April 2020

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James Harlow Johnson

James Harlow Johnson, 87, of Minneapolis, Minnesota  died Monday, April 20, 2020 at home.
 

Jim was born in New London July 11, 1932 at his grandparents’ home. His parents were Harlow and Sovina (Skeie) Johnson.
 

James graduated from Kerkhoven High School in 1950. He went on to graduate from Concordia College in Moorhead in 1954 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and physical education. Teaching history in Elbow Lake was his first job after graduation.
 

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Mabel Ruth Hughes

 

Mabel Ruth Hughes, 98, passed away on her birthday, Sunday, April 26, 2020, at White Pine Assisted Living in White Bear Lake, MN from the effects of Alzheimer’s.

The second child of Henry and Dorothy Hanson, Mabel was born in Six Mile Grove Township, Swift County. She attended country school near their farm through 8th grade and graduated from Benson High School in 1940.

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Cancelled spring sports season especially tough for baseball-loving Minchow family

This was going to be the year.

Patrick Minchow was coming back as a starting junior shortstop for the Benson baseball team and sophomore Isaac Minchow appeared ready to take over the starting spot at second base or right field.

Baseball is a passion for the Minchow family of Benson.  Patrick and Isaac have been playing fall baseball for MN SWAT for many years, which is a team of west central players, and the two student-athletes from Benson would quickly name baseball as their favorite sport.

“Baseball is our favorite sport, but we spend tons of time together whether it’s on the baseball field, golf course, or playing video games,” said Patrick Minchow.  “Isaac usually gets sick of me because of how often I try to talk him into going outside and doing something.”

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First Evangelical Free Church improvises for services

With his parishioners unable to come to services in the church due to social distancing requirements, First Evangelical Free Church Pastor Bjorn Bakke has been improvising. Standing in the back of his pickup truck Sundays, he preaches to congregates with their vehicles serving as the pews.

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Absentee, Mail-in Ballots Essential For Elections

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Though Nov. 3 is many months away, it may not be enough time for many states to prepare for the general election in a time of fear about the spread of the coronavirus and the deadly disease it causes, COVID-19.

At the top of the ballot will be the presidential candidates. At this point, there is an assumption that the two top candidates will be Republican President Donald Trump and Democrat former Vice President and Delaware U.S. Sen. Joe Biden. It will be a contentious election with potentially a record voter turnout.

Some speculate that the virus might not be around come the fall or won’t be much of a factor in people casting their votes. We wish. On the contrary, it is very likely going to have a significant impact on how we will conduct our elections in November.

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SCBHS continues to prepare for a potential surge of COVID-19 cases in Swift County

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Each time the numbers are posted they are almost instantly wrong as new COVID-19 cases are identified and more people die from the deadly coronavirus.

As of Tuesday morning, Minnesota’s Department of Health had confirmed 301 deaths in the state with 4,181 cases identified.

For now, western Minnesota has only seen a handful of cases. Swift County has had just one case of COVID-19 while Pope, Stevens and Grant counties have yet to record a single case. Chippewa County has had two cases. But to our east, Kandiyohi County has seen its number of cases rapidly jump to 64.

A second positive test of COVID-19 in Swift County was confirmed by the Minnesota Department of Health Tuesday morning.

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SCBHS works to create safe place for patients

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

With no elective surgeries allowed and many out-patient services greatly reduced, Swift County-Benson Health Services has seen a drastic reduction in its revenue.

Now another problem is adding to that financial crunch and potentially endangering the health of area residents – many are afraid to go to the clinic or hospital for care.

“People are very nervous to be out and about, and do not want to come into the hospitals or clinics,” Co-CEO and Chief Nursing Officer Melissa McGinty-Thompson said. There are patients who should be spending a night in the hospital who are insisting on going home. They are afraid of being exposed to the coronavirus in a clinic or hospital...

 

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County offers reduced interest penalty on taxes

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

As the May 15 property tax deadline approaches, Swift County Administrator Kelsey Baker, Treasurer Ron Vadnais and Auditor Kim Saterbak have been looking at what other counties are doing to address payment alternatives.

They recognize there are small businesses and farmers in the county suffering extreme financial difficulties due to the impacts of the coronavirus. However, they were also clear that while they were looking for ways in which to offer relief that property taxes still have to be paid...

 

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Ronald “Ron” Bahl

Ronald “Ron” Bahl, age 89, of Appleton, died Wednesday evening, April 22nd

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