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  • Grove Lake Memorial parade (VIDEO)

    Randy Olson|Jun 6, 2024

    The community of Grove Lake and members of the Glenwood V.F.W. and local veterans led a special Memorial parade on Sunday, May 26 at the Grove Lake Township cemetery. The parade started at the Grove Lake chapel on County Road 39 south of Grove Lake. The attached video features the parade....

  • With kickoff to summer boating season on tap, Minnesota DNR reminds people to stay safe on the water

    Randy Olson|May 23, 2024

    Memorial Day weekend is considered the kickoff to the summer recreational boating season, and lake activity will increase markedly in coming weeks. In recent years, waterways in Minnesota have been busier than ever with anglers, paddlers, and recreational boaters. DNR conservation officers want to share tips to help everyone ensure the memories they make on the water are positive. In conjunction with the summer kickoff, the Enforcement Division also is unveiling a new statewide Marine Unit...

  • Sunburg holds 19th annual Syttende Mai celebration (VIDEO)

    Randy Olson|May 23, 2024

    The Sunburg community hosted a marvelous Syttende Mai celebration on Sunday, May 19. The Sunburg Trolls Car Club raffle concluded the event, and the quilt raffle took place after over 800 tickets were sold. The winner of the quilt was Curtis Engstrom of Norway Lake Township. Funds from the quilt raffle are designated to promotion of Syttende Mai activities. Additional coverage will be published in the May 30 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper. A video of the parade is attached...

  • Syttende Mai Festival, now the 19th annual, coming to Sunburg on Sunday! (VIDEO)

    Randy Olson|May 16, 2024

    Come one, come all! The Sunburg Area Commercial Club and its volunteers and supporters invite everyone to the first big celebration of 2024 for our area. The 19th annual Syttende Mai festival will be held in an all-day affair on Sunday, May 19. You can check out the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper's photo gallery from events that took place at Syttende Mai in Sunburg in 2023 by clicking here: https://shorter.me/kvZpM. Also, the attached video features the beginning of the Syttende Mai parade in...

  • Syttende Mai at Norway Lake to be celebrated May 17

    Randy Olson|May 2, 2024

    You are invited to join the Norway Lake Lutheran Historical Association at First Lutheran Church of Norway Lake 6338 County Road 40 NW which is just 9 miles west of New London on County 40, as we celebrate Syttende Mai or more formally known as Norwegian Constitution Day. Enjoy a catered Meatball supper with all the accompaniments including Rommegrot, Kransekake, Krumkakke, Lemon Bars and more. Our Syttende Mai Supper begins with the Norwegian table prayer at 6:30 p.m., May 17, 2024. Free will...

  • East Norway Lake Lutheran meatball dinner concludes spring church dinner season

    Randy Olson|Apr 25, 2024

    East Norway Lake Lutheran church's spring meatball dinner was an overwhelming success on Sunday, April 21. In a span of just two hours, close to 300 were served a hearty meal with their specialty meatballs (made by McKale's Catering with use of ENL's special directions), mashed potatoes and all the typical additional food including a massive variety of dessert options. By the time the newspaper's publisher left the ENL fellowship hall at 12:45 p.m., 285 had been served with a few more yet to...

  • East Norway Lake Lutheran to host meatball dinner

    Randy Olson|Apr 18, 2024

    East Norway Lake Lutheran church of rural New London invites everyone to their meatball dinner on Sunday, April 21. They will be serving in the fellowship hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with proceeds to benefit their missions. On the menu: meatballs, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, coleslaw, fruit salads, bread, assorted desserts, coffee and milk. Prices: adults $15, children ages 6 to 12 are $8 and children ages 5 and under eat free. ENL church is located just off of Kandiyohi County Road 40,...

  • Syttende Mai Festival, now the 19th annual, coming to Sunburg on May 19

    Randy Olson|Apr 18, 2024

    Come one, come all! The Sunburg Area Commercial Club and its volunteers and supporters invite everyone to the first big celebration of 2024 for our area. The 19th annual Syttende Mai festival will be held in an all-day affair on Sunday, May 19. You can check out the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper's photo gallery from events that took place at Syttende Mai in Sunburg in 2023 by clicking here: https://shorter.me/kvZpM. The activities begin with a pancake breakfast at Hope Lutheran church from 7...

  • The Unsung Hero – Fiber

    Randy Olson|Apr 11, 2024

    You've heard it's a good idea to include fiber in your diet, but how much fiber do you need? A high-fiber diet can benefit your health in several ways; especially digestive health. You know how it feels when it's not healthy; you experience either constipation or diarrhea. They're on the opposite ends of the bowel movement spectrum, so how does fiber help? Two Types of Fiber – Soluble and Insoluble Soluble fiber dissolves in water and helps slow down the speed at which food moves from your s...

  • Live music performance at Central Square in Glenwood : Alice Wallace Band

    Randy Olson|Apr 11, 2024

    Central Square and Civic Center in Glenwood will be hosting a live music performance on Saturday, April 13 at 7 p.m., when the Alice Wallace Band will perform on stage. Alice Wallace is known for her powerful vocals and compelling storytelling. In our auditorium, she will bring her latest album, "Into the Blue" to life, a rich blend of country rock and folk that echoes her California roots. With a decade-long career, Alice has garnered praise and nominations for prestigious awards such as the Lo...

  • Goat Ridge Brewing joins forces with Kernza boosters with new Root Down beer (VIDEO)

    Randy Olson|Apr 11, 2024

    Goat Ridge Brewing Co. of New London recently unveiled a special beer collaboration with research done by the University of Minnesota. The new beer, called Root Down, is a unique hybrid lager brewed with Kernza perennial grass. On Saturday, April 6 at Goat Ridge, owner and brewer Josh Reed hosted a special celebration of the grand opening of the New London Food Co-op and his new beer, Root Down. Speaking at the event were Reed, Erik Hatlestad of the New London Food Co-op and Katharine Chute...

  • A St. Patrick's Day weekend to remember in Padua (VIDEO)

    Randy Olson|Mar 21, 2024

    The Dave and Clara Rooney family hosted their 44th annual St. Patrick's Day parade on Sunday. This was one of many events and sources of entertainment held at the Padua Pub on what was a two-day celebration for the community. On Saturday, over 550 arm bands were provided for patrons of the Padua Pub, and needless to say, a grand time was had by all. Dave Rooney reported that he believes they served at least 650 that night, all on the pub side, as the banquet hall was not in use on Saturday. On...

  • Padua Pub to host TWO-day St. Patrick's Day celebration! (VIDEO)

    Randy Olson|Mar 14, 2024

    Everyone is invited! TWO days! Saturday and Sunday, March 16-17 in Padua! You can watch the 2021 St. Patrick's Day parade in the attached video below. Here are the details for the upcoming celebration... The Rooney family invites everyone to a TWO-day celebration of St. Patrick's Day on Saturday and Sunday, March 16-17, as the Padua Pub hosts this exciting celebration for the 44th straight year. Green beer served both days! The weekend features TWO Shamrock hunts at 3 p.m. on Saturday at 12...

  • Library Winter Reading Challenge began on January 2! Please sign up!

    Randy Olson|Jan 11, 2024

    Get perched on reading! Challenge yourself to read more this season with the Winter Reading Challenge at the Great River Regional Library, which features a branch in downtown Belgrade. "Perched on Reading," the 2024 Winter Reading Challenge began on Monday, January 2, 2024, and runs through Tuesday, February 28. This challenge provides fun incentives for readers to settle into cozy winter reading habits. It is designed primarily for teens and adults and is open to anyone in the 6th grade or...

  • Riverside Inn of Cold Spring to host 'Branson Show - The Sons' in January

    Randy Olson|Dec 14, 2023

    PRESS RELEASE with attached video The Riverside Inn of Cold Spring is excited to welcome back the "Branson Show - The Sons" for another year of bluegrass, comedy, country, cowboy, gospel and patriotic favorites that you still love today! We would love to invite you to take part in this wonderful event, so don't wait to jump on the opportunity to get tickets to the show and potentially stay the night with us. We have had our Senior Center guests in the past enjoy the day in downtown Cold Spring b...

  • Norway Lake Lutheran Historical Association Pioneer Advent worship is Sunday!

    Randy Olson|Nov 30, 2023

    It is almost Christmas. Prior to that remember that everyone is invited to the Annual Advent Service at the Log Church hosted by the Norway Lake Lutheran Historical Association and members of the Norway Lake Lutheran church parish. Children are especially invited to hear the Christmas message as it was proclaimed on the Sunburg prairie 150 years ago. This heart-warming event is coming this Sunday, December 3 at 2 p.m. with Norsk treats and the traditional brown bag of candy and an apple after....

  • Bonanza Valley Royal Strutters 19th annual fall banquet and Gun Blast is Saturday

    Randy Olson|Oct 26, 2023

    You're invited to the upcoming Bonanza Valley Royal Strutters fall banquet and Gun Blast at the Padua Pub on Saturday, October 28. Doors open at 5 p.m. for social hour, and the dinner will be served at 7 o'clock. Questions? Send an email to BVRS.nwtf@gmail.com. The Bonanza Valley Royal Strutters is one of our premier conservation and gun safety and gun advocacy organizations. Its members are also key supporters of B-B-E high school's Clay Trapshooting team....

  • 'The Great Storm' author coming to Glenwood next Wednesday the 18th

    Randy Olson|Oct 12, 2023

    Everyone is invited to join a locally-raised historian and author Carolyn Mankell-Sowinski Wednesday, October 18th at 6:30 p.m. at the Pope County Museum for a talk about her recently-published book The Great Storm: Minnesota's Victims in the Blizzard of January 7, 1873. On January 7-9, 1873, Minnesota residents experienced a violent blizzard when dozens of people died primarily on the flat, tree-less prairies. Kandiyohi County native, Carolyn Mankell Sowinski will take you back 150 years and...

  • Brink's Beer Joint hosts Turkey Fest (VIDEO)

    Randy Olson|Oct 5, 2023

    On a cool and somewhat wet Saturday, September 23, the Honebrink family and their staff at Brink's Beer Joint in Swift Falls hosted their annual Turkey Fest celebration. This event has regularly celebrated the turkey-growing agriculture operations of the area, which are prominent across western Stearns County and Kandiyohi and Swift counties. The Bonanza Valley Voice SmugMug photo gallery from Swift Falls can be found by clicking here: https://tinyurl.com/vx7pkfzj. A video attached features the...

  • R.D. Offutt Brooten Farm to host second annual Potato Field Days

    Randy Olson|Sep 28, 2023

    For the second year, the R.D. Offutt Brooten farm team is inviting fellow neighbors and members of the community to an "all-you-can-dig party," at the upcoming Potato Field Days. On Saturday and Sunday, September 30 and October 1, from sunrise till sunset, those interested can bring potato forks and buckets to an RDO field and dig to their heart's content. Farm Manager Chris Strom said he is looking forward to the community dig after having such a positive reception during the inaugural event...

  • Rosengren directing 'Four Old Broads' at the Barn Theater

    Randy Olson|Sep 28, 2023

    Note: a ticket link is posted at the end of this web article. Retired burlesque queen Beatrice Shelton desperately needs a vacation from Magnolia Place Assisted Living. The "Sassy Seniors Cruise" may be just the ticket if she can convince her best friend to stop praying and go with her. But strange things have been happening ever since Nurse Pat Jones began working here. The new resident is losing her memory, another is obsessed with planning her funeral, and the retired Elvis impersonator...

  • Record crowd at Rustic Designs Flower Farm's Fall Harvest Fest (VIDEO)

    Randy Olson|Sep 21, 2023

    Rustic Designs Flower Farm of Burbank Township, rural Belgrade, hosted their fourth annual Fall Harvest Fest with picture-perfect conditions of full sunshine, a light breeze and temps in the low 70s. Turnout far and away exceeded last year with an official number of 956 for the six-hour event. Video was attached to this web article on Friday evening, September 22....

  • Turkey Fest is Saturday in Swift Falls! (VIDEO)

    Randy Olson|Sep 21, 2023

    Don't miss out on the big fall celebration in Swift Falls today in one of the most beautiful areas of west central Minnesota in northeastern Swift County. Brink's Beer Joint invites everyone to their annual Turkey Fest celebration. You can see a video of their 2021 Turkey Fest parade in the attached video. Here's the overview of activities in Swift Falls on September 23: Brink's Beer Joint and the Honebrink family invites everyone to their annual Turkey Fest celebration on Saturday, September...

  • Rosengren directing 'Four Old Broads' at the Barn Theater

    Randy Olson|Sep 21, 2023

    Note: a ticket link is posted at the end of this web article. Retired burlesque queen Beatrice Shelton desperately needs a vacation from Magnolia Place Assisted Living. The "Sassy Seniors Cruise" may be just the ticket if she can convince her best friend to stop praying and go with her. But strange things have been happening ever since Nurse Pat Jones began working here. The new resident is losing her memory, another is obsessed with planning her funeral, and the retired Elvis impersonator...

  • Monson Lake Opry Festival is Saturday in rural Sunburg (VIDEO)

    Randy Olson|Sep 7, 2023

    The third annual Monson Lake Opry Festival is this Saturday in rural Sunburg. Hosted at Brad Danielson's property near Monson Lake State Park, this year's show is bringing big-time names including Mark Chestnut and Mo Putney. Kentucky Thunder will perform with Danielson as lead singer, and they will feature special guest Bobby Dale. They will perform in his specially-renovated barn that is a special sight to take in. Danielson, a trucker by trade, is a 1996 Minnewaska Area graduate and the...

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