Thursday, August 22, 2019


Wearing lime green T-shirts, Owatonna Forward members took to the streets of downtown Owatonna during the annual Homecoming Parade Friday afternoon to distribute bags and literature promoting the work of the group. Owatonna Forward is hoping to connect citizens and create actions that will drive results and help ensure a prosperous Owatonna.
A grassroots, citizen-driven effort to move Owatonna forward into the future is ready to move onto the next phase. The group of about 25 citizens calls itself Owatonna Forward. Members are aiming to connect all citizens and invest in a shared vision for the future of Owatonna.  Since the group...
Steele County sheriff’s deputies lead Gerald Blevins out of the Steele County Courthouse in handcuffs Friday morning after he pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting second-degree murder. Both Blevins, and his co-defendant, Cyrus Trevino, have admitted their involvement in killing Richard Jurgensen in June 2016 on a rural gravel road northeast of Owatonna
In a surprise move, the two men accused of murder admitted their involvement in Steele County District Court last week, bringing an end to one of the murder trials that had been in the midst of jury selection. On Thursday, Cyrus Noel Trevino, 22, entered a guilty plea to second-degree murder. The...
The top candidate for Steele County Administrator has turned down the job. Michael Plante confirmed Friday that he will not be coming to Steele County after reaching an impasse in contract negotiations with county officials. He declined to elaborate on what specifically the hang up was in the...
Midway through jury selection in a Steele County murder trial, one of the accused murderers has brought the trial to an end by entering a plea. On Thursday, Cyrus Trevino of Owatonna pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the killing of Richard Jurgensen of Medford. The plea came on the fourth...
Steele County Buildings Director Lynn Holthus shows off Courtroom B at the Steele County Courthouse in Owatonna. The courthouse is partially back to normal operations after being closed for nine months.
After months of being shut down, the Steele County Courthouse in Owatonna is operational once again. Well, sort of. On Monday, the courthouse opened a second floor courtroom to accommodate the high-profile murder trial of Cyrus Trevino. The trial began with jury selection Monday morning with 80...
Left: Gerald William Blevins • Right: Cyrus Noel Trevino
The first of two accused murder suspects in what authorities called a drug-related homicide is set to go on trial next week in Steele County. Jury selection is slated to get underway Monday in Owatonna for Cyrus Noel Trevino, 25, of Owatonna. He was indicted last fall on first-degree murder charges...
    The Open Arms Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention fundraiser, “Jacob’s Run,” took place Saturday around the area. The run featuring motorcycles and cars started and ended in Owatonna.  Zach Glazier of Albert Lea captured the action from a drone as the motorcycles and cars traveled throughout the...
Officers from multiple agencies assisted with a high-speed chase in Steele County Monday afternoon. The chase began south of Owatonna and ended on Highway just west of Blooming Prairie. The driver shot and killed himself after a Steele County Sheriff’s deputy utilized a PIT maneuver to stop the vehicle. Highway 30 was closed in the area for several hours as officers investigated the incident.
The Steele County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man involved in the Aug. 28 high-speed chase through the county that ended in gunfire. Dwayne Gary Paulson, 39, of rural Blooming Prairie committed suicide after the vehicle chase on the back roads from Owatonna to Blooming Prairie, according to...
 A Steele County couple is hitting the back roads of Minnesota and Wisconsin to raise money to aid in the cure for a crippling disease. Carl and Denise Wieman of Owatonna took part in the 32nd Annual Multiple Sclerosis River Road Run this past weekend. The run was a motorcycle tour that ventured...
Kristin Romeo helps son Charlie get a good view at the solar eclipse at a Blooming Prairie Library viewing party on Monday, Aug. 21.
It was a scene to remember at Blooming Prairie's Central Park on Monday, Aug. 21 with both kids and adults using special cardboard glasses to get a glimpse at a solar eclipse. Blooming Prairie Librarian Nancy Vaillancourt was busy handing out special, authorized glasses to view the eclipse. "I have...


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