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NEWSPAPER                                COMMUNITY EDUCATION                          09/02/2020

     Registration for Classes - For more information on classes and trips, or to register, call the Community Education office – (320) 843-4545.  Register on-line by visiting the Benson Public Schools website, www.benson.k12.mn.us, clicking on the Online Payments box in the left column, and then clicking the Community Education button.                                                                                                                                                                       * * * * *

     Benson Community Education Email Updates – Be the first to know “what’s what” in Benson Community Education.  Sign up to receive a monthly email with updates of programs, events and classes being offered through Benson Schools and Benson Community Education!  We will be cutting back to 3 newsletter issues each year (spring/summer, fall and winter). To keep people in the know, we will be doing a monthly email update from Community Ed with programs, events and classes. If you'd like to be included in this email, please register here:  https://mailchi.mp/3043f0cb34aa/bensoncommunityeducation.  The link to register for the email updates is also on the Community Ed Facebook page.                                                                                                                       * * * * * 

      Benson Community Education and District Newsletter – The Benson Community Education and District newsletter will not be printed and mailed out this fall.  The newsletter is available online on the district website.  Check it out for important information about the 2020-2021 school year and upcoming events.

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      Community Education Fall Programming – Community Education fall programming is on hold at this time.  Information concerning Community Education activities will be posted on the Community Education Facebook page and on the Community Education page on the school district website as information becomes available.  We will continue to follow CDC safety guidelines.  

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     Tae Kwon Do – Benson Community Education is excited to partner with Master Marc Nokleby in offering Tae Kwon Do as one of our programs.  Unfortunately, due to COVID, we are currently unable to offer this at Northside Elementary as we had planned due to the no visitor policy during this time.  We are currently looking for an alternate location and will share with you once we are either able to find another location or have been given the clearance to hold in our school.  Any questions?  Feel free to contact Master Nokleby at mnokleby@leestkd.com.

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     October 2020 Craft Fair - Cancelled – Our October 2020 Craft Fair is cancelled.  This is the first time in 28 years that we have not hosted the Craft Fair but we feel with the current COVID situation, this is the safest course for our community, our visitors, and our vendors. 

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     Jazz -n- Pizzazz - Due to COVID-19, the dance program will not have registration in September.  Although this is not a Minnesota State High School League sanctioned event, we will follow their guidance when making a decision on our dance program.  When the MSHSL makes a decision for winter activities, we will make our decision on our dance program. 

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     Cinderella @ Chanhassen Dinner Theatre - Postponed – For the first time ever on Chanhassen’s Main Stage, see Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella!  This magical Tony Award-winning musical is the treasured story you know and love.  Ella acts as a servant for her austere stepmother and stepsisters.  Covered in dirt and cinders, Ella’s bright imagination takes her on the most daring adventures.  By sheer chance, Ella and Prince Topher meet in the town square and the spark of romance is instantaneous.  When it is announced that the prince is throwing a ball, Ella’s selfish stepmother and stepsisters leave her behind.  But with the help of a fairy godmother, glass slippers and a little bit of magic – Ella is on her way.  However, her fairy godmother’s magic dissipates when the clock strikes twelve.  Ella hurries away, left only with memories of a splendid night.  With the help of an unexpected ally, a determined prince and a purposefully planted shoe, Ella might just turn impossible dreams into possible realities!  Witness the magic of impossible!  Cost is $88.00 which includes chartered bus, dinner and reserved ticket.   Chartered bus will leave Benson High School at 8:30 a.m., dinner at 11:00 a.m., show at 1:00 p.m., and return to Benson at approximately 5:30 p.m.  We received an email from Chanhassen Dinner Theatre that they are suspending all performances through October 10, the date of our trip.  We are working with them to schedule another date.  Register online or by calling Benson Community Education at 320-843-4545.

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       First Aid and CPR – We are partnering with the Swift County-Benson Health Services for Heartsaver CPR/AED/First Aid.  This is a classroom, video-based, instructor led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage a first aid, choking or sudden cardiac arrest emergency.  Upon successful course completion, you will receive an American Heart Association course completion card that is valid for 2 years.  Cost for a single class (CPR or First Aid) is $30 or both classes for $40.  The book is an additional $10 if you want to purchase it.  Class dates to be determined.  Call Benson Community Education at 320-843-4545 for more information.

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      Adult Basic Education (ABE) – The mission of Adult Basic Education (ABE) in Minnesota is to provide adults with educational opportunities to acquire and improve their literacy skills necessary to become self-sufficient and to participate effectively as productive workers, family members and citizens.  To be eligible for ABE, an individual must be 17 or over, not enrolled in secondary school and functioning below the 12th grade level in any of the basic academic areas including reading, math, writing and speaking English.  In-person classes are on hold due to COVID.  Online opportunities are being looked at.  Contact Benson Community Education at 320-843-4545 for more information.

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      Discovery Kids –Discovery Kids offers extended learning care from 5:30 am-5:30 pm Monday through Friday for children ages 6 weeks through 6th grade.  We are located in the new Early Childhood Center at Northside Elementary School.  Our mission is to provide child care in a positive environment to encourage healthy growth and development in children.  Infants, toddlers, pre-school and school-age kids will all be in separate rooms.  Preschool and school-aged children will be bussed by Benson Public Schools to and from Summer Rec activities.  A staff member will drive, or will accompany, students on the bus.  Discovery Kids will provide one meal and two snacks for a child who is in attendance at the time of serving.  We are accepting registrations for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children.  The registration form and handbook are available on the school website.  Discovery Kids direct dial phone number is 320-842-2723.

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      Senior Defensive Driving Classes – Defensive Driving classes are offered to people 55 years of age and over to review and discuss courteous driving and the rules of the road.  If you are 55 years of age and older, you receive 10% off your auto insurance for three years, after completing the eight-hour class.  You must repeat the class every three years and can do this with the four-hour refresher class.  In-person classes are on hold due to COVID-19.  However, we do have the opportunity to offer a virtual Defensive Driving class.  If you are due to take you refresher and have a computer and internet access, please contact Benson Community Education at 320-843-4545.  If there is enough interest, we will offer a virtual class! 

     
Effective January 1, 2021, the Minnesota Safety Council has made the decision to eliminate onsite 8-hour defensive driving courses due to the incredible increase in online defensive driving training for first time participants.  The initial eight-hour class is available online through the MN Safety Council.  Both the on-site and online classes are produced by the MN Safety Council. 

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        Driver’s Education Classes – This class fulfills the mandatory 30 hours of classroom instruction.  Classroom work can be done prior to being 15 years of age but the students must be 15 years of age to take the permit test.  After passing the permit test, arrangements for Behind the Wheel will be made.  The 16-year old student may take the road test after the required six months of practice driving (which will include the six hours of Behind the Wheel training).  Fee is $300 for classroom instruction and behind the wheel.  A deposit of $105 is needed to attend the class.  Our next class is tentatively slated for the fall.  The fall class is dependent on COVID-19 at that time.  Call Community Education at 320-843-4545 for more information or to get your name added to our contact list. 

      The MN Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division (DPS-DVS) is discontinuing class D knowledge tests on a first-come-first-served basis and will require appointments beginning Monday, July 13.  You will need to book appointments online at drive.mn.gov.  DVS exam stations will not accept walk-ins for class D knowledge tests (written permit test); an appointment will be required.  Willmar is one of the 14 regional DVS exam stations.

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      New Program Ideas Wanted – Community Education is always looking for adults to share their talents, skills, expertise, hobbies and career experiences with students of all ages!  A teaching degree is not necessary.  Classes are flexible because they are built around the needs of the people involved.  Call Shelly at 843-4545 if you would like to teach a class or if you have an innovative idea for a class or activity.  We welcome your ideas!!

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      Help Wanted – Summer Rec & Aquatics Jobs – Benson Community Ed is now accepting applications for a variety of summer positions:  baseball/softball coaches, baseball/softball umps, field maintenance, crossing guard, pool lifeguards, and swim lesson instructors.  Applicants should be highly motivated and interested in working with youth and adults.  Applications are available online or in the Community Ed office.  Application deadline: Friday, April 5.

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      Lifeguarding Today – This class is for those wishing to become a lifeguard.  Must by 15 years old, be able to swim 500 yards, tread water for 1 minute without using hand and dive to 9’ and bring a diving brick to surface.  Dates to be determined.  Contact Community Ed at 320-843-4545 if you’re interested.

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      Water Safety Instructor – Those who earn their certificate will be able to teach Red Cross swimming lessons.  Must be 16 years old by the last day of class.  Must successfully complete the pre-course online session consisting of swimming skills and knowledge and attend all classes.  Dates to be determined.  Contact Community Ed at 320-843-4545 if you’re interested.

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     Jazz-N-Pizzazz Dance Recital – Dancers of Jazz-n-Pizzazz are gearing up for this year’s dance recital – “We Got The Beat.”  There will be four performances: Saturday, April 13 (Pre-K through grade 4) – 10:30 a.m.; Saturday, April 13 - grades 5-12 will perform at 2:00 p.m., followed by an intermission and then Pre-K through grade 4 will perform at 4:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 13 (grades 5-12) – 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, April 14 (Pre-K through grade 12) – 1:30 p.m.  Performances will be held in the Senior High Gym.  All seating is general admission.

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      Jazz-n-Pizzazz Ticket Sales –Advance sale tickets will be available at the Benson Community Education Office (located in the senior high school) starting Monday, April 1 during office hours (8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.)  Ticket prices are $5.00.  Tickets are required for everyone attending the performances. 

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      First Aid and CPR – We are partnering with the Swift County-Benson Health Services for Heartsaver CPR/AED/First Aid.  This is a classroom, video-based, instructor led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage a first aid, choking or sudden cardiac arrest emergency.  Upon successful course completion, you will receive an American Heart Association course completion card that is valid for 2 years.  The next course is tentatively scheduled for April 2019.  Call Benson Community Education at 320-843-4545 to register.

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     Sunday Open Gym – Open Gym is from 1:00 – 3:30 pm in the senior high gym.  Participants should bring their own basketball.  To keep the gym floor clean and dry, please carry in your basketball/tennis shoes.  Use the main entrance in the high school circle drive (Door #1).  Last year, we had many wonderful businesses and individuals that sponsored Open Gym to keep it free.  The last day of Open Gym is Sunday, March 31st.

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     Summer Softball and Baseball – Be watching for forms going home with students in April for registration information for summer ball traveling leagues.  Chippewa Valley Girls League is a Modified Pitch Softball for girls currently in grades 4-6.  West Central League Baseball is for boys currently in grades 3-6.

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     Mama Mia @ Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, Saturday, September 28 – One mom. One daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget!  ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.  The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! a guaranteed smash hit!  Cost is $85.00 which includes chartered coach bus, dinner and reserved ticket.  Chartered bus will leave Benson High School at 8:30 a.m., dinner at 11:00 a.m., show at 1:00 p.m., and return to Benson at approximately 5:30 p.m.  Register online or by calling Benson Community Education at 320-843-4545.

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      Adult Basic Education (ABE/GED/ESL) – Learning is lifelong.  Do you want free help to improve your reading skills, writing skills, spelling and/or math skills?  Do you want free help to study for the GED, develop good employment skills, and/or learn English as a Second Language?  The classes are held on Monday nights from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Benson Senior High classroom #323 (use entrance #2).  The instructor is Pam Hamann.  No registration is needed!  Drop-ins are welcome!  All programs are FREE!  For more information or if you have questions, call Benson Community Education at 320-843-4545.

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      Discovery Kids –Discovery Kids offers extended learning care from 5:30 am-6:30 pm Monday through Friday for children ages 6 weeks through 6th grade.  We are located on the ground level and 1st floor of Benson Elementary (old JH building). Use entrance #33.  Infants, toddler, pre-school and school-age kids will all be in separate rooms.  Preschool and school-aged children will be bussed by Benson Public Schools to and from Northside Elementary and to Summer Rec activities.  A staff member will drive, or will accompany, students on the bus.  Discovery Kids will provide one meal and two snacks for a child who is in attendance at the time of serving.  We are accepting registrations for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children.  The registration form and handbook are available on the school website.  More information can be found on the Discovery Kids website: discoverykidsbenson.com.  Discovery Kids direct dial phone number is 842-2723.

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      Senior Defensive Driving Classes – Defensive Driving classes are offered to people 55 years of age and over to review and discuss courteous driving and the rules of the road.  If you are 55 years of age and older, you receive 10% off your auto insurance for three years, after completing the eight-hour class.  You must repeat the class every three years and can do this with the four-hour class.  The classes are held at the Benson High School Library.  Pre-registration is necessary.  Cost is $17.00 per class (payable to Benson Public Schools).   Registration and payment are due one week prior to the class.  Register online or by calling Community Education at 320-843-4545.  The classes are produced by the MN Safety Council.

*  Tues, Apr 9 and Thurs, Apr 11 (8 hour initial class) 5:30-9:30 p.m.

*  Tues, May 7 (4 hour refresher class) 5:30-9:30 p.m.

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            Driver’s Education Classes – This class fulfills the mandatory 30 hours of classroom instruction.  Classroom work can be done prior to being 15 years of age but the students must be 15 years of age to take the permit test.  After passing the permit test, arrangements for Behind the Wheel will be made.  The 16-year old student may take the road test after the required six months of practice driving (which will include the six hours of Behind the Wheel training).  Call Community Education at 320-843-4545 to register.  The next session of classroom instruction will be June 2019.  Roger Lindahl is the instructor.  Fee is $275 for classroom instruction and behind the wheel.  A deposit of $95 will be needed to attend the class. 

 

             

      Written drivers’ tests have resumed in Benson.  They will be given on the 2ndThursday of each month.  For more information, contact the MN Driver’s License Exam Station in Willmar, 320-231-1735.

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      New Program Ideas Wanted – Community Education is always looking for adults to share their talents, skills, expertise, hobbies and career experiences with students of all ages!  A teaching degree is not necessary.  Classes are flexible because they are built around the needs of the people involved.  Call Shelly at 843-4545 if you would like to teach a class or if you have an innovative idea for a class or activity.  We welcome your ideas!!

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      Help Wanted – Summer Rec & Aquatics Jobs – Benson Community Ed is now accepting applications for a variety of summer positions:  baseball/softball coaches, baseball/softball umps, field maintenance, crossing guard, pool lifeguards, and swim lesson instructors.  Applicants should be highly motivated and interested in working with youth and adults.  Applications are available online or in the Community Ed office.  Application deadline: Friday, April 5.

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      Lifeguarding Today – This class is for those wishing to become a lifeguard.  Must by 15 years old, be able to swim 500 yards, tread water for 1 minute without using hand and dive to 9’ and bring a diving brick to surface.  Dates to be determined.  Contact Community Ed at 320-843-4545 if you’re interested.

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      Water Safety Instructor – Those who earn their certificate will be able to teach Red Cross swimming lessons.  Must be 16 years old by the last day of class.  Must successfully complete the pre-course online session consisting of swimming skills and knowledge and attend all classes.  Dates to be determined.  Contact Community Ed at 320-843-4545 if you’re interested.

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     Jazz-N-Pizzazz Dance Recital – Dancers of Jazz-n-Pizzazz are gearing up for this year’s dance recital – “We Got The Beat.”  There will be four performances: Saturday, April 13 (Pre-K through grade 4) – 10:30 a.m.; Saturday, April 13 - grades 5-12 will perform at 2:00 p.m., followed by an intermission and then Pre-K through grade 4 will perform at 4:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 13 (grades 5-12) – 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, April 14 (Pre-K through grade 12) – 1:30 p.m.  Performances will be held in the Senior High Gym.  All seating is general admission.

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      Jazz-n-Pizzazz Ticket Sales –Advance sale tickets will be available at the Benson Community Education Office (located in the senior high school) starting Monday, April 1 during office hours (8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.)  Ticket prices are $5.00.  Tickets are required for everyone attending the performances. 

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      First Aid and CPR – We are partnering with the Swift County-Benson Health Services for Heartsaver CPR/AED/First Aid.  This is a classroom, video-based, instructor led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage a first aid, choking or sudden cardiac arrest emergency.  Upon successful course completion, you will receive an American Heart Association course completion card that is valid for 2 years.  The next course is tentatively scheduled for April 2019.  Call Benson Community Education at 320-843-4545 to register.

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     Sunday Open Gym – Open Gym is from 1:00 – 3:30 pm in the senior high gym.  Participants should bring their own basketball.  To keep the gym floor clean and dry, please carry in your basketball/tennis shoes.  Use the main entrance in the high school circle drive (Door #1).  Last year, we had many wonderful businesses and individuals that sponsored Open Gym to keep it free.  The last day of Open Gym is Sunday, March 31st.

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     Summer Softball and Baseball – Be watching for forms going home with students in April for registration information for summer ball traveling leagues.  Chippewa Valley Girls League is a Modified Pitch Softball for girls currently in grades 4-6.  West Central League Baseball is for boys currently in grades 3-6.

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     Mama Mia @ Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, Saturday, September 28 – One mom. One daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget!  ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.  The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! a guaranteed smash hit!  Cost is $85.00 which includes chartered coach bus, dinner and reserved ticket.  Chartered bus will leave Benson High School at 8:30 a.m., dinner at 11:00 a.m., show at 1:00 p.m., and return to Benson at approximately 5:30 p.m.  Register online or by calling Benson Community Education at 320-843-4545.

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      Adult Basic Education (ABE/GED/ESL) – Learning is lifelong.  Do you want free help to improve your reading skills, writing skills, spelling and/or math skills?  Do you want free help to study for the GED, develop good employment skills, and/or learn English as a Second Language?  The classes are held on Monday nights from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Benson Senior High classroom #323 (use entrance #2).  The instructor is Pam Hamann.  No registration is needed!  Drop-ins are welcome!  All programs are FREE!  For more information or if you have questions, call Benson Community Education at 320-843-4545.

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      Discovery Kids –Discovery Kids offers extended learning care from 5:30 am-6:30 pm Monday through Friday for children ages 6 weeks through 6th grade.  We are located on the ground level and 1st floor of Benson Elementary (old JH building). Use entrance #33.  Infants, toddler, pre-school and school-age kids will all be in separate rooms.  Preschool and school-aged children will be bussed by Benson Public Schools to and from Northside Elementary and to Summer Rec activities.  A staff member will drive, or will accompany, students on the bus.  Discovery Kids will provide one meal and two snacks for a child who is in attendance at the time of serving.  We are accepting registrations for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children.  The registration form and handbook are available on the school website.  More information can be found on the Discovery Kids website: discoverykidsbenson.com.  Discovery Kids direct dial phone number is 842-2723.

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      Senior Defensive Driving Classes – Defensive Driving classes are offered to people 55 years of age and over to review and discuss courteous driving and the rules of the road.  If you are 55 years of age and older, you receive 10% off your auto insurance for three years, after completing the eight-hour class.  You must repeat the class every three years and can do this with the four-hour class.  The classes are held at the Benson High School Library.  Pre-registration is necessary.  Cost is $17.00 per class (payable to Benson Public Schools).   Registration and payment are due one week prior to the class.  Register online or by calling Community Education at 320-843-4545.  The classes are produced by the MN Safety Council.

*  Tues, Apr 9 and Thurs, Apr 11 (8 hour initial class) 5:30-9:30 p.m.

*  Tues, May 7 (4 hour refresher class) 5:30-9:30 p.m.

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            Driver’s Education Classes – This class fulfills the mandatory 30 hours of classroom instruction.  Classroom work can be done prior to being 15 years of age but the students must be 15 years of age to take the permit test.  After passing the permit test, arrangements for Behind the Wheel will be made.  The 16-year old student may take the road test after the required six months of practice driving (which will include the six hours of Behind the Wheel training).  Call Community Education at 320-843-4545 to register.  The next session of classroom instruction will be June 2019.  Roger Lindahl is the instructor.  Fee is $275 for classroom instruction and behind the wheel.  A deposit of $95 will be needed to attend the class. 

 

             

      Written drivers’ tests have resumed in Benson.  They will be given on the 2ndThursday of each month.  For more information, contact the MN Driver’s License Exam Station in Willmar, 320-231-1735.

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