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SWIFT COUNTY

Storms that swept across South Dakota and western and central Minnesota on Thursday night brought damaging winds that downed trees and power lines and destroyed buildings.
A 49-year-old Benson man was northbound Thursday on Minnesota Highway 29 when his motorcycle left the road and entered the ditch.
An Ortonville truck driver died in a single-vehicle crash in Swift County on Saturday evening, according to a report from the Minnesota State Patrol.
A memorial in St. Malachy Cemetery in Clontarf, Minnesota, lists the names of 14 Indigenous students who died in the late 1800s while attending the St. Paul Diocese Industrial School of Clontarf. There may have been more students who died at the school.

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Jason Plourde, a priest with the Asatru Folk Assembly, sought a harassment restraining order against Victoria Guillemard, who helped organize the Murdock Area Alliance Against Hate. The judge found that Guillemard was exercising her rights to speak about a public concern, and had not targeted or harassed Plourde.
The Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company began operations 25 years ago as among the first ethanol plants in Minnesota. It was launched as a pioneer of the Minnesota model: A farmer-owned cooperative producing value added earnings for corn growers.
There's tension in Murdock following the City Council decision to award a conditional use permit to the Asatru Folk Assembly for the use of a former Lutheran church as its gathering hall. The Murdock Alliance Against Hate opposed the conditional use permit, but will now focus on telling the Asatru Folk Assembly it is not welcome while also working to unite the community against racism, said its organizer.
Businesses tell U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar the first federal COVID-19 relief package helped but that needs continue. A Benson business owner used the opportunity of having the senator's ear to urge support for rural health care as well.
The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that was reported just before 11 p.m. Friday.
APPLETON, Minn. — Opposition is forming to stop a bid by CoreCivic to open a portion of its former Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton as a detention center for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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BENSON, Minn. — A motorcycle passenger died and two people were injured in a weekend crash involving two motorcycles on a Swift County highway.
FARGO — North Dakota and Minnesota gas prices have dropped sharply, after sitting at their highest rates since 2014.
HANCOCK, Minn. - The driver of the Hancock Public School van that collided with a semi Monday afternoon at the intersection of a gravel and paved county road in far western Minnesota allegedly did not yield to the oncoming semi, officials said.

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