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"There’s nothing like a robust German festival to kick off the fall!

A large crowd showed up Friday and Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park for an annual Bavarian-style celebration as the community devoured bratwurst, sauerkraut and schnitzel while dancing to polkas, waltzes and the all-time favorite, the chicken dance.

In an environment of lederhosen, dirndls and frothy beers served in Der Biergarten to the sounds of an ompah band, many reminisced of years spent in Munich.

“Oktoberfest got its start in Munich in October 1810 to celebrate the marriage of Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen,” said Cal Downey, who spent seven years in Germany. “The celebrations were repeated in subsequent years and later extended into September to take advantage of warmer weather.”

Check out Dana's report from this weekend's festivities at
The Benson Bobcats had a great varsity baseball team this year. Made it to the state finals in their conference. One of those players that made it such a success was outfielder Antonio Rigney, and he's signed his intent to play for Hastings College in Nebraska.

The Broncos are gaining one of Benson’s best players this year. Antonio had a .574 on-base percentage, and once on base he was a threat, compiling 31 stolen bases. He was solid at the plate with a .458 average, 44 hits, and 13 runs batted in.

I spoke with Broncos head coach Joel Schipper about his new recruit.

"We are extremely excited with the signing of Antonio. He holds all the physical abilities - speed, bat, glove - to have great success at the next level. On top of that he is the ultimate competitor and will do whatever is necessary to help his team win. We could not be happier Antonio is a Bronco!"

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Congrats to 2022 AIA 2A Conference Offensive Baseball Player of the Year, Wyatt Wilharm, of our Benson Bobcats! A .598 batting average this season, with 58 hits, and 50 ribs.
In today's paper I filed a story on Benson's newest business King Music Supply/Five Seventeen.

The new shop has three businesses in one, the music store run by Scott Sr. a tattoo shop run by junior, and Kreps as artist of a custom press-on nail boutique.

“My dad, he’s always wanted me to open a tattoo shop and was willing to fund me, but I wanted him to be a part of it, so I brought up the idea of selling musical supplies,” Scott Jr. said about starting the business. “He liked it, and I’m loving it a lot.”

“We plan to sell Just about anything to do with music.” Scott Sr. said. “We want to carry orchestra instruments of all types, horns, trumpets, guitars, amps, strings, things like that. I want to offer guitar lessons too.”

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