Saturday, December 15, 2018

Steele County Times

Rachel Harberts taught 16 years in the Blooming Prairie School system. The BP Elementary School was her home away from home and the school of choice for her two children.
With purple hearts over his shoulder on his office window, Blooming Prairie Elementary School Principal Chris Staloch said the staff, students and community must "stick together." He was reflecting on ways students, parents, staff and community must deal with the loss of an elementary teacher and...
A Touch of Charm of Blooming Prairie has a new owner and it will also soon have a new name, Prairie Home Floral, Decor & Gifts. Former owner Leanne Hanson, left, is shown with new owner Jacqueline Reiter Vorlicek.
It's now official. A Touch of Charm, a floral and gift shop at 330 East Main St. in Blooming Prairie, has a new owner. Leanne Hanson, proprietor of A Touch of Charm for almost 30 years, announced that the business has been sold and is now owned by Jacqueline Reiter Vorlicek. The business will also...
Workers spent Friday cleaning up in portions of Steele County after a destructive storm roared through the region Thursday night.  The National Weather Service has determined that as many as 10 tornadoes hit parts of Southern Minnesota, including the northern edge of Steele County. Officials say an...
A lemonade stand was created by three boys who were students in Rachel Harberts' first grade class a year ago. Their teacher, Mrs. Harberts, and her daughter were killed in a car crash Sept. 7. Shown from left are Levi Staska, Owen Gimbel and Payton Lembke. Pictured in the back left is Brad Staska, who had Harberts as a teacher 12 years ago.
Sitting beneath a large umbrella and shade tree, some youngsters and adults encouraged passersby on Third Street SE to stop and have a glass of lemonade, and at the same time, remember the Harberts family. The lemonade stand was set up by three friends who were students of first grade teacher...
Dave Vandergon, community director for Koda Living, presents Mary Cronin, left, of Medford with the Live United Award during the halftime of Friday night’s football game in Medford. The United Way of Steele County gives out the annual award.
Mary Cronin was honored at halftime of the Medford and Bethlehem Academy football game on Friday when she was presented with the Live United Award from the United Way of Steele County.  Cronin, a longtime Medford resident, said she was shocked when she first learned she had earned the accolade. “...
Rachel Harberts, 43, of Dodge Center passed away around 5:45 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester about two days after her family made the difficult decision to pull her off life support.
A beloved grade school teacher in Blooming Prairie has died from the injuries she suffered in the car crash that initially killed her 8-year-old daughter. Rachel Harberts, 43, of Dodge Center passed away around 5:45 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester about two days after her family...
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...
Robert Sikel and Rally Witzel stand next to their trailer with the American flag blowing in the breeze. Each year Sikel and Witzel get an idea for an area they’d like to plan the ride around and scout the route together.
With the sun shining and a light autumn breeze, it was a perfect Saturday to be out riding on the road. For those who took part in the seventh annual Jacob’s Run, there was no where else they’d rather be. The yearly event, which departs from Owatonna and circles through chosen destinations before...
John Kraling of Blooming Prairie is always willing to be a model for Cuts for a Cure, part of the BP Cancer Group's Paint BP Pink activities. Here, he shows a fish he caught recently. "I was going to the hardware store but don't think I will now," he laughed.
It may sound like a broken record and it is. The 18th Annual Blooming Prairie Cancer Group benefit auctions, part of the Paint Blooming Prairie Pink event on Friday, Sept. 8 and Saturday, Sept. 9 brought in $45,000, reports Cheri Krejci, treasurer of the organization.  This year’s auction total...
Emerson Harberts, a third grader at Blooming Prairie Elementary school, is shown participating in Vacation Bible School activities at First Lutheran Church early this summer. She especially liked  showing off her prowess with a hula hoop.
Tragedy has marred the new school year in Blooming Prairie just days after school began as a third grader was killed in a car crash on her way to classes. Emerson Harberts, 8, of Dodge Center died instantly in the vehicle driven by her mother Friday morning along a stretch of roadway in Dodge...

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