Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Steele County Times

True Minnesotans don’t wait long to remove snow from a heavy snowfall on Monday, Dec. 28. Jeff Zwiener is shown blowing out a driveway in downtown Blooming Prairie. The snowfall was recorded at 6 inches. New Richland had 8 inches, Owatonna 8 inches and Rochester 7 inches. Staff photo by Howard Lestrud.
It wasn’t the first snowfall of the 2015-16 winter season but it was the most significant thus far. The snowstorm had people trying to remember where they put their ice and snow scrapers. A mammoth winter storm had been forecast for the first part of last week, and the snow gods held true by...
NRHEG guard Oakley Baker clears this rebound during Saturday’s loss to Hayfield in high school boys basketball action. Staff photo by Alan Van Ormer.
Now that the annual holiday vacation is complete for another year, the area high school sports teams are ready to dive back into action.  With the winter season now almost half over, some exciting contests remain on the schedule for four area schools. At Blooming Prairie High School the basketball...
Scott Doucette of Medford spent some time shoveling his vehicle out of a snow drift during  the Dec. 28-29 snowstorm that accumulated as much as 10 inches of snow in areas of Steele County. Staff photo by Alan Van Ormer.
When the weather outside is frightful, Steele County stays safe. With over 7 inches of snowfall recorded in Owatonna within about a 24 hour period, local law enforcement were happy to say that there were few accidents in Steele County.  The snow started falling early afternoon on Dec. 28 and went...
Tyler Kruckeberg, owner of KIK Graphics and Printing, cuts the ribbon during an official Blooming Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce ceremony at an open house for KIK on Wednesday night, Dec. 23. Chamber members Jeremy Wangen, far left, and Luke Swenson (President) hold the ribbon. Staff photo by Howard Lestrud.
The “WOW” factor was evident Wednesday night, Dec. 23, as more than 200 visitors toured a restored downtown building in Blooming Prairie The building, which dates back to 1885, at 110 Highway Ave. North is now the home of KIK Graphics and Printing, operated by Tyler Kruckeberg. The graphics...
A heavy day of drinking alcohol by the father is suspected in the death of an infant baby, according to charges filed in Steele County District Court. Cory Neal Stucky, 30, of Blooming Prairie, has been charged with second-degree manslaughter and child endangerment, both felonies, in connection...
Snow, wind and icy roads can make for a dangerous combination. A snow storm hit Steele County on Monday afternoon and was predicted to last for the duration of the night. Photo by Alan Van Ormer.
In the past hour, the snow has started falling, winds have started to pick up and the roads are starting to get icy. This is the beginning of the snow storm in which meteorologists have predicted up to 12 inches of snowfall. The storm is predicted to last through the night and into tomorrow morning...
Wayne Hansen of Ag Power will officially retire at the end of this month. An open house is planned from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Dec. 28, at Ag Power Enterprises in Owatonna. He is shown above in front of a special John Deere sign created by Metal Services of Blooming Prairie. Staff photo by Howard Lestrud.
“Oh Deere! Wayne Hansen’s retirement is almost here.” That’s how a flyer is written to promote an open house for Wayne Hansen, a 39-year employee of the John Deere equipment business. The special event will be from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, Dec. 28, at Ag Power Enterprises in Owatonna. Hansen, a...
NRHEG’s John Cole boxes out during a boys basketball game against Medford on Friday night at the Medford High School gym. NRHEG pulled away for the victory. Staff photo by Alan Van Ormer.
Both New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva (NRHEG) basketball teams had good nights against Medford on Friday, Dec. 18.  The girls kept their record clean at 5-0 with a 58-51 victory over the Tigers on the home court, while the boys defeated the hosts 66-38, with a big second half. The Panther...
Seventh-grade student BethAnne Thacker and Jennifer Wayne wrap a present together at Blooming Prairie High School on Saturday morning. Staff photo by Laura Berndt.
Each holiday season, many people wrap gifts for their loved ones. This year, Blooming Prairie residents were invited to take part in the tradition, while also giving back to others.  Last Wednesday, volunteers offered to wrap presents at First Lutheran Church and, on Saturday, more volunteers...
   James A. Weinhold, 61, Elk River, Minnesota, was killed as a result of an early morning accident on icy roads in Steele County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Weinhold was driving a Ford Super Duty pickup truck southbound on Interstate 35 at Milepost 26 marker, when the truck lost...

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411 E. Main St.
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Blooming Prairie, MN 55917

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121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944

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