Saturday, July 20, 2019


Del and Manny Guajardo are pictured earlier this year at their Kasson business, Sophia’s Thrift Store. The couple will take two truck- loads of basic supplies to Texas, for victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Del and Manny Guajardo have endured a major flood, carbon monoxide poisoning, their son’s rare bone disease – and a near-miss with the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. They have been giving back by helping people in need at their Kasson business, Sophia’s Thrift Store, which opened in October,...
Valerie Sauder of Dodge County holds a baby lamb for anxious fairgoers in the Miracle of Birth Center at the Minnesota State Fair last week. Sauder served as a barn assistant for half of the Fair and also as a state 4-H ambassador.
Through citizenship education and leadership activities, a Dodge County teenager has engaged in positive promotion of Minnesota 4-H by serving as a state ambassador. In her second year as a 4-H ambassador, Valerie Sauder served in a leadership role this year during the Minnesota State Fair....
Luverne and Cathy Vangness were named Phantom Garden winners during the 2016 Marigold Days celebration in Mantorville.
Marigold Days committee members have so many favorite events, it's hard to choose just one. " I always look forward to the antique and flea market," Paul Larsen, Mantorville's Chamber of Commerce secretary. "The owner show is always nice- and that's kind of what started it all. And of course, the...
Longtime truck driver Scott Connor, New Ulm, is pictured during the 2016 Big Iron Classic event in Kasson.
Jim Finn was inspired upon visiting big truck shows in the mid-1990s. The Mantorville man started up the Big Iron Classic truck show, for semi-trucks and trailers, in 2000. It has grown. Finn estimates that, depending on the weather, around 20,000 people will visit this year’s 18th-annual Big...
Emergency personnel tend to role-playing “victims” during a multi-agency/multi-discipline mass casualty training exercise, Aug. 24 at the Dodge County Fairgrounds. Several agencies will be evaluated on their performance.
It was a bad accident. A car pulled in front of a school bus, which hit the van, entered a ditch, and rolled onto its side. Both vehicles were full of people. There were 30 or 40 victims; several were killed. Squads of law enforcement and emergency personnel from around the area responded...
Trom Eayrs named Best Lawyer in America
The prestigious law career of a former Dodge County woman has earned her the honor of being named one of the “Best Lawyers in America.” Sonja Trom Eayrs, an attorney with the Minneapolis-based law firm Lindquist & Vennum, picked up the coveted legal honor last week.  “Best Lawyers in America”...
Kasson Public Library circulation technician Patricia Shaffer-Gottschalk smiles as Henry Hiatt, 5, Kasson, checks out the solar eclipse on Monday at the Kasson Public Library. A large crowd gathered for the event- the first total solar eclipse since 1979 and the last until April 2024.
Art Tiff expected 100 people or less would attend the Kasson Public Library’s Summer Reading Program “block party” in early June, and about 400 showed up. The library director also was uncertain about attendance at Monday’s solar eclipse event. But people swarmed the grounds, the hosts briefly...
Pat Dibble, one of the coordinators for Ready, Set, Learn, places glue sticks in a student's new pencil box. She and other volunteers prepared bags of school supplies for about 235 children.
Some area children are now ready to take on the school year.  Volunteers with Ready, Set, Learn, a back-to-school program, handed out backpacks full of school supplies to qualified Dodge County children at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Aug. 14 and 15.  Kathy Connelly, a Hayfield counselor...
Dylan Ward-Coughlon, Rochester, smiles as looks upon his neighbor’s mound of Chester fries before the start of the eating contests. He won the contest after not eating all day in preparation.
It’s all fun and games until someone throws up. Luckily, no one involved in any of the three eating contests on Aug. 11 vomited, although some probably wanted to. The eating contests were one of the many activities held during Kasson’s annual Festival in the Park celebration, which lasted from...


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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