Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Community

With state approval recently, the Cedar River watershed is expected to get nearly $600,000 in new funding over the next two years to improve the water quality of area lakes, streams and groundwater. The Cedar-Wapsipinicon Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan was approved Dec. 18 by the Minnesota...
A visit to Judy Lestrud's birthplace last month ended in the discovery of some graffiti left by her father, Dale Mowers, then a railroad depot agent in Wickenburg, Ariz. Judy points to the name of her father, which was etched on a depot door some 71 years ago.
Sign in, please. Some 71 years ago, Dale O. Mowers, a young Santa Fe Railroad depot agent, signed his name on a railroad depot door in Wickenburg, Ariz. Fast forward to 2019 and the name was discovered by daughter Judy Lestrud of Blooming Prairie. Judy, wife of this columnist, always knew of her...
After the Owatonna Police Department officially initiated a body camera program at the tail end of 2019, Steele County is looking to follow suit and explore its own options when it comes to body worn cameras. Due to several high-profile incidents in recent years, body cameras have become a topic of...
For the third straight year, a large group of coyote hunters participated in a fundraising event for the benefit of the Blooming Prairie Cancer Group. Fifteen pelts were turned in at the close of the hunt at The Cue Company on Saturday, Jan. 4.
Heads were shaking in disbelief as word got out that the third annual Coyotes for Cancer fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 4, raised $28,000 with the beneficiary being the Blooming Prairie Cancer Group. "Today is not about the hunting; it is about coming together as a community to remember our friends...
It is still early in the season, but the Awesome Blossom girls are beginning to think they may have something special. The team earned number four without a loss in convincing fashion 65-46 at New Richland Friday Dec. 13.  Defense got a lot of credit for the win, although the offense gave a good...
There was nothing wrong with the offense, but Coach Nate Piller gave a lot of credit to the defense in a rout over NRHEG on the home court. The Awesome Blossoms defeated the Panthers 75-25 on Friday, Dec. 13. Blooming Prairie held the visitors to just 10 points in the first half. BP led at the...
Assuming lots of pastoral-type duties at her rural, southeastern Wisconsin church gave Sue Froelich a desire to be a pastor. "God kept working on me through other people to become a pastor," Pastor Froelich says. It was her 4-year old nephew who many years ago encouraged her to "go to Jesus school...
It has become a tradition each year for St. Mary’s fourth graders to try their hand at small business. The young students are tasked with bringing homemade objects to the annual event, which raises money for charity. “About 10 years ago, I went back to college to get my master’s degree with some...
About two dozen youngsters came to the Target in Owatonna last week to shop for Christmas gifts for siblings and parents as well as get something for themselves. It was all part of the annual Shop with a Cop program. Members of law enforcement from the Steele County Sheriff’s Office, Blooming...
A routine sentencing on a criminal vehicular operation case turned into being anything but normal in a Steele County courtroom last week. The defendant, Adam John Flategraff, 27, of Albert Lea, openly ignored the judge’s order from the bench to not have contact with his girlfriend who was in the...

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Blooming Prairie, MN 55917

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Kasson, MN 55944

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