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Thu
08
Jan
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KMS wrestlers win another team title at BBE Tourney

The KMS wrestling team earned three individual titles on the way to winning its fourth tournament title of the season, Friday at the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Holiday Tourney.
The Saints totaled 166 points to beat BBE for first place by 22 points.
Winning titles for KMS were Jordan Engler at 152 pounds, Zach Carlson at 170, and Karter VanHeuveln at 195, while three others were second, three were third, and two were fourth.
This week, the Saints were set to wrestle at Wabasso, Tuesday (yesterday) before competing in the Osakis Tourney, Friday.  Also coming up is the KMS Tournament, Friday, Jan. 16.
 

Thu
08
Jan
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Benson wrestlers win team title at Braves Classic

The Benson wrestling team captured the team title at the Braves Wrestling Classic, Saturday, winning seven of the 14 individual titles in the process.
The Braves, who are 4-3 in dual meets, had 252.5 points to win first place by over 100 points over runner-up Fergus Falls (147.5), while Ortonville was third with 132.5 points, Minnewaska Area was fourth with 121, and Mahnomen-Waubun was fifth with 76 points.
Winning titles for Benson were Wyatt McGee at 120 pounds, Chase Young at 138, Grant Ascheman at 145, Matt Wieber at 182, Trevor Berreau at 195, Tyler Smith at 220, and Dakota Watkins at 285 pounds.
“It was a great team effort,” Benson head coach Randy Weber said.  “We thought if we wrestled well, we had a chance to win, and the guys really stepped up with great effort.

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.

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