Sunday, October 20, 2019


It takes teamwork to pack over 101,000 food packs for the Feed My Starving Children Mobilepack. This team consists, from left to right, Tyler Anderson, Claire Staloch, Gabe Staloch and Kay Zellmer. They chanted: "1-2-3-4, Feeding Children with Four."
"For I was hungry and you gave me food." -- Matthew 25:35 This Bible verse printed on Feed My Starving Children Mobilepack t-shirts symbolized a community-wide effort in Blooming Prairie on Friday and Saturday, May 10-11, to provide food for those in need around the world. First Lutheran Church...
Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce President Brad Meier, Corky’s tournament director Loren Deitz, Corky’s tournament founder Corky Ebeling, Doug Meier and Owatonna Mayor Tom Kuntz.
In his ten years as the tournament’s director, Loren Deitz has seen the field of teams more than double at the Corky’s Early Bird Softball Classic. On Saturday night, the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism recognized Deitz for the economical impact of the tournament. “We want to...
Danielle Hein and her twin sons, Gabe, left and Zack, right, recently volunteered to pack food at Feed My Starving Children headquarters in Eagan. They also will be helping with the mobile pack in Blooming Prairie on May 10-11.
"It's really cool that we can help other people in need," remarks Gabe Hein when reflecting on the Feed My Starving Children program. Gabe, his twin brother Zack and their mother and father, Danielle and Roger, recently helped pack food at the Feed My Starving Children warehouse in Eagan. The Heins...
It's back to Wisconsin for a converted Minnesotan, Pastor Lindsay (Stolen) Brennan. She spent the last 7 1/2 years as pastor of a rural congregation at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church, rural Austin. She says Red Oak Grove reminded her of the church she "grew up in" nearby Edgerton in south central...
Comedy ensues as an ensemble of eccentric characters spend a crazy vacation in an Arkansas fishing inn in the new comedy “Farce of Habit” showing at the Little Theatre of Owatonna.
The Little Theatre of Owatonna’s newest production has all the ingredients of a good comedy. There’s an uptight businessman, a policewoman with a bold personality, a nun, a husband and wife who run a fishing lodge, their son and daughter-in-law, and an axe murderer on the loose, all thrown together...
"It's OK to get stuck, to fail and to eventually get through it," said Blooming Prairie High School robotics coach Sarah Oelkers when addressing the Arkema CAP (Citizens Advisory Panel) group. Oelkers, her assistant coach (Brandon Oelkers) and Wrench Warmers team members Riley Millam, Viridiana Villarreal and Baylee Sorensen came to a recent meeting of Arkema CAP members to inform the group about the Wrench Warmers success during the past season. Millam was on the Drive team and served as a programmer. Vill
"It's OK to get stuck, to fail and to eventually get through it," said Blooming Prairie High School robotics coach Sarah Oelkers when addressing the Arkema CAP (Citizens Advisory Panel) group. Oelkers, her assistant coach (Brandon Oelkers) and Wrench Warmers team members Riley Millam, Viridiana...
"I didn't give him the chance to say 'no,'" said Kelly LaMotte when discussing how she and Derrick became one of the eight couples to be entered in the 2019 Dancing with Our Steele County Stars competition. Kelly, a local sales representative for LulaRoe clothing, said Becky Hoffman contacted her...
First Lutheran Church quilters have spent every Monday since Jan. 7 until April 8 working on making 230 quilts. The quilts were displayed and dedicated at the church on Palm Sunday. The quilters include: back row, from left— Diane Boullion, JoAnn Sorenson, Marilyn Heinz, Connie Habermann, Doreen Blome, Vicki Wacek, and Austra Hanson;  front row— Donna Maixner, Margaret Delger, Nancy Peterson, Bev Hoveland, Ramona Jacobson, Jan Nirk, Phyliss Peterson, Gwen Kubista, and Dona Gullickson. Absent from the photo:
The number 13 is lucky for some and not so lucky for others. For First Lutheran Church women quilters, the number 13 is lucky. It took women of the church 13 Mondays to fabricate 230 quilts. Every year Lutherans across the U.S. sew quilts and assemble kits of supplies that Lutheran World Relief...
Blooming Prairie VFW Post 878 Auxiliary women have been working on creating fleece blankets for veterans at the Veterans Hospital in Minneapolis. Shown from left are: Vikki Wacek, Doreen Blome, Marilyn Meshke, Joyce Johns, Rita Goodnature and Judy Lestrud.
The Blooming Prairie Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 878 Auxiliary is one very active group that cares for its veterans. Just last week, a group of Auxiliary members gathered at First Lutheran Church of Blooming Prairie, to finish a project of donating 20 fleece blankets to the Veterans...
A full house attended the final service at Trinity Lutheran Church on Dec. 30. In the last few years, the church had only about 12 regular worshippers.
It’s not the outcome that parishioners had hoped to usher 2019 in with, but their declining membership and changing rural landscape made the decision inevitable. Trinity Lutheran Church of rural Blooming Prairie ended 144 years of ministry on Dec. 30, the latest victim of churches closing their...


Steele County Times & DCI

Steele County Times
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P.O. Box 247
Blooming Prairie, MN 55917

Dodge County Independent
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Kasson, MN 55944

Dodge County Printing
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