Sunday, July 12, 2020


Little Henry Sundine really loved his Dairy Queen dilly bar as dessert after eating some delicious barbecue ribs at Rib Fest in Blooming Prairie on Saturday night. Henry is the son of Marcy and Shawn Sundine of BP.
A little bit of rain, thunder and lightning didn't scare too many rib lovers away from a popular annual event on Saturday, June 30. More rain, later in the afternoon however, did move cookers and customers inside the Blooming Prairie Servicemen's Club. The 8th annual event sponsored by the Blooming...
Preston Rieken, 17, of Blooming Prairie, and his mom Heather have been battling his eye disease for the past two years and recently received help from the Blooming Prairie Lions Club to purchase a set of special contact lenses.
Blooming Prairie High School senior Preston Rieken likely had never heard of Helen Keller until he was introduced to the Blooming Prairie Lions Club. It is because of Keller, who became blind due to a fever at 18 months of age, that Rieken has received assistance to protect his vision. He has...
The State Attorney’s Office in Florida announced Monday afternoon that it is seeking the death penalty against accused killer grandma Lois Riess of Blooming Prairie in connection with the Florida murder she is suspected of committing. Riess is accused of killing Pamela Hutchinson in April in Fort...
Steele County has agreed to pay former administrator Laura Elvebak $225,000 to settle a lawsuit she brought against the county in 2017. The Steele County Board approved the settlement at its June 12 meeting. As part of the settlement, the county admits no wrongdoing.  Elvebak left in April 2017...
The Red Hatters from Blooming Prairie were part of the crowd at the 77th Annual Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church Strawberry Social on Tuesday, June  12 at the church located seven miles southeast of Blooming Prairie. Shown here are Red Hatters Dorothy Johnson, Phyllis Peterson and Barb Blome.
Strawberries have really sweet personalities. One of those sweet strawberries was Lacey Haberman, 8, who came in a strawberry costume to participate in the 77th annual Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church Strawberry Social on Tuesday, June 12. Red Oak is located seven miles southeast of Blooming Prairie....
Blooming Prairie High School senior Riley Millam discusses his creation of a special application for conjugation of Spanish verbs with members of the Arkema Citizens Advisory Panel.
WOW! That reaction was echoed by members of the Arkema Citizens Advisory Panel (CAP) at a regular monthly meeting held at the Blooming Prairie City Center on June 13. The WOW factor was provided by Blooming Prairie High School senior Riley Millam, who was the featured speaker at the regular meeting...
The Owatonna Marching Band wrapped up the Wenger Band Festival Saturday afternoon by marching through the downtown streets. Twelve bands from all over the state performed in the festival. The grand champion and people’s choice awards went to the 728 Cadets, who also earned top in Class AAA.
It may have seemed a little out of character at a high school band parade to have a man playing polkas on his concertina, but what else would one expect from a musician who’s been delighting audiences around the area for nearly seven decades. Luverne Wanous of Owatonna kicked off the Harry Wenger...
Blooming Prairie High School eighth grader Remington Peterson, 14, drove this Allis Chalmers WD45 to school last Friday. He chats with some fellow FFA members and with FFA advisor Bill Rinkenberger.
It's a time to be safe with lots of tractors in the farm fields and moving on main roadways. That's a message that some young Blooming Prairie Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter members were promoting as they drove their farm tractors to Blooming Prairie High School on Friday, May 25. "It's...
Investigators with the Steele County Sheriff’s Office and Minnesota State Patrol reconstruct the crash scene Friday afternoon in which two vehicles collided at SE 64th Avenue and SE 38th Street on the east side of Steele County just down the road from Aurora Lutheran Church. Two small children were seriously injured in the crash and airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester where they are recovering.
  “Team Oeltjenbruns” is asking for prayers after two small children were severely injured in a motor vehicle crash in rural Steele County Friday afternoon. Jillian Dahl Proft identified the victims of the crash through Facebook as Jessica Oeltjenbruns and her two children, ages 3 and 1. She wrote...
When not putting miles on his 2003 Ford 150 truck, Dr. Jeff Schwert, a Blooming Prairie dentist, takes care of his patients. Here, he prepares to treat a long-time patient, Richard Pollock of Hayfield. (Staff photo by Howard Lestrud)
Dr. Jeffrey Schwert of the Blooming Prairie Dental Center at 132 2nd Ave. NE, has a faithful friend. That friend is Big Red or Rusty Tomato, whichever name you may wish to choose. Big Red or Rusty Tomato is also known as a 2003 Ford 150 truck that Dr. Schwert bought in the fall of 2002. He has been...


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