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Sidney Arnold Rustad

Sidney Arnold Rustad, 90, of Benson, Minn., died Friday, May 8, 2020, at home surrounded by his family, under Hospice care. A private family grave side service will be held Friday, May 15, 2020.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.  

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New COVID-19 Case Information

May 11, 2020

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More glimmers of hope

Communities throughout the state and country, including the city of Benson, have been decorating their homes and businesses with “glimmers of hope”.

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What are you doing during the shutdown?

Sid and Donna Rustad relaxed as friends and family drove by in vehicles congratulating them on their 67th anniversary.

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Great years of BHS sports . . .

One of the top players for Benson baseball this year would have been senior Matt Tolifson, who has been a starter for the Braves since 9th grade.

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America Must Support U.S. Postal Service

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

On the most bitterly cold days, with windchills of 20 below zero and deep snow to trudge through, the United States Postal Service workers deliver the mail. In sweltering heat and humidity, and in thunderstorm downpours, they still go door to door delivering the mail.

Now add to their duties the delivery of mail during a pandemic. Despite nearly 1,300 postal workers having been sickened by the coronavirus and 54 having died, they continue to deliver the mail. With many people shut-in under stay-at-home orders, or fearful of going out because they are among those vulnerable to the virus, the postal service provides an essential service. It brings them medicines critical to their continued health.

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Discovery Kids looking at $90,000 in losses in providing daycare to the community

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

While there have been no classes for Minnesota K to 12 school students since the week of March 16, school daycare programs have been required to continue operations to provide services to children of essential workers.

Benson Public Schools has been providing daycare services to those essential workers’ children and to others in the community, but its numbers are still down substantially. Children in the program range in age from six weeks to kids in sixth grade.

There were about 90 children in the program before Minnesota Democratic Gov. Tim Walz closed schools and then issued a stay-at-home order March 27. That order was extended to May 18 last week. There are now closer to 50 kids in the program, Supt. Dennis Laumeyer said...

 

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Miller seeks 4th state House term

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

Minnesota District 17A Rep. Tim Miller, R-Prinsburg, announced that he is running for a fourth two-year term in the Minnesota House.

District 17A includes all of Swift and Chippewa counties, all but two townships in Renville County, and the four southern Kandiyohi townships of Edwards, Holland, Roseland and Lake Lillian.

This will be the last election year for the current District 17A before Minnesota Legislature districts are redrawn based on the 2020 Census. The 2022 election could see Swift County part of a new district, split between two districts, or still in 17A. It could also shift the home of whoever wins the 17A House seat into a new district...

 

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Bids for BHS gymnastics facility come in $300,000 high

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

Bids for construction of the new gymnastics and multi-purpose sports facility at Benson High School came in about 15 percent over budget, which now has the board of education and school staff looking for ways to cut costs.

“Despite much interest and competitive bids in each bid category, bids for the gymnastics/activity facility came in about $300,000 over budget,” Supt. Dennis Laumeyer told the Swift County Monitor-News. 

“The earthwork bid category came in nearly $100,000 over budget as it was discovered during soil borings that there is both poor soil and some buried foundations in that area,” he said. These issues mean a larger scope for work to prepare the site for construction...

 

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NOTICE OF FILING FOR THE 2020 STATE GENERAL ELECTION SWIFT COUNTY, MINNESOTA May 1, 2020

Notice is hereby given as pursuant in Minnesota Statutes, section 204B.33 that a general election will be held in Swift County on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, for the purpose of electing candidates for the offices listed below.  The filing period for these offices begins at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 and ends at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.  Note: Filing offices will be closed Monday, May 25, 2020 in observance of Memorial Day.
Candidates may file in person or by mail, if the filing is received during the filing period.  Candidates who will be absent from the state during the filing period and meet the requirements of Minnesota Statutes section 204B.09, subdivision 1a, may arrange to file during the seven days immediately preceding the candidate’s absence from the state.  This notice is sent based on current law.  Be aware that the legislature and/or the Governor may take actions that could affect some of these processes due to the COVID-19 situation.

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