Monday, June 1, 2020

Steele County Times

Blooming Prairie Technology Coordinator Erik Vigeland gave a presentation on the district’s new surveillance system at the monthly school board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 22. The system was improved at the high school, while 16 cameras were added at the elementary school. “It’s just nice to have...
BP’s Maren Forystek shoots a 3-pointer against Chatfield earlier this season.
The Blooming Prairie girls dropped their second straight game when Kingsland used its home court advantage to down the the Awesome Blossoms, 69-58. The non-conference contest marked another game in a stretch of tough games in the BP season schedule. The Blossoms got down early when the Knights...
Students in grades 5-8 in Blooming Prairie Schools participated in the 28th Annual Blooming Prairie District Spelling Bee on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 9. There were 24 participants and three alternates. Pictured, back row, left to right: Jayden Van, Ethan Marzolf, Gabe Hein, Madison Lea, Abby Smith, Ty Forystek, Anna Pauly, Addison Doocy, Grace Krejci, Abigail Hefling; middle row: Jacob Pauly, Carter Bishop, Jaylee Schleicher, Caitlyn Stangl, Catelyn Bartlett, Samantha Hefling, Ella Smith, Zoe Ehlers, Bo Zw
It took 14 rounds before a champion was crowned in the 28th annual Blooming Prairie District Spelling Bee at the Blooming Prairie Elementary School on Wednesday, Jan. 9. Seventh grader Jaylee Schleicher won the competition in the 14th round by correctly spelling the word ARMADA. She is the daughter...
Actors Mark Valley, left, and Jay Christianson, right, pose with the director of Garrow, a drama released last month. Christianson is a 1979 graduate of Blooming Prairie High School.
His acting career began with a role as Prince Charming in the Blooming Prairie High School musical, Cinderella. "I didn't want to do it but my drama teacher encouraged me to take the part," recalls Jay Alan Christianson, a 1979 graduate of Blooming Prairie High School and now a professional actor....
The city of Blooming Prairie welcomed in a new mayor for the first time in 15 years on Jan. 14 at the city council meeting.  Mayor Curtis Esplan and incumbent council members Bill Newman and Brad Clark took the oath of office inside the council chambers just after 7 p.m. Esplan received 469 votes...
These Blooming Prairie Youth Club kids have some fun on the ice.
It's been 16 months since the Blooming Prairie Boys & Girls Club split from the regional organization and became its own youth group. "I feel the club is settling in" after reorganizing into a youth group of its own, says Bryce Schlichter, co-president of the Blooming Prairie Youth Club. He...
State Representative Peggy Bennett, R-Albert Lea, took the podium during a State Capitol press conference on Jan. 14 with other lawmakers and supporters of legislation that would require hands-free cell phone use for drivers. Bennett, who is co-authoring the bipartisan, bicameral bill, said the measure is necessary in order to reduce the number of accidents that occur due to drivers who pay more attention to their cell phones than the road. Bennett's district includes most of Freeborn County, Blooming Prair
Being a former first grade teacher herself for many years, Rep. Peggy Bennett, R-Albert Lea, was devastated when she heard the news that Blooming Prairie first grade teacher Rachel Harberts was killed in a car crash on her way to classes.  And what made it sting even more for Bennett was the fact...
The Blooming Prairie Cancer Group presented a check of $110,000 to the Eagles Cancer Telethon last Saturday night. Shown being interviewed are Cheri Krejci, Jennifer Milton, Connie Trom, Joann Nielsen, Amy Trotman, Mandy Doochy, Ashley Valek and Pam Folkens. Teresa Chapman, executive director of the Telethon, accepted the check.
With the help of sizable donations from the Blooming Prairie Cancer Group and from the Geneva Cancer Group, the Fifth District Eagles Cancer Telethon went over the $1 million mark. Late Sunday afternoon, it was announced that the 65th annual Telethon reached $1,011,834. The Blooming Prairie Cancer...
Excitement is building for this year’s Steele County Fair as fair officials announce yet another major headliner coming to perform. Local fair officials reached a deal this past weekend during the Minnesota Federation of Fairs in Bloomington for Chris Kroeze to perform on Friday, Aug. 16. NBC’s...
Medford’s Kinsey Cronin pulled down a rebound over multiple opponents.
g After an exhilarating victory over Water-Elysian- Morristown earlier in the week, the Blooming Prairie Awesome Blossom girls ran into a block in the road, when Medford kept its unbeaten string alive at 12-0. The Tigers romped to the victory on their home f loor, 73-45, Friday, January 11. Medford...


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