April 2020

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Apr
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ASSESSMENT NOTICE-CASHEL TOWNSHIP

Notice is hereby given that the Board of Review of the Town of Cashel in Swift County will meet at the office of the clerk in said town hall, Hwy 29 at 11 A.M.  Thursday, the 23rd day of April for the purpose of reviewing and correcting the assessment of said town for the year 2020.  All persons considering themselves aggrieved by said assessment, or who wish to complain that the property of another is assessed too low, are hereby notified to appear at said meeting and show cause of having such assessment corrected.  No complaint that another person is assessed too low will be acted upon until the person so assessed, or his agent shall have been notified of such complaint. 
Gail R. Brehmer,
Clerk of the town of Cashel

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08
Apr
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Show us what you’re doing during the COVID-19 shutdown

“We’ve depleted our chalk supply quickly during this shutdown.  We found some cool ways to use painters tape to make fun chalk art as well.” -- Kelly Michaelson, of Benson.  The words inside the colorful box say ‘In a world where you can be anything.  Be Kind!’.

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Missed openers are especially tough for athletes

The Benson baseball team and Benson-KMS track and field squads were set to get the 2020 high school spring sports season underway last Thursday when the Braves were set to host MACCRAY on Chiefs’ Field and the tracksters were set to host the first meet of the season at the track around Brock Field.

However, the COVID-19 shutdown has halted the season, with the first possible games now being set for early May, but also a strong possibility that the season may not ever begin.

“I think it hit me last Thursday (March 26),” said Benson head baseball coach Mark Grussing.  “We were supposed to get out of school early and go to St. John’s Dome and scrimmage against Brandon-Evansville.  Then, we were going to go to Buffalo Wild Wings and watch the end of the Twins; season opener.  Yes, you miss the competition; but, what you miss more are the times spent with your athletes and teammates.”

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08
Apr
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Carlson misses out on chance for All-America

Zach Carlson, a 2015 graduate of KMS High School and senior at South Dakota State University, is one of many student-athletes who have been affected by the COVID-19 shutdown.  Carlson had 201 career wrestling victories at KMS High School, which ranks him third on the all-time list. 

Carlson went on to wrestle at South Dakota State where he was in the midst of his senior season with the Jackrabbits and was set to wrestle in the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships after placing second at 184 pounds in the Big 12 Conference.

Four days after the runner-up finish, he learned that the NCAA Championships had been canceled.

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08
Apr
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Businesses Need Local Help, Too

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Famed hockey player Wayne Gretzky said he was taught to “skate to where the puck will be, not where it has been.” In rural Minnesota, anyone who has ever hunted or shot at clay targets knows the principal of leading the target.

In business, it’s the same. You constantly look to where the market and your customers are going while maintaining your core services and products.

For local governments, economic development is capitalizing on the opportunities your community provides entrepreneurs by anticipating their needs and being poised to provide them when opportunity strikes.

A core economic development fact is that we do best when we promote and support those businesses in our community that are the mainstay of main street and our employment base in business and manufacturing. Never has a commitment to that principal been more necessary than today.

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08
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Levy the cheaper option for rural land owners

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

It was a question that has weighed on District 777’s board of education for years: Should it find a new home for the Benson High School gymnastics program and get it out of the inadequate and unsafe space at the Benson Armory?

If it did vote for a change, how would it pay for renovating an existing space or for new construction?

This past December, the board of education made the decision that the program would get a new $1.5 million home either with voter approval or by board action. The facility, to be constructed to the north of the Benson High School and east of the football field, will also be used for other school activities.

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08
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April 14 levy vote going forward; consider voting absentee

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Voters in District 777 will be going to the polls next Tuesday to cast ballots on a $1.5 million levy referendum for the construction of a new school recreational facility that will be primarily used by the gymnastics program.

District 777’s levy referendum is one of four elections taking place in Minnesota April 14. Montevideo and Bertha-Hewitt schools are also conducting levy referendums and Houston County is filling a vacancy on its county board.

Voting this spring has had a heavy emphasis on casting absentee ballots in light of the deadly and highly contagious coronavirus sweeping the country. The goal is to keep people from having to mingle with others while casting ballots.

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It’s here: County reports its first COVID-19 case

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County reported its first case of COVID-19 disease Monday when a person was reported to have tested positive. Official confirmation of the case was expected from the Minnesota Department of Health later Tuesday after the Monitor-News had gone to press.

The person is in her 20s and her contracting the disease is likely travel related. She is currently following Minnesota Department of Health recommendations and self-isolating at home in Benson.

Swift County’s first case comes one month after the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the state March 6. The diagnosis brings the reality of the deadly virus to the county and underscores the necessity for strict observation of the social distancing measures the community has been repeatedly urged to follow in recent weeks.

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Marjorie Mills

Marjorie Mills, age 88 of Benson, died Thursday, March 19, 2020 in Lutheran Haven Nursing Home in Montevideo.  A private burial will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.

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Updates from the Governor

Today, Governor Walz delivered his second State of the State address

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