Thursday, May 28, 2020

(VIDEO) B-B-E Class of 2020 Commencement

Here's a video of approximately 100 minutes that was put together last night for the B-B-E Class of 2020 graduation. It feature live footage of graduation at the high school parking lot, and it also includes numerous pre-recorded video clips.

A long list of school staff members worked in unison to make this happen. They did an absolutely marvelous job!


Wednesday, May 27, 2020

(VIDEO) Graduation night in Jaguar Country

Here's a video of the fireworks show that concluded tonight's B-B-E graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020...the 31st graduating class of our school! It was marvelous!

Although there was no band or choir performing in our COVID-driven environment, I will say: the graduation evening tonight was as spectacular as the fireworks show that put a book end on the evening. Great job, everyone involved!

*Below is a video clip featuring the car parade of graduating seniors as they passed down Main Street in Brooten. They were on their way out of town to head to Elrosa.

Later tonight I hope to get a second iMovie posted from the Prom Grand March held this past Saturday.

This week's gigantic Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper issue includes photos of 16 of the couples who participated in grand march. You can find it on newsstands at Bayer Gas and Grocery in Elrosa, Coop's Corner and Belgrade Hardware Store and at RJs Mini-Mart in Brooten.


B-B-E graduation parade routes

Below is the itinerary for tonight's Class of 2020 graduation celebration, which features a parade of the seniors through Brooten, Elrosa and then Belgrade.

  • 7:00 PM meet at the BBE Elementary parking lot to line up for the Class of 2020 Parade through Brooten (graduates only). We will be traveling School St to Western Ave to Crow Lake St. to Eastern Ave. to Roe St to Main St and then to 
  • 7:25 PM Parade through Elrosa. 4th Ave to Main St. to Hwy. 13 to Robert St. to 3rd Avenue and then to: 
  • 7:40 PM Parade through Belgrade. Turn right onto County Rd. 197 to Washburn Ave. to Walker St. to Lowry Ave. to Owen St. to Washburn Ave. to School St. to Martin Ave. to Adrian St. to Nelson Ave. to School St. to Washburn Ave to BBE HS. 
  • 8:00 PM commencement ceremony at BBE HS. 

NOTE: the YouTube channel for B-B-E schools will have a live stream of the graduation event at 8 p.m. tonight. (Short link)

While the event is private and not open to public attendance, anyone can view graduation from YouTube. You can also listen on the radio or through the Smooth Magic 107 FM (Glenwood) website.


Tuesday, May 26, 2020

B-B-E Baccalaureate worship

Click here to view the Baccalaureate worship service that was put together by local clergy (short link):


Monday, May 25, 2020



The B-B-E Class of 2020 will hold a private graduation event on Wednesday, May 27 at 7 p.m. that will be aired on Smooth Magic 107 FM of Glenwood.

For those not in the radio station’s coverage area, you are invited to listen online via their website ( or Smooth Magic’s TuneIn app on your Smartphone.


Sunday, May 24, 2020

Three CMC schools don't have their own newspaper

I just put this picture together tonight and found this interesting.

Central Minnesota Conference community newspapers, by size, with the number provided representing the weekly circulation of each town's newspaper.

1. Paynesville 1,707
2. Bonanza Valley Voice 1,600
3. Kimball 1,132
4. Maple Lake 1,111
5. Eden Valley-Watkins  685

*Royalton, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City and Holdingford have no newspapers operating inside their school districts. The community of A-C-GC is covered by the Litchfield and Willmar newspapers. The Holdingford community is covered by the Little Falls and Albany-Melrose newspapers. The Royalton community is covered by the Little Falls newspaper.

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Saturday, May 23, 2020

B-B-E Prom 2020

More "B-B-E Grand March 2020" - but this is more prom than most schools have been able to get, so we are going to be grateful for the opportunity and thrilled that school staff made this possible!

Here's an iMovie with clips of three couples.

The video is rough and shaky, especially when I was shooting with my big digital camera. But it works, and it's something to remember. This isn't an environment where it's easy or prudent to operate with a ton of equipment. Jump in, jump out - get it done and go home.

Now we'll see how many prom pages I'll manage to publish next week. The newspaper has looked rough lately. I hope next week's is not that way.

More to come.

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Friday, May 22, 2020

Exciting news

For once, some exciting news! The first exciting news I can report since the B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team punched their ticket to the state tournament....and that was way back on March 6!

I just spoke with Coach Rodgers and...AND!! And!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The details haven't been revealed yet, as there are probably a few last-minute logistics to figure out. The B-B-E Clay Trapshooting team will start their 2020 season in June. What I heard is that a traditional five-week season will take place.

This is terrific. Thank God!

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No news on sports

There is no news to speak of regarding sports in Minnesota, with one exception. The state is allowing small groups to practice, with limits of 10 people involved. Other requirements and regulations for youth recreation and otherwise have been set forth by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Beyond that, it's a waiting game.

Meanwhile, in South Dakota, I just read this today.

Teams finding unique ways to stay fit before fall sports seasons

Tuesday, May 19, 2020


The B-B-E Class of 2020 will hold a private graduation event on Wednesday, May 27 at 7 p.m. that will be aired on Smooth Magic 107 FM of Glenwood.

For those not in the coverage area, you are invited to listen online via their website ( or Smooth Magic's TuneIn app on your Smartphone.

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Monday, May 18, 2020

Press release


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Saturday, May 16, 2020

Church notice in Brooten

Our Sunday Worship service is now up on our Facebook below:

Thank you for your support of our on-line worship. Our church is not closed! It is just our buildings that are closed. We are the church and we are open!

Please pray for our church leaders as we discern God's will as decisions are made for returning to worship in our buildings.

God's Blessings to you! Stay safe and take care of yourself and those around you.

Pastor Steve
Trinity Lutheran church, Brooten


Thursday, May 07, 2020

Head coaching position opening

The Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa schools is looking for an enthusiastic individual to join the B-B-E Jaguar volleyball coaching staff. This would be a head coaching position. Please send a letter of interest, resume, and three personal references to Rick Gossen, Activities Director at B-B-E elementary school, P.O. Box 39, Brooten, MN 56316 or e-mail The deadline for application is Friday, May 29.

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Friday, May 01, 2020

Church news

Everyone is invited to listen to Brooten Community Church Pastor Rick Krasky's twice-weekly radio messages every Wednesday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. on KMGK 107.1 FM radio of Glenwood.

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