Ribs are prepared for the 5th Anual Ribfest at the Serviceman’s Club in Blooming Prairie on Saturday, June 27. About 100 guests enjoyed the meal put on by Eric Loftus and the Blooming Prairie Boys & Girls Club. The event also included a kids’ burger cook-off, ribs and steak cook-off competitions for the adults and a silent auction.
The sweet aroma of ribs, hamburgers, steaks and barbeque sauce drifted throughout northern Blooming Prairie on Saturday, June 27, as children and adults competed in the annual cook-off. 
Molly Eckhardt and Peggy Talamantes map out math instructional goals for the new year during a workshop earlier this summer.
A recent math workshop is energizing Ellendale elementary school teachers as they prepare for a new school year that is still a couple of months away.
Blooming Prairie businesses very actively support local activities and will be helping support the 4th of July celebration this week. The BP Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Blooming Prairie Outback Bowl Dance Team to sell water and pop at the celebration on Saturday afternoon. Above, Tamzen Johnson of Johnson & Doerhoefer signs a corporate sponsor check for the celebration. Also shown, from left to right, are: Pam Lujan, Doug Johnson of Johnson & Doerhoefer, Tina Borgen and Elizabeth (Bizzy)
The 4th of July in Blooming Prairie is a time for families to get together and enjoy a multitude of activities while sipping on an ice cold water or a soda.
A special attraction at Beaver Lake many years ago was a gasoline launch promoted by Dr. Andrist, C.C. Campbell and A. Hemingway. The launch returns carrying many lake visitors. Band members are on the dock waiting for a ride on the lake.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: The second part of a three-part series on Beaver Lake takes an expanded look at more history of this Steele County fresh water lake.)
ABOVE: Representatives from 28 various organizations, schools and clinics gathered at the SMIF office in Owatonna on Tuesday, June 23, to celebrate 13 years of the BookStart grant partnership between SMIF and Capstone publishing. RIGHT: Shannon Karsten, a representative from the Owatonna Public Schools, loads up her truck with books from the BookStart program at the Business Incubator in Owatonna on Tuesday, June 23.
Representatives from various organizations, clinics and schools gathered on Tuesday, June 23, not only to celebrate the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) BookStart program, but also to pick up their awarded books at the Bu
Haley Winkelman and Lizzy Trickey (holding Denali the pet rat) made a stop in West Concord last week as part of their cross-country bicycle trip.  The two women left McMinnville, Oregon, on May 8 and by the time they return to Oregon in December hope to have visited all states except Alaska and Hawaii.
It isn’t often you come across two women spending the summer riding their bicycles through all the states in the lower 48. Oh yes, and they are traveling with a pet rat riding in a carrier on the back of a bicycle.
Ribs are prepared for the 5th Anual Ribfest at the Serviceman’s Club in Blooming Prairie on Saturday, June 27. About 100 guests enjoyed the meal put on by Eric Loftus and the Blooming Prairie Boys & Girls Club. The event also included a kids’ burger cook-off, ribs and steak cook-off competitions for the adults and a silent auction.
Molly Eckhardt and Peggy Talamantes map out math instructional goals for the new year during a workshop earlier this summer.
Blooming Prairie businesses very actively support local activities and will be helping support the 4th of July celebration this week. The BP Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Blooming Prairie Outback Bowl Dance Team to sell water and pop at the celebration on Saturday afternoon. Above, Tamzen Johnson of Johnson & Doerhoefer signs a corporate sponsor check for the celebration. Also shown, from left to right, are: Pam Lujan, Doug Johnson of Johnson & Doerhoefer, Tina Borgen and Elizabeth (Bizzy)
A special attraction at Beaver Lake many years ago was a gasoline launch promoted by Dr. Andrist, C.C. Campbell and A. Hemingway. The launch returns carrying many lake visitors. Band members are on the dock waiting for a ride on the lake.
ABOVE: Representatives from 28 various organizations, schools and clinics gathered at the SMIF office in Owatonna on Tuesday, June 23, to celebrate 13 years of the BookStart grant partnership between SMIF and Capstone publishing. RIGHT: Shannon Karsten, a representative from the Owatonna Public Schools, loads up her truck with books from the BookStart program at the Business Incubator in Owatonna on Tuesday, June 23.
Haley Winkelman and Lizzy Trickey (holding Denali the pet rat) made a stop in West Concord last week as part of their cross-country bicycle trip.  The two women left McMinnville, Oregon, on May 8 and by the time they return to Oregon in December hope to have visited all states except Alaska and Hawaii.
Ribs are prepared for the 5th Anual Ribfest at the Serviceman’s Club in Blooming Prairie on Saturday, June 27. About 100 guests enjoyed the meal put on by Eric Loftus and the Blooming Prairie Boys & Girls Club. The event also included a kids’ burger cook-off, ribs and steak cook-off competitions for the adults and a silent auction.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 7:42pm
The sweet aroma of ribs, hamburgers, steaks and barbeque sauce drifted throughout northern Blooming Prairie on Saturday, June 27, as children and adults competed in the annual cook-off.  The Fifth Annual Ribfest began at 11 a.m. with a...
Blooming Prairie businesses very actively support local activities and will be helping support the 4th of July celebration this week. The BP Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Blooming Prairie Outback Bowl Dance Team to sell water and pop at the celebration on Saturday afternoon. Above, Tamzen Johnson of Johnson & Doerhoefer signs a corporate sponsor check for the celebration. Also shown, from left to right, are: Pam Lujan, Doug Johnson of Johnson & Doerhoefer, Tina Borgen and Elizabeth (Bizzy)
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 7:36pm
The 4th of July in Blooming Prairie is a time for families to get together and enjoy a multitude of activities while sipping on an ice cold water or a soda. This year, the Blooming Prairie Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the...
A special attraction at Beaver Lake many years ago was a gasoline launch promoted by Dr. Andrist, C.C. Campbell and A. Hemingway. The launch returns carrying many lake visitors. Band members are on the dock waiting for a ride on the lake.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 7:33pm
(EDITOR’S NOTE: The second part of a three-part series on Beaver Lake takes an expanded look at more history of this Steele County fresh water lake.) Beaver Lake, located, 2 1/2 miles northwest of Ellendale, has a history of being a good...
ABOVE: Representatives from 28 various organizations, schools and clinics gathered at the SMIF office in Owatonna on Tuesday, June 23, to celebrate 13 years of the BookStart grant partnership between SMIF and Capstone publishing. RIGHT: Shannon Karsten, a representative from the Owatonna Public Schools, loads up her truck with books from the BookStart program at the Business Incubator in Owatonna on Tuesday, June 23.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 7:28pm
Representatives from various organizations, clinics and schools gathered on Tuesday, June 23, not only to celebrate the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) BookStart program, but also to pick up their awarded books at the...

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