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Wed
18
Sep
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Federal grant funds help beautify Benson

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

Over the past 25 years, the City of Benson has been awarded millions of federal grant monies to assist with home renovations and business building improvements.

Through the grant funds provided by the Small Cities Development Program, Benson is able to substantially improve the look of the community by helping low- and moderate-income residents renovate their homes while also making them safer and energy efficient. It uses the funds to make improvements to businesses that not only make them more energy efficient but also improve their curb appeal...

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Wed
11
Sep
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Citizens committee needs more time to study plans

By Reed Anfinson
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Swift County Monitor-News

More discussion among the members of the Citizens Perspective Committee is needed before it will reach a consensus on what it will be bringing to the public.

Commissioner Eric Rudningen, District 5-Kerkhoven, attended the meeting and reported on the committees’ progress at the board’s meeting Sept. 3.

The Citizens Perspective Committee was created in May by the county board when it came under persistent criticism for its pursuit of a new justice center.

The proposed two-story 38,000 square foot building on the west side of the courthouse would house a new Swift County Sheriff’s Office, an expanded jail, human services, 6W Community Corrections, the county attorney’s office and Restorative Practices. Its cost was projected at $17.5 million.

Wed
11
Sep
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SCBHS board signs letter of intent with Carris Health

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Development of an affiliation agreement that would see Carris Health based in Willmar take over management of Swift County-Benson Health Services will move forward.

At a meeting Sept. 3, the SCBHS Governing Board unanimously voted to sign a letter of intent to pursue affiliation through a lease agreement with Carris Health. At a joint meeting of the Benson City Council and Swift County Board of Commissioners at SCBHS Monday night, the two members that make up the hospital district gave their blessing for the proposed affiliation to move forward. Any final agreement with Carris will need county and city approval...

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Wed
11
Sep
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Dollar General in Kerk denied tobacco license

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Dollar General in Kerkhoven will not get a license to sell tobacco products unless it appeals the Swift County Board of Commissioner’s 4 to 1 vote to deny its approval.

“The concern that I have is that the Dollar General store in Kerkhoven is located for all intents and purposes in the parking lot of the high school of KMS,” Commissioner Eric Rudningen, District 5 said at the board’s Sept. 3 meeting. “Technically, it is not in the parking lot, it is across a narrow street…and in extremely close proximity to the high school.”

Dollar General is building a new store on east Atlantic Avenue (U.S. Highway 12) in Kerkhoven with the Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg School just across 15th Street North...

 

Wed
11
Sep
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School building bids $1.3 million lower than estimate

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Bids for the building projects at the Northside Elementary and Benson High School came in $1.3 million below the estimate of $26,287,655 when opened last week.

“We are not looking how we reduce this project to fit into a budget. It is some really good news,” Supt. Dennis Laumeyer said of the bids.

 “Benson schools was pleased to see that the construction bids came in well below budget,’” he said. “This allows the district to complete much needed maintenance projects that also provide additional security and don’t take funds from the classroom to complete the projects. This is good news for our taxpayers as well,” Laumeyer said...

 

Fri
06
Sep
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Ground broken for additions at Northside Elementary School

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Work is now underway at the Northside Elementary School that will add rooms to the west wing that will be dedicated to the school’s daycare and Discovery Kids programs. It will also see the construction of a new cafeteria.

Ground was officially broken last Tuesday afternoon with the help of children now attending Northside. Fencing is in place around the areas where construction will be taking place in the coming months...

 

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Fri
06
Sep
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City, county, SCBHS meeting on proposed Carris affiliation

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County-Benson Health Services Governing Board will meet with the Benson City Council and Swift County Board of Commissioners next Monday as it proposes to move toward affiliation with Carris Health.

Carris Health is based in Willmar and is a subsidiary of CentraCare Health of St. Cloud subsidiary of CentraCare serving west central and southwestern Minnesota.

The joint meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. in the governing board’s meeting room at SCBHS.

While the SCBHS governing board has been researching the options for affiliation over the past months, ultimately the decision will be before the city and the county. Under the bylaws that established the SCBHS hospital district, the city and county have the final say on the proposed lease of the facilities to Carris.

Tue
27
Aug
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Hughes questions county board on right to attend meeting

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Marysland Township farmer Mark Hughes has become a fixture at Swift County Board of Commissioners meetings recently taking advantage of the citizen’s comments period to ask a broad range of questions.

At the board’s Aug. 20 meeting, Hughes made comments on the Swift County Fair, the Ag2School credit providing ag land tax relief on school levies, and about an upcoming Community Perspective Committee meeting.

It was his question on the committee meeting and his right to attend it that had the county board struggling to give a straight answer.

The board of commissioners created the Community Perspective Committee earlier this year to study county building needs in general and the proposed construction of a $17.5 million Swift County Justice Center...

 

Tue
27
Aug
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School board to look for ways to bring students back

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

As they look to the year ahead, members of the District 777 Board of Education were asked to set down goals they would like to accomplish that would improve educational opportunities for students, the quality of education provided and help make the district more financially secure.

One suggestion that has been offered to school board members is that they spend a day in classrooms in Benson Public Schools. Board Chair Brian Samuelson said board members could spend an hour in a variety of classrooms in the school to get a sense of what the faculty is dealing with on a daily basis...

 

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Tue
27
Aug
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SCBHS takes next step to affiliate with Carris Health

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

Swift County-Benson Health Services will consider signing a non-binding letter of intent to pursue affiliation through a lease with Carris Health at a special meeting set for next Tuesday. Carris is a subsidiary of CentraCare serving west central and southwestern Minnesota.

At the 5:30 p.m. meeting at SCBHS, the governing board will be asked to sign the letter of intent, which begins the process of developing the details of how the lease relationship would work. Essentially it would mean that Carris would take over operations of the facility while SCBHS still owned its current physical assets.

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