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City of Benson

Benson is a community rich in recreational fun and festivals. It also is the home of Norwegian-born author Martha Ostenso, whose best-known story “Wild Geese,” written in only six weeks and published in 1925, was made into a TV film called “After The Harvest” in 2001. While living in the U.S., she continued to publish novels and wrote a number of screenplays.

Families can enjoy the water park featuring its 30-foot-tall, 168-foot-long water slide. Other recreational activities include the 18-hole golf course, and camping in Ambush Park with its hiking, picnic shelters, native plant and wildlife exhibits, and historic schoolhouse. There’s even a convenient access and canoe landing on the Chippewa River.

Popular festivals include the Kid Day Celebration created back in the Depression by local Benson businesses. Other festivals include the Ranch Rodeo, Antique car show, Pioneerland Band Festival, Fall Craft Fair and much more. Winter activities include snowmobiling, hockey and even an indoor roller skating rink.

The Swift County Historical Museum in Benson showcases the area’s rich history and culture featuring displays depicting pioneering life in Swift County, including an authentic log cabin on display within the museum. Be sure to visit the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, designed by E. L. Marqueray, the very same architect who designed the Cathedral in Saint Paul.

Not far from Benson are the historic sites of the Christian F. Uytendale Farmstead and the Sabin S. Murdock House (in Murdock). Several industries in Benson are on the cutting edge of 21st Century manufacturing. Chippewa Valley Ethanol Co (Shaker’s Vodka & E85), Fibrominn, Future Products, Custom Roto Mold, Inc., and Case IH all claim Benson as their home.

Ambush Park
Benson's Aquatic Center
Benson Golf Club


The City of Benson

Address: 1410 Kansas Ave. Benson, MN 56215
Phone: (320) 843-4775
Fax: 320.842.7151