Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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The Owatonna Police Department is investigating several incidents involving thefts from commercial business locations that resulted in the loss of construction equipment, trailers, a skid steer and a semi-tractor. There were also attempted thefts of an ATV and an ATM machine. According to reports,...
The Steele County Administration building was busy after the votes closed on Nov. 3. Many gathered to be the first to know the results of the Owatonna School District’s request for the $77.9 bond referendum.
After 10:30 p.m. at the Steele County Administration Building, there were cheers for news that the voters approved the K-8 bond referendum. In fact, after a ward and precinct voted yes, one of the referendum supporters rang a cowbell.  Owatonna School District voters approved the $77.9 bond...
Quilter Martha Waddell wrapped the quilt she made for veteran Earle Taylor around his shoulders at the presentation of the Quilts of Valor at VFW on Oct. 20. Waddell is one of 10,000 volunteers of the Quilts of Valor Foundation.
Three veterans were gifted handmade quilts as a token of appreciation from the Quilts of Valor Foundation.  Quilter Martha Waddell of Northfield not only worked on the quilts herself, but she was able to wrap the finished quilt around the shoulders of the three veterans at the VFW Auxiliary meeting...
After 8,649 votes were tallied, Owatonna School district’s $77.9 million bond referendum has been passed. The results were 57.3% yes and 42.7% no. Out of the eleven ward and precincts, only one leaned towards no. The rural votes swung 33.4% yes. Though a few were close, all of the other ward and...
Darin Palmer of Albert Lea Police Department began the classroom portion of South Central Drug Investigation Unit’s private training exercise on Oct. 14.
The empty rooms, hallways and lounges of the closed Cedarview Nursing Home complex on South Cedar Street served an important purpose for the South Central Drug Investigation Unit (SCDIU), as it conducted private training exercises.  The second floor of the empty nursing home served the unit a space...
Sales staff of Ag Power in Owatonna talks with a customer looking at a four-track tractor introduced in August by John Deere. The unit was demonstrated on Ahrens Farm east of Owatonna last week.
Envision a green machine that has four tracks and will give farmers the versatility they need in a field tractor on tracks. “This is a big deal and one of the biggest promotions of John Deere in recent history,” said Owatonna Ag Power regional sales manager Kevin Hansen. “It’s a tractor that our...
The New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva High School marching band earned first place in their division and the coveted VIP Award at the Waseca Marching Classic in September. Above, the band celebrates their accomplishment after receiving their trophy.
The New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva (NRHEG) High School band earned recognition at the Waseca Marching Classic earlier this September but, members of the band also earned something even more valuable: the respect of their new band teacher, Jacob Bender.  Bender began his first year as NRHEG’...
Steele County Attorney Dan McIntosh addresses the audience during Saturday’s Promoting Peace Conference in Owatonna.
The judicial system is taking domestic violence more seriously than it has in the past generation or two, according to Steele County Attorney Dan McIntosh. However, he also said that domestic violence incidents continue to slightly increase. “The perception of domestic violence is that it is just...
Margaret and Mitchell Jones ride in style during the Blooming Prairie Homecoming parade held on Friday afternoon.
Margaret and Mitchell Jones aren’t just best friends; they’re also twins. Last week, their Homecoming celebration became doubly meaningful when the two were crowned Blooming Prairie’s Homecoming Queen and King together. “We thought it might be close between a few people,” said Margaret, referring...
She’s had her life threatened, she’s suffered physical abuse and she’s lost two human beings prematurely.  Herminia Becker of Owatonna has endured years of domestic violence at the hands of two different husbands. During a recent interview that at times became emotionally charged, Becker shared how...

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