August 2020

Wed
12
Aug
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City of Benson to seek bids to tear down 1927 Armory

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Benson’s Armory could be coming down in the not too distant future.

At a special meeting of the Benson City Council Monday noon, a motion to direct city staff to have plans and specifications drafted for demolition of the Armory was unanimously approved.

Benson’s council had met to tour the Armory, then decide whether or not it wanted to fix the roof, invest in other improvements, or tear it down.

Air quality in the building is a major concern due to the mold, asbestos and lead. The lead comes from both the old, peeling paint, and from the years in which there was a shooting range in the basement. “All that lead is floating around,” Benson Building Inspector Mike Jacobson told the council...

 

Wed
12
Aug
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RDA taking business requests for grant funds

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Applications for $5,000 COVID-19 economic assistance grants through the Swift County Rural Development Authority (RDA) are open and being accepted through Aug. 24.

It is a simple application process with eligible businesses and non-profits severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to complete. Applicants are asked to state why they need the grant funds, but no detailed financial documentation is required at this time.

The RDA is using $250,000 allocated to it by the Swift County Board of Commissioners from its $1,136,857 federal Coronavirus Relief Fund and Economic Assistance (CARES) Act funds for the grants.

 Fifty eligible businesses could be awarded $5,000 grants under the program administered by the RDA. The application for the grant funds is to be available at the Swift County CARES webpage: www.swiftcounty.com/CARES...

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11
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Tyriahna Rose Begger

Tyriahna Rose Begger, 22, of Benson, Minn., died Thursday, August 6, 2020, at home.  Visitation will be from 9-10 a.m. on Friday, August 14, 2020, followed by the 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson.  Interment will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home.

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10
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Vernon “Lefty” Norling

Vernon “Lefty” Norling, age 84, of Kandiyohi, died Saturday, August 8, at Bethesda Grand Nursing Home in Willmar.

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06
Aug
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Shawna Larson

Shawna Larson, 44, formerly of DeGraff, died on August 4, 2020 at her home in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

Thu
06
Aug
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Robert "Bob" J. McCabe

Robert "Bob" J. McCabe, 96, of Bloomington, Minnesota  (formerly of Benson) passed away August 4, 2020.

Wed
05
Aug
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Five BHS graduates to play college sports

Benson High School student-athletes continue to graduate from high school and go on to play sports in college.  This year’s BHS Class of 2020 is no exception, although it’s pretty rare that not one, but five student-athletes out of a class of about 60 students will be playing college sports, including three that will be playing college volleyball.

Set to compete at the college level are Claire Ricard in volleyball at St. Thomas, Kaitlyn Berreau in girls basketball at Bethany Lutheran, Jacob Wolter in football at NDSCS, Abbie Mitteness in volleyball at NDSCS, and Mariah Ahrndt in volleyball at Concordia College.

All five had great high school sports careers, while also excelling in the classroom, concert stage, and around the community.  College is different though, not only because of the increased skill level of teammates and opponents, but also because of the move away from home, tougher academic requirements, and many other factors...

 

Wed
05
Aug
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Keeping Economy, Schools Open Requires Masks

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

We are seeing a lesson unfold with the attempt to complete a 60-game Major League Baseball season during the COVID-19 pandemic. Its success depends on players’ discipline when outside the ballpark, respect for teammates, and thought about how important their continued shortened season is to Americans looking for escape from the oppressing consequences of a deadly pandemic.

Two teams have already failed this test. The Miami Marlins season was interrupted when 18 players and two coaches tested positive. Now the St. Louis Cardinals have been idled due to four players testing positive for the coronavirus.

Wed
05
Aug
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Tweten family recognized as a 2020 U of M’s Farm Family

The Tweten family of Appleton has been named Swift County’s 2020 Farm Family of the Year by the University of Minnesota.

Greg and Kathy grew up on their own family farms in Clay County. In 1981, Greg started farming in Kittson County, growing small grains and potatoes. In 1984, Greg moved to Swift County with his father, Russell, and his brothers, Tony and Bruce, to raise potatoes. Greg and Kathy married that same year.

The Tweten farm has expanded to include corn, sweet corn, soybeans, edible beans, and sugar beets.  The family also runs a cow-calf operation that Greg and Kathy’s son, David, and his fiancé, Samantha, have taken over.  Greg also farms with his brother, Tony...

Wed
05
Aug
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County offers $5,000 grants to help businesses

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County’s Rural Development Authority (RDA) will start taking grant applications from businesses and non-profits severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic Monday, Aug. 10.

It is using $250,000 allocated by the Swift County Board of Commissioners from its $1,136,857 federal Coronavirus Relief Fund and Economic Assistance (CARES) Act funds for the grant program. Fifty eligible businesses could be awarded $5,000 grants under the program administered by the RDA. The deadline for applying for the grants is Aug. 24.

The application for the grant funds is to be available at the Swift County CARES webpage: www.swiftcounty.com/CARES starting next Monday, according to RDA Executive Director Jennifer Frost. The applications are to be completed online.

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