Sunday, September 15, 2019


A Dodge County woman missing for nearly a half century has been identified through DNA testing. On Wednesday, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension announced that the remains of Gloria Rieken of Hayfield were found in a rural Minnesota home. She disappeared in November 1970 when she was 18...
The man accused of being distracted with a cell phone when he crashed into a vehicle carrying a beloved school teacher from Blooming Prairie and her children made his first court appearance Wednesday in Dodge County. Tanner Kruckeberg, 24, of Dodge Center was released without bail, but must abide...
The Ellendale Municipal Liquor Store has received a $2,000 donation after recently hosting a vintage snowmobile run.  MLS Manager Ralph Diaz said the event had a “fair turnout.”  The Ellendale City Council accepted the donation from the Steele County Snowmobile Association to be used for expenses...
Emergency Services Mentoring Explorers act out an active shooter scenario at Chandler, Ariz.
  Nine Explorer Scouts and three chapter advisors returned home from Arizona recently fully energized about law enforcement and emergency services. "There's always something new to learn," says Rick Ellingson, founder of the local Explorer Scout group in 1988. Explorer Scouts range in age from 14-...
Blooming Prairie High School students showed their generosity for a Hayfield family in need on Feb. 5 during a boys basketball game in Hayfield. Both teams wore matching purple shirts as a sign of unity. The Blossoms included: back row, from left: Jacob McHenry, Preston Rieken, Karson Vigeland, Jarrett Larson, Gabe Hagen, Trent Swenson, Zach Weber and Isaac Ille; front row: Kaden Thomas, Parker Vaith, Zach Archer, Matthew Pryor and Tim Wolf.
For many years, the Klennert family has been a huge part of the Hayfield community.  Grant is the High School principal at Hayfield, and his wife Michele is a fifth grade teacher with the district.  Aside from working for the schools they have found themselves apart of the local community in many...
Torey’s Restaurant & Bar at its new downtown location at 208 North Cedar Ave. in Owatonna. The restaurant recently completed a move and opened its doors in December of last year.
After 15 years located just off Bridge Street in Owatonna, Torey’s Restaurant & Bar decided to make a move to downtown when the opportunity to scoop up a good location fell into their hands. “The possible opportunity for this building was available and we talked about it and slowly pursued it...
Pastor Mike Walerius of First Lutheran Church of Blooming Prairie holds a Tootsie Roll bank that will be used as a fundraiser for a Blooming Prairie community Feed My Starving Children project.
An ambitious goal it is, admits the Rev. Mike Walerius, associate pastor of First Lutheran Church of Blooming Prairie. Pastor Walerius said the goal of a Blooming Prairie community project is to pack 101,000 meals in two days and send them to the needy in all parts of the world.  The work project...
Payton Simon and Rachael Oswald stop by their lockers while finishing their senior year of high school in Blooming Prairie. Both were recently saluted as Triple "A" award winners for their contributions in athletics, arts and academics.
Blooming Prairie High School seniors Payton Simon and Rachael Oswald are both immersed in humility as they react to their selection as a Triple "A" award winner. The Triple "A" award is a competition sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League. Owald and Simon are prime examples of high...
An extra layer of protection is finding its way onto the uniforms of some area police officers. It’s something that could protect them from potential civil and criminal liability down the road. Police body cameras are in the experimental phase at the Owatonna Police Department. A couple weeks ago...
Two students who were arrested and held in a juvenile detention center after Monday’s disturbance at Owatonna High School have been formally charged in Steele County District Court.  One student was charged with felony fourth-degree assault of a peace officer—demonstrable bodily harm and two other...


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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