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Youngsters Sophia Esplan and Aubrey Klocke put some of their change in a collection jar at the Pizza Cellar on Sunday, Jan. 17 during a Blooming Prairie Cancer Group fundraiser, a pancake breakfast. More than 150 attended the breakfast, a kickoff for the Cancer Group’s 2016 year. Staff photo by Howard Lestrud.
Chatter at the Blooming Prairie Cancer Group’s kickoff fundraiser breakfast on Sunday morning, Jan. 17, echoed pride about the Group’s presentation of a $73,000 check for cancer research. BP Cancer Group leaders Cheri Krejci and Jennifer Milton presented the huge check to Tom Overlie, news anchor...
With guidance from Minnesota State Patrol Sargent Troy Christianson, Julie Rethemeier of Federated Insurance tries out the distracted driving simulator, a game-like system designed to teach high school students about the dangers of distracted driving. Many were able to try the simulator at the Steele County Safety Council meeting on Jan. 13. Staff photo by Anna Segner.
Imagine being behind the wheel. You have a chatty passenger to your left, and kids are screaming in the back seat. Your phone is ringing, and you are trying to sneak in some lunch. All the while, it is busy traffic, and pedestrians are crossing the street.  These are the kind of scenarios that the...
Alice Reseland and James “Corky” Ebeling smile together at the social following Ebeling’s acceptance of the Clifton E. French Distinguished Service Award from the Minnesota Recreation and Parks Association on Jan. 14. Photo by Anna Segner.
Elks Lodge was packed full of friends and colleagues on Thursday night in celebration of one man, James “Corky” Ebeling. The mood of the room could be summarized in one tune: “For he’s a jolly good fellow.”  On Jan. 14, at the Owatonna Director of Parks, Recreation and Government buildings Ebeling...
Roger and Joanne Sorenson and their Dachshund Addie enjoy their time together. A drunk driver killed the Sorensons’ 19-year-old daughter Kelly Jo 32 years ago south of Blooming Prairie. Kelly Jo is shown in a photo held by Joanne. Staff photo by Howard Lestrud.
Making good decisions is always essential in life and especially when it comes to mixing alcohol and driving. That toxic mixture of alcohol and driving changed the lives of Roger and Joanne Sorenson of Blooming Prairie forever. It was a drunk driver who killed their daughter Kelly Jo, 32 years ago...
A recent Minnesota Court of Appeals decision will have an impact on the way DWIs are handled in the future. Other recent court decisions have made the refusal crime of refusing a urine or blood test unconstitutional.
A recent Minnesota Court of Appeals decision will have an impact on the way DWIs are handled in the future. Other recent court decisions have made the refusal crime of refusing a urine or blood test unconstitutional. “It is always noteworthy when a court says that a statute is unconstitutional,”...
It’s a new year and the Boys & Girls Club of Blooming Prairie is ready to embrace the future. Part of that future includes new leadership, as Marcy (McCamy) Sundine will soon begin work as new unit director.
It’s a new year and the Boys & Girls Club of Blooming Prairie is ready to embrace the future. Part of that future includes new leadership, as Marcy (McCamy) Sundine will soon begin work as new unit director. “We’re really excited to have Marcy because she’s always shown a lot of enthusiasm for...
Sailor Renee Lea is the First Baby of the Year as recognized by a First Baby of the Year Contest sponsored by Blooming Prairie area merchants. Brother Beckett, a kindergartner, greeted his baby sister with fond admiration. Parents are Tony and Colette Lea. Submitted photo.
Sailor Renee Lea, six hours into the new year of 2016, officially joined the family of her parents, Colette and Tony Lea and brother Beckett, 6, of Blooming Prairie. Sailor thus becomes the First Baby of the Year in Blooming Prairie and will receive a myriad of gifts from local merchants. Rules of...
True Minnesotans don’t wait long to remove snow from a heavy snowfall on Monday, Dec. 28. Jeff Zwiener is shown blowing out a driveway in downtown Blooming Prairie. The snowfall was recorded at 6 inches. New Richland had 8 inches, Owatonna 8 inches and Rochester 7 inches. Staff photo by Howard Lestrud.
It wasn’t the first snowfall of the 2015-16 winter season but it was the most significant thus far. The snowstorm had people trying to remember where they put their ice and snow scrapers. A mammoth winter storm had been forecast for the first part of last week, and the snow gods held true by...
Scott Doucette of Medford spent some time shoveling his vehicle out of a snow drift during  the Dec. 28-29 snowstorm that accumulated as much as 10 inches of snow in areas of Steele County. Staff photo by Alan Van Ormer.
When the weather outside is frightful, Steele County stays safe. With over 7 inches of snowfall recorded in Owatonna within about a 24 hour period, local law enforcement were happy to say that there were few accidents in Steele County.  The snow started falling early afternoon on Dec. 28 and went...
Tyler Kruckeberg, owner of KIK Graphics and Printing, cuts the ribbon during an official Blooming Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce ceremony at an open house for KIK on Wednesday night, Dec. 23. Chamber members Jeremy Wangen, far left, and Luke Swenson (President) hold the ribbon. Staff photo by Howard Lestrud.
The “WOW” factor was evident Wednesday night, Dec. 23, as more than 200 visitors toured a restored downtown building in Blooming Prairie The building, which dates back to 1885, at 110 Highway Ave. North is now the home of KIK Graphics and Printing, operated by Tyler Kruckeberg. The graphics...

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