September 2020

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09
Sep
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We Need Peterson’s Influential Voice In D.C.

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Perhaps the most common complaint we hear about Congress today is how bitterly divided it is. Democrats and Republicans don’t socialize anymore. They don’t have friends across the aisle like they once did – friendships that  helped them respect one another and negotiate important legislation together.

Now the vast majority are in lockstep with their parties on voting with few crossing over to vote principal over party.

Not all members of Congress are this way but those who genuinely are respected on both sides of the aisle are hardly more than a handful. U.S. 7th District Rep. Collin Peterson is one of those few.

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09
Sep
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Some businesses should know by Sept. 15 if they get county grants

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Many Swift County businesses should know by Sept. 15 if they have been awarded a $5,000 grant through the Coronavirus Relief Fund and Economic Assistance (CARES) Act funds the county received in July.

In all, the county was awarded $1,136,857 from the federal CARES Act and has 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.

In July, Swift County’s Board of Commissioners set aside $250,000 of its CARES Act funds to help businesses and non-profits in the county that had suffered a loss of business, or funding, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicaton for those funds are being handled through the county’s Rural Development Authority (RDA...)

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09
Sep
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Green, brown glass will no longer be recycled as of Oct. 1

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County will start charging 7 cents per pound for disposing of green and brown glass as of Oct. 1.

It will also mean that green and brown glass bottles will no longer go in the recycling bin but will go into the non-processible garbage starting in October.

“For 30 years, people have had a habit of doing it one way,” Environmental Services Director Scott Collins told the board of commissioners at their  meeting last Tuesday. Breaking recycling habits will not be easy to change, he acknowledged. “It is not going to change by Oct. 1, we all know that. We will have to do some strong education. Every resident is going to get a new brochure with the changes highlighted...”

 

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09
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Benson signs letter of intent with Nature Energy

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

A letter of intent between the City of Benson and Danish firm Nature Energy was signed by the city council in a special meeting last Thursday noon.

While discussions are in the very early stages, if they workout Nature Energy could be investing up to $60 million in a biogas operation that could create enough gas to heat between 11,000 and 12,000 homes. Nature Energy and the City of Benson have been in preliminary discussions for the past six months.

The new business, if it is developed, would also bring in 20 new jobs and create 30 to 40 indirect jobs...

 

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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Gary K. Vergin

 

Gary K. Vergin, 65, of Willmar, died Friday, April 3rd as the result of a semi accident due to icy roads on highway 12 just east of Willmar.  His memorial service will be held outside at 10:00 am, Saturday, September 19th at Word of Faith Family Church in Willmar.  There will be a visitation Friday, September 18th from 4-7 pm at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar.  www.hafh.org.  

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2020 Swift County 4-H Shows

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By Reed Anfinson and John Fragodt

Wed
02
Sep
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CERTIFICATE OF ASSUMED NAME Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 333

The filing of an assumed name does not provide a user with exclusive rights to that name. The filing is required for consumer protection in order to enable consumers to be able to identify the true owner of a business.
List the exact assumed name under which the business is or will be conducted: Rogue Audio
Principal Place of Business: 600 Atlantic Avenue, Apartment B, Benson, MN 56215
List the name and complete address of all persons conducting business under the above Assumed Name, OR, if an entity, provide the legal corporate, LLC, or Limited Partnership name and registered office address: JT Novak LLC, 600 Atlantic Avenue, Apartment B, Benson, MN 56215.

Wed
02
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Storm Damage

Jane Kjos said the back of her yard was the best it’s been in many years, but she woke up after the storm to find a war zone of broken branches and fallen trees.  She was thankful that her house was spared from damage.

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02
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Cross-country teams to race at Minnewaska Meet this week

The Benson-KMS cross-country team opened up the fall practice schedule Monday, Aug. 17, at Ambush Park, and has continued to practice each day to prepare for the season opener, Tuesday, Sept. 1 at Minnewaska Area.

Back to lead the team is Samantha VanHeuveln, who lost only two seniors to graduation (Will Magaard and Allie Mitteness) although they were both among the leaders for their respective teams.

“I’m excited to see what the season brings,” coach VanHeuveln said.  “So far, things are going well; there are quite a few that put in some miles over the summer and are ready to go, but there are also quite a few that haven’t done anything since last winter and have some work to do to get back up to where they were last season...”

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02
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Girls tennis team opens up season with 4-3 loss at Morris Area/WCA

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team opened up the 2020 season with a 4-3 loss at Morris Area/West Central Area, Thursday night and Friday morning.

Yes, it was a two-day competition for the team because one of the matches was not complete when darkness made it too difficult to play at the Morris Area High School courts, Thursday night, forcing Benson-KMS to travel back to Morris again for the completion of the final match the next morning.

It was the first high school sporting event for Benson or KMS in almost six months...

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