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County gives $1,000 more to hurting businesses

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County has paid out nearly $1.18 million from its $1.22 million in federal CARES Act funds to help local healthcare, businesses and its own operations in addressing the impact of COVID-19.

At its meeting Tuesday, Dec. 1, the county board of commissioners approved two additional applications for funding, one from the Clontarf First Responders for $23,020 and the Danvers First Responders for $5,443.

 It also approved another $15,000 in $1,000 grants to the 15 businesses considered most in need of help out of the 45 that applied for CARES Act funds from the county...

 

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09
Dec
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Benson, KMS reach agreement on cooperative

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

After months of discussion, the sports cooperative agreement between Benson Public Schools and Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (KMS) has finally been approved.

It calls for KMS to pay an additional $25,000 fee annually to support facility costs in Benson. At the same time, it puts in writing the desire of KMS to see cross country practices alternated between Benson and Kerkhoven. It also expresses KMS’ future goal of possibly seeing the track or tennis programs moving to Kerkhoven.

KMS Supt. Martin Heidelberger said Thursday he was mailing the sports cooperative agreement back to Benson with the terms that were proposed. That agreement was approved by the Benson School Board Monday night...

 

Wed
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Dec
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Swift County stays with 1% levy increase for ‘21

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Later this month, the Swift County Board of Commissioners will approve the 2021 budget and levy. As it is currently proposed, it would see a 1 percent levy increase raising taxes by about $100,000 over 2020. However, the board can reduce it to zero when it finalizes the budget and levy.

When they approved the preliminary budget in September, commissioners were looking at drawing about $150,000 from reserves because expected revenues did not cover projected expenses. However, in a line-by-line review of the proposed budget, Administrator Kelsey Baker found $48,983 in expenses for board of commissioners’ insurance and bond that shouldn’t have been there. With it removed the expected budget deficit has fallen to $104,130...

 

Wed
02
Dec
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Dooley’s two lots rezoned for business

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

Benson’s City Council approved the second reading of an ordinance to change the zoning of two lots on the south end of the Shell station block from residential single family housing to business use.

It also approved a conditional use permit (CUP) that details a set of conditions for development of the block by Dooley’s Petroleum. And it approved a site plan for the new operation based on drawings that have been supplied by Dooley’s.

Approval of the zoning change required a four-fifths vote of the council, which wasn’t an issue. Council Members Jack Evenson, Lucas Olson, Mark Schreck and Jon Buyck supported the zoning change as did Mayor Terri Collins...

 

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02
Dec
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Still no resolution on sports cooperative

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

While one significant hurdle in the negotiations with the Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (KMS) school district on the cooperative sports agreement it has with Benson was settled, new points of contention and new questions were raised.

Benson pairs with KMS in girls and boys’ track, tennis, cross country, and hockey, and in girls’ gymnastics. When the sports cooperative was formed more than 30 years ago, Benson had considerably more students involved in the programs than KMS. However, now the numbers are consistently just about even.

Benson has been asking KMS for an additional $34,500 contribution to help cover the costs of  maintaining facilities at BHS.

Wed
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Nov
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Sen. Klobuchar connects with rural business via Zoom conference call

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

Minnesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar conducted a Zoom call with five rural Minnesotans Monday, including Jessica Wrobleski of Stony Ridge Foods in Benson, to get an idea of how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their businesses.

Also on the call were Michelle Dagget, resident of Lakeshirts, in Detroit Lakes, Tyler Stilson of 3D CNC of Mankato and Hutchinson, with a facility in Colorado as well, and Dr. Randy Simonson, former CEO of Cambridge Technologies. Also on the call was Diane Anderson, president and CEO of the Southwest Initiative Foundation.

One of the reasons that she wanted to conduct the Zoom call with representatives of businesses in rural Minnesota was the challenges created by the resurgence of COVID-19. Businesses are again being shutdown to slow the spread of the deadly virus...

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Nov
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County provides extra funds for healthcare

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

Health providers at the front lines of the COVID-19 fight in Swift County received a financial boost from the county board of commissioners at the Nov. 17 meeting.

Commissioners allocated $75,000 each to Appleton Area Health and Swift County-Benson Health Services. It also allocated another $15,000 to Countryside Public Health.

Countryside had received $106,200 in CARES funds in July, one of the first entities in the county to get the funding. Countryside provides public health services for Swift, Big Stone, Chippewa, Yellow Medicine and Lac qui Parle counties. Its offices are based in Benson...

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Nov
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Two COVID-19 deaths in one week bring county’s total to 6

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County saw its sixth death attributed to COVID-19, the deadly disease caused by the coronavirus, reported by the Minnesota Department of Health Monday.  Four of the deaths have come in November as the number of cases in the county and state explode.

The fifth death from the disease occurred Nov. 18 and was a person in their mid to late 70s while the sixth death was a person in their early 90s.

Swift County’s first death from COVID-19 was reported June 5. The second death wasn’t reported until nearly 20 weeks later on Oct. 2 but the third followed Oct. 28 and the four Nov. 7. The fourth death was reported by MDH Nov. 15 and was a person in their mid-60s...

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With COVID-19 cases spiking, Benson schools are forced into distance learning

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

It should come as no surprise to anyone in the community paying attention to the now unstoppable surge in COVID-19 cases that Benson schools are going to distance learning.

In his column published on Page 5 of this week’s Monitor-News, Supt. Dennis Laumeyer says:

“We all know that students learn best when in school with their teachers and staff. Throughout this school year, Benson schools have worked hard to keep students safely in school and with their teachers, even during the pandemic...

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Wed
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Nov
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SCBHS gets substantial COVID-19 financial help

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

When it comes to the finances that Swift County-Benson Health Services receives to help it cope with the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a lot of misinformation out there.

Some people are under the impression that medical facilities are getting reimbursed for saying a person has the coronavirus, or that they somehow receive additional funds by putting down COVID-19 as the cause of death.

No funding comes to SCBHS, or other medical facilities, because of a diagnoses or death associated with COVID-19...

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