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Helping Minnesota Businesses during COVID-19

Starting soon businesses can apply for SBA low interest loans

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Prairie Five CAC-Public Statement

Prairie 5 Rides in Benson is now only transporting dialysis and cancer patients to their appointments.

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Statement from Bishop John M. LeVoir of the Diocese of New Ulm Regarding Immediate Parish Guidelines

NEW ULM (March 18, 2020)Out of concern for people’s safety during the COVID-19

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Sales Tax Payment Extension for Businesses Identified in Executive Order 20-04

In line with the state’s continued response to COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Revenue is granting a 30-day Sales and Use Tax grace period for businesses identified in 

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Minnesota state agencies coordinate COVID-19 response

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Statement from Bishop John M. LeVoir of the Diocese of New Ulm Regarding Suspension of all Public Masses

NEW ULM (March 18, 2020) I am concerned that all people be safe during the COVID-

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City council passes emergency declaration

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Benson Mayor Terri Collins signed an emergency peacetime declaration during a meeting with key city staff Sunday night at the city office to address the rapidly spreading coronavirus.

The order gives the mayor and city broad authority for three days to implement measures to address an emergency situation. After three days, for emergency powers to continue they must be approved by the full city council.

At the 5 p.m. meeting were City Manager Rob Wolfington, Director of Public Works Dan Gens, and Police Chief Ian Hodge. Director of Finance Glen Pederson joined the group by phone.

Meeting in the Benson Armory Monday night with audience chairs spaced six feet apart, and with members of the council spread out, the emergency order signed by the mayor the day before was unanimously approved by the council. It allows the order to remain in place during the emergency.

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Schools closed as COVID-19’s impact deepens

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

With Wisconsin and South Dakota both closing their schools, absenteeism in Minnesota schools increasing, the number of COVID-19 cases rising by 14 to 35 overnight Saturday, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz called for schools in the state to close for the next eight to 10 days. He made the announcement during a 10 a.m. Sunday press conference.

School administrators and teachers are to use those days to implement a local plan for continuing to provide an education for students in the coming days, and possibly weeks. Schools can close as early as Monday but must be closed by Wednesday and remained closed through Friday, March 27.

Benson Public Schools closed Monday and will remain closed until Friday, March 27.

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Knowledge Will Keep Our Communities Safe

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”
James Madison
 Father of the U.S. Constitution
Fourth President of the United States

This is an extraordinary time in the lives of most Americans as our way of life is radically changed in just a few short weeks.

Who would have thought that as spring approached our schools would all be closed, that there would be no church services, that all sports from our high schools to the professional leagues would be cancelled, that people would be hoarding toilet paper, and that grocery stores would be seeing people buying stockpiles of food as if Armageddon were imminent?

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Slow the spread of coronavirus in our communities

Ashlie Johnson
Countryside Public Health
Public Information Officer

Countryside Public Health has plans in place and is actively working with area partners in response to coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19. Minnesota now has 54 cases of COVID-19 with the number rising quickly.

Countryside Public Health encourages you to be prepared for yourself, family, & business for a possible outbreak.

Stay home from work and school when you are sick; staying home is fundamental to “stopping the spread.”

All employees and students should stay home if they are sick until at least 24 hours after their fever has ended – a fever of 100 degrees or higher. Prevent, sanitize, and prepare similar to the flu for COVID-19; wash your hands, cover your cough, & stay home when you are sick!

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