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May
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Jazz-n-Pizazz Dancers

Friday, Saturday and Sunday area parents, grandparents, and friends were able to watch the Jazz-n-Pizazz Dancers perform their routines. This group features the kindergarten group: Back Row - Ana Olson, Kendall Kellner, Emma Petrick, and Kenlie O’Leary. Front Row - Adleigh Foss, Cora Kellner, Emma Schliep, and Gabriella O’Leary.

Wed
28
Apr
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Finding people to vaccinate a growing challenge

By Reed Anfinson
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While Swift County-Benson Hospital recently saw a significant rise in the number of COVID-19 tests performed, there was good news in the results.
“We had a pretty significant rise in testing with just over 150 tests performed,” SCBHS Co-CEO and Chief Nursing Officer Melissa McGinty-Thompson told the facility’s governing board at its meeting Monday night. “However, we had the lowest positivity rate we have had for probably a couple of months. We were down to about 9.86 percent.”
McGinty-Thompson told the governing board that she didn’t believe the spike showed an increase in community-wide COVID-19 transmission but rather was the result of a couple focused exposures that required testing for close contacts....

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Wed
28
Apr
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Kerk-Murdock group moving ahead on trail between the communities

By Reed Anfinson
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With the extraordinary patience and persistence required, the KMS Trailblazers group from the Kerkhoven and Murdock areas area gradually are pushing forward their dream of a trail between the communities.
For three years now they have gradually moved the project step by step closer to reality.
At the Swift County Board of Commissioners meeting last Tuesday, April 20, Dave Barrett gave an update on the progress of the effort. Barrett along with Alison Nelson, Terri Barrett, Pam Nelson, Naomi Lindquist, Bev Henjum, Janet Demuth, Jan Otto, Riley Bergstaller, and Shelly Lottman make up the group spear-heading the effort.
“This trail idea came up after a Blandin Community Leadership program approximately three years ago,” Barrett told commissioners. The program involves seven days of training and a retreat where community leaders come together to learn how to be more effective in moving their communities forward....

Wed
28
Apr
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County may create public works department

By Reed Anfinson
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As it looks to the future organization of county government, the Swift County Board of Commissioners may be taking a new direction in the merging of two departments.
At its meeting last Tuesday, commissioners voted to eliminate the Parks, Drainage & Wetlands supervisor position. Rather than a supervisor, the county plans to hire a drainage inspector to replace current Supervisor Mike Johnson when he takes early retirement June 30.
Swift County may also be on the verge of ending its shared highway engineer position with Yellow Medicine County and create its own department of public works. A fulltime county highway engineer would then oversee highways, parks, drainage, and wetlands.

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Wed
28
Apr
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Swift County adopts new logo on 4-1 vote

By Reed Anfinson
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Since the centennial of Swift County back in 1970, the county has used a specifically designed seal as its official symbol. It has, from time to time, also served as the county’s logo used on a variety of items from stationary to clothing.
Now a majority of county commissioners and administrative staff have agreed it is time for a new logo that is simpler that could be used county wide.
In the old design, the courthouse is dominant in the background. In front of it are cattle, corn, wheat, and a single-blade hand-plow to symbolizes the county’s agricultural roots. It has railroad tracks to symbolize the importance of the railroad in the commerce of the county. And, it has a manufacturing plant to symbolize the importance of business and industry in its growth....

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Wed
28
Apr
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Dokken to perform during Benson Kid Day

Lori Dokken to perform to celebrate Kid Day and grand opening of the new BHS Performing Arts Center
Though the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t over the growing number of people who have been getting vaccinated is making community celebrations possible again – Benson’s Kid Day could be one of them.
Benson’s 90th Kid Day celebration was called off in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But now plans are underway for the 2021 Kid Day.
“Exciting things are being planned for the 2021 Kid Day celebration set for July 16 to 18,” Committee Member Shelly Mikkelson said.
The committee, chaired by Roger Ebnet, is moving forward with plans for this year’s celebration: “Hometown Fun – Kid Day ‘21.”

Wed
28
Apr
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BHS celebrates Prom 2021

Marissa Connelly and Adam Zosel pose for a picture in the foreground during the BHS Junior-Senior Prom Grand March, Saturday, as emcees Lauren Schmidt and Ryan Tolifson introduce another couple on stage.  Over 60 couples took part in the event, which took place in the PAC and senior high gym. Last year's Prom was postponed until the summer and took place in Roosevelt Park.

Thu
22
Apr
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$32,750 in grants funds available to area organizations

Area non-profits and charitable organizations are eligible to apply for funds from a pool of $32,750 that is being made available through the Benson Area Community Foundation, the Dr. R. Galen Hanson Donor-Advised Fund and the Robert Sonsteng Donor-Advised Fund.
The grant monies must be used to promote education; quality of life; arts and humanities; recreation; community parks; the environment; and the general improvement in the greater Benson area.
Applications must specify how grant award funds will help the organization applying improve the community at large. Organizations must also be a non-profit charitable organization designated as a 501c3 by the Internal Revenue Service or have a secure fiscal agent.
The grant application submission deadline is May 31. It is anticipated that grant award decisions and notification to award recipients will be made on June 9.

Thu
22
Apr
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BHS Prom Saturday

In 2020, the Benson HIgh School Prom was delayed until July and then the grand march took place in Roosevelt Park due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year it will be in the high school, though pandemic safety precautions will be taken.

Benson Schools is set to host the 2021 BHS Junior/Senior Grand March at 7:30 p.m., Saturday in the Performing Arts Center and Senior High gym.
Last year, the BHS Prom was postponed until July and then conducted in Roosevelt Park due to the expanding COVID-19 pandemic.
A limited number of tickets were available for the public to purchase starting Wednesday, April 21.
The theme of this year’s Grand March is “Puttin’ on the Ritz”.
An Afterbash and dance is planned following the Grand March, but no other information was available.  The co-chairs of the Prom Afterbash are Jill Gunderson and Sarah DeHaan.

Thu
15
Apr
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Vaccinations increasing but so are COVID-19 cases

By Reed Anfinson

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Even as vaccinations steadily increase, with Countryside Public Health held out as an example of rapid progress in getting shots into the arms of its residents, worries are growing over the resurgence of COVID-19.

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the more infectious and deadly British variant of the coronavirus was now the dominant strain spreading in the U.S. It is reporting the upward trend of the Brazilian variant infections as well.

Countryside has done over 130 vaccination clinics in its five counties and has been giving 300 to 400 shots a day. It has given over 7,000 shots. In all, when clinics, hospitals and pharmacies are included, nearly 18,000 vaccinations have been given in the agency’s five counties.

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