Saturday, August 24, 2019


A row of spruce trees planted in the mid-1970s is creating controversy along Interstate 35 at Highway 30 by Ellendale. Snow drifts of 5 to 14 feet high piled up in the area, forcing officials to close the freeway for more than 36 hours during the Feb. 23 blizzard. Motorists are concerned about the safety hazard the trees create.
A line of spruce trees along Interstate 35 at Highway 30 by Ellendale is drawing new criticism of being a safety hazard during blizzards for motorists. The recent Feb. 23 blizzard caused substantial drifting along the I-35 corridor outside of Ellendale that led to drifts from 5 to 14 feet high. The...
It’s not very often that an organization gets to celebrate a major milestone like a 100thbirthday, but that’s exactly what will happen next week with the American Legion. Blooming Prairie’s Otto T. Lund Post will be celebrating the 100thbirthday of the American Legion on Friday, March 15 in grand...
Blooming Prairie Schools didn’t have to look far in landing a new superintendent. Veteran elementary principal Chris Staloch has been chosen to succeed Barry Olsen as superintendent effective July 1. Staloch has served the past eight years as principal at Blooming Prairie Elementary. He beat out...
 The Owatonna Business Women is celebrating the 100thanniversary of its organization this year with the annual Woman of Achievement fundraiser event. It is the 47thyear the fundraiser has been held. Although the evening will see area women receive recognition for their work in the community and in...
 Excitement is building over the upcoming Blooming Prairie Education Foundation Auction slated to take place March 30. This year the auction committee has come up with several new opportunities for Blossom supporters to help the foundation. There will be a kids raffle this year. The raffle will be...
 When Medford resident, Timothy Summer, finished his 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. shift on Sunday morning, in Faribault, he knew it would be a difficult journey.  What he didn’t know, however, is that he would find himself stranded in a local Kwik Trip parking lot.  Summer explained that he when he left the...
Jeff and Shari Kropp sit on a version of one of the beds that they supply to area children in need. Shari serves as executive director for Beds For Kids while her husband Jeff volunteers and helps deliver.
 Despite a blizzard which pummeled the county Saturday night, members of the community were still able to stop by and give their thanks and help raise money for Beds For Kids, a volunteer program which donates beds to area children. The program was started in 2010 by Jim and Sara Packard. “I worked...
State Trooper William Tjon accepts the award for Peace Officer of the Year from Exchange Club of Steele County President Steve Frodl. Tjon’s boss, Lt. Brian Buck, left, was also there to congratulate him.
This year’s honor for Peace Officer of the Year went to State Trooper William Tjon, who gracefully accepted the award from the Exchange Club of Steele County on Feb. 22. Trooper Tjon hails from Twin Valley, Minn., and has served as a state trooper in Steele and Rice counties for 12 years. During...
Members of the Minnesota National Guard were deployed this past weekend to assist with rescue efforts of stranded motorists throughout Steele County. They utilized a small utility vehicle with tracks to rescue people grounded by the blizzard. Sheriff Lon Thiele, far right, is shown with the guard members. “They were a great group of National Guard personnel to work with,” Thiele said.
Hundreds of motorists were stopped cold in their tracks this past weekend as a blizzard swept across Steele County and much of southern Minnesota. Sheriff Lon Thiele said more than 200 motorists have been rescued and placed in shelters at Trinity Lutheran Church and the National Guard Armory in...
Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose says the David Riess homicide case has now been referred to the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office for review. Rose said his investigators had been at a stand-still on the case waiting for the alleged murder weapon to be released by Florida authorities for forensics...


Steele County Times & DCI

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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