Saturday, March 23, 2019


The spring flooding has forced the Steele County History Center in Owatonna to close for today. Underground flooding has affected office space and a conference area in the center. However, the exhibit hall, gift shop and Wenger Room appear to be okay at this time. The Times will have more on this...
Owatonna author Chris Norbury and his Little Ethan during a book signing at Owatonna Fitness. Norbury debuted his second book “Straight River” at Central Park Coffee in Owatonna, and will also hold book signings throughout the area. He donates part of the proceeds to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota.
Chris Norbury’s first novel won awards. To celebrate the release of his second, he kicked off his book signing tour in Owatonna, where he has lived for nearly 20 years. The official book launch celebration was held at Central Park Coffee in Owatonna on Feb. 28. Norbury also held a book signing at...
 Steele County District Court Judge Joseph Bueltel presents Raymond Scovill with a plaque commemorating his graduation from the Steele-Waseca Drug Court.
“I feel great,” Ray Scovill said while celebrating his graduation from the Steele-Waseca Drug Court. Originally booked on a third-degree narcotic sale charge, Scovill was required to serve 39 months in prison. Instead he is now clean and sober, has a job, got his GED, and is a contributing member...
Maurice, Julie, and Lance Lembke of Lembke Masonry played a major part in the construction of the Blooming Prairie Veterans Memorial by making a generous contribution of masonry work. This view shows the creative and professional work of the Lembkes.
It has taken unselfish donations from individuals and from Blooming Prairie area businesses to make the BP Veterans Memorial a reality. Tom Peterson, chairman of the BP Veterans Memorial, has made another announcement as to another family in-kind donation to the project. The Memorial is located...
Steele County is trying to find a service provider that wants to utilize this three story building in the West Hills campus along Florence Avenue in Owatonna. Prior to a few months ago, most county officials didn’t even realize the county owned this property.
Steele County has one more building than most anybody, even county officials, realized. When a longtime substance abuse recovery operation notified Steele County that it was planning to move elsewhere from a building in the West Hills campus of Owatonna, county officials were caught off guard...
Jane Elsner, right, receives her award from Ryan Gillespie, president of Owatonna Business Women’s, after being named this year’s Woman of Achievement. Elsner thanked the crowd upon winning the award during the 47th Annual Woman of Achievement celebration.
This year marked the 100th anniversary of the Owatonna Business Women, and Jane Elsner was given the distinction of being named the Woman of Achievement during its 47th annual ceremony. Elsner was all smiles as she humbly received her award at the end of the night’s celebration March 8 at Torrey’s...
Gov. Tim Walz didn’t hesitate last week in signing the cleaned up bill paving the way for upgrading U.S. Highway 14 from Dodge Center to Owatonna. Construction should begin in spring of 2020.
Residents of Steele and Dodge counties finally got what they have long hoped for. Last week Gov. Tim Walz signed a bill that included language ensuring that the funds to upgrade U.S. Highway 14 from Owatonna to Dodge Center will be available in 2019. Although funding for the 12-1/2 mile stretch of...
Andrew Langholz has taken over the reigns of city administrator in Blooming Prairie. He says BP is right where he wants to be.
Blooming Prairie’s new city administrator Andrew Langholz is right where he wants to be. Langholz, who started on Feb. 4, comes to BP with the experience the city was looking for, according his predecessor Mike Jones. “Everything has been moving along excellently,” Jones said. “I think we made the...
Medford’s Charley Elwood has his hand raised after winning the Class A 113-pound state championship at Xcel Energy Center.
SAINT PAUL — Medford’s Charley Elwood couldn’t contain his excitement after winning the 113-pound Class A state championship on Saturday at Xcel Energy Center. So he took a victory lap around the backstage corridor area. “It was just a little walk to let it soak in,” he said moments after defeating...
Valentine’s from the past. The Steele County History Center featured a variety of Valentine’s Day artifacts in its most recent exhibit.
People used to send cards on Valentine’s Day, now they send emails, texts, and tweets.  The holiday was originally declared as a feast day by Pope Gelasius in 498 A.D. and to fall on Feb. 14 in order to celebrate St. Valentine, or Valentinus, a Roman priest jailed by the Emperor Claudius II. The...


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