March 2021

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Ostlie to head both county RDA and HRA starting in July

By Reed Anfinson

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3-24-21

Swift County will merge the executive positions of the Rural Development (RDA) and Housing and Redevelopment Authority under Laura Ostlie in July.

Ostlie was named the RDA executive director last October and official came on board with the county in November.

Now, under the county’s early retirement program, HRA Executive Director Vicki Syverson is leaving Aug. 26. At that time, Ostlie will assume the duties of both jobs.

County Administrator Kelsey Baker told commissioners at their March 16 meeting that Ostlie, Syverson, Human Resources Manager Amanda Ness, and herself had conducted many conversations on the duties and responsibilities of the position.

“We do feel it is in the best interests of these two departments and Swift County to recommend Ostlie to the department head position when Syverson retires,” Baker said.

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How should the county spend $1.8 million?

By Reed Anfinson

Publisher 3-24-21

As its share of the new American Rescue Plan funding, Swift County will receive $1,797,084 over the next two years to spend on a wide variety of needs, from its services to the public, to citizen needs, to helping pandemic stressed businesses.

It will receive half the funds, $898,542, within the next 60 days and another $898,542 in 2022.

However, Swift County’s Board of Commissioners may find it harder to decide how to spend this round of COVID-19 pandemic funding.

Last year, Swift County received $1.22 million in federal CARES Act funds. They were used to support public health services, law enforcement, emergency services, offset county COVID-19 expenses, and support businesses. In all, businesses in the county received $302,290 with small businesses receiving at least $5,000 and a maximum of $7,000. These awards went to 45 businesses in the county.

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Council tables action on Armory demolition

By Reed Anfinson

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3-17-21

Just over six months ago, the Benson City Council voted unanimously to move ahead with the demolition of the 1927 Armory building. But since then, the process toward its removal has progressed slowly.

Monday night the council was scheduled to discuss the bids it has received for taking the Armory down and take a tour of it for one last assessment of its viability.

However, at the start of the meeting, Mayor Terri Council announced that there would be no tour due to the now hazardous condition of the floors in the building. Asbestos tiling was recently removed leaving numerous exposed nails sticking up that could go through a shoe.

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Nature Energy project looking more like a reality

By Reed Anfinson

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Construction of a biogas facility in Benson is looking more and more like it could become a reality.

Benson’s Benson Economic Development Authority (EDA) and the Benson City Council both received updates on the proposed project by Danish firm Nature Energy Monday.

The company was seeking an extension of its letter of intent with the city from 180 days to 360 days, which would extend it into September.

Nature Energy pursuing construction the biogas facility on the site of former Fibrominn power plant site just west of Benson. Using dairy cow manure, turkey litter and some food waste, it would produce enough renewable natural gas to heat between 11,000 and 12,000 homes.

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Belwin B. Rode

Belwin Rode

April 5, 1940 • March 17, 2021

Belwin Barry Rode, 80, of Benson, Minnesota died    peacefully Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at Scandi Haven Village in Benson. Visitation was held Sunday, March 21, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and continued Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Wearing of masks is required. Interment followed the service in the Benson City Cemetery. 

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Norma Edman

Norma Edman

August 25, 1924-March 13, 2021

Norma Ruth (Fering) Edman, 96, of Benson, Minnesota, passed away Saturday, March 13, 2021, at Scandi Haven Village in Benson. 

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Joan Caroline Rich

Joan C. Rich, 88, of Moorhead, Minnesota (formerly of Benson) died Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at The Linden Apartments at Eventide in Moorhead under the care of Sanford Hospice.

Joan was born in Fertile, the daughter of Lloyd and Beda (Tengblad) Knutson. Following high school, she continued her education at Concordia College in Moorhead, graduating in 1954. Joan married Lyle Rich in 1954 and together they made their home in Moorhead.

Joan was a kind and faithful woman. She loved God, family, bird watching, walking and reading. Joan was known for her warm hospitality and unconditional acceptance of others.

Joan is survived by her husband, Lyle; children: Nathan Rich, Naomi (Mark) Hall, Nancy (Rick) Biedermann, Renee’ (George) Kalpakidis; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and brother, James Knutson.
She was preceded in death by her grandson, Evan Hall.

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Mable Mae Tirevold

Mable (Mae) Tirevold, 78, of Maple Grove, Minnesota passed away February 24, 2021.

A funeral service will be  held Saturday, April 10, 2021  at 1:00 p.m. at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 700 Western Ave.,  in Anoka, Minnesota.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Erhardt (Shorty) and Agnes Schuerman; siblings: Wayne and Arnold Schuerman, and son Douglas Tirevold.  

Mable is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Lyle; children: Greg (Lori) Tirevold of Ramsey, Heidi (Mike) Gandsey of Pequot Lakes; grandchildren: Chelsie (Walker) Vaala of Madison, Mitchell Gandsey of Scandia, Matthew Gandsey of Nevis, Kurtis and Zachary Tirevold of Ramsey:  siblings: sister-in-law LeAnn Schuerman, Owen (Noreen) Schuerman, Wally Schuerman. 

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LAKE HAZEL ANNUAL MEETING

The annual meeting of the Lake Hazel Cemetery/Church Association will meet Saturday, March 13 at 2 p.m. at the Rolfe and Pat  Gomer farm. All who are interested in this association are welcome Former members welcome.

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HOFF TOWNSHIP NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Notice is hereby given to the qualified voters of Hoff Township, County of Pope, State of Minnesota that the annual election of town officers and annual town meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at West Zion Church. Offices open for election are: One Supervisor - 3 year term. One Treasurer - 2 year term.  The annual meeting will be from 4:00-5:00 pm. The tax levy will be discussed.  Election polls will be open from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Board of Canvass will meet immediately after the polls are closed and the votes are counted. In case of inclement weather, the meeting and election will be held on March 16, 2021 at the same location and times.
 
Joanna Rustad,
Hoff Town Clerk

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