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Swift County adopts new logo on 4-1 vote

By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Since the centennial of Swift County back in 1970, the county has used a specifically designed seal as its official symbol. It has, from time to time, also served as the county’s logo used on a variety of items from stationary to clothing.
Now a majority of county commissioners and administrative staff have agreed it is time for a new logo that is simpler that could be used county wide.
In the old design, the courthouse is dominant in the background. In front of it are cattle, corn, wheat, and a single-blade hand-plow to symbolizes the county’s agricultural roots. It has railroad tracks to symbolize the importance of the railroad in the commerce of the county. And, it has a manufacturing plant to symbolize the importance of business and industry in its growth....

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Dokken to perform during Benson Kid Day

Lori Dokken to perform to celebrate Kid Day and grand opening of the new BHS Performing Arts Center
Though the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t over the growing number of people who have been getting vaccinated is making community celebrations possible again – Benson’s Kid Day could be one of them.
Benson’s 90th Kid Day celebration was called off in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But now plans are underway for the 2021 Kid Day.
“Exciting things are being planned for the 2021 Kid Day celebration set for July 16 to 18,” Committee Member Shelly Mikkelson said.
The committee, chaired by Roger Ebnet, is moving forward with plans for this year’s celebration: “Hometown Fun – Kid Day ‘21.”

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BHS celebrates Prom 2021

Marissa Connelly and Adam Zosel pose for a picture in the foreground during the BHS Junior-Senior Prom Grand March, Saturday, as emcees Lauren Schmidt and Ryan Tolifson introduce another couple on stage.  Over 60 couples took part in the event, which took place in the PAC and senior high gym. Last year's Prom was postponed until the summer and took place in Roosevelt Park.

Thu
22
Apr
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$32,750 in grants funds available to area organizations

Area non-profits and charitable organizations are eligible to apply for funds from a pool of $32,750 that is being made available through the Benson Area Community Foundation, the Dr. R. Galen Hanson Donor-Advised Fund and the Robert Sonsteng Donor-Advised Fund.
The grant monies must be used to promote education; quality of life; arts and humanities; recreation; community parks; the environment; and the general improvement in the greater Benson area.
Applications must specify how grant award funds will help the organization applying improve the community at large. Organizations must also be a non-profit charitable organization designated as a 501c3 by the Internal Revenue Service or have a secure fiscal agent.
The grant application submission deadline is May 31. It is anticipated that grant award decisions and notification to award recipients will be made on June 9.

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BHS Prom Saturday

In 2020, the Benson HIgh School Prom was delayed until July and then the grand march took place in Roosevelt Park due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year it will be in the high school, though pandemic safety precautions will be taken.

Benson Schools is set to host the 2021 BHS Junior/Senior Grand March at 7:30 p.m., Saturday in the Performing Arts Center and Senior High gym.
Last year, the BHS Prom was postponed until July and then conducted in Roosevelt Park due to the expanding COVID-19 pandemic.
A limited number of tickets were available for the public to purchase starting Wednesday, April 21.
The theme of this year’s Grand March is “Puttin’ on the Ritz”.
An Afterbash and dance is planned following the Grand March, but no other information was available.  The co-chairs of the Prom Afterbash are Jill Gunderson and Sarah DeHaan.

Thu
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Apr
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Vaccinations increasing but so are COVID-19 cases

By Reed Anfinson

Publisher

Even as vaccinations steadily increase, with Countryside Public Health held out as an example of rapid progress in getting shots into the arms of its residents, worries are growing over the resurgence of COVID-19.

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the more infectious and deadly British variant of the coronavirus was now the dominant strain spreading in the U.S. It is reporting the upward trend of the Brazilian variant infections as well.

Countryside has done over 130 vaccination clinics in its five counties and has been giving 300 to 400 shots a day. It has given over 7,000 shots. In all, when clinics, hospitals and pharmacies are included, nearly 18,000 vaccinations have been given in the agency’s five counties.

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BHS wants to ensure its students can build memories

By Reed Anfinson, Publisher

As the spring sports get underway and the end of the school year approaches for students in Benson Public Schools, there are events ahead that no student will want to miss.

Prom, graduation, concerts, recognition events, dance recitals, that final day with fellow classmates, and competing in athletics – all are treasured moments no student wants to miss. Some teams and individuals many even make the playoffs and have a chance to advance to state competition are all on the calendar.

All the memories that will be cherished from these moments are at risk if a student comes down with COVID-19 or is exposed to someone who has.

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BHS presents Broadway production in new Performing Arts Center

The Broadway concert produced by Benson High School last week was full of fun and entertaining musical numbers, including Bella Wolter (left) and Anna McNeil singing "Hakuna Matata" from "The Lion King."

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15
Apr
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Effort underway to get courthouse clocks working

There is a move underway in Swift County to get the clock tower on the southeast corner of the courthouse working again.

“I have visited with quite a few residents of the county regarding the clock tower, and generally speaking, the feeling is that it should be restored,” Jim Hilleren told the board of commissioners at their meeting April 6.

Hilleren said there was one resident who made a comment about the clock tower that has stuck with him. “A working clock tower creates a positive image of the county and its residents,” the person told him.

“I thought that kind of hit the nail on the noggin,” Hilleren said. “Instead of having something up there that doesn’t work, this would be positive.”

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Apr
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COVID-19 cases rising in western Minnesota

By Reed Anfinson

Publisher

In just the first five days of April, Swift County has seen 17 new cases of the COVID-19 disease reported by the Minnesota Department of Health. And, that number is short a day since MDH didn’t report COVID cases or vaccinations Easter Sunday.

If it keeps up that pace, it will see more than 100 new cases by the end of the month making it the third worst month for new cases during the pandemic. Swift County saw a record 368 cases in November and 184 in December. There are worries that the state is seeing another surge that will not only bring new cases, but also a spike in new deaths.

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