Thursday, December 31, 2015

Job openings at Lakeside Foods in Brooten

And these are good, middle-class jobs with a great work environment. The field supervisor gets a fair amount of day-time traveling to boot!


A few days ago I reported that our B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team is 7-5 overall this century against New London-Spicer. I completely forgot about NL-S's dominating 85-60 win over the Jaguars in the 2009 Sub-Section 6AA-East championship game. So the win on Monday over NL-S lifted them to 7-6 overall against NL-S since the 2000-2001 season.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015


At halftime in Willmar, the Jaguars are losing 28-20 after playing rather poorly against Lack qui Parley Valley.

Final: LQPV 65, B-B-E 48.

Monday, December 28, 2015

What a win!!!

The B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team improved to 7-6 this century against the New London-Spicer Wildcats with a thrilling 72-67 win this afternoon in the first round of the Willmar Bremer Classic tournament. At halftime, the Wildcats (2-7 overall) had a 32-28 lead.

Tomorrow they face Lac qui Parle Valley (4-4 overall) in a 6 p.m. game at Willmar. The Eagles are 4-1 in the Camden Conference in second place.



Today's boys' basketball game between our B-B-E Jaguars (5-3 overall) and New London-Spicer will be broadcast on 106.5 FM The Train of Norway Lake/Sunburg. Tip-off for the game is at 2 p.m. at Willmar senior high school.

The Wildcats are 2-6 overall but have had an extremely difficult December schedule including outstanding teams from Albany, Minnewaska Area, Annandale and Melrose Area.

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas!!

I hope you enjoy the 16-page issue this week of the Bonanza Valley Voice.

It took a miracle to pull off, but a miracle is what I got when I beat my deadline by an hour on Wednesday morning.

Have a great Christmas weekend with your family.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Loss at Minnewaska

The girls' basketball team lost 56-50 tonight.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Second half

Saul Centre is ahead 47-40 with 6:46 left in the game over our B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team.

The Mainstreeters won by a final score of 61-46. They rebounded from a 26-13 deficit in the first half. Over the final three minutes of the first half plus the entire second half, Sauk Centre (5-3) held the Jaguars to just 20 points.

The Jaguars (5-3) are next in action on Monday, December 28 at the Willmar tournament. The schedule with game times was published in the December 10 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice.


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Eight in a row

The B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team beat Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 66 to 47 tonight at ACGC high school. They are now 8-0 overall and prepare for their toughest opponent on the December portion of their schedule: Minnewaska Area. The Jaguars travel to MAHS for a non-conference border battle next Tuesday night.

The B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team hosts Sauk Centre for a border battle on Friday this week. The Mainstreeters have won three in a row, including a 70-68 overtime win over visiting Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta tonight. Sauk Centre is 4-3 overall, while our Jaguars are 5-2 after losing to Pierz tonight 71-47.


Halftime scores

Pierz is up over our boys 37-26.

The girls are up 34-21 at halftime in Grove City.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Winter Wonderland

Last night and today, the Bonanza Valley area has been transformed into a "Winter Wonderland" after we lost basically all our snow from the November 30 storm. I'd say we've received anywhere from four to six inches of snow around Brooten.

I'm catching my breath now and gearing up for a 14-page issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice that will come out next week for Christmas. It will consume most of my time.

In the sports world, the B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team has home games on Thursday and Friday this week. You can see the full winter schedules for all four varsity teams at B-B-E in the December 10 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Wrestlers, girls' basketball bury conference foes

The final score tonight in the third Central Minnesota Conference dual of the season:  B-B-E Jaguars 54, Holdingford Huskers 21. Out of the 14 weight classes, the Huskers won just two matches that were contested. Next for the Jaguars: the Frazee Duals, which begin at 11 a.m. at Frazee when the Jaguars face Minneota in pool play.

At Paynesville, the B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team blasted Paynesville Area 60-37 to move to 7-0 on the season. They are also 2-0 in the CMC, while the Bulldogs fall to 1-4 overall. Next is a game at Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City on Thursday.

Read more about tonight's action in the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper, which hits newsstands tomorrow afternoon.

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Wrestling update (and streaming)

Wrestling fans!!! Tonight you can watch the Central Minnesota Conference dual meet between our B-B-E Jaguars and the Holdingford Huskers at the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper's broadcasting website: 

Action begins at 5 o'clock with JV wrestling and then the varsity dual.

***Streaming starts at 5:30 !!!

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Jaguars vs. Panthers

The B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team beat Parkers Prairie 52-37 tonight. The Panthers fall to 3-3 overall; they are 1-1 in the Little Eight Conference.

The Jaguars (6-0) travel to Paynesville tomorrow night. The dance team will perform at that game at halftime.

Here's video from the second half of tonight's game:

Area girls' basketball scores on December 14:
...there were actually no girls' basketball games tonight in our area!

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Friday, December 11, 2015


The B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team is 3-0 in the Central Minnesota Conference after winning a thriller for their home opener by a 61-59 score over Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted.

To read more on the game, visit the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper website:

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HL-W-W 39, B-B-E 29 at halftime in the third Central Minnesota Conference game of the season. Tonight is also the home opener for the Jaguars boys' basketball team. Final: B-B-E 61, HL-W-W 59!

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Girls' basketball

At halftime in Pierz, the B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team has a 50-27 lead in the Central Minnesota Conference opener!

Final score: B-B-E 77, Pierz 44. The Jaguars are averaging 68.8 points per game! Hailey Braegelman, starting for the first time this season, led all scorers with 22 points. She was benched with 10 minutes left in the game when the Jaguars had a 72-38 lead and the "Mercy Rule" was about to kick in.

Next is a home game on Monday against Parkers Prairie (3-1).

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(Video) Girls' basketball at Benson

Here's a video from the end of the championship game at the Case IH tournament in Benson on Saturday night:

Tonight the undefeated Jaguars girls' basketball team travels to Pierz to open up the Central Minnesota Conference schedule. The game will be streamed (audio) online courtesy of Rick Grammond at!you-are-there-sports/ces2.

Have you seen this week's 12-page Bonanza Valley Voice yet?


Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Basketball teams win

In their second Central Minnesota Conference game of the season, the B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team won 51 to 37 at Kimball tonight. Each team had 17 turnovers, but the Jaguars had a nice edge in rebounds. B-B-E had a 19-11 lead and then a chance at the final shot before halftime, and Tanner Heinsius canned a three-pointer at the buzzer from about four feet beyond the arc. The Cubs chipped away at the double-digit deficit early in the second half, making it a two-possession game, but the Jaguars pulled away down the stretch to improve to 4-1 overall.

The boys' basketball team hosts Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted in the home opener this Friday night. The Lakers are 1-3 overall and are on a three-game losing streak after beating Litchfield 51-50 in their season opener.

Meanwhile, at home tonight the B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team beat Upsala 71-37 to improve to 4-0. They head to Pierz on Thursday.

Read more about these games in this week's Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper.

Central Minnesota Conference boys' basketball scores on Dec. 8:
Holdingford 61, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 55
Eden Valley-Watkins 69, Maple Lake 68 OT (at Maple Lake)

Area boys' basketball scores on December 8:
Battle Lake 92, Parkers Prairie 57
Upsala 50, Royalton 46

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Monday, December 07, 2015

High school Christmas concert

The B-B-E high school band and choirs will perform their Christmas concert at 7 p.m. on Monday night, Dec. 7, at the high school gymnasium.

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Girls' basketball throttles Titans

The B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team hammered the Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal Titans in the championship game of the Benson tournament. With under 10 minutes to go, the Jaguars led 57-35.

Final: 75 to 49.

Now 3-0 for the first time since 2013 and just the second time since 2004, the Jaguars host Upsala on Tuesday night (Dec. 8) for a contest against the sub-section rival Cardinals (0-1). It's their second home game of the season.

More great Maple Grove today, the B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team placed third out of 12 teams with just eight guys competing. Ben Thompson was the lone champion for the Jaguars.
These eight Jaguars competed at Maple Grove on Saturday.

Video from the post-meet huddle after the Jaguars beat Paynesville:

The Jaguar wrestlers now have a break in competition until Tuesday, December 15 when they host Ortonville and Holdingford in a triangular.

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Game broadcasting / streaming in Benson

Tonight's girls' basketball game between our B-B-E Jaguars and Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal will be broadcast on Smooth Magic 107 FM of Glenwood. (107.1 FM on the radio dial and also at their website).

Tip-off is set for approximately 20:00.

Also, the Bonanza Valley Voice broadcasting team will be in Benson bringing you the game live online via the newspaper's streaming station. That link with the video player can be found at this URL:

We will attempt a new method of bringing audio into the video stream, so hopefully viewers will be able to follow some play-by-play. *NOTE: the video player will most likely be "dark" until about 19:50 tonight. By then we hope to have the video stream active, and you'll have your own view of the game at the Benson high school.

Here's a short video clip from last night's boys' basketball game in Paynesville:

Stay tuned for more coverage after tonight's game.

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Friday, December 04, 2015

Friday night basketball scores

The B-B-E boys' basketball team beat Paynesville 45-39 in their Central Minnesota Conference opener. Now 3-1 overall, the Jaguars travel to Kimball Area (1-2, 1-0 CMC) on Tuesday night.

The B-B-E girls' basketball team beat Benson 69-34 in the semifinals of the Benson tournament. They play at 8 p.m. in Benson in the tournament championship against NCE/UH, who beat MACCRAY in the other semifinal game tonight.

Central Minnesota Conference boys' basketball scores on Dec. 4:
Eden Valley-Watkin 75, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 46
Maple Lake 50, Pierz 42
Kimball Area 60, Holdingford 58 (OT)

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Thursday, December 03, 2015

Stream in Paynesville

It should be active by 7:45 !

We are live from Paynesville! Stream was active at 7:50. Had to use my own Hotspot with no access to PHS's WiFi network.

Update: the Jaguars beat Kimball 43-27 and then won over Paynesville 41-27!!!

Wrestling streaming in Paynesville

Tonight! Here's the link:

note: the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper video link will not become "live" until the match begins. My "guess" is approximately 7:30 p.m., but that's just a pure guess.

Details on when that will start are posted at the Jaguar Sports blog

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Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Back in the saddle

Winter sports are finally hitting "full stride" with the girls' basketball team opening up their season. The B-B-E Jaguars are hosting Melrose Area tonight and are ahead 33-16 at halftime.

The boys' basketball team is ahead 41-27 at Upsala at halftime.

Update: both varsity teams won. The boys won 69-50! The girls won 52-33.

Next for the girls' basketball team is the Benson tournament on Friday and Saturday (details in this week's Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper) The boys' basketball team opens conference play with a game at Paynesville Area on Friday.

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