Benson Police Department

  • Agency: Benson Police Department
  • Address: 1410 Kansas Avenue, Benson, 56215 MN
  • Chief: James M Crace (Chief of Police)
Phone: 320-843-4790
Fax: 320-843-3769

Benson Police Department is located at 1410 Kansas Avenue, Benson, 56215 MN. The Chief of Police of the department is James M Crace. The Benson Police Department phone number is 320-843-4790.

Benson Police Department News

Hello Everyone and Happy Tuesday!!! The Benson Police Department had a good week last week. We had 141 calls in the past seven days. Below you will find a few of the “highlighted” calls and events. 05/21 – The Benson Police Department responded to a report of a verbal domestic at a residence in the 800 Block of Montana Avenue. The responding officer made contact with all parties involved and was able to mediate this incident. 05/22 – The Benson Police Department responded to report of a small child walking around a parking lot in the Southeast portion of Benson without a parent. Upon arrival the officer discovered several concerned citizens had already located the child’s mother nearby and were mediating with the mother. The responding officer made contact with the child. After a brief investigation the mother and child returned home. 05/23 – In the late night hours, the Benson Police Department responded to a report of loud music coming from a residence in the 400 Block of 18th Street North. The responding officer made contact with several parties at the residence and the music was turned down. 05/23 – The Benson Police Department assisted with the end of the year Wagon Day parade at Northside Elementary. 05/23 – A motor vehicle crash was reported in a parking lot near the 2000 Block of Minnesota Avenue. No injuries were reported and both parties exchanged information. 05/24 – The Benson Police Department responded to the 1800 Block of Wisconsin Avenue for a reported verbal domestic. The responding officer made contact with all parties involved and after a brief investigation a Benson man was taken into custody and transported to the Swift County Jail. The Benson man has been charged with Domestic Assault and interfering with a 911 call. 05/24 – A motor vehicle crash was reported in the 700 Block of Church Street. No injuries were reported and both parties exchanged information. 05/24 – The Benson Police Department assisted the Benson Fire Department with a CO2 Alarm at a residence in the 1000 Block of 13th Street North. 05/24 – The Benson Police Department assisted the Swift County Sheriff’s Office with a domestic incident near Swift Falls. 05/26 – The Benson Police Department received a report of criminal damage to property and theft in a parking lot near the 300 Block of 15th Street North. The victim reported during the night someone had broken a window out on their vehicle and took several items. This incident is currently an open investigation. 05/26 – The Benson Police Department received a report of criminal damage to property and theft in the 1100 Block of Oakwood Avenue. The victim reported sometime during the night someone had broken a window out of their vehicle and took an item. This incident is currently an open investigation. 05/27 – In the late night hours, the Benson Police Department responded to a report of loud music coming from a residence in the 1900 Block of Denfield Drive. The responding officer made contact with several parties at the residence and the music was turned down. *** As a reminder, telephone and internet scams are becoming more frequent in Benson and around the state of Minnesota. If you are receiving a call that you believe may be a scam, DO NOT give any personal information to the caller. If you believe you have been involved in a telephone scam you can contact the Benson Police Department to report the activity. If anyone has information pertaining to any crimes, please call the Benson Police Department at 320-843-4790. Thank you, Chief Ian Hodge #101 Sergeant Paul W. Larson #102 Benson Police Department 1410 Kansas Avenue Benson, MN 56215 (320)843-4790 Fax (320) 843-3769

Hello Everyone and Happy Monday!!! The Benson Police Department had a good week last week. We had 86 calls in the past seven days. Below you will find a few of the “highlighted” calls and events. 05/14 – In the early morning hours a Benson officer on patrol observed a residence in Northeast Benson that appeared to have the doors to the residence wide open and all the lights on. The officer made contact with an individual inside and was advised everything was ok, they were just waiting for their cat to return home. 05/15 – The Benson Police Department responded to a report of a verbal domestic at a residence in the 500 Block of 15th Street North. The responding officer made contact with all parties involved and after a brief investigation was able to mediate this incident. 05/16 – The Benson Police Department assisted the Swift County Sheriff’s Office with a reported criminal damage to property and domestic incident in DeGraff. 05/18 – A motor vehicle crash was reported in a parking lot near the intersection of Minnesota Avenue and Church Street. No injuries were reported and both drivers exchanged information. 05/19 – The Benson Police Department responded to a report of a verbal domestic at a residence in the 300 Block of 11th Street South. The responding officer made contact with all parties involved and after a brief investigation the officer was able to mediate this incident. **** I would like to take a moment and remind all the residence of Benson that as we move into the warmer months and start spring cleaning or yard work, Swift County Environmental Services is open Monday through Friday 7:30am – 3:30PM and the first Saturday of every month from 9:00am to noon. This time of year often brings items to Environmental services such as house hold garbage, unwanted furniture, unwanted construction debris, and many other possible nuisance items that would be otherwise left outside. If you have any questions about what you can bring to them you can call Swift County Environmental Services at (320) 843-2356. You can also call Mattheisen Disposal at (320) 843-2120 for pick up of your items. If anyone has information pertaining to any crime, please call the Benson Police Department at 320-843-4790. Thank you, Chief Ian Hodge #101 Sergeant Paul W. Larson #102 Benson Police Department 1410 Kansas Avenue Benson, MN 56215 (320)843-4790 Fax (320) 843-3769

Hello Everyone and Happy Tuesday!!! The Benson Police Department had a good week last week. We had 106 calls in the past seven days. Below you will find a few of the “highlighted” calls and events. 05/01 – The Benson Police Department School Resource Officer Completed Safe Driving Actives and had a guest speaker speak with the Benson High School students. 05/01 – The Benson Police Department assisted with the Grand March, Prom, and Prom after bash for the Benson High School students. 05/01 – The Benson Police Department received a report of theft from a business in the 1900 Block of Minnesota Avenue. *** Incident update *** On 05/03 The same party returned to the business and attempted to take similar items. The Benson Police Department located a Benson woman inside the business and after a brief investigation the Benson woman was taken into custody and transported to the Swift County Jail. The Benson woman has been charged with theft. 05/02 - A motor vehicle crash was reported in a parking lot near the 1900 Block of Countryside Drive. No injuries were reported and both parties exchanged information. 05/04 - A motor vehicle crash was reported near the intersection of Montana Avenue and 15th Street North. No injuries were reported but the second vehicle involved fled the area did not give the owner of the parked damaged vehicle any contact or insurance information. This incident is currently an open investigation. 05/06 – The Benson Police Department received a report of an assault at a residence in the 600 Block of 13th Street North. The responding officer made contact with all parties involved and after a brief investigation a Benson woman was cited for 5th Degree Assault. **** I would like to take a moment and remind all the residence of Benson that it would be beneficial to speak with their children and young adults regarding the large volume of trains that sometimes pass thru Benson and when to, how to, safely cross the rail road tracks when travelling requires them to cross the tracks. Passing underneath a parked or stopped train can have serious consequences if the rail car would start moving. Please advise these young people that if they need to cross the tracks please wait for the train to completely pass by or walk around the train with the same safety guidelines as a person would for crossing a street near a parked or stopped school bus (Stay far enough away to be clearly visible to the driver and if the train is moving at any speed please wait for it to completely pass by). Thank you for helping us make our community a safer place! If anyone has information pertaining to any crime, please call the Benson Police Department at 320-843-4790. Thank you, Chief Ian Hodge #101 Sergeant Paul W. Larson #102 Benson Police Department 1410 Kansas Avenue Benson, MN 56215 (320)843-4790 Fax (320) 843-3769

Benson officers and Julie Loen, from Countryside Public Health, recently visited with Northside students about bicycle safety. Students learned their hand signals, safety tips and went through the bike rodeo.

Benson DARE student, Sadie, was given the opportunity to jump-start the Twins game on Sunday at Target Field. Way to go Sadie! Thank you to Minnesota D.A.R.E. and the Minnesota Twins!

Last week, Benson police officers helped out with the Safe Driving Day activities at the high school in anticipation for the upcoming prom and graduation season. The main focus this year was texting and driving. Students got to try out the distracted driving simulator, participate in a seatbelt challenge and hear from Matt Logan. Matt told a very impactful story about having his oldest daughter killed in a distracted driving crash. Thank you to our sponsors this year; Steve Orbeck from American Family Insurance, Mark Frank from State Farm Insurance, Michael Berreau from Thrivent Financial, AAA, Maggie Boese and Countryside Public Health, Troy Schiesser from Holiday and the National Honor Society students. To learn more about Matt Logan's story, visit www.donttextanddrive4deej.com

Hello Everyone and Happy Tuesday!!! The Benson Police Department had a good week last week. We had 101 calls in the past seven days. Below you will find a few of the “highlighted” calls and events. 04/23 – The Benson Police Department responded to report of a physical domestic at a residence in the 400 Block of 18th Street North. The responding officers made contact with all parties involved and after a brief investigation a Benson man was taken into custody and transported to the Swift County Jail. The Benson man has been charged with Domestic Assault. 04/24 – A set of keys was located near the intersection of Bernhardt Avenue and 12th Street North. If you’re missing keys and may have lost them in this area recently please come to the Benson Police Department during Business hours and describe the keys. 04/25 – The Benson Police Department responded to a report of a verbal domestic in the 1900 Block of Wisconsin Avenue. The responding officer made contact with all parties involved and was able to mediate this incident. 04/26 – The Benson Police Department assisted the Swift County Sheriff’s Office with two vehicles off road south of DeGraff. 04/26 – The Benson Police Department assisted the Swift County Sheriff’s Office with a physical domestic in Murdock. 04/26 – The Benson Police Department received a report of two parties having a loud verbal argument in a park near the 400 Block of 19th Street South. The responding officer made contact with the parties and observed their contact was in violation of a court order. A Benson man fled the area on foot when advised he was under arrest for violating the court order. The Benson man was apprehended a short distance later. The Benson man was transported to the Swift County Jail and has been charged with violating the court order and fleeing a police officer on foot. 04/26 – The Benson Police Department assisted the Swift County Sheriff’s Office with a physical domestic at a residence in Kerkhoven. 04/26 – The Benson Police Department responded to a motor crash in the 800 Block of 13th Street North. The responding officer discovered drug paraphernalia in the vehicle while investigating the crash. The driver, an Ortonville man, was taken into custody and transported to the Swift County Jail. The Ortonville man has been charged with controlled substance possession, and impaired driving test refusal. 04/27 - The Benson Police Department responded to a report of a verbal domestic in the 1900 Block of Wisconsin Avenue. The responding officer made contact with all parties involved and was able to mediate this incident. 04/28 – The Benson Police Department assisted the Benson Fire Department with a grass fire northeast of Benson. 04/28 – The Benson Police Department assisted the Swift County Sheriff’s Office, Clontarf Fire Department, and Benson Fire Department with a grass fire west of Benson near Clontarf. 04/29 – The Benson Police Department assisted with another successful year of the Prom after Bash! **** I would like to take a moment and remind all the residence of Benson that as we move into the warmer months and start spring cleaning or yard work, Swift County Environmental Services is open Monday through Friday 7:30am – 3:30PM and the first Saturday of every month from 9:00am to noon. This time of year often brings items to Environmental services such as house hold garbage, unwanted furniture, unwanted construction debris, and many other possible nuisance items that would be otherwise left outside. If you have any questions about what you can bring to them you can call Swift County Environmental Services at (320) 843-2356. You can also call Mattheisen Disposal at (320) 843-2120 for pick up of your items. If anyone has information pertaining to any crime, please call the Benson Police Department at 320-843-4790. Thank you, Chief Ian Hodge #101 Sergeant Paul W. Larson #102 Benson Police Department 1410 Kansas Avenue Benson, MN 56215 (320)843-4790 Fax (320) 843-3769

Hello Everyone and Happy Tuesday!!! The Benson Police Department had a good week last week. We had 101 calls in the past seven days. Below you will find a few of the “highlighted” calls and events. 04/16 – The Benson Police Department responded to report of a Benson man in the Swift County Law Enforcement Center lobby yelling for help. The Benson man reported he was involved in a domestic incident that occurred at a residence in the 100 Block of 15th Street North. The responding officers made contact with all parties involved and after a brief investigation a Benson woman was taken into custody and transported to the Swift County Jail. The Benson woman was charged with Domestic Assault. 04/16 – The Benson Police Department assisted the Benson Fire Department with a report of the odor of gas outside a business in the 1200 Block of Atlantic Avenue. 04/17 – The Benson Police Department responded to a report of a domestic incident at a residence in the 1900 Block of Countryside Drive. The responding officers completed a brief investigation with all parties involved and a Benson man was taken into custody and transported to the Swift County Jail. The Benson man has been charged with Domestic Assault. 04/22 – The Benson Police Department assisted the Swift County Sheriff’s Office with a one vehicle roll over North of Benson on Highway 29. **** I would like to take a moment and remind all the residence of Benson that it would be beneficial to speak with their children and young adults regarding the large volume of trains that sometimes pass thru Benson and when to, how to, safely cross the rail road tracks when travelling requires them to cross the tracks. Passing underneath a parked or stopped train can have serious consequences if the rail car would start moving. Please advise these young people that if they need to cross the tracks please wait for the train to completely pass by or walk around the train with the same safety guidelines as a person would for crossing a street near a parked or stopped school bus (Stay far enough away to be clearly visible to the driver and if the train is moving at any speed please wait for it to completely pass by). Thank you for helping us make our community a safer place! If anyone has information pertaining to any crime, please call the Benson Police Department at 320-843-4790. Thank you, Chief Ian Hodge #101 Sergeant Paul W. Larson #102 Benson Police Department 1410 Kansas Avenue Benson, MN 56215 (320)843-4790 Fax (320) 843-3769

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Hello Everyone and Happy Tuesday!!! The Benson Police Department had a good week last week. We had 85 calls in the past seven days. Below you will find a few of the “highlighted” calls and events. 04/09 – The Benson Police Department assisted the Swift County Sheriff’s Office with a motor vehicle crash involving private property just outside Benson to the northeast. 04/09 – While on patrol, a Benson Officer identified a Benson man with an active warrant for his arrest driving in the 2000 Block of Atlantic Avenue. The Officer stopped the vehicle and the Benson man was taken into custody and transported to the Swift County Jail for the active warrant. 04/11 – While on an unrelated call a Benson Officer was made aware of a Benson man with an active warrant for his arrest inside a business near the 300 Block of 14th Street South. The Benson officer made contact with the Benson man and he was taken into custody. The Benson man was transported to the Swift County Jail. 04/11 – The Benson Police Department responded to a report of an assault inside a business in the 300 Block of 14th Street South. The responding officer made contact with all parties involved. After a brief investigation a Benson woman was taken into custody and transported to the Swift County Jail. The Benson woman has been charged with 5th Degree Assault. 04/13 – In the early morning hours the Benson Police Department responded to a report of loud music coming from a residence in the 1700 Block of Nevada Avenue. The responding officer made contact with an individual at the residence and the music was turned down. 04/15 – The Benson Police Department responded to a report of a verbal domestic at a residence in the 200 Block of 15th Street North. The responding officer made contact with all parties involved and was able to mediate this incident. *** Severe weather can be both frightening and dangerous for automobile travel. Motorists should know the safety rules for dealing with winter road emergencies. The Benson Police Department reminds motorists to be cautious while driving in adverse weather. Many safety factors can make a big difference when dealing with winter severe weather; - Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks. - Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage - Make certain your tires are properly inflated. - Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface. - As always, use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle. - Bring a cell phone and charger with you when you travel. - Bring emergency blankets and winter clothing inside your vehicle in case your vehicle becomes stranded in the elements. If anyone has information pertaining to any crimes, please call the Benson Police Department at 320-843-4790. Thank you, Chief Ian Hodge #101 Sergeant Paul W. Larson #102 Benson Police Department 1410 Kansas Avenue Benson, MN 56215 (320)843-4790 Fax (320) 843-3769

Congratulations to this years DARE graduates! The 5th graders recently participated in 10 weekly lessons in the program and learned more about making safe and responsible decisions. We helped celebrate their accomplishment by having a graduation ceremony followed by a bowling party. Congratulations!!

*** Just a reminder, In the event that the City of Benson receives 2 inches or more of snow fall the city snow removal operations begin. Once those operations begin a snow emergency is in effect for a period of 72 hours or until cleanup is completed. During a snow Emergency the parking of vehicles on streets and avenues shall be as follows: - Parking will be prohibited on streets between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. - Parking will be prohibited on avenues between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. - There are no parking restrictions from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. - Parking is permitted in public parking lots during the hours when it is prohibited on streets and avenues. - Once the snow is removed from your street or avenue you may resume normal parking habits. If you have any questions regarding snow emergency parking, you can call the police department at 320-843-4790. If anyone has information pertaining to any crimes, please call the Benson Police Department at 320-843-4790. Hello Everyone and Happy Tuesday!!! The Benson Police Department had a good week last week. We had 84 calls in the past seven days. Below you will find a few of the “highlighted” calls and events. 03/19 – While on Patrol a Benson police officer observed a Degraff man driving a vehicle on the south side of Benson that was known to him to have an active warrant for his arrest. The Degraff man was stopped and taken into custody without incident. The Degraff man was transported to the Swift County jail for the active warrant. 03/20 – The Benson Police Department responded to residence on the south side of Benson for a report of a bat running at large inside a residence. The responding officer assisted the home owner in removing the bat from the residence. 03/20 – The Benson Police Department responded to a report of abandoned property in the 500 Block of 15th Street North. The reporter advised there was an abandoned bicycle laying in the alley behind his residence. The Bicycle was taken to the Benson Police Department as lost and found. *** Incident update: The owner of the bicycle contacted the Benson Police Department and described the bicycle. The property has been reunited with its owner. 03/21 – The Benson Police Department assisted the, Swift County Sheriff’s Office, Benson Fire Department, and Clontarf Fire Department with a structure fire in Clontarf. 03/22 – The Benson Police Department responded to a residence in the 1900 Block of Countryside Drive for a reported verbal domestic. The responding officer made contact with all parties involved and was able to mediate this incident. 03/24 – The Benson Police Department was made aware of a Benson man with an active warrant for his arrest at a business in the 1300 Block of Pacific Avenue. The responding officer made contact with the Benson man and he was taken into custody. The Benson man was transported to the Swift County Jail for the active warrant. 03/25 – The Benson Police Department responded to a report of a domestic incident and trespass incident at a business in the 200 Block of 14th Street North. The responding officer was able to mediate this incident and a Benson woman agreed to leave the business. A short time later the Benson woman returned and was reportedly yelling and causing a disturbance. The Benson woman was taken into custody and transported to the Swift County Jail. The Benson woman has been charged with Trespassing. *** As a reminder, telephone and internet scams are becoming more frequent in Benson and around the state of Minnesota. If you are receiving a call that you believe may be a scam, DO NOT give any personal information to the caller. If you believe you have been involved in a telephone scam you can contact the Benson Police Department to report the activity. If anyone has information pertaining to any crimes, please call the Benson Police Department at 320-843-4790. Thank you, Chief Ian Hodge #101 Sergeant Paul W. Larson #102 Benson Police Department 1410 Kansas Avenue Benson, MN 56215 (320)843-4790 Fax (320) 843-3769

Hello Everyone and Happy Monday!!! The Benson Police Department had a good week last week. We had 95 calls in the past seven days. Below you will find a few of the “highlighted” calls and events. 03/12 – The Benson Police Department assisted the Swift County Sheriff’s Office, Benson Fire Department and numerous other agencies with a two vehicle crash west of Benson on County Road 20. SEE SWIFT COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE PRESS RELEASE FOR MORE INFO. 03/12 – The Benson Police Department assisted the Swift County Sheriff’s Office, Benson Fire Department, and Stevens County Ambulance with a one vehicle roll over west of Benson near Highway 12. 03/13 – The Benson Police Department received a report of theft from outside a residence in the 300 Block of 11th Street South. The victim reported sometime during the previous day someone took a small homemade trailer with a snow blower on it from their yard. This incident remains an open investigation. 03/13 – The Benson Police Department assisted the Swift County Sheriff’s Office in the late night hours with a loud noise complaint at a residence just outside Benson to the northeast. The responding officer made contact with individuals at the residence and the noise was stopped. 03/14 – The Benson Police Department received a report of theft in the 1900 Block of Minnesota Avenue. The victim reported their storage unit was broken into and numerous tools were taken. This incident is currently an open investigation. 03/15 – The Benson Police Department responded to a report of a physical domestic at a residence in the 1800 Block of Kansas Avenue. The responding officers made contact with all parties involved and after a brief investigation a Benson man was taken into custody and transported to the Swift County Jail. The Benson man has been charged with Domestic Assault. 03/17 – The Benson Police Department assisted with the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. 03/18 – The Benson Police Department responded to a report of a verbal altercation outside a business in the 300 Block of 14th Street South. The responding officer made contact with several parties involved and was able to mediate this incident. 03/18 – The Benson Police Department assisted the Swift County Sheriff’s Office, Benson Fire Department, and Benson Ambulance with a one vehicle roll over west of Benson on Highway 9. *** Severe weather can be both frightening and dangerous for automobile travel. Motorists should know the safety rules for dealing with winter road emergencies. The Benson Police Department reminds motorists to be cautious while driving in adverse weather. Many safety factors can make a big difference when dealing with winter severe weather; - Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks. - Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage - Make certain your tires are properly inflated. - Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface. - As always, use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle. - Bring a cell phone and charger with you when you travel. - Bring emergency blankets and winter clothing inside your vehicle in case your vehicle becomes stranded in the elements. If anyone has information pertaining to any crimes, please call the Benson Police Department at 320-843-4790. Thank you, Chief Ian Hodge #101 Sergeant Paul W. Larson #102 Benson Police Department 1410 Kansas Avenue Benson, MN 56215 (320)843-4790 Fax (320) 843-3769

Hello Everyone and Happy Monday!!! The Benson Police Department had a good week last week. We had 104 calls in the past seven days. Below you will find a few of the “highlighted” calls and events. 02/26 - The Benson Police Department, Benson Fire Department, and Benson Ambulance assisted the Swift County Sheriff’s Office with a one vehicle off road crash just north of Benson. 02/27 – A motor vehicle crash was reported near the 1200 Block of Pacific Avenue. No injuries were reported and both parties exchanged information. 02/27 – The Benson Police Department assisted the Appleton Police Department and Swift County Sheriff’s Office with an Appleton man who had threatened family members. See Swift County Press release for more info. 02/28 – A motor vehicle crash involving private property was reported in the 200 Block of 14th Street South. No injuries were reported. 03/01 - A motor vehicle crash was reported in a parking lot near the 1300 Block of Minnesota Avenue. No injuries were reported and both parties exchanged information. 03/01 – The Benson Police Department assisted the Swift County Sheriff’s Office and Minnesota State Patrol with a semi in the ditch just north of Benson. 03/03 – The Benson Police Department responded to a report of a verbal domestic at a residence in the 1100 Block of Homewood Avenue. The responding officer made contact with all parties involved and was able to mediate this incident. In the event that the City of Benson receives 2 inches or more of snow fall the city snow removal operations begin. Once those operations begin a snow emergency is in effect for a period of 72 hours or until cleanup is completed. During a snow Emergency the parking of vehicles on streets and avenues shall be as follows: - Parking will be prohibited on streets between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. - Parking will be prohibited on avenues between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. - There are no parking restrictions from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. - Parking is permitted in public parking lots during the hours when it is prohibited on streets and avenues. - Once the snow is removed from your street or avenue you may resume normal parking habits. If you have any questions regarding snow emergency parking, you can call the police department at 320-843-4790. If anyone has information pertaining to any crimes, please call the Benson Police Department at 320-843-4790. Thank you, Chief Ian Hodge #101 Sergeant Paul W. Larson #102 Benson Police Department 1410 Kansas Avenue Benson, MN 56215 (320)843-4790 Fax (320) 843-3769

Hello Everyone and Happy Monday!!! The Benson Police Department had a good week last week. We had 134 calls in the past seven days. Below you will find a few of the “highlighted” calls and events. 02/19 – The Benson Police Department responded to a residence in the 300 Block of 12th Street South for a reported domestic incident. The responding officer made contact with all parties involved and was able to mediate this incident. 02/21 – A motor vehicle crash was reported in a parking lot near the 2000 Block of Minnesota Avenue. No injuries were reported and both parties exchanged information. 02/21 – A Benson Police Officer responded to a report of two snowmobiles riding in and around Lathrup Park. The responding officer made contact with both parties and advised them snowmobiles are permitted only to drive in or out of town. Both riders then left the area. 02/25 – The Benson Police Department responded to a report of a large group of individuals refusing to leave a business after hours in the 300 Block of 14th Street South. The responding officer made contact with the large crowd and all parties left the area. 02/25 – The Benson Police Department responded to a report of a domestic incident at a residence in the 1100 Block of 12th Street North. The responding officer made contact with all parties involved and was able to mediate this incident. 02/25 – The Benson Police Department responded to a report of a suspicious male party walking erratically in the roadway near the 1500 Block of Wisconsin Avenue. The responding officer discovered the suspicious male party had left the area. The responding officer later located the suspicious male, a Benson man, and during the investigation it was discovered the Benson man was in possession of illegal substances. The Benson man was taken in to custody and transported to the Swift County Jail. The Benson man has been charged with 5th Degree Possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. *** Severe weather can be both frightening and dangerous for automobile travel. Motorists should know the safety rules for dealing with winter road emergencies. The Benson Police Department reminds motorists to be cautious while driving in adverse weather. Many safety factors can make a big difference when dealing with winter severe weather; - Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks. - Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage - Make certain your tires are properly inflated. - Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface. - As always, use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle. - Bring a cell phone and charger with you when you travel. - Bring emergency blankets and winter clothing inside your vehicle in case your vehicle becomes stranded in the elements. If anyone has information pertaining to any crimes, please call the Benson Police Department at 320-843-4790. Thank you, Chief Ian Hodge #101 Sergeant Paul W. Larson #102 Benson Police Department 1410 Kansas Avenue Benson, MN 56215 (320)843-4790 Fax (320) 843-3769

Hello Everyone and Happy Tuesday!!! The Benson Police Department had a good week last week. We had 121 calls in the past seven days. Below you will find a few of the “highlighted” calls and events. 02/12 – The Benson Police Department responded to a report of a domestic incident at a residence in the 100 block of 19th Street North. The responding officers were able to mediate this incident but during the investigation it was discovered a Benson man at the residence had an active warrant for his arrest. The Benson man was taken into custody and transported to the Swift County Jail. 02/13 – The Benson Police Department assisted the Benson Fire Department with a report of a strong gas smell coming from behind a residence in the 500 block of 15th Street North. Centerpoint Energy was contacted and arrived a short time later. The leak was fixed and no damage or injuries were reported. 02/13 – The Benson Police Department responded to a business in the 200 block of 14th Street North for a reported fight call. The responding officers made contact with all parties involved and were able to mediate this incident. 02/15 – The Benson Police Department assisted the Benson Street Crew with traffic control during a water main break near the 200 Block of 10th Street South. 02/16 – The Benson Police Department received a report of theft from a business in the 300 Block of 14th Street South. The victim reported someone had taken their jacket and all personal items in the jacket while they were inside the business. *** Incident update – the following day a third party came forward and returned the jacket advising they took the wrong jacket by mistake. It was observed both parties jackets were identical. 02/17 – The Benson Police Department responded to a report of a domestic incident outside a residence in the 100 block of 15th Street North. The responding officers made contact with all parties involved and were able to mediate this incident. 02/17 – The Benson Police Department responded to a second report of a domestic incident later in the day outside a residence in the 100 block of 15th Street North. The responding officer made contact with all parties involved and after a brief investigation a Benson man agreed to leave the residence for the evening. 02/18 – The Benson Police Department responded to a report of loud music coming from a residence in the 1100 block of 12th Street North during the late night hours. The responding officer made contact with all parties involved and after a brief investigation a Benson woman was cited for Public Nuisance caused by sound. 02/18 – The Benson Police Department responded to a report of criminal damage to property at a residence in the 700 Block of Church Street. The victim reported some time during the previous night someone forced open their unattached garage door causing damage to the door. The victim also reported during the same time someone had entered their unsecured vehicle and removed all the fuses from the fuse panel. *** As a reminder, telephone and internet scams are becoming more frequent in Benson and around the state of Minnesota. If you are receiving a call that you believe may be a scam, DO NOT give any personal information to the caller. If you believe you have been involved in a telephone scam you can contact the Benson Police Department to report the activity. If anyone has information pertaining to any crimes, please call the Benson Police Department at 320-843-4790. Thank you, Chief Ian Hodge #101 Sergeant Paul W. Larson #102 Benson Police Department 1410 Kansas Avenue Benson, MN 56215 (320)843-4790 Fax (320) 843-3769

Hello Everyone and Happy Monday!!! The Benson Police Department had a good week last week. We had 70 calls in the past seven days. Below you will find a few of the “highlighted” calls and events. 02/06 – While on patrol a Benson Officer observed a semi traveling north on 13th Street North with what appeared to be its trailer tarp unsecured and hanging off to the side of the trailer. As the officer attempted to stop the semi, with lights and siren, the semi continued north bound until the tarp struck a nearby light pole. The driver then stopped. No party was injured and the officer was provided all insurance information. 02/06 – The Benson Police Department assisted the Benson Fire Department with a fire at a residence in the 1800 Block of McKinney Avenue. 02/07 – A motor vehicle crash was reported in a parking lot near the 200 Block of 12th Street South. No injuries were reported and both parties exchanged information. **** I would like to take a moment and remind all the residence of Benson that it would be beneficial to speak with their children and young adults regarding the large volume of trains that sometimes pass thru Benson and when to, how to, safely cross the rail road tracks when travelling requires them to cross the tracks. Passing underneath a parked or stopped train can have serious consequences if the rail car would start moving. Please advise these young people that if they need to cross the tracks please wait for the train to completely pass by or walk around the train with the same safety guidelines as a person would for crossing a street near a parked or stopped school bus (Stay far enough away to be clearly visible to the driver and if the train is moving at any speed please wait for it to completely pass by). Thank you for helping us make our community a safer place! If anyone has information pertaining to any crime, please call the Benson Police Department at 320-843-4790. Thank you, Chief Ian Hodge #101 Sergeant Paul W. Larson #102 Benson Police Department 1410 Kansas Avenue Benson, MN 56215 (320)843-4790 Fax (320) 843-3769

Hello Everyone and Happy Monday!!! The Benson Police Department had an good week last week. We had 115 calls in the past seven days. Below you will find a few of the “highlighted” calls and events. 01/29 – The Benson Police Department received a report of an assault that occurred at a residence in the 1100 Block of 12th Street North. The victim reported while at the residence they were assaulted by a Benson woman. After a brief investigation a Benson woman received a citation for 5th Degree Assault. 01/29 – A motor vehicle crash was reported in a parking lot near the 400 Block of 18th Street North. No injuries were reported but the second vehicle involved fled the area did not give the owner of the parked damaged vehicle any contact or insurance information. This incident is currently an open investigation. 01/30 – The Benson Police Department responded to a report of cattle on the Highway west of town on Highway 9. The cattle were escorted into a nearby building where they were secured by an employee. 01/30 – The Benson Police Department responded to a active theft from a business in the 1900 Block of Minnesota Avenue. Responding officers made contact with all parties involved and after a brief investigation a Montevideo woman was cited for theft. 01/30 – The Benson Police Department responded to a report of criminal damage to property in the 1700 Block of Nevada Avenue. The victim reported several glass items broken outside their front door. This incident is an open investigation. 01/31 – A motor vehicle crash was reported near the 400 Block of 15th Street North. No injuries were reported and both parties exchanged information. 01/31 – The Benson Police Department received a report of a Benson man with an active warrant for his arrest at a residence in the 500 Block of 15th Street North. The responding officers entered the residence and made contact with the Benson man. The Benson man was taken into custody and transported to the Swift County Jail. 02/01 – The Benson Police Department assisted the Benson Fire Department with a report of a strong gas smell coming from behind a residence in the 200 Block of 18th Street North. Centerpoint Energy was contacted and arrived a short time later. The leak was fixed and no damage was reported. 02/04 – The Benson Police Department responded to a business in the 300 Block of 14th Street South for a report of two individuals yelling at each other outside the business. The responding officer made contact with all parties involved and was able to mediate this incident. *** I would like to take this time to ask that members of the community not hesitate to call and report, or stop and talk to an Officer about ANY suspicious activity. We as your Police Department need as many eyes and ears helping us as possible. What information you think may be “not that important” can help us solve burglaries, thefts, narcotics cases and other crimes that influence our everyday life. Please remember, if something doesn’t look right, it probably isn’t. I encourage everyone in the Benson area to lock their vehicles when not in use. In addition any items of high value should not be left in the vehicle unsecured or left outside where the item can be removed from the property. Thank you for helping us make our community a better place! If anyone has information pertaining to any crimes, please call the Benson Police Department at 320-843-4790. Thank you, Chief Ian Hodge #101 Sergeant Paul W. Larson #102 Benson Police Department 1410 Kansas Avenue Benson, MN 56215 (320)843-4790 Fax (320) 843-3769

Hello Everyone and Happy Monday!!! The Benson Police Department had a good week last week. We had 72 calls in the past seven days. Below you will find a few of the “highlighted” calls and events. 01/15 – The Benson Police Department assisted the Swift County Sheriff’s Office with a domestic incident west of Benson on Highway 9. 01/16 – A motor vehicle crash was reported near the intersection of 13th Street and Atlantic Avenue. No injuries were reported and both parties exchanged information. 01/16 – A Benson Police Officer discovered a Benson man with an active warrant for his arrest driving a motor vehicle near the intersection of Minnesota Avenue and 22nd Street South. The Benson man was stopped in his motor vehicle by the officer and the warrant was confirmed. The Benson man was taken into custody and transported to the Swift County Jail. 01/17 – The Benson Police Department assisted the Swift County Sheriff’s Office with a domestic incident just north of Benson. 01/19 – The Benson Police Department responded to a report of a person carrying an uncased rifle inside a business in the 1900 Block of Minnesota Avenue. Responding officers entered the business and made contact with an individual that appeared to be carrying a large pellet rifle. The rifle was retrieved and determined to be missing a vital component. The individual advised they were looking for a part to fix the scope mount and thought it was safe to bring the entire rifle inside as it was missing the vital component. The pellet rifle was returned to the owners vehicle and secured by the owner. 01/20 – The Benson Police Department and Swift County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a verbal domestic inside a business in the 1200 Block of Atlantic Avenue. After a brief investigation it was determined the two parties had solved this incident prior to law enforcements arrival and all was now ok. 01/20 – The Benson Police Department responded to a residence in South Benson for a report of a Bat flying around inside a residence. The responding officers were able to assist the reporting party in stopping the bat from re-entering the residence and the reporting party was advised to contact their landlord. 01/20 – The Benson Police Department assisted the Benson Fire Department with a report of the smell of propane near a building in the 300 Block of 14th Street North. *** Severe weather can be both frightening and dangerous for automobile travel. Motorists should know the safety rules for dealing with winter road emergencies. The Benson Police Department reminds motorists to be cautious while driving in adverse weather. Many safety factors can make a big difference when dealing with winter severe weather; - Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks. - Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage - Make certain your tires are properly inflated. - Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface. - As always, use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle. - Bring a cell phone and charger with you when you travel. - Bring emergency blankets and winter clothing inside your vehicle in case your vehicle becomes stranded in the elements. If anyone has information pertaining to any crimes, please call the Benson Police Department at 320-843-4790. Thank you, Chief Ian Hodge #101 Sergeant Paul W. Larson #102 Benson Police Department 1410 Kansas Avenue Benson, MN 56215 (320)843-4790 Fax (320) 843-3769

Hello Everyone and Happy Monday!!! The Benson Police Department had a good week last week. We had 95 calls in the past seven days. Below you will find a few of the “highlighted” calls and events. 01/01 - The Benson Police Department received a report of criminal damage to property in the 700 Block of 18th Street South. The victim reported sometime the previous night someone had damaged their mailbox. This incident is an open investigation. 01/02 – A motor vehicle crash was reported near the intersection of 14th Street North and Idaho Avenue. No injuries were reported and both parties exchanged information. 01/04 – The Benson Police Department and Swift County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported domestic incident at a residence in the 1600 Block of Atlantic Avenue. The responding officers made contact with all parties involved and after a brief interview a Benson woman was taken into custody and transported to the Swift County Jail. The Benson woman has been charged with Domestic Assault. 01/04 – The Benson Police Department assisted the Benson Fire Department with a car fire at residence in the 1800 Block of Kansas Avenue. 01/04 - A motor vehicle crash involving private property was reported in the 200 Block of 14th Street South. No injuries were reported. 01/07 – The Benson Police Department received a report of criminal damage to property. A electrical box located in the 100 1900 Block of Pacific Avenue damaged. The electrical box appeared to have been damaged by a motor vehicle some time during the previous night. This incident is an open investigation. In the event that the City of Benson receives 2 inches or more of snow fall the city snow removal operations begin. Once those operations begin a snow emergency is in effect for a period of 72 hours or until cleanup is completed. During a snow Emergency the parking of vehicles on streets and avenues shall be as follows: - Parking will be prohibited on streets between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. - Parking will be prohibited on avenues between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. - There are no parking restrictions from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. - Parking is permitted in public parking lots during the hours when it is prohibited on streets and avenues. - Once the snow is removed from your street or avenue you may resume normal parking habits. If you have any questions regarding snow emergency parking, you can call the police department at 320-843-4790. If anyone has information pertaining to any crimes, please call the Benson Police Department at 320-843-4790. Thank you, Chief Ian Hodge #101 Sergeant Paul W. Larson #102 Benson Police Department 1410 Kansas Avenue Benson, MN 56215 (320)843-4790 Fax (320) 843-3769

The Benson Police Department has now moved to our new building, located at 2110 Hall Ave. Our phone number will remain the same - 320.843.4790

Hello Everyone and Happy Monday!!! The Benson Police Department had an good week last week. We had 83 calls in the past seven days. Below you will find a few of the “highlighted” calls and events. 12/13 – A motor vehicle crash was reported near the intersection of 14th Street South and Church Street. No injuries were reported and both parties exchanged information. 12/13 – The Benson Police Department responded to a reported assault at a residence in the 700 Block of Oregon Avenue. The responding officer made contact with all parties involved. After a brief investigation a Benson woman was cited for 5th Degree Assault. 12/14 – The Benson Police Department responded to a report of a possible verbal domestic at a residence in the 400 Block of 18th Street North. The responding officer made contact with all parties involved and was able to mediate this incident. *** I would like to take this time to ask that members of the community not hesitate to call and report, or stop and talk to an Officer about ANY suspicious activity. We as your Police Department need as many eyes and ears helping us as possible. What information you think may be “not that important” can help us solve burglaries, thefts, narcotics cases and other crimes that influence our everyday life. Please remember, if something doesn’t look right, it probably isn’t. I encourage everyone in the Benson area to lock their vehicles when not in use. In addition any items of high value should not be left in the vehicle unsecured or left outside where the item can be removed from the property. Thank you for helping us make our community a better place! If anyone has information pertaining to any crimes, please call the Benson Police Department at 320-843-4790. Thank you, Chief Ian Hodge #101 Sergeant Paul W. Larson #102 Benson Police Department 1410 Kansas Avenue Benson, MN 56215 (320)843-4790 Fax (320) 843-3769

***Press Release*** 12/15/2017 On 12/15 2017 at 6:55pm the Benson Police Department received information regarding a threat to the safety and security of the Benson High School campus. An individual had made direct terroristic threats against the Benson High School. A basketball game was currently in progress. The game was cancelled and attendees were asked to evacuate the building. Officers of Benson Police Department and Deputies of Swift County and Grant County along with State Patrol, worked jointly to investigate and apprehend the individual responsible for the threat. The individual responsible for the threats is currently in custody and there is no threat to the public. Per Benson High School staff, the basketball game will be rescheduled for Sat December 16. Game times will be posted on Benson High School website. This is an ongoing active investigation. Further information will be released at a later date and time. Chief Ian D. Hodge Chief of Police, Benson MN