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Fri
19
Dec
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CNH plans to leave Civic Center, city has options

CNH has given the City of Benson notice that it will be vacating the space it has leased for the past 11 years in the north one-third of the Civic Center.
That lease has provided $26,000 in revenue annually that has been used to improve the south portion of the building that houses the indoor skating rink that is primarily used for the Benson Public Schools hockey program. Over the years, the funds have helped build locker rooms and a heated viewing area as well as pay for ongoing repairs.
Last February, the council approved the Civic Center board moving ahead with improvements to the facility that could total between $245,000 and $370,000. It was expected that the lease payment along with the $4,022 in real estate taxes paid by CNH would help pay for the improvements. The city has been forwarding those tax payments to the Civic Center.

Wed
10
Dec
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Pee Wees win

The Morris-Benson Area Pee Wees won the championship at a 7-team tournament at Brookings, SD this past weekend.  Other teams in the tourney included Sioux City, IA; and five South Dakota teams; Brookings, Sioux Falls, Rushmore, MItchell, and Watertown.  Members of the team are (in no particular order) Brady Backman, Hunter Blume, Brett Hanson, Brady DeHaan, Mason Austvold, Brady Loge, Tim Blume, Zander Hoffman, Reece Kuseske, Payton LeClair, Leah Thompson, and Libbey Pendill.  Coaches are Ryan Loge, Greg Blume, Tom Hoffman, and Aaron Goff.  Submitted photo.

Wed
10
Dec
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Gymnasts place second at Morris Invitational

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team scored 123.975 points during a season-opening win at Marshall, Thursday night.  Benson-KMS also scored above 120 points in 10 of 13 meets last year, but lost three key gymnasts from last year’s team.
MiKaylie Hagen led the Fighting Braves with a 32.35 first-place all-around total that also included first on the vault (8.75) and uneven bars (7.55).  In addition, Sophie Ascheman won the balance beam for Benson-KMS (8.1), and ninth-grader Halle Hanson won the floor exercise (8.45).
Later in the week, the Fighting Braves competed at the Morris Area Invitational where Benson-KMS finished second behind Detroit Lakes, and Hagen was second in the all-around with a score of 33.475.

Wed
10
Dec
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Spring wild turkey hunters can apply for permits through Jan. 9

People can apply for early season spring wild turkey hunting permits now through Friday, Jan. 9, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
The spring season, which runs from April 15 to May 28, is divided into eight time periods. Only people age 18 and older who want to hunt during the first three time periods (A-C) need to apply for a spring turkey permit. Permits for the remaining time periods (D-H) can be purchased over-the-counter.
Permits for the last five time periods and youth licenses for any time period are sold over-the-counter starting March 1. Surplus adult licenses from the first three time periods, if available, are sold starting around mid-March.

Thu
04
Dec
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After first-half tie, YME pulls away in second half

The Benson boys basketball team fell for the first time last Tuesday night with an 85-75 loss at Yellow Medicine East.  The Braves had started the season off with a pair of wins over Hancock (73-58) and KMS (67-27) and are now 2-1 heading into the Thanksgiving break.
The team kicked off the season with a pair of non-conference wins last week.   The Braves, coming off a 12-15 season from a year ago, beat Hancock to open up the season, Thursday night, 73-58, and then routed KMS one night later, 67-27.
Benson went 8-8 in the WCC South last year to place third, losing a key game to YME late in the season to miss out on a chance for the conference title.
Next up for Benson is a game at Ortonville, Tuesday, Dec. 2, followed by a game at BOLD, Friday, Dec. 5, and a game at Melrose, Tuesday, Dec. 9.

Thu
04
Dec
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Saints win Melrose wrestling Invitational

The KMS wrestling team opened up the  season with the team title at the 8-team Melrose Invitational.  The Saints had six firsts and three seconds on the way to the team title by 47.5 points over runner-up Osakis.  
The Saints, who finished 14-4 overall last year, were ranked 12th in the early-season Class A poll.  In addition, Zach Carlson, who has lost just one match in each of the last two seasons, is ranked first at 170 pounds in the state.
Next up is a triangular at Willmar, Tuesday (yesterday) followed by the Willmar Invitational, Friday.

Wed
22
Oct
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Youth compete in 4-H Horse Show

This year’s State 4-H Horse Show participants from Swift County included Halle Walsh, Matthew Wieber, Jordan Erickson, Larissa Overlie, Codi Payne, Thomas Saterbak and Kali Geyer.  Jessica Goff qualified in three areas, but was unable to attend due to a conflict.  Youth who participate in the Minnesota 4-H Horse Project learn about show, trail or endurance riding; test their horse knowledge at quiz bowls or on judging teams, and study horse science.  
In addition, there is a horse training project designed to help the advanced rider train an untrained horse through a five-step process.  Jessica Goff and Jordan Erickson are currently in the horse training process.  In 2014, Halle Walsh placed in Hunt Seat Equitation and Larissa Overlie placed in Pole Weaving.  Codi Payne carried the new Horse Flag during the Grand Entrance program.  

Wed
22
Oct
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Five cross-country athletes earn All-WCC

Five members of the Benson-KMS cross-country teams earned All-Conference at the WCC Cross-Country Meet last Tuesday night at Sauk Centre.
The boys team finished second behind Montevideo, while the girls team had only three runners so did not field a complete team in a meet won by Morris Area by two points over Montevideo.
Earning All-Conference for the Fighting Braves were Josh Bailey (third place), Jacob Webster (fifth) and Taner Gimberlin (11th) in the boys meet, and Ashley Just (fourth) and Jessica Goff (12th) in the girls race.
“We were very pleased with the results,” co-coach CeCe Terlouw said.  “The boys have practiced and worked on running as a pack, which they did for the majority of the race, and it was a beautiful sight.”
Next up for the cross-country teams is the Section 6A Boys and Girls Cross-country Meet, set for Thursday (tomorrow) at NLS.  The State Meet is set for Saturday, Nov. 1 at St. Olaf College.

Wed
24
Sep
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Benson football team drops to 0-4 with 32-22 loss

Benson and ACGC combined for one touchdown in the first half of their game Friday night at Grove City before the teams combined for seven touchdowns in a wild second half that ended in a 32-22 victory for the Falcons over the Braves in a WCC football battle.
ACGC led 19-0 and 32-8, but both times, Benson battled back to make things interesting.  The final touchdown came with 5:17 left in the game on a 65-yard pass play from Aaron Ahrndt to Josh Manzke.  However, when Benson failed to convert the two-point run, ACGC’s lead was still more than one touchdown, and the Falcons were able to pick up three more first downs and run out the final five minutes of the clock.
Benson fell to 0-4 with the loss and is set to host Morris Area-CA at 7 p.m., Friday for the annual Homecoming game.   Morris Area opened up the season with two losses, but has defeated YME and Sauk Centre the last two weeks.

Wed
24
Sep
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Girls tennis team falls to Melrose in close match

The Benson-KMS girls tennis team had a 3-1 week last week, beating West Central Area, Lac qui Parle-DB, and Montevideo by identical 5-2 scores before falling to Melrose Area by the same score, Friday in Benson.  
That wasn’t it for the team though, as the Braves also competed at the Litchfield Invitational, Saturday.
This week, the Braves are set to host Yellow Medicine East, Tuesday (yesterday) and play at Sauk Centre, Thursday (tomorrow) before taking part in the WCC Individual Tournament, Saturday at Montevideo.
Coming up is the Section 6A Team Tournament, set for Oct. 7, 9, and 10.  Right now, it appears Benson would be seeded fourth or fifth, depending upon its match with Sauk Centre this week, while Osakis, Minnewaska Area, and Melrose would be seeded in the first three spots.
Benson 5, West Central 2

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