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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.

 

Pick up this week's Swift County Monitor-News for more photos from "Peter and Wendy."

 

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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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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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Benson Kid Day Car Show

Ambush Park provides a great backdrop for the Benson Kid Day Car Show

Ambush Park provides a great backdrop for the Benson Kid Day Car Show, which has also taken place at the Northside Rec Area and Benson Bowler.

There were a total of 71 entries at this year’s Kid Day Car Show.  The event was scheduled for 4-7 p.m., but because of bad weather, it was closed down early at 6 p.m. and the Kid Day car cruise through Benson was cancelled.

The following entries were among the winners of the 2016 Benson Kid Day Car Show, held Saturday afternoon at Ambush Park in Benson.

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Hospice Motorcycle Ride

The group of about 50 motorcyles get ready for their 100-mile motorcycle ride starting at 1 p.m. from Roosevelt Park.

The annual Hospice Motorcyle Ride event took place Sunday afternoon.  The motorcycles were lined up at Roosevelt Park prior to the start of the 100-mile ride.
 

Pictured, the group of about 50 motorcyles get ready for their 100-mile motorcycle ride starting at 1 p.m. from Roosevelt Park.

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Task force exploring day care options for Swift County

Adequate daycare is seen as essential to bringing young families to the area to fill the jobs employers have open. It is seen as necessary to keeping young families enrolling their children in local school districts and keeping them there.

A lack of daycare options also keeps some people out of the labor force who could otherwise be employed.

The challenge of finding daycare is particularly hard for parents of newborns to two-year-olds. It is also a challenge for those who do shift work who need daycare services outside the 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. time period as well as for those who need weekend daycare.

To address the shortage of daycare and lack of flexible hours in the area, a group of government, local foundation, and area schools representatives met at the end of June to discuss options for providing daycare services in Swift County.

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More than 6 inches of rain falls in one week

Monday saw nearly 3 inches of rain fall between 7:15 a.m. and 9 a.m. causing flooding of city streets as well as in farm fields in the area.
Puddles hold an enduring fascination for children.

Just a week ago concerns were growing about spreading drought conditions in western Minnesota. But a series of heavy thunderstorms over the past seven days have emphatically brought an end to those worries.

The Benson area received 6.37 inches of rain between July 5 and July 11. Some areas around Benson have seen more than 8 inches of rain.

July 2016 is now the 10th wettest on record with 6.37 inches of rain and there are still 18 days left in the month. The month’s record is 9.57 inches in 1994. July averages 3.56 inches of rain.

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