Articles from the August 29, 2019 edition

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  • 'Nothing to see here, just move along'

    Randy Olson|Aug 29, 2019

    Below is an excerpt from an upcoming article in the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper. It describes public financial figures relating to the now-defunct Brooten Commercial Club charitable gambling operation. For example, in 2013, the entire system at five sites (Classic Co., KaDe Shack, Rooster's Bottle Shop, Rooney's Bar and Marcia's Bar) drew in $893,589 in gross receipts. Prizes paid out that year totaled $693,726. The club drew in $199,863 that was deposited into the gambling checking account. The club doled out $92,313 in charitable giving...

  • A sudden loss to the community

    Randy Olson|Aug 29, 2019

    The Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa community is reeling from the news that former high school math teacher and coach Dennis Weimerskirch passed away on Monday, September 2 from natural causes. Weimerskirch was hired as a math teacher and coach at Belgrade high school in 1962. Then began a 35-year career in the school district, which later became Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa after 1989 with the pairing and subsequent consolidation in 1995 with the neighboring Brooten school district. Over that time, he...

  • (VIDEO) August Fest grand parade

    Aug 29, 2019

    Below is video featuring the grand parade at the Belgrade August Fest on Saturday, August 10, 2019. Photos from the events at August Fest were published in the August 15 and August 22 issues of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper....

  • Fatal SUV vs. UTV crash

    Randy Olson|Aug 29, 2019

    Daniel Schweiters, age 76, of Belgrade was driving his 2002 Polaris Ranger side-by-side southbound on Stearns County Road 175. As Mr. Schwieters was negotiating a left-hand turn onto 265th Street, he was struck from behind by a 2002 Ford Explorer driven by Juan Martinez of Melrose. Mr. Schwieters was ejected from the UTV and sustained a severe head injury. Life Link airlifted Schwieters to the St. Cloud Hospital where he later died. Mr. Hernandez was evaluated at the scene and released. The UTV was equipped with seatbelts, but it appears as...

  • North Fork Crow River Watershed District

    Aug 29, 2019

    Notice is hereby given: the North Fork Crow River Watershed District Board of Managers will meet at the District Office, 1030 Front Street, Brooten MN, on Monday, September 9, 2019 at 8 p.m. for the purpose of considering the foregoing proposed budget with a General Levy of $250,000 and an Insurance and Bonding Levy of $9,000 (MN Statutes 466.06), for the fiscal year of January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. At such time, any interested person may appear either in person or by representative and will be given an opportunity for a full and...