Friday, December 13, 2019


BP Trading Company owner Brian Madsen stands behind the counter of his shop located here in Blooming Prairie. While Madesn has been back in the area for two years, the company has been a part of Jesse’s Boot Barn since the 1990’s.
Are you a hunter that is looking to upgrade your arsenal but struggle trying to find the one that is best suited for your needs? One Blooming Prairie Company is hoping to become that one shop stop for all of your firearms needs.  Since the early 1990’s, The BP Trading Company has been a fixture in...
Dust is welcome over rain when Blooming Prairie farmers are in the field harvesting soybeans. Here, Jim O’Connor of O’Connor Farms pilots a Case 8230 combine on the O’Connor home farm just west of Blooming Prairie.
A deluge of rain in late September has forced Blooming Prairie area farmers to play a strategy game in deciding how to harvest some fields still containing wet conditions. “I still have dust and that makes me happy,” remarked Jim O’Connor of O’Connor Farms when navigating his 8230 Case combine....
Members of Big Brothers Big Sisters and employees from the Steele County Detention Center gather by the pumpkins the center is gifting to the organization for their fall festival. The pumpkins will be given to children to decorate and take home.
There’s a lot of orange popping up around the Steele County Detention Center, and it’s not the jumpsuits. On Oct. 4, detention center employees and volunteers from Big Brothers Big Sisters loaded up hundreds of pumpkins that inmates grew to donate to the organization for their fall festival. The...
Jessica Kruckeberg, a native of Blooming Prairie, received the prestigious 2016 Pioneering Entrepreneur Award by the Colorado Counseling Association last week in Denver.
Jessica Kruckeberg, a BPHS graduate and daughter of local entrepreneur, Craig Kruckeberg, was recently awarded the Prestigious 2016 Pioneering Entrepreneur Award by the Colorado Counseling Association.  She was chosen for the award for her recent contribution to the mental health community through...
A crowd of people, many of them veterans, gather to form a motorcade for the memorial wall. They are preparing to ride up to Fairbault where it will be displayed.
Clad in leather and denim as the sun beat down on them, the crowd gathered at the Steele County Fairgrounds didn’t pay any mind to the heat. They had a more important task at hand. There were fallen brothers and sisters that needed to be honored, and for the next few days, that was their job. The...
Color guards from around the county marched at the fair’s opening Tuesday. John Iverson saluted the flag as others raised the flag and sang patriotic songs.
Patriotism was front and center at the opening of Minnesota’s largest county fair in the state.  The Steele County Free Fair opened Aug. 16 with the Owatonna Knights of Columbus singing a series of songs that both uplifted and inspired the fair-goers and christened the upcoming festivities. From...
Smokey, a 1-year-old rabbit, was taken Friday night from the rabbit barn at the Steele County Fairgrounds. The family is offering a reward for anyone who can help them get their prized rabbit back safely.
It will likely go down as one of the most sheepish acts to have happened at this year’s Steele County Fair. Someone walked away with a rabbit during the nighttime hours, leaving a Medford 4-H member without her prized possession for show. Marisa Wagaman, 18, came to the fair with seven rabbits, but...
This is what is happening Aug 18, 2016 at the Steele County Free Fair. Hope to see you out there - it IS a blast!  
Katie Sollid opened up her yoga studio last month in order to share the mental and physical benefits of yoga with the community.
Owatonna’s first ever hot yoga studio, Sollid Yoga, opened on July 1. Yoga participants, both novice and experienced, enjoy the heated activity and all its benefits to body and mind.  “I’ve had so many people come up to me after class and say it felt so good and that they are glad we are here in...
8th Annual Ride For Hope
They say that the number eight is the number of new beginnings.  The group of over 100 bikers raising money and awareness for five different causes on July 9 were a part of the annual Ride For Hope. Some new beginnings can be painful.  In the case of Dale Fisher who lost his wife, Kim, this past...


Steele County Times & DCI

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

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

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


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