Monday, January 17, 2022

Community

Mandie Kender
A woman with ties to Steele County has been chosen as the new director of the Exchange Center for Family Unity based in Owatonna. Mandie Kender of Minneapolis will assume the position beginning Tuesday as she replaces James Barnes, who has been serving as interim director since Annette Duncan left...
An HBO crew came to Blooming Prairie on Dec. 14 to begin piecing together a three-hour documentary on Lois Riess, the woman who murdered her husband outside of Blooming Prairie and a woman in Florida. Staff photo by Kay Fate
Lights blazing, cameras rolling and sound equipment adjusting. It may have looked a bit like Hollywood in early December in the downtown area of Blooming Prairie, especially at the Steele County Times. Our small office was crammed with more cameras, lights and sound equipment than I’ve seen in...
Artist Scott Roberts works on a sculpture now on display at the Owatonna Arts Center. Roberts’ art is a pastiche of popular culture which mixes references from childhood cartoons, comic books, and other entertainment to create sculpted montages.  Submitted photo
Scott Roberts has always been interested in art, but when an accident on New Years Eve in 2019 left him paralyzed he returned to his greatest passion as a means of healing. “I always loved to be actively doing something with my mind,” Roberts said. “I graduated from Mankato State for graphic design...
Doug Goff, left, sold 218 Off-Sale Liquor to Sanjjay Patel and his partner in a deal that was finalized Dec. 17. Patel said very little will change with the new ownership. Goff had owned the business for 30 years. Staff photo by Kay Fate
Doug Goff got exactly what he wanted for Christmas: The sale of the business he’d owned for 30 years. The former owner of 218 Off-Sale Liquor was still behind the counter last week, “but I just work here now,” he said with a laugh. “It’s a lot easier than being the boss.” Goff sold the store to M...
Kayle and Scott Balzer, of rural Medford, welcomed son Brantley Scott to the family on Jan. 4. He was the first baby born to Steele County parents in 2022. Submitted photo
It didn’t take long for Steele County’s first baby of the new year to make her appearance. Emma Lenz arrived at 4:15 p.m. Jan. 1, the daughter of Desiree and Warren Lenz Jr., of Albert Lea. She’s welcomed home by brother Karter, 11, and sisters Brookelynn, 5, and Jayde, 2. “Jayde’s still a little...
Blooming Prairie girls basketball coach John Bruns earned his 300th win as a head coach last week in a game against Lyle-Pacelli. Immediately after the final buzzer in Blooming Prairie’s 60-43 win, his players swarmed him and celebrated the accomplishment. “It was fun, but you know, the biggest...
A Steele County prosecutor is a finalist to become a district court judge in Minnesota. On Tuesday, the Commission on Judicial Selection announced that Christy Hormann is a finalist to become a judge in Freeborn County. She currently serves as the chief deputy in the Steele County Attorney’s Office...
The Owatonna School District will require masks in every building starting tomorrow, Wednesday, regardless of vaccination status. The universal masking mandate was announced Tuesday and will last two weeks, until Jan. 26, when it will be reassessed to determine if the mandate needs to be extended....
After undergoing successful lung transplant surgery, Medford Mayor Danny Thomas is back on the job. Staff photo by Chris Baldwin
Medford Mayor Danny Thomas had no clue that his first year back in office would be marked by a struggle with COVID-related blood clots that led to a lung transplant. Today, he is grateful: to the medical professionals who cared for him, to the donor who provided him with new lungs, to his family,...
Naomi Gardner, 14, and Adam Gardner, 7, walk among some of the downed trees on their family’s farm east of Bixby. More than two dozen mature trees were snapped off or uprooted during a Dec. 15 EF0 tornado that hit.  Submitted photo
When Anna Gardner looks at the big picture, she’s thankful. The tornado that ripped through their hobby farm two miles east of Bixby on Dec. 15 left her family unhurt, their home mostly undamaged and all of their animals alive. Closer up, though, it’s a mess. “We’d heard there was a tornado watch...

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