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Wed
08
May
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Small town theaters face bleak future without help

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

At its late April meeting, the Benson Economic Development Commission (EDA) approved a $5,000 loan for Tim Kletscher, owner of the DeMarce Theatre, for operating and other expenses.

The loan will be combined with a $3,000 EDA note balance on an earlier loan, bringing the total to $8,000. The note is to be financed over five years at a 4 percent interest rate.

At the meeting, Kletscher told the EDA that he has put $4,500 of his own income earned as a Benson elementary school teacher into the business recently. Further, his tax return will be going to pay bills at the theatre. Meanwhile, he is taking nothing out of the business...

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Wed
01
May
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Player piano again making the music admirers can sing to

Steve Misener explains the insides of a player piano.

When Francis and Doris Halvorson donated their Farrand player piano to the Swift County Historical Society & Museum, it looked fine on the outside, but its playing mechanism had stopped working.

Hoping to hear it once again playing songs for people to sing along with, the staff and board at the museum contacted well-known piano and player piano restoration expert Steve Misener of Stockholm, S.D.  Saturday afternoon a small crowd gathered at the museum to hear the results of Misener’s work, for which $5,000 was raised.

“I came, I took it apart, and I left,” Misener told the expectant crowd. “And, one more thing, you wrote me a check. I took the money and the piano and I left – with a promise of coming back. It was a promise I gave and a promise I kept.”...

Wed
01
May
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Free trade is crucial to America ag

CNH Plant Manager Jason Hausauer explains why North American free trade is so important to his company. He was speaking to Angela Marshall Hofmann and Carrie Clark Phillips of Farmers for Free Trade, an organization traveling the country to promote the United States Mexico Canada Agreement. They are joined by Minnesota Farm Bureau Board Member and area farmer Nathan Collins.

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

As the summer nears America’s farmers, manufacturers of agricultural equipment and commodity groups are urging Congress to sign the United States Mexico Canada Agreement.

It is essential to the health of the American farm economy and the country, they say.

To gather congressional support for the USMCA a group called the Farmers for Free Trade has been traveling the country raising awareness of its importance. Last Friday they stopped in Benson.

Farmers for Free Trade says it is a bipartisan coalition supported by agriculture commodity groups from across the agricultural industry. Its tour is meant to highlight American farmers’ reliance on trade with Canada and Mexico, which they say “supports millions of jobs and nearly $40 billion in American exports each year.”

Wed
01
May
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Education will be key to accurate county census

If Minnesota loses one of its eight congressional seats due to a low Census count next year, the metropolitan areas of the state will have even greater influence over the political direction of all residents.

If Minnesota loses a congressional seat it loses a vote in the Electoral College, the body that actually casts the ballots for that president based on state election results.

Low Census participation would also lead to less federal and state money coming into Swift County for a host of programs the help out low-income families.

A low count could mean lost economic opportunities for the community as developers consider where to build and expand.

Swift County, and Minnesota are starting an all-out effort to make sure that every resident is counted when the 2020 Census gets underway April 1 next year. It is a much more difficult task than it first appears...

Thu
25
Apr
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Dashing To Collect Easter Eggs

There were lots of smiles on the kids participating in Saturdays’ Easter Egg hunt at the Evangelical Free Church in Benson. Kids collected the eggs, then went inside where they were given a bag of treats and a book.

There were lots of smiles on the kids participating in Saturdays’ Easter Egg hunt at the annual Benson Evangelical Free Church in Benson. Kids collected the eggs, then went inside where they were given a bag of treats and a book. Saturday’s warm weather, with highs nearing 60 by 10 a.m., brought out a large crowd.

Thu
25
Apr
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Swift County-Benson Health Services Walk/Bike Color Run

Swift County-Benson Health Services Walk/Bike Color Run

Walkers, runners and bikers started out at Swift County-Benson Health Services where Benson firemen gave them their first dousing of colored powder. The event's 150 participants raised $673 for Kid Day.

Tue
23
Apr
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Citizens speak on justice center, attorney

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

At the vast majority of the Swift County Board of Commissioners meetings the citizens comment period passed with no one speaking because no one is present to address commissioners. That hasn’t been the case in recent months as citizens show up to register their opposition to the proposed justice center.

With numerous citizens showing up lately, the 5 minutes traditionally set aside for comments has been greatly inadequate as speakers can take a half hour to 45 minutes of commissioner time.

At the county board’s Tuesday, April 16, meeting Commission Chair Hendrickx tried to bring greater discipline to the citizens comment period on the agenda.

Tue
23
Apr
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County board delays Wold justice center study

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

With another group of concerned Swift County citizens attending the board of commissioners meeting Tuesday, April 16, a trend is developing that could raise concerns for a proposed justice center’s prospects.

That was a point made by Commissioner Ed Pederson, District 2-north Benson and Benson Township, at last week’s meeting. He pointed out that the plans call for the potential closing of Idaho Avenue along the block south of the courthouse. It would become a parking lot.

In order for that street closure to happen there would have to be a public hearing by the City of Benson and it would have to be approved by the council. “I think that may be a problem in itself,” he said.

Tue
23
Apr
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SCBHS moving ahead with CentraCare affiliation

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County’s Board of Commissioners and the Benson City Council gave their support Monday night to Swift County-Benson Health Services moving forward with affiliation with a regional medical group.

SCBHS is considering affiliation with CentraCare Health of St. Cloud, or Carris Health of Willmar. CentraCare owns Carris.

The decision to pursue affiliation is scheduled to take place at the SCBHS governing board meeting May 23. If approved, it will then begin negotiating with CentraCare on the terms of affiliation with a decision to approve the agreement later this summer. That agreement will either be for CentraCare to lease the local hospital and clinic, or take over ownership.

Tue
23
Apr
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Scandi Haven Village open house Sunday

Scandi Haven Village, the new facility for area senior citizens and people suffering from memory loss, is having an open house Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 “Scandi describes the new facility’s style and function,” a description of how the name came about states. It refers to the Scandinavian design both inside and out. “It references the bright, clean-and-simple, Scandinavian style of the building’s interior...
 

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