Friday, May 26, 2017

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The Minnesota Supreme Court is being asked to look into the on-going feedlot issue in Dodge County. On Tuesday, Lowell and Evelyn Trom of rural Blooming Prairie filed a petition with the Supreme Court asking it to review the feedlot controversy that has been swirling around southern Dodge County...
Captain Eric Rethemeier hands out certificates to the newly sworn in officers. His fellow officers stood around the council chambers to watch the swearing in.w
When the Owatonna city council convened last week, it was to a larger crowd than usual. The Owatonna police force swore in eight officers and promoted one officer to sergeant. “This is one of the most favorite things I get to do,” Police Chief Hiller said as he looked over the newest members of his...
The Ratzloff family is one of the four families being honored at this year's From the Heart half Marathon. (Photos courtesy of From the Heart)
Cancer hides in dark crevices and doesn’t announce itself until many times, it’s too late. It’s a disease that doesn’t take a day off or a “breather,” but fights with every ounce of energy it has, 24/7/365.  It not only ravishes the body, but engages in a fight where the healing methods can be...
A fire destroyed a large farm shed on the Reid Stransky farm located south of Owatonna Monday morning. Huge plumes of thick, gray smoke could be seen for miles in the area of Highways 14 and 218.  About 40 firefighters from Owatonna, Blooming Prairie and Ellendale battled the blaze for several...
Dale Schmeling, 79, checks out his contaminated well on his 20-acre farm in Westfield Township east of Blooming Prairie. He has been advised to not drink his water after test results came back showing high levels of coliform. He has been coping with a nagging headache for the past three months.
Throughout the winter months, Dale Schmeling went about daily life with a nagging headache. He couldn’t figure out why, but the culprit quickly became clear when he got results back from a water test. The well on Schmeling’s farm in Westfield Township east of Blooming Prairie has been contaminated...
Laura Elvebak
The top administrator for Steele County resigned Friday after being placed on administrative leave just days before. During a special county board meeting Friday afternoon, commissioners accepted the resignation of Laura Elvebak, who had been the county administrator for two years. The board...
The top leader of government in Steele County has resigned from her post after a recent performance evaluation. County administrator Laura Elvebak resigned effective Friday after being placed on paid administrative leave. The county board accepted her resignation during a special board meeting...
UPDATE - APRIL 20, 2017  A Steele County commissioner has confirmed that the county’s administrator, Laura Elvebak, is on paid administrative leave. Commissioner Greg Krueger told the Times Thursday morning that Elvebak was put on leave, but declined to discuss anything further and referred any...
NEWS ALERT: County calls special session as administrator’s status is unclear
The employment status of Steele County’s administrator is unclear Wednesday night after sources indicate Laura Elvebak is no longer with the county. The Steele County Board has called a special session for Friday at 1 p.m. to consider the fate of Elvebak, who has been the county administrator for...
The canning pond is alleged to have food waste water pumped into it. With a heavy rain, the runoff of the water goes directly under the proposed new building site for the proposed Public Works Complex.
In light of the recent developments with the Public Works Complex, some issues apparently continue to arise.  In the last episode of the saga, questions were raised concerning the land being designated by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as unbuildable. The county responded with documents...

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Steele County Times & DCI

Steele County Times
507-583-4431
411 E. Main St.
P.O. Box 247
Blooming Prairie, MN 55917

Dodge County Independent
507-634-7503
121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944

Dodge County Printing
507-634-2661
121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944

 

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