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The Terror of Others

by Hege Herfindahl

The Terror of Others

Globally, it seems 2015 is off to a frightening beginning with terror and mass murder. Last week, I wrote about how we all felt outrage and sorrow over the murder of people whose only crime was their opinions. At the same time, terror reigned in Nigeria, where innocents were murdered by the thousands. A ten year old girl, was strapped to a suicide vest, entered a crowded market place in
Nigeria and killed at least 20 people. In Pakistan, terrorists attacked a school, killing 145 children.

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Benson’s first schoolhouse needs repairs

by Reed Anfinson, Editor
Though $40,000 was budgeted last year for repair and upgrade of the historic school building that sits in Ambush Park, not all members of the Benson City Council are sure it is a wise expenditure.
The alternative is eventually hauling it away and then burning it down.

Benson’s first schoolhouse has traveled around since it was built in 1871 on the site of today’s Swift County Courthouse. After being used for eight years, it was replaced in 1879 with a new brick building, according to a history of the building written by Benson resident the late Howard W. Peterson. No longer needed, the school was sold to the Conference Congregation and put to use as a church. But when its size no longer met the needs of the congregation, it was sold to the parishioners of Six Mile Grove Township and moved several miles southwest of Benson.

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