Monday, June 1, 2020


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...
Sisters Emmerson Nelson, 8, and Raegan Nelson, 3, spin the wheel on one of the games featured at the Blooming Prairie Education Foundation's 16th Annual Auctions on Saturday at the Pizza Celler and Cue Company.
Calculators were buzzing as bids were tabulated last Saturday night at the 16th Annual Blooming Prairie Education Foundation staged at the Cue Company and Pizza Cellar. Preliminary totals revealed earnings of $76,500 for the 2019 auctions, which ranks as the third highest total in the history of...
About two dozen rescuers worked frantically to recover the body of a pick-up driver as well as the vehicle March 25 in the Straight River south of Owatonna. Ray Eldon Mudgett, 71, of New Richland went off Interstate 35, breaking through the guard rail in the median before entering the river and being swept away by the high waters. It took emergency workers about five hours to recover his body in about 10 feet of murky water.
It proved to be a treacherous recovery effort under the fast moving currents of the Straight River that even put the lives of rescuers into danger. On March 25, dozens of emergency rescuers from two counties converged on the Straight River south of Owatonna to recover the body of a driver who went...
Pot recovered at the Bryon Site near Red Wing. It is approximately 1,000 years old.
The Steele County Historical Society will host the annual Gopher State Archeological Society show on Saturday, March 30. This is the fifth year for the show at the SCHS and it has grown to become the largest artifact show in the region. This event is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and...
When James A. Bowey was first starting out as a photojournalist, he found himself covering the war in Bosnia. The war lasted between 1992 and 1995. He recalls a time when he and his driver were out scouting the destroyed ruins and came upon an abandoned school, which had been repurposed as a...
One of the more unusual items that has become a big hit at the BP Education Foundation Auction in recent years is a Favorite Things Brunch. “This is a great item we have, but it is misunderstood by many people,” said Julie Noble, president of the foundation. To get to the bottom of making it more...
A makeshift memorial with flowers, balloons, teddy bears and a large photo of the victim has been placed along the shoulder of U.S. Highway 218 just north of Blooming Prairie. The memorial remembers Noelani Robinson, 2, who was found wrapped in a blanket and dumped there on March 15. Her father is suspected of killing her prior to pitching her body. The investigation into Noelani’s death continues with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in St. Paul.
The emotional and disturbing story of a toddler found in the middle of sex trafficking and murdered and eventually dumped in a ditch outside of Blooming Prairie is tugging at the hearts of the community as a local pastor and police chief are reaching out to help the family. Pastor Heidi Heimgartner...


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
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Kasson, MN 55944


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