Wednesday, August 12, 2020

More national awards for journalistic excellence are making their way to Dodge County. On Saturday, the Dodge County Independent earned two awards from the National Newspaper Association during its annual convention in Norfolk, Va. The DCI was one of four newspapers in Minnesota to earn awards in...
The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office has seized a large marijuana operation near Mantorville.  Sheriff Scott Rose said his investigators harvested 60 large marijuana plants from an illegal grow located in the DNR Wildlife Management Land west of Mantorville on 617thStreet and 220thAvenue. According to...
Students from all over southeastern Minnesota came to the Zumbro Bend Rendezvous in Dodge Center last Thursday and Friday to learn about the Fur Trade Era. Ambra Andrist, left, and Reese Hiatt, fifth graders at Kasson-Mantorville show off their calico fabric printings, one of the many demonstrations kids got involved with at the Rendezvous.
Hundreds of area students got the opportunity to step back in time to the 1740-1840 Fur Trade Era last week at the Zumbro Bend Rendezvous in Dodge Center. The Rendezvous allows visitors to experience early American history in a way that no text book can provide. Organizers of the event provided two...
Ever since Robert Sikel’s teenage son committed suicide six years ago, Sikel has focused on channeling his pain and suffering towards helping others. Sikel has turned his passion for life into saving the lives of complete strangers. Shortly after his son’s death, Sikel founded the Open Arms Yellow...
Kasson-Mantorville senior Matthew Harfmann scored a perfect score of 36 on his ACT earlier this month. The score is achieved by just 0.136 percent of students taking the test and just one other student in school history.
Matthew Harfmann is a busy student. The Kasson-Mantorville senior has his hands in many areas including FCCLA, HOSA, student council and being a state-caliber wrestler as well as a class officer, but has still found a way to maintain excellence in the classroom maintaining a 4.0 GPA.  According to...
Only a day after getting out of jail, the former Kasson police officer accused of sexual abuse is back behind bars. Julio Baez is now facing new charges in Rice County. He was booked into the Rice County Jail on Wednesday, the day after he posted bail from Olmsted County. In addition to a variety...
Triton Elementary School kindergarten teacher Katie Macrafic poses for a picture with her class. Macrafic is the coach of a new program called PBIS which reinforces positive behaviors with students.
For years, the formula for teaching a child the way to act properly has remained the same. Little Jimmy is in the classroom and wants no part of the lesson the teacher is presenting to him. Bored, he tosses his pencil across the room as an act of desperation.   “Jimmy,” the teacher scolds. “Don’t...
Hair stylist Barb Kraling of The Cutting Edge, cuts 10 inches of Madelaine Stoen's hair signifying her 10th anniversary of being cancer free. Stoen, who lives in Dodge County, had the locks cut underneath the Big Tent at Saturday's Blooming Prairie auction.
Horns were honking and people were excitedly participating in some Paint the Town Pink activities in Blooming Prairie on Saturday morning. With a sea of pink flags flying in the wind on a beautify, sunshiny day, workers were feverishly putting together some fundraising ideas as a help to the...
Luverne and Cathy Vangness of Mantorville water some of their flower baskets last week. The couple has been honored with the Phantom Garden Award given out each year during Marigold Days. They have won the award three times over the years.
Maintaining a showcase garden comes as no accident. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to keeping everything spiffed up around the yard. Just ask Luverne and Cathy Vangness, this year’s Phantom Garden award winner for Mantorville. The retired couple takes great pride in keeping their garden...
The second family member involved in the crash outside of Claremont on Sept. 7 has passed away. The family of Rachel Harberts posted a short time ago that Rachel died at 5:45 a.m. Saturday. Just two days earlier the family made the difficult decision to pull Rachel off of life support.   “She went...


Steele County Times & DCI

Steele County Times
411 E. Main St.
P.O. Box 247
Blooming Prairie, MN 55917

Dodge County Independent / ADvantage
121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944

Dodge County Printing
121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944


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