Friday, July 10, 2020

Public Safety

After low numbers for several weeks, COVID-19 cases in Steele County jumped sharply over the past week. Public Health Director Amy Caron reported 10 new cases in Steele County over the past week, bringing to total of 24 confirmed cases since the outbreak began in mid-March. For the first time in...
The Coronavirus has officially spread to Dodge County
Public Health officials confirmed the first case of coronavirus in Dodge County Friday afternoon. Dodge County Public Health Director Amy Caron says the person is in their 20s and it is unknown at this time how it was transmitted. Caron received the notification from the Minnesota Department of...
Dodge County declares State of Emergency
Dodge County has declared a State of Emergency in response to the rapidly spreading COVID-19 virus. Dodge County wants to ensure the safety of its employees and communities by limiting the spread of this infectious disease. Effective at the end of business today (3/19/20) all Dodge County...
Christmas has always been my absolute favorite time of the year. We have so many long-time traditions that we cherish in our family, especially the Christmas tree.   We always had a fresh Christmas tree when I was growing up. Some years we would go to a tree farm with Dad and cut down the perfect...
Brent Espenson who has an outstanding arrest warrant for kidnapping in Rochester has been sighted in Mower county. He may have also been involved in a shoplifting incident in Steele County. If you see this man, do not approach him, but contact the Olmstead County Sheriff’s Office at (507) 328-6800
Incriminating statements allegedly made by a man charged in a drug-related murder in Steele County will not be used against him because a district court judge has ruled that they were generated from police misconduct.  In a 30-page ruling issued on May 31, Judge Joseph Bueltel ruled that police...
A Rochester man has been charged with attempted murder in connection with a stabbing in Owatonna that seriously injured a woman. Ron Henry Lee Jaeger, 34, faces attempted second-degree murder and first-degree assault after allegedly stabbing a woman multiple times June 1.  During his initial court...
A suspected violent offender from northern Minnesota who caused some tense moments at an area school was arrested in Blooming Prairie May 5.  Dodge County sheriff’s deputies locked down the exterior of the Hayfield Public School as a precaution after receiving information that an alleged violent...
Detective Joel Hunt stands with Police Chief Keith Hiller. Hiller commended Hunt for his work, especially in regards to keeping children in the community safe from internet crimes.
The boys in blue got a special round of applause last week at the Owatonna Police Officer of the Year Recognition Banquet. The annual event is sponsored by the Moonlighter’s Exchange Club of Owatonna and was held at the Owatonna VFW hall. Over 100 people were in attendance on May 11 to congratulate...
When the Owatonna city council convened last week, it was to a larger crowd than usual. The Owatonna police force swore in eight officers and promoted one officer to sergeant. “This is one of the most favorite things I get to do,” Police Chief Hiller said as he looked over the newest members of his...


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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