Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Staying alive

The B-B-E junior Legion baseball team won 6-1 last night against New London-Spicer in an elimination playoff game. A 10 to three advantage in hits was the big difference in the game. Will VanBeck (IP-4 2/3) was the winning pitcher.

The Jaguars play again on Friday night in another elimination game. Details TBA.

**Update: the No. 4-seeded Jaguars will have a rematch with No. 5-seeded Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City on Friday, August 2. The two teams square off at 5 p.m. at Minnewaska Area. The winner moves on, and the loser is done. If the Jaguars win, they play again that same night at Minnewaska at 7 p.m. against top-seeded Starbuck.

Starbuck lost in the winner's bracket final by a 9-4 score to No. 2-seeded Morris on Tuesday.


Monday, July 29, 2019

Legion baseball, home game!

The B-B-E Legion baseball team, sponsored by the Brooten American Legion Post No. 288, will host an elimination playoff game in the Northeast Sub-State tournament. The game will be on Tuesday, July 30 at the Elrosa diamond at 6 p.m., and their opponent will be No. 7-seeded New London-Spicer.

B-B-E is the No. 4 seed in the eight-team bracket.

If the Jaguars win tomorrow night, they'll play in another elimination bracket game on Friday, August 2 at Minnewaska Area's stadium at 5 p.m. Their opponent will be the winner of No. 3 Benson vs. No. 5 Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, who square off on July 30 in Benson.

A win in that 5 p.m. game gets them a second game that night that would start at approximately 7 p.m. The opponent in that game will be the loser of No 1. Starbuck vs. No. 2 Morris, a game that also takes place tomorrow night.

In other news...
Here's a list of business sponsors who helped underwrite the Bonanza Valley Days celebration in Brooten earlier this about it at the Bonanza Valley Voice website (short link): You can also take in video of the BVD 2019 grand day parade on July 14.

This week the Bonanza Valley Voice will start formally promoting the upcoming Kandiyohi County Fair (August 7-10) and also ramp up Belgrade August Fest coverage.

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Sunday, July 28, 2019


Very random! Bits and pieces gleaned from area newspapers over the last week.

From the Eden Valley Voice...
The EV-Watkins school district has a current registered 2019-2020 enrollment figure of 954 students in grades K-12. When the "weighting" is factored in for high school students (worth 1.2 times as much as an elementary student for state aid), the EV-W district has 1,048 pupil units. This represents the highest ever total for pupil units on the books at EV-W schools.

Currently in their "middle" grades, EV-W has class sizes in the 70s, 80s and 90s.

In other related school news, EV-W is implementing what they call "Flexible Learning days" to be utilized on snow days. Last year, EV-W was closed on six separate school days due to winter weather. They are labeling this new initiative "flexible learning" instead of E-Learning to "accommodate the needs of students who don't have access to Internet or technology at home," said in a statement by EV-W superintendent Mark Messman.

A 2017 Minnesota statute allows school districts to count up to five flexible learning days as regular instructional time.

EV-W officials are still deciding what grades their flexible learning plans should apply to, with respect to its youngest students. EV-W currently has students in grades two and older use Google Classroom, Study Island, IXL and Big Blue Button for educational accounts that can be utilized for communication with teachers.

Also, the Eagles Boosters donated $5,000 to the school district to be used for a sports broadcast system. I'm unaware if they currently live Internet stream their home sporting events. At B-B-E, we've live streamed multiple home sporting events and other school events (i.e. - Homecoming coronation) for the last four years.

From the Appleton Press...
In a front-page feature article in their July 24 issue, information was shared from a Lac qui Parle Valley school board special meeting in which they learned information, opinions and ideas about the Ag2School tax credit currently in effect for school building projects in Minnesota. LQPV is in the process of considering a Fall 2019 building bond referendum. (I'm surprised to read they're still figuring out what level of funds to ask is very, very late in the game.)

It was a lengthy article, but I took away one important point: a recent community survey at LQPV showed support for a building bond referendum hovering around $24 to $25 million. This funding would be earmarked mostly towards improvements and renovations at the district's two elementary schools located in Madison (Madison-Marrietta-Nassau students) and Appleton (Appleton-Milan students). The article suggested the ages of these buildings is 60 to 70 years old.

The idea floated by a private citizen at this meeting is to seek out a $67 million bond to build two, brand-new elementary school buildings on the site of their current buildings. The citizen's reasoning behind this included in-depth research on new tax rates the district would bear when the full 70 percent tax credit is in effect via the Ag2School program (year 2022).

Due to grants and other state funding, the LQPV school district has paid very little in property tax funds towards its high school facility, located north of Madison in Hantho Township. The LPQV high school opened in 1991.

Noteworthy: the Appleton Press July 24 issue had just eight pages. In comparison, our Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper published with 14 pages (and had I had more time earlier last week, I would have printed 16 pages!).

From the Albany Enterprise...
In a July 24 issue column by Albany A.D. Scott Buntje, it was revealed that the Albany school athletic program has added the services of an athletic trainer through NovaCare. This trainer will provide "event coverage" which I am guessing is similar to what B-B-E has had the last two years through Heartland Orthopedics.

Albany just raised their activity fees for grades 7-8 from $70 to $80 per activity and for grades 9-12 from $75 to $95 per activity.

Noteworthy: the Albany Enterprise July 24 issue had just 10 pages in it. This newspaper covers the cities of Albany, Avon and Holdingford among other nearby small towns plus the school districts of Holdingford and Albany Area. They regularly publish 10 to 12 pages a week. I don't remember the last time they published more than 12 pages, but I know it's been awhile.

It should also be pointed out that the circulation figures for the Albany Enterprise are smaller than the Bonanza Valley Voice (as of December 2018).

In the neighboring Melrose Beacon, I didn't see anything noteworthy to share from their July 24 issue other than noticing they published just eight pages. They cover multiple communities including, but not limited to: Freeport, Melrose, St. Rosa, Spring Hill, Meire Grove and Greenwald. I'd estimate that 75 percent of their 2019 issues so far have been eight pages, with the rest having 10 pages.

Fun fact: the last eight-page issue published by the Bonanza Valley Voice was in November of 2016. We've printed 10 or more pages ever since. It is costly to be dedicated to printing 10 or more pages each week. With no doubt, it cuts into the bottom line.

I was impressed by this last week's July 23 issue of the Madison Western Guard newspaper. They printed 14 pages.

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Legion baseball playoffs

The B-B-E Legion baseball team lost 4-0 to Starbuck last night in the second round of playoffs.

They remain alive and play in the elimination bracket next Tuesday. Time and location to be determined.

Stay tuned.

On Saturday in the Region 4C amateur baseball tournament, the Norway Lake-Sunburg Lakers lost 6-4 in 14 innings to Sacred Heart in the opening round. The Lakers play again on August 3, time/opponent TBD.


Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Playoff updates

The B-B-E Jaguars 12-U fastpitch team settled for a tie with a 1-1 score in the West Central League playoff championship game last night. Facing Freeport at the Osakis complex, the Jaguars tied the game 1-1 on a run by Kacie Fischer in the fifth inning. The game "ran out of light" and it was called as a tie as the sun set.

Earlier, the Jaguars beat Osakis 5-1 in the semifinal round.

In the American Junior Legion playoffs, the B-B-E Jaguars Legion squad won 1-0 over Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City last night to advance in the double elimination North Sub-District tournament. Next for the Jaguars is a Thursday night game at 5 p.m. against No. 1-seeded Starbuck. It will be broadcast on Smooth Magic 107 FM of Glenwood.

The Jaguars are seeded No. 4 out of eight teams.

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Monday, July 22, 2019

Answer Plot day in Belgrade

An Answer Plot by Winfield Forage and Corn Silage Knowledge Event will be held on Wednesday, August 7 in Belgrade on South Highway 71.
Registration is at 9:45 a.m., and welcome and introductions will follow at 10 a.m.
Topics for this year’s forage and corn silage event include: Forage Genetics International staff insight on alfalfa yield and quality improvement with breeding; forage options on prevent plant acres; management for higher yield and quality in alfalfa.
In addition, forage information will be provided on sorghums (how, where, when, why) and harvest management and storage to feed more high quality forages.

A catered lunch will be provided at noon, and the event concludes at 1 p.m. All hay and forage growers are welcome!

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

(VIDEO) Act I from Terrace

Shown is a 43 minute video from the first act of 'OZ!' the Musical in Terrace on Thursday night:

As the web article says, additional coverage is coming in the July 25 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper.

In amateur baseball news...the regular season has wrapped up and divisional play plus regions lies ahead.

The Regal Eagles won the County Line League. They beat the Paynesville Pirates 1-0 on Saturday to finish their regular season schedule with a 13-7 overall record. In the County Line League, Regal went 8-2. They have won six games in a row.

New Munich lost two games in SCL play this weekend. On Saturday they fell to Meire Grove by a 7-5 score. Today they lost to Lake Henry 14-5 and finished the regular season with a 6-7 mark in the Stearns County League North.

In the Stearns County League, the Elrosa Saints defeated Richmond 7-3 to clinch the No. 2 seed from the SCL-North for regions and finish out the regular season with an 8-5 mark in the division. The Saints (10-9 overall) will open the Region 15C tournament on Friday, August 2 at 8 p.m. against the No. 3 seed out of the SCL-South (Lake Henry).

Also, the Regal Eagles Little Dipper squad defeated Roscoe 13-3 tonight to win the Stearns County League playoff title.

More to follow.

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Saints win

The Elrosa Saints won 3-1 on Friday night against Spring Hill in a Stearns County League North division amateur baseball game. Ethan Vogt pitched all nine innings for the Saints and earned 11 strikeouts for the win. Elrosa led 3-0 after three innings, and the Chargers (8-5 SCL-North) scored their lone run in the top of the ninth.

Next: the Saints (7-5 SCL-North) travel to Richmond on Sunday, July 21 for a 1:30 p.m. game. The Royals are 9-3 in the SCL-South and lead second-place St. Martin by one-and-a-half games. It's a huge game for Elrosa, as they could clinch the No. 2 playoff seed from the division with a win.

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Friday, July 19, 2019

A high note heading into the weekend

And we end the week on a high note. I've posted some news at the Bonanza Valley Voice website.

Now for a brief stint at the Pope County Fair before the evening begins! The full fair schedule has been printed in the last two issues of the Voice.

Tonight we've got the final showing of 'OZ!' at Terrace (6:30 p.m.) and also the Battle for the Keg in Elrosa with the Saints taking on the Spring Hill amateur baseball team. First pitch in that game is at 8 p.m., and it will be aired on KASM 1150 AM with Randy Rothstein providing play-by-play coverage.

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Another photo gallery from Terrace

Here's photos from Act I of the second showing of 'OZ!' the musical at the Terrace Mill Children's Theater. This took place last night in Terrace in front another huge crowd that swelled to close to 350 people. (short link)

It was another outstanding show! If you haven't seen it yet, be sure to make tonight's show! 6:30 p.m. in scenic Terrace, Minnesota.

**Added late Friday afternoon: here's a few video clips from Act I last night in Terrace:

In other news...
The newspaper office has had quite a few phone calls and e-mails from people asking about the Belgrade August Fest. We've been promoting the dates for many weeks/months now in the Voice, but we still haven't received a schedule of events. We're asking numerous contacts in Belgrade to find out when the posters will be up and distributed. The town celebration starts in less than three weeks...August 7, 9 and 10.

Gig Noonan will highlight the Concert in the Park on Wednesday, August 7 at 6:30 p.m.

On Friday, the Belgrade Fire Department chicken dinner is from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

We also know that the grand parade is at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Also, Mixed Brew is the entertainment for the Saturday night street dance outside the Brothers Bar.

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Photo gallery from Terrace

Here's a short link to view the Bonanza Valley Voice photo gallery from opening night last night in Terrace:

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Terrace Mill children's theater

A crowd of at least 300 was on hand for the first showing of 'OZ!' at the Terrace Mill children's theater stage tonight.

It was amazing! A cast and crew of around 50 youth pulled off a truly impressive performance in the scenic Terrace Mill amphitheater.

The final two shows are at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday this week.

More to follow, including a link to watch video from tonight's show.

**Update: here's a web article link to share from the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper website...the show was great!! You don't want to cheat yourself or your family by missing this:

*Here's a link to the Bonanza Valley Voice photo gallery with a few of the photos taken tonight in Terrace:

On the topic of Fine Arts, I read in the Echo Press newspaper that Brandon-Evansville school district is exploring a building referendum for the voters in November 2019. I didn't read a total figure for their options, but the story mentioned one number that jumped off of the computer screen: $7.6 million. That figure of $7.6 million represents their school building a new, 450-seat auditorium.

Their school district is still in the "survey" mode and hasn't come up with a clear path forward. They are getting very late in the process with where they're at. The MN Department of Education has to see their building plan by August in order for B-E to receive approval from the state.

At B-B-E, the building referendum topic has taken crystal-clear form. At Monday's (July 15) school board meeting, the building packages were formally approved. These packages will be forwarded to MDE for approval. The first ballot question has building renovations and improvements totaling $16.96 million. The second ballot question has additional improvements totaling about $2.98 million.

I'm working on a story that outlines the full building project and the costs involved.

For my family's home, the positive passage of the levy referendum and both building bond questions would raise our property taxes by $224 a year or $18.66 a month. A bargain in my opinion to help us maintain what I feel is about one-third of the value of our homes/businesses...that is what a great school district is worth.


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Pope County Fair

The annual Pope County Fair in Glenwood kicks off on Wednesday this week. See the full schedule of events in the July 11 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper on page nine.

Also, a web article has been posted at the Voice website. Please share the link and let others know about the fair! (short link)

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Monday, July 15, 2019

(VIDEO) Gary Fauskee Memorial Cup

Here's video from Prairie View Community Golf Course on Saturday afternoon during Bonanza Valley Days weekend. The live auction was part of the Gary Fauskee Memorial Cup tournament. Funds raised are dedicated to the Gary Fauskee Memorial Scholarship.

Additional coverage will follow in the July 18 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper.

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Baseball outcomes

The Elrosa Saints baseball team lost 16-15 today to first-place Meire Grove this afternoon. On Friday night, the Saints lost 8-2 at Sauk Centre. Next for the Saints (8-9 overall, 6-5 Stearns County League North) is a home game on Friday, July 19 against Spring Hill.

In the Stearns County League Little Dipper baseball playoffs, the Elrosa Saints lost 8-2 at New Munich tonight.

In other news, while I still have the rest of July to publish BVD-related news and photos, it is time to start shifting attention to the Belgrade August Fest. Dates for their festivities are August 7, 9 and 10 (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday). Read more on August Fest in the July 18 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper.

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(VIDEO) BVD Worship in the Park

The Bonanza Valley Days Worship in the Park kicked off the official list of events across the four-day celebration in Brooten. Worship service was held on Thursday, July 11 at the city park with Pastor Rick Krasky preaching. Below is video of the singing and his sermon.

The church service was marvelous! It was "warm" but not terribly warm. The evening was wonderful. We are very blessed here in Brooten.

Today's BVD grand parade was also marvelous. We had upwards of 70 units. The weather was very warm, dangerously warm around 1 o'clock...but then cloud cover appeared and helped immensely.

*Another item...if people still want BVD t-shirts or tank tops, a limited supply is still available. I'll get more posted about that ASAP.

We've had our challenges this weekend. Two major events jumped out at us out of nowhere. One ugly item was last week Thursday, and another vicious, nasty item reared its ugly head last night after building up over the weekend. More to say another time about all that. I will not sugar-coat things. I will be calling it like I see it.

I have a good friend in Morris who bemoans the loss of their town's "Prairie Pioneer Days" - due to apathy their town of 5,000 people, which even has its own branch of the University of Minnesota, has lost its premier summer celebration. That is very sad among many other adjectives.

Back hHere in Brooten, we will fight through every challenge we face. We will overcome!

We will conquer every day here!

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Miss Brooten Pageant

In the 49th annual Miss Brooten Pageant, Brooke Deters was crowned Miss Brooten 2019-2020.

Serving as Miss Brooten Princesses will be Brittany Berge and Jenna Dingmann.

A video of the pageant and coronation is being uploaded now and will be posted later tonight at the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper website.

*Update at's the video! (short link) Feel free to share this link as you are able to!

I hope you can make it in to the Bonanza Valley Days street dance tonight in Brooten!


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Friday, July 12, 2019

Bonanza Valley Days grand parade list

Check it out...still's what we've got so far:


Food options at BVD 2019!

Click on this (short) link to visit the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper website...and read a web article that summarizes the food options in Brooten across this BVD weekend: The list is endless!!!


Here's video from the end of the second game of the 12-U doubleheader last Tuesday against was a fun game to take in!

Time to get back out to the Bonanza Valley Days youth baseball tournament!

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Brooten Bucks

Breaking news...they are no longer valid. Read more details at the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper website:

Time to get to the Bonanza Valley Days Church in the Park and the Concert in the Park! See you there hopefully! Video from the church service and concert will be posted late tonight at the Voice website.

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Judicial Court documents

How many people out there think that I'd dream up a court document and the content of a court document and then publish what the court document says?

Who out there thinks that doing so makes any sense? Anyone?

Looking ahead, the Bonanza Valley Voice along with dozens upon dozens of other businesses, plus countless farm families and other individuals are collectively about to pull off something amazing with what we call Bonanza Valley Days 2019! We have overcome a breathtaking amount of crime that took place in our town, plus overcome a vicious and shameless lie that our town was not even able to have Bonanza Valley Days this summer...all leading up to the weekend that is about to begin. The weekend that lies straight ahead of us.

I heard that business has already started to pick up in a big way in Brooten for our retail businesses. And BVD hasn't even gotten underway beyond the one- to two-day BBE Jaycees Medallion hunt. We haven't even gotten our "little toes in the water" in terms of what is planned for Bonanza Valley Days.

*And pass the word that the kids activities and waterslides will be at the north end of Main Street on Saturday.

Here's a web article at the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper website where you can read about tonight's activities in the Brooten city park (short link):

**Also, a web article will be posted today at the Bonanza Valley Voice website outlining the various food options for the weekend during Bonanza Valley Days. Stay tuned!

It is going to be a MAGNIFICENT weekend in Brooten! One to remember! One for the ages!!!

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BVD baseball

The Bonanza Valley Days Little League baseball tournament is coming tomorrow, Friday, July 12 to Brooten as well as Belgrade. The 3rd/4th grade tournament will be in Brooten, and the 5th/6th grade tournament will be at the high school fields.

The full set of teams for each tournament bracket are published in the newspaper.

Also! Don't forget tonight's Church in the Park and Concert in the 7 p.m. at the Brooten city park. That officially kicks off Bonanza Valley Days 2019!!!

Read more about all the BVD activities in this week's issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice.

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Monday, July 08, 2019

Bonanza Valley Days is coming!

The four-day town celebration in Brooten is almost here!

We start with God on Thursday night...and we wrap up with ice cream on Sunday afternoon. You cannot beat that!

Here's a link to the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper's photo gallery from Saturday of BVD 2018 (short link):

Click here to see a full story at the Bonanza Valley Voice website on the upcoming Bonanza Valley Days activities in Brooten (short link):

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Sunday, July 07, 2019

Terrace Mill children's theater

The Terrace Mill children's theater will be performing "Oz" on their beautiful outdoor stage on July 17, 18 and 19. Show times are 6:30 p.m. each night. Prior to the shows, visitors can enjoy an old-fashioned picnic on the Terrace Mill grounds.

Look for a full press release on the show in the July 11 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper.

In other news...the Elrosa Saints amateur baseball team defeated Roscoe 14-4 this afternoon in Stearns County League action. Payton VanBeck was the winning pitcher.

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Saturday, July 06, 2019

BVD tee-shirts...more news

They're in! And they are on sale now.

Click here to read more at the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper website (short link): You can see a picture of one of the tee-shirt racks at the web article.

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Friday, July 05, 2019

Bonanza Valley Days 2019...on the web!

This web article at the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper website has been updated to have just about all the information I've gathered to this point. You can read it by clicking here (short link):

**Update early Saturday afternoon: the Voice newspaper office will be open on Saturday afternoon to sell Bonanza Valley Days 2019 tee-shirts. Designed and screen printed by Murphey's Printing of Brooten, they cost $15 for adult t-shirts/tanks and $10 for children's shirts.

A separate article will be posted on Saturday (July 6) that includes the full summary of food options that visitors (and residents!) of Brooten can enjoy over the four-day BVD event.

Remember: we can't pull off the grand event we call "BVD" in Brooten without the lengthy list of business sponsors! The BVD poster, which is published on page 14 of this week's Voice newspaper, has the full collection of business sponsors for the various events and activities.

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BVD shirts...and softball

Shown are the un-screened shirts, a few anyway, featuring the different colors.

Bonanza Valley Days tee-shirts and a limited supply of BVD tank tops are being screen printed today. The Bonanza Valley Voice office is open and taking orders/payments.

Adult-sized shirts are $15, and children-sized shirts are $10.

*Update: the Voice office will be open on Saturday morning, July 6 to sell tee-shirts. Tentatively, we plan to open at 10 a.m. and be open until noon. Further updates are forthcoming.

Colors available:
hot pink
dark pink
hot yellow

If you have a preference or want to place an order, please e-mail: (Jennifer at Murphey's Printing)

Thank you for your interest in the upcoming BVD celebration! Please pass the word on the dates and events! (short link)

*Update: the organizers of the Bonanza Valley Days men's slow pitch softball tournament have room for four more men's softball tournament teams. See the Voice web article for registration information:


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Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Bonanza Valley Days 2019

Check out more coverage of the upcoming Bonanza Valley Days celebration in here (short link) at the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper website:

*BVD men's softball tournament organizers are looking for four more teams! Registration information is at the Web article mentioned above.

Also included at the website is video of the Grand Day parade on July 15, 2018.

Click here to view the Bonanza Valley Voice's photo album from Friday of BVD in 2018 (July 13) with 90 pictures taken throughout the day (short link):

*Update: Bonanza Valley Days "Fields of Dreams" tee-shirts go on sale at the Voice office tomorrow (Friday) afternoon.

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Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Breaking news...coming this week

Some very incredible news for our local health care scene is coming this week. You can read about it on page four of this week's Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper.

Stay tuned for more details!


Monday, July 01, 2019

Sick and wrong

This is sick and wrong. It pinned my ears back when I read it tonight at the West Central Tribune website:

Crimes against seniors need to be taken more seriously. If we can't protect vulnerable seniors from financial crimes, then we should have our right to have a country revoked. It is SICK and WRONG to steal money from a man or woman in their twilight years who has worked and saved diligently their entire life.

"Do not pass go"