July 2020

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Lillian Adelia Davidson

Lillian Adelia (Teigen) Davidson, 103, of Starbuck, Minn., died Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at Glacial Ridge Hospital in Glenwood.  Visitation will be held 1-2 p.m., followed by the funeral at 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in the Chapel of Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Use of masks is strongly encouraged for your and other’s health safety. Interment will be in the Benson City Cemetery.

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Steven Douglas Svor

Steven Douglas Svor, 74, of Camp Lake Township, Swift County, Minn., died Monday, June 29, 2020, at Hennepin County Healthcare in Minneapolis.  A time to gather will be held from 9:30 - 11 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m., on Monday, July 6, 2020, at the CRP field north of the Svor home, 440 90th Avenue NE, Benson, Minn.  Interment will be in the St. Pauli Cemetery, Camp Lake Township, Minn.

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NOTICE OF HEARING

Notice is hereby given that the Chippewa/Swift Joint Board of Commissioners, acting as Drainage Authority for Joint Ditch # 3 and Joint Ditch #8, will meet on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the Chippewa County Courthouse located at 629 North 11th Street, in Montevideo, Minnesota, to consider the permit to Swenoda Dairy for installation of a manure pipeline that crosses the open ditch and tiles of Joint Ditch # 3 and Joint Ditch #8 in Chippewa and Swift Counties.  All persons interested in these proceedings are invited to attend this hearing in person or via teleconference.  Social distancing practices will be adhered to.  For more information about how to participate via teleconference, call the Auditor/Treasurer or Drainage Inspector at 320-269-7447 prior to the meeting date.

Dated June 26, 2020

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

10:30 a.m. July 21, 2020
 Swift County Commissioners Room
Basement of the Law Enforcement Center
 301 14th Street N, Benson, MN

In the Matter of the Petition for Outlet
into Judicial Ditch #5

  A petition for outlet has been filed with the Swift County Auditor requesting permission to outlet lands into Swift County JD #5, SW ¼ of the SW ¼ and the W ½ of the NE ¼ section #8 -T121-N, R39-W (Torning Township).   The Drainage Authority will conduct a public hearing and describe the property benefited by the drainage system and if approved, discuss the outlet fee and benefits to the property.

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Gymnasts get back in the gym

The Benson Armory has been hosting several gymnastics camps recently.  In the picture above, a young girl gets some help while trying an advanced skill.

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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Three teams within range going into final week of fishing league

Swift Fishing League was on Lake Minnewaska for week 6 of the season.  It had been raining mostly all day, and rained for the first half hour of fishing time.  After that, the skies started to clear in the west with only a light breeze the rest of the evening.  After the three hours of fishing elapsed, teams measured 2 northerns and 13 walleyes.  Both the largest fish were caught by Butch Hagen; 30.5” northern, and a 21” walleye.  That gave team Big Fish both bonus points for the event.  With a total of 3 walleyes from 14” to 21”, and the 30.5” northern, Big Fish took the win for the evening with 16 points.  Jigginknots took second place with 10 points from a pair of walleyes 18.75” and 20.5”.  Third place went to Hot Shots with 3 walleyes from 15.75”-16.5” worth 9 points.

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Be Thoughtful In Cleansing America’s Past

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Few issues we’ve asked our readers about over our long career in journalism have brought out such deep and passionate responses as the tearing down of statues of historic figures from America’s past. It seems there is little room for compromise or understanding on either side.  Perhaps, there is greater impatience in each of us with the stress of how our worlds have been upset by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are a little more frayed at the edges.

The killing of Black Minneapolis resident George Floyd at the hands of police officers May 25 was a lightning strike in a tinder dry forest. Marches with large crowds of outraged citizens exploded across the nation and world. A few used the legitimate protests as cover for vandalism, theft and arson.

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SCBHS to save $5 million in interest

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

By refinancing bonds used to build Scandi Haven Village and remodel Scofield place, Swift County-Benson Health Services will be saving $5 million in interest payments in the coming years. It will also be cutting five years off the term of the bonds. Rather than being paid off in 2049, they will be paid off in 2044.

Lowering its payments by more than $100,000 a year on bond payments will also provide additional cashflow for operations and improvements at SCBHS.

SCBHS had borrowed $648,000 from Bremer Bank in Willmar and with another $6,704,000 in debt with Bremer to be financed with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The two notes were carrying an interest rate of 5.77 percent...

 

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From drought to an abundance of rain

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

With 3.2 inches of rain in the area Monday morning, June’s total rainfall is now at 6.5 inches – 2.15 inches above the average of 4.35 inches.

Monday’s rainfall broke a stretch of four straight months with below average precipitation. Despite June’s heavy rainfall, the area is still 2.3 inches below the January to June average with 10.85 inches of precipitation compared to the average of 13.15 inches.

The Chippewa River near Benson had fallen to 7.61 feet, the lowest level in a couple years. Tuesday morning it peaked at 9.14, up more than 1.5 feet.

Prior to Monday’s rainfall, drought conditions continued to spread through western Minnesota.

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Historic DeGraff house has new home

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

It appeared to be like any other home in DeGraff but this one was unique. Sitting on the north side of U.S. Highway 12 and just east of the Country Pet Store it spent the last few months sitting on blocks waiting to be transported to its new home in Tracy where its place in history would be preserved.

Last week, the 136-year-old railroad foreman’s house was moved from DeGraff to the  Wheels Across the Prairie Museum in the southwestern Minnesota community...

 

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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