Saturday, December 14, 2019


Roger and Orlo Toquam check on construction progress of a wood chip bioreactor constructed on their property in Ripley Township, seven miles northeast of Blooming Prairie.
Woodchip bioreactors and saturated buffers dominated discussions at a farm field day hosted by the Toquam Family Farm in Dodge County on Friday, June 28. The Toquam Family Farm is located about seven miles northeast of Blooming Prairie. The Toquam Family Farm spans three generations: Orlo, his son...
Kelli Naatz and Andy Jacobson celebrated their wedding at the Steele County Fairgrounds in Owatonna on June 15. They both met at the fair as 4-H members in 2008.
They met as 4-H members at the Steele County Fair so it seemed only fitting for them to tie the knot right where their love began. On June 15, Andy Jacobson and Kelli Naatz held their wedding reception and dance for 350 guests in the Foundation Building on the Steele County Fairgrounds in Owatonna...
Hayley Schlichter of Blooming Prairie concentrated on the pineapple pinata she was making in the Exploring Spanish & Pinata Making Class during the ZED Summer Academy held in Byron last week.
Students from all Zumbro Education District schools got together at Byron High School recently to take part in the ZED Summer Academy. The Summer Academy is a one-week, half-day opportunity for gifted and talented students who have completed grades 3-6. Students are recommended by staff from their...
On Saturday, June 29 as farmers and residents circled Owatonna’s Central Park during the weekend’s farmer’s market, they got the chance to learn a little more about pollinators and the city’s recent push to become a pollinator friendly city. In March, the Owatonna City Council passed a resolution...
Some history lovers look over some memorabilia from long ago in Steele County. A history tour was part of Ellendale Days last Saturday.
It was a special four-day celebration in Ellendale and one where an "unsung hero" was honored and some tales of Ellendale were spun. The person honored last Friday night as the 2019 Ellendale Unsung Hero was Andy Lerberg, former owner of Lerberg's grocery story and still an active businessman in...
Radio operator Mike Conrad uses a computer to digitally link up with radio signals from across North America during last weekend’s ARRL National Field Day. During the field day, radio operators tested their preparedness and attempted to reach as many other signals as they could.
Amateur radio operators from across Steele County got together this past weekend for the annual American Radio Relay League (ARRL) National Field Day. The test/competition is conducted throughout the United States and Canada and sees amateur radio operators connecting up for a 24-hour period...
After a controversial school funding bill sponsored by Todd Lippert (D) of the Minnesota House of Representatives passed earlier this year, requiring the state to develop a statewide curriculum for sexual education, the State Senate voted with a majority to deny the bill. However, similar...
Norman Barnhart the magician played some magic tricks for more than 100 kids at the Blooming Prairie City Center on Wednesday, June 19. His objective in making kids laugh was to spur them on to read books this summer. Shown from left with Magic Norman are: Abigail Kennedy, Avery Spinler, Lydia Kennedy, Meghan Spinler and Miriam Kennedy.
"Abracadabra!" It's magic. "Run to the library and read some books," urged magician Norman Barnhart as he put on a scintillating magic and comedy show for more than 100 Blooming Prairie youngsters last Wednesday, June 19. Barnhart was back for his 18th year of performing at the Blooming Prairie...
The kids had competition, too, at the 9th Annual Blooming Prairie Ribfest. Winners in the hamburger division were: Maverick Schlichter, far right, first; Jakson Vermilyea, middle, second and Maizy Lowe, far left, third.
Dave Wradislavsky and Greg Johnson teamed up as Prairie Fire Barbecue to take top honors in the 9th Annual Blooming Prairie Ribfest celebration last Saturday, June 22. Seven grillers competed for the best in barbecue expertise at the Blooming Prairie Servicemen's Club. Meat was provided to all...
All Payton Esplan wants before the end of summer is two front teeth. She recently lost her two front teeth and was showing off her new smile at a Blooming Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce Family picnic last Wednesday at Brookside Camp Grounds.
Dondi and Carla Stender unrolled the welcome mat for Blooming Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce members by hosting a summer picnic at Brookside Camp Grounds on Wednesday, June 19. The picnic was attended by 40 Chamber members and guests including members' youngsters. The Stenders grilled hamburgers...


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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