Thursday, August 27, 2015

Game day (tomorrow)

Tomorrow is game day for Week Two of the high school football season. I just viewed the weather forecast and was pleasantly surprised. If it holds, it will be as perfect as it can get for high school football. At kickoff, the wind will be just about absent (6 miles an hour from the south) with a temperature of 70 degrees. By the time halftime approaches, it will have cooled off to about 65 degrees.

Pack up the family and tell all your neighbors to come to town!! 7 p.m kickoff at Jaguar Stadium at the high school sports complex. Read more about the Jaguars and see a preview of the game with information on the Royalton Royals on page six and 10 of this week's Bonanza Valley Voice.

Also, prior to the football game is a home match between our Jaguars girls' tennis team and the Sauk Centre Mainstreeters at 10 a.m. at the high school.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Fugitive loose in or near Paynesville

Taking place now in Paynesville
Click to enlarge the graphic for best viewing.

Ryan Clover

Have you seen this person?

Ryan Gean Clover
DOB 07/13/1987 

Ryan Clover is wanted on a Felony Warrant out of Isanti County for Failure to Register- Predatory Offender. Please contact Isanti County Sheriff’s Office at 763-689-2141 if you have information on the location of this individual. DO NOT ENGAGE OR TALK TO THIS FUGITIVE!

Here is recent information released by Paynesville Police Chief Paul Wegner:
Officers lost track of him near a river on the north side of town. Clover was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans and no shoes. He is 5 ’6-160 pounds and has scruffy facial hair and several tattoos. If anyone sees him in the area, you’re urged to contact Paynesville Police at 320-243-7346 or the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office.

A few updates late TUESDAY night, August 25: 
a helicopter flew in at about 11 p.m. to help with the search. The rivers and trains were searched. A K-9 unit with two dogs was brought in from Willmar. Joining in the manhunt are the state patrol who is assisting with local law enforcement. Intelligence has suggested he is on the loose without shoes or socks on.

Praying this little bastard is caught!!!!!

*Update at 00:17 hours, Tuesday morning: the helicopter just left Paynesville, and they did not find him. From what my sources tell me, they are ending the massive manhunt that has been underway for the past few hours. Surveillance will continue.

**Update at 09:48 on Wednesday morning: the fugitive is believed to still be in Paynesville with no way out of town.


Over my dead body at B-B-E

This will not happen at we serve hot lunches to all students, every day, no exceptions!!!!

At Morris Area schools, they just approved an "alternate" meal plan for students who have a negative lunch balance:

The list of area schools who have this shady, and in my opinion, shameful "alternate lunch" policy is long. I don't have a complete record of it.

**For the record, at B-B-E, at this point, the school gets a hot lunch to any student who stands in the lunch line and wants one. I will fight to the bitter end to see this policy remains in place as long as I am around. Mistakes or innocent oversights of parents should NEVER fall back on our children. I have spoken at length with B-B-E school staff about this sensitive issue. In some cases, negative lunch balances can shoot well past $100. In every case, the school does everything they can to work with families to get the account paid up. What I have heard from school staff is that in almost every case, the accounts are eventually paid up. If it ever becomes a financial issue for the school, they need to talk to the local business community and others about getting private assistance instead of "food shaming" kids at lunch time.

NOT food shaming kids is simply the right thing to do.


Uuf da

Here's a story from a Royalton school board meeting, published in the Morrison County Record:

And check this out from Better Ed...look at the West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan school district from the calendar are splattered throughout this web article:

What do you think? Should students have screens in front of them 24/7??

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Amaz'n Farmyard: amazing in what way?

An injured dog standing on a grate, which was its home, at the Valley View Kennel near Eden Valley. This business is adjacent to Amaz'n Farmyard, a location of field trips for many schools and day cares throughout central Minnesota (including B-B-E). Click on the photo to enlarge it for best viewing.

This photo was taken by the USDA at an inspection of Valley View Kennel owned by Paul and Sheila Haag, the supplier of puppies at Amaz'n Farmyard. It's suspected that it's is a photo of a Bichon Frise who had a "noticeable limp and swelling of the front left paw" as noted in the inspection report dated April 9, 2013.

This is the inside of the puppy mill where they breed dogs at a level that is hard to fathom. At last count there were 916 dogs/puppies living in the barns located on the property of the Amaze'n Farmyard. I've recently began gathering information and evidence about what goes on at this place. I'm about "knee deep" into it, as it is very time-consuming. Once I began asking questions about this business, literally, within hours, I was attacked online through Facebook by supporters of the Haag family. Textbook cyberbullying. It was a very interesting experience, to say the least.

A number of area schools have taken this business off of their list of approved places for field trips. New London-Spicer, Sauk Rapids-Rice and Albany are three districts I know who have made that decision this summer.

Amaz'n Farmyard and the Valley View Kennel are on the list of the 101 worst Puppy Mills in the U.S.

*Here's what I feel is an excellent story done on the August 18 protest and the Valley View Kennel written by staff at the St. Cloud Times newspaper:

Here's links to stories done on Valley View Kennel and Amaz'n Farmyard in August by the City Pages.  These stories take about 10 minutes to read but it's worth the time spent.

Finally, here's the Facebook page that's a gathering place of stories from people who have done business with the Haag family. Some of the stories are very hard to read. A recent post just made last night was given about a dog once owned by the Haags (had a chip embedded in it that proves it was their dog) who was literally dumped in the winter in Belgrade. I'm currently trying to track down the police report that was filed when law enforcement picked it up.

If you're reading this, I ask you to keep an open mind. If I get evidence that 99% of the dogs housed here (approx. 750 according to the most recent USDA report, not over 900) are healthy, then so be it. Wonderful! Disease and injuries will happen in any group of animals. If these cases are isolated, so be it. Wonderful! Right now the shroud of secrecy at Valley View Kennel only brings more questions to mind.

As always, stay tuned. I'm in the midst of this right now:


Monday, August 24, 2015

Tough OT loss

Brendon Loch, Adrian Belden and Tanner Heinsius line up for the second coin toss of Saturday night.

Mark my word: the Jaguars will come back from this with a vengeance from that loss! They have a tall task at hand, facing a very experienced, brawny and talented Royalton team for the home opener. Read more on the season opener and preview the home opener in this week's Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper.


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Friday Night Lights I: tear your hearts out, OT loss

Early in the second quarter in the 2015 season opener: Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 7, B-B-E 6. At halftime, the Jaguars held a 22-14 lead.

At the 4th quarter break: 22-22 tie!

End of regulation: 22-22 tie!!!!!

Final in overtime: ACGC 28, Jaguars 22. In overtime, the Jaguars gained a couple yards before losing big yardage on fourth was ugly. The Falcons gained rushes of seven and three yards to score the game's final touchdown and start the year 1-0.

Here's a short video clip from the first quarter of the game, when the Jaguars stopped A-C-GC on their second drive of the game:

Here's video showing part of the first touchdown drive by the Jaguars tonight. They scored all 22 points in the second quarter.

Next for Week Two: the 1-0 Royalton Royals invade our home field on Friday, August 28 to start the Mid-State District, Sub-District 3 schedule. The Royals beat New York Mills 19-0 tonight. Time to head home, more to come later tonight including overtime video.

In amateur baseball news...last night (Friday) the Lake Henry Lakers lost 10-3 to Blue Earth in their Class C state tournament opener. Today at Cold Spring, the Spring Hill Chargers kept their Cinderella season alive with a gutsy and incredible 1-0 win over heavily-favored Sobieski. The Skis are the defending Class C state champion.

Scores from games involving Sub-District 3 teams from the Mid-State District:
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 41, West Central Area/Ashby 6
Yellow Medicine East 18, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg
Browerville/Eagle Valley 35, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 6 
Maple Lake 35, Kimball Area 6
Upsala/Swanville Area 39, Lake Park-Audubon 12
Parkers Prairie 30, Wadena-Deer Creek 6 

Area football scores in Week One:
Eden Valley-Watkins 56, Benson 20
Yellow Medicine East 18, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (YME went 2-34 in the last four seasons)
Pierz 38, Annandale 12
Glencoe-Silver Lake 20, New London-Spicer 6
Albany 14, Fergus Falls 7
Montevideo 27, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 21
MACCRAY 48, Park Christian (Moorhead) 0
Windom Area 26, Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 24
Osakis 26, Pelican Rapids 14
Holdingford 19, Minnewaska Area 14
Melrose Area 36, Sauk Centre 15
Paynesville Area 26, BOLD 13
Rockford Area 15, Watertown-Mayer 8

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A change of pace

Found this to be a very interesting read and worth sharing!

Football opener

The season opener for the B-B-E Jaguars football team is set for 7 p.m. tonight in Grove City the against Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Falcons. If you've never watched football at A-C-GC, here's where you go: drive to Grove City (I like the Paynesville way unless you're in the southern region of the B-B-E district) and then skip across the train tracks on the west side of Grove City to get to their 5th-12th grade high school. The football complex is located southeast of the school.

If you want to read the season preview for the Jaguars, go to page four of this week's Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper.

Here's video of the Jaguars warming up for practice on Monday, August 17:

The weather forecast says that Grove City may get hit by thunderstorms this afternoon (2:45 p.m. according to and then by rain between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m....but by game time there is no sign that bad weather will be an issue.

As of now, if thunderstorms somehow interrupted or nixed the game, the only option is to move it to Monday night. Which would not be good and would make an absolute mess of next week!! Obviously, no matter what, if the game can't be played tonight due to the weather, it will not be played. *Praise the Lord that we're only talking about a trip to Grove City and not to Lester Prairie or Norwood-Young America!!! Thank you, District Football!

Here's what happens when enrollment dips in a small school, something we need to work to fight against every day of the year at MACCRAY their class sizes have dipped so low (into the 30s) in the high school that they have moved to nine-man football for the first time in the history of their consolidated school. As recently as 2008, MACCRAY was a Class 2A football school, but they have fallen on very hard times in recent years. MACCRAY begins their nine-man football season in Moorhead today (1 p.m game)...nuts!! Then for away games they go to Brandon (85 miles one way!), Danube (just 23 miles vs. Renville County West) and Graceville (85 miles vs. Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley).

Fun facts: here's the list of previous season-opening opponents for our Jaguars football team...the closest we've had in school history is Kimball (back in the 90s the Cubs were a non-conference opponent until 1999) = Bertha-Hewitt, Kimball, Ortonville, Ogilvie, West Central Area, Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity and finally, for just one year, Norwood-Young America (2014).

B-H was the season-opening opponent in 1988. In that game, the first-ever game for the Jaguars football team, the Blue & Silver won 34-18 in Bertha. From 1989 through 1998, the Jaguars only managed to get two wins against Kimball (1990, 1997) in the season opener. Against Ortonville (1999-2004) the Jaguars beat the Trojans just one time, in 2000, by a 13-8 score. Against Ogilvie, the Jaguars went 1-1 with a loss in Belgrade in 2005 and then a 36-22 win at Ogilvie in 2006; I remember that long, long trip to Ogilvie in 2006 of 90 miles!!!! Good grief! It was just a bit farther than the drive to Ortonville. From 2007 to 2010, the Jaguars went 2-2 against the Knights, including a 13-0 win at Barrett in Coach Chris Moscho's first game as head coach of the program. From 2011 to 2013, the Jaguars went 1-2 against LP/HT. And last year, against Class 2A NYA, the Jaguars lost 28-0 to a team that made it all the way to the state tournament after losing in their section finals game in 2013.

For the foreseeable future, A-C-GC will be the season-opening opponent for the Jaguars. I think it's absolutely terrific to get an opponent in Week One that is just a hop and a skip away and not 60 to 90 miles away!

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Wayne State Wildcats

Brian Goodwin lets a pass fly to the flats at Rockford on Sept. 27, 2013 when the Jaguars spoiled the Rockets' homecoming and went home with a 22-7 win.

Brian Goodwin, B-B-E graduate in 2014 and a leader of two state championship Jaguars boys' basketball teams, has transferred from North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) in Wahpeton to Wayne State, Nebraska. At Wayne State, Goodwin remains a Wildcat but moves from the Division II ranks of the junior college world to the NCAA Division II realm.

Here's more information on the transfer and on Wayne State:

We wish him luck in his final three years as a college basketball player!


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Four wheelers

TRUTH! I never recall feeling bad after going out for a drive on our FourTrax four-wheeler while I was a teenager. Good grief, I spent hours and hours on that four-wheeler in all different corners of not only our dairy farm but also Norway Lake Township (and even Colfax Township at times) throughout the 1990s!!!!!!

On an unrelated you know how many returning starters the B-B-E Jaguars football team has this year from the 2014 squad? Or who they will be setting up in the backfield on offense? Or on the offensive line? If you get the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper you'd know after reading this week's issue and the season preview story on page four.

"You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink..."

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Fall sports practices hit full stride

The volleyball Jaguars running around the high school track this morning.

All three fall varsity sports teams have preseason practices underway. The football team started last Monday, while the volleyball and girls' tennis teams began today.

I'm cooking up season preview articles on the Jaguars football team and Jaguars girls' tennis team for this week's Bonanza Valley Voice.
If you want to read the stories, you need to be a subscriber or pick up a copy at RJ's, Roosters Bottle Shop, Mikes Market in Brooten or L & L Family Grocery in Belgrade.

And by the way, here's the Bonanza Valley Voice photo gallery from activities of Belgrade's August Fest two weekends ago:

On a related note, the Bonanza Valley Voice earned the 199th and 200th new subscriber of the year today. Wow!!!!!

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