Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Steele County Times

Sailor Renee Lea is the First Baby of the Year as recognized by a First Baby of the Year Contest sponsored by Blooming Prairie area merchants. Brother Beckett, a kindergartner, greeted his baby sister with fond admiration. Parents are Tony and Colette Lea. Submitted photo.
Sailor Renee Lea, six hours into the new year of 2016, officially joined the family of her parents, Colette and Tony Lea and brother Beckett, 6, of Blooming Prairie. Sailor thus becomes the First Baby of the Year in Blooming Prairie and will receive a myriad of gifts from local merchants. Rules of...
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...
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...
Southeast Minnesota  Coordinator for Health Access Minnesota Denise Robertson and Dist. 24 Sen. Vicki Jensen (DFL-Owatonna) help lead a discussion about health care issues at the Elks Lodge in Owatonna on Saturday. Staff photo by Alan Van Ormer
A few years after the Affordable Care Act came into play many are still trying to understand the impact it is making on a person’s life. “What I’m hearing is that the small group market is stabilizing,” said Dist. 24 Sen. Vicki Jensen (DFL-Owatonna) during a discussion on health care issues at the...
Amy Svoboda is a wife and mother of three. She’s also a cancer survivor. She is pictured here with her three children, Kaleb, Graci and Gadge. Submitted photo
Amy Svoboda is thankful for many things. Most of all, she is thankful to spend another year with her family. Svoboda was diagnosed with cancer this May, and is now cancer-free.  Svoboda and her family live in the country near Hollandale, between Geneva and Blooming Prairie. Svoboda and her husband...
Ted Mittelstadt of Daiken Applied in Owatonna gave a tour of the recently expanded facilities to local business and government leaders of the community after the Grow MN annual luncheon at Daiken Applied in Owatonna on Dec. 9. Staff photo by Anna Segner
Forecasting the Minnesota economy can feel like shaking a crazy 8 ball, but Bill Blazar of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce was able to give an economic judgement to a room full of local business leaders, bankers and government leaders. Blazar admits that Minnesota’s economy in 2015 was a “better...


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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