Monday, July 13, 2020


More pieces of the Blooming Prairie Veterans Memorial were put together last week as the project became a reality. More pieces were expected to arrive this week and a public walk-through of the memorial is planned from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day. Shown from left are: Marilyn Meshke, Doug Miner and Tom Peterson of the BP Veterans Memorial Committee and John Heerema, designer.
It has taken over four years to put the Blooming Prairie Veterans Memorial puzzle pieces together. A very recognizable piece, a bald eagle, landed at the memorial site last week. "The Eagle Has landed," proclaimed an observer to the installation of the bald eagle, mimicking First Man on the Moon...
Merle McNutt and his wife LaNelle were married in 1942 when Merle was serving in the U.S. Navy. They were married in Chicago.
Peering over the tops of his glasses, Merle McNutt reacts humorously when asked what it will mean to him to turn 100 years old on Wednesday, Nov. 14. "I'm still alive," he laughs as he sits at a dining room table in the Heather Haus dining room in Blooming Prairie, sipping his morning coffee. Not...
Jason Williamson presented the Class 5A, Section 1 trophy to Husky fans as teammates carry the standout back onto the field Friday.
It has likely never happened before, but something extraordinary and explosive took place in Steele County this past week. All four Steele County high schools will be represented in the MSHSL state tournament this week after the Medford volleyball team and Blooming Prairie, Owatonna and New...
Veteran Sheriff Lon Thiele will remain Steele County’s top cop. Thiele captured 53 percent of the vote (8,329 votes) compared to 46 percent for his competitor, veteran deputy Darrin Helget (7,259 votes). Thiele has been the sheriff since 2011. 
Blooming Prairie will have a new mayor next year after incumbent Mayor H. Peterson was upset by Curtis Esplan in Tuesday’s election.  Esplan received 469 votes or 54 percent of the vote while Peterson received 397 votes or 45 percent. 
Steele County District 1 Commissioner James Brady has been reelected to his seat. Brady earned almost 60 percent of the vote (1,771) compared to his challenger Sylvia Archer with 40 percent (1,178). District 1 includes the cities of Ellendale and Medford along with many rural townships on the...
I read with interest the recent letter to the editor from Cynthia Herbst and respond on behalf of my father, Lowell Trom.   Thankfully, my family has no intention of drinking the “modern agriculture” Kool-aide – code words used by the industry to promote large industrial factory farms. The “modern...
The FBI has joined in the hunt with Owatonna Police for a fugitive that got by officers Monday night. Police are looking for Martin Tyler Lampkin, 21. He was last seen in the area of the 100 block of North Grove in Owatonna around 8:45 p.m. Monday.  Captain Eric Rethemeier said officers tried to...
Joe Thomas of St. Could helps guide the eagle into place.
The eagle has indeed landed at the site of the Blooming Prairie Veterans Memorial when a huge eagle  creation was placed atop a POW pedestal Wednesday afternoon. Joe Thomas of St. Cloud helps guide the eagle to a landing. Some of the granite has been installed and more will be finished by Veterans...
The mother and daughter combination of Faye Caron and Nicole Caron of Faribault displayed some attractive holiday items at the 46th Annual Village Affair Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Blooming Prairie High School.
Pam Folkens and Mandy Doocy, co-chairs of The Village Affair in Blooming Prairie, echoed this question: "Where did all the people come from?" The 46th annual Village Affair, a holiday bazaar, was held Saturday, Oct. 27 in the hallways, commons area and gymnasium of Blooming Prairie High School....


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