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Swift County backs Benson, Appleton grants applications

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County will contribute up to $100,000 to a multi-million project to improve broadband service in the City of Appleton through a partnership with Federated Telephone.

The county’s funds will come from the $1,797,084 it is receiving under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 over the next two years. It has already received half the funds, $898,542, with another $898,542 due in 2022.

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) is the second phase of the federal government’s aid to states to help offset the deep financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on cities, counties, schools and businesses.

In addition to the funds counties received under the ARP, the State of Minnesota has funds it received as part of last year’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) received $37.6 million.

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County renewing focus on garbage separation

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County has signed a $40,000 contract with the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission (RDC) aimed at educating the public and businesses about separating recyclables and compostables.
It has been 30 years since the Swift County Environmental Services first implemented its program through which garbage was to be sorted into three categories: processibles (recyclables,) compostables and non-processibles.
Over the years, the program gradually faded with the people throwing their non-processibles and compostables into the same container. The recyclables have still been separated out of the regular garbage stream for the most part.
In the spring of 2019, Environmental Services Director Scott Collins wrote a grant for $285,000 to address the county’s efforts to upgrade the way it collects garbage.

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Profane Politics Comes To The Front Yard

In communities across America, the coarseness of internet discussions is spilling onto the front lawns in the form of profane flags and signs. No more ‘Bulls…” was one of the tamer ones. 

Now in western Minnesota, we see flags with “F- Biden and F- You for voting for him” flying. In one of our communities, such a flag flies two blocks from an elementary school.

Local law enforcement officers are called to do something about the flags. City leaders are begged to make the person take it down. Attorneys are contacted. All their efforts are fruitless. The flag is speech protected under the First Amendment.

Many Republicans we know, many who voted for former President Donald Trump, are as offended by the signs and flags as Democrats and Independents.

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Back to the old school days

Second grade students of Roger Ebnet take part in a game of “Pump, Pump, Pullaway” during a visit to the Old School House at Ambush Park last Tuesday morning.

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Girls Scout Cookies for veterans

Pieper Gades donated 110 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to the Minnesota Veterans Administration medical clinics. Members of the Benson VFW post delivered the cookies to the area clinics.  Accepting the cookies was Benson VFW Commander Ryan Hanson. Pieper is the daughter of Molly and Kent Gades.

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KMS baseball team clinches Camden crown

The KMS baseball team clinched the Camden Conference title with a pair of conference wins over Minneota (5-1) and RTR (11-1) last week.  The Saints also shut out Hancock to open up last week’s action, 7-0, giving KMS a 16-0 overall record heading into the final week of the regular-season.
The Saints, 10-0 in the Camden Conference, were set to host BBE, Tuesday (yesterday) and MACCRAY, Thursday (tomorrow).
The Section 6A Tourney is also coming up and the Saints have a chance for a top seed and a first-round bye.  KMS and Upsala-Swanville Area are battling for the top seed in the Saints’ half of the section.
The opening round is set for 5 p.m., Tuesday, June 1 at the higher-team’s site and the second round is set for Thursday, June 3 at Ortonville or Clinton.

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Saints fall just short of Camden title

The KMS softball team fell just short of winning another Camden Conference title after splitting a pair of games with RTR, Thursday.  The Saints also split with Tracy Area last Tuesday night, 5-4 and 2-4, giving KMS a 14-4 overall record and 13-3 mark within the Camden Conference.
Lac qui Parle claimed the Camden title with a 14-2 league mark.  The Eagles and Saints split a doubleheader to open up the season.
A recap of the RTR doubleheader will be highlighted in next week’s paper.  KMS won the first game, 7-6, but lost the second in another one-run game, 8-7.

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Above - KMS shortstop Grace Collins throws out a runner during a recent game in Murdock.

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Benson softball to host section game, June 1

The Benson softball team went 1-2 last week, losing to Lac qui Parle last Tuesday (9-3) and to Morris Area last Wednesday (11-4), before winning at BOLD, Thursday (11-4).  The Braves, 8-4 in the WCC and 13-5 overall, finished tied for second in the final conference standings.  Morris Area, which is 11-0 with one game to play, won the WCC title again this year.
The Braves were set to close out the regular-season, Tuesday (yesterday) at Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley before getting ready for the Section 6A opener, Tuesday, June 1 at home.  Benson and CGB are currently the top two teams in Benson’s half of the section and the Braves should be one of the hosts for the early-round games.
The Braves, who are batting .392 as a team with an on-base percentage of .468, still have five players batting over .500 -- Marissa Connelly (.563), Rachel Berens (.460), Sarah Brandt (.459), Ellie Moesenthin (.433), and Adysen Himley (.431).  

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Boys tennis team seeded third in Section 8A

The Benson-KMS boys tennis team ended the regular-season with a pair of victories at a home triangular, Friday, beating Yellow Medicine East (5-2) and Osakis (6-1).  Earlier in the week, the Fighting Braves fell to state-ranked Litchfield, 7-0.
Benson-KMS ended the regular season with a perfect 5-0 mark in the WCC and a 12-4 overall record.
Although the Fighting Braves went 5-0 in the conference, the season-ending WCC Team Tourney is what decided the overall conference champion this year, and Minnewaska Area beat BKMS, 6-1, to earn this year’s conference title.
The Braves earned the third seed on the upcoming Section 8A Boys Team Tennis Tournament, set for Monday at East Grand Forks.  Thief River Falls earned the top seed, followed by Minnewaska, Benson-KMS, Fergus Falls, East Grand Forks, Crookston, Perham, and Osakis.

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ESTATE OF GARY NOLEN MARQUART

ESTATE OF GARY NOLEN MARQUART

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