Monday, June 1, 2020


During a special meeting Tuesday, the Blooming Prairie school board approved Jacob Schwarz as the new principal of the district's elementary school.Schwarz will replace Chris Staloch, who will take over at superintendent for the retiring Barry Olson.This was Schwarz’s third year as the high school...
In 1983, April was declared National Child Abuse Prevention month. Since then, it has been a time for communities and families to recognize, work together, and raise awareness to prevent child abuse. Shari Kottke, Child and Family Social Services manager at Minnesota Prairie County Alliance, which...
The Village of Yesteryear tour season will open May 1.   Guided Village tours are held Tuesday through Sunday, May 1 through Sept. 30 at 1:30 p.m., or by appointment. Knowledgeable tour guides will lead you through the Village highlighting a wide range of items in the 19 historic buildings. The...
Blooming Prairie Elementary School offered a Lego engineering program for students recently. Some of those who participated in the program included, from left: Kristi Fiebiger, instructor; Mason Reeder, fourth grade; Kim Lea, coordinator; MaKenna Reeder, third grade and Devon Loth, fifth grade.
In an effort to integrate more technology into the classroom, Blooming Prairie Elementary School has been offering students a unique program involving Lego engineering. Second grade teacher Kim Lea is coordinator of the program, which involves all grades at the elementary level. Each grade has had...
First Lutheran Church quilters have spent every Monday since Jan. 7 until April 8 working on making 230 quilts. The quilts were displayed and dedicated at the church on Palm Sunday. The quilters include: back row, from left— Diane Boullion, JoAnn Sorenson, Marilyn Heinz, Connie Habermann, Doreen Blome, Vicki Wacek, and Austra Hanson;  front row— Donna Maixner, Margaret Delger, Nancy Peterson, Bev Hoveland, Ramona Jacobson, Jan Nirk, Phyliss Peterson, Gwen Kubista, and Dona Gullickson. Absent from the photo:
The number 13 is lucky for some and not so lucky for others. For First Lutheran Church women quilters, the number 13 is lucky. It took women of the church 13 Mondays to fabricate 230 quilts. Every year Lutherans across the U.S. sew quilts and assemble kits of supplies that Lutheran World Relief...
Minnesota governor Tim Walz signed the hands-free cellphone law Friday at the State Capitol in St. Paul surrounded by families of distracted driving victims. Senator Dave Senjem, who represents Dodge and Olmsted counties, was one of the co-authors of the legislation in the Senate.
The tragic deaths of a Blooming Prairie school teacher and her daughter last fall proved to be enough for Sen. Dave Senjem, R-Rochester, to work feverishly to bring a new law banning most cellphone use while driving. “That was my epiphany moment,” Senjem said of the Harberts crash near Claremont...
Nine mission workers from Minnesota spent one week in Puerto Rico in late March helping families get their lives back in order after a deadly hurricane slammed the country in 2017. The workers included, from left: Theresa Brinkhaus of Plymouth, Steve Mundy of Owatonna, Mareen Trepp of Minneapolis, Pastor Loren Olson of Owatonna, Mary Olson of Owatonna; Denise Wieman of Owatonna (back), Vicki Beech of Cedar, Carl Wieman of Owatonna and Sue Zietlow of Plymouth.
A deadly natural disaster thousands of miles away has turned into a good will venture for a group of Owatonna church members. Five people from Owatonna and four others from the Twin Cities area spent a week in late March in Puerto Rico trying to help families devastated nearly two years ago by...
Ruben Lopez is one of the extrusion operators at BioPlastic Solutions in Ellendale.
BioPlastic Solutions has found a new home. The industry leader in bioplastic engineering and the manufacturing of proprietary bio-based poly resins and products, has moved from Blooming Prairie to just outside Ellendale. "We are really encouraged about the opportunities afforded us in the new...
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed the hands-free cell phone bill into law Friday morning. The law, which takes effect Aug. 1, will ban motorists from using their cell phones while driving. One of the chief authors of the bill was Senator Dave Senjem, who serves Dodge and Olmsted counties. He said...
Dodge County officials have declared a State of Emergency due to the extensive damage from the spring storm. According to Sheriff Scott Rose, at the peak of the storm, more than 4,340 homes in Dodge County were without power due to damaged power poles and lines.  “We have multiple township and...


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