Thursday, May 23, 2019

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For 75 years, Luverne Wanous has been entertaining thousands of people with his old-time music on the concertina. Last week, he performed at the Prairie Manor Care Center in Blooming Prairie. The Owatonna musician has been named to the World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame. “I’ll go as long as I can play my main squeeze,” he says.
Seventy-five years after he played for a Farmer’s Union meeting with his button accordion at 8 years old, Luverne Wanous is being recognized for his contributions to performing old-time music and being hailed as a hall of famer. On Tuesday, May 14, Wanous, of Owatonna, will be inducted into the...
Just one week before the school referendum was set to go before voters, another business joined in support of a new high school for Owatonna. On May 6, Gopher Sport announced that if the referendum passes on May 14, it wants to contribute equipment to ensure students at the high school have more...
It takes teamwork to pack over 101,000 food packs for the Feed My Starving Children Mobilepack. This team consists, from left to right, Tyler Anderson, Claire Staloch, Gabe Staloch and Kay Zellmer. They chanted: "1-2-3-4, Feeding Children with Four."
"For I was hungry and you gave me food." -- Matthew 25:35 This Bible verse printed on Feed My Starving Children Mobilepack t-shirts symbolized a community-wide effort in Blooming Prairie on Friday and Saturday, May 10-11, to provide food for those in need around the world. First Lutheran Church...
By a narrow margin, the bond referendum for a new high school in Owatonna has failed. Voters in the Owatonna School District rejected the referendum during a special election Tuesday. The referendum was defeated with 5,762 no votes to 5,642 yes votes. The widest disparity of votes arose out of the...
Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce President Brad Meier, Corky’s tournament director Loren Deitz, Corky’s tournament founder Corky Ebeling, Doug Meier and Owatonna Mayor Tom Kuntz.
In his ten years as the tournament’s director, Loren Deitz has seen the field of teams more than double at the Corky’s Early Bird Softball Classic. On Saturday night, the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism recognized Deitz for the economical impact of the tournament. “We want to...
On Wednesday, May 1, Owatonna High School played host to the first Steele Co. Works signing day. During the event, seniors were able to showcase their commitment to pursue a career after graduation. The Owatonna Chamber of Commerce and Tourism is partnered with Steele Co. Works, Owatonna Workforce...
The Owatonna Explorers include back row, from left: Officer Melissa Michael, Garrett La Plount, Liam Miller, Griffin Flemming, Julia Hansen, Ellie Youngquist, Maddie Ziegler and Officer Derrik Quinlan; front row- Dietrich Piepho, Jerimiah Wencl, Gabbie Flemming, Tristan Wencl and Abby Morriss.
They can perform traffic stops, know how to deal with situations such as those involving burglars and quick decisions, they can cite rules and laws, and many of them are still only in high school. The Owatonna Explorer program is a great way for young people to learn about law enforcement and the...
Matt Maas knows exactly how a single teenage mistake can leave a lasting impact. His son, Logan, was out joyriding with some friends in northern Dodge County in December 2015 when the driver lost control, sending the unbuckled 18-year-old out the window and onto the gravel road where he would be pronounced dead minutes later. Matt is sharing his family’s pain through a video called, “Lasting Impact,” in hopes of reaching other teenagers so they don’t make the same deadly mistake his son made. The video was
Matt Maas knows exactly how a single teenage mistake can leave a lasting impact. His son, Logan, was out joyriding with some friends in northern Dodge County in December 2015 when the driver lost control, sending the unbuckled 18-year-old out the window and onto the gravel road where he would be...
The size of a police body camera can be compared to a deck of cards. Blooming Prairie Police is currently experimenting with the use of body cameras through a trial program offered by Axon.
A body-worn camera is a device that serves as another tool for police to do their job and to ensure public safety, says Greg Skillestad, chief of police for Blooming Prairie. Blooming Prairie police officers are in the process of experimenting with body-worn cameras through a trial program offered...
One of the parting gifts Sgt. Gary Okins received last week at his retirement party was a wooden replica of his badge. His daughter and granddaughter are in the background. Okins retired after 31 years with the Steele County Sheriff’s Office. He has been investigating crimes for the past 19 years, including several major homicides, plane crashes and robberies.
As Steele County’s top detective for almost two decades, Sgt. Gary Okins provided the pulse on nearly every major criminal investigation in the county. Last week it came to an end as the veteran law enforcer hung up his badge for good. Okins retired from the Steele County Sheriff’s Office after...

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