July 2020

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Big Shots hold off Quarter After for Swift Fishing title

The Swift Fishing League had the final event of the 2020 season, Thursday night on Lake Reno between Glenwood and Alexandria.  Usually one of the top scoring lakes of the year for the league, this year’s bite on Lake Reno hasn’t been great recently, and that trend continued for the Swift Fishing League teams, who managed to measure 10 walleyes, but no northerns.  The largest fish for the night was a 25.5” walleye, caught by team Quarter After.  That dandy, plus another 21.5” catch got them the win for the event with 13 points.  Second place for the night with 10 points was Hot Shots, which measured a bag of 2 walleyes, 22.75” and 18.5”.  Soil and Oil got third place with 2 walleyes at 20” and 15”, worth 8 points.

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Masks Will Help Keep Minnesota Open

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

While  states through the South, along with California, are having to shut down parts of their economies, societies, and potentially schools, Minnesota has a proven way it can significantly enhance its chances of staying open – wearing masks. We would bet there are a few states where they wish they would have been more respectful of that advice.

In a statewide order July 2, Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is requiring those living in counties with more than 20 COVID-19 cases to wear a mask while in business or public places, with several exceptions. He also said he might be rethinking the opening of schools if the number of cases continues to rise.

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County added only 2 COVID-19 cases in June

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County saw its number of COVID-19 cases increase by just two in the month of June. However, it has already added two more cases in the first six days of July bringing its total to 22.

The county’s first case of the deadly disease caused by the coronavirus was recorded April 6 and then it went 24 days before the second case was recorded May 1. During the month of May, the county added 17 cases of COVID-19.

Swift County recorded its first and only death so far attributed to the disease June 5. The person who died was reported to be over 90 years old...

 

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County opens offices - a little

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Though the sign on the front door of the Swift County Courthouse says the doors are locked, the offices are now open to the public.

Swift County officially began seeing the public Monday in its buildings, however, it is still stressing that people should make an appointment if there is someone in particular they want to talk to while in the courthouse.

During the noon hour Monday when we stopped in for a photo, there was no one on the main floor of the courthouse and one person filling out paperwork on the second floor where the court offices are located...

 

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Let’s play some ball!

Kyra Gronseth (right), one of the coaches, helps a young girl with a catching drill at a recent Summer Rec morning.

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Benson gets $237,774 in CARES Act funding

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Benson has received a $237,774 grant from the State of Minnesota as its share of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act.

Based on a population of 9,374, Swift County is receiving $1,136,857 in CARES Act funding as its state allocation.

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,
Aid to units of government with a population of 200 or more was based on giving $75.34 per capita.

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Florine Angeline Iverslie

Florine Angeline Iverslie, 86, of New London, Minnesota passed away Monday evening, June 29, 2020 at Prairie Vista at Copperleaf.

A celebration of life service was held at 10:30 a.m.  Tuesday, July 7, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar.  Interment was in the church cemetery.  Visitation was from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to honor Florine’s life may be directed to Calvary Lutheran Church or Carris Health Rice Hospice. 

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Donald “Don” Clark

Donald “Don” Clark, age 92, of Willmar, formerly of the Murdock area, died Thursday, June 18th at Carris Health Care Center in Willmar.  Visitation will be held Friday, July 17th from 6-8 p.m., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Murdock.  Visitation will resume on Saturday, July 18th from 10-11 a.m., followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., at the church.  Fr.

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Carolyn A. (Nelson) Johnson

 

Carolyn A. (Nelson) Johnson, 92, of Duluth, died Thursday, July 2, 2020 at her apartment in Keystone Bluffs Assisted Living.

She was born in Chesterton, IN on April 29, 1928, to Carl and Lillian Nelson.  She was baptized and confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. She graduated from Chesterton High School and from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. She married Rev. Donald Johnson on May 2, 1959, in Chesterton, IN.  After they married, they lived in Sacred Heart, MN, Duluth, MN and Benson, MN before retiring and moving back to Duluth.

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Oral B. Lansverk

Oral B. Lansverk, 96, of Starbuck, MN, formerly of Benson, died Thursday, June 25, 2020, at Holly Ridge Manor Assisted Living in Starbuck.

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