Thursday, May 23, 2019

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Steele County is trying to find a service provider that wants to utilize this three story building in the West Hills campus along Florence Avenue in Owatonna. Prior to a few months ago, most county officials didn’t even realize the county owned this property.
Steele County has one more building than most anybody, even county officials, realized. When a longtime substance abuse recovery operation notified Steele County that it was planning to move elsewhere from a building in the West Hills campus of Owatonna, county officials were caught off guard...
Jane Elsner, right, receives her award from Ryan Gillespie, president of Owatonna Business Women’s, after being named this year’s Woman of Achievement. Elsner thanked the crowd upon winning the award during the 47th Annual Woman of Achievement celebration.
This year marked the 100th anniversary of the Owatonna Business Women, and Jane Elsner was given the distinction of being named the Woman of Achievement during its 47th annual ceremony. Elsner was all smiles as she humbly received her award at the end of the night’s celebration March 8 at Torrey’s...
Gov. Tim Walz didn’t hesitate last week in signing the cleaned up bill paving the way for upgrading U.S. Highway 14 from Dodge Center to Owatonna. Construction should begin in spring of 2020.
Residents of Steele and Dodge counties finally got what they have long hoped for. Last week Gov. Tim Walz signed a bill that included language ensuring that the funds to upgrade U.S. Highway 14 from Owatonna to Dodge Center will be available in 2019. Although funding for the 12-1/2 mile stretch of...
Andrew Langholz has taken over the reigns of city administrator in Blooming Prairie. He says BP is right where he wants to be.
Blooming Prairie’s new city administrator Andrew Langholz is right where he wants to be. Langholz, who started on Feb. 4, comes to BP with the experience the city was looking for, according his predecessor Mike Jones. “Everything has been moving along excellently,” Jones said. “I think we made the...
Medford’s Charley Elwood has his hand raised after winning the Class A 113-pound state championship at Xcel Energy Center.
SAINT PAUL — Medford’s Charley Elwood couldn’t contain his excitement after winning the 113-pound Class A state championship on Saturday at Xcel Energy Center. So he took a victory lap around the backstage corridor area. “It was just a little walk to let it soak in,” he said moments after defeating...
Valentine’s from the past. The Steele County History Center featured a variety of Valentine’s Day artifacts in its most recent exhibit.
People used to send cards on Valentine’s Day, now they send emails, texts, and tweets.  The holiday was originally declared as a feast day by Pope Gelasius in 498 A.D. and to fall on Feb. 14 in order to celebrate St. Valentine, or Valentinus, a Roman priest jailed by the Emperor Claudius II. The...
Keith and Krystal Johnson donated all the material and labor for the concrete footings under the granite pieces of the Blooming Prairie Veterans Memorial.  The memorial is open to all visitors even on these recent snowy days. Tom Walters and other veterans greet visitors at an open house at the Memorial.
It is very fitting that Keith Johnson Construction has put its stamp of involvement on the Blooming Prairie Veterans Memorial. The memorial is significantly completed, but more work is yet to be done. Contributors to the project must continue to be recognized, says BP Veterans Memorial chairman Tom...
They competed against one another but they were best of friends after the 28th Annual Blooming Prairie District Spelling Bee went into the history books. Giving one another high fives are Abby Smith (second) at left and Jaylee Schleicher (first), right.
Twelve spellers (six from each Regional Spelling Bee) competed in the Final Spelling Bee on Feb. 27 at the Southeast Service Cooperative in Rochester.  These 12 students were narrowed down from 75 students from 36 districts in Southeast Minnesota who participated in the two Regional Spelling Bees...
Finding itself at a juncture due to the possibility of development and the need for a solution to its limited wastewater volume, the Medford City Council chose to move forward and continue to analyze its options during this month’s meeting in order to allow the city to grow.  At a special session...
A row of spruce trees planted in the mid-1970s is creating controversy along Interstate 35 at Highway 30 by Ellendale. Snow drifts of 5 to 14 feet high piled up in the area, forcing officials to close the freeway for more than 36 hours during the Feb. 23 blizzard. Motorists are concerned about the safety hazard the trees create.
A line of spruce trees along Interstate 35 at Highway 30 by Ellendale is drawing new criticism of being a safety hazard during blizzards for motorists. The recent Feb. 23 blizzard caused substantial drifting along the I-35 corridor outside of Ellendale that led to drifts from 5 to 14 feet high. The...

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