Monday, May 25, 2020


Arkema workers and local emergency responders try out a water cannon, one of two located at Arkema.
Safety is of major importance to the 45 workers employed at Arkema, Inc., a chemical plant located near the center of Blooming Prairie. That safety is reinforced every day by an emphasis on company safety. Safety goes much further when management schedules a special training session involving...
A full house attended the final service at Trinity Lutheran Church on Dec. 30. In the last few years, the church had only about 12 regular worshippers.
It’s not the outcome that parishioners had hoped to usher 2019 in with, but their declining membership and changing rural landscape made the decision inevitable. Trinity Lutheran Church of rural Blooming Prairie ended 144 years of ministry on Dec. 30, the latest victim of churches closing their...
A man known for his gift to gab and inherited the name, “Mr. Happy,” from his colleagues while keeping the Steele County Free Fair at the top of Minnesota’s county fairs has lost his battle with cancer. On April 3, Jim Gleason of Owatonna died surrounded by his family after an 18-month battle with...
Voters in the New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva School District have easily approved a $9.1 million bond referendum Tuesday night. The referendum passed by a vote of 696 to 420. The referendum will fund building improvements and upgrade safety and security across the district. The Times will...
With a heavy heart, officials at the Steele County Free Fair in Owatonna have announced the passing of former fair manager Jim Gleason.  Gleason died Wednesday night surrounded by his family.  Funeral arrangements are pending with Brick Meger Funeral Home in Owatonna. Gleason was the manager of the...
Voters in the New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva will be heading to the polls next Tuesday to decide the fate of a $9.1 million bond referendum. The referendum would fund building improvements and upgrade safety and security across the district. Anyone who is resident within the NRHEG School...
In what was a brief session for the Steele County Board of Commissioners on March 26, the board awarded a contract for the reconstruction efforts of CSAH 12. “As you see, we received very favorable bids on the project,” County Engineer Greg Ilkka said of the matter. “We are recommending to award...
Garrison Keillor shares some of his thoughts, jokes, memories, and poems with those in attendance during the Garrison Keillor Live presentation March 28 at the Little Theatre of Owatonna.
On Thursday night, Steele County residents packed into the Little Theatre of Owatonna to see a live performance of famed Minnesota humorist, author, voice actor, and radio personality Garrison Keillor. There was a meet and greet with Keillor at the historic Dunnell House in Owatonna prior to the...
The Office of U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn of Minnesota is currently accepting submissions for the 2019 Congressional Art Competition from high school students in Minnesota’s First Congressional District. The winning submission will hang in the U.S. Capitol Complex for a year, and the winner will earn a...
Leigh Block gives a heartbreaking testimony of her past struggles with domestic abuse, which culminated in a tragedy involving her 5-year old daughter. She spoke March 26 at the Owatonna Country Club as part of the Hearts of Our Children luncheon.
The Crisis Resource Center of Steele County offers unquestionably valuable services to those within the community, and during its 18th Annual Healing the Hearts of Our Children Luncheon on March 26 this fact was made apparent by Leigh Block, the guest speaker. Block used her past tragedies to...


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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