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April 11, 2024

Action, adventure and intrigue drive the classic “Treasure Island” story, told with a few fresh adaptations by the Buffalo High School drama department in its upcoming spring play.

Three performances are scheduled, each at 7:30 p.m. in the BHS Performing Arts Center, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 18-20.

March 20, 2024

In a world awash with information, it is vital that students learn to discern reliable sources from those that are questionable, and to research historical information effectively.

Buffalo Community Middle School students took part in the History Day showcase and competition on Feb. 22, an event that challenged sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders in the Quest program to address the theme “Turning Points in History” as part of the National History Day in Minnesota event. Students chose a topic related to that theme, conducted extensive research, and presented their findings via dramatic performance, exhibit, documentary or website.

“I was really excited with how this year’s school event turned out,” said Quest English teacher Danielle Kelm. “It’s the first year we’ve had an in-person competition since 2020, and it was great to be able to hold this event for our students.”

March 18, 2024

Each year the Wright County VFW #1901 Auxiliary of Montrose sponsors an "Americanism" coloring contest as part of a larger statewide contest. On Friday, March 15, winners from Montrose Elementary School of Innovation were recognized by event chair Rosemary Schultz, who also provided a donation for the school's media center.

"We appreciate Montrose Elementary for participating in our Americanism program, and congratulate the winners of this year's project," Schultz said. 

March 8, 2024

“I don’t volunteer to make myself feel good. I volunteer (because) one person can make a difference in someone’s life.”

Brian Voerding, a 2001 graduate of Buffalo High School, shared that thought in a feature article about students serving others in the 2000 edition of the BHS Tatanka yearbook. Two decades later, Voerding has earned his way to a key position that allows him to help others on a scale far grander than he may have ever imagined as a high school junior. 

In November of 2023 the Montrose native was named president of the Little Falls-based Initiative Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting the people, businesses and organizations of a 14-county region in Central Minnesota, including Wright County.

March 8, 2024

For past 32.5 years Eric Ogren worked nights to make sure students and staff members in Buffalo and Hanover returned to clean classrooms and other learning facilities in the morning.

In mid-February, the 1977 Buffalo High School graduate and longest-serving member of the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Building and Grounds Department retired at the end of a career marked by hard work, careful attention to detail, and kindness.

March 4, 2024

An ability to thrive in the classroom, on the playing field and in artistic endeavors calls for more than just natural talent. It also takes hard work, determination and a positive attitude.

Buffalo High School seniors Claire Erickson and Nolan Mahannah exemplify those traits, as evidenced by their selection as the school’s Academics, Arts and Athletics Award winners for 2024.

February 22, 2024

Jazz fans had a unique opportunity to hear all four BHM jazz bands perform with a professional musician on Tuesday, Feb. 20, in the Buffalo High School Performing Arts Center.

Dave Hagedorn, a retired music professor who taught at St. Olaf and the University of Wisconsin-Superior, has also played for more than 20 years as an extra for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and was the principal percussionist for the Duluth Symphony. He is still active with a variety of other ensembles as well, and was featured on the vibraphone with improvisational solos in every song.

January 31, 2024

State representatives Patricia Mueller of Austin and Marion Rarick of Maple Lake, along with senators Eric Lucero of Saint Michael, and Jason Rarick of Pine City, toured Phoenix Learning Center at Buffalo High School and the wRight Choice program at the Wright County Government Center on Monday, Jan. 29, to see how these two successful programs could be replicated across the state. 

The line of inquiry for the day was, "How can we have Phoenix in every high school in Minnesota?"

January 24, 2024

Teaching music may not have been Scott Rabehl’s first career, but he has been recognized multiple times for excellence since he traded the business world for a podium and baton. 

In 2006 he was named the Outstanding Young Band Director for the State of Minnesota by the American School Band Directors Association. In 2018 he became the Schmitt Music Educator of the Year. And earlier this month, the Buffalo High School band director was named High School Music Educator of the Year by the Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA).

January 17, 2024

There was plenty of intrigue, a healthy dose of investigative rivalry, and a few fun surprises in the Buffalo Community Middle School play last weekend.

Nineteen cast members and four tech crew students performed “Mystery at Shady Acres” at the Discovery Center auditorium under the instruction of Debb and Greg Bestland. A pair of shows were held, one on Friday evening and the second on Saturday afternoon.

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