Thursday, December 5, 2019


Hayley Schlichter of Blooming Prairie concentrated on the pineapple pinata she was making in the Exploring Spanish & Pinata Making Class during the ZED Summer Academy held in Byron last week.
Students from all Zumbro Education District schools got together at Byron High School recently to take part in the ZED Summer Academy. The Summer Academy is a one-week, half-day opportunity for gifted and talented students who have completed grades 3-6. Students are recommended by staff from their...
Some history lovers look over some memorabilia from long ago in Steele County. A history tour was part of Ellendale Days last Saturday.
It was a special four-day celebration in Ellendale and one where an "unsung hero" was honored and some tales of Ellendale were spun. The person honored last Friday night as the 2019 Ellendale Unsung Hero was Andy Lerberg, former owner of Lerberg's grocery story and still an active businessman in...
After a controversial school funding bill sponsored by Todd Lippert (D) of the Minnesota House of Representatives passed earlier this year, requiring the state to develop a statewide curriculum for sexual education, the State Senate voted with a majority to deny the bill. However, similar...
Norman Barnhart the magician played some magic tricks for more than 100 kids at the Blooming Prairie City Center on Wednesday, June 19. His objective in making kids laugh was to spur them on to read books this summer. Shown from left with Magic Norman are: Abigail Kennedy, Avery Spinler, Lydia Kennedy, Meghan Spinler and Miriam Kennedy.
"Abracadabra!" It's magic. "Run to the library and read some books," urged magician Norman Barnhart as he put on a scintillating magic and comedy show for more than 100 Blooming Prairie youngsters last Wednesday, June 19. Barnhart was back for his 18th year of performing at the Blooming Prairie...
The kids had competition, too, at the 9th Annual Blooming Prairie Ribfest. Winners in the hamburger division were: Maverick Schlichter, far right, first; Jakson Vermilyea, middle, second and Maizy Lowe, far left, third.
Dave Wradislavsky and Greg Johnson teamed up as Prairie Fire Barbecue to take top honors in the 9th Annual Blooming Prairie Ribfest celebration last Saturday, June 22. Seven grillers competed for the best in barbecue expertise at the Blooming Prairie Servicemen's Club. Meat was provided to all...
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...


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Steele County Times
411 E. Main St.
P.O. Box 247
Blooming Prairie, MN 55917

Dodge County Independent
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Kasson, MN 55944

Dodge County Printing
121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944


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