Friday, December 13, 2019

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Seventh-grade student BethAnne Thacker and Jennifer Wayne wrap a present together at Blooming Prairie High School on Saturday morning. Staff photo by Laura Berndt.
Each holiday season, many people wrap gifts for their loved ones. This year, Blooming Prairie residents were invited to take part in the tradition, while also giving back to others.  Last Wednesday, volunteers offered to wrap presents at First Lutheran Church and, on Saturday, more volunteers...
   James A. Weinhold, 61, Elk River, Minnesota, was killed as a result of an early morning accident on icy roads in Steele County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Weinhold was driving a Ford Super Duty pickup truck southbound on Interstate 35 at Milepost 26 marker, when the truck lost...
Southeast Minnesota  Coordinator for Health Access Minnesota Denise Robertson and Dist. 24 Sen. Vicki Jensen (DFL-Owatonna) help lead a discussion about health care issues at the Elks Lodge in Owatonna on Saturday. Staff photo by Alan Van Ormer
A few years after the Affordable Care Act came into play many are still trying to understand the impact it is making on a person’s life. “What I’m hearing is that the small group market is stabilizing,” said Dist. 24 Sen. Vicki Jensen (DFL-Owatonna) during a discussion on health care issues at the...
Amy Svoboda is a wife and mother of three. She’s also a cancer survivor. She is pictured here with her three children, Kaleb, Graci and Gadge. Submitted photo
Amy Svoboda is thankful for many things. Most of all, she is thankful to spend another year with her family. Svoboda was diagnosed with cancer this May, and is now cancer-free.  Svoboda and her family live in the country near Hollandale, between Geneva and Blooming Prairie. Svoboda and her husband...
Ted Mittelstadt of Daiken Applied in Owatonna gave a tour of the recently expanded facilities to local business and government leaders of the community after the Grow MN annual luncheon at Daiken Applied in Owatonna on Dec. 9. Staff photo by Anna Segner
Forecasting the Minnesota economy can feel like shaking a crazy 8 ball, but Bill Blazar of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce was able to give an economic judgement to a room full of local business leaders, bankers and government leaders. Blazar admits that Minnesota’s economy in 2015 was a “better...
On Wednesday, Dec. 9, a portion of Highway 218, near Dodge Mower Road in Blooming Prairie, was temporarily closed while Mayo One responded to a medical incident. At approximately 11:15 a.m., Blooming Prairie emergency crews were called to Dodge Mower Road, just off State Highway 218, for a medical...
A 35-year-old Waseca man died on Monday, Dec. 7 while working on his semi equipment. According to Steele County Sheriff Lon Thiele, Brandon Tune, of Waseca, was unresponsive when emergency personnel responded to the scene just after 5 p.m. on Monday, in the Northwest corner of Deerfield Township....
Guests at the Star of Hope service and lighting ceremony take pause to remember long-time volunteer Phyllis Rowe, who passed away in November. Staff photo by Laura Berndt
Area residents gathered at DayBreak Community Church in Owatonna on Sunday for the Star of Hope service and lighting ceremony. Speakers and musicians shared a message of love and hope, while benefiting a worthy cause.  Donations to the Star of Hope event will go toward the Patient Care Fund, which...
Gerry Gunderson, of Owatonna, rings the bell at Hy-Vee Grocery store in one of his dozen shifts as he volunteers his time. Staff photo by Anna Segner
With less volunteers ringing bells near the red kettles in local store fronts, Steele County’s Salvation Army has raised much less money than it has in past years. This year, Black Friday donations to the Red Kettle campaign only amounted to about one-third of funds raised last year. In 2014 Black...
Ann Weedman (right) cheers as she is crowned the 2015 Blooming Prairie Scrooge. Staff photo by James Knoop
The air was fresh and crisp. Main street lights and decorations were hung and on display, and music filled the air as Blooming Prairie community members gathered to celebrate Christmas in their hometown last Friday. Running from mid-afternoon to late evening, guests had their pick of the crop when...

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