Friday, July 31, 2015

Been crazy around here

It's been just a tiny bit crazy around the office in the past couple of weeks. I fully expected activity to slow down at the newspaper after Bonanza Valley Days was behind us. That was anything but the case. I honestly think I've been busier since BVD weekend. I know the advertising has skyrocketed in the newspaper over the last three issues of July. Currently I'm gearing up for the Elrosa Saints amateur baseball team's playoff opener as well as a trip to Terrace to take in some of the entertainment they have scheduled for Saturday afternoon/evening at the scenic and historic Terrace Mill.

That translates into very little time to post here. On the upside, I know many of the readers of this sports website have taken the opportunity to subscribe to the Bonanza Valley Voice. And to you, I say THANK YOU!

In the month of July we added 20 new subscribers. Whew! I lost track of the new subscribers a couple weeks ago but I believe we're at about 185 new subscribers since January 1.


Again, thank you to the subscribers of the Bonanza Valley Voice. You are a driving force behind this operation. Not a subscriber? Click here and sign up! $18 or $20 a year depending on where you live:

I want to give a shout out to Herman Lensing and the great work he does reporting on amateur baseball across central Minnesota. Here's his amateur baseball blog that includes a link to the Sauk Centre Herald's recently-published amateur baseball guide. He has also outlined the division tournament pairings and schedules, including games in the Stearns County League:

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Be kind!

Share this with your children!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Freeport men's fastpitch standings

Freeport men’s fastpitch standings as of July 24:

Mid-MN Pest Control of Brooten (9-1)
Isaac’s North Star of Sauk Centre (8-1)
Axle Grill of St. Cloud (7-3)
Bo Didley’s of St. Joseph (5-1)
Freeport State Bank (5-3)
Miller Architects of St. Cloud (5-3)
Ackie’s Bar & Grill of Freeport (5-5)
Central MN Credit Union (4-5)
Milwood Transport (4-5)
Corner Pub of Freeport (3-3)
Cold Spring State Bank (3-3)
Steavens Transport of Freeport (3-5)
Rahn’s Oil & Propane of Melrose (4-6)
Charlie’s Cafe of Freeport (4-6)
Albany Telephone (2-7)

Freeport Lions (0-10)

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Sunday, July 26, 2015


The post-game huddle in the dugout after winning tonight.

The Elrosa Saints Little Dipper team won their Stearns County League playoff opener 9-0 against Meire Grove tonight in front of a terrific home crowd at home.

At Regal, the fourth-seeded Eagles beat Spring Hill 6-2. Roscoe beat Farming in another quarterfinal game, so the Saints will host Roscoe in the semifinals. No word yet on the Lake Henry vs. St. Martin game. The SCL playoffs Final Four is on Sunday, August 2 at the site of the higher seeds.

In the amateur baseball world...the Elrosa Saints split two games this weekend to New Munich to finish 12-1 in the Stearns County League North standings. They are the number one seed for next weekend's division playoffs and will host fourth-seeded Spring Hill on Saturday (August 1) at 1:30 p.m.

In the County Line League playoffs, the Regal Eagles beat the Paynesville Pirates 6-2 in the elimination bracket. The Eagles, seeded third, play next at home on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. against Norway Lake-Sunburg in another elimination game.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thoughts of Friday night football

It's late July, and one thing that means is that "Friday Night Lights" is on my mind. Yes, it's not too far away to start thinking about the 2015 high school football season! The Jaguars have a big chip on their shoulder as they look to make dramatic improvements on their 1-8 record in 2014.

If you want to know the varsity football schedule for the B-B-E Jaguars football team, read next week's Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper.


Sweet corn feed was great!

You cheated yourself if you didn't make it to Dave's Famous Sweet Corn and Pork Chop Feed last night at the Padua Pub. It was advertised in a color advertisement on page two of the July 16 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

More job openings

Jobs, jobs, everywhere...spread the word if you know someone who's looking for extra income. Pages eight and nine of this week's Bonanza Valley Voice both have gobs of job openings posted.

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Farm Bill technician position

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The Pope Soil and Water Conservation District has an immediate opening for a fulltime Farmbill Technician position starting at $16-$18.00 per hour.  This position promotes and implements conservation provisions of the Federal Farm Bill, the Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM), and other related wildlife and clean water conservation programs.  Activities will include program promotion, contract coordination, conservation planning, conservation plan modification, site assessment, inspections, and reporting.  Provide technical assistance for wildlife habitat enhancement techniques to private landowners and public organizations.  Position will work with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA), and the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) to promote and implement the conservation programs.  A general qualification guideline for this position is a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources/Environmental Studies/Agricultural Business or a related field. Please send a cover letter, completed application form, and resume with 3 references to the address or email below by 4:00 p.m. on August 7, 2015.  Application, job description, and position announcement can be found online at

And here's a home for sale...price reduced!
Beautiful 4 BR, 4 BA newer home with attached 2+ garage and detached garage on 3.14 acres located outside of Belgrade. PRICE REDUCED $209,000. Red Oak Realty 320-250-9363.

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