October 2020

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Robert Foster

Robert “Bob” Foster Jr., 80, of Appleton, Minnesota  passed away Tuesday afternoon, October 27, 2020 at CentraCare Health-Care Center in Paynesville.  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Robert Eugene Foster Jr. was born May 7, 1940, in St. Cloud, Minnesota, the son of Robert Eugene Sr. and Oliva (Landwehr) Foster.  Bob was raised in the St. Cloud/Stearns County area, where he graduated from Foley High School.  

November 25, 1961 he was united in marriage to Geraldine Halfman.  This union was blessed with five children: Sharon, Rose, Doug, Kevin, and Chris.  The couple later divorced.  Bob was married to Shirley Ann Reuss June 15, 1991 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Danvers by Rev. Magnus Peterson.  They enjoyed over 29 years together!  

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Scott Charles Smith

Scott Charles Smith, 50, Benson, Minn., died Saturday, October 24, 2020 in St. Cloud Hospital, Minn.  Visitation will be from 4–7 p.m., Friday, October 30, 2020, at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in DeGraff. Visitation will continue from 9:30–10:30 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, October 31, 2020 at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church. Interment will be in the Church Cemetery.

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LEGAL NOTICE

The Clontarf Township Board regular meeting for November 2020 will be postponed one week to November 10, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at  Clontarf Fire Department in Clontarf, MN due to the election day November 3.
Anne Schirmer, Clerk

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SUMMONS

STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF SWIFT
IN DISTRICT COURT
EIGHTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
TYPE OF CASE: NO. 14 OTHER CIVIL
Action to Determine Adverse Claims

Todd Michael Collins, Plaintiff

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Braves dominate second half on way to 33-7 win over H-F

For the second-straight week the Benson football team scored over 30 points and earned a victory.  And, for the first time since early in the 2012 season, the Braves sport a winning record after improving to 2-1 overall.

After having its game with Parkers Prairie called off due to COVID-19 at PP, the Braves played at Hinckley-Finlayson, Friday night, and Benson took advantage of the opportunity by turning a 13-7 halftime lead into a 33-7 victory.

Thomas Dineen had 180 yards rushing, Cole Hedman passed for 72 yards, and Abe Peterson had four receptions for 78 yards, one interception for a touchdown and also was third on the team with four tackles.

“Our guys did a great job of adjusting all week to everything,” coach Adam Foslien said.  “There were many unknowns this week, but lots of memories will come out of this game.  Plus, getting home at 1:15 a.m. is much easier after a win.”

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Benson volleyball team earns first two victories

The Benson volleyball team had a great week of action, winning two matches to improve to 2-1 for the season.

The Braves were supposed to host Morris Area last Tuesday, but that match was moved to Saturday due to a winter storm that hit the state.  And, Benson was supposed to host Sauk Centre, Thursday, but that match was postponed and instead, Montevideo was scheduled to play the Braves.

Well, Benson earned a 25-21, 25-22, 25-23 shutout of Montevideo, Thursday, for its first win and then edged Morris Area-CA in a thriller, Saturday, 22-25, 17-25, 25-22, 25-18, 15-13, rallying from a 2-0 deficit.

Benson has two big tests scheduled this week beginning with a match at BOLD, Tuesday (yesterday) and at Melrose Area, Thursday (tomorrow)...
 

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Girls tennis will lose five from this year’s team

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team edged Morris Area/West Central Area in the third place match of the Section 6A Tourney last Tuesday night, 4-3.

That closed out a 7-6 season from a year ago for the girls tennis program, giving it the 14th winning season in the last 17 years.

Morris Area-CA had defeated Benson-KMS twice earlier this season by 4-3 scores, but the Fighting Braves were able to turn the tables in the third meeting...

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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Suppression Greater Threat Than Voter Fraud

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Voting by mail was introduced in Utah in 2013. It soon became very popular, with some counties seeing 99 percent of the 2020 primary ballots come through the mail. It’s a deep red and religious state with Republicans firmly in control. It voted for Donald Trump in 2016 and will again Nov. 3.

Until this summer, Republicans in Utah were just fine with voting by mail. They trusted their ballots would be counted and that no one would mess with the process. Now they aren’t so sure. Not because the process has changed but because their faith has been undermined.
“Suddenly (residents are) worried about voting by mail,” Ricky Hatch, a local county clerk, and auditor, in the Salt Lake area told the press. “Voters refer to ballots being thrown in a ditch, a river, and dumpsters…or dogs receiving ballots.” And, of course, dead people voting.

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County approves $150,000 in CARES business grants

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County’s Board of Commissioners approved $150,000 in loans for 30 businesses through its CARES Act funds at its meeting Oct. 20. Those 30 businesses were eligible for up to $5,000 each. The county board anticipates that it could be approving another group of business loans at its Nov. 3 meeting.

In all, Swift County set aside $250,000 from the $1,221,134 it received in federal Coronavirus Relief Fund and Economic Assistance (CARES) Act funds for small businesses. The funds were allocated to its Rural Development Authority (RDA,) which reviewed applications and then made recommendations to the county board on who was to get funding.

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SCBHS is seeing fewer positive COVID-19 tests

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

SCBHS saw its all-time high of testing with 100 to 125 administered over a two-week period back in early September, Co-Administrator and Chief Nursing Office Melissa McGinty-Thompson told the Swift County-Benson Health Services (SCBHS) governing board at its meeting Monday night.

There was a big spike in people getting tested back then, however, with SCBHS seeing a 34.7 percent positive rate, which was pretty significant at the time, McGinty-Thompson said.

Now even while COVID-19 cases are rapidly increasing in western Minnesota, with Swift County also seeing a steep increase, the positivity rate has dropped 8.5 percent of the tests...

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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