Friday, November 30, 2012

(Videos) 106-pound championship match tonight

...well, it's one of two videos I took during Adam's match...I just realized I uploaded the first clip so this is not in fact the clip showing the win. Dang! It will be later tonight before that gets loaded to Youtube. In the video below, Adam built a 4-0 lead right at the end of the first period.


What a thrilling moment to witness his win! Coach Vos was beaming a huge smile down on all of us B-B-E Jaguar fans right there. Seventh-grader Adam Jaeger starts his varsity wrestling career with a 3-0 record. Not bad!

*Below, the final ticks of the championship match, third period:

The Jaguars wrestling team is next in action next Friday when they host BOLD in a dual meet.

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Both Jaguars basketball teams start the season 1-0

Austin Imdieke (3), one of three seniors on the roster of this year's boys' basketball team, closely guards WCA's Austin Redepenning (2) in the second half tonight. Redepenning hit three of the Knights four three-point shots tonight. Shown along the baseline is foreign-exchange student Henrick Hano (50), who provided some quality minutes off of the bench in the low post position.

The Jaguars boys' basketball team built on a single-digit halftime lead to beat West Central Area 65-38 in their season opener tonight. The Jaguars led by as many as 13 points in the first half, only to see the Knights whittle that down to as few as two in the final five minutes. B-B-E was up 17-12, then 17-14 and 19-14, but the Knights came back to trail 21-19 and ultimately 27-20 at halftime.

Sparked by the sight of Billy Borgerding raining down threes early in the second half, the Jaguars went up 38-22 with 14:46 left in the game and never looked back in the second half. James Kuefler finished with 16 points with eight rebounds to power the Jaguars, while Billy Borgerding added 15 points. As a team, the Jaguars out-rebounded the smaller Knights 29-19.

Up next: the defending state champion Jaguars face Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, who dismantled Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 89-23 in the earlier game of the B-B-E tournament. The Falcons led 37-5 before the Fighting Saints knew what hit them, and A-C-GC decided to name the halftime score at 55-11. I have a feeling the Falcons would have some capability of making noise in boys' basketball this year as well as wrestling. We'll see how things turn out tomorrow night.

In the wrestling tournament, the Jaguars wrestling team earned second place behind #7-ranked (Class AAA) New London-Spicer. Holdingford took third, with Willmar coming in fourth.
Senior Tyler Tensen earned his 75th career win tonight in the quarterfinal round of the tournament. He ended up 3-0 on the night and won by pin over a guy from New London-Spicer. Oh boy, that was fun to see!

At Benson, the Jaguars girls' basketball team won 56-47 to start their season 1-0. They play in the late game for the championship of that tournament tomorrow night at 7:30pm against Paynesville Area. The game was the second of the year for Benson, who lost their conference and season opener at Montevideo 58-43 on Tuesday night. Paynesville Area blasted MACCRAY 58-23 and had three players score in double figures. The Bulldogs have a solid unit this year, returning a nice core from last year's 14-10 squad.

Four Jaguars scored in double figures, led by junior post Megan Weller with 15. The Jaguars made only one three-pointer but were 13-of-20 from the free throw line compared to 4-of-9 free throw shooting by the Braves. Benson was 7-for-21 from beyond the arc.

I'm currently uploading the video from Adam Jaeger's championship match; I got a few uploaded at school on their super-fast high speed wireless internet, but now at home it will take awhile to get video up. Adam's video will be posted around 11:30pm.

More to follow later. So much to cover! It was a very exciting night. I've got 182 wrestling photos and 122 shots from the basketball game.

Area boys' basketball scores on November 30:
MACCRAY 48, Lac qui Parle Valley 39
Paynesville Area 68, Yellow Medicine East 32
Minnewaska Area 77, Benson 63
Eden Valley-Watkins 66, Osakis 36 
Albany 71, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 66
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 84, Mayer Lutheran 72 (that's a huge section win for the HL-W-W Lakers)
Norwood-Young America 74, Maple Lake 58
Royalton 63, Holdingford 46
Underwood 54, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 50
Rockford 67, Jordan 56
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 58, Brandon/Evansville 52 (2 OT!) 

Area girls' basketball scores on November 30:
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 54, Lac qui Parle Valley 46
Minneota 73, Ortonville 30
Annandale 72, Rockford Area 47
Kimball Area 65, Milaca 53
Litchfield 66, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 23 (I can't believe Litchfield drove out to Wheaton
Henning 57, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 20
New London-Spicer 53, Eden Valley-Watkins 41
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 63, Watertown-Mayer 57

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Jaguars have seven matmen in championship matches!

Patrick Rooney, who is a defending Section 5A champion from last season and took third place at state, won the 182-pound championship tonight; he's shown battling against Holdingford in the semifinals.

The Jaguars wrestling team is having a great night on the home mats tonight in their season debut.

The final wrestleback matches are beginning at about 6:10pm.

More to follow later tonight.

UPDATE: seventh-grader Adam Jaeger won the 106-pound title. At 126 pounds, Tyler Tensen won that title over an NL-S Wildcat.

More coming from the basketball game.

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Busy, busy, busy, busy...!

The whirlwind and hectic schedule that I refer to as "winter sports" begins tonight, or this afternoon actually, with the B-B-E Jaguar wrestling tournament in Belgrade and the B-B-E Jaguar pre-season basketball invite in Brooten.

It's been a true rat race getting prepared for tonight and...I'm still not ready.

By the way here's some news out of Elrosa!
Coming tomorrow!
Tip-off for the boys' basketball team's 2012-13 season opener is at about 7:30pm tonight. They face sub-section rival West Central Area.

The B-B-E wrestling team begins action at 2:30pm at the high school.

Notes on girls' basketball is further below.


Yes, by all means give the ultimate punishment in this case

Good Lord, this is incredibly awful...Cold Spring police officer Tom Decker was shot and killed in the line of duty last night at approximately 11:00pm:

Hey, Minnesota, ever heard of the death penalty?


Benson girls' basketball tournament Friday schedule

Paynesville vs. MACCRAY at 6:00 on Friday
Benson vs. B-B-E at approximately 7:30 on Friday

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Defending Class A state champions ranked #2 in preseason poll

The B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team received the number two spot in the Class A top-10 poll released today by Minnesota Basketball News.

The full rankings for Class A are as follows:

1. Maranatha Christian

2. B-B-E
3. Bethlehem Academy
4. Lakeview Christian
5. Dawson-Boyd
6. Sleepy Eye Saint Mary's
7. Heritage Christian
9. Upsala
10. Ulen-Hitterdal

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Random area notes regarding winter sports

Former Little Falls high school and St. Cloud State University basketball stand out Nate Miller (point guard) is the new head coach of the Holdingford Huskers boys' basketball team. He is a new special education teacher in Holdingford.

He spent the past four seasons as head coach at St. Cloud Cathedral, where the Crusaders finished 24-6 last year and Section 5AA runners-up.

Former Huskers basketball coach Byron Westrich was at Holdingford for about 20 years but now teaches in Upsala.

The Huskers went 4-22 last season.

In girls' basketball...
Paynesville Area, who is one of the teams at the Benson Tournament this weekend along with the Jaguars, enjoyed one of only 7 winning seasons on the court last year in the 37-year history of the program.

They return six seniors to the squad who have a combined 15 years of varsity experience. The Bulldogs went 14-10 last year and won two games against eventual West Central South Conference champion BOLD.

They run a unique "dribble-drive offense" featuring four wings and one post player.

The Paynesville boys' basketball team graduated 35 of their 47 points per game from their 3-21 squad in 2011-12. Four seniors graduated in 2012, including current St. John's University football stand out Josh Bungum.


Just put the wraps on an excellent Sauk Centre Herald issue

Page 10 in the front section has a collection of some photos from Santa Claus's visit to Belgrade on Saturday morning.

On page two in the back section, a preview of the B-B-E wrestling and basketball teams is included. Part of the girls' basketball section has comments from new head coach Kristina Anderson.

Finally, on page seven of the front section, I wrote a column that may be controversial in some corners of the world...we'll see. It's worth a look and will definitely raise some eyebrows.

Check out this "priceless" photo I found in my archives from the 2012 state basketball tournament...!

What a neat multi-generational photo...including B-B-E elementary students, recent B-B-E graduates, current B-B-E high school staff...and even a former B-B-E and Brooten high school teacher and former state representative, Bud Heidgerken of Freeport (lower left corner with the gray hat on.)
Who else is excited for the start of the winter varsity sports seasons at B-B-E?


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I agree


Photo album from Santa's visit on Saturday

Santa Claus and his reindeer in Belgrade...

 By the way, who's ready for some basketball?

A group of B-B-E students shown during the Class A state quarterfinal game last March at the Barn.
B-B-E's wrestling team and both basketball squads open their seasons this Friday!

FYI - tip off for the boys' basketball season opener is 7:30 on Friday night against the West Central Area Knights. WCA is a fellow member of Sub-Section 6A-South and finished 7-18 overall last year (4-12 Prairie Conference) and return three of their top six guys from that team. Their top player is a very talented junior, Dakotah Kashmark, who averaged 15 points per game in 2011-12.

The home wrestling tournament on Friday starts at 2:30pm at the high school.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Veterans Day program at the B-B-E elementary

Pastor Bryant Kaden of Trinity Lutheran Church in Brooten:

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Santa Claus spotted in Belgrade

Reindeer/sleigh rides in Belgrade today...

 ....and more memories from the fall sports season at B-B-E...

Fans at a volleyball match against Holdingford in September.

Trevor Schlangen running the ball at Willmar in September during a Youth Tackle football game.


Friday, November 23, 2012

A lengthy video from the Nevis volleyball match

Action from the middle of game three, where the Jaguars and Tigers were trading the lead...

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More band concert photos...and musical outtakes!

Part of the brass section in the Junior High Band.

Part of the wind section in the Junior High Band.
A handful of members of the Senior High Band.
...and don't miss out on viewing this video clip...showing a majority of the outtake clips from B-B-E's 'Jesus Christ Superstar' musical. Click on the link to view it at the Sauk Centre Herald website:

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Now that the sting has subsided...

Here's the video clip of the only score earned in the Section 4A championship football game on Nov. 3 in St. Cloud:

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B-B-E 6th grade large group band

At the beginning of Monday night's concert...

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

This is something we can all rally behind

Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:

"I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC. "You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election.

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971 - before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one (1) year or less to become the law of the land - all because of public pressure.

Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

Congressional Reform Act of 2012

1. No Tenure / No Pension.

A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they're out of office.

2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 12/1/12. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A great man has retired from the coaching ranks

Coach Gagliardi announced his retirement from the Division III football coaching ranks this week.


Video clip - Senior High band

From last night's concert...


Monday, November 19, 2012

Bravo, Mr. Coppicus and his B-B-E 6-12 grade band members!

The B-B-E Senior High band performing tonight in the high school auditorium.

What a fantastic job Mr. Coppicus has done in his time as B-B-E's instrumental teacher! The bands sounded great tonight in their fall concert...even the 6th grade band!

Great job to all the hard working students and Mr. Coppicus for the work they do in what was one of my favorite classes in high school.

Here's the grand finale of 'Jesus Christ Superstar' on opening night! What a truly memorable performance.

That video clip will be moved to the Sauk Centre Herald video webpage on Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, video from tonight's band concert will be posted here.

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

We are incredibly fortunate to have so many 3-sport athletes at B-B-E

Check out the following comments posted with an article in the West Central Tribune that talk about their youth hockey numbers (which are way down from years past even though overall K-12 school enrollment is higher than it was then)...

Cards, I too remember the days of higher numbers and strong teams, however back then things were much different. There were far more 3 sport athletes and far less specializing in one sport like today. Sport seasons were pretty well set, in the Fall we played Football or Cross Country if you were a boy, but now there is the addition of a quality Soccer program. In the Winter it was Hockey/Basketball/Wrestling/Swimming and now you add to that Cross Country Skiing. In the Spring it wqs Baseball/Track/Tennis/Golf. More offerings with fewer students to be involved will mean smaller participation.
We played and focused on the sports for each season and we didn’t have traveling sports for Winter season taking place in the Fall, Spring and Summer like we have today. Seriously how long is a J.O. Volleyball Season?!!
We didn’t have so many parent led “special teams” that excludes young athletes if they are not some how connected to the right person or if they lack the money to pay for the additional costs to travel to extra tournaments. Young athletes are getting shafted today because too many people think they are the next great coach of the year!
What I really see happening is that there are fewer “pick-up games” happening in our parks and outdoor rinks. Man I can remember playing ball until it got so dark we couldn’t see the ball coming at us! Or playing Hockey on an outdoor rink for so long that our feet hurt from being so cold! Young athletes today are being so conditioned to focus on one sport that they don’t get to enjoy sports!

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You do not want to miss this!

Don't miss the final performance of 'Jesus Christ Superstar' at B-B-E! It begins at 2:00 today at the high school auditorium.

Here's a scene from Act I:

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

More scenes from 'Jesus Christ Superstar' at B-B-E

Jesus and Mary Magdalene.

I'll get more up as the day progresses. Later this afternoon I'll be at part of the girls' basketball scrimmage in Sauk Centre. (It hasn't been much of a break between fall and winter sports, but I'm not complaining!)

Please be sure to tell anyone and everyone about the weekend's schedule for 'Jesus Christ Superstar'...the students and staff of the B-B-E Theater Company did an outstanding job putting it together. You do not want to miss out on being a part of it!

Details of the schedule are found here:

The bad guys!

And a clip from one of the more dramatic scenes of Act II:

Here's a link to the Sauk Centre Herald photo gallery from Friday night's performance. It will be uploaded through the latter part of the morning, so before noon not all the pictures will be available.

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Friday, November 16, 2012

'Jesus Chris Superstar' opening night is sold out!

A scene from early in Act I tonight at the B-B-E high school...

That was an incredibly awesome show! We are incredibly blessed to have such wonderful theater talent in our B-B-E school district.

Spread the word! The next show is at 7:30pm tomorrow night, with a matinee show at 2:00 on Sunday afternoon. Call all your friends and neighbors in the surrounding area to attend either of those two shows.

More will follow on Saturday morning.

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A memorable clip from Husky Stadium on November 3

Action with under 7 minutes left in the game, with A-C-GC threatening to score inside the red zone. The Jaguars ultimately held on a 4th-and-9 play to get the ball back with a little over 5 minutes remaining...

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Finally got the photo album uploaded

Here's the Sauk Centre Herald photo gallery from last week's Veterans Day programs at B-B-E:

Here's a clip at the Sauk Centre Herald website from the elementary Veterans Day program held on Friday morning:

Also, don't forget to get your tickets to Jesus Christ, Superstar presented this weekend by the B-B-E Theater Company! Get more information at the B-B-E school website homepage:

Here's a clip from the final part of the elementary Veterans Day program...

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Memories of fall at B-B-E

A group of B-B-E sixth graders congratulate fellow classmate Payton Van Beck for winning the halftime entertainment "Oscar Meyer wiener dancing" contest during the Homecoming game against Rockford.

Marshall Zachman (70) and Austin  Jaeger (15) collapse on a Kimball Cubs ball carrier during Week 2 of the varsity football season. The Jaguars had the game tied 28-28 in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter only to see the Cubs drive for a last-minute touchdown in a 34-28 loss.

More scenes from fall activities at B-B-E, as well as more photos from the Veterans Day programs, will be posted throughout this week.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Bravo, B-B-E teachers!

We just wrapped up with the fall parent-teacher conferences at B-B-E. Teachers and other staff members spent a long, grueling day meeting with parents while being on the "front line" of our area youth education.

They do a fine job educating our kids. We owe them all a great deal of thanks for what they do.


Thank you Veterans!

Members of the B-B-E high school choir are shown performing at the Veterans Day program on Friday afternoon.
Shown are some of the veterans on hand at the elementary program on Friday morning.

More to follow today.

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

'Salute to the Armed Forces'

At the B-B-E Elementary school yesterday...led by the Pope County Men's Chorus...

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Friday, November 09, 2012

A-C-GC buries St. Clair in state football opener

The A-C-GC Falcons are Metrodome-bound after a 38-20 annihilation of St. Clair in tonight's Class A state quarterfinal round game in Marshall.

In another Class A quarterfinal game, defending state champion Dawson-Boyd beat Browerville 35-20 in Morris. The Blackjacks (11-1) are not in the same bracket as the Falcons.

In Class AA, BOLD beat Holdingford 23-20 in two overtimes last night in St. Cloud.

On Saturday, former Brooten Buccaneers football stand out Dan Essler leads his New London-Spicer Wildcats football team into the Class AAA state quarterfinals at SCSU. Coach Essler has emerged as one of the top football coaches in central Minnesota in recent years, taking a program that really didn't do much in the history of NL-S and turning it into a mid-size football power.

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Veterans Day programs held at B-B-E

Two clips from the elementary program this morning...

More will follow later tonight.

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Goal-line stand video clip from the section championship game

Action with 5 minutes left in the third quarter, with A-C-GC threatening to score while pushing deep into the B-B-E red zone...

Check out that awesome B-B-E student section cheering their hearts out! Wonderful.

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Thursday, November 08, 2012

Veterans Day program at B-B-E is tomorrow

The Veterans Day program at B-B-E will be held on Friday, November 9 from 10:00am to 11:00am at the elementary school main gymnasium. Faculty, staff and students invite the public to join them for this important event.

More details from the desk of Activities Director Gossen: At the elementary during the Veterans Day program there will be songs performed by the Pope County Men's Choir, the B-B-E High School Choir, the B-B-E high school band, and we will have poems read by elementary students as well as a Reader's Theatre performed by elementary students.

Also, don't forget about the following weekend's B-B-E musical performances at the high school auditorium stage. I am straightening out which days the performances will take place. I have a feeling the original schedule was laid out while keeping in mind that the football team could be playing in the Metrodome on Saturday, Nov. 17 in the state semifinals.

**Here's something fun: a clip from the sub-section volleyball semifinals last to view at the Sauk Centre Herald website:

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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

It's a great day to be a Minnesotan...and an American!

One quick note: hats off to the Paynesville Area school district, as voters there approved an increase in their excess levy by a 61 to 39 percent margin.

I am absolutely stunned that the MarriageBigotryAmendment failed by over 100,000 votes in Minnesota. I am so proud of our state. I tip my hat to the gay and lesbian graduates of Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, as I have gay and lesbian friends from B-B-E dating back to the first graduating class of the paired school in 1990.

Beyond that, it's high time the DFL Party delivers on what the Republicans failed to do...bring forward a platform for the 2013 Legislative session titled and focused on "jobs, jobs, jobs!"

Focused like a laser! I'll be watching you (DFL)..put up or shut up and prepare to be punished in 2014 as bad as Republicans were on Tuesday.


Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Notes/results on the MarriageBigotryAmendment question

A little before midnight, the results from the city of Brooten were reported on the Secretary of State's website. For the MarriageBigotryAmendment question, or in another term "recognition of marriage solely between one man and one woman", it passed by a 171 to 134 margin, or by 55.3%.

While it did indeed pass, I am still proud that the vote was relatively close in Brooten compared to how it has fared in many other rural precincts.

Woop woop! President Obama defeated Romney by a healthy margin in Brooten, 182 to 124 votes. 

School board election results in Brooten show: Paul Weller 247, Kim Trustheim 163, Danny Wold 160, Sue Woolcott 153. 

School board results in Elrosa show: Paul Weller 79, Danny Wold 67, Kim Trustheim 59, Sue Woolcott 57.

I'll post more results as I get them.


Another issue near and dear to my heart...ethanol

Well, folks, it appears that President Obama has been re-elected. I'm going to share a commentary given on the Agri News Facebook news feed regarding ethanol.

Statement from Bob Dinneen, President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA):

“U.S. ethanol producers across this nation congratulate President Obama. Despite the many differences between the candidates and their political supporters, both candidates agreed energy independence was an important national goal. We are pleased that both candidates publicly supported the Renewable Fuel Standard based on its proven success. Ethanol has already helped reduce U.S. imports from Persian Gulf oil by 25% since 2000. We are very proud of the 400,000 American jobs we support across the economy. This is just the beginning of what biofuels can accomplish and we stand ready and eager to work with President Obama to expand the market for biofuels and bring the next generation online.“
I wouldn't be surprised if I learned that many of the fine people who click across this sports blog are both opposed to ethanol. I'll be very clear, I've got farming in my blood, I was raised on a farm, I have been a farmer, and I support farmers the whole way. I support the fine work of John Mages, Elrosa-area farmer, who is president of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and has spent countless hours in the last year or more promoting the ethanol industry.


My endorsement for Senator Lyle Koenen

Senator Lyle Koenen outside the Willmar DFL office last Friday.

Senator Lyle Koenen is a good friend of mine who I've known since 2000, when we both ran for state offices in western/west central Minnesota. I met up with him last Friday at the DFL office in Willmar while I was grabbing Collin Peterson and Amy Klobuchar highway signs to add to my family's farm property in rural Sunburg/Norway Lake.

Koenen was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives, District 20B, in 2002 and served there until being elected to the Minnesota Senate in 2012 to fill the term of the late Gary Kubly (DFL-Granite Falls).

Koenen is now running for Senate District 17, which includes all of northern Kandiyohi County, as well as all of Swift, Chippewa and Renville counties. He is a former dairy farmer and a native of Clara City. While serving in the Minnesota House and now Senate, Koenen also works part-time as a milk truck relief driver. He is married to Sandy, who is a bus driver for the MACCRAY school district, and their children are recent MACCRAY graduates.

I am proud to endorse Koenen for senate. He's a plain-spoken, honest, down to earth guy with rural Minnesota's best interests at heart. He knows what it's like to get dirt under his fingernails, what it means to work a long, hard day doing labor that adds aches and pains in one's body all while trying to operate a business and provide a good lifestyle for your family. He is cut from the same cloth as my late father was, always willing to give the shirt off your own back to your neighbor in need without complaint.

His opponent is Senator Joe Gimse of Willmar.


A familiar sight on Saturday at Husky Stadium

The Jaguars defense is shown holding up an A-C-GC run during a 4th quarter drive with about 6 1/2 minutes left. The Falcons stalled out at the B-B-E 14 with a little over 5 minutes left.
The Jaguars football team battled and battled to the bitter end in the game. I am quite proud of the fact that they showed they deserved to be on that field and in a situation where a state tournament berth was on the line. Earlier in the season when they were 0-3, who would have guessed they'd get so close to joining the Elite Eight field of teams in Class A in November?

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Election day

Go vote!


Monday, November 05, 2012

Two fantastic team seasons come to an end at B-B-E

Two magnificent seasons came to an end on Saturday for the B-B-E Jaguars. I hope everyone in Jaguar Country is as proud of the volleyball and football teams as I am. They had outstanding seasons. Add in a very good B-B-E girls' tennis season, in which they barely missed earning a .500 season with a very young lineup, and this fall was one I'll never forget.

Here's the link to a photo gallery at the Sauk Centre Herald website with 247 photos from the football game at SCSU:

Here's a clip from a timeout late in game two, with the Jaguars holding a 21-20 lead over Nevis...

Time for a break from this site to get some writing completed. 

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Sunday, November 04, 2012

More from last night's section final volleyball match

Action from early in game two last night against Nevis...


Move over! My running back needs some room to rumble

Jared Steffensen (60) lays out a nice block on Taylor Larson (14) to clear a path for Alex Wosmek during the first quarter at SCSU yesterday.

The entire Jaguars volleyball varsity squad gathered together to cheer as one unit during the football game.

Brian Goodwin makes the hand off to Austin Kollman.

More to follow later tonight.

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Saturday, November 03, 2012

Jaguars dug, swung, clawed and battled to the end against Nevis

Taylor Braegelman knocks a kill straight at a Nevis block with the ball falling on the Tigers' side of the net in game three tonight at Pierz.
Game three saw Nevis go up 2-0 early and then Becca Gruber earn an ace tip and an ace attack to tie it at 2-2. The Jaguars fought for ties at 3-3 and 4-4 but played two to three points almost the rest of the way before falling in the end 25-20.

Here's the Class A state tournament field with all eight section champions listed with overall record heading into state along with their final QRF ranking:
1 - Bethlehem Academy (23-7) 1st
2 - Martin County West (23-9-1) 18th
3 - Minneota (29-3) 2nd
4 - Southwest Christian (23-10) 7th
5 - Nevis (24-8-1) 6th
6 - Underwood (27-4) 19th
7 - North Woods (23-3) 16th
8 - Win-E-Mac (27-6) 11th

When looking through the list, four of the eight are in the top seven on the QRF along with a very good Win-E-Mac team coming in at 11th. I predict the top five seeds will come in as the QRF shows.
1st- Bethlehem Academy (defending state champs)
2nd - Minneota (I have to say they are very deserving of a #2 seed)
3rd - Nevis (they earned this seed with their QRF ranking and by beating B-B-E, who was ranked higher on the QRF than they were)
4th - Southwest Christian (beat a very good Mayer Lutheran team to get to state)
5th - Win-E-Mac


More action from Husky Stadium today

The Jaguars lined up here during the field goal attempt.

A-C-GC lines up for a 36-yard field goal with 61 seconds left in the game...

A-C-GC head coach Terry Karlsgodt, who has been a head football coach since the late 1970s, was clearly excited (for a good reason) after the game and had this to say, "That was quite a game. It was one of the most exciting games I've been a part of, the way the defenses played for both teams. I'll never forget this one. B-B-E really came to play today. They are a great team. The coaches there have done a tremendous job with that crew."

Stay tuned for more coverage of the B-B-E football and volleyball teams later tonight. Before leaving Pierz I'll add a little more to the "Step IV" volleyball update below.

Area volleyball playoff scores in section finals:
Martin County West 3, BOLD 0 (Section 2A)
Minneota 3, Russel-Tyler-Ruthton 0 (Section 3A)
Underwood 3, Barnesville 0 (Section 6A)
Thief River Falls 3, Wadena-Deer Creek 2 (Section 8AA)
Maple Lake 3, Zimmerman 1 (Section 5AA) ...hats off to the Irish and Coach Kiebel!
Belle Plaine 3, LeSueur-Henderson 2 (Section 2AA)
Marshall 3, Jackson County Central 0 (Section 3AA)


Step IV brings a stumbling block: the Nevis Tigers

Lee Borgerding - B-B-E's super fan!
I'll put our fans up against fans from any other school any day! They make anyone proud to be from B-B-E.
Brittany Roelike (17) high-fives Becca Gruber and Hailey Braegelman after earning a kill as one bright spot in an ugly game one.

The Nevis Tigers won in three sets tonight to advance to the Class A state tournament for the second year in a row. Game scores were 25-7, 25-23, 25-20.

Also for the second year in a row, the B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team finishes a wonderful season with a heartbreaking end at 25-8 overall. They continued the incredible, outstanding and very special tradition of winning conference and sub-section titles. It does not mean much tonight for the players, but they should be immensely proud of how they represented the B-B-E community during the fall of 2012.

Here's a video clip that shows the last point earned tonight by the Jaguars on an ace tip by Miriah DeKok to make the score 24-20 in favor of Nevis. Coach Hanson called a timeout at the end of this clip, and after that timeout the next point went to the Tigers to end the match.

More will follow later tonight. It's a lengthy trip from Morrison County to Pope County!

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