Sunday, January 19, 2020


Two Blooming Prairie High School graduates and two educators were honored by the Blooming Prairie Education Foundation on Sept. 29, 2018 at the BP Servicemen's Club. Receiving Blossoms Forever awards were, from left: Peggy Tashima, Jay Iverson, Bob Nahlovsky and Dennis Kruckeberg.
They are regarded as Blossoms Forever. Seven special Blooming Prairie Blossom alumni will be saluted on Saturday, Sept. 28 at the 12th Annual Blooming Prairie Educa- tion Foundation Alumni Awards Banquet. The Blooming Prairie Education Foundation is observing its 20th anniver- sary this year. The...
Grace Arthur of Owatonna proudly shows off her grand champion market sheep at the Minnesota State Fair Aug. 24. She is shown with representatives of the Minnesota Farmer’s Union, which purchased her purple ribbon animal during the annual 4-H Livestock Auction. Also shown at the far right is Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, who was on hand to take the first bid and congratulate each of the champions.
*/ The pressure was on for Grace Arthur of Owatonna at this year’s Minnesota 4-H Livestock Auction. Two of Arthur’s siblings, Riley and Lauren, have already earned purple ribbon champions in the past at the Minnesota State Fair. It was now Grace’s turn. And she didn’t dis- appoint anyone as she...
The Owatonna Police Department is investigating a shooting leaving one person with non-life threatening injuries. On Thursday night the the Owatonna Police Department was called to the area of 24th Avenue NW and Hoffman Drive in Owatonna for the report of gunshots fired.Officers responded to the...
UPDATE 6:46 p.m. : the names involved have been released by State Patrol. Driving the vehicle was Louis Duane Bennett, 42, of Owatonna. The passenger was Sauda Abubakar Maani, 24, of Rochester.   Two people are dead after a police chase ended with a vehicle hitting a pole on an 1-35 off ramp in...
For 21 years, Steely and Stella have brought nothing but love to the Steele County Free Fair. The popular mascots make their rounds throughout the fair every day delighting people of all ages.
Kayln Naatz of Blooming Prairie has been involved with the Steele County Fair for most of her life as a 4-H member, but this year she got a whole new perspective on the fair. On Friday afternoon of the fair, Naatz made the rounds of the fair as Stella, one of the fair’s mascots. The famous duo,...
Leah Krell, 3 1/2, of Blooming Prairie, enjoys her ear of corn at the annual BP Fire Department Bratwurst and Sweet Corn Feed on Saturday, Aug. 25.
It was indeed a perfect day to enjoy some bratwurst and sweet corn. The Blooming Prairie Fire Department sponsored the Brat & Sweet Corn Feed for the 12th year. It was held in the truck bays of the fire hall. Chief Dean Naatz said freewill offering collector Mike Hoffman reported 562 went...
A major announcement was made on Thursday, Aug. 22 about local agencies partnering to stock fish in 2020 in Austin. Those pictured at the announcement are: (left to right) Tim Ruzek (CRWD); Austin Mayor Tom Stiehm; Craig Soupir (MN Dept. of Natural Resources' Waterville Fisheries); James Fett (CRWD); and Steve Persinger, a landowner on Wolf Creek working with CRWD to convert about 100 acres of cropland into permanent native prairie and wetlands through the MN CREP program.
Austin’s largest city park will get hundreds of rainbow trout stocked in its creek each spring starting in 2020 thanks to a partnership between the state and local watershed district, officials announced last week. Next April, Wolf Creek, a Cedar River tributary that flows through the nearly 150-...
Joanne and Roger Sorenson played host to five German guests recently. The Sorensons hosted Yvonne Gutenberger as a foreign exchange student in 1990. Pictured from left are: Joanne and Dachshund "Addie," Christa Futing, Lothar Gutenberger, Christa Gutenberger, Katrin Martens, Klaus Martens and Roger.
A 1990 Blooming Prairie High School graduate is responsible for a friendship connection that has continued to the present time. German student Yvonne Gutenberger attended her senior year at Blooming Prairie High School and was hosted by Roger and Joanne Sorenson. Yvonne last visited Blooming...
Blooming Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce members who attended a regular meeting of the chamber on Wednesday, Aug. 21 got a sneak preview of a new website being developed by the chamber. A regular monthly meeting took place at the Pizza Cellar in Blooming Prairie. Miranda Camery, vice president of...
County Engineer Greg Ilkka stands next to a plaque commemorating the completion of the new public works facility located at 3000 Hoffman Dr. NW in Owatonna. The facility houses both maintenance and engineering staff and was fully completed this summer.
With all of the public works staff now under the same roof, the new facility for Steele County is fully functional. On Friday, Aug. 16, the Steele County Highway Department began moving into the facility, completing that move on Monday, Aug. 19. The new facility, located at 3000 Hoffman Dr. NW in...


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

Dodge County Independent
121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944

Dodge County Printing
121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944


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