Benson to annex Heartland Girls’ Ranch property

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Benson’s City Council moved to annex the Heartland Girls’ Ranch northeast of the city Monday night. The annexation includes the ranch’s buildings and land on the 83.44-acre site.

The annexation was requested by Heartland through a petition to the city. Heartland Girls’ Ranch is currently in Torning Township. At its meeting Monday night, the township board also approved the annexation.

It is a not-for-profit operation and currently does not pay property taxes to the township, so that it loses nothing and the city gains nothing financially with the annexation, City Manager Rob Wolfington said. The annexation is not being contested, he added.

While the land surrounds the St. Francis Catholic Cemetery on three sides, the annexation does not include the cemetery....

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