Monday, November 30, 2015

Winter's here

A view of Main Street in Brooten shortly after 20:00 on Monday night, November 30.

Roughly three to four inches of snow fell across the Bonanza Valley area today. Just before midnight, the snow started again, and the weather forecasters have said we should get another blast of snow over the next few hours.

A handful of school-related activities at B-B-E were cancelled/postponed due to dangerous driving conditions tonight. Many stretches of rural roadways had ice on them.

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Saturday, November 28, 2015


Two of Santa Claus's reindeer were spotted in Belgrade this morning giving rides to area children. The West Central Tribune put together a nice video / photo montage that can be viewed here (credit to Rand Middleton)

Friday, November 27, 2015

(Gallery) B-B-E high school musical

Here's the link to the Bonanza Valley Voice albums of photos from the school musical:

Here's a video from Saturday night, the second night of the show:

More will be posted at over this weekend.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Jaguar Invite results

In their 2015-16 season debut, the B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team placed second with 142.5 points, while first place went to Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville with 152 points. The Jaguars had four individual champions: Tyler Bents, Colby Schramel, Adam Jaeger and Joe Reller.

Team scoring:
1. LPGE/Browerville 152
2. B-B-E 142.5
3. Royalton 119
4. Holdingford 115.5
5. New London-Spicer 88
6. MA/H/CA 85.5
7. Ortonville 53

Next for the Jaguars is an important Central Minnesota Conference triangular on Thursday, Dec. 3 at Paynesville that also includes Kimball Area. All three teams are members of Section 5A.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Wrestling streaming

The wrestling finals could begin as early as 6 o'clock tonight. They will be streamed found here:

*Update: it's looking like the finals will begin by 6 o'clock. The video player should become active by that time.

These Jaguars wrestled in the semifinals: Canon Swanson, Tyler Bents, Isaiah Gilbert, Adam Jaeger, Colby Schramel, Trevor Kern, Jonah Voss and Ben Thompson.

Joe Reller, at 220 pounds, is in the championship after receiving two byes in a three-man bracket.

**Update***...the stream should be active at 6:10 p.m. when the video player goes from dark to live.
**Update! Technical troubles now...6:15...the finals are about to begin. We're still trying to get the stream active.

Stay tuned.

Here's the link to watch! Share the link so others can catch the action!


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Tigers tame Jaguars

At Morris tonight, the B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team played tough for about three-quarters of the game in a 57-43 loss.


Monday, November 23, 2015

Opener success

The B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team had a great night in their season opener on Monday at Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg. After holding a 47-18 lead at halftime, they called off most of the attack in the second half and won by a final score of 67-36. The game was competitive for the first few minutes, but after trailing 6-4 with 15:50 left, the Jaguars reeled off a 13-0 run to earn a double-digit lead that they held the rest of the way.

The night also marked the debut of the very first sports broadcast for the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper online streaming station. After some initial technical difficulties, the Internet stream became active about 10 minutes after tip-off and ran smoothly for the remainder of the game. You can read about this new feature and find the link here: When the stream is not active, the video player will be dark and could show an error message.

Next for the Jaguars (1-0) is a trip to Morris on Tuesday this week to face the Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta Tigers at the Morris Area elementary school gymnasium. Their third game of the year is a non-conference game at Upsala on Tuesday, December 1.

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It should start at 7:45 !!! We have Wi-Fi at K-M-S high school!!! This is on the Internet. The Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper's online streaming station is a success. At first a USB port failed, rendering the video converter useless to pull video from the camera to the computer after tip off. Once the computer was rebooted, it was smooth sailing for the remainder of the game.


Radio, times two!

On top of the live streaming Internet coverage of the Bonanza Valley Voice's online channel, the boys' basketball game tonight at K-M-S will be aired on 106.5 FM The Train of Norway Lake-Sunburg. Sports broadcasters Bill Dean and Don Leukam will be on hand to provide play-by-play coverage.

**Update: I just learned that two radio stations will be at K-M-S tonight, as Smooth Magic 107 FM of Glenwood with Brady Erdmann will also be in Kerkhoven. Holy cow! That's a lot of media!

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Streaming continues

The Bonanza Valley Voice's live streaming on the Internet of the turkey drawings on Saturday at the Ka-De Shack was what I will call a "partial success". The video stream worked well, but the audio was not good at all.

I'm taking it to the next level by heading to the Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg high school on Monday night to try live streaming the boys' basketball game. Stay tuned for details on that.

**Update: details can be found here!!!

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(HD video) B-B-E's fall musical

Here's a video clip from the first half of the show on Saturday night:

Read more on the musical at the Bonanza Valley Voice website:
...or refer to page one of this week's print edition of the Bonanza Valley Voice. **Remember! If you don't go to at least one of the shows, you are cheating yourself!! Don't let that happen! Your last chance to catch "Avenue Q: School Edition" on the B-B-E high school theater stage is at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 22.

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Turkey drawings

If you can't make it in person, you can watch the turkey drawings online via the live streaming station now operated by the Bonanza Valley Voice:

Here's the link to bookmark!

The drawing starts at 1:30 p.m. at Ka-De Shack in Brooten, and the live feed should be active a couple minutes before that.

By the way, here's the early stages of the "event calendar" for the Bonanza Valley Voice's live streaming station!!!


Friday, November 20, 2015

Live streaming

I am thrilled to report that our first test run of the Bonanza Valley Voice live streaming station was a success late this afternoon. I have a couple more events this weekend to try streaming as more trial runs.

The first official streamed event could be as early as Monday night. I will for sure get a live broadcast going on Wednesday night for the finals of the home wrestling tournament. Stay tuned for more information.

Here's the link to bookmark!

Time to get on the road for a flurry of events that are going on this weekend. If you have a copy of this week's Bonanza Valley Voice you'll know all about them. (Events in Terrace, Sunburg, Belgrade, Brooten, Padua)!

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Facts about refugees

This is from a lawyer who has a friend in common with me. She provided this information about the refugee issue.

Here’s what you should understand about refugee law and policy. It will help you better evaluate the statements being made by many others, and it will hopefully help you form a more informed opinion. 
First of all, what does it even mean to be a refugee? Under U.S. law (8 USC 1101(a)(42)), we use this definition (I’m going to paraphrase a little for ease of reading):
Someone who is outside their country of nationality, and who is unable or unwilling to return or get protection from their own government because of persecution on account of their race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion. 
A refugee must be outside his or her country of origin, but also outside the U.S., to seek “refugee” status. They go through an application process, which involves in person interviews and extensive background checks. The records checks include full fingerprints, INTERPOL checks, name checks, and cross referencing a lot of government databases. There is no “right” to refugee status. Individuals can be denied for any reason; common reasons would be not meeting that legal definition or having inconsistencies in the story. The approval process, before someone can be admitted to the U.S. routinely takes > 12 mos., even up to 24 mos. and sometimes longer. 
Refugees must meet eligibility guidelines to enter the U.S. These include not being “inadmissible.” There are a lot of reasons you can be deemed inadmissible. For a little “light” reading, check out 8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(3). It explains all of the “Security and Related Grounds” of inadmissibility. Having spent years appearing in Immigration Court and working with and against the good people at Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement - trust me, they are not erring on the side of admitting people who might be a danger. 
The “material support” provision excludes not just people who’ve associated with “known” terrorist groups. It excludes anyone who we have “reasonable ground to believe” is likely to engage in terrorism or terrorist-type activities. This section of law is incredibly broad and permissive in favor of the government to exclude potential refugees and immigrants. Terrorist groups can include any group of “two or more individuals.” The list of activities that can get you barred is long. Really, just go read the statute if you aren’t sure. 
We cannot predict the future. Someone may, after being admitted as a refugee, do something terrible. So might someone who is a U.S. citizen. The number of refugee admissions statutorily allowed by congress is pretty small - for FY 2015 that number was capped at 70,000 as it has been for years. It’s only recently that we’ve even come close to filling that capacity. Often we’re below it.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

(HD video) Veterans Day program

Shown is a video of numerous clips from the second part of the Veterans Day program held at the B-B-E elementary school one week ago:

This week's Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper has many color photos on the front and back pages this week. If you're not a subscriber, here's a link where you can take care of that for either $18 or $20 a year depending on where you live:

We are still working on the database required to launch the online version of the newspaper, where subscribers will be able to view all printed pages on their computer.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Classic Co. Bar and Grill

Click on the graphic to enlarge for best viewing.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Great programs!!!

I was fortunate enough to take in both B-B-E Veterans Day programs at both school buildings today.

I'll post more later tonight. Video is uploading as I type this.

Here's the first video clip I have:

I have more to post at

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Big 10 Network

Last Wednesday's college men's basketball exhibition game between the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Falcons and the University of Wisconsin Badgers will be re-broadcast on the Big 10 Network at noon on Wednesday, November 11.

Connor Goodwin, member of the 2012 B-B-E boys' basketball state championship team, is a senior center for UW-River Falls and listed at 6'7" and 230 pounds. He played 16 minutes in the exhibition game.


Monday, November 09, 2015

Boys' basketball preseason begins

Here's a glimpse of preseason practice today. I did a rough count of numbers in 9th-12th grade. It appears the program has about 35 athletes to work with into C, B and varsity squads.


Friday, November 06, 2015

School clothing store

Through Rambow of New London, B-B-E schools has an online store taking orders now through Sunday, November 8.

Click on and then type in "BBE" as the store code.

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I haven't posted here since last Saturday night's debacle took place in Long Prairie.

Lately I've been tied up getting this up to shape:

If you haven't looked around the new website, give it a try!