Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Steele County Times

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...
Cindy Rossow and John Rassieur of Owatonna braved the cold Sunday at Bethel Baptist Church in Owatonna, to oppose a message endorsed by members of Westboro Babtist Church from Topeka, Kan., who visited the Owatonna church.
About 12 Westboro church members waved signs  with statements such as “God Hates Fags” and sang a parody song,  “God Hates America” while the locals held signs and posters relating to messages of love and diversity.  */
Logan Pleschourt, a sophomore at Medford High School who is battling cancer,  will be attending the Super Bowl in Minneapolis with his family. Pleschourt, left, also attended the Jan. 14 playoff game between Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints with his brother Anthony Lique.
Medford’s Logan Pleschourt and his older brother, Anthony Lique, were attending the Minnesota Vikings’ divisional-round playoff victory over the New Orleans Saints on Jan. 14 at U.S. Bank Stadium when a surprise visitor came to ask him a question.  The visitor, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell,...
Dave Neiman, owner of Arrow Ace Hardware, showcases some of the grill models available at the new store, located in downtown Owatonna. Ace has relocated from North Cedar Avenue to West Vine Street over the past few weeks as an ongoing effort to revitalize Owatonna’s downtown area. Ace took over the former Arnold House.
In business, location can be everything. Dave Neiman, majority owner of Arrow Ace Hardware in Owatonna, knows this better than anyone. It all started last October with a phone call from Owatonna Mayor Tom Kuntz. The mayor had a proposal for Neiman, who took him up on the suggestion and began work...
Wow! How would you like an autographed photo of Stafon Diggs, hero of the Minnesota Vikings miracle win over New Orleans on Jan. 14? The autographed photo will be one of many sports items on the auction block at the Blooming Prairie Youth Club Benefit Bash on Feb. 3 at the BP Servicemen’s Club.
Put your extra spending money aside and win an autographed photo of Stefon Diggs, the Minnesota Viking wide receiver who was part of the Minneapolis Miracle on Jan. 14. Diggs, #14, is now recognized as one of the most celebrated Minnesota Vikings football player after he caught a 61-yard touchdown...
Craig and Dick Kruckeberg, both widely known for their creation and growth of Minimizer and Kruckeberg Industries, will be honored Thursday night as the 2017 Blooming Prairie Area Citizens of the Year. The event is planned for the BP Servicemen’s Club with social at 6 p.m. and dinner and program to follow at 7 p.m.
"Won't You Be My Neighbor?" Mister Rogers (Fred) is most famous for using that greeting when inviting television viewers into his neighborhood for many years. Being a good neighbor is an imperative part of being successful in the business and industry world, claim the father and son duo of Dick and...
Dakota Thiele helps a student with his safety check Saturday in Hope. The Steele County Trail Association, along with Steele County Sno-Blazers Snowmobile Club, hosted an annual safety course for snowmobile enthusiasts. The one request everyone had—more snow is needed!
Some Minnesotans yearn for spring while others hope only for snow to utilize their favorite winter toys. Snowmobiles have long been a staple of these cold Minnesota winter months, and proper safety, maintenance, and understanding of rules and regulations go hand in hand with snowmobile operation....
Jason House has taken over as general manager of House Chevrolet in Owatonna. His parents, Julie and Greg House, purchased the business last February. Until joining the family business, the younger House had a corporate job with Hendrick Automotive in Virginia.
Sometimes misfortunes have a way of producing life-changing experiences for people. Jason House, who took over as executive general manager of his family’s business, House Chevrolet Buick Cadillac in Owatonna, in December, found that out earlier last year.  House’s parents, Julie and Greg,...


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Kasson, MN 55944

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