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Wed
01
Apr
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District 777 $1.5 million levy vote still on for April 14

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

District 777’s $1.5 million bond levy for “the construction and equipping of a multi-purpose facility to be used for the district’s gymnastics program and other school activities” is still on for Tuesday, April 14. Voting at the Benson Armory will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The proposed building would be built on a vacant lot the school district owns just east of the football field and north of the high school.

A flyer was sent out this past weekend to all District 777 voters giving them options for voting in the referendum. It gives residents detailed information on how they can vote despite the current restrictions on social distancing...

 

Wed
01
Apr
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Hospital refinancing plan gets city, county approval

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Refinancing of Swift County-Benson Health Services debt to potentially save it $300,000 annually in interest payments took a step forward Monday night during a joint meeting of the Benson City Council, Swift County Board of Commissioners and SCBHS governing board.

While those annual savings would go down as debt is paid off, it is also estimated that over the life of the debt close to $5 million would be saved.

In all, SCBHS has $17.142 million in debt on its books. It was proposing to refinance $9.277 million of that debt that currently has interest rates ranging from 5.49 percent to 6.24 percent with city and county help. It would leave $7.915 million in debt with interest rates ranging from 2.0 percent to 4.2 percent in place.

Wed
01
Apr
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County adapts to new meeting requirements

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

“Hello. Is there anyone online?” Swift County Board Chair Gary Hendrickx, District 1-Appleton, asked as their special meeting last Tuesday got underway.

It was a sign of these coronavirus times when the county board was practicing social distancing measures by having people call into the meeting rather than show up in person. Sheriff John Holtz replied he was on the line.

However, all commissioners were present in the large meeting room in the basement of the Swift County Law Enforcement Center. In addition to Hendrickx, there were commissioners Ed Pederson, District 2-north Benson and Benson Township, Pete Peterson, District 3-south Benson and Torning Township, Joe Fox, District 4-Hegbert Township, and Eric Rudningen, District 5-Kerkhoven. Also, at the meeting was Swift County CEO Kelsey Baker...

 

Wed
25
Mar
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County still debating on how to help SCBHS

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County, the City of Benson and the governing board of Swift County-Benson Health Services will conduct a joint meeting Monday on refinancing for the healthcare facility’s debt.

It has been estimated that with county and city stepping into help with refinancing bond and loan debt at lower interest rate, that SCBHS could save nearly $300,000 annually and $5 million over the life of its debt payments.

Where and how that meeting will take place has been changing as the three public bodies try comply with social distancing mandates from the state government as well as comply with the Minnesota Open Meeting law...

 

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Wed
18
Mar
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Deal on financing SCBHS debt near

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

A deal that could save Swift County-Benson Health Services $300,000 annually in interest payments may be nearing agreement.

Benson City Manager Rob Wolfington, Swift County Administrator Kelsey Baker, and Co-CEOs of SCBHS Dan Enderson and Melissa McGinty Thompson have met 10 to 12 times recently to try come up with the right mix of city and county financial assistance.

It has been estimated that by the city and council buying down the debt of SCBHS would allow it to substantially reduce the interest it is paying saving it an estimated $5 million in the coming years. That money could be used to solidify its financial position as well as for capital improvements.

Wed
18
Mar
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GROW building closer to being new Prairie 5 site

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

After having debated what to do with the GROW building on Atlantic Avenue in Benson since September 2017, the Swift County Board of Commissioners reached a decision at its March 3 meeting.

It voted unanimously to work with Prairie 5 Community Action on moving its Swift County Outreach Office from east U.S. Highway 12 to the building on Atlantic Avenue downtown Benson. The building is the former Lewis Drug building...

 

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Wed
11
Mar
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Countryside reaches out to communities to prepare them to deal with coronavirus

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Editor’s note: This story is written with information from the Swift County Board of Commissioners March 3 meeting and from Minnesota Public Radio.

Countryside Public Health is reaching out to schools, local governments, emergency management teams, human services agencies and health care providers throughout its five-county area as concern about the spread of the coronavirus grows.

Countryside provides public health services to residents of Swift, Chippewa, Yellow Medicine, Lac qui Parle and Big Stone counties. It will be at the forefront of a coronavirus outbreak should the area start seeing cases...

 

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Wed
11
Mar
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Lending funds from Swift County reserves could be win-win move

 

By Reed Anfinson

Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

As Swift County’s Board of Commissioners debated ways in which it could financially assist Swift County-Benson Health Service with restructuring its debt to possibly saving $300,000 annually, an idea was suggested that could be a win-win for both entities.

Wed
11
Mar
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Benson, county consider SCBHS financing options

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

The potential options for Swift County and the City of Benson providing financial assistance to Swift County -Benson Health Services to potentially save it $300,000 in annual interest payments is an evolving story.

March 2 the SCBHS governing board, the city council, and county board met in a joint special meeting to discuss financing options for SCBHS and the debt associated with the construction of Scandi Haven Village. County commissioners also discussed the issues at length at their March 3 meeting.

Since then, City Manager Rob Wolfington, County Administrator Kelsey Baker and SCBHS Chief Financial Officer and Co-Administrator Dan Enderson have had multiple meetings on new proposals....

 

Wed
04
Mar
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Only a handful of people show up for school levy meeting

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Only 11 people showed up Tuesday evening, Feb. 25, for the first public meeting on the proposed $1.5 District 777 levy to build new activities building. The primary occupant of the new facility will be the joint Benson High School and Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg High School gymnastics program.

The school board is asking voters to approve a $1.5 million bond levy April 14 to pay for a new multi-purpose activity space, Supt. Dennis Laumeyer told those who showed up. Absentee balloting on the levy has already started...

 

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