Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Steele County Times

The Minnesota Chapter of the National Football Foundation announced last week that Blooming Prairie high School student Mitchell Oswald was named a 2018 scholar athlete.   Oswald and the other winners chosen by for academic excellence, leadership, and community involvement, will be recognized at...
The kids of the Blooming Prairie School District are the recipients of a caring community.  The existence of the Blooming Prairie Education Foundation proves that point. The 15th Annual BP Ed Auctions are scheduled for Saturday at the Pizza Cellar and Cue Company. As soon as the 14th annual...
A citizens group fighting to save family farms has launched a new way to help its cause. Dodge County Concerned Citizens has begun a gofundme drive to raise funds to save Minnesota family farms.  “We are going to start to get people armed financially so they can fight the industry,” said Sonja Trom...
The feedlot controversy in Dodge County appears to be sparking again, but this time in a different township. A lawsuit has been filed in Dodge County District Court involving a proposed feedlot in Ripley Township located on the southern end of the county next to Westfield Township where the...
BREAKING NEWS: Lawsuit filed in Ripley feedlot controversy
A lawsuit has been filed in Dodge County District Court involving a feedlot controversy in Ripley Township. Lowell and Evelyn Trom of rural Blooming Prairie are suing Ripley Township and Timothy and Jennifer Langdon of Cannon Falls who are attempted to build a swine factory farm in Ripley Township...
Rick Ellingson, organizer of the TASAR Explorer Scout Troop 007, was given special recognition at a SWAT competition for Explorers in Chandler, AZ last month. Fellow Blooming Prairie officer Dan Peach gives Ellingson a plaque of appreciation following the competition in Arizona.
The founder of Explorer Scout Post 007, Rick Ellingson, was speechless when honored by current TASAR Post 007 Explorers following competition in Chandler, Ariz., last month. Ellingson, a part-time officer with Janesville and Blooming Prairie police departments, was recognized for his 30 years of...
Blooming Prairie Youth Club unit coordinator Kelli Naatz and staff member Alicia Ptacek do some planning for the upcoming Rib Fest in June. Staff photo by Howard Lestrud
Leadership comes in different commodities, and Kelli Naatz, 24, of Blooming Prairie, is one of those untapped leaders. Naatz, a 2012 graduate of Blooming Prairie High School, was recently named unit coordinator of the Blooming Prairie Youth Club. She succeeds Marcy Sundine. “I never envisioned...
Owatonna athletes (back row, left to right) Zach Mensink, Ben Stelter, Braeden Meier, Peyton Robb, Jacob Dub, Terrell Conner, Tucker Alstead, (front row) Margo Achterkirch, Jamie Davison, Sophie Amundson, Kenna West, Sarah Spears,Sydney Schultz and Jenna Zeman stand for a photo after signing their Letters of Intent on Wednesday, Feb. 7.
Friends and family gathered to view as 14 Owatonna student-athletes took turns putting pen to paper and signed their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, Feb. 7. at a ceremony in the school’s commons area.  Owatonna Director of Activities Ryan Swanson said the school’s largest class in his...
Principal Chris Staloch shows the makeshift art room that has been created next to the cafeteria area at Blooming Prairie Elementary School. Solid enrollment and cramped space are forcing school officials to closely monitor the situation and may possibly lead to a restructuring of classes throughout the district.
Cramped quarters at Blooming Prairie Elementary School have forced officials to offer art classes this year in a sectioned off area right next to where kids eat their lunches in the cafeteria.  It’s just one way the elementary school is dealing with space issues. And for school officials it’s a...


Steele County Times & DCI

Steele County Times
411 E. Main St.
P.O. Box 247
Blooming Prairie, MN 55917

Dodge County Independent
121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944

Dodge County Printing
121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944


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