Saturday, March 23, 2019


Members of Cub Scout Pack join Brea Weis in checking out some of the many cars entered in the annual Pinewood Derby, Jan. 7 at Kasson-Mantorville Middle School. The scouts include, from left, Chase Boelter, Grady Weis, Andrew Haney, Liam Huso, Emmett Oolman and Brennan Gray.
Pinewood Derby pride swept Kasson-Mantorville Middle School on Jan. 7, as 66 youngsters in kindergarten through fifth grade – Cub Scout Pack 231- raced their model cars down the big track before a large crowd. The youngsters were judged by K-M Elementary School principal Ariana Wright, Wayne...
 Houseman autographed and donated this book to the K-M Silent Art Scholarship Auction.
Don Houseman just needed a little mentoring to open up as an artist. The 1968 Kasson-Mantorville High School graduate was first inspired by longtime visual arts instructor Marilyn Fredrickson, who saw more in Houseman than his athletic ability.  “I was pretty desperate to get into art,” he said. “I...
It was so cold, a record Dec. 27 low temperature of minus-36 was recorded in International Falls – “The Icebox of the Nation.” The city’s previous record of minus-32 was set in 1924. It was so cold, car seats felt like sandbags if the poor cars were kept outside, and bright neon signs whimpered and...
Dodge County Independent managing editor Richard Johnson tries to weave his way through the pylons/pedestrians. He struck at least one.
Carter Wyttenbach echoed the thoughts of fellow Kasson-Mantorville High School students gathered Dec. 13 in the school’s north gym. You had to try and weave a pedal cart between pylons and shoot baskets while wearing impaired driving goggles. Good luck with that. “It’s weird. You can’t see anything...
A large crowd gathered to welcome the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, Dec. 5 in Kasson.
With the temperature hovering at barely 20 degrees and a stiff 25 mph breeze out of the west, the Christmas holiday spirit of the young and young-at-heart was not dampened last week.  On Dec. 5, little ones in the arms of their parents, and individuals well into their 90s started to arrive at the...
Hayfield High School band instructor Dennis Conroy is pictured with his marching band in this undated photo. The longtime instructor died Dec. 6.
Hayfield High School authorities learned early Dec. 6 that band instructor Dennis Conroy had died overnight, hours after leading the school’s pep band during a girls basketball game. By noon, at least 15 area band directors had reached out to assist with music lessons and the winter holiday band...
By a slim margin, voters in the Triton School District have rejected the referendum on an operating levy seeking $750 per pupil for 10 years. The referendum was defeated with 479 voting against it and 455 supporting it. Triton also had a failed referendum in 2016.
Julie Olmsted, store leader at Kwik Trip in Kasson, smiles as she cuts the ribbon during a grand-opening ceremony for the company’s new store on Oct. 26. Several local officials and Kwik Trip representatives joined in the celebration.
Kasson’s new Kwik Trip store opened with a flourish on Oct. 26. Company president Don Zeitlow joined local officials and store employees in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the 6,000 square-foot facility on the south side of Highway 14. “It’s good for the community of Kasson, it’s good for our co-...
“We all want the Stone Water Tower. We need to have an agreement that we can abide by, and not have to worry about it for another 20 years. Let’s move on and get this put to bed.” Chris McKern Kasson Mayor
The City of Kasson will continue an agreement regarding the Old Stone Water Tower through the end of the year while working with the Dodge County Historical Society to determine the best option for the future of the iconic 1895 structure. The agreement between the entities as to which is...
 Members of “Team Biohazard” include, front row, from left, Anders Herfindahl-Quint and Carter Bebee. Back, Ethan Barnum, Jack Nelson, Jack Kujath and Adam Jennissen. Not pictured: Zach Alexander. The Kasson-Mantorville Middle School students set school records in Knowledge Bowl competition on Oct. 10.
Watch out for Team Biohazard. They’re seven men. On a mission. To set records. The Kasson-Mantorville Middle School eighth-graders did just that on Oct. 10 in Knowledge Bowl competition at the Southeast Minnesota Cooperative in Rochester. Team Biohazard scored a K-M Middle School Knowledge Bowl...


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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