April 2021

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SWIFT COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT Request for Road Construction Bids

SWIFT COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT
Request for Road Construction Bids
Benson, Minnesota 56215

NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS - Sealed proposals will be received until:

BIDS CLOSE 10:00 AM Wednesday May 12th 2021

Delivery of sealed bids must be made to the Swift County Highway Department Administration Building, 1635 Hoban Avenue (PO Box 241), Benson, MN 56215.  
Sealed bids will be opened and publicly read at the above date/time/location, for the CSAH 22 Grading project listed below:

SAP 076-622-038  -  From MnTH 59 to South CSAH 13
 (5.988 Total Miles)

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Genevieve Morrissey February 12, 1921 • November 30, 2020

Genevieve
Morrissey
February 12, 1921 • November 30, 2020

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Marie J. Johnson July 6, 1941 • April 24, 2021

Marie J. Johnson
July 6, 1941 • April 24, 2021

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Lenora Margaret Heideman August 14, 1932 • March 27, 2021

Lenora Margaret Heideman
August 14, 1932 • March 27, 2021

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Kenneth A. Jacobson

Kenneth A. Jacobson

Kenneth (Kenny) Allen Jacobson, 68, passed away unexpectedly January 26, 2021.  
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, May 8 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church, Benson, Minnesota.  Visitation will be 2 hours prior to service from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  Burial will follow the service at the Benson City Cemetery.  www.washburn-mcreavy.com
Edina Chapel  952-920-3996

 

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Two Things I Learned From Walter Mondale

Last week we lost my friend and mentor Walter Mondale, known to friends as Fritz. In my home state of Minnesota we were proud to call Fritz our attorney general, our senator and our vice president.
On the national stage he shined as a young state attorney general who championed the right to counsel. As a senator he was a leader in the fight for civil rights and housing legislation and — way ahead of his time — warned of the need for intelligence oversight and privacy protections. He reshaped the vice presidency and served as a true partner to President Jimmy Carter, someone who wasn’t just a figurehead but instead a close adviser and confidant, deserving of a place in “the room where it happens.”

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Restoring Trust In The Press

We  would like to think that our role as journalists aligns with those of our readers. Our core goals seem so fundamental to an informed electorate in a representative democracy. How could anyone disagree with our mission? People do and for what they believe are good reasons.
Most journalists hold these fundamental beliefs:
- We should give voice to the powerless, who face with few resources the daunting power wielded by government and industry:
 - We must hold those in power accountable for their actions and inactions that have a negative impact on our lives.
- We need to discover the facts to reveal the truth.
- We can only get those facts when government is transparent.
- It is only by revealing what is wrong with our society that we can take the steps needed to fix things.
The problem with assumptions is that they are often based on what we want to believe rather than others’ beliefs.

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Finding people to vaccinate a growing challenge

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
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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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....

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County may create public works department

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
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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