August 2017

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Blanche Margaret Erickson

Blanche Margaret Erickson

Blanche Margaret Erickson

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Aug
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Swift County's 120th fair set to begin Wednesday

http://www.swiftcountyfair.org/

Swift County’s 120th annual fair gets underway next Wednesday, Aug. 16, and continues through Sunday, Aug. 20, at the Swift County Fairgrounds in Appleton.

Admission to the Swift County Fair is $2 per person, $2 per car, or $10 for one person and one car for all five days.

Midwest Rides and Concessions is back to handle the midway games and attractions, which opens at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 16.  Riders can take advantage of a special $1 per ride offering from 6-9 p.m. the first night.

While these prices are very low for a great evening of entertaiment, the main music events are high quality and free. The free entertainment starts with Wednesday, Aug. 16 with The White Sidewalls in the Chuck Brown Building at 7 p.m.  

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11
Aug
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Elaine Carol Saterbak

Elaine Carol Saterbak

Elaine Carol Saterbak

June 12, 1936 – August 10, 2017

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11
Aug
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County will move ahead with second phase of CIP

Commissioners want to devise best plan for 6W, sheriff’s office renovations

Work will start immediately on developing the second phase of the five-year Swift County Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), which is focused on renovation or new construction of facilities used by the sheriff’s office, 6W Community Corrections, county attorney’s office, and highway department.

It will also seek up to a two-year lease on the office space it is temporarily using for 6W Community Corrections.

The county’s building committee and staff will begin discussions on how to proceed with phase two as phase one work is just getting underway on the courthouse and Countryside Public Health’s building.

This second phase is expected to cost over $5.4 million with work to take place between 2018 and 2020.

Fri
11
Aug
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Collins files for mayor; Schreck, Smith join Evenson in council race

Benson City Council Member Teri Collins, who is currently in the second year of her first four-year council term, has filed for mayor.

Mark Schreck, Larry Smith and incumbent Jack Evenson have filed for the two open seats on the council. Evenson is completing his fourth year on the council and is seeking re-election to a second term.

Not seeking re-election to the council are Mayor Gary Landmark and Council Member Stephanie Heinzig.  Filings opened Aug. 1 and remain open until Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 5 p.m.

If Collins is elected mayor, she will continue to serve in her city council seat until Jan. 2 when she is sworn in as mayor. At that point, there would be a vacancy on the council. The city council would then decide whether to conduct a special election to fill the seat or it could appoint someone to fill the remaining two years.

Fri
11
Aug
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RDA could see state funds freed for broader use

A one-time change in Minnesota law could help Swift County free up restricted funds for a broad array of economic development uses currently blocked.

Over the years, the county has received Minnesota Investment Fund (MIF) grant funds to assist businesses projects at very low interest rates. When the funds have been paid back to the county, the state has allowed it to keep the money for future projects. Some of the funds come from loans made to businesses as far back as the 1990s.

However, the uses of the funds were tightly restricted, Swift County Rural Development Authority Executive Director Jennifer Frost told the Swift County Board of Commissioners at its meeting Aug. 1.

Now changes in law could broaden how the RDA uses funds for economic development, workforce housing, housing stock renovation, and marketing initiatives, she said.

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11
Aug
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Citing labor intensive costs, Swift County ends drug court participation

Despite what looked to be a successful program in helping people turn their lives around, Swift County’s experiment with the 8th Judicial District’s Drug court is ending.

County commissioners voted at their Aug. 1 meeting to end participation in the drug court due to its time intensive demands and increasing costs for a relatively few individuals.

“Staffing, time, and funding for all departments, including probation, human services, law enforcement, and prosecution are being reviewed, as increased budget requests are being evaluated due to work load increases across the county,” a memo to the board on the program stated.

Because of the intensive staff required to work with those in drug court, Swift County could only handle two individuals at a time.

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09
Aug
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Eugene D. Payne

eugene “Gene” d. Payne

DeGraff, Minnesota – eugene “Gene” d. Payne, age 76, of alexandria, formerly of DeGraff, died on Tuesday evening, august 8, 2017.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, on Monday, August 14, 2017, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson, and continue from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Tuesday.

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09
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KMS Marching Band

Members of the KMS Marching Band closed out a busy summer of marching at the Kerkhoven Town and Country Days Grand Parade, Saturday, July 29 in Kerkhoven.

Members of the KMS Marching Band closed out a busy summer of marching at the Kerkhoven Town and Country Days Grand Parade, Saturday, July 29 in Kerkhoven.

 

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09
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4-H Horse Show

Rylee Erickson, a member of the Clontarf Haymakers 4-H Club, works with her horse, Sugar Cookie, during the Swift County 4-H 2017 Horse Pleasure Show, Saturday at the Shamrock Hest Riding Arena in Benson.  The event gave the 4-H participants a chance to work on their horse showing skills before the Swift County Fair, which is set to begin Wednesday, Aug. 16.

Pictured: Rylee Erickson, a member of the Clontarf Haymakers 4-H Club, works with her horse, Sugar Cookie, during the Swift County 4-H 2017 Horse Pleasure Show, Saturday at the Shamrock Hest Riding Arena in Benson.  The event gave the 4-H participants a chance to work on their horse showing skills before the Swift County Fair, which is set to begin Wednesday, Aug. 16.

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