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SWCD working buffers with 740 property owners

Letters have been sent out to 740 property owners in Swift County who own approximately 1,100 parcels of land that will have to comply with Minnesota’s new buffer law.

“The hardest thing at this point is just making sure the landowners are aware of the law, and at that point, trying to get them into the system and explain to them what their options might be for getting compensated,” Swift County SWCD Conservation Technician Andy Albertsen said Monday.

Those options include getting compensation for land taken out of production and entering it into the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP.)

Letters were sent out all the landowners who were going to see an impact from the new law. Articles have also been running in the Monitor-News about the program. “We have really tried to emphasize an outreach prior to these deadlines so people can be a little proactive in getting their land compliant.”

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Few voters cast ballots in primary

It was no surprise that voter turnout was very, very low in last Tuesday’s Minnesota primary election.

Only two races were on the ballot for Swift County voters: a choice between two candidates seeking the Republican slot in the 7th District U.S. House race against Democrat incumbent Rep. Collin Peterson; and, a choice of the two candidates who will face off for a Minnesota Supreme Court seat.

Peterson will face Republican Dave Hughes in November after he won Tuesday’s GOP primary against Amanda Lynn Hinson 8,769 to 6,104. Peterson, who had no primary challenger, received 16,253.

In all, 31,126 votes were cast in the primary in the 7th Congressional District. That compares to 327,267 that were cast in the 2012 7th District general election (a presidential election year) and the 240,492 that were cast in the 2014.

Hughes won in Swift County getting 134 votes to Hinson’s 94. Peterson received 378 votes.

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Library hosts U.S. Fish and Wildlife program

Styron Bell (pictured), a wildlife manager from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Styron Bell (pictured), a wildlife manager from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, gave a free presentation for children on mammals and birds of the prairie last Tuesday afternoon during a special program at the Benson Public Library.

The presentation included a number of stuffed birds and ducks, which were available to the youth to be passed around for closer viewing and touching.

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Carlsons named 2016 Swift County Extension Farm Family of the year

Carlsons named 2016 Swift County Extension Farm Family of the year

JM Carlson Farms, of Murdock, has been named Swift County’s “2016 Farm Family of the Year” by the University of Minnesota.

Jim and his brother, Keith, started farming with their father, Ellert, while still in high school.  Years later, Jim’s two sons, Michael and Bobby, helped out during planting and harvest. Ellert Carlson died in 1999 and Jim’s brother, Keith, was killed in a farm accident in the spring of 2008.   

Now, Jim and his son, Michael, have formed a partnership known as JM Carlson Farms.  Jim and his son, Bobby, own and operate Carlson Blading.

Along with their wives, Nancy and Stephanie, Jim and Michael raise cows, feeder cattle, hay, wheat, corn and soybeans.  They also custom grind hay, straw, corn and bean stalks as well as custom chop hay, silage and earlage.

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05
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SCBH explores USDA option for assisted living facility

With no clear direction on how to proceed with City of Benson or Swift County backing on an assisted living/memory care facility, the Swift County-Benson Hospital is taking a closer look at working with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Monday night SCBH Chief Financial Officer Dan Enderson told the council that City Manager Rob Wolfington, City Director of Finance Glen Pederson, Swift County Administrator Mike Pogge-Weaver and himself had met with the USDA’s representative Kevin Friesen of Willmar last week. They discussed financing options as well as what the impact on current design plans would be of going with the federal agency’s funding.

Further, SCBH is looking at the option of having the financing take place through its 501c3 non-profit Scofield Place arm. Enderson was presenting the same overview to the county board of commissioners at their Tuesday morning meeting.

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Missoula Children’s Theatre Presents: Peter & Wendy

Members of the cast of Peter and Wendy, produced by the Missoula Children’s Theatre using local talent, put on two shows this past weekend in Benson. The Missoula Children's Theatre brings its costumes and sets with it as it travels the country.

 

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July third wettest on record

July 2016 will go down as the third wettest in history for Benson and was the 10th wettest month on record. During the month 8.59 inches of rain fell – 5.03 inches more than July’s average of 3.56 inches.

Only 1994 with 9.57 inches of rain and 1962 with 8.97 inches of rain top 2016 for July rainfall.

July also became the 10th wettest month since local records started being kept back in 1952.

June 1952 saw 12.5 inches of rain, the most of any month in any year. Ten inches of the month’s total rainfall fell between June 22 and June 28 with 7 inches of that coming in just two days.

June 23 saw a cloudburst of rain that dropped 5 inches of rain in four hours, flooding streets and basements in Benson. In Swift Falls, the bridge over the Chippewa River was washed out. Farmland along the Chippewa was flooded as the river overflowed its banks.

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Jul
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County, city split on financing for SCBH project

Members of the Swift County Board of Commissioners, Benson City Council and SCBH Governing Board met Monday night  to discuss financing for the hospital’s proposed $12.5 million assisted living/memory care facility.

City for backing assisted living/memory care facility financing now; but county against it

Though the Benson City Council voted to proceed with general obligation bonding backing for the Swift County-Benson Hospital’s (SCBH) proposed $12.5 million assisted living/memory care project, the County Board of Commissioners declined to give its backing.
Benson’s council, the county board and the SCBH governing board met in a joint session Monday night at the hospital to try to reach consensus on project financing. Members of both the council and county board are sharply divided in how SCBH financing for the facility should be handled.

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New bike fleet launched on Kid Day

Countryside Public Health, SHIP (Statewide Health Improvement Program), Benson Schools, and Benson Community Education are teaming up to start a bike fleet in Benson called “Benson Bikes! Stay Fit, Have Fun! Bike. Walk. Run.”.  

The effort, which will help promote safe biking and active living in Benson, launched on Kid Day, and is currently available at Pilgrim Congregational Church in Benson; just south of Roosevelt Park in Benson.

There will be two kids’ bikes and one adult bike located at Pilgrim Congregational for kids and adults to freely use on an honor system.  SHIP bikes and the SHIP bike rack will be turquoise. The “Benson Bikes” bike rack will have a sign attached in English on one side and Spanish on the other.  

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2016 Relay-for-Life

The cancer survivors congregated around the start of the path at Roosevelt Park before taking off for the Survivor Lap at the Relay-for-Life event.

The Relay-for-Life is a great time for socializing, reminiscing, and rejoicing another year of life.  A total of 420 luminaries were sold for this year’s event, which raised $24,000. There was plenty of entertainment also taking place during this year’s event, including a Silent Auction, games, food, the Steffl Sisters, and more.

The Team Lap gave the Relay-for-Life teams a chance to be recognized for all their hard work throughout the year.  The four Relay-for-Life teams this year were C.A.S.E., “Rebels for a Cause”, Team Cluever, and a Munstermann Reunion virtual team.

Pictured: The cancer survivors congregated around the start of the path at Roosevelt Park before taking off for the Survivor Lap at the Relay-for-Life event.

 

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