January 2020

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Sheriff outlines steps to improve dispatching, pushes back against outsourcing the service

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Errors and confusion in dispatching fire departments to two fires in Fairfield Township brought considerable heat to the Swift County Sheriff’s Office this past fall.

Those errors have led some to ask if county dispatching should be outsourced.

October 5, the farm home of Randy and LuJean Thielke went up in flames with the couple escaping with their three grandchildren only with the clothes they were wearing and nothing else. While the Morris Fire Department should have been dispatched to the fire, Appleton’s department was sent by Swift County dispatch.

While southern parts of Fairfield Township are closer to Appleton than Morris, the northern part is closer to Morris...

 

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County can’t pay for Thielke fire out of sheriff’s budget

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County’s Board of Commissioners can’t take funds from the sheriff’s budget to pay for a fire call bill due the City of Appleton. That is the opinion of Swift County Attorney Danielle Olson.

 “As you are aware that the sheriff issued a statement on the funds being taken out of his account and I issued what I would consider a legal opinion on that. The payment can’t come out of the sheriff’s fund without his approval,” Olson told commissioners at their meeting Dec. 31.

Based on state law governing county operations, Olson recommended that the county put the funds back into the sheriff’s budget. “The funds were taken out of his budget without his authority and without even discussing it with him, she said...

 

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Gymnastics facility to be built east of football field

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Plans are moving forward for the construction of a new gymnastics facility on a site at the Benson High School.

Last month, the District 777 Board of Education voted unanimously to build a new facility for the Benson-Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg gymnasts sometime in late 2020 or early 2021. The board voted to go to voters for a levy of up to $1.5 million for the construction project April 14...

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Susanne Marie Schuler

Susanne Marie Schuler passed away at the age of 87 Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at Bethany on the Lake in Alexandria, Minnesota. 

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John D. Connolly

John Daniel Connolly was born October 12th, 1956 in Benson, Minnesota, son of Thomas Charles and Ann Frances (DeMarce) Connolly.  He was baptized as an infant at Church of the Visitation in Danvers, MN.  He grew up in Danvers and graduated from Benson High School in 1974.  Ann passed away in March of 1970.  On September 27, 1974, Tom married Yvonne Raw.  Even though John went off to college and never lived in the new blended family home, he always tho

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Edward Richard Bridgland

Edward Richard Bridgland was born on June 23, 1922, in Fullerton, Nebraska, the son of Arthur and Dora (Taylor) Bridgland. Growing up in the North Star Community he graduated from high school in Fullerton, playing football and basketball. After Graduating from school he started farming in the North Star Area.

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02
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Carole M. Chevalier

Carole M. Chevalier, age 86, of Glenwood, MN formerly of Benson, died Monday, December 30, 2019, at Glacial Ridge Hospital in Glenwood. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, January 3rd, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Glenwood, with Father Joe Vandeberg officiating. Visitation will be at the church, one hour prior to the service.

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James Edward Sandmeyer

James Edward Sandmeyer, 65, was born on February 6, 1954, in Benson, Minnesota, the son of Herman Edward and Margaret Helen (Tiffany) Sandmeyer. He grew up in Benson and graduated from Benson Senior High School. Jim served his country by joining the United States Air Force.

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2020 ELECTION NOTICE FOR BENSON TOWNSHIP Benson Township Notice of Filing for Office

Notice is hereby given to the voters of Benson Township, Swift County, Minnesota, that the Town Clerk will be accepting Affidavits of Candidacy for those wanting to file for the offices of Township Supervisor for a 3-year term and Township Clerk for a 2-year term. Dates for filing are from December 31, 2020 through 5 p.m. January 14, 2020.  $2.00 filing fee. Please contact the township clerk at 320-843-2523. 

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NOTICE OF FILING

NOTICE OF FILING for township election.  Notice is hereby given to qualified voters of Swenoda Twp., Swift County, State of Minnesota, that filing for town officers for supervisor for 3 yr. term and clerk for 2 yr. term will be with the township clerk.  Affidavit of candidacy will be for a 2 week period beginning Tuesday, December 31, 2019 and closes on Tuesday,  January 14, 2020 at 5:00 PM.    Filing fee is $2.00.
Laurie Golden, Clerk,
Swenoda Township

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