December 2020

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PUBLIC NOTICE

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) is considering a request for Federal assistance from the City of Benson, MN to construct an Wastewater Treatment Facility Flood Protection Berm, and Wastewater Mainline Sewer Improvement Project in the City of Benson, Swift County, Minnesota for the purpose of protecting the facility that sits directly adjacent to the Chippewa River from flooding, as well as replacing a mainline  sanitary sewer to serve the Benson Industrial Park with a new 8” sanitary force main.  Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, EDA is conducting an environmental assessment (EA) of the proposed project.

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LEGAL NOTICE

 Notice to qualified voters of Tara Township, Swift County, Minnesota that filing for town office will be held for a two week period beginning Dec. 29, 2020 through Tuesday, January 12, 2021. Affidavits of Candidacy shall be filed with the town clerk at her home from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Please call in advance 320-444-0283. 1 supervisor position - 3 year term; 1 treasurer position - 2 year term. Filing fee is $2.00.

Patti Buyck
Tara Township Clerk

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COVID-19 cases falling in state, county

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County and the State of Minnesota are winning the war against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. After very worrisome increases in cases and deaths in November, both are now falling dramatically.

However, clinics and hospitals are keeping their fingers crossed that a significant spike in cases doesn’t occur after people gathered for Christmas and do so again for New Year’s Eve.

In November, Swift County added 368 new COVID-19 cases, averaging 12.3 cases a day. Through Dec. 28, it added just 178 cases...

 

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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Swift County passes 1% levy increase on 4-1 vote

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County’s Board of Commissioners voted  4 to 1 to increase the real estate tax levy by 1 percent for 2021 at their Dec. 15 meeting. With the 1 percent increase, the levy will increase by $100,000 to $11,441,623.

Those tax revenues will help support budgeted expenditures of $22,965,163. However, commissioners expect they will have to draw about $100,000 from their reserves in 2021 with total budgeted revenues of $22,860,655.

Swift County is also expecting $600,150 in County Program Aids (CPA) from the State of Minnesota. Commissioners were not certain all those state funds would be coming their way as predictions of a state budget deficit as high as $4.6 billion was thrown around earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact...

 

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Blizzard leaves dozens stranded on area highways

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County was lucky last Wednesday, Dec. 23. Lucky that it didn’t see several deaths and severe injuries during one of the worst blizzards to hit the area in decades.

When the sun rose last Thursday morning, the evidence of just how challenging the storm had made driving was evident on the road and in the ditches. In the 7-mile stretch between Benson and DeGraff, there were 13 vehicles, including two semi-tractor trailer trucks, abandoned along U.S. Highway 12. In the 13 miles between Benson and Murdock, there were 23 vehicles in the ditch or stranded on the road.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, they were among the more than 1,000 vehicles littering Minnesota’s highways Thursday morning...

 

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Mother Nature Teaches Us An Overdue Lesson

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Just maybe, this blizzard taught some Minnesotans a lesson. Those of us old enough to remember the more intense blizzards of the past have a deep respect for just how life-threatening the combination of snow, subzero temperatures, and wind can be. When winter’s early sunset combines with wind and snow, you can’t see past the snowflakes hammering your windshield.

We also know that when strong storm systems engulf us, there is brutally dangerous cold air lurking on the backside. It rushes in, creating wind chills that can take your breath away and cause frostbite in minutes.
We were fortunate to get through last week’s blizzard with no lives lost. We haven’t always been so blessed.

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McLaughlin sets Guinness Book of World Record

Had the barrel-chested Bensonite not been powerfully built from the waist up, it’s conceivable he would have fell short of the world record.  That wasn’t the case Saturday and Sunday in Jack’s Rec, however, as Mike McLaughlin, drawing on every ounce of strength and bit of endurance he had, smashed an existing world record.

If McLaughlin’s attempt becomes official, he will hold -- according to the Guinness Book of World Records ---- the world record for making the most pool balls in a 24-hour period.

During the 24-hour span from noon Saturday through 12-bells Sunday, McLaughlin dropped a total of 8,415 pool balls in the side and corner pockets.  He smashed the existing world record, according to Guinness by 169 balls.

When his record-setting ordeal was over at noon Sunday, McLaughlin said his feet aches, his legs hurt, his back and arms were numb.  “Just about everything hurt,” he explained...

 

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Highlights in sports from years gone by . . .

With the start of the winter high school sports season delayed by at least 3-4 weeks this winter, we’re bringing back the “Highlights from years gone by . . .” column for the month of December.

We hope you enjoy reading about the BHS and KMS student-athletes from the past in news stories taken from Monitor-News issues from one to 50-plus years ago.

I know it’s not quite the same as the actual competition this winter, but our hope is that Benson and KMS will be back competing on the basketball court, wrestling mat, at the gymnastics center, or on the hockey rink very soon.
Hang in there Benson and KMS student-athletes as well as coaches, parents and fans...

 

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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Cain, Krieger, and Nichols named to All-Area honorable mention team

The West Central Tribune of Willmar came out with its All-Area volleyball teams for 2020 and two KMS volleyball players and one from Benson earned recognition on the honorable mention team.

Seven players, including three from Willmar, two from NLS, and one each from BBE and Litchfield, were named to the All-Area first-team.

Earning All-Area first-team honors were Litchfield senior setter Kristin Foley, BBE senior middle hitter Karissa Jones, Willmar junior setter Lydia Larson, NLS senior right side hitter Ashlyn Olson, Willmar sophomore outside hitter Sydney Schnichels, Willmar senior libero Abby Stark, and NLS senior outside hitter Aleah Zieske...

 

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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LeRoy L. Smith

LeRoy Lee Smith, 88, of Benson, Minnesota, died Thursday, December 24, 2020, at Meadow Lane Nursing Home in Benson. A funeral service will be held at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson at a later date. Interment will be in the Benson City Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.   www.zniewskifuneralhome.com
 

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