Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Another baseball title!

The B-B-E Jaguars won the playoff title in the I-94 baseball league Babe Ruth division tonight. They earned the championship with a 5-1 win over Albany in Elrosa. Against I-94 teams this summer, the Jaguars went 6-1.

*Below, video from the final out and the post-game in the dugout (audio is tough due to the music playing in the stadium)

More coverage from the Babe Ruth baseball championship game will appear in the August 9 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper. I had too short of a turnaround (less than 10 hours) to both finish this week's newspaper and still include coverage on this game before the press deadline. At the same time, it was exciting to personally cover two youth baseball championship-level games in three nights at Saints Field!

Here's a link to watch part of the Stearns County League Little Dipper baseball championship game held a couple nights prior to tonight: https://www.bonanzavalleyvoice.com/story/2018/08/02/sports/hd-video-elrosa-saints-little-dipper-baseball-piles-up-10-runs/674.html.


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Football camp, other updates

A reminder from Coach Moscho -
9th Grade Football: Just a reminder that tonight (Tuesday, July 31) is the youth football camp. It's from 6:30-8:15 p.m. We'll be handing out helmets and other equipment as well.

Also, tonight is the big night for the B-B-E Babe Ruth baseball team. They host Albany in the I-94 league playoff championship game at 6:30 p.m. at Saints Field in Elrosa.


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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Game day in Elrosa!

It's game day in Elrosa, with the Saints Little Dipper team hosting New Munich in the Stearns County League championship game. First pitch is at 6:30 p.m. at Saints Field.

Here's a link to a little more coverage, including a link to the Bonanza Valley Voice photo gallery from the semifinal game last Sunday: https://www.bonanzavalleyvoice.com/story/2018/07/26/sports/time-change-for-scl-little-dipper-championship/671.html.

We'll post updates here as often as possible (below)

1st inning complete: Elrosa 10, New Munich 0.
5th inning complete: Elrosa 13, New Munich 0.
7th inning complete: Elrosa 13, New Munich 0.

Elrosa is the champion!

Below, video of the pre-game introductions and the National Anthem:

Fun facts: Elrosa's Little Dipper baseball team has a 49-9 record (cumulative) in the past five seasons, two undefeated seasons (2015 and 2018) and a 12-3 playoff mark in that span.


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Friday, July 27, 2018

(VIDEO) August Fest Tug-O-War

Here's a video clip from August 14, 2010! Quite a throw back!

The Belgrade Commercial Club has resurrected the Tug-O-War for their upcoming August Fest celebration.

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Series sweep

The Elrosa Saints amateur baseball team earned a series sweep over New Munich in Stearns County League North action with a 3-1 win tonight on the home diamond. They finish the SCL schedule with an 11-2 record and take a No. 1 seed from the division into the Region 15C playoffs.

Next Saturday, August 4, the Saints open up region action at 4 p.m. against TBD.

Video and other coverage to follow. Time to get back to printing more Belgrade August Fest posters.

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Time change

The Stearns County League championship game in the Little Dipper division has been moved back an hour. It will start at 6:30 p.m. in Elrosa on Sunday, July 29. The Saints will take on New Munich.

Below is video from the post-game coaches talk after Elrosa defeated Lake Henry in the semifinals this past Sunday night:

A short game recap with a couple photos appeared in this week's Bonanza Valley Voice.

Don't forget! Belgrade's August Fest 2018 is coming! Read all about it here: https://www.bonanzavalleyvoice.com/story/2018/07/19/news/august-fest-2018-coming-to-belgrade/670.html.



Thursday, July 26, 2018

17-U playoffs

The season came to a close tonight for the B-B-E Jaguars 17-U fastpitch team. Facing Sauk Centre, the Jaguars had a last-inning rally fall short in a 7-4 loss. Kaylee Torgerson hit a 3-RBI home run in the fifth inning.

Below, video from the top of the fifth inning:

More will appear in next week's Bonanza Valley Voice.

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Babe Ruth baseball

The No. 1-seeded B-B-E Babe Ruth baseball team will host the I-94 League championship game next Tuesday, July 24 at Saints Field in Elrosa. They will face Albany.

First pitch is at 6:30 p.m.


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Elrosa Saints apparel

Click here on the Google Doc. to order Elrosa Saints clothing!


Add your name and order to the list, and the staff of Rambow Inc. will take it from there.


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Job openings at B-B-E

Early Childhood Preschool Teacher
The Jaguar Kid Connection is accepting licensed Early Childhood applicants for a Preschool teacher for the child care center located at the BBE Elementary School in Brooten. Please submit a resume, college transcripts, and letter of interest to jdingmann@bbejaguars.org no later than August 3, 2018. 

Jaguar Kid Connection Teachers/Paraprofessionals
The Jaguar Kid Connection is accepting applications for Rule 3 qualified teachers and paraprofessionals for the child care center located at the BBE Elementary School in Brooten. Please submit a resume, college transcripts, and letter of interest to jdingmann@bbejaguars.org no later than August 3, 2018.

...in other news, the B-B-E school board will meet in special session on Monday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the elementary school library. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the reorganization and marketing of the Jaguar Kids Connection child care center.


Monday, July 23, 2018

ICYMI: church service

In case you missed attending church on Sunday, here's a clip from worship at West Lake Johanna Lutheran church out amongst the Lake Johanna hills. It begins with the reading of the lessons and then goes to the reading of the Gospel, Pastor Steve's sermon and the last parts of worship.

In other news...I learned that the 17-U fastpitch West Central League playoffs were moved back one week due to the rain that hit our area last Thursday. The B-B-E Jaguars fastpitch 17-U team will play at 5 p.m. this Thursday, July 26 in Osakis in a play-in round game.




The Elrosa Saints Little Dipper team is headed to the Stearns County League championship for the fifth year in a row. They achieved that feat after beating Lake Henry 5-1 in the SCL semifinals on Sunday night at Saints Field.

The opponent is to-be-determined, as the other SCL semifinal game won't be played until Wednesday night. That game features Roscoe hosting New Munich.

Below is video from the game, when pitcher Gavin Kampsen got out of a bases-loaded jam with a strikeout:

The SCL Little Dipper championship game will be at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 29 in Elrosa. This time was changed to 6:30 p.m. at the request of New Munich on Thursday, July 26.

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Regular season champs

The Elrosa Saints amateur baseball team is the undisputed 2018 Stearns County League North champions. The Saints (10-2) clinched the regular season division title with an 11-1, eight-inning win over visiting Meire Grove on Friday night. Ethan Vogt picked up the pitching win.

Elrosa (12-6 overall) travels the short trip north to Sauk Centre to face the Sauk Centre Titans on Saturday afternoon this weekend at 2 p.m. The Titans won the Resorters League title this year. It should be a fun game!

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Friday, July 20, 2018

(HD video) Snow White moved indoors

Here's some video, a short clip, from 'The Rockin' Tale of Snow White' as it was moved indoors to the Terrace Mill Sportsmen's Club last night. The Terrace Mill Children's Theater performed the second night indoors due to the frequent scattered rainfalls that covered west central Minnesota on Thursday. You can read more at the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper's website (link below).

In other news...the B-B-E Jaguars fastpitch 17-U team's playoff game at Osakis was postponed due to rain. I haven't heard what they plan on doing for the West Central League playoffs.

And that link to last night in Terrace: https://www.bonanzavalleyvoice.com/story/2018/07/19/regional/history-is-made-an-incredible-night-in-terrace-video/668.html.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

(HD video) Rockin' Tale of Snow White

Here's a short video clip from Act I of 'The Rockin' Tale of Snow White' at the Terrace Mill theater stage on Wednesday night this week.

Don't forget, as stated in the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper, the Terrace Mill will feature 'The Jungle Book' on August 1 and 2. Show times are again at 6:30 p.m. on both nights. Spread the word!

Thank you to Fauskee Oil of Brooten for sponsoring this theater post.

and while you're at it! ##ConquerEveryDay

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Summer playoffs

Two nights, two teams playing in their respective summer playoffs. And then add into the mix the Pope County Fair taking place over the next few days (Wednesday to Saturday) and you have a formula for an insanely busy time!

First, on Thursday night (July 19), the B-B-E Jaguars 17-U fastpitch team plays in the West Central League playoffs with a 5 p.m. game in Osakis. If they win, they play again in the semifinals that same night. I don't have more information than that.

On Friday at Osakis, the B-B-E Jaguars Legion baseball team faces Long Prairie-Grey Eagle to open up the Melrose Sub-District playoffs. Game time is 4 p.m. at Mackove Athletic complex. B-B-E is the No. 1 seed.

Later on Friday, the Elrosa Saints amateur baseball team faces Meire Grove in a Stearns County League North contest at 8 p.m.

That's all for now.


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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Jaguar football camps

B-B-E head football coach Chris Moscho has announced the dates for upcoming Jaguar football camps. Both will be offered at the high school football complex.

The Junior high, junior varsity and varsity football camp is July 24, 25 and 26 from 9 a.m. to noon. The youth camp for grades 1 to 6 will be July 31, August 1 and August 2 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. To register, e-mail Coach Moscho at cmoscho@bbejaguars.org.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Little Dipper playoffs

The Elrosa Saints Little Dipper baseball team defeated Freeport 12-4 in the Stearns County League playoff opener on Sunday night. They advance to face Lake Henry in the SCL's little league-level semifinal round. The next game is Sunday, July 22 at 6:30 p.m. in Elrosa.

Stearns County League results:
New Munich defeated visiting Spring Hill 9-1 on Sunday. The Chargers host St. Martin on Sunday, July 22 in their regular season finale; they are in a battle with Meire Grove for the No. 3 seed to Region 15C from the SCL-North division. The Grovers beat visiting Greenwald 4-2 on Sunday. In the SCL-South on Sunday, Richmond (9-2) held onto first place with an 11-7 win over St. Martin. Lake Henry invaded third-place Roscoe and picked up an 8-3 win to hold onto second place. 

County Line League
Norway Lake-Sunburg lost 6-2 to Starbuck on Sunday after getting out-hit 15 to seven. The game was tied 2-2 before the Stars scored four runs in the seventh inning.

Don't forget! The B-B-E school board will meet in regular session on Monday night at 7:30 p.m. at the elementary school library.

Also! Later in the week, the Pope County Fair in Glenwood will run from Wednesday to Saturday. They have large advertisements in my newspaper (July 5, 12, 19 issues) outlining their feature events and the full schedule. It's my job to help promote their very nice, free fair and steer the public to take in all they have to offer.

Also! It's never too early to plan ahead for the Region 15C amateur baseball tournament. This year all games - evening and day time - are held in Farming, as their stadium lights are now installed. The first region game is Friday, August 3, and the tournament wraps up on Sunday, August 12.

I have much to report on from the now-completed Bonanza Valley Days celebration in Brooten. I will put 99 percent of that into my upcoming Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper issue. I have approximately 48 hours to get it completed, which means I have little or no time to be providing Internet updates. I don't know how many pages it will be...but "it will be big!" If you are a subscriber, you will be rewarded with a great July 19 issue.

I wish more newspapers could put a little more swagger into their step. Part of me wants to shout at other newspaper publishers and say, "Come on! This is a time to display confidence in your product!!!!"

"Go big or go home!"


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Saturday, July 14, 2018

(Video) Saturday street dance

Here's a brief glimpse of the Saturday night street dance at Bonanza Valley Days in Brooten! It features Wasted Time, made up of supremely AWESOME musicians from the Sedan and Terrace areas. Time to get back to dancing!

Note: the video is very shaky at first, as I was still setting up my tripod.

It has been a PHENOMENAL day three of Bonanza Valley Days 2018!

...and here's a link to the Bonanza Valley Voice website and a video from Worship at the Park on Thursday night last week. https://www.bonanzavalleyvoice.com/story/2018/07/12/news/worship-in-the-park-kicks-off-bonanza-valley-days/657.html.



Friday, July 13, 2018

What a day!

The second day of Bonanza Valley Days has been nothing less than fantastic! I have more to report later in the night, including video to post. I want to get up to the Pavilion now and take in some of Gig Noonan!

And...the Elrosa Saints beat Farming 2-1 tonight to stay on top of the Stearns County League North division.


Good morning, Bonanza Valley!

Today marks day two of Bonanza Valley Days! Friday's gonna be a good one! I have worship-at-the-park video to upload and post from last night.

*Don't forget! The second annual BVD Art Show is at the Red Hen House today from 4 to 8 p.m., and at the same time, the Briggs and Motley flea market is at the city park. The Brooten Fire Department Chicken BBE feed is from 5 to 8 p.m. at the city park.

Read more about BVD here: https://www.bonanzavalleyvoice.com/story/2018/06/28/news/bonanza-valley-days-2018-something-for-everyone/655.html ...and also here! https://www.bonanzavalleyvoice.com/story/2018/07/12/news/food-options-at-bonanza-valley-days/656.html.


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Thursday, July 12, 2018

(HD video) Ice cream at Redhead Creamery...and church

They were serving up ice cream at a very busy Redhead Creamery this past Saturday in rural Padua:

Don't forget! Bonanza Valley Days gets going this weekend! The first event is actually tonight with Worship in the Park at 7 p.m. at the Brooten city park. Father David Grundman will be leading the non-denominational style service.

Below is near the end of Sunday worship at West Lake Johanna Lutheran church this past Sunday (July 8):

I want to take a moment to introduce Central Heating and Air Conditioning as the newest advertiser with the Bonanza Valley Voice. Blair Weiers of Sauk Centre contacted our newspaper and wants to earn the business of the fine people of our B-B-E and Bonanza Valley Area! His phone number is 320-290-1840, and his business is located at 1180 Sinclair Lewis Avenue.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

(Video) West Lake Johanna worship

Here's a video from Sunday worship at West Lake Johanna Lutheran church on July 8:

If you want to read about Bonanza Valley Days, get a copy of this week's Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper (or last week's)...also, you can read more at this link: https://www.bonanzavalleyvoice.com/story/2018/06/28/news/bonanza-valley-days-2018-something-for-everyone/655.html.

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Sunday, July 08, 2018

Amateur baseball scores

At Greenwald, the Elrosa Saints defeated the Cubs 5-1 behind a strong starting pitching performance by Austin Imdieke, who threw eight innings. James Kuefler had a three-run home run in the early stages to set up a 5-0 Elrosa lead. Next: the Saints (8-2 Stearns County League North) host Farming on Friday, July 13 at 8 p.m. in a SCL contest.

Regal hosted Atwater in a County Line League game today and defeated the Chuckers 4-3.

Other area amateur baseball scores today:
Spring Hill 17, Meire Grove 2 in seven innings at Chargers park
Richmond Royals 4, New Munich 3 at Silverstreaks park

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Friday, July 06, 2018

Heavy heart

It is with great sadness that I am here writing about the resurgence of cancer for a young Jenna Reynolds, who was a seventh grader at Willmar public schools this past year. She has been battling cancer for over two years now. In March 2016, she had a brain tumor removed at the Mayo Clinic. It appeared she was "just fine" lately until just a week ago when they brought her to Mayo on July 2 and discovered a 'significant' tumor growth. This tumor growth is too aggressive in its nature to operate on or hit with chemotherapy.

She is now at home on hospice care.

Jenna, just 13 years old, is a niece to Dawn Fostervold, who graduated from B-B-E in 1997.

You can read a little about Jenna and what the Willmar Cardinals girls' basketball teams did for her as a fundraiser, West Central Tribune article on March 5, 2016: http://www.wctrib.com/sports/3980119-jumpers-jenna-aids-willmar-fifth-grade-player-fighting-brain-tumor.

Here's a story from February 2017: http://www.wctrib.com/sports/4211053-girls-basketball-reppin-reynolds.

Dawn is my sister.

According to the Center for Disease Control, each year in the U.S.there are an estimated 15,780 children between the ages of birth and 19 years of age who are diagnosed with cancer. Cancer remains the most common cause of death by disease for children in America.

This is all very, very hard to process. This is all absolutely wrong.

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Wednesday, July 04, 2018

God Bless America

God bless America
Land that I love
Stand beside her
And guide her
Through the night with the light from above
From the mountains
To the prairies
To the oceans
White with foam
God bless America
My home sweet home
From the mountains
To the prairies
To the oceans
White with foam
God bless America
My home sweet home
God bless America
My home sweet home
Songwriter: Irving Berlin

Remember to come out to Terrace tonight for the Terrace Mill Foundation's annual Family Fun Picnic night! The picnic begins at 5 p.m., and the old-fashioned games, including turtle races if people bring turtles, will start at 6:30 p.m. Bring your own picnic. Coffee, lemonade and prizes will be provided. Turtle races, egg toss, gunny sack races, three-legged races and other old-fashioned, family-friendly games will be held.

And THANK YOU America for all your freedoms you bestow on us!

Here's a little rant...mostly directed at the members of the public frothing at the mouth over President Trump and his administration: 
The problem I see is the (roughly) half of the nation who is willing to do anything they can to not participate in our representative democracy. They literally will allow either party to rule over them while not having any say in the matter. If the nation wants to in November, they can all but put a complete halt to anything the president wants to accomplish. And if they are successful enough, if the Democrats picked up 11 senate seats (I think that's accurate) to get to 60, they would make the president 99% irrelevant. Right now the balance of power in the U.S. Senate hangs by a thread. But every year, more and more people know less and less about the basic operations of our representative democracy and the three branches of government. It gets more and more absurd. Ask 100 people who are 18 to 30 years old what the whole point of the Fourth of July is, I wonder how many know? You could even give them the hint of "Independence Day" - and some will still not have any idea what it means. It's fine to point out what's wrong with the country, but too many people don't know why. They don't know the origins. They don't know basic history. That disturbs me. But I'm a bookworm, a theater geek, a lover of history since about age 10...so what do I know?

Plato, Socrates, Aristotle - how many kids learn anything substantial about those three?

Here's a good read, hopefully you recognize what this is! If not...well, then I can't help you.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, -- That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."


(Video) Mitch Gordon and the Unleaded Band

Here's some video from the concert held on Saturday night after the amateur All-Star baseball game was held at Saints Field in Elrosa:

The Mitch Gordon and the Unleaded Band was terrific!

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Reading Corps tutor positions

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Become a Minnesota Reading Corps tutor!

Would you love to help children grow their reading  skills, succeed in school, and receive extra support from someone who cares? If your answer is yes, you can be trained to serve as a tutor with Minnesota Reading Corps!

B-B-E Elementary school is looking for people who are dedicated to our community. By joining Minnesota Reading Corps, you will guide students toward becoming successful readers by third grade. You’ll also see real results and make a lasting impact in these students’ lives, as well as in your own. You’ll not only tutor students who need extra support; you’ll make a meaningful connection with the school and our community.

Apply now or spread the word to a friend or family member! Learn more and apply at www.readingandmath.net. Positions begin in August!

Questions? Contact recruitment@servetogrow.org or call 866-859-2825 or Shannon Gossen @ sgossen@bbejaugars.org or call 320-346-2278 ext. 1148.


Sunday, July 01, 2018

All-Star game

In the All-Star amateur baseball game between the Stearns County and Central Valley leagues, the SCL came out on top 3-2 on Saturday night at Elrosa.

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