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Owatonna author Chris Norbury and his Little Ethan during a book signing at Owatonna Fitness. Norbury debuted his second book “Straight River” at Central Park Coffee in Owatonna, and will also hold book signings throughout the area. He donates part of the proceeds to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota.
Chris Norbury’s first novel won awards. To celebrate the release of his second, he kicked off his book signing tour in Owatonna, where he has lived for nearly 20 years. The official book launch celebration was held at Central Park Coffee in Owatonna on Feb. 28. Norbury also held a book signing at...
 Steele County District Court Judge Joseph Bueltel presents Raymond Scovill with a plaque commemorating his graduation from the Steele-Waseca Drug Court.
“I feel great,” Ray Scovill said while celebrating his graduation from the Steele-Waseca Drug Court. Originally booked on a third-degree narcotic sale charge, Scovill was required to serve 39 months in prison. Instead he is now clean and sober, has a job, got his GED, and is a contributing member...
Maurice, Julie, and Lance Lembke of Lembke Masonry played a major part in the construction of the Blooming Prairie Veterans Memorial by making a generous contribution of masonry work. This view shows the creative and professional work of the Lembkes.
It has taken unselfish donations from individuals and from Blooming Prairie area businesses to make the BP Veterans Memorial a reality. Tom Peterson, chairman of the BP Veterans Memorial, has made another announcement as to another family in-kind donation to the project. The Memorial is located...
Jane Elsner, right, receives her award from Ryan Gillespie, president of Owatonna Business Women’s, after being named this year’s Woman of Achievement. Elsner thanked the crowd upon winning the award during the 47th Annual Woman of Achievement celebration.
This year marked the 100th anniversary of the Owatonna Business Women, and Jane Elsner was given the distinction of being named the Woman of Achievement during its 47th annual ceremony. Elsner was all smiles as she humbly received her award at the end of the night’s celebration March 8 at Torrey’s...
Andrew Langholz has taken over the reigns of city administrator in Blooming Prairie. He says BP is right where he wants to be.
Blooming Prairie’s new city administrator Andrew Langholz is right where he wants to be. Langholz, who started on Feb. 4, comes to BP with the experience the city was looking for, according his predecessor Mike Jones. “Everything has been moving along excellently,” Jones said. “I think we made the...
Medford’s Charley Elwood has his hand raised after winning the Class A 113-pound state championship at Xcel Energy Center.
SAINT PAUL — Medford’s Charley Elwood couldn’t contain his excitement after winning the 113-pound Class A state championship on Saturday at Xcel Energy Center. So he took a victory lap around the backstage corridor area. “It was just a little walk to let it soak in,” he said moments after defeating...
They competed against one another but they were best of friends after the 28th Annual Blooming Prairie District Spelling Bee went into the history books. Giving one another high fives are Abby Smith (second) at left and Jaylee Schleicher (first), right.
Twelve spellers (six from each Regional Spelling Bee) competed in the Final Spelling Bee on Feb. 27 at the Southeast Service Cooperative in Rochester.  These 12 students were narrowed down from 75 students from 36 districts in Southeast Minnesota who participated in the two Regional Spelling Bees...
A row of spruce trees planted in the mid-1970s is creating controversy along Interstate 35 at Highway 30 by Ellendale. Snow drifts of 5 to 14 feet high piled up in the area, forcing officials to close the freeway for more than 36 hours during the Feb. 23 blizzard. Motorists are concerned about the safety hazard the trees create.
A line of spruce trees along Interstate 35 at Highway 30 by Ellendale is drawing new criticism of being a safety hazard during blizzards for motorists. The recent Feb. 23 blizzard caused substantial drifting along the I-35 corridor outside of Ellendale that led to drifts from 5 to 14 feet high. The...
State Trooper William Tjon accepts the award for Peace Officer of the Year from Exchange Club of Steele County President Steve Frodl. Tjon’s boss, Lt. Brian Buck, left, was also there to congratulate him.
This year’s honor for Peace Officer of the Year went to State Trooper William Tjon, who gracefully accepted the award from the Exchange Club of Steele County on Feb. 22. Trooper Tjon hails from Twin Valley, Minn., and has served as a state trooper in Steele and Rice counties for 12 years. During...
Members of the Owatonna Area Retired Educators Association have bundled area children with extra love and warmth this winter. OAREA provided 60 hats and more than 20 pairs of mittens and gloves to Wilson Elementary in Owatonna. Shown with students Gavin Becker and Ray Baycado are back row from left: Alisha Field, social worker at Wilson, Gaylene Steckelberg, Cherry Schwartz and Gary Schwartz, all members of OAREA.
Some area children are being bundled with extra love and warmth this winter. The Owatonna Area Retired Educators Association recently completed its collection efforts for cold weather hats, mittens and gloves for students at Wilson Elementary School in Owatonna. Members delivered 60 hats and more...

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