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The Owatonna Explorers include back row, from left: Officer Melissa Michael, Garrett La Plount, Liam Miller, Griffin Flemming, Julia Hansen, Ellie Youngquist, Maddie Ziegler and Officer Derrik Quinlan; front row- Dietrich Piepho, Jerimiah Wencl, Gabbie Flemming, Tristan Wencl and Abby Morriss.
They can perform traffic stops, know how to deal with situations such as those involving burglars and quick decisions, they can cite rules and laws, and many of them are still only in high school. The Owatonna Explorer program is a great way for young people to learn about law enforcement and the...
Matt Maas knows exactly how a single teenage mistake can leave a lasting impact. His son, Logan, was out joyriding with some friends in northern Dodge County in December 2015 when the driver lost control, sending the unbuckled 18-year-old out the window and onto the gravel road where he would be pronounced dead minutes later. Matt is sharing his family’s pain through a video called, “Lasting Impact,” in hopes of reaching other teenagers so they don’t make the same deadly mistake his son made. The video was
Matt Maas knows exactly how a single teenage mistake can leave a lasting impact. His son, Logan, was out joyriding with some friends in northern Dodge County in December 2015 when the driver lost control, sending the unbuckled 18-year-old out the window and onto the gravel road where he would be...
The size of a police body camera can be compared to a deck of cards. Blooming Prairie Police is currently experimenting with the use of body cameras through a trial program offered by Axon.
A body-worn camera is a device that serves as another tool for police to do their job and to ensure public safety, says Greg Skillestad, chief of police for Blooming Prairie. Blooming Prairie police officers are in the process of experimenting with body-worn cameras through a trial program offered...
One of the parting gifts Sgt. Gary Okins received last week at his retirement party was a wooden replica of his badge. His daughter and granddaughter are in the background. Okins retired after 31 years with the Steele County Sheriff’s Office. He has been investigating crimes for the past 19 years, including several major homicides, plane crashes and robberies.
As Steele County’s top detective for almost two decades, Sgt. Gary Okins provided the pulse on nearly every major criminal investigation in the county. Last week it came to an end as the veteran law enforcer hung up his badge for good. Okins retired from the Steele County Sheriff’s Office after...
Danielle Hein and her twin sons, Gabe, left and Zack, right, recently volunteered to pack food at Feed My Starving Children headquarters in Eagan. They also will be helping with the mobile pack in Blooming Prairie on May 10-11.
"It's really cool that we can help other people in need," remarks Gabe Hein when reflecting on the Feed My Starving Children program. Gabe, his twin brother Zack and their mother and father, Danielle and Roger, recently helped pack food at the Feed My Starving Children warehouse in Eagan. The Heins...
The exterior of the new Steele County Public Works Building located off Highway 14 in Owatonna. The new building will be completely finished in early summer and is set to house all of the public works staff and equipment.
At a total budgeted cost of $10,752,000, Steele County’s new Public Works Building will begin its fully operation status this summer. Some county staff have already begun moving into the new facility, which is located just off Highway 14. “We received a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy this week...
A harsh winter often means a spring and summer of road repair. This leads to dollars and effort spent on road maintenance by counties each year. During the regular county board meeting, Steele County Commissioners were offered a resolution for transportation funding from County Engineer Greg Ilkka...
It's back to Wisconsin for a converted Minnesotan, Pastor Lindsay (Stolen) Brennan. She spent the last 7 1/2 years as pastor of a rural congregation at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church, rural Austin. She says Red Oak Grove reminded her of the church she "grew up in" nearby Edgerton in south central...
Hannah Noel Lager, 24, was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Kansas April 24. She is pictured with her husband, Austin Lager. They were married in Blooming Prairie last June.
A pregnant school teacher originally from Blooming Prairie has been killed in a motor vehicle crash in Kansas. Hannah Noel Lager, 24, of Atchison, Kan., and her unborn child, Matthias, were killed in a two-vehicle wreck on K-4 Highway north of Valley Falls April 24. The crash happened just after 7:...
For a moment on Saturday night, April 27, Shelby Zempel and Scott McCauley thought they were John Travolta and Olivia Newton John performing a popular number from Grease. The duo, not a married couple but friends for many years, won the 2019 Dancing With Our Steele County Stars competition staged...

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