Sunday, July 31, 2016

Little Dipper finals

With four innings complete, Regal has a 7-2 lead over Elrosa in the Stearns County League Little Dipper championship game.

In amateur baseball news...New Munich beat Spring Hill to qualify for regions. Elrosa drafted Austin Schoenberg fron Spring Hill. They play Farming at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 6 in Paynesville.

Further updates will be posted at the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper's website tonight.

On Sunday night the news room was closed.

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Playoffs, Part II

The Elrosa Saints won the Stearns County League North division title today with a 7-3 win over Meire Grove. Region scheduling information will be posted later today. This is the program's 10th division playoff title in team history.

The Saints move to 14-13 overall with the win and now prepare for the Region 15C amateur baseball tournament that will be held in Paynesville over the next two weekends. Elrosa's first region contest is at either 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 6. I have to confirm the correct time and then post updates after the SCL Little Dipper championship game tonight.

In the County Line League playoffs, the Regal Eagles defeated the Starbuck Stars 9-1 on Saturday in an elimination contest. Earlier this afternoon (Sunday, July 31) the Eagles knocked out New London-Spicer from region contention with a 7-4 win. Currently they are facing Atwater in the CLL championship game. Both Regal and Atwater advance to regions.

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

State volleyball preseason polls

The B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team will enter the 2016 season with a No. 10 ranking in the preseason polls released by the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association. Needless to say, expectations are high after the Jaguars had a very solid "off-season" and bring back key components of last year's squad that was upset in the sub-section semifinals.

The Jaguars haven't played in the state tournament since 2010. It is high time to change that!!!!

In Class 1A Bethlehem Academy is ranked number one, with Tracy-Milroy-Balaton at number two. Receiving votes in Class 1A are Wabasso, Legacy Christian, Minneota and Underwood. In Class 2A, Maple Lake is ranked number five.


Amateur division playoffs

The first final score is in the books for the opening day of the Stearns County League division playoffs.

In an SCL-North match up at New Munich, the Elrosa Saints amateur baseball team won 2-0 to punch their ticket to the Region 15C baseball tournament.

Elrosa plays in a region seeding game (the SCL-North championship game) tomorrow (July 31) afternoon. The site is to-be-determined depending on who won the Meire Grove vs. Spring Hill game. If Spring Hill wins, then Elrosa plays at Spring Hill on Sunday. If Meire Grove wins, then Elrosa will host Meire Grove.

*UPDATE on Sunday night: this is exciting news for Saints fans! The Elrosa Saints will host the division championship game after Meire Grove upset the number-one seeded Spring Hill Chargers today. The Saints are the No. 3 seed, while the Grovers are the No. 4 seed. These two teams split in the regular season series. *****This division championship game in Elrosa will take place at 12 p.m. noon. So spread the word!

Stay tuned for updates. And don't forget about heading to Regal on Sunday night for the Little Dipper SCL championship game! Below is a short video clip from the semifinals last Sunday in Farming:

Here's a story on an accident by Belgrade this morning at the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper website:

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

County Fair time

The schedule for the Stearns County Fair in Sauk Centre was published on page four of the July 28 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper. Also on that page were pictures from the Pope County Fair in Glenwood.

The fair in Sauk Centre runs now through Sunday.

Below is a video clip from the end of the musical in from that were on pages seven and 12 of the July 28 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice.

Not a subscriber to the newspaper? You're missing out! Here's where you can go to sign up. Just $18 a year for local subscribers!!!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Sweet corn!

Don't miss out on the pork chop and sweet corn feed in Padua tonight! All-you-can eat! Serving from 5 to 9 p.m.

The ad was on page 10 of the July 21 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Little Dipper playoffs

Stearns County League Little Dipper playoff results from Sunday night:

Elrosa beat Farming 16-0 at Farming. At St. Martin, Regal beat the Martins 7-2.

The SCL finals will be played on Sunday, July 31 at Regal with a 5:30 p.m. start time. Elrosa was the No. 4 seed, while Regal was the No. 2 seed.

More on the Elrosa v. Farming game will be posted today at the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper website.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Amateur baseball

Kevin Kuefler watches ball four pass by as he batted in the bottom of the seventh inning. He was the only baserunner Elrosa got in that inning, as the Saints were held to just one hit through eight innings by New Munich starter Jim Thull.
In the final game of the regular amateur baseball season, the New Munich Silverstreaks traveled to Elrosa this afternoon and went home with a 2-0 win.

Spring Hill is gunning for their ninth win in the Stearns County League with a game at Farming today. They are 8-4 in the SCL-North division after squeaking out a 7-6 win at Chargers Field; they scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Today through five innings, Spring Hill held a 6-4 win over the Flames.
*Update: Spring Hill won 10-4 to finish the regular season with a 9-4 mark in the SCL-North. They win the division title alone. New Munich finished in third place with an 8-5 record, while the Elrosa Saints were third with a 7-6 mark.

Farming (10-2) is the SCL-South division champions, regardless of the outcome of today's game.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

(HD video) Elrosa v. Spring Hill

Here's action from the Elrosa vs. Spring Hill baseball game on July 8 at Elrosa:

I'm checking on the status of events at the 133rd annual Pope County Fair in Glenwood. It's been raining on and off all day across the Bonanza Valley. **And I can report that the Demo Derby in Glenwood is a GO for tonight. You can go here to read about the Pope County Fair, and remember their advertisement was in the July 7 and July 14 issues of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper.

Thank you for supporting our local county fair! There's another one coming next week in Sauk Centre...details to follow in the upcoming issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

(HD video) Terrace Mill Children's Musical

Video from last night in Terrace:

I hope some of you reading this have plans to head to the Pope County Fair in Glenwood! THe full schedule was printed in the July 7 and July 14 issues of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper.


Fastpitch playoffs, musical

The B-B-E Jaguars 17-U fastpitch team lost 7-4 in a hard-fought contest at Osakis against Browerville in the West Central League playoffs on Thursday night. I have photos and video to post on Friday from the game. B-B-E was the No. 6 seed, while the Tigers were seeded No. 3.

From Osakis we made a quick trip down to Terrace to take in the musical. It was terrific! We then traveled north to Glenwood and spent time at the Pope County Fair as the sun was setting.

I have more to post at the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper website on Friday.

Never got around to posting this, but it's definitely worth sharing..the B-B-E Jaguars 14-U fastpitch team took second place in the West Central League, West division playoffs on Tuesday night. They made it to the finals, where they lost 2-1 to Alexandria.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

County Line League baseball

The County Line League amateur baseball playoffs are underway, and the second weekend of action is coming soon. Here's what I know:

Norway Lake-Sunburg held a mid-game lead to Starbuck in the playoff opener but ended up losing 5-4 in the double-elimination bracket. The next game for the Lakers is at Regal on Saturday, July 23 at 5 p.m. against the Eagles. The loser is out, while the winner needs an additional win to advance to the Region 15C tournament.

Speaking of regions, this year's regional action will be held at the new stadium in Paynesville.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Little Dipper playoffs

The Elrosa Saints Little Dipper baseball team defeated New Munich 15-0 in the quarterfinals of the Stearns County League playoffs on Sunday night.

Here's video from the game, after Jackson Peter hit an in-the-park solo home run.

As the No. 4 seed, the Saints now face the top seed, Farming, in the semifinal round next Sunday, July 24 at 6:30 p.m. in Farming.

Regal, the No. 2 seed, beat Freeport 13-0 in another quarterfinal game last night.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Saints vs. Rangers

Elrosa won 13-1 in seven innings on Friday night.

They travel to Meire Grove on Sunday afternoon for another SCL contest.

**Playoffs for the Little Dipper SCL teams begin on Sunday, July 17. Elrosa got the No. 4 seed and hosts New Munich at 6:30 p.m.


Thursday, July 14, 2016

17-U fastpitch

(Above) 17-U head coach Gerald Schmitz provides instruction to Jade Freese during the June 30 home doubleheader against Osakis.

The B-B-E Jaguars fastpitch 17-U team has been seeded for the upcoming West Central League playoffs. I don't have all the rankings, but I know that the Jaguars open playoffs at Osakis on Thursday, July 21 at 5 p.m. The West Central League has an East and West division, and the league includes teams such as Browerville, Melrose, Sauk Centre, Royalton, Osakis and Minnewaska Area.

The Jaguars ended the regular season in style tonight with a doubleheader sweep at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle. They defeated the Thunder 7-6 in game one and then 3-2 in game two.

Also, on Wednesday night this week the B-B-E Jaguars Legion team blew a late lead at Holdingford and lost their Melrose Sub-District playoff opener.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Glenwood Police Department

Posted today at the Glenwood (Minnesota) Police Department's Facebook page:

We've recently received several calls regarding suspicious persons and neighborhood disturbances involving people acting suspiciously by walking through citizens yards and standing on their properties during the late night and early morning hours. We've been able to associate this activity with the new Pokémon Go cell phone game.
We'd like to remind citizens that the above described suspicious activity is not normal. We're encouraged to see neighbors and citizens staying vigilant and reporting this activity.
We would also like to remind those partaking in this new game to be respectful and courteous and respect people's property rights. Walking through people's yards and standing on their property without permission is not acceptable.
We again are reminding citizens to report any and all suspicious activity by calling 911. The nice weather is bringing more people out and keeping them out later. two cents: if your kid needs a cell phone app. to become physically active, you're doing it wrong.


Sunday, July 10, 2016

(HD video) Shaw Brothers rev it up for BVD

Here's video of the encore for the Shaw Brothers during the Saturday night street dance of Bonanza Valley Days. They gave an outstanding show, as advertised!

I have a mountain of material to work through. I'll share more photos and videos as I can in the next few days.

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Saturday, July 09, 2016

(Video) BVD Firemen's Chicken Dinner

Here's a video clip from the Brooten city park on Friday night:

It could not have been a more picture-perfect night!

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Miss Brooten pageant

The Miss Brooten Pageant was held tonight at Classic Co. Bar and Grill's theater side. It was a great event with a packed house.

Jordyn Steffensen was named Miss Brooten for 2016-2017.

Time to head to the street dance!! It's been a GREAT day in Brooten!!

*Update late on Saturday night: it appears that some type of thunderstorm activity will pass through the Bonanza Valley tonight. I'm seeing an 85 percent chance of such activity on It doesn't look like it will affect the street dance. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch was put into effect at 23:40.

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Friday, July 08, 2016

Battle for the Keg

Elrosa won 8-6 tonight against Spring Hill.

The Chargers, coming into the game in first place in the Stearns County League North, took a quick 4-0 lead in their first at bat. Beyond that, Elrosa starter Austin Imdieke pitched five stellar shut out innings while the Saints' offense came to life. By the time Aaron Vogt took the mound in the seventh inning, Elrosa had a 7-4 lead.

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Videos! Singing God's praises

Click here at the streaming webpage of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper and find the links to watch Mass from Elrosa on June 26, the Hymn Sing at the Brooten Community Church on July 2 and also worship service at the Brooten Community Church on July 3:


Tuesday, July 05, 2016

(HD video) Elrosa vs. Greenwald

Amateur baseball action from Friday, July 1 in Elrosa:

Plenty to read in this week's Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper!


Monday, July 04, 2016

Independence Day

Happy Independence Day!

Video above to the Bonanza Valley Voice website.

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Sunday, July 03, 2016

Live streaming at church!!!

Here's the link to watch today's church service (morning service) at the Brooten Community (Christian Reformed) church at 9:30 a.m. This worship service broadcast is brought to you by the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper and its business advertisers. Feature sponsors of newspaper and Internet coverage of the Brooten Community Church 100th anniversary weekend will be announced in the coming days.

If you missed last night's Internet broadcast of their Hymn Sing, here's a short video clip showing what you missed. It was nothing short of incredible!!!

The full schedule of activities this weekend at the Brooten Community Church was found on page 12 of the June 30 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper.

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Saturday, July 02, 2016

Saints vs. Cubs

The Elrosa Saints amateur baseball team beat Greenwald 6-2 last night to improve to 5-4 in the Stearns County League North standings. Aaron Vogt started for Elrosa and went seven innings with outstanding pitching that scattered five hits with nine strikeouts. Next is a Battle for the Keg on Friday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Saints Field. Elrosa is one game out of first place, trailing front-runner New Munich (6-3).

I am about a month behind on everything getting ready for tonight's Hymn Sing at the Brooten Community Church.

Here's video from the 17-U fastpitch game between our B-B-E Jaguars and the Osakis Silverstreaks on June 30:

The Jaguars came oh-so-close to an upset win over the talented Silverstreaks in a 2-1 loss in game one. Game two was not close.

While I have your attention I'd like to invite you (on behalf of the Terrace Mill Foundation) to their annual 4th of July Kids' Games and Family Picnic event on Monday starting at 5 p.m. (picnic)...the games will begin at 6:30 p.m. This is always a great event! My family has enjoyed it every year we've gone.

TMF's website of events is:

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