April 2020

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Lawrence C. Larson

Lawrence C. Larson, 100, of Benson, Minnesota died on Monday evening, April 20, 2020, at home at Scofield Place in Benson. A celebration of life will be held later this year. Interment will be in the Swenoda Cemetery, Swenoda Township. Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is assisting the family with the arrangements. 

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SEOC UPDATE #26: AS GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES COVID-19 TESTING BREAKTHROUGH, OTHER IMPORTANT WORK CONTINUES

Gov. Tim Walz called a ramp up in COVID-19 testing announced today “one tool in a toolbox that leads us in the right direction.” The new statewide testing strategy aims to test all symptomatic people, isolate confirmed cases, and expand contact tracing tools.

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Seasons on hold . . . While playing surfaces lay vacant, players stay ready, just in case

Minnesota schools are closed until at least May 4, but it’s very probable schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year and along with that, the high school sports season will also be canceled.

This sportswriter has been working at the same job for over 30 years and has seen nothing like this.  Sure, some spring sports seasons have started very late, sometimes up to three weeks late, and there’s been numerous postponements and cancellations during the winter season with storms and snow, but it’s been nothing close to having an entire season wiped off the calendar.

While some people talk of possibly having a condensed high school sports season of a few weeks, along with postseason tournaments, others talk of extending the high school season into the summer...

 

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A Forewarning And An Opportunity

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

As we endure the social isolation and devasting economic impacts tearing up lives and businesses caused by the coronavirus, we may be fortunate. This pandemic is a forewarning of what could be an unstoppable, far more deadly virus that strikes the young and healthy.

It may also lead to a reawakening to the value of a rural life where we aren’t so packed together.

Viruses are hyperactive evolutionary machines, always mutating, always seeking ways to spread.

Wed
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Dry conditions raise fire concerns

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Monday morning the National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for western Minnesota indicating weather conditions were ideal for a wildfire to quickly spread.

It has been extremely dry this month. So far in April, the area has seen just one-tenth of an inch of precipitation. Grasses and other vegetation are getting very dry. The NWS forecast a 60 percent chance of rain Monday late afternoon but only a few drops fell. April averages 2.5 inches of precipitation.

The second ingredient making the area ripe for a wildfire were strong winds that blew throughout the day with some gusts reaching 44 mph. Winds continued to gust to over 30 mph through the evening Monday.

Dry conditions were expected to continue into Thursday when there is a 40 percent chance of rain. There is also a 30 percent chance of rain Friday...

 

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PCF won’t be used for COVID-19 hospital

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County-Benson Health Services and Appleton Area Health Services were notified verbally last week that the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton will not be used as a site for COVID-19 patients.

Two local hospitals were working with health care facilities in Montevideo, Dawson and Madison to renovate one pod of PCF specifically for COVID-19 patients. They had made initial renovations to some cells as they waited for state approval from the State Emergency Operations Center for use of the prison.

District 13 state Sen. Andrew Lang, R-Olivia, told the West Central Tribune April 14 that he was told Minnesota wouldn’t need the Prairie Correctional Facility because the state is not seeing the surge in cases it feared in March. The projected number of cases means not as many beds dedicated to COVID-19 patients are likely to be needed in the coming weeks.

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Voters approve school levy

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

With 78 percent of those casting ballots voting yes, either in person or absentee, the District 777 $1.5 million levy for the construction of a new sports facility easily passed Tuesday. The unofficial vote was 671 for and 191 against. In all, 862 votes were cast.

That vote total was substantially below turnout in the past two levy referendums conducted by the school district. The low turnout was most likely due to people staying away from the polls due to the coronavirus threat.

There were 1,959 votes cast for District 777’s $26.3 million building bond levy in August 2018 with it passing with support at nearly 70 percent of those who went to the polls. The final vote was 1,370 to 589, a margin of victory of 781 votes...

 

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SEOC UPDATE #24: PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS STILL CRITICAL TO BATTLING COVID-19 IN MINNESOTA

State officials continue working with private partners and business officials to obtain personal protective equipment, increase COVID-19 testing capacity, and keep Minnesotans safe. That work includes monitoring outbreaks at congregate care settings and businesses.  

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Janet Voorhees

 

Janet Jossart was born January 1, 1932, in Benson, MN, the daughter of Richard and Agnes (Sather) Jossart.  She was raised on the family farm south of Benson. She attended country school through the eighth grade.

Janet was united in marriage to Jerry Voorhees on January 13, 1951. When Jerry entered the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Rucker, AL Janet moved to Alabama to be with him. After about one year in Alabama Janet returned to the Benson area and began raising her family. Jerry and Janet were blessed with six children. The family moved to Willmar for a short time and on to Marshall, MN where Janet worked in the Schwann’s sandwich plant.

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Anna Christine Offerdahl

Anna Christine Offerdahl, 95, of Benson, Minn., died Thursday, April 16, 2020, at Meadow Lane Rehabilitative and Healthcare Center. Funeral Services will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are pending with Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.  www.zniewskifuneralhome.com

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