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22
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Peterson cautiously optimistic China deal will help out farmers

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Emphasis on US exports, trade secrets in China trade deal

Editor’s note: This story by Associated Press reporters Kevin Freking and Paul Wiseman has information added by the Monitor-News on Rep. Collin Peterson’s thoughts on the trade deal.

The United States and China reached a trade deal last Wednesday that eases tensions between the world’s two biggest economies, offers massive export opportunities for U.S. farms and factories, and promises to do more to protect American trade secrets...

 

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Wed
22
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Minnesota’s early primary voting already underway

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

While Minnesotans will be able to physically vote in Minnesota’s March 3 Presidential Nomination Primary, absentee balloting is already underway.

Absentee ballots can be picked up at the Swift County Courthouse, or a person can go to the mnvotes.org to print off a primary ballot.

The primary will help determine both the Democratic and Republican party candidates for the November general election.

“The presidential nomination primary opens up the selection process and allows more Minnesotans to participate,” said Secretary of State Steve Simon. “Caucuses are limited to a few hours on one evening; this primary will give more people more ways to participate, and over a longer period of time.”

Minnesota is one of 14 states conducting a primary March 3 – Super Tuesday.

Wed
22
Jan
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Council amends Benson code for Class 2 ATV use

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Benson’s City Council has unanimously approved a revision of the city code that governs the use of all-terrain vehicles within the city limits to expand the use of Class 2 ATVs.

Class 1 ATVs have a total width of 50 inches or less. They generally have only one passenger seat and are steered with handlebars.

A Class 2 ATV has a total width that is greater than 50 inches but not more than 65 inches. Class 2 ATVs typically have a steering wheel and are designed for the operator and passenger to sit side by side.

There are still considerable restrictions on Class 1 ATVs. They are only allowed to operate for city-approved parades. Their use is only legal two hours before the parade until two hours after. Their general use is still prohibited. They can be used for incidental snow removal on property owned or occupied by the operator of the Class 1 ATV.

Wed
15
Jan
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County Attorney Olson outlines a hectic pace for legal work for county board of commissioners

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

At its early December meeting, the Swift County Board of Commissioners said it would like to receive quarterly reports from the the county attorney and sheriff.

The county board may be neglecting giving time to County Attorney Danielle Olson and Sheriff John Holtz to say something about what their offices are doing to inform both the public and the board, Commissioner Pete Peterson, District 3-south Benson and Torning Township, said at the Dec. 3 meeting.

 “It doesn’t have to be lengthy; it doesn’t have to be time consuming; I know they are both busy. But I think we need to give them the opportunity to communicate to the public that elected them to the offices they are in,” he said.

At its Jan. 7 meeting, the board heard from County Attorney Danielle Olson, who provided an overview of what the county attorney’s role is and how busy her office has been...

Wed
15
Jan
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State asks for help creating geological survey of county

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County has been asked to help the Minnesota Geological Survey (MGS) develop a detailed three-dimensional map of what lies between the surface and bedrock several hundred feet below us.

“Why do you need an atlas?” Barbara Lusardi, associate director of the MSG, asked the county board of commissioners at their Jan. 7 meeting. “Because every decision you make in the county regarding land use, whether it is a new municipal water well, authorizing septic tank permits, or if you are building a new road, your decisions will be better informed if you have geological information behind them.”

Wed
08
Jan
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Sheriff outlines steps to improve dispatching, pushes back against outsourcing the service

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Errors and confusion in dispatching fire departments to two fires in Fairfield Township brought considerable heat to the Swift County Sheriff’s Office this past fall.

Those errors have led some to ask if county dispatching should be outsourced.

October 5, the farm home of Randy and LuJean Thielke went up in flames with the couple escaping with their three grandchildren only with the clothes they were wearing and nothing else. While the Morris Fire Department should have been dispatched to the fire, Appleton’s department was sent by Swift County dispatch.

While southern parts of Fairfield Township are closer to Appleton than Morris, the northern part is closer to Morris...

 

Wed
08
Jan
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County can’t pay for Thielke fire out of sheriff’s budget

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County’s Board of Commissioners can’t take funds from the sheriff’s budget to pay for a fire call bill due the City of Appleton. That is the opinion of Swift County Attorney Danielle Olson.

 “As you are aware that the sheriff issued a statement on the funds being taken out of his account and I issued what I would consider a legal opinion on that. The payment can’t come out of the sheriff’s fund without his approval,” Olson told commissioners at their meeting Dec. 31.

Based on state law governing county operations, Olson recommended that the county put the funds back into the sheriff’s budget. “The funds were taken out of his budget without his authority and without even discussing it with him, she said...

 

Wed
08
Jan
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Gymnastics facility to be built east of football field

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Plans are moving forward for the construction of a new gymnastics facility on a site at the Benson High School.

Last month, the District 777 Board of Education voted unanimously to build a new facility for the Benson-Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg gymnasts sometime in late 2020 or early 2021. The board voted to go to voters for a levy of up to $1.5 million for the construction project April 14...

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Thu
02
Jan
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DU, DNR is acquiring land, water around Lake John

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Through the Minnesota Ducks Unlimited organization two wetland parcels in are being purchased and will then be donated to the Department of Natural Resources.

Representatives of Ducks Unlimited and the DNR explained the purchases at the Swift County Board of Commissioners’ meeting Dec. 17.

The first parcel covers 71.65 acres to the north and east of Lake Johnson (Lake John) north of Benson on Minnesota Highway 29. Part of the purchase also includes the north half of the slough area to the east of Lake John on the south side of Highway 29. The purchase will connect with the Henry X State Wildlife Management Area...

 

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Thu
02
Jan
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County still considering GROW building as new Prairie 5 space

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Bids have been received for the renovation of the GROW building in downtown Benson, however, before work takes place there is the question of who will own the building yet to be resolved.

It has been proposed that the former Clark’s Rexall and Lewis Drug building on Atlantic Avenue be the new home for Prairie 5 Community Action’s food shelf and clothing facility. Before it would move in, a good deal of remodeling work is needed. Just who will pay for that work depends on who the owner of the building is when the work is done.

If a government entity owns it, the building is not eligible for the Small Cities Development Program grant funds the City of Benson has available.

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