Friday, October 19, 2018


With fire gloves in hand, Rick Braithwaite of West Concord Fire Department removes a hot-fired pizza from the ovens at Berne Pizza. Braithwaite volunteers every other week throughout the summer firing pizzas for hundreds of guests at the Berne Summer Concert series on the grounds of Zwingli Church. The ovens reach heat of about 1,200 degrees.
As hundreds flock to tiny Berne every Wednesday for a mid-week pizza party, dozens of people behind the scenes are making the novelty event enjoyable for everyone. From cashiers to pizza makers to people manning the hot ovens and serving the freshly fired pizzas, volunteers are needed to serve as...
As a special attraction during Saturday’s Draft Horse Pull, Bruce Ebnet of West Concord showed spectators how his team of mini-horses can pull about 1,400 pounds. A little later in the show Ebnet jumped on the pull with his full body, and the minis pulled him after a little trying.
Visitors to Mantorville’s Stagecoach Days got an extra bonus Saturday afternoon when a pair of mini-horses showed up for a surprise visit.  Bruce Ebnet of West Concord dazzled spectators with his mini-horses in between the draft horse pull. The mini-horses weren’t actually a part of the competition...
The Hanson draft horses from Chatfield get ready for the Draft Horse Pull, a popular attraction during this past weekend’s Stagecoach Days.
Donning a bright red 1850s day dress, Carla Webster fit right in as she took in the festivities of Mantorville’s Stagecoach Days this past weekend. Webster, who was one of several committee members that planned the weekend of fun activities for all ages, got a chance herself to relax and enjoy...
The State Attorney’s Office in Florida announced Monday afternoon that it is seeking the death penalty against accused killer grandma Lois Riess of Blooming Prairie in connection with the Florida murder she is suspected of committing. Riess is accused of killing Pamela Hutchinson in April in Fort...
A Dodge County man has died in a two-vehicle crash in Goodhue County. The State Patrol has identified the victim as Roger Ray Herrick, 64, of West Concord. He was driving a 2004 Chevy Silverado that collided with a 2008 Ford F150 driven by Trent Wayne Hinkel, 46, of Lancaster, Calif. A 47-year-old...
After a close call with Mother Nature during the opening day of last year’s Dodge County Fair, county safety officials are tweaking the fair’s emergency plan. Matt Maas, emergency management director for Dodge County, has worked personally with Kasson EMTs, first responders, and other emergency...
A Kasson Police Officer accused of years of sexual abuse is being held on $1 Million bail in Olmsted County Detention Center. Julio Baez, 51, was arraigned in Olmsted County District Court Thursday morning on three felony charges of criminal sexual conduct. If convicted, he faces 30 years in prison...
The Olmsted County Sheriff, along with Kasson Police Chief Kent Berghuis and Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose, revealed that Kasson police officer Juan Baez has been involved in alleged misconduct for more than 25 years at a press conference in Rochester Thursday morning. The investigation centers...
Mary Beth and Barry Moiser have a bumper crop of strawberries to offer this year on their strawberry farm near Dodge Center. The weather conditions have been just right for strawberries this year, according to the Moisers.
Berry lovers will find miracle strawberries fresh and close to home over the next few weeks.   In the fourth year of offering berries, Barry Moiser, owner of Miracle Strawberry Farm of Dodge Center, says it’s the best crop he’s been able to offer. What helped push the berries to their fullest...
Janet Eugerin, Lois Lepp, Richard Urbain and Margo Roberts, all of Dodge Center, display one of the 70 quilts shared by residents from throughout the area for the quilt show at United Methodist Church in Dodge Center. The quilt show was one of many activities going on for Dodge Center’s June Bloom last weekend.
Garage sales, music, bingo and food weren’t the only things blooming during Dodge Center’s weekend summer festival. Quilts stitched with memories of love ones from family members also bloomed during the celebration. The United Methodist Church displayed 70 quilts from 15 different people on Friday...


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