Sunday, September 15, 2019

Steele County Times

Joanne and Roger Sorenson played host to five German guests recently. The Sorensons hosted Yvonne Gutenberger as a foreign exchange student in 1990. Pictured from left are: Joanne and Dachshund "Addie," Christa Futing, Lothar Gutenberger, Christa Gutenberger, Katrin Martens, Klaus Martens and Roger.
A 1990 Blooming Prairie High School graduate is responsible for a friendship connection that has continued to the present time. German student Yvonne Gutenberger attended her senior year at Blooming Prairie High School and was hosted by Roger and Joanne Sorenson. Yvonne last visited Blooming...
Blooming Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce members who attended a regular meeting of the chamber on Wednesday, Aug. 21 got a sneak preview of a new website being developed by the chamber. A regular monthly meeting took place at the Pizza Cellar in Blooming Prairie. Miranda Camery, vice president of...
County Engineer Greg Ilkka stands next to a plaque commemorating the completion of the new public works facility located at 3000 Hoffman Dr. NW in Owatonna. The facility houses both maintenance and engineering staff and was fully completed this summer.
With all of the public works staff now under the same roof, the new facility for Steele County is fully functional. On Friday, Aug. 16, the Steele County Highway Department began moving into the facility, completing that move on Monday, Aug. 19. The new facility, located at 3000 Hoffman Dr. NW in...
Ronald Van Burden was inducted into the Livestock Hall of Fame.
Robert “Bob” Chladek and Ronald “Ron” Van Nurden were inducted into the Livestock Hall of Fame last week at the Steele County Free Fair. The Tuesday afternoon program also recognized FFA and 4-H members, the Farm Family of the Year and conservation award winners. The new Wayne and Betty Kubicek...
Candy Pogones, left, and her Australian pen pal, Jane, right, finally got together after writing as pen pal friends for nearly 50 years. They are shown having fun at the Steele County Free Fair.
"It has been the best week of my life," said an emotional Candy Pogones of rural Blooming Prairie after finally meeting a pen pal of nearly 50 years. Pogones, 57, and her pen pal, Jane Penney, 55, of Australia, met face to face in Minnesota, Monday, Aug. 12, and spent four days together,...
With many regular donors delaying giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school to start, the American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donations to help end a summer blood shortage. While thousands of donors have rolled up a sleeve this summer, blood and...
A pancake breakfast fundraiser will take place at First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie on Sunday, Sept. 8. The breakfast will feature pancakes, sausages, and a drink. The church will be accepting free-will offering for Lutheran College Scholarships. The fundraiser, which will take place in...
The Owatonna Parkinson’s Support Group will meet Tuesday, Aug. 27 from 2–3:30 p.m. at the Owatonna Public Library in the Gainey Room, which is accessible by elevator. Anushka Mohideen, Minnesota information and referral coordinator, American Parkinson Disease Association, will be the speaker. She...
It was a sunshiny day as participants in the 20th Annual BOB (Bikers of Blooming) departed at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17.
It's another record year for the BOB (Bikes of Blooming) Ride for the Toys for Tots campaign. Last year, organizers Harvey and Nancy Farr of J & H Liquors recorded an all-time high in contributions for Toys for Tots. The total settled in at $15,000. This year's ride on July 20 was postponed due...
A Freeborn County sheriff’s deputy captured this funnel cloud as it passed through southern Steele County and northern Freeborn County on Tuesday, Aug. 13. The tornado reportedly touched down in a corn field near Hope, but it did not cause any significant damage. This was the same storm system that was headed for the Steele County Fairgrounds, but it hooked south just prior to reaching the Owatonna area.
It didn’t look like the Steele County Free Fair was going to get off on a good note once again this year as a severe storm came rumbling out of the southeast from the Mankato area. In fact, it appeared the tornado was headed right for a bulls-eye on the fairgrounds in Owatonna just prior to the...


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