Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Boys' golf second at Lakeview

At the Lakeview Invitational today, the B-B-E Jaguars boys' golf team ended up in second place by just one stroke over host and team champion Lakeview. The Jaguars shot a 365, while the Lakers shot a 364.

In a home game with Eden Valley-Watkins, the B-B-E Jaguars fastpitch team fell 16-4 in five innings to the Eagles.


Today in sports

The B-B-E Jaguars fastpitch team hosts Eden Valley-Watkins for a lone Central Minnesota Conference game at 4:30 p.m. at the elementary diamond. That's the only home varsity action today in Jaguar Country.  The game will be aired on Smooth Magic 107 FM of Glenwood.

The B-B-E Jaguars junior high football team hosts Holdingford at 4:30 p.m.

More to come tonight.


Monday, May 03, 2021

Boys' golf at Kimball

The B-B-E Jaguars boys' golf team edged host Kimball/Eden Valley-Watkins today in an 18-hole invitational at Kimball Golf Club. Led by senior Peyton Winter's score of 85, the Jaguars shot 358 to take fifth place over. K/EV-W shot a 395 for sixth place. Buffalo, a Class 3A school, won the team title with a 345.


Community calendar updated (*and Band/Choir concert)

There are important updates finally added to the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper website's community calendar...because, well, we are finally in May! Here's a short link to view that: https://bit.ly/2QHMJRf.

Many irons in the fire, although no home varsity sports today...the band and choir concert is tonight. I'll find the live video player and get that added in a new blog post.

Update: I found the link to view it, although I don't have an embed code...here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDyDYzg1cGg.


Sunday, May 02, 2021

If you are...

If you are a parent, please hug your children a little bit longer this week than you usually would. 

If you're married, hug your spouse a little bit tighter than you usually would.

Let's continue making a world that the fallen among us would be proud of.

Saints suffer first loss

The Elrosa Saints amateur baseball team lost 8-2 on Saturday at Spring Hill. They host Dassel-Cokato at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday for their third game of the season and first out of Stearns County League play.

The D-C Saints are 0-1 this year. They lost 8-7 to the Watertown Devils on Friday night in their season opener.

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Saturday, May 01, 2021

(HD VIDEO) Joe's funeral

**Better-quality video with significantly sharper audio can be found here that also does not have buffering or delays from low Internet speed that hampered the live video stream. For example, at the 45-minute mark of the video embedded here, Father Jeff speaks, and in the live stream it was difficult to hear him. Part of the funeral was not included in this higher-quality recording, and it begins when the lessons were read by Mrs. Carol Sanders.

The live stream had nearly 100 viewers. When I looked as I took down my computer equipment, it said 93 cumulative viewers to that point.

Here's the video recorded in medium-quality HD at Elrosa:

The Mass of Christian Burial worship was very well attended. The funeral home staff said they had a count of over 275.

*Father Jeff's Homily on Joe begins at about the 9-minute mark into the funeral video.

Time to get in the garden! I don't think I'll make it over to Spring Hill for the baseball game. I'll try to get to tomorrow's home game in Elrosa.

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Saturday town team action

The Elrosa Saints amateur baseball team travels to neighboring rival Spring Hill in a Stearns County League North game on Saturday afternoon. First pitch at Chargers Stadium is at 1:30 p.m.

Regal will host Watkins on Saturday afternoon, and first pitch at Buddy Beier Field is also at 1:30 p.m.

On Sunday, Elrosa hosts Dassel-Cokato in an exhibition game at 1:30 p.m. Roscoe travels to Lake Henry on Sunday for a 1:30 p.m. Stearns County League South contest.

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Friday, April 30, 2021

(LIVE VIDEO) Mass of Christian Burial for Joe Feldman

Added on Saturday afternoon...

Here's the video recorded in medium-quality HD at Elrosa:

**Update at the funeral: it appears that viewers will experience buffering of the video.**

We ARE recording it. That's working.

At 11:35 we are experiencing buffering. Hoping it resolves itself.

***The recording will be uploaded within an hour or so of the conclusion of the funeral.

This blog post will receive updates later today, but I wanted to get this out right away now that it's finally set up.

Here's a live video player that will become active at approximately 10:50 a.m. tomorrow from Elrosa. We expect good audio, but the video will not have anything like high-def quality due to a reduced Internet speed available at the church.

You can share this blog posting so others can watch Joe's funeral tomorrow at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic church in Elrosa. If the feed "drops" just hit refresh a minute later and it should pick back up.

Please pray that our community can somehow find peace in this very, very difficult time that seems to only be filled with unending grief. Sometimes you get to the point where all you can do is pray. That's what we hang our hat on when life becomes confusing.

**Friday night update: in a test run earlier this evening at the church, the Internet connection held up, but the laptop did not. I am getting software on a new laptop and giving it another run before the night concludes. The computer used for live streaming the Josie and Remington funeral on February 5 has malfunctioned. I am confident my "Plan B" will work! However, there is a "Plan C" that hopefully won't have to be put into play.

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

Boys' golf moves into first place

At the third Central Minnesota Conference meet of the season, the B-B-E Jaguars boys' golf team took first place at Island Pine Golf Club in rural Atwater. The Jaguars shot a 177 to edge out runner-up Kimball/Eden Valley-Watkins, who shot a 185.

Leading the Jaguars were Gannon Walsh with a 42 and Brady Schwinghammer with a 43. Jack Paulson and Spencer Lundberg each carded a 46 to round out the top four scoring.

The B-B-E Jaguars baseball team went 1-1 against Holdingford tonight in St. Cloud. They won the first game 11-4 before falling 18-10 in game two. They are now 3-2 overall and 3-2 in the CMC.

In a home doubleheader, the B-B-E Jaguars fastpitch team lost 14-6 and 5-0 against Holdingford. The Huskers improve to 5-1 with the sweep.

More to come later.

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13, 2, 0 are the new numbers

Here's the latest from the Minnesota Department of Health, per their weekly zip code COVID-19 case number changes. The B-B-E zip code area (population 4,285 across the three local zip codes) has a weekly COVID-19 number of 15 as outlined below.

Brooten 56316 - two new cases in the last week;
Belgrade 56312 - 13 new cases in the last week;
Elrosa 56325 - zero new cases in the last week;

Elrosa has not reported a new COVID-19 case since mid-December.

We are in the midst of an "ebb and flow" corresponding with other central Minnesota COVID-19 numbers. Two weeks ago, a dramatic surge was being experienced with the weekly number reported for April 15 being 25 new cases. Last week the new number then had a dramatic decline to 12 for the seven-day period of April 15-April 21. Now this week we have a number of 15.

The new case number for the week ending April 8 was 10. The number reported on April 1 was also 10. The number reported on March 25 was just two, and the number reported on March 18 was five. The numbers reported each week in February and early March were consistently in the single digits. For Brooten's zip code, the number zero was reported in four of six weeks across a period from late January to the beginning of March. These weekly numbers are outlined at a web article posted at the Bonanza Valley Voice website, which you can find by clicking on this short link: https://bit.ly/3u9Bxv2. Other updates will be added there in terms of area zip code information. 

I only had time to glance briefly at the area zip code numbers. The only zip code area that really jumped out at me was Paynesville 56362...their new weekly number was 36 for a population of about 5,844.

On a completely different note, have you gotten an idea of what you'll plant in your family garden? We're getting to that point where vegetables can be planted. Our family garden has spinach and lettuce already sprouted (planted many weeks ago)...and yesterday we planted onion sets, carrots and more lettuce.

Have a good day out there.

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Thursday sports schedule

The B-B-E Jaguars boys' golf team competes in their third Central Minnesota Conference meet of the season today. They travel to Atwater for a meet hosted by conference newcomer Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.

The B-B-E Jaguars baseball team travels to St. Cloud's Dick Putz Field for a CMC doubleheader against Holdingford. The first game starts at 4 p.m.

On their home diamond, the B-B-E Jaguars fastpitch team hosts Holdingford for a CMC doubleheader, and the first game starts at 4 p.m.

Super busy day. I doubt I'll get back to blogging until tonight, after I post an update on the weekly COVID-19 numbers.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Special project: live streaming Joe's funeral

We're mustering all our resources here to get a live stream off the ground for Joe Feldman's Mass of Christian Burial this Saturday. Details to come.