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 By Randy Olson    News    January 18, 2024

Brooten Fire Department members stepping up to the emergency responder challenge

In the face of what is a national and statewide Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and emergency responder shortage that is also plaguing central Minnesota, members of the Brooten Fire Department are...

 
 By Randy Olson    News    January 18, 2024

Accident claims life of Brooten woman (second update and error edit)

A head-on car-semi collision late Friday morning, January 19, claimed the life of Shawna Jacobson, age 30, of Brooten, and Darren Tombers, age 40, of Watertown, MN The accident took place on Highway 7...

 
 By Randy Olson    News    January 18, 2024

Nightmare, habitual user charged in fatal Highway 55 crash (THIRD UPDATE)

An individual with a rap sheet too long and exhaustive to comb through in one evening was charged with criminal vehicular operation plus at least two other felonies in the Highway 55 crash that has...

 
 By Randy Olson    News    January 18, 2024

Funeral information for Shawna Jacobson, R.I.P.

Shawna Jacobson, age 30, of Brooten, died on Friday, January 19, 2024, as the result of injuries received in an automobile accident that occurred in Minnetrista, MN. Funeral services will be held on...

 
 By Randy Olson    News    January 18, 2024

Obituary for Jason M. Michels

Jason M. Michels, age 46 of Elrosa, Minnesota and Carnegie, Pennsylvania, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 16, 2024 at his home in Carnegie. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m....

 
 By Randy Olson    News    January 18, 2024

Obituary for Cassie Mithaugen

Cassie E. Mithaugen, 41 of Belgrade, died Monday January 22, 2024 from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident near Belgrade. A public visitation will be from 2-5 pm. Sunday at the Johnson...

 

U.S. Senators Tina Smith, Amy Klobuchar decry Postal Service's response to Minnesotans

On December 8, 2023, U.S. Senator Tina Smith and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (both D-MN) slammed the United States Postal Service's (USPS) responses to their recent letters as unacceptable. The...

 
 By Randy Olson    News    January 4, 2024

Belgrade city council accepts fire department retirements of nearly a century of experience

The Belgrade city council met in regular session on Monday, December 18 and buttoned up a few items as local governments prepare for the election year that is upon us in 2024. Beginning on January 1,...

 
 By Randy Olson    News    December 28, 2023

Brooten city council adopts 2024 levy

The Brooten city council met in regular session on Monday, December 11 and held the annual Truth in Taxation hearing before setting the 2024 budget and levy. The 2024 levy amount was set at $442,433....

 
 By Randy Olson    News    December 28, 2023

Christmas in the Bonanza Valley (VIDEO)

The attached video features the end of worship at the Brooten Community Church on Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24, led by Pastor Rick Krasky. Sisters Tia Nelson and Bailey Nelson provided music...

 
 By Randy Olson    News    December 28, 2023

Christmas Eve worship at West Lake Johanna Lutheran (VIDEO)

Featured in the attached video is the final 10 minutes of worship at West Lake Johanna Lutheran on Sunday, December 24 in Gilchrist Township....

 
 By Randy Olson    News    December 21, 2023

Brooten lighted Christmas parade (VIDEO)

Main Street in Brooten was the site of multiple activities on Saturday, December 9, featuring the annual Brooten Santa Day. The fun concluded with a lighted Christmas parade north of the KaDe Shack and traveling south down Central Avenue. A total of...

 
 By Randy Olson    News    December 21, 2023

Sunday School Christmas at Sunburg Free Lutheran (VIDEO)

The Sunday School students of Sunburg Free Lutheran church in Norway Lake Township performed their Christmas program on Sunday, December 17. Two feature photos with the students gathered in the Baby-in-the-Manger scene were published in the December...

 
 By Randy Olson    News    December 14, 2023

Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus visits Brooten (VIDEO)

The Lucky Shots bowling alley in downtown Brooten was the site of Santa Day on Saturday, December 9. For close to three hours, guests streamed through and enjoyed visiting with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus while taking in numerous activities and...

 
 By Randy Olson    News    December 14, 2023

Sunburg Free Lutheran Christmas program (VIDEO)

On Sunday, December 17 at Sunburg Free Lutheran church, Sunday School children held their Christmas program during the worship service. An attached video features the children singing Go Tell It on the Mountain near the end of the program. Due to...

 
 By Randy Olson    News    December 7, 2023

Santa Claus is coming to Sunburg! (VIDEO)

All youth from Sunburg and the Sunburg area are encouraged to come out and see Santa Claus as he makes a visit in town courtesy of the Sunburg Fire Department and many helpers. Starting at the Sunburg Fire Hall/Community Center at 6:30 p.m. on...

 
 By Randy Olson    News    December 7, 2023

Santa Claus is coming to Belgrade on Saturday, December 9 (VIDEO)

The Belgrade Commercial Club will host their annual Santa Day event on Saturday, December 9 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the municipal hall on main street. Children can register for door prizes for a drawing...

 
 By Randy Olson    News    December 7, 2023

Santa Day in Brooten is Saturday, December 8 with lighted Christmas parade

The Brooten Activities Club, Brooten Fire Relief Association and numerous local businesses are excited to sponsor the Brooten Santa Day celebration on Saturday, December 9 on Main Street with the fun...

 
 By Randy Olson    News    November 30, 2023

Santa Claus is coming to Belgrade and Brooten on December 9! (VIDEO)

The day of Saturday, December 9 will be an exciting for all ages across the Belgrade and Brooten communities. First, Santa Day in Belgrade! The Belgrade Commercial Club will host their annual Santa Day event on Saturday, December 9 from 9 to 11 a.m....

 
 By Randy Olson    News    November 30, 2023

Moderna's COVID jab is suspended in Iceland

The nation of Iceland stopped the ability to jab its citizens with Moderna's COVID therapeutic, which they market as a vaccine even though it does not affect transmission of the virus. This decision was made after reviewing new data from the Nordic...

 
 By Randy Olson    News    November 23, 2023

Brooten Buccaneers 1973 football reunion

The Brooten Buccaneers 1973 football team will hold a 50th anniversary reunion of their special football season in which they went 9-0 that fall. This will take place on Saturday, December 2 at Lucky...

 
 By Randy Olson    News    November 2, 2023

Scammers hit city of Belgrade, other areas

A major police investigation this fall involved a scam that hit this area, including the city of Belgrade. Belgrade-Brooten Police Chief Casey Jansky explained in his report to the B-B Police Board...

 
 By Randy Olson    News    November 2, 2023

Large police presence in Belgrade (VIDEO, UPDATED*)

A large law enforcement presence was established on Washburn Avenue in Belgrade, Minnesota, on Monday, November 6 before 7 p.m. At 7:05 p.m., a police officer announced via a squad loudspeaker that...

 
 By Randy Olson    News    October 26, 2023

A bountiful sugar beet harvest (VIDEO)

When a resident of the Bonanza Valley area thinks of sugar beets, it's common to think of a crop planted in the spring and harvested in the fall. The random, near football-sized beets that can sometimes spill from a semi load while traveling from...

 
 By Randy Olson    News    October 19, 2023

Elrosa Fire Department steak fry (VIDEO)

The Elrosa Fire Department hosted their annual fall steak fry fundraiser on Saturday, October 14. The event was held at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic church with both a drive-through taking place in the parking lot and a sit-down dinner in the church...

 

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