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May
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Education will be key to accurate county census

If Minnesota loses one of its eight congressional seats due to a low Census count next year, the metropolitan areas of the state will have even greater influence over the political direction of all residents.

If Minnesota loses a congressional seat it loses a vote in the Electoral College, the body that actually casts the ballots for that president based on state election results.

Low Census participation would also lead to less federal and state money coming into Swift County for a host of programs the help out low-income families.

A low count could mean lost economic opportunities for the community as developers consider where to build and expand.

Swift County, and Minnesota are starting an all-out effort to make sure that every resident is counted when the 2020 Census gets underway April 1 next year. It is a much more difficult task than it first appears...

Thu
25
Apr
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Dashing To Collect Easter Eggs

There were lots of smiles on the kids participating in Saturdays’ Easter Egg hunt at the Evangelical Free Church in Benson. Kids collected the eggs, then went inside where they were given a bag of treats and a book.

There were lots of smiles on the kids participating in Saturdays’ Easter Egg hunt at the annual Benson Evangelical Free Church in Benson. Kids collected the eggs, then went inside where they were given a bag of treats and a book. Saturday’s warm weather, with highs nearing 60 by 10 a.m., brought out a large crowd.

Thu
25
Apr
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Swift County-Benson Health Services Walk/Bike Color Run

Swift County-Benson Health Services Walk/Bike Color Run

Walkers, runners and bikers started out at Swift County-Benson Health Services where Benson firemen gave them their first dousing of colored powder. The event's 150 participants raised $673 for Kid Day.

Tue
23
Apr
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Citizens speak on justice center, attorney

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

At the vast majority of the Swift County Board of Commissioners meetings the citizens comment period passed with no one speaking because no one is present to address commissioners. That hasn’t been the case in recent months as citizens show up to register their opposition to the proposed justice center.

With numerous citizens showing up lately, the 5 minutes traditionally set aside for comments has been greatly inadequate as speakers can take a half hour to 45 minutes of commissioner time.

At the county board’s Tuesday, April 16, meeting Commission Chair Hendrickx tried to bring greater discipline to the citizens comment period on the agenda.

Tue
23
Apr
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County board delays Wold justice center study

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

With another group of concerned Swift County citizens attending the board of commissioners meeting Tuesday, April 16, a trend is developing that could raise concerns for a proposed justice center’s prospects.

That was a point made by Commissioner Ed Pederson, District 2-north Benson and Benson Township, at last week’s meeting. He pointed out that the plans call for the potential closing of Idaho Avenue along the block south of the courthouse. It would become a parking lot.

In order for that street closure to happen there would have to be a public hearing by the City of Benson and it would have to be approved by the council. “I think that may be a problem in itself,” he said.

Tue
23
Apr
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SCBHS moving ahead with CentraCare affiliation

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County’s Board of Commissioners and the Benson City Council gave their support Monday night to Swift County-Benson Health Services moving forward with affiliation with a regional medical group.

SCBHS is considering affiliation with CentraCare Health of St. Cloud, or Carris Health of Willmar. CentraCare owns Carris.

The decision to pursue affiliation is scheduled to take place at the SCBHS governing board meeting May 23. If approved, it will then begin negotiating with CentraCare on the terms of affiliation with a decision to approve the agreement later this summer. That agreement will either be for CentraCare to lease the local hospital and clinic, or take over ownership.

Tue
23
Apr
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Scandi Haven Village open house Sunday

Scandi Haven Village, the new facility for area senior citizens and people suffering from memory loss, is having an open house Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 “Scandi describes the new facility’s style and function,” a description of how the name came about states. It refers to the Scandinavian design both inside and out. “It references the bright, clean-and-simple, Scandinavian style of the building’s interior...
 

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Wed
17
Apr
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Dance brings out the smiles

Jazz-n-Pizzazz Dance Recital was held Saturday and Sunday in the senior high gym.

PICTURED: In front are Meridith Huston (left) and Halle Nash, while in back are Jessalee Payne and Sophia Suller, dancing with other members of the Twinkle Toes (kindergarten), performing "Smile" and instructed by Samantha Carlson and Taylor Samuelson.

Wed
17
Apr
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CareerForce seeks to meet needs of area workers, businesses

Any employer you talk with will likely tell you the same story when it comes to filling openings they have: They simply can’t find anyone to take the job, they can’t find employees that are qualified, or they can’t find people who are reliable.

The Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council (PIC) through the CareerForce program is trying to help employers overcome those challenges. CareerForce is the new name the program that has long been known as the Workforce Initiative.

 “Right now we have a significant labor shortage in our state, across the region and in the nation,” Executive Director Carrie Bendix told the Swift County Board of Commissioners at their April 2 meeting. “For every one job opening, there is a half a person. During the height of the recession, for every one job there were about nine people. So you can see we really are having a shortage. So our strategy is, ‘All hands on deck.’”

Wed
17
Apr
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School board cuts $541,832 from its 2019-20 budget

With nearly 30 faculty and school district residents at their meeting Monday at the Benson High School, the board of education approved $541,832 in cuts as it worked to balance its budget for the 2019-2020 school year.

The planned cuts are $105,612 lower than what were considered earlier by the board as it added back $10,000 for the marching band bus trip expenses, $58,630 for business office staff, and reduced the cuts in the agriculture department by $28,800.

It placed full-time agriculture teacher Nancy Loen and full-time English teacher Heidi Davis on unrequested leave while reducing science teacher Brian Edlund’s position to 58 hundredths of full-time.

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