Friday, January 17, 2020


Mike Johnson answers a member of the public’s question about timely storm warnings. Johnson recommended signing up with Everbridge, an early warning system that contacts people’s phones when a storm or threat is imminent.
Last Thursday night, The Steele County Historical Society hosted a roundtable discussion entitled Standing Together When Disaster Strikes. Members from all branches of disaster response joined in to discuss how they service the people of Steele County in times of trouble. The panel included Mike...
Minnesota State Trooper Eric Bormann conducts field sobriety tests on a driver stopped for suspicion of drunk driving recently. The 30-year-old man was eventually arrested and charged with second-degree DWI and test refusal. Both are gross misdemeanors.
It is Friday night, and Trooper Eric Bormann of the Minnesota State Patrol is working “dog watch,” or as others refer to as the “graveyard shift” of 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Bormann is a force to be reckoned with on the roadways of southeastern Minnesota. In his 21 years as a law enforcement officer, he...
Since he was a young lad, Brad Nelson, meteorologist, has been attracted to storms and their reasons for evolving. Here, he stands in a field fronting a large storm system to the rear. He is a 1999 graduate of Blooming Prairie High School.
      It’s his job and his hobby all rolled into one.  Brad Nelson, a 1999 graduate of Blooming Prairie High School, is a degreed meteorologist by vocation and a storm chaser as a hobby. If there’s bad weather on the horizon anywhere in the country, you can bet Nelson, a resident of Burnsville, is...
The best days of summer have arrived in Steele County as Minnesota’s best county fair kicks into action today (Tuesday) in Owatonna. The Steele County Free Fair officially opens its gates at 5 p.m. today and runs through Sunday. By the time the fair is over, more than 300,000 people are likely to...
A member of the audience voices his frustration with the members of the board on August 2, 2016. The meeting was about a petition to have three members forfeit their positions.
In Tuesday’s board meeting, a petition was submitted to the council for the return of public funds and forfeiture of office for Mark Schultz, James Ebeling and Nina Huntington.  Rich Ludescher, an attorney from Northfield, Minn. presented the council with the petition. The document had over 300...
Sheriff’s office personnel escort Tracy Sadell-Kessler and another family member from the Steele County Detention Center Thursday morning after the murder suspects appeared in court. Sadell-Kessler is the mother of murder victim, Richard Jurgensen.
A family member of Medford murder suspect Cyrus Trevino said, “There are two sides to every story,” and declared that that Trevino’s has not yet been told. Orlando Trevino, 25, of Owatonna showed up at the Steele County Detention Center Thursday morning to show support for his cousin, Cyrus Trevino...
Richard Jurgensen
Utter disbelief. That’s how family and friends are reacting to the apparent murder of Richard Jurgensen, 22, of Medford. His body was found June 26 on a gravel road in Havana Township, several miles northeast of Owatonna. The medical examiner has ruled his death as a homicide. “I can’t believe he...
This all terrain vehicle went out of control and struck a tree on Worlein Funeral Home property in Blooming Prairie at about 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 22. One man was killed and another injured in the crash.
A 32-year-old Austin, MN man was killed and another man injured late Wednesday afternoon when an ATV (all terrain vehicle) they occupied went out of control and struck a tree near the Worlein Funeral Home on SE 3rd St. in Blooming Prairie.   The man was identified as Nathan McFarland and said to be...
Jacob Joseph Fuller, 41
A pitchfork wielding man who police say came after them during an incident in Owatonna faces felony assault charges. Jacob Joseph Fuller, 41, of Owatonna, has been charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, along with a gross misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree assault and a...
A man attending a social gathering in a pasture in rural Freeborn County has died after being hit by a vehicle. Freeborn County Sheriff Kurt Freitag identified the victim as Alex Dylan Tapp, 30, of Austin. The incident happened Saturday around 9:10 p.m. at 23595 890th Avenue just north of Oakland...


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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