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  • OBITUARY: Mr. Keith Clementson

    Randy Olson|Mar 14, 2024

    Long-time high school science teacher Keith Clementson has passed away. His obituary was received by The Voice from his family on Tuesday this week (March 12). A celebration of life in his honor will be held on Friday, July 19 this coming summer from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Paynesville R.O.S.E. Center. Clementson volunteered there for many years in his retirement. The Voice newspaper publisher is deeply saddened by news of his passing. Clementson taught science to the newspaper publisher at both the...

  • B-B-E elementary school volcano project (VIDEO)

    Randy Olson|Feb 29, 2024

    Here's follow-up coverage of Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa elementary's volcano project in the fourth and fifth grade classes. An attached video features one of the fourth grader's volcanoes erupting in the cafeteria with an audience that included second grade students....

  • B-B-E Resistance Robotics gears up for Week Zero (VIDEO)

    Randy Olson|Feb 22, 2024

    The Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Resistance Robotics team is in the midst of their 2024 build season in preparation for two regional competitions in March. They travel to Willmar high school this Saturday (February 24) for what is dubbed Week Zero, where the team can scrimmage other schools' robots on the competition field. B-B-E's team is part of the nationwide network of high school robotics teams working under FIRST, which stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, a...

  • B-B-E holds 34th annual Sno-Daze coronation (VIDEO)

    Randy Olson|Feb 15, 2024

    For the 34th year dating back to 1990, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa school has hosted the annual Sno-Daze coronation. In the early years, this was held at B-B-E senior high school in Brooten, and after 1995, it has been held continuously at the B-B-E high school in Belgrade. Sno-Daze was not held in the winter of 2020-2021 due to the pandemic, but it resumed in February of 2022. This year's coronation was held for the third straight year in B-B-E high school's Olson Auditorium, where the Sno-Daze royal court games were played, dress-up day themes...

  • BBE elementary holds second quarter Jaguar Pride party (VIDEO)

    Randy Olson|Jan 18, 2024

    On Friday, January 12, the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa elementary school hosted a Jaguar Pride party that helped mark the end of the second quarter of the 2023-2024 school year. With the full grades K-5 student body gathered in the main gymnasium, members of the elementary recycling committee provided useful reminders about the "do's" and "don'ts" of recycling in the building. Janitor Eric Johnson provided a big "Thank you" to Kylie Wagner, Kinlee Wiechman, Sadie Krupke and Luke Bromenshenkel for the volunteer work they provide at lunch time to hel...

  • Christmas concert band soloists 'Ash Grove'

    Randy Olson|Dec 28, 2023

    The Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa senior high band performed as one of many musical groups on the evening of Monday, December 18 at B-B-E high school's Olson Auditorium. The second song performed by the senior high band was Ash Grove, a Welsh Folk Song arranged by Mark Williams. Coverage from the concert was published in the December 21 and 28 issues of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper....

  • B-B-E choir concert with Christmas songs (VIDEO)

    Randy Olson|Dec 21, 2023

    Here's a video featuring the Christmas songs performed by the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa high school choir on December 18 at Olson Auditorium in Belgrade. This choir includes students in grades 8-12, and they performed the following songs: Covenantry Carol, French Carol Duet, and Holiday Road of Carols. Once that choir concluded their final song, students in grades 6 and 7 joined the senior high choir for an All-Choir performance of Peace, Peace; in the third verse, the crowd obliged the request to join in singing Silent Night. Note: due to...

  • Young cast shines in B-B-E fall musical 'The Addams Family - School Edition'

    Randy Olson|Nov 23, 2023

    The youngest and most inexperienced cast that Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa has had in school history for a fall musical shine with strong performances across three straight days on November 17, 18 and 19 at Olson Auditorium. Overall, paid attendance surpassed 500 for all three shows. Tia Nelson, a junior, played Morticia Addams alongside fellow junior Coby DenHartog, who played Gomez. Savannah Finken, another junior, played the role of Wednesday Addams. The role of Pugsley was played by junior Kora Martinez. Senior Maddy Carroll held the role of...

  • B-B-E Fall Musical is THIS weekend at Olson Auditorium (VIDEO)

    Randy Olson|Nov 16, 2023

    The Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa high school's theater group is forging through what is "crunch time" as they prepare for the upcoming fall musical "The Addams Family - School Edition" on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 17, 18 and 19 on the stage of Olson Auditorium, B-B-E high school in Belgrade. Altogether, the cast includes 17 students, and an additional student is assisting with technical production. Directors are Steph DenHartog and Sean Biehn, and assisting them is 2023 B-B-E graduate...

  • B-B-E fall musical senior cast interview with Maddy Carroll

    Randy Olson|Nov 16, 2023

    Opening night is soon upon us! Friday, November 17 is the big day when the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa high school's theater students will perform the opening night of The Addams Family - School Edition as the fall musical. Attached here is a video interview of Maddy Carroll, one of two seniors on the cast. In 2021 and 2022, Carroll was part of the fall musical crew. This year she took the big leap to join the cast at the behest of director Steph DenHartog. You can order tickets in advance at https://www.onthestage.tickets/show/...

  • SMASHING success for 'The Addams Family' opening night at Olson Auditorium! (VIDEO)

    Randy Olson|Nov 16, 2023

    The Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa high school's theater group completely smashed it with a terrific opening night performance of The Addams Family - School Edition behind a crowd that was at about 65 percent capacity with around 175 guests at Olson Auditorium. The cast of this fall's B-B-E musical is the youngest, most inexperienced cast that has ever fielded a musical at B-B-E. You would never know that, however, by the remarkable performance they pulled off on Friday night. The singing, dancing and...

  • B-B-E Fall Musical is November 17, 18, 19 at Olson Auditorium (VIDEO)

    Randy Olson|Nov 9, 2023

    The Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa high school's theater group is forging through what is "crunch time" as they prepare for the upcoming fall musical "The Addams Family - School Edition" on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 17, 18 and 19 on the stage of Olson Auditorium, B-B-E high school in Belgrade. Altogether, the cast includes 17 students, and an additional student is assisting with technical production. Directors are Steph DenHartog and Sean Biehn, and assisting them is 2023 B-B-E graduate...

  • B-B-E's fall musical is coming! 'The Addams Family - School Edition!'

    Randy Olson|Nov 2, 2023

    The Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa theater company is excited for the upcoming fall musical, which will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 17, 18 and 19. The musical they are performing is "The Addams Family - School Edition" which will grace the stage of Olson Auditorium, B-B-E high school in Belgrade. Altogether, the cast includes 17 students, and an additional student is assisting with technical production. Directors are Steph DenHartog and Sean Biehn, and assisting them is 2023 B-B...

  • An 'apple crunch' at B-B-E elementary (VIDEO)

    Randy Olson|Oct 19, 2023

    Taher Inc.'s Chef Chris Murray oversaw a group "apple crunch" with students in grades K-5 at Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa elementary on Thursday, October 12. The students were gathered that morning for a Fire Safety and Prevention Week presentation by local fire department members. Murray helped Taher cook's at B-B-E prepare a special Taiwanese meal for both school cafeterias on October 12 and 13. A video featuring the apple crunch activity is attached here....

  • Homecoming cook out at B-B-E high school (VIDEO)

    Randy Olson|Oct 12, 2023

    Students at Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa high school (grades 6-12) enjoyed an outdoor grill out at lunch time on Thursday, October 5. This event was part of a full week of the school's 35th annual Homecoming week activities. Additional Homecoming coverage was published in the October 12 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper. A video attached here features a glimpse of the cook out that afternoon....

  • B-B-E hosts 8th annual Color FUND Run (VIDEO)

    Randy Olson|Oct 12, 2023

    Students at Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa schools participated in their 8th annual Color FUND Run on October 4 at the high school campus in Belgrade. A video clip from the beginning of one of the races with the 8th and 9th graders is attached to this web article. This event was part of a full week of the school's 35th annual Homecoming week activities. Additional Homecoming coverage was published in the October 12 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper....

  • 35th Homecoming coronation held at B-B-E (VIDEO)

    Randy Olson|Sep 28, 2023

    Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa high school's Olson Auditorium was again the site for the 35th Homecoming coronation in Jaguar Country. With first grade, freshmen and junior attendants accompanied 10 members of the Class of 2024 in the royal court. Coronation emcees Taylor Oeltjenbruns and Brooklyn Fischer announced the high school's dress-up days with students providing examples on stage. After members of the royal court participated in contests, the Homecoming king and queen were revealed. Crowned as...

  • Public tours of remodeled B-B-E elementary school during BVD

    Randy Olson|Jul 6, 2023

    The public is invited to join Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa school staff for tours of the elementary school in Brooten on Friday, July 7 and Saturday, July 8, from 4 to 5 p.m. both days. Additions and improvements began in the fall of 2020 and continued into this summer. High school tours in Belgrade will follow during August Fest this summer....

  • B-B-E Class of 2023 graduation (VIDEO)

    Randy Olson|May 25, 2023

    This link will go "live" from the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa high school football stadium to broadcast the Class of 2023 graduation on Friday, May 26 at 7:30 p.m. Link: https://www.youtube.com/live/yPM_rZj2Mbo?feature=share....

  • ECFE Early Childhood celebration (VIDEO)

    Randy Olson|May 18, 2023

    The Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa second annual Early Childhood Celebration event was held on a cool, drizzly Saturday, May 13. A variety of activities were held for kids to participate in, which included exploring large vehicles in the parking lot, vendor kids games, donuts and juice, playground fun and a petting zoo. Hats off to B-B-E Community Education and Jaguar Kids Connection staff for organizing and hosting this event!...

  • B-B-E high school prom: a marvelous tradition!

    Randy Olson|May 4, 2023

    On a cool, breezy final Saturday of April, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa's prom was held featuring the full lineup of grand march, a dance and post-prom activities later at night. The 35th annual Prom Grand March was held under a mix of clouds and sunshine, and fortunately rain held off for nearly the entire event. B-B-E's 34th annual prom dance was held at the Brooten Pavilion. Prom in Jaguars Country has featured an indoor, in-person, COVID restrictions-free dance throughout the pandemic with the ex...

  • B-B-E grades 4-5 spring concert (VIDEO)

    Randy Olson|Apr 27, 2023

    Below is video from the elementary school spring concert on April 19 at the main gymnasium....

  • B-B-E pursuing introducing CTE skills to primary grades

    Randy Olson|Apr 20, 2023

    The Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa school board heard from the administration about the idea of introducing career and technical education (CTE) concepts into elementary school grades. At Monday's (April 17) board meeting in the high school media center in Belgrade, Superintendent Patrick Walsh brought up the CTE school matrix and how to build CTE skills throughout the grade levels. "We're starting to think in terms of CTE skills and what role they can play for students as early as preschool and...

  • Terrence Talley provides heartfelt message at B-B-E schools

    Randy Olson|Mar 30, 2023

    Student Reach Minnesota spent the day of Thursday, March 30 at Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa high school while giving uplifting messages of hope and inspiration to students in grades 4-12 at Olson Auditorium. As part of the presentation, live concert music was performed by the Minneapolis-based band Wonderstate. Speaker Terrence Talley, who grew up in Burnsville and Detroit, MI, provided the keynote message. Wonderstate is a high-energy band that spreads their positive vibes and love for people. A video clip from Talley's message given on Thursday...

  • B-B-E Resistance Robotics starts regional on winning track (UPDATES)

    Randy Olson|Mar 23, 2023

    Note: for the sake of brevity and simplicity for the newspaper publisher, match times will be posted using Army time. Also, this web article is being updated throughout the afternoon on Saturday, March 25 to feature results from individual matches. Sunday afternoon update: a playoff web article can be viewed by clicking on the following link: https://bit.ly/40H7TgJ. The Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Resistance Robotics team started with two alliance wins in their first three matches at the Minnesota N...

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