Friday, August 30, 2019

Football coverage

Two radio stations will be covering tonight's home football opener: Smooth Magic 107 FM of Glenwood and also 106.5 FM The Train of Norway Lake-Sunburg.

*Update: late in the first half, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City has a 47-14 lead over the Jaguars. That was also the score at halftime.

Final score: ACGC 67, B-B-E 34.

Next week the Jaguars (0-1) travel to Swanville to face Upsala/Swanville Area in the Sub-District III opener. The USA Patriots (1-0) defeated Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 37-14 in their season opener. That game was played on Thursday night at the HLWW high school football stadium.

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Thursday, August 29, 2019


The B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team won the first two sets against MACCRAY tonight.

And! They won the third set as well to improve to 2-0 overall. Next is a road trip to Holdingford next Thursday for the conference opener.

At the Osakis triangular today, the B-B-E Jaguars girls' tennis team lost 7-0 to the host Silverstreaks and lost 4-3 to St. John's Prep/St. Cloud Cathedral. Their next action is next Tuesday, Sept. 3 at New London-Spicer.


Employment openings

Sharing again as I did a few days ago. Here are some local job over to the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper website (short link):

Just added today are the position openings listing for the Brooten Hometown Bakery!

On another note, please help spread the word to anyone who can't make it in person to cheer on the B-B-E Jaguars football team in their season opener. The Jaguars host Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City tomorrow night (Friday) with a kickoff time at 7 p.m...the news is that 106.5 FM The Train will be broadcasting the game, pre-game coverage to begin at 6:45 p.m.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

What a beautiful day

Today is an absolutely beautiful day! The sun is out! Woo Hoo! Hopefully the garden soaks up the sun.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Volleyball opener (VIDEO)

The B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team won the first two sets against Osakis in tonight's season opener.

*And! The Jaguars won 3-0. A short video clip is coming. Game scores were 25-13, 25-20 and 25-17.

Below, video from the final points scored in tonight's match:

Next is another home match, this Thursday night against MACCRAY.



Monday, August 26, 2019

Two help wanted listings

Two local job opening listings are posted at the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper website. They are on the classified section of the newspaper, and they can also be found online at (short link):

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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Another real estate open house

Integrity Home Investments of Brooten is hosting a real estate open house in rural Brooten today from 1 to 4 p.m.

You can read all about it at the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper website...their print ad was on page 8 of this last week's issue. (short link)

Thank you to Integrity Home Investments for advertising in our hometown newspaper. The support of our local business community is vital to keep our news and sports departments up and running!

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Sedan Fire Department gun raffle

Sedan Fire Department gun raffle

The Sedan Fire Department will hold their 13th annual gun raffle fundraiser on Saturday, September 21 at Rooney's Bar in Sedan. Social hour is from 6 to 7 p.m., and the 40-gun raffle takes place at 7 p.m. Need not be present to win, but raffle ticket purchasers must be 18 years of age and eligible to register a firearm or automatic forfeit. No guns will be released the night of the event. Transfer fees are responsibility of the winner. $100 per ticket, and only 200 tickets sold. Also that night at Rooney's Bar, the Sedan Firefighter Relief Association will hold a single gun raffle at the same time with the same requirements.


State amateur baseball

The Farming Flames, who had to play in through the division playoffs just to earn a Region 15C berth, are now heading to the third round of the Class C state amateur baseball tournament.

Today the Flames defeated Cold Spring by a 2-1 score. They had a 12 to nine advantage in hits, and neither team committed a defensive error.

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Friday, August 23, 2019

NL-S Wildcats volleyball

I don't know a single, darn tootin' thing about the New London-Spicer volleyball team for this fall in terms of their returning experience and personnel in general. I do know that they have started the season with a 4-0 record. That is noteworthy for sure, and even more noteworthy considering that two of their wins at the Albany Early Bird Invitational (held earlier today, Friday) were against Maple Lake and also Sauk Centre.

The Wildcats also picked up a 26-24, 26-24 win over Rocori, who is coming off of a rare losing season in which they went 9-19 last year. The perennially-strong Rocori Spartans went 26-5 in the 2017 season, which ended for them with a 3-1 loss in the Section 6AA championship to eventual state champion Maple Lake. Rocori went 25-5 in 2016 and finished as sub-section runners-up with a playoff loss to eventual state champion Maple Lake. In 2015 they won their section title with a 3-2 win over Jim Klaphake's Sauk Centre Mainstreeters by taking game five 15-11. The Spartans took fourth at state that year.

...back to present day!
Set scores for NL-S against Sauk Centre today were 25-21, 15-25, 15-12.

NL-S defeated Maple Lake 30-28, 25-16.

NL-S defeated Albany 25-22, 20-25, 15-12.

All this against the backdrop of NL-S going 12-15 overall last season and 2-5 (sixth) in the eight-team Wright County West Conference. They went 10-18 in 2017 and 12-17 in 2016.

If there's one thing you can be certain of, it is that on the evening of September 10, the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper's sports department will be down in Wildcat Country cheering on the B-B-E Jaguars volleyball team in their border battle with NL-S! I'd like to see folks already making plans to get down there to pack our side of the gym at Fort Knox!

For the record, the B-B-E Jaguars open the 2019 volleyball season on the home court next Tuesday, August 27 against Osakis. The B- and C-squad matches start at 5:45 p.m., and the varsity match will follow and should get rolling by 7:15 p.m.



Thursday, August 22, 2019

(VIDEO) Worship by the lake

This is by an eastern Pope County lake...I forgot the name of it! I will have some coverage on this in the August 29 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice. It was an absolutely splendid morning to have this worship service outside!

A pot luck dinner followed the service.

On another note...the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper has been on a tremendous stretch where we've published newspapers with 12 or more pages in consecutive fashion from April 11 until August 15 of this year. The April 4 issue had just 10 pages, and this week the Voice had just 10 pages in the August 29 issue. For a period of four straight months, the Bonanza Valley Voice has been 12 to 16 pages, and usually it has varied between 12 and 14 pages each week.

This is tremendous for a newspaper in a town of (about) 750 people. The business community of B-B-E has to be thanked over and over again for their loyal and steady support of this small town newspaper.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Tennis wins

The B-B-E Jaguars girls' tennis team earned their first win of the season today at the Melrose triangular. They lost to the host Melrose Dutchmen by a 5-2 score, but in their second match of the day, the Jaguars beat Parkers Prairie by a 4-3 score.

The Jaguars host Pierz at 9 a.m. on Friday this week for their home opener.


Monday, August 19, 2019

Been busy

The news department at the Bonanza Valley Voice has been tremendously busy. Much of it is behind the scenes. The result of all this is that much of the oxygen has been sucked out of the newspaper's sports department. This has been a pattern that's repeated itself over and over in 2019.

"The Lord frustrates the ways of the wicked." - Psalm 146, verse 9.

Some good reading:

Dealing with wicked actions and intentions from dangerous people is time-consuming. It's a cross we must all bear throughout our lives.

Let's be clear here: I believe most people are inherently good. Sometimes good people find themselves in situations where bad choices are made. They need help, starting with a good dose of honesty.

However, some people move heaven and earth to plot and scheme and hurt others...they're the ones to watch out for. And discerning who is dangerous and who is not dangerous is one of the most difficult acts a person has to do.


Friday, August 16, 2019


The B-B-E Jaguars girls' tennis team competes at a triangular in Clara City today with matches at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The third team with host MACCRAY and the Jaguars will be Redwood Valley.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Funeral notice

Visitation for Mickey Braun of Belgrade will be held on Sunday, August 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. at St. Francis de Sales Catholic church.

His funeral will be at the same location on Monday, August 19 at 11 a.m.

Real estate open house

Integrity Home Investments of Brooten is hosting a real estate open house in Paynesville on Sunday, August 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. You can read additional details at the Bonanza Valley Voice website:

Another open house is coming for the Brooten area by Integrity Home Investments on Sunday, August 25...details TBA.


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

We are in mourning

The B-B-E community is experiencing enormous grief at the passing of Mickey Braun, who was the manager of the Prairie View Golf Course for the past four seasons. This is a giant loss to our community. That cannot be overstated. Everyone is in shock right now, and that goes a hundred-fold for his family.

Mickey passed away earlier this morning after a brief battle with multiple brain tumors that were untreatable.

Please say a prayer for his wife, his children and his extended family. They are all wonderful, wonderful people. The BEST. This type of news does not seem right at all.


Monday, August 12, 2019

Norway Lake Lutheran Historical Association celebration

Here's some local history and church-related news! Click (short link) at the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper website: Additional coverage will be in this week's Voice.

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

(VIDEO) 3-on-3 basketball

Here's a video clip from the Austin Young 3-on-3 youth basketball tournament that was held yesterday at the B-B-E high school.

They had 22 teams competing in the youth division!! Look for photos from the tournament in the August 15 and/or August 22 issues of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper.

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Belgrade Royal Ambassador program (VIDEO)

The Belgrade Royal Ambassador program was held last night during the annual Belgrade August Fest. You can watch the full program on video at the Bonanza Valley Voice website (short link):

A big thank you to the numerous businesses who supported and are continuing to support the Belgrade August Fest coverage in the Bonanza Valley Voice. The Bonanza Valley State Bank stepped up to take the role as corporate sponsor of what you see in the newspaper and online. Thank you!

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

August Fest is rolling

The rain has broken up and activities are underway in Belgrade!

Take in some video from Friday night in Belgrade outside the Belgrade V.F.W at the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper website...(short link):

Don't forget: the parade is at 4 o'clock! The full schedule was published on the back page of this week's Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper.


Thursday, August 08, 2019

Hope in Morris

I have learned through a "very good source" that the Morris newspaper - which covers Morris and Hancock school, city and community news - will soon be under new ownership. The Fargo Forum, which was in the process of running the Morris newspaper nose first into the ground, is "skipping town"...and not a moment too soon. They have owned the Morris newspaper since the early 2000s.

The Morris newspaper weekly circulation has plummeted to around 2,000. For comparison, the Bonanza Valley Voice has around 1,600 weekly readers.

Further details will be withheld until the new owners make a public announcement.


Wednesday, August 07, 2019

August Fest opens in Belgrade

August Fest in Belgrade continues on Friday and Saturday this weekend. You can watch video from the Concert in the Park that was held tonight by clicking here (short link) on the Bonanza Valley Voice website:

Also, in case you missed it, here's a web article to read about August events at Goat Ridge Brewing Co. in New London (short link):

Also! On page four of this week's August 8 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice, readers can take in the advertisement by the Padua Pub that highlights their upcoming event on Wednesday, August 14. You can read what I'm referring to by clicking on this link to see the full community calendar at the Voice website:

And! I also want to give a shout out to the Kandiyohi County Fair Board for supporting the Bonanza Valley Voice and using our newspaper to promote their county fair. They kicked off the four-day fair in Willmar tonight. You can read about it in the August 1 and 8 issues of the Voice and also at this web article (short link):

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Sunday, August 04, 2019

Elimination battle

Elrosa and Richmond are battling in an elimination bracket game in the Region 15C tournament. The game started at 2 p.m.

In today's first game in Richmond, New Munich lost 7-6 in a barn burner to Lake Henry.

That makes Lake Henry and Farming as the first two teams to qualify for state.

**Update: in the bottom of the third inning, Richmond plated three runs to take a 4-3 lead.

**With six innings complete, Richmond has a 5-3 lead.

**Elrosa tied the game at 5-5 in the top of the seventh inning.

**Final score: Richmond 6, Elrosa 5.

...And Spring Hill ended Meire Grove's season with a 9-3 win in today's final region game at Richmond.

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Saturday, August 03, 2019

Baseball playoffs continue

The B-B-E Junior Legion baseball team lost 7-5 to Morris this morning. Their season has now come to a close after a magnificent playoff run.

At Region 15C, New Munich beat Richmond 3-1.

Farming defeated Meire Grove by a 5-0 score.

*Update on Saturday night: Farming defeated St. Martin in a state-qualifying game. The Flames are the first Region 15C team to qualify for state.

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One run loss

The Elrosa Saints amateur baseball team lost 5-4 last night to Lake Henry.

They play in an elimination game on Sunday, April 4 at 1:30 p.m. in Richmond.

Friday, August 02, 2019


The B-B-E Junior American Legion team defeated A-C-GC by a 10-1 score tonight at Marthaler Field in rural Glenwood.

They advance to another elimination game which will be played tonight back at the same location. The opponent will be No. 1-seeded Starbuck.

The winner of that game faces No. 2-seeded Morris tomorrow in the district championship game.

**Update: the Jaguars won 1-0 over the district's top seed tonight to land a spot in the district championship game for the first time since 2007.

They face Morris at 11 a.m. tomorrow morning.


National Night Out

Some news out of Sunburg! This is posted at the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper website's community calendar, which you can see here (short link):

Sunburg National Night Out
The community of Sunburg invites area residents to National Night Out on Tuesday, August 6. Come to Willie Reigstad baseball park from 6 to 8 p.m. and enjoy a free picnic meal (6 to 6:45 p.m.) plus other activities. At 6:45 p.m., a K-9 presentation will take place by Kandiyohi County Deputy Shawn Swanson. An emergency vehicle display will also be on hand with rigs and equipment from the Sunburg Ambulance service, the Sunburg Fire Department, Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Department and Life Link. Bring a lawn chair! This event will be held rain or shine.

Coming tonight: the B-B-E Junior American Legion baseball team continues its quest for a state tournament berth when they face No. 5-seeded Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at 5 p.m. today at Minnewaska Area. The game will be carried on Smooth Magic 107 FM of Glenwood.


Thursday, August 01, 2019

Fair video

Here's a collection of video clips and photos from the Pope County Fair in Glenwood (mostly shot on July 20):

Who's headed to the Stearns County Fair this week/weekend? The full Stearns County Fair schedule is on page five of this week's August 1 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper.

In other news...
The Elrosa Saints amateur baseball team opens the Region 15C tournament tomorrow night (Friday) at 8 p.m. in Farming. Their opponent will be Lake Henry. Additional information on the region tournament was published in today's August 1 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper.

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