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Sen. Klobuchar connects with rural business via Zoom conference call

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

Minnesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar conducted a Zoom call with five rural Minnesotans Monday, including Jessica Wrobleski of Stony Ridge Foods in Benson, to get an idea of how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their businesses.

Also on the call were Michelle Dagget, resident of Lakeshirts, in Detroit Lakes, Tyler Stilson of 3D CNC of Mankato and Hutchinson, with a facility in Colorado as well, and Dr. Randy Simonson, former CEO of Cambridge Technologies. Also on the call was Diane Anderson, president and CEO of the Southwest Initiative Foundation.

One of the reasons that she wanted to conduct the Zoom call with representatives of businesses in rural Minnesota was the challenges created by the resurgence of COVID-19. Businesses are again being shutdown to slow the spread of the deadly virus...

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County provides extra funds for healthcare

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Health providers at the front lines of the COVID-19 fight in Swift County received a financial boost from the county board of commissioners at the Nov. 17 meeting.

Commissioners allocated $75,000 each to Appleton Area Health and Swift County-Benson Health Services. It also allocated another $15,000 to Countryside Public Health.

Countryside had received $106,200 in CARES funds in July, one of the first entities in the county to get the funding. Countryside provides public health services for Swift, Big Stone, Chippewa, Yellow Medicine and Lac qui Parle counties. Its offices are based in Benson...

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Two COVID-19 deaths in one week bring county’s total to 6

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County saw its sixth death attributed to COVID-19, the deadly disease caused by the coronavirus, reported by the Minnesota Department of Health Monday.  Four of the deaths have come in November as the number of cases in the county and state explode.

The fifth death from the disease occurred Nov. 18 and was a person in their mid to late 70s while the sixth death was a person in their early 90s.

Swift County’s first death from COVID-19 was reported June 5. The second death wasn’t reported until nearly 20 weeks later on Oct. 2 but the third followed Oct. 28 and the four Nov. 7. The fourth death was reported by MDH Nov. 15 and was a person in their mid-60s...

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With COVID-19 cases spiking, Benson schools are forced into distance learning

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

It should come as no surprise to anyone in the community paying attention to the now unstoppable surge in COVID-19 cases that Benson schools are going to distance learning.

In his column published on Page 5 of this week’s Monitor-News, Supt. Dennis Laumeyer says:

“We all know that students learn best when in school with their teachers and staff. Throughout this school year, Benson schools have worked hard to keep students safely in school and with their teachers, even during the pandemic...

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SCBHS gets substantial COVID-19 financial help

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

When it comes to the finances that Swift County-Benson Health Services receives to help it cope with the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a lot of misinformation out there.

Some people are under the impression that medical facilities are getting reimbursed for saying a person has the coronavirus, or that they somehow receive additional funds by putting down COVID-19 as the cause of death.

No funding comes to SCBHS, or other medical facilities, because of a diagnoses or death associated with COVID-19...

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BHS looking for compromise with KMS on sports costs

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

For over a year now, representatives of the Benson and Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (KMS) school boards have been discussing a financial adjustment to the sports cooperative between the two districts. They might be getting a little closer to a solution.

Benson was asking for an additional $34,500 contribution from KMS to help cover the costs of  maintaining facilities at BHS. While it has been holding fast on paying no additional funds beyond its sports participation fee over the past months, last week KMS did offer to pay an additional $15,000 annually.

“Benson’s school board would really like to continue the relationship and the camaraderie that has been built between the two schools,” Benson schools Supt. Dennis Laumeyer said at the board of education’s meeting Monday, Nov. 9. “It has worked well for most of the past 30 years, but things have changed...”
 

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County gives additional $1,000 grants to businesses from its CARES funds

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

With a continued strong focus on using its CARES Act funds to support businesses suffering due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Swift County Board of Commissioners has now paid out $270,000 in grants to 45 business.

In the first round of grants last month, it gave 30 county businesses $5,000 grants each from the Coronavirus Relief Fund and Economic Assistance (CARES) Act funds. At its meeting last Tuesday, it approved another 15 businesses for the $5,000 grants.

In all, the county board had agreed to allocate $250,000 from its $1,221,134 in federal CARES funds for business help. However, in reviewing the 69 applications that were  submitted for grants, it found only 45 met all the qualifications for need and that submitted the required information...

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11
Nov
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COVID-19 cases are surging in rural Minnesota

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

With 73 new cases of COVID-19 in the first nine days of November, Swift County is on the way to shattering its past monthly high for cases of 93 set in October.

Swift County isn’t alone in seeing a rapid rise in the number of positive cases of the potentially deadly disease caused by the coronavirus. Throughout western Minnesota case numbers and deaths are on the rise.

Swift County saw its third COVID-19 death this past week, a person in his 90s, and Pope County saw its first death...

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Trump wins county, loses state, US

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

For decades Swift County was a reliable Democratic county, but in the past eight years it has fundamentally changed into a Republican county.

In a political change that can be baffling to some, voters who cast ballots for Democrat Barrack Obama in 2008 and 2012, were strong supporters of Donald Trump in 2016 and 2020.

However, despite winning 75 of Minnesota’s 87 counties in the Nov. 3 election, incumbent President Trump lost to Democratic challenger former Vice President Joe Biden. Biden received 52.4 percent of the vote to Trump’s 45.3 percent, and won by 233,111 votes. Trump had 1,484,894 votes and Biden 1,718,005.

In the 2016 election, Trump won Swift County decisively taking every city and 20 of 21 townships while getting 59.9 percent of the vote. He beat Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton 2,962 votes to 1,679...

 

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Council votes 3-2 to purchase elevator

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

With a 3-2 vote Monday night, the Benson City Council agreed to purchase the concrete elevator and attached buildings for $25,000 from NFG, LLC.

Finalizing the purchase of the property that sits at the western edge of the city’s downtown will allow Benson to move forward with its demolition, removing a persistent health and safety threat to the community.

In a memo to the council, Benson Chief of Police Ian Hodge said there have been over 20 incidents at the elevator property in the past seven years. Drug use, sexual assault, and vandalism are among the crimes that have been investigated at the property...

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