Thursday, July 9, 2020


Steele County Commissioners Rick Gnemi and John Glynn look at the architectural plans that were being proposed for the new Public Works Complex. The project is being delayed so that the commissioners can view other sites and compare costs. The estimated building cost was quoted as between $120 and $140 dollars per square foot.
“Have you read the FEMA report?” was a question posed by former Owatonna Ag teacher and soils specialist, Brian Kosel, at a special meeting held by the Steele County Board of Commissioners March 7. The County Board Room was packed and you could hear a steady hum of hushed conversations going on at...
The Thompson Sanitation building of Clarks Grove suffered serious damage from an F-1 tornado that struck the community on March 6. Most roads to Clarks Grove were closed to traffic early last week due to severe damage to the community.
The National Weather Service made it official early Tuesday ruling that considerable property damage in Clarks Grove Monday night, March 6 was caused by an F-1 tornado. The tornado struck this small city of 687 at about 5:45 p.m. Skies darkened and the winds ripped through Clarks Grove causing...
Jim Lageson and his dog enjoy country living on their 15-acre farm west of Ellendale. Lageson is concerned about a proposed feedlot of nearly 50,000 turkeys that could be built near his farm in Berlin Township located on the western edge of Steele County.
A proposed feedlot that would house nearly 50,000 turkeys in western Steele County is drawing a stink with at least one neighbor who would be in the direct path of potential smells from the operation.  Jim Lageson lives on a 15-acre farm site just west of Ellendale. Though he did not grow up there...
A special meeting was held by county commissioners to discuss the current status of the public works project and the courthouse renovations. Commissioner Gnemi is both caes urged for careful spending.
Repairs at the courthouse continue to move forward. Demo has been completed, and the electrical and building inspectors have made their rounds. The decision now needs to be made for how the county would like to move forward with restoring the courthouse to operational status. The county can simply...
Dodge County Deputy Sheriff Anna Peterson gets some close family time with nephew Eli Johnson while visiting him and his fellow first graders recently at the Blooming Prairie Elementary School. Deputy Peterson, a Blooming Prairie High School graduate, began work with Dodge County last August.
The scene is a first grade classroom at the Blooming Prairie Elementary School. The players are fellow first graders of Eli Johnson, Eli himself and Eli’s aunt Anna Peterson, a Dodge County Deputy Sheriff. Deputy Peterson and Blooming Prairie Police Officer Dan Peach recently made an appearance at...
Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Steele County Sheriff’s Office survey the wreckage of a single-engine plane Friday morning in a farm field just north of Beaver Lake near Ellendale. The plane crashed Thursday night while flying from Duluth to Winona. The pilot, Daniel Bass, 39, of Winona is expected to make a full recovery after being seriously injured in the crash.
“He beat the odds for sure.” That’s how a plane crash survivor’s wife described the harrowing experience her husband went through Feb. 2 when his plane crashed into a Steele County farm field.  Deanna Bass of Winona was counting her blessings from a hospital room at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester...
I can’t begin to imagine the pain and horror Patty and Jerry Wetterling have experienced over the 28 years. It’s almost incomprehensible.  On Friday during the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s annual convention, I had the opportunity to hear the Wetterlings speak about the tragedy that has gripped...
Carol Hanks of Waseca is now the new judge for Waseca County, replacing the Honorable Larry Collins.
A local attorney has been named the state’s newest district court judge. Gov. Mark Dayton has chosen Carol Hanks of Waseca as the new judge for Waseca County, replacing the Honorable Larry Collins, who retired last year. Hanks is a shareholder at Patton, Hoversten & Berg, where she handles...
Bird observers got a surprise during the annual bird count in Steele County when they spotted a Short-eared Owl in a marshy area about one mile north of Rice Lake State Park right before sunset. It is quite unusual for these owls to be in this area, according to local bird expert Darryl Hill.
      It may have been less than desirable outside back in mid-December, but that didn’t stop area bird enthusiasts from counting the feathery creatures that adorn back yards and other places throughout the year. On Dec. 17, local birdwatchers counted 4,025 feathered friends during the 45th...
It was a night of new appointments during the first Kasson City Council meeting of the year, and the first meeting for new mayor, Chris McKern. Most of the meeting held Wednesday evening, Jan. 11, consisted of routine, if perhaps heavily discussed, agenda items, but it was the council’s...


Steele County Times & DCI

Steele County Times

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P.O. Box 247
Blooming Prairie, MN 55917

Dodge County Independent

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Kasson, MN 55944

Dodge County Printing

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Kasson, MN 55944


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