Monday, February 17, 2020


"It's a different world out there," commented new Blooming Prairie Schools Superintendent Chris Staloch as he walked the halls of the high school. Staloch officially became the Blooming Prairie superintendent on July 1, succeeding Barry Olson. Across town, Jacob Schwarz was starting his first day...
Former state schooler Harvey Ronglien stands with his son, Rob, daughter-in-law Deb, and daughter Cheri beside the Maxine Ronglien Memorial Garden plaque. Maxine was instrumental in preserving the state school history. The plaque was unveiled during a dedication at the former state school Saturday.
All her life Maxine Ronglien loved gardening and now her name will live on in the Maxine Ronglien Memorial Garden located on the former Minnesota State School grounds in Owatonna. During the annual fall celebration and fundraiser on the grounds, the museum held a dedication ceremony for the garden...
Members of the 761 Foundation hand out celebration cookies honoring 25 years of providing grants and scholarships to the community Friday night at the Owatonna football game. Handing out cookies were, from left: Sara McKay, Mary Larson and Paul Knutson. Larson has served on the foundation board since its inception in 1992.
As a former educator, Mary Larson knows the value of a quality education. That’s why it probably comes as little surprise that she has been pushing people to invest in young minds through the 761 Foundation over the past quarter of a century. On Friday night, Larson and others representing the...
Blossoms halfback Matthew Pryor (28) breaks away from a Wabasha-Kellogg opponent whose on the ground trying to pull him down, but misses. Karson Vigeland (15) steps in to help Pryor continue his running play. The Blossoms crushed W-K 49-0 in the home opener Friday night in Blooming Prairie.
*/ After a 46-0 shutout at Rushford the open- ing week, the Awesome Blossom football team bettered that score by three points in a 49-0 battering over Wabasha-Kellogg in the Blossom home opener Friday, Sept. 6. BP took a 34-0 lead into the halftime locker room and then coasted through the second...
The Blooming Prairie BOB (Bikers of Blooming) broke a Steele County record for organizations raising money for Toys for Tots. This year's BOB Ride raised $17,500. Accepting the donation at J & H Liquors from organizer Harvey Farr (second from left) were, left to right, Jerry Shore, Don Overlie and Nancy Levisay.
Yes, Blooming Prairie did it again for the Steele County Toys for Tots campaign. Harvey and Nancy Farr of J & H Liquors represented the annual BOB (Bikers of Blooming) ride held on Aug. 17 by turning over $17,500 to the Steele County Toys for Tots program. The Blooming Prairie contribution for...
Gary Stewart of Waseca arrived at the VFW early Saturday, giving himself enough time to work on making his Harley look its very best.
The VFW parking lot in Owaton- na was full of motorcycles Saturday morning as bikers prepared to take part in the eighth annual Jacob’s Run. The event grew out of a tragic event, the suicide of 15-year-old Tri- ton student Jacob Sikel. At the time no one thought that a simple motorcycle ride would...
Threading the needle. Cindy LaBathe works on alterations for a suit at her local shop. LaBathe has owned and operated Cindy’s Tailoring, Alterations & Dry Cleaning in Owatonna for 40 years.
Cindy LaBathe has been sewing nearly all her life. For 40 of those years, she’s run Cindy’s Tailoring, Alterations & Dry Cleaning located at 130 E Vine St. in Owatonna. “Both my grandmothers  sewed and my mom sewed,” LaBathe recalled. “It was just natural, ev- erybody sewed back then.” LaBathe...
Anna and Dr. Ed Durst
Not a day goes by that Anna Durst doesn’t grieve because of something that has taken over her husband’s body. For nearly four years, Dr. Ed Durst, 77, has been battling Alzheimer’s disease. Since this past March, Anna has been able to no longer take care of him, and he has been confined to a memory...
Margaret Swenson of The Cutting Edge gives Marvin Camerer a trim at the Cuts for a Cure promotion for the Blooming Prairie Cancer Group's auction weekend.
“This was such great fun and isn’t it just amazing,” said Blooming Prairie Cancer Group treasurer Cheri Krejci when reflecting on the 2019 cancer auctions. Unofficial money figures indicate that another auctions record was set in raising mon- ey for the BP Cancer Group. Nearly $47,000 was raised...
Steele County has been placed under quarantine after a highly destructive tree killing disease was discovered last week. On Sept. 4, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture confirmed that the Emerald ash borer has been found within the City of Medford. It’s the first time the disease has been...


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Blooming Prairie, MN 55917

Dodge County Independent
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Kasson, MN 55944

Dodge County Printing
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