Thursday, May 23, 2019


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...
Kristin Johnson and Kelly Poeschel will be the new co-managers of the new Chrysler Dealership, at Zumbrota Ford.
For 47 years, Steve Johnson, owner of Zumbrota Ford, has been in the car dealership business.  Last week, one of his most successful accomplishments may have been completed, when the dealership opened its new building, as they will now also have a Chrysler dealership, along with its Ford dealership...
Kayla Juds of Greendale, Wis., painted this portrait of her grandfather. The entry in the VFW Auxiliary Patriotic Art Contest won first place honors on the national level.
Three young artists will be honored for their patriotic art creativity after they participated in the Blooming Prairie VFW Auxiliary Post 878 Patriotic Art Contest for 2019. Sixteen students participated in the contest.  Any student in grades 9-12 who is enrolled in a public, private or parochial...
Blooming Prairie VFW Post 878 Auxiliary women have been working on creating fleece blankets for veterans at the Veterans Hospital in Minneapolis. Shown from left are: Vikki Wacek, Doreen Blome, Marilyn Meshke, Joyce Johns, Rita Goodnature and Judy Lestrud.
The Blooming Prairie Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 878 Auxiliary is one very active group that cares for its veterans. Just last week, a group of Auxiliary members gathered at First Lutheran Church of Blooming Prairie, to finish a project of donating 20 fleece blankets to the Veterans...
The Steele County Fair Board is deciding what to do with one of the cattle barns that collapsed under the weight of the snow last month. The fair will receive about $138,000 in insurance coverage.
After a weary winter that saw record numbers of snowfall, the Steele County Fairgrounds was left with a collapsed cattle barn. The barn was traditionally used by 4-H members to show their livestock and will need to be either restored or replaced before this year’s fair in August. At this month’s...
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...


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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