Sunday, July 12, 2020


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...
Ronald Van Burden was inducted into the Livestock Hall of Fame.
Robert “Bob” Chladek and Ronald “Ron” Van Nurden were inducted into the Livestock Hall of Fame last week at the Steele County Free Fair. The Tuesday afternoon program also recognized FFA and 4-H members, the Farm Family of the Year and conservation award winners. The new Wayne and Betty Kubicek...
Candy Pogones, left, and her Australian pen pal, Jane, right, finally got together after writing as pen pal friends for nearly 50 years. They are shown having fun at the Steele County Free Fair.
"It has been the best week of my life," said an emotional Candy Pogones of rural Blooming Prairie after finally meeting a pen pal of nearly 50 years. Pogones, 57, and her pen pal, Jane Penney, 55, of Australia, met face to face in Minnesota, Monday, Aug. 12, and spent four days together,...
With many regular donors delaying giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school to start, the American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donations to help end a summer blood shortage. While thousands of donors have rolled up a sleeve this summer, blood and...


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