Friday, August 17, 2018

Community

Josh Wells of Owatonna puts the last minute touches to his Brat Dog stand located near the Children’s FFA Barnyard on the fairgrounds Sunday afternoon. Wells will be featuring brats from Steve’s Meat Market in Ellendale. “This is our first year. We have high hopes,” he said. The Steele County Fair opens today (Tuesday) in Owatonna and continues through Sunday.
Putting together the state’s largest county fair is no easy task in a normal year. But then add in what has transpired over the past year for officials at the Steele County Free Fair, it nearly becomes overwhelming.  Despite a year filled with obstacles and hurdles, the Steele County Fair kicks...
Lansing Corners has relit the iconic sign that has been a trademark of the popular restaurant for many years.
Two years ago, new Lansing Corners owners Tammy and Ward Jeno said, "We want to bring Lansing Corners back to its golden days, but with a modern touch. And, that's exactly what they've done. Beginning this spring, the Jenos worked on getting the sign completely redone with all new neon tubing and...
Mary Carstensen stands next to some of her homemade wares. Carstensen says that she’s always trying something new, with products on sale ranging from necklaces, to bracelets, to earrings, all homemade and creatively designed by her.
With crowds rolling into downtown and beautiful blue skies above, the premiere of Owatonna’s Downtown Thursday event could definitely be called a success. “I think people are really excited,” Owatonna MainStreet Director Shirley Shultz said prior to the celebration getting underway. Schultz...
Tim Wolf and Lexi Ripka are two of our future leaders because of their involvement with the Blooming Prairie Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter. They are shown with advisor Bill Rinkenberger.
The Blooming Prairie Future Farmers of America chapter will be telling Steele County Fair visitors about their activities during the year. The Blooming Prairie FFA, advised by Bill Rinkenberger, is one of the most active chapters in the area. Many of the BP FFA members have been active in 4-H at...
Lexi and Grady Steckelberg weigh the feed before giving it to their pigs. They must feed carefully in the proper amounts to ensure their animals are gaining the desired weight and muscle for show day.
Weigh, feed, walk, repeat.  This routine keeps Steele County 4-Hers Lexi and Grady Steckelberg of rural Blooming Prairie occupied as can be from the beginning of spring through the end of summer. The siblings have been showing swine in 4-H for five years now and are eager to see their dedication...
Cleaning out the attic can sometimes produce some big dividends. Or, at least in the case of the Steele County Free Fair, pirate’s gold. As members of the fair’s maintenance crew began renovating the bathrooms in the Beer Garden, they made a discovery that has the fair’s historians gleaming. They...
Framed in a live puzzle during Southeast Minnesota Synod craft time at the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, Texas were: from left, Riauna Bishop, Kiya Thompson, Ayren Ingvalson and McKenna Hein.
For a moment, in fact for a week, Blooming Prairie, Minnesota moved to Houston, Texas. The heartbeat of Blooming Prairie was transfused into the city of Houston, Texas with 24 youths and five adult leaders descending on Houston for the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America) Youth Gathering....
David DeNeui channels his inner cartoon as he rehearses the opening number of “Seussical,” a Dr. Seuss inspired musical playing at the Little Theatre of Owatonna.  DeNeui plays the Cat in the Hat in the production.
Oh the things you can think of, if only you might. Like a play full of Seuss, boy what a sight. There’s Horton and Whos and the Cat in the Hat, so come watch some Seuss on opening night. “Seussical,” a musical production based on several of the works of famed children’s author and illustrator Dr....
Preston Rieken, 17, of Blooming Prairie, and his mom Heather have been battling his eye disease for the past two years and recently received help from the Blooming Prairie Lions Club to purchase a set of special contact lenses.
Blooming Prairie High School senior Preston Rieken likely had never heard of Helen Keller until he was introduced to the Blooming Prairie Lions Club. It is because of Keller, who became blind due to a fever at 18 months of age, that Rieken has received assistance to protect his vision. He has...
With a look of dread and despair in his face and clutching a single turkey in his hands, Sidney Schultz walks away from the twisted wreckage of a camper that nearly took the life of his mother and grandmother May 29 east of Geneva. It took emergency rescuers about 30 minutes to free them. They were both transported to the hospital. The grandmother remains in intensive care at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. Sidney rescued one turkey from the rubble. Nearly 8,000 other turkeys perished during the thunderst
One of the survivors of a furious storm that decimated a turkey farm outside of Geneva says it’s a miracle that her family survived.  “It’s the hand of God,” said Cindy Schultz, who had just been discharged over the weekend from St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester after being trapped in the wreckage...

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