Thursday, November 21, 2019


Jim Spinler, who has become known as Medford’s Can Man, took on a new title of Pop Tab King last week when he made a record donation of 3.5 million pop tabs to the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester. Just a day later after the donation, Spinler was right back at it collecting aluminum cans and pulling off the tabs to start another collection.
He certainly hasn’t done the most glamorous work in his professional life as a trash hauler and even in his personal life collecting aluminum cans, but at least for a day last week, the 77-year-old felt like royalty. As Jim Spinler of Medford turned in his collection of an estimated 3.5 million pop...
Families enjoyed the first downtown Thursday in Owatonna last week. The weather was beautiful as people enjoyed being outdoors for music, food and fun.
The first Downtown Thursday of the summer got off to rocking start thanks to Owatonna native Har Mar Superstar. The singer-songwriter performed a 90-minute concert that was presented by the Music Space of Owatonna on Thursday, June 6. “We had a lot of folks come down and it went really well,”...
A new sign that debuted during the Smokin’ in Steele festival in Owatonna. The sign will be a useful tool for the Steele County Fair Board to advertise fair time proceedings, including grandstand events.
During what was a brief meeting of the Steele County Free Fair Board, Manager Scott Kozelka and President Dan Deml gave an overview of several projects currently underway as the summer months begin. A new sign, located at the corner of Oak Avenue and 18th Street, was also singled out by the two as...
Steele County Dairy Princesses Lacey Nelson and Chloe Schroeder, assisted by Dairy Dutchess Cali Nelson, were waiting to welcome people to Breakfast on the Farm as they got off the bus.
The population of Merton Township grew considerably Saturday as county residents flocked to the Balzer Dairy Farm for Breakfast on the Farm. The annual event is sponsored by the Steele County American Dairy Association and this year hosted by Rick and Cathy Balzer and Scott and Kaylie Balzer....
Adela Torrez and Rock Branderhorst tied the knot Saturday morning during a wedding ceremony just hours before the Geneva Cancer Motorcycle Run at the Geneva Park. Prior to saying, “I do,” Saturday, the Owatonna couple had been together for 46 years.
Ever since they met nearly 50 years ago, motorcycles have been a big part of their lives. On Saturday, Rock Branderhorst and Adela Torrez hopped on their Harley with only one slight disruption—they decided to get married first. The Owatonna couple tied the knot during a brief 10-minute ceremony...
A contingency of Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church women work on processing strawberries for the upcoming Strawberry Festival on Tuesday, June 11. Removing berry stems are, from left: Joyce Peterson, Galen Peterson, Dorothy Peterson, Babe Doocy, Doris Draayer, Marlene Nelson, Holly Ille, Karen Beede, Verna Magnuson, Judy Wambeam, Marlys Peterson, Laura Tjomsland, Suzanne Hamersma, Orlie Grant, Louise Peterson and Karen Johnson.
"When we all work together, good things happen," said Marlys Peterson as she participated in a strawberry work fest recently at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church, rural Austin. Women of Red Oak Grove plus one man cleaned 225 pounds of the red berries recently, in preparation for the 78th annual Red Oak...
These patriotic singers were in fine tune at the Blooming Prairie Memorial Day event on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. Shown from left are: Mary Delzer, Paul Habermann, Tom Peterson, Tom Blome and Connie Habermann.
Severe weather didn’t stop area residents from paying tribute to the many fallen veterans who have served. Although the parades were cancelled due to heavy rain, both Blooming Prairie and Owatonna held Memorial Day Programs at the BP Servicemen’s Club and the Steele County Four Season Centre,...
Missy Fisher and Aaron Bourdage of Lucky 19 Sauce. Bourdage and Fisher took home the grand prize for professional competition at this year’s Smokin’ in Steele BBQ and Blues Festival, which was held this past weekend at the Steele County Fairgrounds in Owatonna.
There were no clouds this year at the 12th annual Smokin’ in Steele BBQ and Blues festival in Owatonna. The festival, which is held each year on the Steele County Fairgrounds, helps raise money for Special Olympics. “All the money goes to benefit charity,” Entertainment Director John Hammer...
Images from a special service held at the Four Seasons Centre in Owatonna to celebrate Trinity Lutheran Church’s 100-year anniversary. The service included a luncheon and was held on Sunday, April 28.
For 100 years Steele County residents have flocked to Trinity Lutheran Church to worship and come together. To celebrate the 100-year anniversary Trinity Lutheran Church held a special service at the Four Seasons Centre in Owatonna on April 28. More than a thousand people showed up for the service...
"Who can bark the loudest?" That was a challenge directors Derek Brookens and Danae DeShazer leveled at a group of wanna-be Totos during tryouts for a Wizard of Oz production last week at Blooming Prairie High School. The production carries the footprints of another professional and successful theatrical performance of the Prairie Fire Children's Theatre. This stop by two highly acclaimed actors was Prairie Fire's eighth visit. Prairie Fire is a professional touring theatre company based in Barrett, Minn.,
"Who can bark the loudest?" That was a challenge directors Derek Brookens and Danae DeShazer leveled at a group of wanna-be Totos during tryouts for a Wizard of Oz production last week at Blooming Prairie High School. The production carries the footprints of another professional and successful...


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