Monday, January 17, 2022

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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...
Over the past six months, I have had the pleasure of meeting and writing about countless of talented young athletes in Steele County and all of them have one thing in common: an influential coach. The most critical time in an athlete’s career is the period of adolescence where kids learn to love...
Most of us have enjoyed that highly smart calendar-clock-camera-email-SMS-social media lifeline affectionately known as our smartphone. We can’t seem to navigate through our lives without it. I have a teenager at home who I am convinced is addicted to her phone. It never ceases to amaze me how much...
If you are a football fan, there is a good chance that you have heard of John Madden. The legendary Super Bowl-winning coach, sportscaster and NFL video game icon was one of football’s most beloved figures and arguably one of the reasons I am working in the field I am today. Madden was born in...
A distracted driver forced Zach Paquette of Faribault off the road and into a tree in early December. Submitted photo
Editor’s Note: Zach Paquette of Faribault was recently in a motor vehicle crash in which the other driver fled the scene. His grandparents are Gene and Judy Fisher of Owatonna. Gene Fisher is the retired police chief of Owatonna and currently serves as a special deputy with Steele County. Zach’s...
As 2021 comes to an end, I’ve been reflecting upon my year with a focus on how life has changed since becoming a reporter for the Steele County Times. It’s hard to imagine that it has been four months since I moved on from my life as a college student at the University of St. Thomas and jumped head...
Over the years our newspaper has been called many different things, most of them pleasant and others, well, let’s just say they’re not printable. I’ve learned it all comes with the territory of putting out a newspaper and being in the public eye. A recent item caught my attention right away. It...
What's under the Christmas tree for you this Christmas? It's always fun to peek under the Christmas tree and guess which gifts might be yours. "Oh, that's a big one and I bet it's mine," our son Troy would say. After shaking  one of the smaller presents, daughter Tammi would say, "There has to be...
Liahna, 10 of Lakeville, plays the lead part in Disney's “Moana JR.” performed by a community theater group at a Farmington middle school. Staff photo by Howard Lestrud
Thanks to a kind invitation from a very close and dear friend named Linda, Judy and I were able to see some outstanding theatrical performances by many young actors. Again, it was community theater at its best. this time in Farmington. We have seen some outstanding community theater shows put on by...
Growth is always a tricky thing to manage. It’s a delicate balance between what has historically happened and what may take place in the future. And I emphasize the word may. Sometimes it seems as if it’s a crapshoot as to what will really happen. Over the past 12 years of owning this newspaper, I...

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