April 2021

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McGeary, Kelley, Andrews earn WCC honors for Benson-KMS gymnasts

Libby McGeary earned All-Conference and MVP honors for the Benson-KMS gymnastics team this winter.

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team had a very memorable year in 2020-21.  The team not only christened its new home, the Benson Athletic Center, but the program finished the season with the first-ever state gold medal when sophomore Libby McGeary won the Class A balance beam title at the State Gymnastics Meet.
McGeary, competing in the all-around at the State Gymnastics Meet at Champlin Park, scored a 9.6 on the balance beam to place first in the Class A Gymnastics Meet.
Last year, McGeary qualified to the state meet in the all-around, placing 19th overall in the State Class A competition.
This year, McGeary went on to place 13th overall in the all-around (36.15) in the Class A Meet while also placing 26th on the floor exercise (9.0), 32nd on the uneven bars (8.575), and 37th on the vault (8.975).

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Benson studying how to bring workers here to fill job vacancies

By Reed Anfinson

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Publisher’s Note: This is the second of a series of stories about the discussions on the future growth opportunities and challenges of the area.

 

Rural Minnesota faces multiple challenges now that will only get worse in the years to come. It has hundreds of businesses that are desperate for workers, but they struggle to attract new employees from other regions or large cities.

Too often, employees are simply shifting around in rural Minnesota.

Looming like a threatening storm on the horizon is impact of the retirement of the Baby Boom generation from the workforce in rural Minnesota.

Benson is not by any means alone in trying to solve the problems of attracting workers to a rural small town. There are over 19,495 incorporated cities in the United States, with 76 percent – 14,768 – having fewer than 5,000 people, according to the U.S. Census.

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Benson youth shines as advertising model

Lights, camera, fashion! Benson boy shines as a model

By Katherine Moore

Nathan Munsterman,15, of Benson, sits in front of the camera. He poses, he smiles, he struts. In the past year he has been stepping from everyday life of the rural Midwest into the world of modeling. But he doesn’t have the typical model origin story.

Nathan was born with Down Syndrome, a condition which causes someone to have an extra chromosome. Down Syndrome makes it difficult to communicate and interact with everyday life. Often, adults with intellectual disabilities have a hard time finding work. When it came time for the students at Nathan’s high school to talk about careers, he and his family were feeling uncertain about where to go, but they decided to pursue something they knew Nathan had strengths and interest in.

“He’s always loved the camera and the camera seems to love him back,” said Wendy Munsterman, Nathan’s mother.

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Benson council rejects Armory demolition bids

By Reed Anfinson

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Demolition bids for the Benson Armory were rejected Monday night by the city council and a blue ribbon committee created to explore its potential future uses over the next three months.

The committee would also develop estimates on what the costs would be to make the building ready for use, report to the council monthly on the progress of its meetings, and then present its full report at the end of the three months.

Council Members Jack Evenson and Lucas Olson will serve on the committee along with four citizens appointed by the council. A city staff member is to be appointed to assist the committee and Director of Finance Glen Pederson will be an ex officio member of the body.

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