Friday, July 3, 2020


At 75 years old, Don Matejcek dives into the ice during the New Year’s Day dive at Kaplans Quarry by Owatonna. The dive has been held every year since 1963 by members of the Owatonna Diving Club. This was Matejcek’s 52nd New Year’s Day dive.
On a freezing cold New Year’s Day, three divers submerged under the ice at Kaplan’s Quarry outside of Owatonna, and one of them was 75-year-old Don Matejcek. Matejcek, whose interest in diving was inspired by Jacques Cousteau as a youth, has participated for 52 of the dive’s 56 years. The tradition...
Police tape sealed off this property on East Main Street in Blooming Prairie early Tuesday morning, Jan. 1, New Year's Day. The Blooming Prairie Fire Department was summoned to a residence just east of Blooming Prairie at 3:30 a.m. The home owner, Kenneth Zylstra, was not home at the time.
A man facing several medical problems is now staring at another challenge—finding a new place to live. Ken Zylstra of Blooming Prairie has lost everything after fire swept through his residence early on New Year’s Day. Twenty-four Blooming Prairie firefighters, assisted by firemen from Ellendale...
Rachel Hansen, owner of Rachel's Hair LLC, of Blooming Prairie was a queen for the day on her last day of working at Rachel's Hair last Friday, Dec. 21.
Rachel's Hair LLC of Blooming Prairie has been sold. Rachel Hansen, store owner in Blooming Prairie the past 10 years, has sold her salon to associate Emily Allison. She has been a cosmetologist for 16 1/2 years. Allison has worked the past year-and-a-half in Rachel's salon. Allison, a graduate of...
Jamie and Gene Linse and son Henry pose with two mules owned by Dwight Smith, rural Austin. Smith was giving rides at the Hudson Linse fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 22.
The words of Jamie and Gene (Geno) Linse were almost the same. "I have no words for it; it's just awesome how people come together for the little guy,” remarked Gene. "I don't know what to say; it's great," countered his wife Jamie. Jamie and Gene are the parents of 20-month-old Hudson Linse, who...
It was an emotional time for the Harberts family as the Best Ever Christmas surprised them with a holiday miracle Dec. 22 in Blooming Prairie. Amy Simon wipes tears away from Jaxon Harberts’ face while tears overcame Jaxon’s father, Brandon, during the surprise party. Dr. James Midboe (with the red Santa hat) of Savage, co-founder of the non-profit group, says the Harberts story is an inspiration for everyone.
A bowling party at Bunkie's Grill & Lanes of Blooming Prairie turned into a giant-sized Christmas present opening party for Jaxon Harberts and his father Brandon on Saturday, Dec. 22. It was the Best Christmas Ever, a non-profit 501-C3 organization, that brought more than 100 gifts for Jaxon...
Twenty-four Blooming Prairie firefighters, assisted by firemen from Ellendale and Hayfield, fought a house fire in Blooming Prairie early New Year's Day. The two-story house, located on East Main Street near Arkema, was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived at the scene after receiving a 911...
Santa Claus stopped by the Blooming Prairie Elementary School recently and took time to say “hello” to Jaxon Harberts, a graduate of the school last year. Jaxon is recovering from injuries suffered in a car crash last Sept. 7 that claimed the lives of his mother and sister.
It was a day that changed the lives of seventh grader Jaxon Harberts and his father Brandon forever. The day was Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, the fourth day of a new school year. Jaxon was a passenger in his mother's car, carrying the two of them and his sister Emerson on their way to school in Blooming...
2018 Minnesota Mr. Football Jason Williamson shakes hands with Everson Griffen (97) as he serves as honorary captain during before the Vikings 41-17 victory the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Dec. 16. Watching is Kyle Rudolph (82).
The awards and accolades continue to roll in for Owa- tonna senior running back Jason Williamson. In addition to earning the trifecta of Minnesota’s high honors (Mr. Football, Gatorade POY and AP POY), Williamson served as hon- orary captain for the Min- nesota Vikings on Sunday, December 15 in the...
 After holding the position for nearly two decades, Blooming Prairie City Administrator Mike Jones will finally get a chance to step away for good next month. Jones had planned to retire a few months ago, but ended staying on in a part-time capacity as the search to find his successor dragged on....
Third District Steele County Judge Joseph Bueltel presented graduation plaques to Steele Waseca Drug Court graduates of the DWI Track program. Brandon Oreskovich is at left and Jamison Allen is at right.
The first two graduates of the Steele Waseca Drug Court DWI (driving while intoxicated) Track Program were honored at a special ceremony on Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 19. Graduating from the special DUI track program were: Jamison Allen and Brandon Oareskovich, both of Owatonna. "I don't have the...


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