Saturday, April 4, 2020


Susan Westin has taken care of others for her entire adult life and now is the owner of Susie’s Place in Hayfield. Licensed as an adult foster care facility, she currently has four older women living in the home.
It was a lifelong desire to help other people that led Susan Westin to open Susie’s Place in Hayfield. Licensed as an adult foster care facility, Susie’s Place has been a home to older residents since it opened in 2006. Today, four women call the facility home. Westin said she has lived in the...
After 26 years of owning the Ellendale Cafe on Main Street, Judy Davidson has sold the cafe and choosing to retire. "I'm old enough to retire," she laughs. Russell Goette and Patti Carlson are the new owners.
"I'm old," quipped Ellendale Cafe owner Judy Davidson when explaining why she was making retirement the next item on her personal menu. Davidson sold the cafe to Ellendale Mayor Russell Goette and his friend Patti Carlson. The changing of the guard took place on Tuesday, Jan. 14, Davidson's last...
For more than 60 years, LeMar Nelson prided himself on being a community activist, educator and journalist in his adopted hometown of Blooming Prairie. He touched many people’s lives through teaching, coaching, singing, writing and general community activism. Nelson, 87, died Thursday, Jan. 9 in...
A Minnesota National Guard soldier from Owatonna in training at Fort Jackson has died. The circumstances surrounding his death remain unclear. The National Guard identified the soldier as Pvt. Connor J. McGurran, 19. He was found unresponsive Jan. 8 following a training exercise at Fort Jackson, S....
After suffering its first loss of the season before Christmas, the Blooming Prairie girls basketball team got back on the winning side of things by cruising to two victories over the past week. On Jan. 2, the Blossom girls killed Chatfield 57-30, though they got off to a slow start in the game....
Westfield’s Lane Lembke manipulates the upper body of his opponent during the Rochester Mayo wrestling tournament on Dec. 21. The Razorbacks didn’t fare well in the tournament as they placed 38th out of 41 teams. Westfield will travel to Grand Meadow on Thursday, Maple River on Saturday and a...
It had been a dry spell for the NRHEG Panther boys basketball team over the first month of the season, but it finally got into the winning column by posting two straight victories over the past week. On Dec. 31, the Panthers handed Lake Crystal-Welcome Memorial 61-50. Lonnie Wilson led the scoring...
The Awesome Blossoms are on fire as they piled on their fifth consecutive victory by pounding Chatfield 64-34 in boys basketball action on Jan. 2 in Blooming Prairie. BP had an impressive first half as it outscored Chatfield 40-12. Coach Nate Pillar credited his team’s defense and rebounding for...
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...


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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