Tuesday, April 7, 2020


Tim Wolf and Lexi Ripka are two of our future leaders because of their involvement with the Blooming Prairie Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter. They are shown with advisor Bill Rinkenberger.
The Blooming Prairie Future Farmers of America chapter will be telling Steele County Fair visitors about their activities during the year. The Blooming Prairie FFA, advised by Bill Rinkenberger, is one of the most active chapters in the area. Many of the BP FFA members have been active in 4-H at...
Siblings of William J. Seykora pay tribute to him on the 50th anniversary of his death in 1968 while fighting in Vietnam. Shown from left to right are: Pam, Becky, Larry, Leo, Cecilia, Bob, and Ramona.
In a historic barn located near Litomysl, Mike Cassen, 68, leaned on his cane and tearfully looked at clippings and photos about his cousin William J. Seykora. Cassen was a cousin to Seykora, who was killed in Vietnam 50 years ago, on April 27, 1968. Cassen also served in Vietnam and currently...
Editor's Note: This incident does not reflect any actions taken by any member of the DCI. SHERIFF REACTS TO DROWNING INCIDENT WITH AREA NEWSPAPER.   DCSO RESPONSE TO THE INCIDENT WITH LARRY DOBSON AT NAYLOR'S POND  On July 26th, 2018 the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office responded to a possible...
 Named as one of the Minnesota Farm Bureau’s sesquicentennial farms, the Krause family certainly has a story to tell. The Krause family has been farming in Steele County since 1854, when their ancestor Christian Mathwig immigrated to Minnesota from Prussia, modern day northeast Germany, and married...
Lexi and Grady Steckelberg weigh the feed before giving it to their pigs. They must feed carefully in the proper amounts to ensure their animals are gaining the desired weight and muscle for show day.
Weigh, feed, walk, repeat.  This routine keeps Steele County 4-Hers Lexi and Grady Steckelberg of rural Blooming Prairie occupied as can be from the beginning of spring through the end of summer. The siblings have been showing swine in 4-H for five years now and are eager to see their dedication...
Cleaning out the attic can sometimes produce some big dividends. Or, at least in the case of the Steele County Free Fair, pirate’s gold. As members of the fair’s maintenance crew began renovating the bathrooms in the Beer Garden, they made a discovery that has the fair’s historians gleaming. They...
The Dodge County woman accused of murdering a woman in Florida completed the court-ordered printing in court Wednesday morning. Lois Riess, 56, of Blooming Prairie, had her finger, palm and foot prints rolled in court following a court order requiring her to do so last week.  At the hearing...
An example of the tunneling that larvae creates within an ash tree.
They’re non-native insects imported from Asia. They are detrimental to the structure of Ash Trees, and they’ve become widespread across the United States. They’re the Emerald Ash Borers (EAB), and they need to be stopped. Eric Foley of Maier Tree & Lawn states that EAB were first found in...
Mike Prestby brought his magic show all the way from Mason City to Blooming Prairie for the Fourth celebration on July 3. Pretsby is shown just a moment after magically transforming two doves into a rabbit.
There wasn’t a dull moment near the judge’s stand on the Third of July—activities from hula hooping to stick horse racing kept the kids busy. To polish off the evening, Mike Prestby put on a breathtaking magic show that astonished young and old alike.  Prestby was asked by Blooming Prairie Chief of...
Framed in a live puzzle during Southeast Minnesota Synod craft time at the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, Texas were: from left, Riauna Bishop, Kiya Thompson, Ayren Ingvalson and McKenna Hein.
For a moment, in fact for a week, Blooming Prairie, Minnesota moved to Houston, Texas. The heartbeat of Blooming Prairie was transfused into the city of Houston, Texas with 24 youths and five adult leaders descending on Houston for the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America) Youth Gathering....


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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