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08
Jul
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Let’s play some ball!

Kyra Gronseth (right), one of the coaches, helps a young girl with a catching drill at a recent Summer Rec morning.

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Wed
01
Jul
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Gymnasts get back in the gym

The Benson Armory has been hosting several gymnastics camps recently.  In the picture above, a young girl gets some help while trying an advanced skill.

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Wed
01
Jul
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Three teams within range going into final week of fishing league

Swift Fishing League was on Lake Minnewaska for week 6 of the season.  It had been raining mostly all day, and rained for the first half hour of fishing time.  After that, the skies started to clear in the west with only a light breeze the rest of the evening.  After the three hours of fishing elapsed, teams measured 2 northerns and 13 walleyes.  Both the largest fish were caught by Butch Hagen; 30.5” northern, and a 21” walleye.  That gave team Big Fish both bonus points for the event.  With a total of 3 walleyes from 14” to 21”, and the 30.5” northern, Big Fish took the win for the evening with 16 points.  Jigginknots took second place with 10 points from a pair of walleyes 18.75” and 20.5”.  Third place went to Hot Shots with 3 walleyes from 15.75”-16.5” worth 9 points.

Wed
24
Jun
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Sheepshead Slayers has big night . . . Top three teams separated by four points with two lakes to go

Artichoke Lake was the chosen spot for week 5 of the Swift Fishing League.  It was a nice evening, with a decent breeze for a change from the high winds we’ve been seeing lately.  Surface water temperature was 71 degrees.  Of the 10 boats that competed that night, there was one northern and 14 walleyes measured.  The northern caught by team Reanglers made the state minimum length by half an inch at 26.5”.  That was good enough for 3 points plus a bonus point for largest northern.  The largest walleye was 23.25” caught by Rob Lee of Sheepshead Slayers.  That was worth 6 points plus the bonus point for largest walleye.  Sheepshead Slayers measured the league limit of 6 fish that evening, all walleyes ranging from 23.25”-14.25”.  That netted them 21 points and the win for the event.  Second place with 11 points was Motorboaters with a bag of 3 walleyes from 20.5”-14.25”, while third place went to Quarter After with a bag of 2 walleyes 22” and 19.25”, worth 10 points.

Wed
24
Jun
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Benson earns Stingers’ “Share the Glove” $2,000 grant award

Benson Community Education was awarded a $2,000 Willmar Stingers “Share the Glove” grant award.  The Willmar Stingers play baseball in the Northwoods League and the Northwoods League Foundation is a charitable organization that serves as a vehicle o transform a shared passion for baseball into positive change and support for communities.

The mission of the Northwoods League Foundation is” to utilize the game of baseball to enrich the quality of life for children and families with an enduring and caring focus on Northwards League communities.”.  The Foundation awarded 22 equipment grants, each with an approximate retail value of $2,000 to youth baseball and softball organization across the 22 communities in which Northwoods League affiliate currently operations.

Wed
17
Jun
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BHS grad creates art for park

Ambush Park in Benson has a new attraction thanks to 2019 BHS graduate Jonas Habben.  Jonas, the son of Kentt and Emily Habben of Benson, recently completed his first year of college at Gustavus Adolphus in St. Peter.

As part of his first year at college, he took a Public Art class with artist-in-residence Jacob Stanley and one of the assignments was an art piece with a world theme.  Students at Gustavus, just like most colleges and high schools in the nation, went to e-learning from mid-March on so Habben was in Benson during the final semester working on his project...

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Wed
17
Jun
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All eyes on the ball.

The first day of Summer Rec baseball and softball took place Monday at the Northside Rec Area with Mark Grussing supervising the baseball and Barb Schwarz supervising softball.

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Wed
10
Jun
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Ambush Park; a hidden gem in Benson

Ambush Park in Benson is one of the most scenic places around the City of Benson.  Camping has opened up at Ambush Park, but there’s still plenty of room at the park for walking, enjoying nature, playing mini golf, having a picnic, and much more.

Wed
10
Jun
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BHS graduate runs virtual half-marathon due to COVID

We all have our stories of how the COVID-19 shutdown affected our lives, Katelyn Tolifson, a 2019 graduate of Benson High School, has her own.  Katelyn was set to run in the Fargo (ND) Half Marathon, May 9, but because of the COVID-19 shutdown, the actual race was called off.  Most runners had pre-registered and because there were no refunds, the runners were left with two choices.

“The runners had two options; to either run on the new race date of Aug. 29 or run in a ‘virtual race’,” Katelyn said.  “If you chose to run in the virtual race, the committee sent you a bib, a sweatshirt, and your medal.  I decided to stick with my original plan and run the virtual race May 9 since I had already been training and there were no refunds.”

Wed
10
Jun
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Community Ed trying to go ahead with limited schedule

Community Education in Benson is set to open up the summer with summer baseball and summer softball, but many of the other activities have been canceled, or are still on hold and under consideration for this summer.

The Community Education/District Newsletter will not be published this spring/summer.  Information concerning summer rec activities will be posted on the Community Education Facebook page and on the Community Education page on the school district website as information becomes available. 

A list of summer offerings from the Community Ed classes can also be found in this week’s Monitor-News.

“As of right now, we have planned a softball and baseball summer program and an older girls gymnastics camp,” Community Ed Director Shelly Vergin said.  “There’s are also open gym opportunities for high school volleyball and girls basketball, a speed and strength training class, and several other opportunities...”

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