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11
Sep
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Dollar General in Kerk denied tobacco license

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Dollar General in Kerkhoven will not get a license to sell tobacco products unless it appeals the Swift County Board of Commissioner’s 4 to 1 vote to deny its approval.

“The concern that I have is that the Dollar General store in Kerkhoven is located for all intents and purposes in the parking lot of the high school of KMS,” Commissioner Eric Rudningen, District 5 said at the board’s Sept. 3 meeting. “Technically, it is not in the parking lot, it is across a narrow street…and in extremely close proximity to the high school.”

Dollar General is building a new store on east Atlantic Avenue (U.S. Highway 12) in Kerkhoven with the Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg School just across 15th Street North...

 

Wed
11
Sep
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School building bids $1.3 million lower than estimate

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Bids for the building projects at the Northside Elementary and Benson High School came in $1.3 million below the estimate of $26,287,655 when opened last week.

“We are not looking how we reduce this project to fit into a budget. It is some really good news,” Supt. Dennis Laumeyer said of the bids.

 “Benson schools was pleased to see that the construction bids came in well below budget,’” he said. “This allows the district to complete much needed maintenance projects that also provide additional security and don’t take funds from the classroom to complete the projects. This is good news for our taxpayers as well,” Laumeyer said...

 

Fri
06
Sep
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Ground broken for additions at Northside Elementary School

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Work is now underway at the Northside Elementary School that will add rooms to the west wing that will be dedicated to the school’s daycare and Discovery Kids programs. It will also see the construction of a new cafeteria.

Ground was officially broken last Tuesday afternoon with the help of children now attending Northside. Fencing is in place around the areas where construction will be taking place in the coming months...

 

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Fri
06
Sep
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City, county, SCBHS meeting on proposed Carris affiliation

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County-Benson Health Services Governing Board will meet with the Benson City Council and Swift County Board of Commissioners next Monday as it proposes to move toward affiliation with Carris Health.

Carris Health is based in Willmar and is a subsidiary of CentraCare Health of St. Cloud subsidiary of CentraCare serving west central and southwestern Minnesota.

The joint meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. in the governing board’s meeting room at SCBHS.

While the SCBHS governing board has been researching the options for affiliation over the past months, ultimately the decision will be before the city and the county. Under the bylaws that established the SCBHS hospital district, the city and county have the final say on the proposed lease of the facilities to Carris.

Tue
27
Aug
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Hughes questions county board on right to attend meeting

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Marysland Township farmer Mark Hughes has become a fixture at Swift County Board of Commissioners meetings recently taking advantage of the citizen’s comments period to ask a broad range of questions.

At the board’s Aug. 20 meeting, Hughes made comments on the Swift County Fair, the Ag2School credit providing ag land tax relief on school levies, and about an upcoming Community Perspective Committee meeting.

It was his question on the committee meeting and his right to attend it that had the county board struggling to give a straight answer.

The board of commissioners created the Community Perspective Committee earlier this year to study county building needs in general and the proposed construction of a $17.5 million Swift County Justice Center...

 

Tue
27
Aug
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School board to look for ways to bring students back

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

As they look to the year ahead, members of the District 777 Board of Education were asked to set down goals they would like to accomplish that would improve educational opportunities for students, the quality of education provided and help make the district more financially secure.

One suggestion that has been offered to school board members is that they spend a day in classrooms in Benson Public Schools. Board Chair Brian Samuelson said board members could spend an hour in a variety of classrooms in the school to get a sense of what the faculty is dealing with on a daily basis...

 

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Tue
27
Aug
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SCBHS takes next step to affiliate with Carris Health

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County-Benson Health Services will consider signing a non-binding letter of intent to pursue affiliation through a lease with Carris Health at a special meeting set for next Tuesday. Carris is a subsidiary of CentraCare serving west central and southwestern Minnesota.

At the 5:30 p.m. meeting at SCBHS, the governing board will be asked to sign the letter of intent, which begins the process of developing the details of how the lease relationship would work. Essentially it would mean that Carris would take over operations of the facility while SCBHS still owned its current physical assets.

Wed
21
Aug
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FSA - 44,169 acres unplanted in county

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

It was one of the worst springs on record for planting crops in Minnesota and the Corn Belt states of America. With the release of the Farm Service Agencies figures on the acres farmers said they were unable to plant this year because of wet fields the reality of just how bad it was is evident.

In all, nearly 19.26 million acres didn’t get planted with crops this year.  Minnesota ranks sixth in the nation in prevented planting acres with 1,170,579. Most of the hard hit counties were in southwest Minnesota.

Swift County saw 44,169 acres go unplanted, a drastic increase from the fewer than 2,000 acres of prevented planting acres in 2018...

 

Wed
21
Aug
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Benson to share Xcel tax payments with county, school

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Benson will share the two payments Xcel Energy will be making to compensate for the loss of property taxes on Benson Power based on the current percentages of the Swift County tax statement.

It also voted at its meeting Monday night to agree to enter into a five-year lease agreement with the Benson Civic Center board and contribute $500,000 toward the renovation of the north end of the civic center.

Both actions are intended to give the Benson Public Schools Board of Education a commitment upon which it can make its decision on whether or not to sign a lease for the space with the civic center board.

Benson schools would use the renovated space for its gymnastics program and other school activities...

 

Wed
21
Aug
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Blasts last week take down Benson Power, stack

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

By Thanksgiving the remains of what was the generating facility for a 55-megawatt power plant fueled by turkey litter and wood chips should be gone and the portion of the site it sat on bare ground.

Last Wednesday morning, charges set over two months by Control Demolition from Phoenix, Maryland, exploded with a series of loud cracks as expectant watchers gathered for the demolition waited for the building and stack to fall. Those blasts were quickly followed by deeper, more powerful blasts that seemed to shake the ground...

 

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