Saturday, August 8, 2020


Blooming Prairie sixth grade teacher Diane Anderson, now retired, always expected the best from her students, and she gave her best in return, claim her superiors. "Diane cared about the students in her classroom and about every student in our school," remarks former Blooming Prairie Elementary...
Coffee and conversations will be flowing over the next few months as Owatonna Schools Superintendent Jeff Elstad makes his rounds throughout the community. Beginning on Sept. 4, Elstad invited the community to join him for coffee and conversation. There are several others coming up between now and...
"It's a different world out there," commented new Blooming Prairie Schools Superintendent Chris Staloch as he walked the halls of the high school. Staloch officially became the Blooming Prairie superintendent on July 1, succeeding Barry Olson. Across town, Jacob Schwarz was starting his first day...
The Blooming Prairie Elementary School has become a new home for Jacob (Jake) Schwarz. He recently took over as principal of the school after serving three years as a principal at the Grand Meadow High School and Middle School.
Jacob (Jake) Schwarz says he is "blessed" and "honored" to be the new principal at the Blooming Prairie Elementary School. "I have some big shoes to fill," Schwarz said in making reference to succeeding Chris Staloch, previous BP Elementary principal who has now become the Blooming Prairie...
Dave Purscell from Steele County SKYWARN talks about the field guide to prospective spotters at last weekend’s training session held at the Owatonna Fireman’s Hall.
When inclement weath- er rolls through the county, emergency services and the National Weather Service rely on amateur storm spotters to track and diagnose the strength and aftermath of storms. On Saturday, July 27 Steele County SKYWARN hosted a training session at the Owaton- na Fire Station for...
Max Fink, 6, of Owatonna uses all his muscle to lead his calf, Buddy, around the yard of Clover Glen Dairy Farm during the recent Cow Camp for youngsters from around the area. There are several other campers in the background leading their calves around the yard.
  When Glen Johnson looks out and sees many young girls and boys leading calves around his Steele County dairy farm, he chuckles with enjoyment at all the chaos taking place. As the children are trying their hard- est to keep the animals in line, Johnson wonders if the camp should be renamed, “Cow...
Ella Dobberstein, left, and Vivienne Schlaak show off their projects during a Works Museum session at NRHEG Elementary School on Monday, July 15.
Summer school students in grades K-6 at the New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale- Geneva (NRHEG) Elementary School became engineers for the day, thanks to the Works Museum. The Works Museum of Bloomington, is a hands-on engineering and design museum for kids and their grown-ups. The Works makes...
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...
The Blooming Prairie FFA’s annual banquet was held May 11 in the Blooming Prairie High School Commons. Many awards were handed out and next year's officer team was put into office. Awards included: Discovery Degree: Olivia Anderson, Haven Carlson, Micah Donnelly, Ethan Marzolf, Zander Peterson,...
Owatonna graduates and former football standouts, from left, Mason Rhoades, Mason Oland, Jake Miller, Matt Segler, Cole Deason, Nick Staska, Joe Edel and Joseph Stransky stand for a photo outside of the Four Seasons Centre in Owatonna following commencement ceremonies Sunday. Owatonna’s Class of 2019 included about 323 graduates.
Graduation speakers Kismet Richardson and Carolyn Stauffer offered their fellow Class of 2019 classmates words of encouragement, passion and wisdom on Sunday at the Four Seasons Centre in Owatonna. Richardson told her classmates to not let fear prevent them from new experiences. "I learned this...


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