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Revised county laws allow greater local oversight

By Reed Anfinson

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To update its local laws to reflect state statute changes, the Swift County Board of Commissioners adopted five new ordinances at its June 7 meeting.

Wed
08
Jun
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Swimming pool should open June 8

By Reed Anfinson

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Benson’s Family Aquatic Center should be open this Wednesday afternoon for swimming, Director of Public Works Dan Gens told the city council Monday night.

Wed
08
Jun
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Pioneerland Band Festival Tuesday; 12 bands performing

Benson’s 35th annual Pioneerland Band Festival is scheduled for next Tuesday.

The parade starts at 6:30 pm and will follow the traditional route beginning on west U.S. Highway 12 by Runnings and the State Bank of Danvers, proceed east on Minnesota Avenue, then turn north on 14th Street North and finish at Benson High School.

Wed
08
Jun
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City votes to tear down Atlantic Avenue elevator

By Reed Anfinson

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To give it authority to act quickly to tear down the Atlantic Avenue elevator in downtown Benson, the city council Monday night voted unanimously to extend the emergency powers resolution originally passed after the May 12 severe storm.

Wed
08
Jun
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Farmers make planting progress but crop development far behind five-year average

By Reed Anfinson

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With nearly five days of dry weather, farmers in the area made good progress in planting crops. However, numerous wet areas in low-lying parts of fields have been plowed around and are likely will not be seeded this growing season.

Wed
08
Jun
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Pederson, Holtz, Olson, Mahoney unopposed

By Reed Anfinson

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Swift County Attorney Danielle Olson and Sheriff John Holtz have filed for re-election with neither facing a challenger on the November ballot.

Wed
01
Jun
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Avian flu cases are easing in Minnesota

By Reed Anfinson

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With June here, there is hope among the state’s poultry farmers that the avian influenza pandemic has run its course. In 2015’s outbreak, June 5 saw the last reported infected barn.

Wed
01
Jun
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Candidate filings closed Tuesday setting the local, state races for November’s ballot

By Reed Anfinson

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As this edition of the Swift County Monitor-News left for the printer Tuesday morning, the Minnesota Secretary of State’s candidate filings page still showed a couple open races, though they are expected to be filled. Filings for local, state and federal offices closed Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Wed
01
Jun
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Nature Energy lays out its plans for bio-gas plant

By Reed Anfinson

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Officials from Danish firm Nature Energy met with area residents during an open house at the Benson Golf Club May 19 to answer questions about its plant for the construction of a bio-gas facility.

Wed
01
Jun
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Record May rainfall frustrates farmers

By Reed Anfinson

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With 8.52 inches of rains so far this month, May 2022 was the wettest on record.

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