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16
Jun
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Marrans plan to reopenthe DeMarce Theatre

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

At its meeting Monday noon, the Benson Economic Development Authority (EDA) unanimously recommended the city council approve a loan for the renovation of the DeMarce Theatre.

A loan committee of the EDA had met earlier with Randy and Pam Marran of St. Michael, and their daughter Tyler Ann Marran of Benson, to listen to their plans for opening the theatre by Oct. 1. They say the business will create one full-time job and two part-time jobs.

Based on the meeting with the Marrans, Benson’s Economic Development Coordinator Hillary Tweed said the committee was recommending that the full EDA approve a proposed loan package for the theatre...

 

Wed
09
Jun
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Pioneerland Band Festival will feature 11 bands Monday evening

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Benson’s Pioneerland Band Festival is set for next Monday at 6:30 p.m. with 10 bands saying they will participate. Benson High School’s band will make it 11 performing along the traditional route starting on U.S Highway 12 near Do-Mat’s.

The bands will turn left at joint Minnesota 29 and U.S. 12, heading north past McKinney’s and Roosevelt Park to the Benson High School.

The judges will be in Benson to observe the performance of the bands but there won’t be a formal competition that determines first, second, or third place winners. “The judges will be just judging the band, then giving comments and ratings to the band only,” BHS Director of Bands Brock Duncan told the Monitor-News last month...

 

Wed
09
Jun
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Just Chillin’ ‘quietly’ opens doors in Benson

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

The timing was just right. Tyler Timmerman, a 2020 Hancock High School graduate, was at a crossroads in his life, trying to decide about his future. His parents were also facing some decisions related to a rental property they own in Benson. The solution came together after a “heart to heart” conversation last spring prior to graduation.

Terry Timmerman, Tyler’s father and owner of Image Xperts, said his son confided in them that he did not want to go to college to pursue a business degree. He would rather just dive in and open a business, he said.  Covid restrictions also played a role in the decision.

Because there was a vacancy in the rental property downtown Benson at the corner of 14th Street and Atlantic Avenue, and Tyler had a desire to open a restaurant, they decided to act on the idea...

 

Wed
09
Jun
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Mike Hoffman named county chief deputy

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Mike Hoffman was named the new Swift County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy by the board of commissioners at their June 1 meeting.

“Mike Hoffman meets and exceeds what I am looking for,” Sheriff John Holtz told commissioners. He will be replacing current Chief Deputy Judd Latham who is retiring Aug. 15.

While the vote to hire him as chief deputy was unanimous the vote on what he would be paid was split 3-2 after a lengthy debate...

 

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Wed
09
Jun
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County makes offer on MnDOT land for Appleton OHV Park

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County has tentatively agreed to purchase 30.33 acres of land along U.S. Highway 59 on the northeast side of the City of Appleton.

Owned by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), the property sits just to the south of the Appleton Area Off-Highway Vehicle Park. It comes with two benefits to the county.

First, the land is estimated to contain 187,000 cubic yards of Class 5 gravel. Class 5 gravel provides the right mix of rock that can be crushed, fine sand that will act as a filler between the rock, and clay that will bind the material together, so it stays on the county’s gravel roads...

 

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Fri
28
May
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Swift County backs Benson, Appleton grants applications

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County will contribute up to $100,000 to a multi-million project to improve broadband service in the City of Appleton through a partnership with Federated Telephone.

The county’s funds will come from the $1,797,084 it is receiving under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 over the next two years. It has already received half the funds, $898,542, with another $898,542 due in 2022.

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) is the second phase of the federal government’s aid to states to help offset the deep financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on cities, counties, schools and businesses.

In addition to the funds counties received under the ARP, the State of Minnesota has funds it received as part of last year’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) received $37.6 million.

Fri
28
May
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County renewing focus on garbage separation

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County has signed a $40,000 contract with the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission (RDC) aimed at educating the public and businesses about separating recyclables and compostables.
It has been 30 years since the Swift County Environmental Services first implemented its program through which garbage was to be sorted into three categories: processibles (recyclables,) compostables and non-processibles.
Over the years, the program gradually faded with the people throwing their non-processibles and compostables into the same container. The recyclables have still been separated out of the regular garbage stream for the most part.
In the spring of 2019, Environmental Services Director Scott Collins wrote a grant for $285,000 to address the county’s efforts to upgrade the way it collects garbage.

Fri
28
May
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Back to the old school days

Second grade students of Roger Ebnet take part in a game of “Pump, Pump, Pullaway” during a visit to the Old School House at Ambush Park last Tuesday morning.

Fri
28
May
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Girls Scout Cookies for veterans

Pieper Gades donated 110 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to the Minnesota Veterans Administration medical clinics. Members of the Benson VFW post delivered the cookies to the area clinics.  Accepting the cookies was Benson VFW Commander Ryan Hanson. Pieper is the daughter of Molly and Kent Gades.

Fri
21
May
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Benson's new librarian believes 'paper will always reign over digital'

Benson’s new librarian Andrew Kelton grew up near the banks of the Chippewa River – not the one in Minnesota but the one in Wisconsin. It’s quite a bit bigger. His hometown sits between Eau Claire on the east and Red Wing, MN, to the west.

Kelton will also be serving as the Kerkhoven librarian.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, with a minor in history. He then went on to earn a Master of Library Science from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in May 2014. His master’s degree had a focus on archiving and record management. He also did an internship at the University of Wisconsin – Stout, as an archivist.

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