Tuesday, April 7, 2020


Steele County Indivisible partnered with Solar Connection, Inc. in order to present a solar energy seminar and discussion in celebration of Clean Energy Week. The seminar was held at the Owatonna Public Library and featured solar energy expert Chris Olofson, who spoke on the importance and...
Before an autumn storm blustered its way through Owatonna Sept. 20, knocking out power for residents, the community gathered together at the Eagles Club for Taste of Steele County. Taste of Steele County is an annual event organized by the Owatonna branch of the American Association of University...
With a loud drum roll and then silence, the 2018 Blooming Prairie High School Homecoming King and Queen were crowned Monday night at BPHS. Mitchell Oswald, the 2017 king, crowned his sister Rachael Oswald queen for 2018. Last year's Homecoming Queen Rachel Pirkl crowned this year's king, Seth...
Being involved with agriculture is a "safe place" for Mariah Miller, reporter for the 42-member Blooming Prairie Future Farmers of America chapter. On a recent day, Miller was helping another BP FFA member Erin O'Brien take care of a month-old Holstein calf that was brought to Farm Safety Day at...
It was a time to look back and say thank you to Blooming Prairie alumni, educators and staff. The Blooming Prairie Education Foundation's Blossoms Forever group honored two alumni and two staff members at a special BP Ed Foundation annual banquet Saturday night, Sept. 29 at the Blooming Prairie...
Rachel Harberts taught 16 years in the Blooming Prairie School system. The BP Elementary School was her home away from home and the school of choice for her two children.
With purple hearts over his shoulder on his office window, Blooming Prairie Elementary School Principal Chris Staloch said the staff, students and community must "stick together." He was reflecting on ways students, parents, staff and community must deal with the loss of an elementary teacher and...
A Touch of Charm of Blooming Prairie has a new owner and it will also soon have a new name, Prairie Home Floral, Decor & Gifts. Former owner Leanne Hanson, left, is shown with new owner Jacqueline Reiter Vorlicek.
It's now official. A Touch of Charm, a floral and gift shop at 330 East Main St. in Blooming Prairie, has a new owner. Leanne Hanson, proprietor of A Touch of Charm for almost 30 years, announced that the business has been sold and is now owned by Jacqueline Reiter Vorlicek. The business will also...
Workers spent Friday cleaning up in portions of Steele County after a destructive storm roared through the region Thursday night.  The National Weather Service has determined that as many as 10 tornadoes hit parts of Southern Minnesota, including the northern edge of Steele County. Officials say an...
A lemonade stand was created by three boys who were students in Rachel Harberts' first grade class a year ago. Their teacher, Mrs. Harberts, and her daughter were killed in a car crash Sept. 7. Shown from left are Levi Staska, Owen Gimbel and Payton Lembke. Pictured in the back left is Brad Staska, who had Harberts as a teacher 12 years ago.
Sitting beneath a large umbrella and shade tree, some youngsters and adults encouraged passersby on Third Street SE to stop and have a glass of lemonade, and at the same time, remember the Harberts family. The lemonade stand was set up by three friends who were students of first grade teacher...
Dave Vandergon, community director for Koda Living, presents Mary Cronin, left, of Medford with the Live United Award during the halftime of Friday night’s football game in Medford. The United Way of Steele County gives out the annual award.
Mary Cronin was honored at halftime of the Medford and Bethlehem Academy football game on Friday when she was presented with the Live United Award from the United Way of Steele County.  Cronin, a longtime Medford resident, said she was shocked when she first learned she had earned the accolade. “...


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