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U.S. jobless claims decline from five-month high
CIA: Russia intervened to help Trump win
Wall Street again marks new highs in post-election run
Litchfield police officer facing DWI charges
Holiday Express rolls through Kandiyohi County
Blaze makes first appearance at CMCS pep rally
Bluejays take down LQPV on road
WarHawks hit hard early, fall to 'Jacks
Vikings look to climb back into playoff race
Willmar artist to paint community mural
'Mostly Minnesota Christmas' now playing
Lauded singer, poet Leonard Cohen dead at 82
'The Wall' on stage Friday at The Barn
Singer with regional ties talks about time on 'The Voice'
Who's the most overpaid actor in Hollywood?
Benson, Minn., native pens: 'Mama's Knight: A Cancer Story of Love'"
Heavy teenage drinking linked to abnormal brain development
PieLogNog: A great holiday mashup
Willmar area cattle sorters leaving their mark on growing sport
Curtis Burr Accola
Gregory W. Johnson
Ruth V. Thayer
Frances A. King
Vernon "Bud" Blindt
Letter: Let's show more appreciation
Letter: Why downtowns are failing
Letter: More alike than different
Cartoon by Tom Stiglich
Letter: Our values have hit rock bottom
Bruce & Deb Johnson
Russel & Dorraine Miller
May 21, 2010
Future of Swift Co. offenders program still up in the air after meeting
BENSON -- An abrupt adjournment to the Swift County Board of Commissioners meeting this week could signal the end of the county's 30-year-old sentence-to-service program. As the commissioners were discussing whether or not to continue operating their sentence-to-service program,...
May 21, 2010 - 12:00am
January 11, 2010
ND Gov. Hoeven set to announce possible Senate bid
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven plans to announce today whether he'll run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democratic Sen. Byron Dorgan. A North Dakota Republican Party statement says Hoeven will disclose his plans at a district convention of Bismarck...
January 11, 2010 - 8:12am
October 10, 2009
Auto dealer seeks ordinances to allow mini trucks on local roads
BENSON -- Kentt Habben is hoping his new line of mini trucks is a big seller in Swift County. But first he's trying to get an ordinance passed...
October 10, 2009 - 12:00am
October 8, 2009
Swift County still plans to join Minn.'s emergency radio system
BENSON -- Swift County is continuing to move forward with plans to join the state's 800 MHz emergency radio system. At their meeting this week, the county commissioners heard a 1½-hour presentation about the Allied Radio Matrix for Emergency Response system, which is also known...
October 8, 2009 - 12:00am
October 6, 2009
Rains halt harvest
WILLMAR -- Recent rains have brought fall harvest to a sudden stop. Farmers had just gotten a good start on the sugar beet and soybean harvest...
October 6, 2009 - 12:00am
September 21, 2009
Swift County levy increases 1.8 percent
BENSON -- The Swift County levy will increase 1.8 percent in 2010. The Commissioners certified the preliminary gross levy at $7,948,417 at their meeting last week. The levy includes $747,207 in program aid, which is $220,000 less than expected because of unallotment. The county...
September 21, 2009 - 12:00am
July 28, 2009
Swift County will buy wayside rest stop
BENSON -- Swift County will take over ownership of a wayside rest that's currently owned by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The commissioners voted last week to purchase the Pomme De Terre Wayside Rest for $1 from the state. The site includes a restroom and about...
July 28, 2009 - 12:00am
June 19, 2009
Appeal likely on valuation of Appleton prison
BENSON -- A $20 million difference of opinion in the market value of a privately owned prison in Appleton could end up in court. The Swift County assessor set the 2009 value of the property at $42.9 million. A representative of the Corrections Corporation of America told the Swift...
June 19, 2009 - 12:00am
June 9, 2009
A 'multimillion-dollar' rain graces area farm fields
WILLMAR -- Just as the long dry spell -- and talk that compared this spring to the 1930s drought years -- was starting to make farmers edgy,...
June 9, 2009 - 12:00am
May 26, 2009
Swift County nears turning hazardous site into scenic park
SWIFT FALLS -- Just as time and new grass can erase the signs of death on a battlefield, the same is happening in Swift Falls where a once hazardous...
May 26, 2009 - 12:00am
November 21, 2008
Swift County adjusts recount process; Meeker, Swift and Renville counties work their recounts
A spirited exchange between an official for U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman and the Swift County auditor took place Thursday morning as the recount of...
November 21, 2008 - 12:00am
November 6, 2008
Republican volunteers keep an eye on ballots for recount
BENSON -- James Thelen spent at least two hours sitting on a hard wooden chair in the Swift County Auditor's office Wednesday quietly reading a copy of the "National Review" magazine. The longtime Republican volunteer from Benson was there to make sure no one tampered with the county's...
November 6, 2008 - 12:00am