Thursday, January 23, 2020

County News

The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office has been very busy since the election with its new administration and transition plans. The first two months have been very productive with many improvements made by staff. We have a great group of men and women here at the sheriff’s office. With everyone...
The completion of the last segments of the Highway 14 expansion project got a boost last week with the announcement of details of Gov. Mark Dayton’s transportation plan. Highway 14, which is a major east-west roadway across southern Minnesota, has been an issue for years. Work on expanding the...
Pictured above are the four members of the Galactic Cowboy Orchestra including bass player and vocalist John Wright, violinist and vocalist Elisa “Lisi” Wright, guitarist and vocalist Dan Neale and Percussionist and vocalist Billy Thommes.
Blooming Prairie native Elisa “Lisi” Wright has always had a love for music and started to pursue it at the young age of five when she began taking violin lessons with Marlyn Shroeder.  “My mom loved to sing. She always had music in the house and the car and we would always sing together. I always...
Carnival rides, fair food and entertainment may not be the only things greeting fairgoers at this year’s Steele County Fair. A smoking ban may be added to that list if one group gets its way. Steele County Public Health is requesting to butt out smoking at the fairgrounds beginning this year....
The Corridors of Commerce bill that will include funding for completing work on Highway 14 through Dodge County is moving ahead at the state legislature, area U.S. Highway 14 Partnership members learned recently. As they visited legislators recently, they were pleased to learn that their bill, HF...
Kim Schaufenbuel of Owatonna has taken over as the executive director of the United Way of Steele County. She replaces Evelina Giobbe, who, after 11 years, retired to start a consulting business for non-profit organizations.
A leadership change has taken place at one of the county’s largest non-profit organizations, but it’s someone who is no stranger to the agency.  Kim Schaufenbuel has moved up from assistant director to executive director of the United Way of Steele County. She replaces Evelina Giobbe, who retired...
What started as a small non-profit, is growing into a well-known organization, and companies are beginning to notice. On Wednesday, Jan. 21, Walser Auto donated $25,000 to Youth 1st. "Its really significant," said Youth 1st Co-founder and Director, Mark Arjes. Not only does this grant help with...
The Owatonna Hoops Club presented a check of $2,275 to the American Cancer Society during the Huskies basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 22.
Amidst a competitive game, Owatonna and Rochester Mayo High School fans cheered for a common cause, as the Owatonna Hoops Club gave a check of $2,275 to the  American Cancer Society. In a Coaches vs. Cancer event Thursday, Jan. 22, rival fans gave toward the check via donations, raffle tickets and...
A man convicted of torching his own house on fire in Ellendale more than three years ago will spend almost five years in prison. Steele County Judge Joseph Bueltel handed down a 58-month sentence last Wednesday for Mark Allan Misgen, 43. The sentence comes after Misgen was convicted last fall of...
Jacob Standke stands outside the burned hull of his rural Litomysl home on Dec. 1. His six-generation house was deemed a total loss.
As a Steele County family rebuilds from a devastating house fire, they are left wondering if the damage from the blaze could have been less severe with a different fire response. At the time of the Nov. 23 fire, Jacob Standke questioned why it took firefighters so long to respond to his blazing...


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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