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Jerome Martin Koosman (born December 23, 1942 in Appleton, MN) is an American former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball as a pitcher for the New York Mets, Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies between 1967 and 1985. He is best known for being a member of the Miracle Mets team that won the 1969 World Series.

Lifelong Learning

If you’re looking for a quality education, you couldn’t come to a better place.  Minnesota’s progressive stance on education has provided the foundation for our state’s strong economy and high quality of life. Today, Minnesota high school students consistently outperform the national average on the ACT test, and 2012 marks the seventh consecutive year Minnesota students have led the nation in average composite score on the college entrance exam.

Our Districts

Swift County students average a graduation rate well above the state rate of 76.9%, but a Swift County education offers more than just stellar academics. From award winning marching bands and state champion football teams, to dance teams and theatrical performances, BPA (Business Professionals of America), FFA (Future Farmers of America), YES (Youth Energy Summit), and many more.  Swift County schools provide the activities and amenities to rival metro schools, but in a small town environment that cares.

Swift County School Districts
(grade span in Swift County)
per student 
4 Year Graduates
4 Year Graduation Rate
Benson Public Schools (PK-12) 908 14 $9,827.00 92 85.20%
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (PK-12) 575 13 $10,024.00 48 88.90%
Lac Qui Parle Valley  (PK-4) 800 15 $11,296.00 82 93.20%


Higher Education at Your Doorstep

Nearly half of our residents have attended at least some college, many of them at one of our regions many institutions of higher learning within a convenient drive of Swift County.  These include one University of Minnesota campus, three MNSCU campuses: 1 four-year college and three technical and community colleges.

University/College Enrollment Curriculum
AlexandriaTechnical College 3647 Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, diplomas, certificates. More than 50 technical programs including a Member of theMinnesotaCenterfor Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence.
Minnesota West Community and Technical College 4452 Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, diplomas, certificates. Unique programs in Renewable Energy, Biofuel, Wind Energy Technology and Robotics.
Ridgewater College 5615 Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, diplomas, certificates. Member of theHealthforceMinnesotaCenterfor Excellence. Largest programs include Liberal arts, health, agriculture and management, business, veterinary technology
University of Minnesota, Morris 2343 True to its liberal arts mission, students choose from 34 majors and minors and eight pre-professional programs in Education, the Humanities, Science and Mathematics, and the Social Sciences.