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25
Aug
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Heavy rains ease drought conditions in state

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Last Tuesday afternoon kids were wading down the middle of the east branch of the Chippewa River as it passes through Benson Golf Course looking for golf balls. The water level barely rose above their ankles in many places.

Kids were also playing underneath the BNSF Railroad bridge with some fishing in the shallow pools. In some places along the river, the fish are trapped in the pools with the water too shallow for them to escape.

The Chippewa River’s flow is as low as it was back in 1988, a year of extreme heat and drought.

Early Friday evening the clouds opened up with the heaviest rainfall of the year. In Benson, 1.65 inches of rain fell in less than half an hour, flooding streets with water over the curbs low-lying areas...

 

Wed
25
Aug
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Plan for spending ARP funds proposed

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

A preliminary plan for how Swift County will spend the $1,797,084 is has received from the American Relief Plan was presented to the Swift County Board of Commissioners at their Aug. 17 meeting.

Unlike the previous federal and state COVID-19 relief funds Swift County has received, none of the funds are aimed at individual business assistance. This time around, the funds are geared more to community and local government needs.

Swift County has already received the first half payment of $898,542. The funds have to be spent by the end of 2024 with any projects they are used toward completed by 2026, Administrator Kelsey Baker told commissioners...

 

Wed
18
Aug
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COVID-19 cases are spreading in Swift County and the region

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

In response to the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in the county and region, Swift County-Benson Health Services has re-implemented the clinic screening station located at the clinic entrance, Chief Nursing and Clinical Officer, Co-Administrator said Monday.

“We have not changed our visitor policy of the same two visitors for the length of stay but we are considering it today to dial it back based on the uptick in positive cases,” she said.

Testing has increased dramatically over the past couple weeks, she said. “We have had a couple of exposures to large groups which has also caused an increase in exposure testing, so that does contribute to some of the increase.   But we have still seen an increase in testing outside these large event exposures,” McGinty-Thompson said...

Wed
18
Aug
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Housing development is planned for Benson

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Monday night Cody Nelson of Nelson Properties of Sauk Centre met with the council on a proposed housing project for the Cottage Square area in northeast Benson.

Nelson is proposing to construct 13-duplexes, or 26 units in two phases. The first phase involves construction of four town home duplexes to be completed by Dec. 31, 2022. Work would begin next spring as soon as weather permits with some units possibly ready by October.

The second phase involves nine townhomes, 18 units, all to be completed by Dec. 21, 2027...

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Wed
18
Aug
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Plenty of exciting opportunities at Benson Schools in 2021-2022

By District 777 Schools Supt. Dennis Laumeyer

Captains practices and fall activity sign up is a sure sign that the 2021-2022 school year is fast approaching. We are excited to have students and staff back in the building and feel all of the energy and excitement that fills the hallways and classrooms.

Wed
11
Aug
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No masks, for now, when school starts in Benson Aug. 30

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

When students return to school in Benson Monday, Aug. 30, they will not have to wear a face covering. At least for now, that is the policy in place.

At its meeting Aug. 3, the District 777 Board of Education went over its 2021-2022 Healthy Learning Plan. Schools are required to have a back-to-school plan that addresses the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Supt. Dennis Laumeyer said. The school board first saw the proposed plan in June.

“There really have not been many updates to this,” he said.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz no longer has emergency authority to dictate statewide plans, nor does the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) have the authority to make any requirements for school districts, Laumeyer said.

Wed
11
Aug
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Proposed levies for HRA, RDA okayed

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Preliminary levies for the Swift County Rural Development Authority (RDA) and Housing Redevelopment Authority (HRA) were unanimously approved by the county board of commissioners at their Aug. 3 meeting.

As of July, the HRA and RDA were placed under one executive director. It was a move made as longtime HRA Director Vicki Syverson prepares to retire Aug. 26.

Last October, Laura Ostlie was hired by Swift County as its new RDA director. Ostlie had been employed as a community development specialist with the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission (RDC) based in Appleton...

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Wed
11
Aug
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Fair returns after a missed year

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

The 123rd annual Swift County Fair is set to begin Wednesday, Aug. 18 and continue through Sunday, Aug. 22 at the Swift County Fairgrounds in Appleton. 

The Swift County Fair, highlights the communities of Benson, Clontarf, Danvers, Kerkhoven, Murdock, Appleton, DeGraff, Swift Falls, and Holloway.  

One of the important features of the fair each year is the free entertainment...

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Wed
04
Aug
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Second half of July sees a rise in COVID-19 cases

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Concern is growing in rural Minnesota about the spread of the highly infectious COVID-19 Delta variant. After new cases had reached lows in June and the first half of July not seen since the pandemic first started taking hold in May 2020, they are on the rise again.

The numbers appear small but are significant. Countryside Public Health’s five counties saw just 13 cases of COVID-19 in June. The new cases numbers remained relatively low through the first half of July with 12. However, in the second half of the month another 20 cases were added.

Countryside provides public health services to Swift, Lac qui Parle, Big Stone, Yellow Medicine and Chippewa counties...

Wed
04
Aug
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CRM expanding operations with purchase of neighboring building

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Work is well underway to incorporate the former Future Products and SpecSys building into the Custom Roto-Mold (CRM) building to its west.

Corey Claussen, president of CRM, said the company closed on the purchase of the building in early June. The new CRM East will provide the company with a great deal more space for operations.

Plans to build a connecting structure that will serve as a lunchroom for the employees working in the two buildings have been drawn up...

 

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