September 2020

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Penelope Diane Erickson

Penelope “Penny” Diane Erickson, 70, of Benson, Minn. died Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at Meadow Lane Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.  A graveside service will be held Friday, October 2, 2020 at 1:30 pm in the Benson City Cemetery. Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

9:30 a.m. October 15, 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 Joint County Ditch #19
Swift and Kandiyohi

   The Swift/Kandiyohi Joint Board of Commissioners, acting as Drainage Authority for Joint County Ditch #19 received a petition requesting permission to outlet lands into Joint County Ditch #19, SW ¼ of the SW ¼ of section #8 -T121-N, R39-W (Torning Township).   The Drainage Authority will conduct a public hearing and describe the property to be benefited by the drainage system and if approved, discuss the outlet fee and benefits to the property.  Because of Covid 19 a zoom address is available below.   

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DEMOLITION OF COMMERCIAL BUILDING RFP

The City of Appleton is accepting proposals for the demolition of a commercial building located at 249 N Miles Street, Appleton, MN 56208. RFP documents are available on the City of Appleton website under the procurement link at www.appletonmn.com or in person. Proposals must be delivered to the City of Appleton, 323 West Schlieman Ave, Appleton, MN 56208 no later than 3:00 pm, October 16, 2020. Provide a lump sum proposal on the proposal form. The City of Appleton reserves the right to reject any and all proposals and to award the contract to the lowest responsible proposer pursuant to Minn.Stat. § 16C, Subd. 1b. The successful proposer will enter into a formal contract. The work must be completed within 30 days of the notice to proceed, or by December 31, 2020.
   Questions related to this proposal can be answered by

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Volleyball and football get go-ahead for this fall

The MSHSL voted on Monday to reinstate volleyball and football this fall.  The MSHSL Board of Directors has voted to start volleyball Sept. 28 with 10 days of preseason practices.  The first competitions will begin Thursday, Oct. 8 with an 11-week season and 14 dual competitions.

The Board also approved football to start Sept. 28 with practices and Oct. 9-10 for the first game.  Football will last 10 weeks and involve a 6-game regular-season and a two-week tournament, whose format has yet to be decided.

There are some COVID-19 restrictions.  See Speaking of Sports for more information...

 

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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Girls tennis team continues winning ways with third and fourth victories

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team improved to 4-2 overall and 4-1 in the WCC with two victories last week.  The Fighting Braves shut out Melrose on the home courts last Tuesday and Benson-KMS also won at Sauk Centre Thursday by a 5-2 score.

The team is set to close out the regular-season with a match at home against MACCRAY, Tuesday (yesterday) followed by a match at Minnewaska Area, Thursday (tomorrow).

A two-day conference tournament is planned for Sept. 29 and Oct. 1 at a time and place yet to be determined.  The MSHSL also voted to allow girls tennis teams to hold a section team tournament this year, although the exact format of the tourney has not been determined...

 

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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Thompson and Wirth first at Montevideo meet

The Benson-KMS cross-country teams competed in their third meet this season, Thursday at Montevideo.

The Benson-KMS boys team placed first of the three teams with Landon Thompson placing first individually and Jacob Gareis third, while the Benson-KMS girls team was second behind Melrose, although Isabel Wirth did win the individual title for the Fighting Braves.

Samantha VanHeuveln is back to lead the team as head coach, while Bjorn Bakke is back as the assistant coach.  The team lost only two seniors to graduation (Will Magaard and Allie Mitteness) although they were both among the leaders for their respective teams.

The Benson-KMS cross-country teams were set to compete at Morris Area-CA, Monday, Sept. 21 before getting ready for the second meet in Benson, Thursday, Oct. 1...

 

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Success On Field Requires Community Support

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

It will seem like a return to a somewhat normal life seeing the football field lights on in small towns around Minnesota on a Friday night. They are symbolic of town and school pride, life before the COVID-19 pandemic. Also welcomed back will be the girls’ volleyball competition, but it will be almost hidden in gymnasiums where few can watch.

The Minnesota State High School League’s (MSHSL) announcement Monday that it was reversing its early August decision to move football and volleyball to the spring was received by many athletes and coaches with excitement. Many parents of seniors who were in volleyball or football and wanted to see their kids have chance to play also cheered.

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County still reviewing CARES grants apps

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County’s Rural Development Authority (RDA) is still studying the 69 applications that came in for grants to be awarded from $250,000 in CARES Act funds set aside for businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

It will now be the county board’s Oct 6 meeting at the earliest that the announcement of what businesses will be awarded grants will take place.

In July, then Swift County RDA Executive Director Jennifer Frost told the county board that setting aside $250,000 for county businesses would allow up to 50 businesses to get $5,000 each in grant funds...

 

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Second COVID case at Scandi Haven extends safety protocols

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

When Benson’s assisted living care facility Scandi Haven Village had its first case of COVID-19 last month, it was one of the staff who had become infected.

Immediate measures were put into place to protect the residents of the facility and the other staff. As the next several weeks passed under strict guidelines mandated by the Minnesota Department of Health, staff kept all the residents safe, Swift County-Benson Health Services Co-CEO and Chief Nursing Officer Melissa McGinty-Thompson said.

“We put extra precautions in place, and it didn’t spread,” she told the Swift County Board of Commissioners at their Sept. 15 meeting. All the tests that were conducted during the period the facility was being monitored closely came up negative...

 

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Schools taking extra measures to keep kids safe

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Even though Benson Public Schools has been using the in-person learning model for students since the start of school in early September, which doesn’t require strict social distancing, it has had to make adjustments.

A confirmed case of COVID-19, the potentially deadly disease caused by the coronavirus, was reported at the Northside Elementary earlier this month. It resulted in both students and staff who had been in close contact with the person to go through a 14-day quarantine.

Now, as COVID-19 cases rise, school staff is taking additional measures to reduce the potential exposure of students and staff to the virus, and to keep Benson schools using the in-person model of education for its students...

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