July 2020

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Summer Rec Basketball Camp

Ethan Nash looks for an opening past the defense of Brady Jobgen during a King of the Hill challenge at the boys basketball camp.

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What If Newspapers Had Prevented Printing?

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

When the 2019 planting season was getting underway the rains wouldn’t stop. Falling on already saturated ground, the incessant rains flooded fields. Farmers couldn’t till the land much less plant seed.

Not growing a crop didn’t mean they weren’t going to get paid. Through the USDA’s Prevented Planting program, farmers received compensation for those unplanted acres.

Community newspapers are in a devastating drought, one so severe it is forcing publishers off the nation’s landscape leaving rural communities a barren information wasteland. We believe there is a solution to help America’s community newspapers based on this USDA program that could be administered through the department’s rural development division. We’d call it a “Prevented Printing” program. First let’s look why such a program is crucial today.

A King of the Hill world

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No shortage of those seeking part of county’s $1.14 million CARES funds

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County has $1,136,857 from the federal CARES Act and until Dec. 31 to spend it or lose it. However, those funds must be spent on expenses tied to the fight against the COVID-19 virus.

Some Swift County cities and townships have also received funding, but they must spend their funds by Nov. 15. In all, eligible cities of Swift County are receiving $416,104, and the five eligible townships in the county are receiving $34,650.

Those funds are part of the $841.5 million in funding under the act Minnesota received for distribution to counties, cities and townships. The funding was part of the $1.9 billion the state received under the act to deal with the impact of COVID-19...

 

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COVID-19 cases rising quickly in Swift County

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County, which saw just two cases of COVID-19 in June, has added 15 in July – 12 of those in the past eight days.

Swift County has jumped from 20 cases July 1 to 35 cases as of Monday. More cases are expected to be confirmed in the coming days.

While some of the cases are attributed to young people in their 20s and 30s getting together to party, it is also known that there is community spread of the deadly coronavirus among all ages.

The rapid increase in local cases has forced the closure of First Security’s lobby. Employees are quarantined or required to wear masks and social distance at multiple businesses in the area. The Benson Area Community Education Program shutdown summer activities youth for two weeks. However, the City of Benson kept the Benson Family Aquatic Center open...

 

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Opening schools this fall a challenge

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Administrators for Benson Public Schools are planning for three different scenarios for teaching students when classes resume in early September, Supt. Dennis Laumeyer told the board of education Monday night.

During the week of July 27, Gov. Tim Walz, the Minnesota Department of Education, and the Minnesota Department of Health will determine under what scenario schools will open in the fall, he said. Whether that is distance learning, in-person learning in the classroom, or a hybrid model that combines distance learning and in-class teaching will be decided at that time. The local school board has no say in how classes will be conducted at this stage.

Administrators favor getting students back in the classroom.

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Larry D. Smith

Larry D. Smith, 76 of Benson, died unexpectedly July13, 2020 at the St. Cloud Hospital.

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Hazel Virginia Gandrud

Hazel Virginia (Lindahl) Gandrud, 98, passed away July 11, 2020.

Full notice to follow.

Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. 

www.washburn-mcreavy.com

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JoAnn Kurkosky

JoAnn Kurkosky, 65, of Benson, Minn., died Monday, March 16, 2020, at her home.

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NOTICE OF FILING DATES FOR ELECTION TO THE SCHOOL BOARD INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777 BENSON PUBLIC SCHOOL STATE OF MINNESOTA

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the period for filing affidavits of candidacy for the office of School Board member of Independent School District No. 777 shall begin on July 28, 2020, and shall close at 5:00 o'clock p.m. on August 11, 2020.
The general election shall be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.  At that election, four members will be elected to the School Board for terms of four (4) years each.
Affidavits of Candidacy are available from the school district clerk, Benson Public School, 1400 Montana Avenue, Benson, MN  56215.  The filing fee for this office is $2.  A candidate for this office must be an eligible voter, must be 21 years of age or more on assuming office, must have been a resident of the school district from which the candidate seeks election for thirty (30) days before the general election, and must have no other affidavit on file for any other office at the same primary or next ensuing general election.

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