Skip to main content
West Central Tribune
Records published Sept. 27
Troubled lawyer shoots nine in Houston before being killed by police
Wash. mall shooter confesses, charged with 5 counts of murder
Harren chosen as permanent GM for Willmar utility
Renville, Redwood counties working on Minnesota River plan
Bluejays soar in four
Roundup: Wildcats snap streak with win over GSL
Basketball lifer Thibodeau ready to lead Timberwolves
Salute for Palmer planned at the Ryder Cup
Cardinal Pride to induct four into Hall of Fame
Brad Pitt expresses sadness over divorce filing
Angelina Jolie files for divorce from Brad Pitt
Ticket prices for Prince tribute concert start at $19.99
Mikko Cowdery, QuadraFeelyAxs performing this weekend in Willmar
19th annual Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee! festival to be held this weekend
Vote in our Readers' Choice 2016
Citizens getting caught up in Minnesota River cleanup
Northland Outdoors: A couple of shotgun experts find out what they've been missing in mourning dove hunting
Reader News: RAPID Coalition effort
Poetry, pugs raise awareness for new FAFSA timeline
Live it: Get lost in the art of weaving
Live it!: The changing role of pets in a family
August/September 2016 issue of Live it! Magazine now available online
Live it: How a mentoring program helps Willmar-area girls find their way
Live it!: Local mentoring program has a lasting effect on the young lives it touches
Mary A. Krogfus
Donald R. Holmgren
Wallace "Wally" Heggestad
William "Bill" D. Latham
Dionne: Debate moderators shouldn't duck
Larry.R. Swenson: Different requirements for some?
Kent Syverson: Pedestrian bridge should be fixed
Frazee letter: Thank you for protecting and serving
Marcus: In praise of good government geeks
April 30, 2013
Swift Co., Minn., enters new phase with retirements of auditor, deputy auditor
BENSON — Tuesday was the first day in 31 years that Byron Giese didn’t worry about a long list of budget numbers and deadline dates that...
April 30, 2013 - 10:59pm
January 6, 2011
Swift Co. receives $500K grant for 800-megahertz radios for fire personnel
BENSON -- A major federal grant will help equip Swift County firefighters with new emergency radios. The Swift County Board of Commissioners were told Tuesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Department of Homeland Security is providing a $521,197 grant to be used...
January 6, 2011 - 12:00am
December 23, 2010
Swift County officials give themselves a bump in pay
BENSON -- The Swift County Commissioners approved a 3.5 levy increase for 2011 and approved salary increases for themselves and most of the county's employees. Following the truth-in-taxation hearing Tuesday night, the commissioners ap-proved the $8.2 million levy. The budget was...
December 23, 2010 - 12:00am
December 14, 2010
No contract settlements in Swift County
BENSON -- Contract negotiations are continuing in Swift County between union employees and the county commissioners. So far there's been no agreements reached with any of the unions representing county employees. The county is currently offering a "slight increase" in salaries in...
December 14, 2010 - 12:00am
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
April 22, 2010
Enhanced safety measures at Swift County Courthouse could be in place this month
BENSON -- New security measures will be implemented at Swift County Courthouse in Benson to protect court personnel and the public. The request for safety modifications was made following repeated actions by unnamed individuals who have distributed information that "could be perceived...
April 22, 2010 - 12:00am
April 8, 2010
Swift County sheriff plans to retire before end of term
BENSON -- Swift County Sheriff Scott Mattison is retiring prior to the end of his four-year term.
April 8, 2010 - 12:00am
March 17, 2010
Swift Co. reaches tax settlement with Prairie Correctional Facility
BENSON -- A tentative three-year tax agreement reached with the Corrections Corporation of America will mean lost revenues for Swift County, especially in 2011. Property taxes will likely increase to make up for a decrease in revenue that the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton...
March 17, 2010 - 12:00am
January 8, 2010
Little shock for Swift County over Appleton prison taxes
BENSON -- The upcoming closure of the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton will have financial implications for Swift County. This week the county received notice from prison owner Corrections Corporation of America that it had filed a tax appeal, claiming the property valuations...
January 8, 2010 - 12:00am
December 5, 2009
Swift County buys land in Pope County for gravel
BENSON -- Swift County will spend $430,000 to purchase 160 acres of land that will be mined for gravel and used for county highway projects. In a unanimous vote, commissioners authorized Highway En-gineer Andrew Sander to enter into a purchase agreement with Jorgenson Trust to purchase...
December 5, 2009 - 12:00am
November 7, 2009
Swift County to make repairs to shop in Murdock
BENSON -- A three-year struggle to get a proper heating system working in a Swift County building has been resolved. The commissioners agreed this week to purchase an overhead heater, costing $10,975, and install it at its satellite shop in Murdock. Ever since the building was constructed...
November 7, 2009 - 12:00am
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
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