Thursday, September 19, 2019


Tonight's volleyball match at Paynesville will be on Smooth Magic 107 FM.

An upside

An upside to all the stress lately. I've lost about 10 pounds since Bonanza Valley Days weekend.

There's always some kind of silver lining, right?

We've gotten majorly off track here at the newspaper. I may be getting pushed right off of Main Street in Brooten, and I don't even know it.

On a day when I should be excited about our fall sports teams and general excitement in the school, I'm sitting here on my sports blog venting. Everyone has family. Stress deflects out to everyone around us. When you're fighting for your existence and your livelihood, it creates monumental stress.

Answers are coming, it may take some time, though.

Eventually we'll get operations back to normal at the Voice. I hope it won't take the full length of the fall sports season. We'll see.

In the mean time, I'm still going to try to continue enjoying summer!

81 degrees and basically full sun shine today!! Holy macaroni!!!


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Still enjoying summer!

We're still enjoying summer in September in the Bonanza Valley! We got well into the mid-80s on Tuesday. It was great!

Wednesday night will bring us a Belgrade Lions family picnic. I'm looking forward to it. I hope to get more coverage of the Belgrade Lions in the future. The town of Brooten owes them one, when they came through to help save the Miss Brooten program this past summer after the program was beaten and battered by the Brooten Commercial Club-related crimes that went down over the past three-or-so years.

That's old news by now, but I definitely won't let the Belgrade Lions' huge favor (a $2,000 donation) be forgotten.

The lengthy list of businesses plus local school and community-related groups who have been put in tough positions because of the Brooten Commercial Club-related crimes is shameful. I just shake my head.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Enjoying summer

We're still enjoying summer in grand fashion across the Bonanza Valley!

Today we had temperatures in the 80s with strong sunshine and a "fair" amount of humidity. Tomorrow we should peak out at 86 degrees locally, which probably will be the warmest day of the fall. After tomorrow we'll continue with warm weather for at least another week, according to the forecast.

Locally, the newspaper has been "intensely" busy working behind the scenes on a number of developments.

Have a great week!


Saturday, September 14, 2019

The return of summer

Today we'll see a high of 75 in the Bonanza Valley! With partly cloudy conditions. They're even talking 80s in the coming days. I will take that!!

We have a particularly wonderful day ahead of us for the annual Rooster Ramble fundraiser at Prairie View Golf Course. The shot gun start is at 9 a.m.

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Football Friday! Friday Night Lights III

At the end of the first quarter, the B-B-E Jaguars football team has an 8-0 lead over visiting Long Prairie-Grey Eagle.

Halftime: B-B-E 8, LP-GE 6.

With 4:04 left in the third quarter, the Thunder have gained the lead at 12-8.

*At the start of the fourth quarter, LP-GE has a 19-8 lead.

Final score: LP-GE 26, B-B-E 8. The Thunder improve to 2-1 on the season. LP-GE starting quarterback Tye Urman passed for 243 yards to lead his team's offense. Neither team got much on the ground, with LP-GE having 68 rushing yards for the game and B-B-E having a total of 31 rushing yards.

The huge difference in the game was on third-down efficiency: LP-GE converted eight of 13 third-down plays, while the Jaguars moved the chains just three times on 10 third-down tries.

Up next: the Jaguars (0-3) travel to Royalton next Friday. The Royals matched up with Parkers Prairie team coming into tonight in a battle of two teams searching for their first win. No score has been reported yet.

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Volleyball coverage vs. EVW

The B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team's home match with Eden Valley-Watkins will be aired on Smooth Magic 107 FM of Glenwood. Coverage will begin soon after 6:45 p.m.

*Update: the Jaguars have a 2-1 set lead but are playing from behind in the fourth game. The Eagles have a 15-12 lead.

Brittany Berge's 15th kill of the night tied the fourth game at 15-15. Karsee Kampsen then fired off her sixth ace serve of the night to give the Jaguars a 16-15 lead. They trailed by at least four points earlier in the game. Then a kill by Jenna Dingmann, her sixth of the night, put the Jaguars up 17-15. EV-W called a timeout.

Grace Illies's eighth kill of the night put the Jaguars up 19-18 in game four. An ace block by Ava Mueller made it 20-18. The Eagles tied it at 20-20.

Next, Mueller had a kill for a 21-20 lead. A hitting error by EV-W made it 22-20, and they called their final timeout of the set.

*The Jaguars won 25-21 to clinch the match and improve to 2-0 in the Central Minnesota Conference. Berge led the Jaguars with 15 kills, and Mueller added 10 kills for the night. Karissa Jones had three ace blocks, and Emily Kern had 36 digs.

Next: a road match at Paynesville one week from tonight.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

NLS vs. BBE border battle

Tonight's match at NLS is on Glenwood radio.

The B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team is fighting with all they've got against a state-ranked and undefeated (7-0) New London-Spicer squad at Fort Knox 

NLS won game one 25-20. The next three games were all close battles.

*The Wildcats won 3-1, and it was a great match! Worthy of the hype. The last three sets were all decided by a two-point margin. The Jaguars won game three 27-25.

*Below is video from the final minutes of tonight's match.

Next: at home on Thursday against conference rival Eden Valley-Watkins (9-3, 1-0).

**I want everyone to take a moment to view new content at the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper here: You can learn about an upcoming local men's retreat as well as the B-B-E Fellowship of Christian Athletes 5th Quarter event. Additional details about these events and others can be found in the September 12 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice that hits newsstands on Wednesday afternoon this week.

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