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June 7, 2023

When Jenelle Bryan and Cindy Gilchrist sat down to reflect on some career highlights this spring, their thoughts were almost identical.

Perhaps that should come as no surprise, since the third-grade teachers at Hanover Elementary School have worked together for 30-plus years and will enter retirement at the same time.

“It’s like we’re sisters, almost,” said Gilchrist with a laugh.

May 31, 2023

BHM School Board members approved the hiring of Tim Helppi as the new director of building and grounds during their meeting on Monday, May 22, and welcomed him to the district.

Helppi will start with BHM on June 19. This will provide some crossover training time with outgoing director John Heltunen, who has served the district for the past 10 years and will depart the district in July.

May 29, 2023

After 60 years of teaching one might be expected to crawl to the finish line of retirement in exhaustion. But like a distance runner who hit his stride long ago, Carlton Urdahl barely seems winded as he breaks the tape marking the end of his career this month.

“It’s kind of funny. If I didn’t know my age right now, I’d think I’m ready for another year,” Urdahl said. “You just keep on going. I’ve been very fortunate health-wise, but I guess I have to quit sometime.”



May 22, 2023

Not all academic subjects can be tested and measured in the same way. Math results are clear cut; the merits of a quality essay have more subjective elements. But a musical experience, while potentially the most fulfilling, might also be the most difficult to quantify.

So in summing up Buffalo Community Middle School Band director Terri Svec’s impact on the district over her 32-year local career, Buffalo High School band director Scott Rabehl’s choice of words was fitting.

“Terri’s contributions to BHM Schools are nearly incalculable,” he said.

May 16, 2023

With roots stretching at least three generations deep, few have been as intricately connected to Hanover Elementary School as Education Support Professional Nancy Kolasa.

May 8, 2023
Buffalo High School organized a mock crash event in the school parking lot on Thursday, May 4, to illustrate the consequences of impaired or distracted driving, and the importance of seat belt use, ahead of the weekend's prom festivities.


April 20, 2023

There are enough variables in Knowledge Bowl competition that Buffalo High School’s defending state champions took a realistic view about their odds of repeating a first-place finish.

No team, as far as the group was aware, had been able to do it before, but it was still their goal as they competed against 23 other teams in the large-school Class AAA competition at Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd Thursday and Friday, April 13-14.

In the end, the Bison took second place with 125.5 points. Owatonna took the title with 157.5 points, Minnetonka was third with 121, and Moorhead was fourth with 119.

April 17, 2023

Four years ago Kylie Cox, then a ninth-grader at Buffalo High School, learned that the spring play she and her classmates were preparing for, Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” would be canceled due to the onset of COVID-19.

Now a senior preparing for the final show of her high school career, Cox will finally get the chance to finish what she started when BHS students present “Twelfth Night” Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 20-22, in the Performing Arts Center. Each show begins at 7:30 p.m.

April 10, 2023

By any measure, the five members of Buffalo High School’s top Knowledge Bowl team have already had stellar careers in the academic competition.

They are the defending state champions, having earned the title as juniors. They became the youngest team to ever place at state as sophomores. They are one of the few – perhaps the only – team of individuals to qualify for the state competition three years in a row.

This week they will attempt to become the first team in Minnesota to win the state title twice. They will compete against 23 other teams in the large-school Class AAA competition at Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd Thursday and Friday, April 13-14.

March 21, 2023

Tickets for the 29th annual Scholarship Pork Chop Dinner are now available to purchase. The event takes place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, at Buffalo Community Middle School. 

See the event flyer included here for details and to purchase tickets.

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