Friday, January 24, 2020


Marissa Jensen, a local graduate, is currently studying abroad and thoroughly enjoying the experience. Above, she poses for a photo in Venice, Italy, during the Carnevale celebration. Submitted photo.
Marissa Jensen, age 21, is following her dreams, which have recently led her to Italy. Soon, Jensen’s parents, Neil and Becky Jensen, of Blooming Prairie, will embark on an adventure of their own.  Marissa, a junior, is a student at Augustana University, where she’s pursuing a degree in elementary...
State of Minnesota   Third Judicial District District Court Probate Division    County of Steele   Court File No. 74-PR-16-174   Notice and Order  for Hearing on  Petition for Descentof  Property   Estate of     Norman Dean Swanson        a/k/a Norman D. Swanson,                  a/k/a Norman...
Snow was falling at a rapid pace early Tuesday morning and caused motorists to stop and clear off the excess snow. Snow accumulations reached 7-8 inches in the Blooming Prairie area and forced postponement of school on Tuesday and Wednesday. Strong winds in rural areas caused poor visibility for motorists.  Staff photo by Howard Lestrud.
February knows how to make an entrance, a very snowy entrance that is.  The Waste Water Treatment Plant in Owatonna recorded five inches of snowfall before 8 a.m. on Feb. 3. The National Weather Service confirmed that five inches of snowfall in northeast Owatonna on its website.  The snow began...
A court date for the parties in Lowell and Evelyn Trom’s lawsuit against Dodge County and Masching Swine Farms that was originally set for Feb. 2 has been rescheduled to Feb. 16.
A court date for the parties in Lowell and Evelyn Trom’s lawsuit against Dodge County and Masching Swine Farms that was originally set for Feb. 2 has been rescheduled to Feb. 16. Attorneys for the parties will be back in court before Judge Joseph Chase in Olmsted County at 9 a.m. as the judge hears...
Nicole Spargur and her daughter, Alana Braaten, browse some of the items available to bid on during the Boys & Girls Club Benefit Bash, held on Saturday, Feb. 6.  Staff photo by Laura Berndt.
The Blooming Prairie Servicemen’s Club was packed on Saturday night as community members attended the first Boys & Girls Club Benefit Bash to show their support for the organization.  The event featured both a silent and live auction, and all proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of...
A serious accident took place on U.S. Highway 218 on Friday, Feb. 5. Staff photo by Alan Van Ormer.
Minnesota State Patrol is currently investigating a fatal crash on U.S. Highway 218 that occurred Friday morning, just north of Blooming Prairie. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the incident occurred just after 6:45 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 5. Two vehicles were involved in the crash. At this...
Standing in front of a huge R-E-S-P-E-C-T sign, new Boys & Girls Club of Blooming Prairie director Marcy Sundine is on the job and ready to help continue the club’s mission of helping young people become more responsible citizens and leaders. Staff photo by Howard Lestrud.
Marcy Sundine is happy to be back home in Blooming Prairie, accepting the reins as director of the Boys & Girls Club of Blooming Prairie. The Boys & Girls Club is not new territory to Sundine. She worked with the club through channels at First Lutheran Church of Blooming Prairie when she...
Cousins Alec Wangen and Cole Wangen, both 9, fight for control of the puck during some fun time at the Blooming Prairie City Ice Rink. Staff photo by Howard Lestrud.
Give kids a day off school and what do they do on a balmy Monday afternoon? They go to the Blooming Prairie City Ice rink. That’s what. “We had 40-50 kids at the rink on Sunday and the next day we nearly matched that figure,” said City Ice Rink Manager Jeremy Wangen.  The rink is located just one...
Staff from the Steele County Times and Dodge County Independent attended the 2016 Minnesota Newspaper Association Convention. Pictured above from left to right are a MNA representative, Rick Bussler, Laura Berndt, Ann Anderson, Karen Jorgensen, Shannon Granholm and Alan Van Ormer at the convention. Submitted photo.
For the fifth year in a row, the Steele County Times came away a big winner after capturing several journalistic awards of excellence from the Minnesota Newspaper Association (MNA).  The Times earned eight awards at the MNA Banquet Thursday night in Bloomington. Of those honors, the local newspaper...
David Gregory received a haircut from Sandie Kubista at the Community Connect event on Jan. 21 at St. Joseph Church. Gregory was very appreciative to the hairdressers giving free haircuts to those that consider themselves homeless or in poverty. He hopes that the haircut will help him with his job search. Staff photo by Anna Segner.
There was one mission of Project Community Connect, and that was to connect those facing homelessness with the services that can get them up on their feet. On Jan. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., about a 100 people that consider themselves homeless or in need of assistance visited Saint Joseph Church...


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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