From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "...is a city in Swift County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 164 at the 2010 census.
The name of the town is from a town and watering place in a suburb of Dublin, Ireland. The name was chosen by Bishop Ireland and, early in its settlement, was mostly populated by Irish..."
"The Pioneerland Band Festival parade is held annually on June 14 in celebration of Flag Day. The early June date serves as a traditional kickoff for many bands competing in the active summer parade circuit across Minnesota. In 2009 the event celebrates its 22nd anniversary.
Benson's 22nd Annual Pioneerland Band Festival will feature fifteen of Minnesota's finest high school bands competing for cash prizes beginning at 6:30 PM on Sunday, June 14. The parade route begins along Highway 12 west, then turns north on 14th Street and ends at the high school. The judges stand is located on 14th Street next to the Benson Armory near Wisconsin Avenue." Pioneerland Band Fest
Mi Mexico is a family-owned, family restaurant in Benson, MN. We serve delectable, freshly prepared dishes that will surely satisfy your Mexican food cravings...
"The City of Benson, county seat for Swift County, is located in West-Central Minnesota with a population of 3,390. Benson is approximately 130 miles west of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area, 30 miles west of Willmar and 22 miles east of Morris. Highways 12, 29 and 9 all travel through Benson. It is a great place to live, work and raise a family! Come visit for a week-end or a week. You may decide to stay for the rest of your life."
'is a city in Swift County, Minnesota, United States, along the Chippewa River. The population was 3,376 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Swift County[3
Benson is the home of the United States' first biomass powerplant, Fibrominn which opened in 2007.
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Benson is the hometown of Shakers vodka, which is produced at CVEC.
Yahoo Mountain Dew (original version of Pepsi's Mtn Dew) originally from Benson."
" is home to a total of 24 lakes, arranged alphabetically in the list below. If you are considering fishing in Swift County, Minnesota, get more information by clicking on any lake in the list below. Help others by telling us what you know about these county lakes..."
"... was organized on February 18, 1870 and was named in honor of Henry Swift, Governor of Minnesota in 1863. It is located in the west central part of the State and consists of 757 square miles with 3 tiers of 7 townships each.
Three citizens, C.E. Foster, A.W. Lathrop and Iver Knudson, were selected to serve on the first Board of Commissioners. These men did not realize, perhaps, the big task which would confront the Board in the future administration of the large area. Though the population numbered less than 1,000 and these widely scattered, a beginning had to be made. With people crowding into the County, it was their problem to see that the various territorial divisions had adequate representation on the Board, and efficient local governments; that school districts were equitably carved out and the work well supervised; that funds were provided for the many activities which soon became a part of the normal function of the County offices.
At their initial session the Commissioners attacked the first problem. The County was divided into Commissioner districts. The first district was organized into the town of Fairfield and included the west end of the County, the town of Camp Lake including the east end, and the town of Benson supervision over the central townships."
"...was founded in November, 1929. Its mission is to discover and collect any materials which may help to establish or illustrate the history of Swift County, preserve the materials, and to disseminate the information gathered from these materials to the general public through museum exhibits & archives, programs, tours, publications, and historical markers.
The Swift County Historical Society operates a history museum and research library located at 2135 Minnesota Avenue in Benson, MN. The museum & research library are open year round from 10am to 4:30pm Tuesday – Friday and 10am to 3pm on Saturday. Closed Sundays, Mondays, holidays and holiday weekends. There is no admission fee to tour the museum – donations are encouraged.
The Swift County Historical Society is a non-profit organization which relies on funding from membership fees and donations."
"The Indians had real grievances against the government including delays in sending annuities which caused near starvation several times. In August, 1862, an Indian rebellion broke out in Minnesota. The warfare reached the settlements just getting started in the northeastern part of Swift County. By the latter part of September, 1862, the Indian War was almost over but the settlers hesitated to venture back to the prairie country of Swift County until 1865 when all danger was apparently over. Scandinavians and Germans were in decided majority among the early settlers. A number of them came with the honor and privileges of Civil War veterans.
In 1869, the St. Paul & Pacific railroad had reached Willmar and the following year it arrived in Benson. The railroad company determined the number of future trading centers (Kerkhoven, DeGraff, Benson, Randall) in the county by locating sites at intervals of approximately eight miles."