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10
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Schools should know more about plan for resuming in-class teaching later this month

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Parents throughout Minnesota are wondering if their children will be going back to school in the fall. It is a question yet to be answered.

Will there be a resurgence of the deadly COVID-19 disease caused by the coronavirus? Will the current downward trend be maintained if Minnesotans practice smart social distancing, wear masks and regularly clean commonly touched surfaces?

Maintaining that downward trend and preventing a spike in the fall will be critical to whether students return to the classroom.

In a call last week with Minnesota Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker, school administrators received a little better direction for how to proceed, Supt. Dennis Laumeyer told the District 777 Board of Education Monday night...

 

Wed
10
Jun
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No Swift County Fair this year

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

County fairs are becoming the latest casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week the Swift County Fair became another one of the fairs in Minnesota to make the tough decision to not hold a fair this year.

Currently, of the 94 county fairs in Minnesota, 74 have officially postponed their 2020 fair until 2021.

It was a decision that didn’t come lightly to the Swift County Fair Board, said President Jon Panzer. “The decision to cancel, made with guidance from the Minnesota Federation of County Fairs, International Association of Fairs, and local, state and federal guidance, was difficult and not made lightly as it impacts many people and organizations in our county, but we feel it is the best decision for all involved...”

 

Wed
10
Jun
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High hits 99; breaks record

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Benson broke the record high for June 7 when it hit 99- degrees around 5:15 Sunday afternoon. It was the hottest temperature the area as seen in nearly eight years.

Benson hasn’t recorded a high of 100 degrees since July 31, 2006 when it hit 104 degrees tying the all-time temperature recorded for the city. It also reached 104 degrees June 24, 1988.

Sunday’s high was the fourth time since 2006 that it has reached 99 without going 1 degree higher to reach the century mark. It hit 99 degrees twice in 2012, July 4 and July 16. It also hit 99 degrees July 1, 2007...

 

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Wed
03
Jun
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Bars, restaurants starting to open outdoor service areas

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

At a special Benson City Council meeting last Tuesday, City Manager Rob Wolfington was given authority to facilitate a quick response to requests from local bar and restaurant owners to set up outdoor service areas.

It also passed a resolution extending Mayor Terri Collins’ emergency authority for another 60 days.

The resolution passed by the council for outdoor dining states:

“The city manager is authorized to accept, review and either approve or deny applications from local businesses that wish to expand their outdoor service during the declared emergency...

 

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03
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Kid Day cancelled; swimming pool to be readied

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Benson’s 90th Benson Kid Day celebration will happen, but the community will have to wait until next year for the celebration.

At the Benson City Council meeting Monday night, Kid Day was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On a positive note, the council did agree to start the process for opening the Benson Family Aquatic Center. That process was to start Tuesday and will take about three weeks...
 

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Wed
03
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Benson sends two officers to Twin Cities

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

With protests and rioting getting out of control in the Twin Cities, a request was put out to state cities to provide short-term assistance if  possible. The City of Benson responded by sending two of its officers and a squad car.

The Minnesota Director of Public Safety had made the request for mutual aid from cities as the size of the protests grew and the amount of damage to property increased.

Mayor Terri Collins and City Manager Rob Wolfington reviewed the request for mutual aid and authorized Chief Hodge to send the two officers and a squad car...

 

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03
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Tosel to challenge Hendrickx for District 1 seat

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

In his bid for another term on the Swift County Board of Commissioners, Gary Hendrickx, District 1-Appleton, will face a challenger for the first time since 2008.

Appleton area businessman and farmer Dru Tosel is seeking to unseat Hendrickx, who has served as a county commissioner since winning his first election in 1996...

 

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Wed
27
May
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Memorial Day 2020

Flags honoring America’s war veterans were spread throughout area cemeteries as people honored loved ones in their own quiet ways. There were no Memorial Day services or parades this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wed
27
May
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Class of 2020 graduation ceremony Friday at Benson swimming pool

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Members of the Benson High School Class of 2020 will receive their diplomas at the Benson Family Aquatic Center during a ceremony scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m.

It is the one site available in the community where the school administration could bring together the graduating seniors, families and friends that complied with the current state emergency order under the COVID-19 protocols.

Benson High School’s administration had planned to conduct the graduation ceremony at the football field, but the state put an end to those plans.

The Minnesota Department of Education and the Office of Higher Education issued guidance saying indoor graduations and ceremonies held outside in stadiums and on football fields were not permitted. The agencies encouraged schools to hold online events.

Wed
27
May
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City considers resolution for bars, restaurants

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

In preparing for the limited opening of bars and restaurants in Minnesota for outdoor dining and beverage service, the Benson City Council conducted a special meeting Tuesday evening.

At the meeting, it was to consider a resolution to allow for outdoor service and for the expansion of facilities to provide that service.

The resolution states that:

“The city manager is authorized to accept, review and either approve or deny applications from local businesses that wish to expand their outdoor service during the declared emergency.

“The city manager is authorized to allow the use of public areas, including local streets and sidewalks, for businesses that wish to expand their outdoor service during the declared emergency.”

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