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Former Perham Focus editor finishes second in 'Jeopardy' appearance

Sam Benshoof, 32, had the correct answer on Final Jeopardy, which brought his total to $10,200, but it wasn’t enough to unseat reigning champion Steve Moulds, who also answered correctly and finished with $31,601.

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"Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek is pictured with contestant Sam Benshoof, who grew up in Bemidji. Sam's episode will air at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30 on NBC. (Photo courtesy of Jeopardy Productions, Inc.)

CULVER CITY, Calif. — A Bemidji (Minn.) High School graduate had to settle for second place and $2,000 in his appearance on “Jeopardy” that aired Wednesday at NBC-TV.

Sam Benshoof, 32, had the correct answer on Final Jeopardy, which brought his total to $10,200, but it wasn’t enough to unseat reigning champion Steve Moulds, who also answered correctly and finished with $31,601.

In the show’s signature banter between host Alex Trebek and the contestants, Benshoof told how as a kindergarten student in Bemidji he brought a plastic toy snake everywhere he went.

“I must have known that eventually I would need a good opener on Jeopardy,” he told Trebek.

Benshoof was editor of the Perham Focus from 2010-11, and is a former reporter at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. He works at RBC Wealth Management in Minneapolis in corporate communications.

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Benshoof’s older brother, Galen, also finished second in his appearance on the show in 2012.

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