News

Fri
11
Aug
admin's picture

Citing labor intensive costs, Swift County ends drug court participation

Despite what looked to be a successful program in helping people turn their lives around, Swift County’s experiment with the 8th Judicial District’s Drug court is ending.

County commissioners voted at their Aug. 1 meeting to end participation in the drug court due to its time intensive demands and increasing costs for a relatively few individuals.

“Staffing, time, and funding for all departments, including probation, human services, law enforcement, and prosecution are being reviewed, as increased budget requests are being evaluated due to work load increases across the county,” a memo to the board on the program stated.

Because of the intensive staff required to work with those in drug court, Swift County could only handle two individuals at a time.

Wed
09
Aug
admin's picture

4-H Horse Show

Rylee Erickson, a member of the Clontarf Haymakers 4-H Club, works with her horse, Sugar Cookie, during the Swift County 4-H 2017 Horse Pleasure Show, Saturday at the Shamrock Hest Riding Arena in Benson.  The event gave the 4-H participants a chance to work on their horse showing skills before the Swift County Fair, which is set to begin Wednesday, Aug. 16.

Pictured: Rylee Erickson, a member of the Clontarf Haymakers 4-H Club, works with her horse, Sugar Cookie, during the Swift County 4-H 2017 Horse Pleasure Show, Saturday at the Shamrock Hest Riding Arena in Benson.  The event gave the 4-H participants a chance to work on their horse showing skills before the Swift County Fair, which is set to begin Wednesday, Aug. 16.

For more on the Swift County Fair, and to keep up on all the latest news, subscribe to the Swift County Monitor-News print edition or our PDF internet edition. Call 320-843-4111 and you can get all the local news and sports delivered to you!

Fri
04
Aug
admin's picture

Drought conditions creeping into western Minnesota; June, July both short of rain

Western Swift County is now in an early drought stage, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Crops starting to show stress, yards turning brown, water levels falling in lakes and streams – all signs that the area has seen a lack of rain over the past weeks while experiencing very warm temperatures.

June and July are the two wettest month of the year by average, but both came up short of rainfall. Combined they see an average of 7.95 inches rain, yet this year the total was 4.59 inches – 3.36 inches below average.

May saw 3.64 inches, nearly half an inch above average of 3.15 inches, giving crops a boost to start the growing season, but since then drier weather has persisted.

Abnormally dry conditions, the first level of a drought, have extended into the western edge of Swift County. But all of Traverse, Big Stone, Lac qui Parle, Yellow Medicine, and Redwood counties are now abnormally dry. Chippewa County with the exception of the far northeastern corner is also abnormally dry.

Fri
04
Aug
admin's picture

Road construction wrapping up

A new layer of bituminous is laid down on Minnesota Highway 29 north of the 14th Street stoplights.

After a couple long months of road construction in Benson, the end is getting near. Crews could be done with the current tar work soon with the rest of the finishing touches complete within a couple weeks.

 

Pictured:  A new layer of bituminous is laid down on Minnesota Highway 29 north of the 14th Street stoplights.

 

Fri
04
Aug
admin's picture

Filings open for Benson council; close Aug. 15

Filings opened Tuesday morning for the Benson City Council and will remain open until Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 5 p.m.

Benson Mayor Gary Landmark said after the July 24 council meeting that he would not be seeking a second two-year term. Also announcing she would not seek a second four-year term on the council was Stephanie Heinzig. Council Member Jack Evenson, who is also finishing his first term as a council member, said he plans to run for re-election....

Benson City Council meets the first and third Monday of the month with meetings generally lasting between a half hour and one-and-a-half hours. Members of the council also serve on advisory boards and commissions that include the Housing and Redevelopment Authority, the Economic Development Authority, the Swift County-Benson Health Services governing board, the Park Board, Planning Commission, Cemetery Board and Airport Commission....

 

Fri
04
Aug
admin's picture

Construction on SCBHS senior living facility with memory care units may start in October

Swift County-Benson Health Services continues to move closer to building a senior living facility that offers independent living, assisted living and memory care units with mobilization for construction to begin the first week of October.

Monday night the SCBHS governing board was given an overview of the project’s status by representatives of McGough Construction of St. Paul.

Though scaled back from a project that once was estimated to cost over $12.4 million to one that is now at $8.29 million, CEO Kurt Waldbillig said he would like to see that price eventually fall to around $7.7 million.

As designed, the facility would have 45 units with 18 dedicated to memory care. While trimming the budget, McGough and Waldbillig both stressed that quality is not being sacrificed to reduce cost. Rather changes like going with high quality cladding on the building rather than brick provides a significant savings.

Wed
02
Aug
admin's picture

Compass Creative Dramatics Theatre to present “Wizard of Oz”

The audition participants, including Hazel Habben (middle), were told to give their name and age with as much expression as they could.

After a terrible twister roars across the dusty fields of her beloved Kansas, accidental traveler Dorothy Gale finds herself immersed in an unlikely tangle of friends and foes on her way to meet the mysterious Wizard in the Emerald City.

As Dorothy and her ever-growing roster of travel companions follow the Yellow Brick Road, she discovers that sometimes it’s not about the journey itself, but the friends you make along the way.

The Compass Creative Dramatic Children’s Theatre is working with Benson Community Education and local youth this week to rehearse for two performances this Friday and Saturday of “The Wizard of Oz”.

Auditions took place Monday afternoon in the senior high gym and practices will take place all week leading up to the performances at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 4 and again at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 5 in the senior high gym.  Tickets are $5 (preschoolers free) and area available at the door.

 

Fri
28
Jul
admin's picture

BHS graduate Andy Kjos oversees President Trump’s home golf course in West Palm Beach

1991 BHS graduate Andy Kjos has been the superintendent of Trump International Golf Club since February 2002.
Kjos said the landscaping is one of the primary sights that impresses people who come to the course.

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher

It’s a long way from working on the summertime grounds crew at the Benson Golf Club to being the Director of Agronomy and Course Superintendent at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Considering 1991 Benson High School graduate Andy Kjos didn’t intend to make that journey while attending Concordia College in Moorhead, it is even more of a surprise that he has spent the past 15 years overseeing one of now President Donald Trump’s premier golf courses.

The son of Jack and Jane Kjos of Benson, Andy was a tennis player in high school. His mother was the coach. After graduating from Benson, Kjos pursued a degree in organizational communications at Concordia while also playing tennis for the Cobbers.

Fri
28
Jul
admin's picture

County approves $5.105 million bond sale, levy

Sussner $3.573 million bid accepted for courthouse work

 

On a 4-1 vote, Swift County’s Board of Commissioners approved a $5.105 million general obligation capital improvement plan bond sale to pay for renovations to the courthouse and the Countryside Public Health building last Tuesday.

It also approved the $3.573 million bid of Sussner Construction of Marshall for the courthouse renovations. That bid includes $24,000 for removing the awnings over courthouse windows and replacing them with shades in the windows to restore the original, historic look of the building.

In the motion, commissioners approved levying a tax on Swift County property to pay for the bond issue over the next 20 years.

Fri
28
Jul
admin's picture

Landmark, Heinzig won’t seek re-election; city filings open Aug. 1

Benson Mayor Gary Landmark said Monday night that he would not file for a second two-year term. City Council Member Stephanie Heinzig also said she will not seek re-election to a second four-year term on the council.

Filings for mayor and council open Tuesday, Aug. 1, and close Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 5 p.m. Candidates can file at the Benson City offices.

Jack Evenson, who is also finishing his first term as a council member, said that he would be seeking a second term.

In the 2013 council election, Heinzig and Evenson finished first and second in a three-way race for two seats. Finishing third that year was Landmark who had served 24 years on the council prior to this defeat four years ago. He lost by only four votes to Evenson 499 to 495. Heinzig received 570 votes.

Landmark then ran for mayor in 2015 and narrowly defeated challenger Tara Ulmaniec by just eight votes, 394 to 386....

 

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - News