September 2020

Wed
02
Sep
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We Decide If We Are Census Winners or Losers

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

There is now less than a month for every Minnesotan to be counted in the 2020 Census. Failure by communities, counties and states to urge their citizens to fill out their census forms will have a deep impact on the future of the services they are able to offer. Failure will mean a loss of representation at the Legislature in St. Paul for rural Minnesota and in the halls of the U.S. House of Representatives. Minnesota would lose votes in the Electoral College.

Wed
02
Sep
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June, July and August were very wet

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

It has been a very wet summer.

Through June, July and August, the Benson area received 18.04 inches of rain. That is 6.49 inches of rain above the three-month average of 11.55 inches.

Storms Sunday evening into Monday morning brought another 0.73 inches of rain to the Benson area bringing the month’s total to 6.02 compared to an average of 3.46 inches.

Rainfall form the storms pushed 2020 into second place for the most rain in the three-month on record for the Benson area. Benson has kept daily records since 1953...

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Wed
02
Sep
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SCBHS preparing for COVID-19, flu this fall

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County saw 14 more cases of the potentially deadly COVID-19 disease in August including one in the assisted living and memory care facility Scandi Haven Village. 

That case was identified in mid-August and resulted in some operational changes to ensure no future cases occurred and that the virus did not spread.

Swift County-Benson Health Services tested staff and residents Aug. 17 with the all coming up negative, Chief Nursing Officer Melissa McGinty-Thompson reported to the SCBHS board of governors at their meeting Monday night...

 

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Wed
02
Sep
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BHS mostly ready for classes to start Tuesday

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

As Benson Public Schools prepare to open next Tuesday, with teachers back in their classrooms this week, the administration will be adopting a flexible approach to educating students.

However, the school year will start with all students will be back in the classroom. “We are very excited to have the kids back in class for many reasons,” Supt. Dennis Laumeyer said Monday.

Among those reasons are that teachers have expressed a desire to be back teaching in person. Also, studies have shown that students need the interactions with one another and the faculty for good mental health...

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Tue
01
Sep
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Marion George McGovern

Marion George McGovern, 89, of Benson, Minn., died Sunday, August 30, 2020, at the St. Cloud Hospital.  Visitation will be held 11:30 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m., on Friday, September 4, 2020, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson.  Interment will be in the St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home.

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01
Sep
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Verna F. Kolstad

Verna F. Kolstad, age 88 of Glenwood died Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at Glenwood Retirement Village. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 2nd at Scandia Lutheran Church with Pastor Ron Knutson officiating.

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