public health services to residents of Swift, Chippewa, Yellow Medicine, Lac qui Parle and Big Stone counties. It will be at the forefront of a coronavirus outbreak should the area start seeing cases...

 

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