July 2020

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NOTICE OF PRIMARY ELECTION

To the Electors of the Townships of: 
    Appleton     Benson     Camp Lake    Clontarf         Cashel             Dublin    Edison    Fairfield    Hayes             Hegbert   
    Marysland    Moyer     Kerkhoven    Kildare      Pillsbury            Shible    Six Mile Grove     Swenoda      Tara   
    Westbank;

and To the Electors of the Cities of:   
      Clontarf      Danvers   DeGraff     Holloway    Murdock
in the County of Swift, State of Minnesota,

   Notice is Hereby Given That a Primary Election will be held in all the above named cities and townships at 301 14th Street North, Benson, MN 56215 on Tuesday, the 11th day of August, 2020, at which time the polls will be opened at 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for the purpose of nominating candidates for the following offices Federal Offices: One United States Senator and One United States Representative; State Offices: One State Representative; Dated this 17th day of July 2020.

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PUBLIC ACCURACY TEST

The Public Accuracy Test for the following precincts will be held Monday, August 3, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. Testing will be held in the Auditor’s Office - Swift County Courthouse located at 301 14th Street North, Benson, MN 56215 for the Primary Election on August 11th, 2020. The Precincts are the Townships of: Appleton, Benson, Camp Lake, Clontarf, Cashel, Dublin, Edison, Fairfield, Hayes, Hegbert, Kerkhoven, Kildare, Marysland, Moyer, Pillsbury, Shible, Six Mile Grove, Swenoda, Tara and Westbank; and the Cities of: Clontarf, Danvers, DeGraff, Holloway, and Murdock. The Public is invited to attend.

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PUBLIC NOTICE

The City of Benson & Torning Township will hold a public accuracy test of the electronic voting system to be used at the August 11, 2020 Primary Election. The test will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, August 10, 2020 in the Benson City Council Chambers, 1410 Kansas Ave.
 Dated: July 27, 2020
/s/Terri Collins                
Mayor
Attest: /s/ Glen Pederson            
City Clerk

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Bolduc wins state Auxiliary Art Contest

Halle Bolduc, a fifth-grader in 2019-20, won the state’s first place award in her grade level during the 2020 Illustrating America Art Contest, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.  Her entry was forwarded, along with the other state-winning entries, to the National Headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri for the final judging.  “Although your entry did not receive a national award, be proud that your work was one of the entries judged at the national level,” said a press release highlighting the honor from the VFW Auxiliary.  Bev Klemm, a member of the VFW Auxiliary, is the local coordinator for the contest.

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Swift Fishing League completes 12th season

The Swift Fishing League started in 2009 when a group of guys got together and thought it would be a great time and more motivation to get out fishing every week around the area.  Not even the COVID-19 outbreak could stop the Swift Fishing League from getting in its 12th straight season this spring.  We’ve been covering the Swift Fishing League for 12 seasons now in the Monitor-News, and readers continually make positive comments about the fishing league and how much they enjoy reading about the fishing in the area.

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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Volleyball Camp

A young player practices bumping the ball during a volleyball camp last week.  Almost 40 girls are taking part in the Yunker Volleyball Camp this Monday and Tuesday.

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Learning how to swim

Swimming instructor and lifeguard Riley Grube (right) watches as three young swimming lesson participants take turns diving for rings during a recent swimming lesson at the outdoor pool last Wednesday.

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Good Government Demands Citizen Participation

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Among the essential characteristics that define a healthy community is active citizen participation in local government. That characteristic is complimented by local elected officials who seek out and respect citizen input to ensure their decisions are representative of the community’s will.

Not all decisions are easy to make. Some, in fact, are divisive and acrimonious. It is during these times that the quality of the elected officials are tested. Too often, those elected officials fail the test. Rather than taking the heat from citizens  and then explaining why their decision moves the community where it needs to go,  they hide behind closed doors.

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New arrival-departure going up

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Benson’s Municipal Airport new arrival-departure building is under construction and the price will astound many.

Back in 2019, the first bid on the 1,100 square-foot building came in at $859,547 and was rejected by the Benson City Council even though the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was picking up 90 percent of the cost. The engineer’s estimate for the project had been $450,000.

The final bid eventually came in at $657,000, still a price the council felt was absurdly high for the building that was being built. However, the two books with specifications for the building are probably three inches thick. Labor is paid for under the Davis-Bacon federal wage law.

Also, the FAA’s template for building these arrival-departure facilities doesn’t consider what local construction costs might be and how they would reduce the price...

 

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There are limits when speaking at meetings

 

By Reed Anfinson

Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

At the start of the meeting of public bodies there is generally a time set aside for citizen comments. It is a chance for citizens of a city, the county, or a school district, to address elected representatives about their concerns.

Citizens can address a wide variety of topics during this time with elected officials either  providing them answers or directing them to staff who can give them the information they seek.

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