Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Due to unforseen circumstances I was unable to get to any of the wrestling meet. Bummer!

I am thrilled to report that the Jaguars wrestling team took second! Three individual champions! They finished just 12 points out of first place behind Class 3A Maple Grove. They placed five wrestlers in championship matches, and 11 wrestlers earned medals.

Tyler Bents won a thriller in the 106-pound championship by a 3-2 decision. Josey Tensen won by fall (3:02) in the 120-pound division. Ben Thompson won by fall (1:47) in the semifinals at 170 pounds and then took the title by default.

These guys mean BUSINESS this season!
Team standings:
1st Maple Grove - 179
2nd B-B-E - 167
3rd Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta/Hancock - 155
4th Long Prairie/Grey Eagle-Browerville - 142
5th New London-Spicer - 74
6th Ortonville - 32

The Jaguars will host neighboring rival Paynesville Area this coming Thursday (Dec. 4) in a dual meet. I'm not sure when JV action will start, but the varsity meet should get going around 7 p.m. Come out and get a good seat!

Fun fact: first-year head coach Jack Mueller is a Paynesville graduate and was a former Bulldogs wrestler.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Wow!!!!! I agree!

This hits it on the head:


(Musical video) Clue presented by B-B-E theater company

Enjoy! I know that the theater company is selling DVDs of the entire musical.

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Season opener! (Winter sports opener)

Photo courtesy of Greater Visions Photography, Belgrade.

B-B-E's Jaguars wrestling team hosts their 2014-2015 season opener on Wednesday, Nov. 26 with an Early Bird tournament at the high school starting at 2:30 p.m. Teams coming for the six-team field include Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, Maple Grove, Morris Area/Hancock/Chokio-Alberta, New London-Spicer and Ortonville.

Please pass the word and come out to support your Jaguars!

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Monday, November 24, 2014

The students

Our B-B-E students are extremely upset right now. Every day I am learning that I have barely grazed the surface of it. As I have time (which I don't, but still...) I am going to gather stories from students on what the police liaison services have meant to them during their experiences in school. That's all about to go through big, huge changes as we turn the calendars to December.

This won't be easy, but it is important.

And by the way, I am absolutely furious about it. And as I get older I've learned it's best to not speak while angry. I've also learned from visits with clergy that seeking a heart of forgiveness should always be your goal. Speaking frankly, that will be a difficult goal to achieve any time soon.

Hope is on the horizon, though. It's just too soon to talk about it publicly. I had a very productive night on my end gathering important information, but the down side was missing the band concert which was a huge bummer. The logistics of driving to the high school tonight didn't work out.


Band concert

The 6th-12th grade fall band concert is tonight at 7:30 p.m.

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Buried under a mountain of loose ends I'm tying up...I won't get on any "Clue" musical coverage until Tuesday. My apologies.

On a side note, today is a great day!!!! The future is bright.


Winter coat distribution

Please spread the word!

A winter coat distribution on behalf of the B-B-E Area Clothes Closet will be held on Wednesday, November 26 starting at 1 p.m. at the Brooten City Hall.

The B-B-E Area Clothes Closet is open to any area family in need from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday.

Donations are always welcome and accepted and may be dropped off at the Brooten City Hall any day of the week during business hours. Currently needed are winter clothing for all sexes and ages. Please make sure clothing is clean and in good condition.


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Fabulous musical

Clue was outstanding!! I will try to get photos and video posted tonight.

...and here's a video clip from Act II:


Friday, November 21, 2014

Coaches roundup

A quick note from DMac in Glenwood...on Saturday morning around 7:20 a.m. Coach Kevin Weller will be interviewed in a season recap on 107.1 FM.

After listening to his interview, one thing stood out that I want to share. On this year's Jaguar volleyball team, seven team members earned All-Central Minnesota Conference Academic Awards. That requires a GPA of 3.76 or higher. That's pretty incredible!!


Holdingford wins state title!

Click to read a short web article about the achievement:

If you didn't get to watch the last few minutes of regulation or the overtime periods, you missed out on something special!!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Calmer waters

I've had a follower on this website who has had issue with some of the things I've written. I actually removed every last single thing this person didn't like once it was brought to my attention in an act of appeasement and basically "waving the white flag". In a nutshell, I gave in. I am not proud of that, but it's what I did. And by waving the white flag, I also did not post a comment about you on a Facebook group which I am not an administrator of. Please know that was not me.

I think the situation has calmed down. I judged this person and felt personally threatened by their actions, especially when I was physically being looked for. I do not apologize for that overt act of judgement. I am close to many, many people who I have to think of first and foremost. I have to think about the many, many people who I interact with on a daily basis and consider their safety as well. In today's world, I will react swiftly if I feel my safety or the safety of those around me is in jeopardy. I've taken steps to protect myself and those who I love.

In all truthfulness, this person and I want the same things: we want government to be good. To behave. We just have very different tactics about how we try to make that happen. And that's okay in a free country like the one we live in.

Anyway, to this person. I admire your tenacity. You make me look downright timid. And that's okay. To the single event that has you upset about that happened in July 2013, please know that the proper government agencies have taken care of that situation. The proper legal punishments were handed out. You have to understand what jurisdiction would cover an agriculture-related chemical spill and then go from there.

Carry on, sir. And remember to be nice to those who don't deserve nice. I have to remind myself that every day.



The sun is shining today for a reason. Today is a very, very good day.

I hope you can get outside and soak it in!


"Clue" will be performed Friday and Saturday nights this week at the B-B-E theater stage. A matinee is Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock.

The Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Theater Company's fall musical this year is "Clue," a production that will include audience participation for all three nights, according to director Lucy Lloyd. It will be held on Friday, Nov. 21, at 7:30, Saturday, Nov. 22, at 7:30 and on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 2:00 at the high school theater stage. 

"Clue" is based on the board game with a plot including a murder in a mansion occupied by several suspects and solved by a detective. During the musical, crew members will collect cards from audience members that select the murderer out of the cast members as well as the murder weapon and location of the murder. The cast includes eight students with three students working as crew members.

Please spread the word! Let's support the Fine Arts like we support our athletic programs! It's all good  :)

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

All-Area football

In the West Central Tribune, two B-B-E Jaguar football players were selected to the Tribune All-Area team:
Ben Thompson (Junior OL): 89 tackles; All-Central Minnesota Conference Second Team.

Tommy Cebulla (Senior FS/FB): 117-539 rushing; 88 tackles; All-Central Minnesota Conference First Team; Central Minnesota Conference Defensive Back of the Year.

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Police chief resigns

Earlier this afternoon, Police Chief Derrick Bjork resigned from his position with the Belgrade police department. His resignation was accepted in writing by Belgrade mayor Rick Tschida. This comes on the heels of the Belgrade city council meeting held last night.

Because of threats to my safety, I cannot comment on what is happening or share further details. I can do nothing else but report what I know.


Wisdom for the day

It's been a rough few days lately, mostly related to the weather. Seeing some sunshine yesterday helped me out a lot late in the afternoon on my way back to Glenwood.

Here's my wisdom for today: